Two men remanded after Gardai bust alleged forgery gang in Letterkenny

first_imgTwo men have been remanded in custody after Gardai raided a house in Co Donegal and found a range of stolen passports, false identity cards and stolen driving licenses.The men were part of a group of three people arrested on Tuesday morning when Gardai raided a rented house in Letterkenny. The third man was today released without charge.The two men who appeared at a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court are both Romanian nationals.Evidence and reasons for objections to bail was given by officers from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation, Detective Garda Stephen Kelly and Detective Garda Paulina Szramozski.Legal representatives for both men, barrister Sean Magee and solicitor Kieran O’Gorman applied for bail which was objected to by Gardai.Having heard the bail applications, Judge Paul Kelly turned down both applications.He said he was refusing the applications on a number of grounds including the seriousness of the charges, the likelihood of both reoffending and the possibility that they could leave the jurisdiction.The first man charged was Ioan Barbuc, aged 25 of Glenoughty Close in Letterkenny.He was charged with four offences including having articles used to make forged documents and possession of a stolen UK driver’s license.He was also charged with possession of a stolen Irish passport and also the possession of a forged Romanian National Identity card.The second man, Andrei Ciocan, aged 31, also of Glenoughty Close, appeared on six charges.They included handling stolen property namely €1,100 in cash, possession of a stolen UK driver’s license and having possession of a forged Romanian Identity card.He was also charged with having possession of a forged Romanian driving license, possession of a forged Romanian Identity card as well as possession of a stolen Irish passport, Public Services Card and driving license.Judge Kelly remanded both men to appear by videolink to Letterkenny District Court next Thursday, April 25th when directions by the DPP are expected to be given in both cases.Two men remanded after Gardai bust alleged forgery gang in Letterkenny was last modified: April 26th, 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)last_img read more

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Bet on the Winning Dodo: Darwinism or Intelligent Design

first_imgA new film about the creation-evolution controversy is coming out, titled Flock of Dodos.  Randy Olson, a marine biologist with a PhD in evolutionary ecology and another degree in filmmaking, decided to put this documentary together to help scientists realize that they are behind the curve on marketing their ideas.  According to the Kansas paper Lawrence Journal-World, Olson claims his purpose is not to take sides, but to highlight the importance of public relations.  The film is “slated for upcoming preview screenings at Harvard University and other prestigious venues.”Flock of dodos.  Wonderful.  Such a scholarly, uplifting title.  With an evolutionary ecologist running the show, any doubt who will be labeled as the real dodos?  Do you think the word dodo will stand for “Darwin Only! Darwin Only” to an evolutionary ecologist who will be showing off his work at Harvard?    There is a slight chance he will warn his fellow Darwinists they might go extinct without better marketing, but more likely, the blurb sets the odds: “Filmmaker and evolutionary ecologist Dr. Randy Olson tries to figure out who exactly is the flock of dodos.”  Compare this attitude with the respectful, evidence-focused comportment of films like Unlocking the Mystery of Life and The Privileged Planet.  The Darwinist strategy is, when you can’t block, mock.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Initiative to help young entrepreneurs

