Men jailed after ‘forgery workshop’ discovered in Letterkenny

first_imgTWO Romanian men involved in a sophisticated Easter European crime gang have been sent to prison.Ioan Barbuc (25, pictured above) and Andrei Cecan (32), both with an address at Glenoughty Close, Letterkenny, were jailed for a variety of offences, including forgery and ID theft, after appearing at Letterkenny Circuit Court.  Judge John Aylmer described as ‘a forgery workshop’, the scene detectives happened upon when they raided the address at 7.30am on April 16, 2019.Fiona Crawford BL, prosecuting, said officers from the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau and the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation were involved in an investigation into an Eastern European organised crime group.Detective Sergeant Michael Galvin said the front door of the premises was lying opened when officers arrived at the house, in which were three Romanian males.“The house was full of such documents,” Det Sgt Galvin said.A large amount of electronic devices, documents pertaining to ID fraud and items of electronic equipment used in ID fraud were found.“This was a professional and organised criminal operation of a sophisticated nature and one designed for international criminal purposes,” Judge Aylmer said.Barbuc and Cecan were arrested and brought to Letterkenny and Milford Garda Stations.Charges were not brought against the third man in the house. Barbuc was charged with possession of a stolen UK driving licence. He was also charged with possession of a forged Romanian national ID card and of possessing articles – laminate paper and photographic paper – which had been designed or adapted for the making of forged documents.Barbuc spoke through an interpreter to plead guilty to all of the charges.Cecan was charged with possession of a stolen Irish passport and public services card. He was further charged with having a false Romanian driving licence and a false Romanian ID card.Cecon pleaded guilty to the offences.Cecan – who has been in custody since April – told Gardaí that he had brought the Romanian ID card from a ‘friend of a friend’ for €200 on the black market in Dublin.The Romanian driving licence and the Romanian ID card, which bore names other than Cecan’s, both bore the defendant’s picture.  The Irish passport and public services card were stolen in Dublin in March 2018.Det Sgt Galvin said that there was a ‘more senior individual involved in this criminal network’. Andrei Cecan (North West News Pix)Barrister for Cecan, Mr Sean McGee BL, said his client came from a ‘very ordinary family’ in Romania. He said that a ‘bright new future’ had come up on the horizon for Cecan, who was living rough in London when he ran into an individual who was involved in fraudulent activity.“He saw that as a way out,” Mr McGee said. “He found himself in a difficult situation and he chose the wrong path.”Cecan’s role was described by Judge Aylmer as being ‘less serious’.“Nevertheless, he supported this enterprise for the purposes of his upkeep,” Judge Aylmer said. Cecan, a single man, has previous offences in Germany, Netherlands, England and Northern Ireland for a range of crimes such as theft, attempted theft, fraud including swindling, possession of articles for use in fraud and making false representation in order to make a gain.Judge Aylmer sentence Cecan to 16 months imprisonment and the term will be back-dated to April 16, 2019.Barbuc was sentenced to two years and 10 months with his term also back-dated to the date of his arrest. Following their release, the men will be deported to Romania and be excluded from re-entering Ireland for a ten-year period.Men jailed after ‘forgery workshop’ discovered in Letterkenny was last modified: November 10th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Andrei CecanFiona Crawford BLIoan BarbucJudge John AylmerletterkennyLetterkenny Circuit CourtRomanialast_img read more

