RACE ON TO FIND DONEGAL DEALERS BEHIND DEADLY BATCH OF DRUGS

first_imgOisin Crawford who tragicallty died yesterdayHEALTH chiefs and Gardai are in a race against time to find the evil drug dealers who dished out deadly e tabs to young men, leaving one dead and four in hospital.Tragic Oisin Crawford was killed yesterday morning after attending a party at a house in St Johnston.There has been a huge outpouring of sympathy to his family, including well-respected Seamus Crawford who runs a tyre business in Raphoe. Oisin was just 22.Prayers are being said for his friend Simon Lynch, also 22, who remains in a critical condition in hospital.His father Liam has called on the public to help Gardaí to catch those behind the evil drugs trade.Officers are hoping to take statements today from all those who were at the house party on St Johnston’s Main Street in the early hours of yesterday in the hope of tracing vital witnesses who might be able to help catch the dealers. Oisin is the latest victim of the drugs trade – and the trade in ecstasy tablets containing deadly chemicals.The so-called ‘bad batch’ of drugs has killed several other people in Ireland this year including a 16-year-old boy.The HSE has already identified the names of the drugs involved in the tragic Donegal case.They are called Double Black or Double Cross.Anyone with information should give it to their nearest Garda station or via the confidential telephone. The Garda Confidential Telephone Line is 1800 666 111.RACE ON TO FIND DONEGAL DEALERS BEHIND DEADLY BATCH OF DRUGS was last modified: May 27th, 2014 by John2Share 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:deaddouble blackdouble crossdrugs tradeGardaiOisin CrawfordWarninglast_img read more

Gag order lifted in North Carolina nuisance lawsuit

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth District in late October struck down a gag order related to North Carolina hog farm nuisance lawsuits brought against Murphy-Brown, the hog production subsidiary of Smithfield Foods. The court said the gag order, which prohibited lawyers or anyone with knowledge of conditions of North Carolina hog operations from sharing information, violated the First Amendment.Judge Earl Britt, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, in late June imposed the gag order on the parties, lawyers and potential witnesses in the lawsuits. Britt said a “significant increase in trial publicity” and the “volume and scope of prejudicial publicity” about the first two cases — one decided in early May and the other two days after the gag order was implemented — could taint future jurors. (More than a dozen nuisance suits were filed.) The National Pork Producers Council and the North Carolina Pork Council (NCPC) in August filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of lifting the gag order.NPPC and NCPC argued that there is no compelling need for the gag order, the District Court did not consider alternatives to the order — including the jury selection process or jury instructions — the order is overbroad and vague and it won’t be effective. On the latter point, they said it’s “not reasonable to think that any gag order will reduce coverage of these cases or blunt the public’s interest” in them. The appeals court issued its decision even though the District Court judge lifted the gag order Aug. 31.last_img read more

Meghalaya mine mishap: No change in water level

first_imgThe multi-agency operations to rescue the miners in Meghalaya failed to make any headway on Thursday, with efforts to pump the water out of the mine not yielding any result. The divers of the Navy and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were not able to resume the search operation for the 15 trapped miners as they could not go inside due to the high water level. Asked if the divers would take another chance later in the day, operation spokesperson R Susngi told PTI that they would wait, but there was a remote chance of the water level reducing so soon. The 15 miners remain trapped in the 370-foot-deep illegal rat-hole coal mine in Lumthari village of East Jaintia Hills district since December 13 after water from a nearby river gushed in. The operation to rescue them entered the 22nd day on Thursday. Fire service personnel from Odisha resumed work at 10 am and it was found that the water level has risen again, a day after full-day pumping resulted in it receding by 16 inches, Mr. Susngi said. One more pump will be put to use at the mine on Thursday and another would will be installed at an abandoned mine, about 100 metres away, he said. Meanwhile, the high-powered submersible pump from Coal India is yet to begin work, three days after it arrived at the site. Preparation is still going on to get the pump operational, Mr. Susngi said. The spokesperson had said divers would resume operation once the water level at the main shaft decreases to about 100 feet from its current level of over 160 feet. Authorities said there were at least 90 abandoned mine shafts in the area and they were full of water. Rescuers believe that these nearby mines might be interconnected and draining out water in these mines could help in reducing the water level in the main shaft.last_img read more

