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first_imgJudge Keenan Johnson: Increased ram raider’s sentenceA CRIMINAL behind a ram raid on a shop and who appealed to have his prison sentence reduced has had it INCREASED instead by a judge.Bernard McGinley was part of a notorious gang from east Donegal behind raids in different parts of the county. The 25-year-old drove a car into the front of a petrol station in St Johnston.But Gardai managed to trace the 26-year-old father-of-one after his license plate fell off at the Foyle View Service station in Dundee, St.Johnston on December 2nd, 2010.McGinley and his gang robbed a cash register drawer containing €200 and an Eircom payphone during the 7am raid.Gardai used CCTV and traced the damaged Opel Astra car to 3 Canal Road, Letterkenny.They also managed to identify McGinley who was wearing the same clothing from the CCTV and also the same jewellery.A court last March heard that €4,000 in damage caused to the garage during the raid had not been paid back.In a separate incident in June 2012, McGinley was caught trying to steal a car on the Milford Road, Kilmacrennan. He was also in possession of a 10-inch hunting knife.McGinley had a number of previous convictions for drink-driving, car theft and failing to stop for Gardai.Judge Paul Kelly jailed McGinley for nine months, with several concurrent sentences, on all the offences – but McGinley appealed to the Circuit Court to have the sentence reduced and he was released on bail.When told the details of the case Judge Keenan Johnson said that rather than reducing the sentence he was going to increase it.“Ram-raiding is about as bad as it gets. It’s far too prevalent in this country and the courts have a duty to punish people who do this,” said Judge Johnson.He affirmed the nine month sentence handed down by Judge Kelly, but added two more three-month sentences, to run consecutively – giving McGinley a total of 15 months behind bars.The judge told a solicitor that McGinley had taken “an enormous risk” in appealing what had been a “more than fair”sentence.JUDGE GIVES RAM-RAIDING THUG AN EXTRA SIX MONTHS BEHIND BARS was last modified: February 16th, 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:crimedonegalExtra timejailLetterkenny Circuit Courtram-raiderSt Johnstonlast_img read more


first_imgKillybegs Coast Guard at Rougey todayVOLUNTEERS have spent a fourth day searching the Rougey Walk area of Bundoran today after the discovery of personal belongings and clothing there on Thursday.The discovery was made on the scenic footpath popular with walkers.The personal belongings and clothing were found very close to the cliff edge around the Bundoran coast. The alarm was immediately raised and the 118 rescue chopper was deployed to help carry out an extensive search along the coast.Killybegs Coast Guard VOLUNTEERS SPEND FOURTH DAY SEARCHING FOR MISSING PERSON was last modified: February 23rd, 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:bundoranClothesKillybegs Coast GuardRougeysearchwalkwaylast_img read more

Giants beat Dodgers, Kershaw to open homestand

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — It was hard to discern who needed the win more, the Giants or Drew Pomeranz.In danger of being pulled from the rotation, Pomeranz pitched his way out of a bases loaded situation in the top of the first inning Friday night and ended up pitching five scoreless innings in a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.Pomeranz didn’t actually get the win — it went to Reyes Moronta, the first pitcher out of the bullpen — but he was a winner in the eyes of manager Bruce Bochy as the …last_img

South African wine triumphs at international awards

first_imgA South African wine has scooped a prestigious international award. Held in the UK, Decanter World Wine Awards named DeMorgenzon Chardonnay Reserve 2015 as one of the best in the world.It received the “platinum: best in show” chardonnay for a wine of more than £15 (about R324).The wine came out on top against 16 000 others, originating from France, the US and Australia, according to the SABC. The Decanter Awards is the largest in the world and known as the most wine prestigious competition.“I am absolutely thrilled,” Stellenbosch’s DeMorgenzon wine estate owner, Wendy Appelbaum, told the SABC.“It’s not only good for the farm, I think it’s good for South Africa. I think that when they realise that South Africa is actually making some of the best wines in the world it will do the entire industry the world of good.”Watch:Winemaker Carl van de Merwe said he used natural and traditional processes to make the award-winning chardonnay.“I think it takes a ton of insight and an ability to dream, and an ability to perceive and understand your natural resources, the people that you work with, the sight and then just a love and a passion for making wine and you put that all together,” he told the SABC.The awardsChile and France dominated the “platinum: best in show” category, taking six and nine titles, respectively.Blind tastings are done of all the wines by 240 of the world’s most esteemed Masters of Wine Master Sommeliers. DeMorgenzon Chardonnay Reserve 2015 profileBottle size: 75clClosure: Natural corkAlcohol level: 12%Grape composition: 51% chardonnay, 49% pinot noirTasting notes: 86/100 heady citrus, marmalade and sweet biscuit aromas, and a palate brimming with candied fruit, crunchy apple, zesty mandarin and a fresh citrusacidity.South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

Is This the Cure for the Common CRM?

