Drug-dealer who hid drugs in kitchen vent is jailed for nine months

first_imgA Carrigart drug-dealer who hid a stash of cocaine and cannabis in a vent in his kitchen has been jailed for nine months.Robert Deehan appeared at Letterkenny District Court after Gardai raided his home at Church Road on November 2nd last. After searching the house they found cocaine and cannabis worth €500 as well as €2,400 in cash in a vent.Deehan’s solicitor. Mr Michael Shiel, said his client had a drugs problem but was not a big-time dealer.He was trying to pay off a drug debt and was supplying drugs to some of his friends to come up with the cash.Judge Paul Kelly noted that Deehan, a father-of-two, had undergone a previous Probation Report in September 2017 for drugs offences and he was said to be at moderate risk of reoffending.He was also ordered to undergo counselling but this would not have appeared to have taken place.Solicitor Shiel said his client had tried to get counselling but wasn’t called for it but would try again.Judge Kelly said he would have some sympathy for Deehan but the discovery of such a large amount of cash suggested a larger scale operation than was being suggested.He jailed Deehan for 12 months but reduced it to nine months because of the early plea in the case.Drug-dealer who hid drugs in kitchen vent is jailed for nine months was last modified: April 1st, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CarrigartcourtdrugsGardailast_img read more

Donegal knitwear designer to feature on Nationwide business special

first_imgOne of Donegal’s best-known figures in knitting will be featured on RTE’s Nationwide tonight in celebration of National Women in Enterprise Day.Knitwear Designer Edel MacBride, who is based in Stranorlar, will be stitching together the story of her business for tonight’s show.Over the past 30 years, Edel has brought a love of textile, craft and cultural tradition to her fashion collections. She is passionate about wool, especially local and Irish spun products but her pieces have a modern appeal and are collected internationally.Tonight’s Nationwide will look at some of Edel’s creations, which are crafted to the highest quality, as well as looking at her business story, which will no doubt be full of interesting yarns and twists.Tune into Nationwide on RTE One at 7pm to see the programme.Donegal knitwear designer to feature on Nationwide business special was last modified: October 16th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Edel MacBrideNational Women in Enterprise DayNationwidelast_img read more

Juve linked with Oscar and Saints said to be considering Stekelenburg move

first_imgJuventus are interested in Chelsea’s Oscar, the Daily Mail say.It is claimed that scouts from the Italian club were in Paris specifically to watch him play for Brazil against France.Liverpool have also been linked with Oscar, signed a long-term contract at Chelsea last year and is contracted to the club until 2019.Juve were also said to be keen to sign him last year.Oscar has also been linked with Juventus in the pastThe Mail also say Chelsea have made enquiries about Palermo striker Paulo Dybala along with Manchester City and Arsenal.Dybala, 21, is said to be valued at £30m by Palermo president Mauro Zamparini and Juventus have been touted as favourites to sign him.The likes of Metro continue to link Chelsea with a move for Gareth Bale.The Blues, it is claimed, are ready to pay Real Madrid £75m for the former Tottenham star.And there continues to be speculation that Chelsea are interested in signing Radamel Falcao when his loan spell at Manchester United finishes at the end of the season.Meanwhile, Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is weighing up a summer move for Fulham goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, according to the Mail.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

5 things to know about new Giants second baseman Scooter Gennett

first_imgThe first thing you want to know about new Giants second baseman Scooter Gennett: He has a quick first step.He was acquired by the Giants from the Reds at the trade deadline on Wednesday. By Thursday morning, he had changed his Twitter profile to read: “I Love God, my Family and my Team the San Francisco Giants.” Remember, Scooter was in Cincinnati when the trade was announced. He had to throw some socks and shirts in a carry-on and bug out to Philadelphia where the Giants are playing the …last_img