Pingris wants to see more from Acox amid subpar showing in semis

first_img“As an import, I’m not satisfied,” Pingris said in Filipino after Star suffered a 98-74 beatdown in Game 2 Tuesday night.Acox is known for his rebounding and that’s also the primary reason why Star opted to replace the prolific scorer Malcolm Hill.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe is posting 14 boards a game in the semis. But with the situation that his team is in, he needs to do more than that if the Hotshots would keep their season alive in Game 3 on Thursday.On the other hand, Allen Durham is playing like the reigning Best Import and is showing why he’s tipped to win the award again. Stalzer returns to PSL, jumps ship from Foton to Petron BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next PBA IMAGESVeteran Star forward Marc Pingris wants to see more production from import Kris Acox, who has been subpar in the Hotshots’ semifinals series against the Meralco Bolts.Through two games, Acox only has had little to show on offense, averaging just 8 points on 35% shooting from the field.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “It’s going to be hard [to win in Game 3] but we’re going to try. It’s really going to be tough.” Durham has been nothing short but menacing, averaging 22 points, 24 rebounds and 4.5 assists in the semis.But the Hotshots’ woes aren’t just due to Acox’s poor play.Pingris said the locals should also step up.In Game 2, Star only had two players in double-digit scoring with Mark Barroca tallying 16 points. The other was Mon Abundo, the third-string point guard, who got extended playing time with Paul Lee nursing a left knee injury.“We also need to help him (Acox). It shouldn’t be just all him. The locals also need to help out,” said Pingris, who also has his fair share of struggles in the series, averaging 4.5 points and 5.5 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

NRL Touch Premiership Team Announcement

first_imgDave MaherPaije Hockings Matthew SinclairPhoebe Steele Liam BauerGrace Griffin Ferghus KernahanKate Ryan Joel WilloughbyMick Moussa Mitch WiltonLauren Thorne Justin OttoCatherine Sargent Cody GreenMelia Larkin Jack HughesKelly Kennedy Cooper MarshallEmma Paki Hayden MoffatPaige Parker Tim BaartzBella Bauer Zach BouzounisStephanie Kelly Men’sWomen’s Jesse ParkerSamantha Rodgers David SenKim Sue See Carlos SavageVictoria Pone Nicholas GoodPaige Markey Ifor JonesCharlotte Davis Georgie PalauSarah Peattie Jayden BenbowJaya Acutt Kristian CongooNatasha Adams Peter NormanAsh Kearney Sam CarmodyEmily Hennessey Ciaran TonerElesha Te Paa Shaun FrancisSophie Duff Lachlan HochMeckensie Hudson Connor HarveyHayley Maddick Jake GrechPatricia Michaelopoulos John KennedyPihuka Duff Mita GrahamSavarna Asafo-Tavita Daniel LangbridgeRachel Jeffs Alex LangbridgeAmelia Hughes CoachCoach Awa MorrisJessica Mahar Mark BolandBarry Gibson Jordan HillEmily Reid Maurice KennedyShellie Davis Pokaiaua KurukaangaNicole Drummond Jordan HoroBrittney Clifford Terry DeeganSophie Broadhead Wayne UnuwaiEmily Ward Michael LawMikayla Newman Simon LangHannah Dyball Tiaan McIntyreJaymie Kolose Mitch de RossiMia Johnstone Lachlan PierceRylie Seamark Jakob HallSammy-Jo Curtis Jayden LoveLucia Fildes Tjadyn AshbyToni Breeze James ShuteBethany Webb Scott BuckleyLogan Flanagan Damon MooreChloe Sawtell CoachCoach Brayden HegartyRebecca Goulding Rob McCarthyClare Vanzino Daniel StoneCourtney Young Men’sWomen’s CoachCoach Jack EdwardsMadi Crowe Steve RobertsLaura Waldie Lincoln LittleTaryn Love Rahul DasLeana Fox Jimmy de VeerTaylah Connell James CourtneySammy Hopkin Josh MoffittLaura Peattie Dave NolanMick Lovett Jordan WattsToni Wells Men’sWomen’s Men’sWomen’s Bailey HaywardElin Mortimer CoachCoach Dave ZanetteMel Wilks Shaquille StoneDayna Turnbull Flynn Angles-CorkeRebecca Beath Men’sWomen’s Jake NotleyTahlia Rolph CoachCoach Brad RussellGeorgina Rackemann Bart HillSian Filipo Tristan WaggMarikki Watego Jason BoydLeasha Thouard Jared TownsonSharni Vilila Phil GyemoreCraig Morrow Mitch WickhamShannon Rose Kyle JermynDanielle Davis Jaymon BobKasey Dragisic Chris BarakatElizabeth Brooks Jack WeatherillElise Wilson Benjamin MoylanAndrea Roditis Jackson MillsZara Nicholas Men’sWomen’s Luke MansourStephanie Maiolo Tyla LoveNicole Saldern Matt TopeAmy Regal Edward BurrellTyla Gambell Justin CostelloKirstie Jenkins CoachCoach James SharpRachel Walsh Connah PamatatauKayla Mi Mi Jesse CurtisTarryn Aiken Dean SpringfieldJessica McCall Luke TonegatoJessica Potts Dylan HennesseyBrit Donovan James BlackwoodHaley Crawford Robert NakhlaIsabella Slattery Tommy QuinlivanKaitlin Shave Tony TradPaul Sfeir Malcolm KennyAbby King Adam PrydeRebecca Mi Mi Josh RozairoClaire Tandek Sean HooperKatee Maller Adam RussellKatherine Stevens Danyon Morgan-PuterangiHayley Lee Jason KazziAbbey Papenhuyzen Men’sWomen’s Michael SinghChloe Watt Harrison GriffinJenaya Paul CoachCoach Tim GlazebrookLeah Percy Drumayne Dayberg-MuirTiarni Boyce Chris LothRenee Murphy Jacob MarrinanJessica Shanahan Scott BundyAngel Barber Madalitso MasacheAshleigh Quinlan Here are the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership teams!Get behind them by getting to a stadium near you from Saturday 6th April or tune into games on Kayo – enjoy a 14-day free trial by using this link: bit.ly/kayonrltp Jake FitzpatrickAmy Dufour Stuart BriertyMeg Muir Maurice StoneCodie Taute Men’sWomen’s Justin CridlandKirralee Costello Corey RussellMarama Thomas Sean LawPrincess Elliot Dylan ThompsonRhiannon Podmore Marley SimbolonBillie Taylor Caidyn WynyardAaliyah Paki Mase ParsonsAriia Tainui-McIntyre Ashton RobinsonIsla Norman-Bell Michael CavanaghTay-a Antonievic Cormac HochGeorgia Harris Reihana Soutar-FinchMeg Sycamore Jordan Marshall-KingFaith Nathan CoachCoach Kurt DonoghoeSophie Crouch Daniel BartonTayla Cliffordlast_img read more