first_imgCureCRM is new software as a service that aspires to be the “cure for the common CRM.” As you might be able to tell from its logo, the service is first and foremost about integrating closely with email. It acts as an email-based assistant for CRM work, and it can automatically log business-related email activity on both its own site and Salesforce.com. The product also focuses on including Twitter in the mix, making it a promising, if not entirely complete, addition to the social CRM space that is rapidly maturing in 2009.Twitter Relationship ManagerIn addition to the relationship management that you’re probably used to, CureCRM includes a little bit of character from the social CRM space by integrating smoothly with Twitter. If you opt to connect your company’s account with OAuth, tweets become a part of the workflow. Twitter friends become a part of the contacts system, you can track conversations just like email, and team leaders can assign an ongoing Twitter conversation. Email-powered CRMThe core paradigm of CureCRM is built around connecting closely with email. It extracts your contacts to seed your CRM, it feeds out assigned tasks and reminders, and it can automatically log related emails into both their site and Salesforce.com if you opt to integrate the two. In addition to connecting with Google Apps/Gmail, as well as Outlook and Exchange servers, CureCRM features a personal email assistant somewhat reminiscent of the now-defunct Sandy. CureCRM might seem a little strange for those familiar with more common CRM systems. But that’s because it’s more like an application that sits on top of your typical CRM, allowing you to do a better job of managing and automating the pipeline of activity. The system creates a central administrative view that is a stream of emails and tweets.In practice, that kind of management means you can do things like automatically pull in prospect-related emails into your CRM, rather than relying on salespeople to go to your CRM and manually log them. The basic package with CureCRM is $29.95/month, or $49.95 if you want the whole shebang with the Outlook plugin and Salesforce.com integration.Room to ImproveIn our tests, CureCRM was fairly intuitive, especially to someone who might already be familiar with Twitter. As someone who has felt the frustrations of having to manually chronicle customer interactions in a CRM, I could see this system improving things for people.But if it wants to continue as something that feels like an improvement to the typical CRM, then they need to connect with more than just Salesforce.com and Twitter. Integration, both the ability to do it and how easy it is, is a huge concern for enterprises looking to adopt SaaS solutions. The software needs to work with other kinds of CRMs (which might not be SaaS) and connect to other public networks where conversations are happening. By doing both, CureCRM could show real potential for building on what it has gotten right with CRM already. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now steven wallinglast_img read more

NU gains finals, outlasts Arellano in grueling comeback win

first_imgPVL: FEU drags Adamson into semis game 3 LATEST STORIES Read Next MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight National University showed great resolve and rallied past Arellano University, 25-17, 26-28, 17-25, 25-13, 20-18, to book the first ticket in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Saturday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Led by their towering spiker Jaja Santiago, the Lady Bulldogs climbed back from a two-sets-to-one hole and rose from a 13-9 in the fifth set in stunning fashion.ADVERTISEMENT Santiago carried NU in the pivotal stretch as she came up clutch with six hits.The Lady Bulldogs also got unlikely help from the Lady Chiefs’ Jovielyn Prado, who committed back-to-back errors.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 shutoutNU, which remained unscathed in the conference, faces either Adamson or Far Eastern University in the championship round.The Lady Tamaraws forced a do-or-die Game 3 on Monday after edging the Lady Falcons in five sets. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

I won’t return to Test cricket: Afridi

first_imgPakistan’s ODI cricket captain Shahid Afridi.Pakistan’s ODI captain Shahid Afridi has ruled out returning to play Test cricket despite being urged to lead the side in all three formats of the game by former skipper Imran Khan.Afridi decided to retire from Test cricket last year although he was named captain for the entire Test and one-day series against Australia and England.He retired from Tests after Pakistan lost to Australia under his captaincy and since then the flamboyant all-rounder has focused on playing just one-dayers and Twenty20 cricket.”I don’t think I am the sort of player who is ideal for Test cricket. So I have no plans to make a comeback to Test matches,” Afridi told reporters at a function hosted for the World Cup team.Afridi insisted that he enjoyed playing limited overs cricket and wanted to focus on these two formats and do justice to his captaincy.”I am thankful to those former players who believe that I should also lead the team in Test matches but I don’t think I am cut out for the five-day format,” he said.Imran has said that Afridi can return to Test matches primarily as a bowler.Afridi, however, said that he was keen to make up for his relative lack of success in batting.”I will focus a lot on my batting on the coming tour to the West Indies because I know people want to see me scoring runs. Now even my daughter has started saying ‘Baba Boom Boom out’,” Afridi said.advertisementThe experienced all-rounder, who has made 320 ODI appearances said he was confident of making his mark as a batsman in the West Indies.”Batting is one department I want to regain my form,” said Afridi who last year scored two hundreds in the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