Medical aid: minimum benefits to stay

first_imgThe scheme must pay for all prescribed minimum benefit conditions in full and from its risk pool, not from a clients’ savings account. “We are delighted with this ruling,” registrar of medical schemes and CEO of the Council for Medical Schemes, Monwabisi Gantsho, said after Monday’s ruling. Prescribed minimum benefits – the minimum level of diagnosis, treatment and care that a medical scheme is obliged by law to cover – will remain in place in South Africa following a Pretoria High Court ruling. Regulation eight states that medical schemes must pay for the diagnosis, treatment and care of all prescribed minimum benefits conditions in full, or at the price charged by the health care provider. BHF represented a number of medical schemes and administrators and was later joined by the SA Municipal Workers’ Union national medical scheme. The law which prescribed minimum benefits would stand, the council – the first of 13 respondents in the matter – said in a statement. “Prescribed minimum benefits are a cornerstone of the medical schemes act and they were included in legislation for a good reason: to protect beneficiaries against unforeseen ill health that may prove financially catastrophic for them,” Gantsho said. Prescribed minimum benefits are the minimum level of diagnosis, treatment and care that a medical scheme is obliged by law to cover. “As the regulator tasked with looking after the best interests of medical scheme beneficiaries, we are happy that our courts have confirmed the need for such protection in law.” These benefits include 270 serious health conditions such as tuberculosis and cancer, any emergency condition, and 25 chronic diseases, including epilepsy, asthma and hypertension. The ruling came after the Board of Healthcare Funders of SA (BHF) challenged regulation eight of the Medical Schemes Act 131 of 1998 and asked the court to pronounce on it. 8 November 2011 Sapalast_img read more

Remembering Thandi Klaasen, South African singer 1931-2017

first_imgLegendary South African jazz singer Thandi Klaasen died on 15 January 2017 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. The news was announced by her daughter, jazz singer Lorraine Klaasen, who lives in Canada.Legendary South African jazz singer Thandi Klaasen died on 15 January 2017. In a career spanning over 50 years, from performing as a child on Sophiatown street corners to singing on the stages of London’s West End, her distinctive worldly rasp was a hallmark of the South African jazz sound. (Photo: YouTube)CD AndersonAs one of the country’s foremost singers, Klaasen was comfortable in a number of genres, from big band and intimate songbird jazz to more traditional as well as modern African music.She was best known for her breakout role in the Sophiatown musical King Kong, performing alongside other South African music legends such as Hugh Masekela, Abdullah Ibrahim and Kippie Moeketsi. Klaasen was in the original South African production and reprised her role in the hugely popular London West End production in 1961.Growing up the Johannesburg suburb of Sophiatown, she was the daughter of a shoemaker and a domestic worker. As a child, she sang and danced in various church choirs; later – in the 1950s – becoming a street performer. As a teenager, Klaasen was attacked with acid, leaving her with permanent facial scarring.While the injury severely affected her singing voice, it did not stop her from achieving her dream of becoming a professional singer. Instead, she used it as a positive and developed her distinctive world-worn rasp. Despite her circumstances, she persevered in forging a remarkable career as a singer. Speaking of that time, Klaasen recalled: “Even if people in the street make you feel like you have leprosy or like you’re dirty… you must be strong.”Beginning her professional singing career with a number of local jazz groups, Klaasen met King Kong creator Todd Matshikiza when she was with the Harlem Swingsters.She performed regularly with other jazz greats of the era, including Dolly Rathebe, Miriam Makeba, Dorothy Masuku and Sophie Mgcina. Following the King Kong years, Klaasen went on to perform around the world for more than 40 years, alongside top international artists such as Roberta Flack and Patti Labelle.On news of her death, South African Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa tweeted: “We are saddened to learn that jazz legend Thandi Klaasen has passed on. (She) will be remembered for her indomitable spirit, who succeeded against all odds… her silky smooth voice serenaded audiences the world over. How much richer we are having heard her sing. How much she touched our spirits and made us complete beings in a world in which things were falling apart.”For “her excellent achievement in and contribution to the art of music”, Klaasen was awarded South Africa’s Order of the Baobab (Gold) in 2006. She also won a number of South African music awards and lifetime achievement accolades throughout her career, including the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Lifetime Achievement award in 2013 and an MTN South African Music Award. She also received a Woman of Distinction award from the Canadian government in 1999 for her tireless dedication to the anti-apartheid struggle.Klaasen married, became a mother and lived in Canada for most of the 1970s and 1980s; however, in 1994 she returned to live and perform in South Africa permanently, reliving her humble beginnings in her beloved Sophiatown.Her life and work was an inspiring mix of determination, joy and beauty, rising above limitation and setback to beat the odds and reach the top of her art.Source: Wikipedia, News24, South African History Online Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? Visit the Brand South Africa resources page for more information.last_img read more