RBI to transfer record surplus of 176L cr to govt

first_imgMumbai: Accepting the recommendation of a panel headed by its former Governor Bimal Jalan, Governor Shaktikanta Das-led Reserve Bank of India central board on Monday decided to transfer a sum of whopping Rs 1,76,051 crore to the government. “The board of central bank decided to transfer a sum of Rs 1,76,051 crore to the Government of India comprising Rs 1,23,414 crore of surplus for the year 2018-19 and Rs 52,637 crore of excess provisions identified as per the revised Economic Capital Framework (ECF),” the RBI said in a statement. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe committee had recommended the bank equity to be within a band of 5.5 per cent to 6.5 per cent of the balance sheet. However, the RBI board has decided to maintain it at a lower end of 5.5 per cent band to hand over Rs 52,637 crore excess to the government. The receipts from the RBI will give a fillip to the government’s efforts to boost the economy from a five-year low. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had last week announced a slew of measures to prop up growth even as the government tried to stick to the target of keeping fiscal deficit at 3.3 per cent of the GDP. The additional cash will now give the Centre more headroom for stimulating the economy. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe Modi government and the RBI under its previous governor Urjit Patel had been at loggerheads over the optimum level of surplus capital with the central bank. As a result, the RBI in its crucial November 2018 board meeting decided to form a committee to review the Economic Capital Framework (ECF) for the Reserve Bank. However, Patel quit before the committee could be formed. Subsequently, the panel was constituted in consultation with new RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das on December 26. Since 2013-14, the RBI has been paying 99 per cent of its disposable income to the government, which is battling to rein in deficits. As far as the dividend is concerned, the statement said “as financial resilience was within the desired range, the entire net income of Rs 1,23,414 crore for the year 2018-19, of which an amount of Rs 28,000 crore has already been paid as interim dividend, will be transferred to the Government of India (in March 2019)”. The government will get a higher dividend Rs 95,414 crore during the current fiscal as against the estimate of Rs 90,000 crore. The Union Budget 2019-20 had pegged dividend or surplus of the RBI, nationalised banks and financial institutions at Rs 1.06 lakh crore up from Rs 74,140.37 crore realised in the previous fiscal. In 2017-18, Rs 40,659 crore was transferred in dividend to the government.last_img read more