Project a big step for green power

first_img The head of Citizens Energy, former Rep. Joseph Kennedy II, joined city leaders at a news conference in North Hollywood to announce the project. Green Path will protect Southern Californians from the types of problems encountered during the energy crisis, he said. “We will not only address the important issues of reliability, redundancy and transmission bottlenecks but also produce benefits to serve low-income households,” Kennedy said. John White, executive director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, called the project a “critical link in the statewide transmission system.” Speaking at a Board of Water and Power Commissioners workshop on renewable energy last week, White strongly criticized the DWP for being historically slow to adopt green power. He warned that unless it fundamentally changed the way it did business it would not meet the 20 percent goal in time. White said that Green Path represents just that sort of change. He attributed the progress to new city leadership and to factors like high natural gas prices making renewable energy more attractive. “The economic rationale is now more obvious,” he said. The 12 percent of the city’s power needs that Green Path may provide comes on top of about 3 percent of the existing portfolio that is considered green. The DWP commissioners approved key components Tuesday of a wind energy project that would add an additional 1.5 percent. White urged the city to take the opportunity to divest from some of its older, pollution-generating power sources. The DWP will discuss the matter, Deaton said, adding that he would like to see the utility become less reliant on natural gas in particular. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 dan.laidman@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “This project very quickly gets at all those issues,” he said. The utility has money for part of the project in its budget for capital projects, Deaton said. While revenue from power rates would also pay for Green Path, he said rates would not go up as a direct result of the project. Van Nuys-area Councilman Tony Cardenas, who chairs the council committee that oversees the DWP, said any power rate hike is likely three or four years away. Meanwhile, through an agreement with a third partner in the deal – the nonprofit Citizens Energy – low-income ratepayers would receive assistance such as rebates. “Not only is Los Angeles going to be greener, there’s going to be more green in the pockets of low-income families,” Cardenas said. A $300 million venture designed to draw geothermal energy from the Salton Sea should account for 12 percent of Los Angeles’ power needs, officials said Wednesday, bringing the city significantly closer to the goal of having 20 percent green power by 2010. The Department of Water and Power announced it will commit $240 million to the Green Path project, which will build and upgrade transmission lines throughout Southern California to give populated areas access to power from pockets of heat deep beneath the Imperial Valley. “With this project we’re taking a major step forward in our effort to shift away from the outdated fossil fuels of the past,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. The project, which was initiated by the Imperial Irrigation District, comes amid a shortage of new power generation in California and congestion on existing transmission lines, said DWP General Manager Ron Deaton. last_img read more

