Police appeal for information after pepper spray is used in another Strabane robbery

first_img Twitter WhatsApp Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Police appeal for information after pepper spray is used in another Strabane robbery Pinterest WhatsApp Pepper spray has been used in a robbery in Strabane for the second time in less than a week.A woman working in a fast food premises on Bradley Way was sprayed by a man who entered the shop shortly after 8 o’clock last night and demanded money. He was armed with a knife as well as the can of spray.The man ran off with cash in the direction of the river Mourne, it’s not believed the woman needed medical attention.Local Councillor Brian Mc Mahon says it’s a worrying development………….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/brianpepper.mp3[/podcast] Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Previous articleCalls for staffing embargo to be lifted at Killybegs Community HospitalNext articleABP upholds refusal of planning permission for Ballintra windfarm News Highland center_img Facebook News Pinterest Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter By News Highland – January 30, 2014 Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

FUSINA troops capture series of Honduran drug traffickers

first_imgJust two days before Don H’s arrest, Los Tigres commandos assigned to FUSINA captured brothers Miguel Arnulfo Valle Valle, 42, and Luis Alonso Valle Valle, 45, as well as $11.2 million (USD) and several firearms. The two brothers, alleged leaders of the international drug trafficking cartel Los Valles, were caught inside a newly-built hacienda in the town of Florida, in the western department of Copán. FUSINA is reducing drug trafficking into Honduras Los Valles has in recent years trafficked thousands of kilos of cocaine into Guatemala and then into the United States, according to allegations by the U.S. Treasury. That department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) placed the organization on its list of major international drug trafficking groups in August. It works with the Sinaloa Cartel, a Mexican transnational criminal organization which is one of the top drug trafficking groups in the world. “His detention is only a matter of time,” said director of the Honduran National Police Ramón Sabillón. “The Valle band is one of the largest criminal organizations in Honduras. Their history links them with murders for hire, drug trafficking and illegal distribution of weapons.” “I think there was excellent coordination work and information sharing. This allowed us, I think, to conduct a remarkably coordinated effort,” said Gen. Fredy Díaz Zelaya, chief of the Honduran Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff. Cooperation between Honduran security forces and government agencies is crucial in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime, said President Hernández during a press conference following the arrests of Miguel and Luis Valle. It was just the latest in a series of arrests of alleged drug traffickers by Honduran and U.S. security forces – seven in recent months. Just two days before Don H’s arrest, Los Tigres commandos assigned to FUSINA captured brothers Miguel Arnulfo Valle Valle, 42, and Luis Alonso Valle Valle, 45, as well as $11.2 million (USD) and several firearms. The two brothers, alleged leaders of the international drug trafficking cartel Los Valles, were caught inside a newly-built hacienda in the town of Florida, in the western department of Copán. FUSINA’s efforts on land, in the air, and at sea have reduced drug trafficking into Honduras. “Traffickers have had to find new spaces to take the drug to their intended final destination,” said Army Col. Gustavo Paz Escalante. “His detention is only a matter of time,” said director of the Honduran National Police Ramón Sabillón. “The Valle band is one of the largest criminal organizations in Honduras. Their history links them with murders for hire, drug trafficking and illegal distribution of weapons.” A series of arrests FUSINA was created by President Juan Orlando Hernández in February 2014, one month after he was sworn into office, in an effort to aggressively confront international drug traffickers and violent organized crime groups. It’s comprised of 4,400 men and women of the Armed Forces, the National Police, the Public Ministry, the Supreme Court of Justice, the Direction of Migration and the State’s General Intelligence Direction. The group operates throughout the country, with task forces in each of the country’s 18 departments. FUSINA carries out operations every day, on land, in the air, and at sea. “I think there was excellent coordination work and information sharing. This allowed us, I think, to conduct a remarkably coordinated effort,” said Gen. Fredy Díaz Zelaya, chief of the Honduran Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff. In its first eight months of operation, FUSINA has had a dramatic and positive impact. Its troops have seized about 15,000 kilos of cocaine, thousands of firearms, and millions of dollars in cash; additionally, they’ve seized nearly 400 properties that allegedly belonged to criminals. For instance, they’ve seized 52 businesses and homes, including luxury haciendas, which allegedly belong to Los Valles. The suspect, also known as “Don H,” was in an upscale neighborhood nestled in mountains about 15 miles north of Tegucigalpa when he was caught on October 7. Now that he’s in custody, the United States is seeking his extradition. And three days before that, Los Tigres troops captured another Valle brother, José Inocente Valle, 34, in the same department, near the Guatemalan border. They found him inside a house in the town of El Porvenir, and also detained his wife, Marlen Griselda Amaya Argueta. The troops also confiscated a gold-plated AK-47 rifle, 10 passports, a substantial amount of cash, and more than 20 handguns . “Traffickers have had to find new spaces to take the drug to their intended final destination,” said Army Col. Gustavo Paz Escalante. An elite force to fight organized crime and drug trafficking FUSINA’s efforts on land, in the air, and at sea have reduced drug trafficking into Honduras. It was just the latest in a series of arrests of alleged drug traffickers by Honduran and U.S. security forces – seven in recent months. Some people had voiced skepticism about using the Armed Forces to improve public safety by fighting drug trafficking and organized crime, he noted, “but time has proven us right.” The capture of José Valle was historic because it was the first time a member of the Valle criminal family had been arrested in Honduras. Cooperation between Honduran security forces and government agencies is crucial in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime, said President Hernández during a press conference following the arrests of Miguel and Luis Valle. In its first eight months of operation, FUSINA has had a dramatic and positive impact. Its troops have seized about 15,000 kilos of cocaine, thousands of firearms, and millions of dollars in cash; additionally, they’ve seized nearly 400 properties that allegedly belonged to criminals. For instance, they’ve seized 52 businesses and homes, including luxury haciendas, which allegedly belong to Los Valles. And three days before that, Los Tigres troops captured another Valle brother, José Inocente Valle, 34, in the same department, near the Guatemalan border. They found him inside a house in the town of El Porvenir, and also detained his wife, Marlen Griselda Amaya Argueta. The troops also confiscated a gold-plated AK-47 rifle, 10 passports, a substantial amount of cash, and more than 20 handguns . The suspect, also known as “Don H,” was in an upscale neighborhood nestled in mountains about 15 miles north of Tegucigalpa when he was caught on October 7. Now that he’s in custody, the United States is seeking his extradition. Los Valles has in recent years trafficked thousands of kilos of cocaine into Guatemala and then into the United States, according to allegations by the U.S. Treasury. That department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) placed the organization on its list of major international drug trafficking groups in August. It works with the Sinaloa Cartel, a Mexican transnational criminal organization which is one of the top drug trafficking groups in the world. A series of arrests By Dialogo October 16, 2014 In September, before the flurry of arrests, President Hernández lauded the efforts of security forces in a press release. FUSINA is reducing drug trafficking into Honduras International cooperation is another key part of FUSINA’s operations. FUSINA shares information with other Central American countries and the United States. “The system is working,” he said, pledging to continue the battle against drug traffickers and organized crime. “This is only the beginning.” Congratulations to all the members of this elite force and to Honduras for combating such slander in the country. Congratulations, Fusina. It was about time to start getting rid of that cancer that is drowning our society. As a consequence of the series of arrests, only one Valle sibling, José Reynerio Valle, 40, remains at large. Honduran law enforcement authorities are confident they will capture him as well. “All institutions have understood that they must complement each other; share actions and information,” he said. “That’s the reason we have achieved so much in this ongoing battle to recover our peace.” Some people had voiced skepticism about using the Armed Forces to improve public safety by fighting drug trafficking and organized crime, he noted, “but time has proven us right.” An elite force to fight organized crime and drug trafficking Various FUSINA task forces have captured more than 1,500 criminal suspects who are wanted for a wide array of crimes, including homicide, extortion, and drug trafficking. In total, they’ve dismantled at least 41 criminal bands which engaged in extortion and 16 others which commit assassinations for hire. In September, before the flurry of arrests, President Hernández lauded the efforts of security forces in a press release. The capture of José Valle was historic because it was the first time a member of the Valle criminal family had been arrested in Honduras. International cooperation is another key part of FUSINA’s operations. FUSINA shares information with other Central American countries and the United States. Troops with FUSINA, an elite Honduran security force comprised of Army soldiers and National Police agents, recently captured Héctor Emilio Fernández Rosa, an alleged drug trafficker suspected of working with Mexican transnational criminal organization Los Zetas. FUSINA was created by President Juan Orlando Hernández in February 2014, one month after he was sworn into office, in an effort to aggressively confront international drug traffickers and violent organized crime groups. It’s comprised of 4,400 men and women of the Armed Forces, the National Police, the Public Ministry, the Supreme Court of Justice, the Direction of Migration and the State’s General Intelligence Direction. The group operates throughout the country, with task forces in each of the country’s 18 departments. FUSINA carries out operations every day, on land, in the air, and at sea. “All institutions have understood that they must complement each other; share actions and information,” he said. “That’s the reason we have achieved so much in this ongoing battle to recover our peace.” Various FUSINA task forces have captured more than 1,500 criminal suspects who are wanted for a wide array of crimes, including homicide, extortion, and drug trafficking. In total, they’ve dismantled at least 41 criminal bands which engaged in extortion and 16 others which commit assassinations for hire. “The system is working,” he said, pledging to continue the battle against drug traffickers and organized crime. “This is only the beginning.” Troops with FUSINA, an elite Honduran security force comprised of Army soldiers and National Police agents, recently captured Héctor Emilio Fernández Rosa, an alleged drug trafficker suspected of working with Mexican transnational criminal organization Los Zetas. As a consequence of the series of arrests, only one Valle sibling, José Reynerio Valle, 40, remains at large. Honduran law enforcement authorities are confident they will capture him as well. last_img read more