Stars Want Elephant Protection Law

first_imgMore than 50 notable figures in the entertainment industry have come out as supporters of a bill that would ban the use of bullhooks on elephants in California.Authored by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, and Assembly member Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, SB 716 will be heard by the Assembly Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media Committee on July 14. This bill is also supported by The Humane Society of the United States, the Performing Animal Welfare Society and the Oakland Zoo.Sen. Ricardo Lara said: “It’s time to say adios to devices used to torture elephants in California. Several cities have already taken a stand against this form of abuse and now our entire state must demonstrate leadership. We must protect our elephants and ban this inhumane treatment.”Members of the entertainment industry urge the passage of SB 716 in a petition that will be presented at the July 14 hearing. The petition reads, in part “There is no excuse for treating elephants cruelly for entertainment’s sake. Today, zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and bona fide sanctuaries in California use positive reinforcement and food rewards to train elephants, while providing excellent care. None of them use the bullhook. The worst abuses take place away from the view of the public and law enforcement. The only sure way to protect elephants is to prohibit use of the bullhook.”Supporters include: Bob Barker, Kim Basinger, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Jason Biggs, Jorja Fox, Woody Harrelson, Anjelica Huston, Shirley Manson, Ross McCall, Rose McGowan, Lea Michele, Kevin Nealon, Edward Norton, Nikki Reed, Sia, Ian Somerhalder, Hilary Swank, Lily Tomlin and many more.last_img read more

The Elders Call For Fair Elections And Inclusive Peaceful Transition In PostMugabe

first_imgThe Elders today called on all political, military and civil society leaders in Zimbabwe to work together towards free and fair elections and a peaceful, inclusive transition following the resignation of former President Robert Mugabe.They urged all stakeholders to implement immediate socio-economic measures to address urgent issues that affect ordinary Zimbabweans’ welfare and provide relief to their pain and suffering. Zimbabwe’s neighbours in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries must do all they can to support a successful political process that respects human rights and returns stability and growth to the country.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said: “The period between now and the 2018 election is critical both for reconciliation and organised transition in Zimbabwe. All stakeholders should come together and engage in serious debate on a future vision and public policy.”Graça Machel, co-founder of The Elders and a former freedom fighter in Mozambique, said: “The departure of Robert Mugabe offers a huge and rare chance for the people of Zimbabwe to chart a new course towards a peaceful, prosperous and inclusive future. This will only succeed if civil society activists, human rights defenders, independent media, religious organizations and academia are engaged on the type of transition to be chosen. Zimbabwe must look to the future, but also deliver justice to those who have suffered in the past.”The Elders agree that upcoming elections in 2018 are a crucial test of Zimbabwe’s new leaders’ commitment to democracy and political reform. All state institutions, especially the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, must put transparency and integrity at the heart of their work. This is particularly important regarding the ongoing Biometric Voter Registration process, which must deliver a credible electoral roll to restore confidence to the voting system.last_img read more

Algonquin Nation in Quebec faces political crisis

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsAn Algonquin community in Quebec is facing a political crisis that may force a new band election.“People are not happy with the leadership in the community,” said Velma Stanger, a member of the Timiskaming First Nation.Stanger has 193 signatures on a petition calling for a vote.According to the band’s election code, that’s enough for a new election.Stanger said 53 per cent of the community has signed her petition, but there’s a problem.Nobody has the records of who voted in the last election – only that 364 ballots were cast.According to the electoral officer, all the records from the last election were destroyed.“We needed that list in order to visit all the people who voted,” said Stanger.Velma Stanger of the Timiskaming First Nation in Quebec. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTNThe petition states that by signing, signees confirm that they voted.But the band council said that’s not enough.They asked community members to come sign the same petition again at council, this time as a sworn legal statement, or affidavit.“We left it open for a month for people to come in and sign,” said Chief Wayne McKenzie.“Like I said, we weren’t against the petition, we’re letting people have their freedom of speech and freedom to do as they want to do, nobody signed that petition.”McKenzie said that many people who signed the petition were misled by Stanger.And the petition itself is retaliation for the band council doing its job.“The only reason they’re doing it is to try to save HRSD, the corporation on the reserve,” he said.McKenzie is referring to the Algonquin Nation Human Resources and Sustainable Development Corporation.ANHRSD is mandated to help train Algonquin in employment skills.McKenzie said when he asked for justification for certain expenses, they refused.“They came out swinging when we started asking about this, and then they throw this petition,” he said.As the director for ANHRSD, Stanger said the expenses have been explained to council.She added that the petition is born out of community frustration.Conrad Polson is a former chief. He said he doesn’t like where the council is heading.“My concern is the impacts on our children and grandchildren,” he told APTN News. “Those are going to be the ones footing the bill for the next little while.”Polson pointed to the looming sale of Steve’s Gas Bar as an example.He said there’s something fishy about council wanting to buy a gas station from one of it’s councillors for $350,000.Polson said he thinks the money spent buying and fixing the gas station can be better spent.“If you do the math, we could build a couple of gas stations, maybe even a little mall,” he said.McKenzie agreed the station is a fixer upper, but counters that it is profitable and in an excellent location.“We’re not going to get into a deal unless all the environmental studies are done, feasibility studies business plan, if it’s not feasible, we’re not going to get into it,” McKenzie said.Nearly a year after the petition was submitted, the petitioners have called for an election on April 21.“I’m just hoping that we get a lot of people out to vote, because that will say…that message will be a good one to the chief and council here that maybe it’s time to go,” said Stanger.McKenzie said the current council will not recognize any election.He said according to the code, only the council can call an election.And they have no intention to do so before the end of its current mandate in 2020.tfennario@aptn.calast_img read more