Woodpeckers Have Multiple Protections Against Brain Injury

first_imgAny one of these adaptations would challenge Darwinian evolution, but all of them together in head-banging bird?How do you protect your head against 1,400 G’s when your life’s work requires you to bang your head repeatedly to find food in wood? Woodpeckers don’t die of concussions. Surely they must suffer some brain injury, don’t they?At Live Science, Mindy Waisberger reports on examination of brain tissue in woodpeckers. Three scientists, publishing their results in PLoS One, found the presence of tau protein in the tissue. Since that is often associated with brain injury in humans, they initially thought this shows that woodpeckers do suffer from the repeated pounding to the head. Another possibility, though, is that the tau protein cushions the birds’ brains.The presence of tau proteins in woodpecker brains shows that their brains are not invulnerable to the effects of forceful pecking. Nevertheless, the tau proteins aren’t necessarily hinting that woodpeckers suffer from pecking-related neurodegenerative disease or brain damage, the scientists wrote in the study.“Something — tau — was there that shouldn’t necessarily be. But whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing, we don’t know,” Farah said.Pileated woodpecker by Lorax (Wikimedia Commons)Woodpeckers have numerous specialized traits that work together to enable them to peck holes in trees. Waisberger and the authors only mention the first five:Skulls with spongy layers, particularly in frontRobust neck musclesThick inner eyelids that close for each strikeA bony plate that protects the optic regionSharp beaks with upper and lower components which can move independently of each other while peckingToes adapted for gripping trees: two pointing forward, two pointing backward, with tendons for each oneSenses geared to finding bugs behind the hard wood, so they know where to peckA long tongue that wraps around the skull that can be extended into the pecked holeSticky glue on the tongue to catch a bugGlue dissolver so the tongue doesn’t stick inside the bird’s mouthWith this new study, another specialization may have been found. “In fact, tau might even serve as a protective adaptation,”Waisberger writes, “providing a buffer around the birds’ neurons that insulates them against harm, according to the study.” One of the authors suspected this might be true for ‘evolutionary’ reasons:“I wonder if what we’re seeing in the woodpeckers may be a protective mechanism for the neurons,” Cummings added. “You have skull modifications, tongue modifications —why would that stop at the brain? Why would the brain not participate in that process of evolutionary adaptation, and molecularly do that by the expression of a protective protein that may help stabilize neurons during that pecking procedure?”And yet according to Darwin’s theory, any one of the functional adaptations listed above would require millions of years of lucky mutations to be selected for any advantage. How many pre-woodpeckers had to die of concussions before the first one succeeded in pecking a hole in a tree and finding a bug for all the trouble? As Dr Jobe Martin likes to point out in his films Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution, all the parts have to be there at the same time to work. The ability to peck a hole wouldn’t help if the bird didn’t have a tongue long enough to reach inside. Glue on the tongue would starve the bird after its first meal if the tongue got stuck inside the mouth. All the brain protections wouldn’t help if the bird’s feet couldn’t cling to trees, and so on.Waisberger glibly says that “the woodpecker lineage has been around for about 25 million years” (Darwin Years, that is), but neither she nor the three scientists address the puzzle of how all the necessary traits arose at the same time to allow pecking to work. One thing we do observe: they work exceptionally well. Waisberger says,A woodpecker hammering away at a tree experiences forces up to 1,400 times that of Earth’s gravity, or 1,400 G’s. To put that into perspective, humans can withstand about 8 G’s of continuous momentum before eventually blacking out, and a sudden application of 50 G’s would detach most of our organs. Even relatively small amounts of g-force in people can cause concussion, lingering pain in the neck and back, and red dots on the skin from ruptured capillaries — known as “G-measles” or “geasles” — according to Go Flight Medicine, a website for aviation and medical professionals.In short, watch woodpeckers with amazement, but do not imitate them. Football helmet designers have taken inspiration from woodpeckers, the authors note: “Due to it’s [sic] assumed resistance to neurotrauma, the woodpecker has become a model for the development of safety equipment such as football helmets and neck collars.”Don’t you wish someone, somewhere, would realize that evolution (the Stuff Happens Law) is powerless to explain the superlative abilities we find in the living world? Oh, wait: we do here at Creation-Evolution Headlines. This story is another example of why you should stop trusting the Fake Science Media when they approach every wonder of nature with the worn-out lie, “It evolved.” (Visited 527 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Planter in-cab display terminology