South African women’s cricket team shining at World Cup

first_imgWhile the Proteas men’s team are experiencing ups and downs on tour in England, the women’s team are riding high with some stellar performances at the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup, also being held in England. Here are profiles of some of the team’s top performers.The South African Women’s Cricket team, led by captain Dane van Niekerk (left), are currently at the Women’s Cricket World Cup in England. The tournament ends on 26 July 2017. (Image: Cricket South Africa)CD AndersonThe South African Women’s Cricket team are currently playing at the World Cup in England, and the team are doing very well.On 25 June 2017, the team won their opening match against Pakistan by three wickets, while their second game against New Zealand was abandoned because of rain. Their next game against the West Indies, on 2 July, was a green and gold whitewash — the Proteas won by 10 wickets, with a trailblazing performance by captain Dane van Niekerk (see below).A close loss to hosts England on 5 July and a comeback win against India on 8 July set the team up for a chance to make the semi-finals, with only Sri Lanka (12 July) and Australia (15 July) to play in the round-robin format.*Update: On 12 July, the South African women’s cricket team beat Sri Lanka to qualify for the semi-finals. Read the full match report here. So far, it is the best performance by the national women’s team since readmission, thanks to a wealth of fresh and established talent in the team and growing support of South African fans.We look at some of the star players in the current South African women’s team, and highlights from their performances in England.Dane van Niekerk (all-rounder, captain)(Image: Cricket South Africa)Dane van Niekerk has been a regular presence in the national team since 2009, representing the side at the 2009 and 2013 World Cups, as well as the World Twenty20 (T20) competition from 2009 to 2016.In 2013, she became the first South African woman to take an international hat-trick, and also scored her first of five one-day international (ODI) half-centuries, establishing her as a formidable all-round talent. She replaced long-time captain Mignon du Preez as Test, ODI and T20 captain in 2016. In the run-up to this year’s World Cup, she became the seventh player in women’s cricket to reach 1,000 ODI runs and 100 ODI wickets.It is as a bowler that Van Niekerk is at her most dangerous. At this year’s World Cup she has already taken nine wickets in four games, including a four wicket haul against West Indies without conceding a single run — the first time in ODI history for men and women.Before the start of the tournament, Van Niekerk made it clear that the team had a definite goal in sight, saying: “We’re not going over there to compete or to be in the top four. We want to be the first South African cricket team to win the World Cup.” Strong words from a strong captain, and so far, the team have been sticking to that promise.Lizelle Lee (batting)(Image: Cricket South Africa)Lee began her international career as an opening batswoman in 2013, but soon settled in the middle order, scoring consistently and setting up some big wins for the team.A short format expert, Lee has scored more than 1,500 ODI runs, with a respectable 88.41 strike rate. At this year’s World Cup she has scored three half-centuries in four games, including a match-winning 92 against India. Lee hit 17 boundaries, including seven sixes.Ayabonga Khaka (bowler)(Image: Cricket South Africa)Already a veteran of the side, with 41 wickets in 42 games under her belt, Khaka enjoys bowling a slower, medium length ball that puts her opponents too comfortable with pace on the back foot. She played a pivotal role as a pressure bowler in the defeat of India recently, taking two vital wickets.A second-ball wicket for Ayabonga Khaka! Rachel Priest is caught by Luus for a duck. NZ 0/1 (0.1 ov). #ProteasWomen pic.twitter.com/Klmt96AVOG— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) October 19, 2016Khaka hopes to use her talent to get a breakthrough in the Australian top order when the two teams meet on 15 July.Shabnim Ismail (fast bowler)(Image: Cricket South Africa)Ismail made her international debut at the age of 17 in 2007, and is currently the side’s deadly opening bowler. With an average bowling speed of 127km/h (comparable to the heyday of Protea pacers Allan Donald and Andre Nel), she has taken more than 100 wickets in her career, including three four-wicket and one five-wicket hauls.So far at this year’s World Cup, she has taken six wickets in four games, with a middling economy rate of 5.14.Together with fellow fast bowler Marizanne Kapp, Ismail forms part of what Guardian Sport calls “[a crucial] buddy-cop blend of ‘by-the-book’ [referring to Kapp] and untameable maverick” in South Africa’s first bowling overs.Suné Luus (batting/spin bowler)(Image: Cricket South Africa)Despite being one of the youngest players in the South African team, Luus has nonetheless made a huge impact on the team’s performance in her dual roles as hard-hitting batswoman and spin bowler.With almost 800 runs in only 41 innings, a strike rate of over 60, she can be counted on to get runs on the board in a pinch. While still finding her feet at the World Cup, with small contributions in the India and England games, Luus will be an invaluable asset during the make-or-break stages of the tournament.Catch all the Women’s Cricket World Cup games on SuperSport during July 2017. Match details here.Follow the team on social media, including Twitter @OfficialCSA, using the hashtags #AlwaysRising #WWC17 #proteaswomenSource: SuperSport, Cricket South Africa, ESPN Cricinfo, YouTube, TwitterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

VIDEO: SISCO displays McFarlane Cobra Reel Disk to Farm Science Review

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest John Couch with SISCO-McFarlane talked to Dale Minyo about tillage.Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo talks with John Couch of SISCO about some of the company’s offerings at the 2017 Farm Science Review. One standout piece is the McFarlane Cobra Reel Disk, bringing unique features to the tillage world.last_img