Marc Loving gets weight of a silverback gorilla off his back against

Freshman forward Marc Loving (2) drives to the basket during a game against Michigan Feb. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 70-60.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorIt had been a long time since Ohio State freshman forward Marc Loving scored a basket.Four hours, 35 minutes and 14 seconds of game time to be exact.Loving hadn’t scored a field goal since a 3-pointer with 20 seconds remaining during a 68-62 loss against Nebraska Jan. 20.He had also failed to score in any way since the Buckeyes fell, 71-70, in overtime against Penn State Jan. 29, when he hit a pair of free throws.But when his team needed him to recapture the form that had excited coach Thad Matta and the Buckeye faithful earlier this season, Loving did just that.Against Illinois Saturday, the Buckeyes struggled to score — putting up only 20 points in the first half and a season-low 48 points in the game — and led by just one point with 12:18 remaining.After buckets from bench players junior center Trey McDonald and sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle pushed the lead to five, Loving found the scoring touch he hadn’t seen in nearly a month.“It was like a monkey climbed off my back,” Loving said to Cleveland.com after OSU’s 48-39 win against the Fighting Illini.When he was asked to identify the size of the primate, the freshman was quick to clarify.“A silverback (gorilla),” he added.Loving’s first made jumper in the month of February was followed by two more field goals and a pair of free throws, as the freshman scored eight consecutive points for the Buckeyes.“We needed a little spark off the bench,” Loving said after the game. “Seeing (a shot) go in relieved a lot of pressure. My teammates had my back during my struggles, and they were looking for me. I took the open opportunities and they went down.”At the end of the run, OSU (20-6, 7-6, fifth in the Big Ten) led, 42-29, with 5:25 remaining. The team held on for the victory despite a late charge from Illinois (14-12, 3-10, last in the Big Ten).Before the scoring drought began, Loving was averaging 6.68 points per game but has since seen that number slip to 5.3 a game. His time on the court had also dwindled, as he recorded a season low two minutes during a 70-60 loss against then-No. 15 Michigan Feb. 11.Matta said the pressure that was lifted when Loving made the first basket was immense.“When the ball went through for him, I was just so excited,” Matta said in an interview with Cleveland.com after the game. “I talked to him after practice (Friday) and said ‘It’s going to happen’ … When that first shot went down, you could literally see a thousand pounds lifted off of him.”Matta added that he thought Loving was deserving of the game ball.“I told the team afterward, if I could have gotten the game ball, I would have given it to (Loving),” Matta said.Loving wasn’t the only bench player for the Buckeyes to play well against the Illini.Della Valle scored five points and added three rebounds, with junior guard Shannon Scott — who asked to be removed from the starting lineup last month — playing 26 minutes and recording five steals, four rebounds, three assists and two points.McDonald also recorded two points in 15 minutes in relief of junior center Amir Williams, who failed to score during the game.“What you saw with Trey, what you saw with Amedeo, those are things we need them to do,” Matta said. “We rode those guys. They were dog tired.”Senior guard Aaron Craft was the game’s leading scorer with 14 points, but was saddled to the bench with foul trouble for large portions of each half.Craft said it was hard not being able to play, but thought the bench players did a good job when they were needed.“It was rough,” Craft said in an interview with Cleveland.com after the game. “I’m sitting on the bench. It’s tough when you don’t have a say. My teammates did a great job controlling the perimeter. Guys just did a great job executing, finding ways to keep it close and that’s what we needed.”Next up, Loving and the rest of the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Northwestern (12-13, 5-7, tied for seventh in the Big Ten) Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more