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The planting operation is arguably the most important field operation since it establishes maximum yield potential of a seed when placed in the soil. In terms of planting performance, four factors of focus to maximize yield potential and are at the control of the planter operator are 1) population, 2) uniform spacing, 3) uniform emergence, and 4) planting timing and field capacity. Three of these four important factors, population, seed spacing uniformity, and field capacity (ac/ar) can be directly monitored during the planting operation from the in-cab display.This and other information is provided by new in-cab displays providing the operator real-time feedback. Precision planter technology can help monitor and ensure population and spacing expectations are being met during field operations. This real-time feedback also provides opportunity to the operator to make timely adjustments or most importantly make sure seed is being placed properly to maximize yield potential. Many planter displays today provide additional meter, planter and tractor parameters that can be valuable feedback to the operator along with data (e.g. as-planted data) for post-planting analyses.One issue with in-cab planter displays is determining what all this information means and how it can be utilized to its potential. Each planter or in-cab display manufacturer uses different terminology. To help with understanding the information being provided by today’s displays, a group of university and industry professionals are working on a publication that lists the terms and associated definitions so users can better understand all this data being displayed and collected. The first list of terms is currently being reviewed by the group and should be published later this year.Here are a selected few terms and definitions related to the four factors of attention at planting:Plant population (also referred to as population, planted population or target population): A general term that indicates the target or actual number of seeds planted per acre.Live population (also referred to as emerged population or live stand): A general term indicating the population or number of seeds per acre that emerge. Live population and planted population are used to determine the percent of seeds emerged which is commonly referred to as “Emergence percent.”Singulation: the percentage of seeds properly singulated by a seed meter. The singulation value takes into consideration seed skips and multiples. The higher the singulation value the better and it is typical to have singulation values of 97% or higher for precision planters.Spacing (seed spacing): the distance between two successive seeds in the row. The spacing is measured for an individual row using a seed tube sensor during field operation. Seed spacing is commonly used to evaluate planter performance by the operator as it represents the ability of the meter and delivery system to consistently deliver seed at a preferred spacing to the seed furrow. Variability in seed spacing expressed as standard deviation or Coefficient of Variation (CV) is typically used to monitor planter performance.Seed spacing standard deviation: computed as the variation in spacing between consecutive seeds. This variation can be used to evaluate planter performance. A standard deviation of two inches or less represents an attainable variation in spacing by most planters. But one should remember a standard deviation of two inches is different for varying populations.Plant spacing: the distance between two successive emerged plants in a row. This is typically measured over a known distance to determine final mean plant spacing and evaluate plant spacing uniformity expressed as standard deviation or Coefficient of Variation (CV).Ride quality (also referred to as ride dynamic or good ride): indicates the level of vertical movement (e.g. bouncing) by a row unit. Displayed commonly as a percentage of time when ride quality is sufficient to not impact seed spacing. A 100% good ride (e.g. no vertical movement thereby a smooth operation) represents optimum row unit ride quality and 0% represents the poorest ride quality.Applied down force: the amount of weight applied by the planter row unit and downforce system, either pneumatic or hydraulic, onto the row unit for coulter or pair of disc to achieve right depth and gauge wheel to carry enough load for desired soil compaction during the planter operation in the field.Down force margin: margin represents the amount of extra down force applied to row units, over and above what is required for opener disks to penetrate the soil and achieve full planting depth. The extra down force comes from the weight of the row unit and meter, weight of seed in the seed hoppers, and the down force system.Once the publication is reviewed, it will be provided online through the Ohio State precision agriculture website, www.OhioStatePrecisionAg.com. Dr. John Fulton, Associate Professor, can be reached at 614-292-6625, or fulton.20@osu.edu. This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

Maoist-prone Odisha districts put on alert

first_imgCollectors, superintendents of police (SP) and candidates contesting elections in the Maoist-prone districts were alerted by Odisha Director-General of Police (DGP) B.K. Sharma in the wake of the Maoist landmine blast in Dantewada district in adjoining Chhattisgarh on Tuesday that killed five persons including a BJP MLA.Polling will be held on April 11 in Koraput, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi, Berhampur Lok Sabha constituencies and 28 Assembly seats. The parliamentary constituencies include Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi, Nuapada and Gajapati districts that have Maoist presence and border Maoist-prone regions of Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. The Maoists have given a call for poll boycott.After the Dantewada violence ahead of the first phase polling, Mr. Sharma also issued safety directives for candidates. He advised them not to move out during night and to inform security personnel about their travel during the daytime.Two landmines foundOn Tuesday, a CRPF team unearthed two landmines planted by Maoists under a culvert in the Andharghati area of Adava police station limits in Gajapati district. These landmines contained around 50kg explosives.On April 11, a total of 60,03,707 voters will exercise their franchise at 7,233 polling booths, of which 2,375 have been identified as critical. Personnel of the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) will be deployed at 777 booths, which are mostly in Maoist-infested areas.The Border Security Force (BSF) has been entrusted with election security duty in Odisha for the first time. Inspector-General (IG) Ashwini Kumar Singh pointed out that paramilitary force has been deployed for safe conduct of polling in major Maoist-hit areas of Nabarangpur and Koraput parliamentary constituencies and 14 Assembly seats.last_img read more