American Express Invests in Mobile Payments Startup Payfone

first_imgsarah perez Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces American Express has announced today that it invested in the mobile payment startup Payfone, along with others, to close out a $19 million strategic funding round. The two companies have also formed an alliance to create a new global mobile checkout service where Payfone will combine its mobile authorization and payment services with American Express’s recently announced digital payments platform Serve.With Serve, users can send and receive money from their accounts, which are funded by a bank account, a debit or credit card, or by money from another Serve account. Serve will be accepted online, on mobile phones or with merchants who accept American Express cards.With this new partnership, Payfone will use AmEx’s Serve software platform, allowing consumers to purchase both digital and physical goods using their mobile phone number. The move is expected to help strengthen AmEx’s position outside the U.S., where typically Visa and MasterCard dominate. The other investors in this $19 million round led by AmEx include Verizon Investments and Rogers Ventures, both venture capital arms of their respective mobile carriers. Payfone’s existing shareholders include Opus Capital, BlackBerry Partners (RIM) and RRE Ventures.Why Payfone is UniqueWhat makes Payfone unique, is that, unlike traditional payment networks, it leverages the security built into the mobile operator network itself when processing mobile payments. This access allows it to authorize credit and debit cards and mobile operator billed payments (i.e., carrier billing), while also fighting fraud, reducing risk, chargebacks and identity theft.To do this, Payfone ties the phone’s SIM card, device ID and location to each customer’s account. That means it knows when a different phone is used, or when a phone is used in a different location. It also ties into the global SS7 signaling network for connected payment authorization and processing.In short, says Payfone’s CEO Rodger Desai, the company’s goal is to make the mobile phone number “the new accepted way to pay.”AmEx’s Foray into Mobile Payments: Online, Mobile and NFC?AmEx’s choice to partner with a startup of this kind is a change for the company, which has traditionally used its own proprietary payment network. It hopes, of course, that this will allow it to expand to other markets, by way of its Serve digital wallet service. As Desai says, there are “over 5 billion people worldwide currently have mobile phones, however less than 2 billion have credit cards.” With Serve’s rollout, AmEx is attempting to reach that untapped market.Although not mentioned in the press releases put out today by Payfone and American Express, one aspect of Payfone’s plans involve the use of NFC technology. According to the company’s website, it says that, in two years, it plans to be “a payment option for all goods and services, even when you pay by waving your phone in front of a reader at the checkout line.”Waving your phone at checkout is precisely how you perform an NFC-based transaction. NFC, or near field communication, is a wireless technology that enables data exchange between short distances – for example, between a mobile phone and a terminal at point-of-sale.Many other businesses are diving into experiments with NFC lately, including American mobile operators Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile who, alongside Discover card, are launching an NFC-based mobile payments service called Isis, as well as Google, which is reportedly launching a mobile payments service with Citibank and MasterCard. Several banks have also been testing NFC-enabled mobile wallets, including Bank of America, Chase, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo.To learn more about NFC, you can follow our ongoing series on ReadWriteMobile here. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#mobile#news#NYT#web last_img read more

5 Types of Desktop Virtualization

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting alex williams A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Desktop Virtualization#solution-series Understanding the concepts of desktop virtualization really comes down to knowing the user’s work environment. For example, a person who only works at a personal computer in an office setting may require a desktop virtualization environment that is different from the salesperson who is out on the road, using a laptop for work.According to Virtualization Review, there are five approaches to desktop virtualization.Operating System Provisioning: Deliverable to virtual machines in the datacenter or the physical computer at the desktop. An always-on network is required. Remote Desktop Services (RDS): Virtualization is done in the data center. Requirements are minimal on the client side. Scalability is considered a plus with RDS. Client Hypervisors: The hypervisor is on the desktop, allowing it to run multiple virtual machines. Brian Madden writes that running multiple virtual machines is a benefit but the real value is in the potential to run one master image. “If we can figure out how to provide a single, generic master Windows image to our users no matter where they are, their apps, data, and personality can be applied on-demand once they load the shared master image.”Client-side Hosted Virtual Desktops: The virtual machine runs on top of an existing operating system. It allows the user to access the desktop any time, anywhere. The virtual desktop is managed on a hosted basis. Application Virtualization: The application is virtualized so it runs independently on the user’s operating system. The application is isolated from the underlying operating system.Of these, the hosted services are proving most popular. But what is right for you? What desktop virtualization environment have you found that is most viable for your organization?last_img read more