CAG report on CWG mess tabled in Lok Sabha, Oppn guns for Sheila

first_imgThe heat is on Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. The 800-page CAG report, which indicts the chief minister for financial irregularities during the Commonwealth Games, was on Friday tabled in Parliament.  The report has blamed the Sheila Dikshit government for several infrastructure contracts given before the Delhi Games. Dikshit is expected to hold a cabinet meeting on Friday to decide on the next course of action. Dikshit who was attending a function in Delhi even as the CAG report was tabled appeared unfazed by the developments. “Let me see the CAG report first. Good system is in place to punish guilty in CWG and 2G cases,” she told reporters. The opposition, which is baying for the CM’s blood, even saw a conspiracy in the delay in giving the CAG report to MPs. BJP maybe fighting corruption charges in Karnataka, but that hasn’t stopped the party from demanding Dikshit’s resignation. “We have been raising the issue of corruption in the CWG for a long time. Few people are in jail in this regard. There cannot be two standards for corruption. Sheila government must go,” BJP spokesperson Rajeev Pratap Rudi told reporters in Delhi. Senior BJP leader Balbir Punj also demanded the Delhi CM’s resignation after CAG report on CWG. Meanwhile, Law Minister Salman Khurshid said there was a procedure in Parliament on CAG reports, which will be followed and that can’t be pre-empted. The charges Dikshit has been indicted for a host of financial irregularities in the CWG projects executed by her government. The most gaping irregularities were found in the street lightling projects undertaken during the Games last year. The CAG has found that:  A firm Space Age, disqualified for street lighting, was irregularly declared fit after it made a plea before the Delhi Chief Minister. Space Age had applied in the lucrative imported luminaries category and then ended up supplying low-cost luminaries made by a Saudi Arabian firm.  The Saudi make cost just Rs 5,040 a piece even as Space Age pocketed Rs 25,704 each for the same from the government, making a neat profit of Rs 2.68 crore.  The CAG report says that the CM’s decision to go for imported luminaries led to overall extra expenditure of Rs 31 cr.  The winning tender of Sweka Powertech had many over-writings and corrections, apparently in a bid to inflate profits.  The report further faults the Delhi government saying that street-scaping contracts worth Rs 4.87 crore per km were awarded in an ad hoc manner.  These street-scaping and beautification contracts led to an overall loss of Rs 101 crore to the exchequer.  The Delhi government’s indictment doesn’t end there. The report also blames it for incurring avoidable expenditure on road signages. The report states that PWD didn’t facilitate healthy competition by ensuring sharing of work between two major retro reflective sheet manufacturers, 3M and Avery Denison. The anti-competitive bidding process led to a higher procurement cost, leading to overspending by about Rs 15 crore. The Delhi government has also been criticised for accepting a single tender at a higher rate, which led to a loss of Rs 1.40 crore. The designs for signage and subsequent awarding of work were revised, affecting quality and costing the exchequer dearly.  There is criticism for irregularities in the development of infrastructure ahead of the sporting extravaganza. The CAG specifically points out the bloated contractor’s profit and overhead (CPOH) charges of 37.5 per cent instead of the CPWD-stipulated 15 per cent.  The report says the PWD accepted overwritten, corrected bids for the Barapullah Nallah flyover project.  The bid for the Ring Road bypass project was also manipulated, costing the exchequer an extra Rs 6.23 crore.  The auditor also held Delhi government responsible for accepting the suspension model for the foot overbridge near the JLN Stadium that collapsed days before the Games.  The CAG report says that Infrastructure, Leasing and Financial Services Ltd was paid an exorbitant amount to remove debris from some CWG sites.  In the face of such damning allegations, it looks like the Delhi CM will have a lot of explaining to do in the days ahead. The report has reportedly pointed out that Spage Age, one of the disqualified firms bidding for street lighting, was declared qualified “irregularly” after it made a plea to the chief minister.advertisementlast_img read more

Bullpups beat Blue Eaglets again, close in on UAAP juniors title

first_imgLATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines – Top seed National University beat defending champion Ateneo anew, 70-58, to take Game 1 of the UAAP Season 81 juniors basketball Finals Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Bullpups drew a balanced offensive effort with six players scoring at least nine points led by Carl Tamayo’s 15 but it was on the defensive end where they really thrived.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Quiambao finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds while also helping in containing Sotto in the second half.The 7-foot-2 Sotto still finished with 16 points but needed 15 attempts and made only seven. He did have 15 rebounds and five blocks while Chiu had a fast start but cooled off the last two quarters to tally 12 points and 11 rebounds.NU also clamped down guard Forthsky Padrigao, who had just four points on 2-of-12 shooting from the field with eight turnovers.Padrigao contributed in other areas with six rebounds, eight assists and three steals but Ateneo would need him to score more if it wants to force a deciding Game 3.The Blue Eaglets will also have to limit their turnovers after committing 21 in Game 1.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes NU coach Goldwin Monteverde said another key for his team was its poise in the second half after a slow first two quarters.“The key is our composure. We were rushing with our execution in the first half and fortunately, we were able to recover in the second half,” said Monteverde, whose squad trailed, 30-25, at the break before outscoring the Blue Eaglets, 28-15, in the third period to turn the tide.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Bullpups improved to 3-0 against the Blue Eagles this season after sweeping them in the elimination round. Game 2 is on Friday with NU looking for its first juniors crown since 2016.Tamayo, who also grabbed 12 rebounds, along with Kevin Quiambao anchored NU’s defense against Ateneo’s towering big men of Kai Sotto and Geo Chiu, who struggled in the crucial stages of the game. MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ‘No love scenes’ for Marvin Hagler as boxing legend eyes more silver screen action Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more