U.P. police inspector threatens law student for tweet on stubble burning

first_imgA U.P. police inspector in Bareilly district has threatened a law student of invoking the National Security Act and Gangsters Act against him for tweeting against stubble burning in his area. In a telephonic conversation that went viral on Friday, Surendra Singh Pachauri, SHO, Sheeshgarh, could be heard asking Ishaq Khan, a student of law, how he dared tweet about stubble burning without his permission. “Come to the police station immediately, else the NSA and Gangsters Act will be invoked against you,” Mr Pauchauri could be heard saying in the audio clip.When Mr Khan pleaded that he only pointed out about pollution in his neighbourhood and that he was a differently-abled person, Mr Pachauri said he would correct his disability.In a statement, the Bareilly police responded that Mr Khan tweeted on November 9 and an FIR was registered against Chandrasen for burning stubble under Sections 278, 290 and 291 of the IPC. The Circle Officer of Baheri had been asked to conduct an inquiry into the behaviour of the SHO.Ramanand Rai, CO, Baheri told The Hindu that he found the audio clip to be authentic. “The language used was not something that we expect from a public servant. The SHO seemed to be under pressure because of the Ayodhya verdict. As the charge was made by a Muslim against a Hindu, he thought it could snowball into a major issue. That’s why he was unusually harsh.”SP (Rural) Sansar Singh said the report has been submitted and soon action will be taken against the erring official.last_img read more

a month agoMan City chiefs see Van ­Bronckhorst as Guardiola successor

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City chiefs see Van ­Bronckhorst as Guardiola successorby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveGiovanni van ­Bronckhorst has been handed an access-all-areas role at Manchester City.The Mirror says City approached former Feyenoord coach Van Bronckhorst – who has signed a contract that has put him on the payroll.The plan is for him to remain in Manchester if it proves a good fit.Pep Guardiola’s contract with City expires in the summer of 2021.And after seeing rivals Manchester United flounder in the six years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, the Spanish executives who run the club for Sheikh Mansour want to put a succession plan in place.Van Bronckhorst will spend the next year getting to know the inner workings of the club that has become the dominant force in English football over the last decade.He is currently working alongside close friend Brian Marwood, City’s highly-influential Football Administration Officer. last_img read more

Federal employees set up 1000 GoFundMe pages amid government shutdown

first_imgThe government shut down since December 2018.  Pool Federal workers have begun asking for help on GoFundMe as a government shutdown nears the three-week mark.Government employees have set up roughly 1,000 fundraising pages as they seek help in meeting their expenses, said a GoFundMe spokeswoman in an email statement. Campaigns on the crowdfunding platform seek anywhere from a few hundred to thousands of dollars for everyday expenses, such as utilities and groceries.”We deploy proprietary technical tools and have multiple processes in place to verify the identity of campaign organizers and the beneficiary of the campaign,” said the spokeswoman. “Before money is transferred, an individual’s information, including their banking information, must be verified by our payment processor.”A search on the site for the term “government shutdown” returned more than 1,650 results. The campaigns have raised approximately $150,000 in total, according to the platform’s spokeswoman.”It’s affecting over hundreds of thousands of federal employees across the US in different federal agencies,” Brandon Taijeron, a Department of Justice employee whose story was included in The Guardian article, wrote on his GoFundMe page. “I’m on my last leg as far as finances being taken care of, putting food on the table, making sure my wife and son have everything they need, getting to and from work even though we’re not getting paid right now.”The government shutdown started in December because the House and Senate couldn’t come to agreement on funding President Donald Trump’s $5 billion border wall, according to CBS News. Over 420,000 government staff are reportedly working without pay.First published on Jan. 10, 5:50 p.m. PT.Updates on Jan. 11, 7:20 a.m. PT: Adds GoFundMe spokeswoman statement.  Politics Digital Media Internet Services 30 Commentscenter_img Share your voice Tagslast_img read more