first_imgSouth Africa’s National Youth Development Agency has launched the Ithubalentsha Micro Enterprise Programme, which will provide young aspirant and established entrepreneurs with training, mentorship, micro-enterprise finance, market linkages and access to business opportunities. Focus is on experienced entrepreneurs, business consultants, middle or senior managers, retired professionals, and life/business coaches. Call for volunteers While the programme is aimed at young aspirant and established South African entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35, preferences will be given to young people in rural and peri-urban areas and to those living with disabilities. It says all these factors combined often become entry barriers to business or result in a high failure rate among start-up businesses initiated by young entrepreneurs. In addition, an appeal is being made to public and private organisations to avail business opportunities such as procurement, retail and distribution, acquisition of equity stakes and others. 29 February 2012 Among those who have come onboard are successful NYDA and Ithubalentsha ambassadors: Rita Zwane, owner of Imbizo Buy & Braai (popularly known as Busy Corner), author and activist for people with disabilities, Nenio Mbazima, and Zibusiso Mkhwanazi, CEO of South African digital marketing agency, KrazyBoyz Digital. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material According to statistics, an estimated 73% of South Africa’s youth, who make up 42% of the country’s population, are unemployed – a reality that needs to be addressed if the country is to effectively eradicate poverty, he said.center_img According to the agency, young entrepreneurs face several barriers including lack of finance to start or expand their businesses, inadequate mentorship and business opportunities, and lack of business management and other appropriate skills. For more information about Ithubalentsha Micro-Enterprise Programme and how to get involved, potential mentors and young entrepreneurs can visit the NYDA website at www.nyda.gov.za or e-mail [email protected] “What the programme aims to achieve is to give young entrepreneurs the exposure that they need to succeed by facilitating access to mentors and business opportunities in both public and private sectors, while also empowering them with the relevant skills and start-up loans ranging from R1 000 to R100 000,” explained NYDA chief executive Steven Ngubeni in a statement last week. “We believe that the Ithubalentsha Programme will go a long way in creating direct and sustainable employment for young people thereby alleviating the scourge of youth unemployment, which is a major concern to the NYDA.” This is especially the case with for young people in rural and peri-urban areas, as well as young people with disabilities. “The NYDA recognises that it cannot do this alone. South Africa is what it is today because of the power of partnerships and what they can achieve,” said Ngubeni. “We want to partner with the public and private sector and South Africans in general to make the Ithubalentsha Micro Enterprise Programme effective.” The agency is calling on South Africans experienced in the areas of leadership, management and business to volunteer to be mentors. The programme seeks to address this through five key areas: identification and technical training, entrepreneurship training, micro-enterprise finance, business mentorship and business opportunities and market linkages.last_img read more

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RED is Upgrading from the Dragon: Introducing Weapon

first_imgAs NAB 2015 approaches, RED releases info about its newest upgrade: WeaponWith NAB, the annual National Association of Broadcasters convention, just under two months away, RED recently released some info about its newest upgrade. It’s called Weapon and from where we sit, it looks to be a body upgrade.Jarred Land, the president of RED Digital Cinema, sent some tidbits to REDUser in an effort to give everyone a head start on planning for the upgrade. Let’s take a look at what he said.Image Courtesy of REDDragon Owners OnlyOne of the first things Land mentions: To be eligible for the Weapon upgrade, you must own or upgrade to Dragon. The Red Dragon sensor quickly gained a lot of headlines when it was released a couple of years ago. With its 19 megapixel sensor that captures images up to 6K, it exceeds the native exposure of 35mm film and supports 16.5 stops of dynamic range. This information almost cements the fact that this will be a body upgrade versus a sensor upgrade.Mysterium-X Coming to an EndThe Mysterium-X sensor upgrade has been around since 2013, and from what Land writes, it’s all coming to an end in late June of this year. With both Epic and Scarlet bodies eligible for the Dragon upgrade, it only makes sense to phase this sensor out. There is some good news, however. Beginning February 23rd, owners will be able to upgrade to the Dragon at the lower price point of $9500. There is no word on how long this upgrade window will last.Image Courtesy of REDUserOther Items of NoteLand’s info-dump ends with a few assorted factoids. Some of the more important and interesting items worth noting:The RED Weapon will move from the standard REDMAG media to the MINI-MAG, as write speeds have increased and the form factor has changed.DSMC lens mounts will be compatible with the upgrade.There be an Epic Dragon to Carbon Weapon upgrade path.What that last tidbit entails, well, we have no idea. For that and the rest of the Weapon upgrade information, we’ll just have to wait for NAB.What do you think about this news? Are you a RED owner, and if so, will you make the jump to Weapon?Give us your thoughts below!last_img read more

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