2 killed in city gunfight with RAB

first_imgA Prothom Alo IllustrationTwo people were killed in what Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) called gunfights with them in Badda and Mirpur of Dhaka early Thursday, reports news agency UNB.Senior ASP Kamruzzaman of RAB-1 said Maharaz Khalifa, 40, a drug trader from Banani area, was killed in a gunfight with the force in Satarkul area of Badda around 1:15am.A RAB-1 team raided the area after being tipped off that Khalifa and his associates were there for drug dealings. The criminals opened fire as soon as the RAB team reached the spot, triggering a gunfight, Kamruzzaman said.Khalifa, wounded in the gunfight, was arrested and taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where physicians pronounced him dead around 3:15am.Two firearms and 300 yaba pills were recovered from the spot. A member of RAB was injured during the gunfight, the ASP claimed.The other deceased was identified as Byanga Babu, 38, second-in-command of the notorious ‘Shahadat Bahini’, said major Kazi Saifuddin Ahmed, second-in-command of RAB-4.Babu was killed in an alleged gunfight with the law enforcement in Beribadh area of Mirpur.Babu, who had fled to India few years ago, recently returned to Dhaka to take part in a killing mission, said Kazi Saifuddin Ahmed.Acting on a tip-off, a RAB team went to the spot. Babu was killed in an ensuing gunfight between RAB and the criminals around 3:15am, he said.The deceased was wanted in 20 cases, including at least seven for murder, said RAB.A pistol, a magazine and one round of bullet were recovered from the spot.According to a human rights body, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in Bangladesh in 2018.In the first six months of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 200, the rights body said on its website.last_img read more

EPA Holds First Public Meeting On Plan For San Jacinto River Waste

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Al OrtizBlenda Barnes was one of the area residents who spoke at the meeting to express her concern about the waste pits in the San Jacinto River.In a packed room with hundreds of residents from Channelview, Lynchburg, Highlands and other towns close to the San Jacinto River, officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) explained their proposal to clean up the contaminated materials from the waste pits.The plan would entail removing more than 200,000 cubic yards of toxic waste.Many residents expressed support for the EPA’s proposal.One of them was Jessica Woods, who lives in the impacted area and is the executive director of the Highlands-Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce.“As a resident, as a business owner, as a parent, as a community leader, I also personally support the full removal of this,” Woods said when she took the microphone to provide her comment.However, others voiced their concerns over the proposal and said that containment of the toxic materials by reinforcing the cap that currently covers the pits could be a better option.“I’m concerned about digging it up, the trucking of the waste to another location. I’m wondering if there’s not more risk moving it, wrecks, transporting it,” commented Debra Woods, who lives in Seabrook.Al Ortiz | Houston Public MediaElected officials such as Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan (first from the right) and U.S. Congressman Gene Green (second from the right) also attended the meeting. Both of them support the EPA’s proposed plan to clean up the waste pits.The waste pits contain dioxin, a toxic chemical that can cause reproductive problems, damage the immune system and cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization.D.J. Brewer was one of the residents who said she is worried about where the contaminated materials would eventually be stored.“Where are y’all going to put the waste that y’all are moving? That’s other huge concern I have. Y’all going to put it in those little fifty gallon drums or whatever and go stick it in Maryland or Louisiana?” Brewer asked, as she addressed the EPA representatives.Samuel Coleman, deputy regional administrator for the EPA’s Region 6, which covers the state of Texas, emphasized at the end of the meeting this part of the process has to focus on feedback from the community.“We will be pouring through those comments, both technical comments and other comments, to make sure that we have fully considered every suggestion that we receive,” Coleman noted.The public comment period on the proposal will end on November 28th and Coleman anticipates the EPA will make a final decision in the first half of next year. 00:00 /02:10 X Sharelast_img read more