Keane eager to face Ronaldo

first_img Ireland end their summer programme with a tough test against the World Cup-bound Portuguese in New Jersey during the early hours of Wednesday morning amid speculation that the Real Madrid superstar will return from injury at some point in the game at the Metlife Stadium. That might prove a daunting prospect for the Irish defence in particular, but Keane is keeping his fingers crossed that Ronaldo, who has been suffering from tendinitis in his left knee as well as a thigh problem, is involved. The whole programme has been geared towards the start of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign in Georgia in September, and Keane and the rest of the players are well aware of that. The skipper said: “You want to play and win every game. Winning is a habit. It is going to be a big, big test against a great team. “It has been a good trip so far – the players have enjoyed it. Younger players have come in and got a feel for it. “Obviously the main thing is in September, but we have to prepare ourselves and do things properly and make sure we are ready for September.” O’Neill will have to shuffle his pack once again with full-back Marc Wilson missing with a hamstring problem and midfielder Glenn Whelan having returned home because of a family illness. However, he is happy to have had the chance to run the rule over his entire squad. The manager said: “We have utilised it. We have made a number of changes in each game and players have had to get used to playing with each other, some of the lads who have come into the squad for the first time, for instance. “If you look at Shane Duffy, he played the game the other night and overall, he did fine in the game and he will come on really well for the experience. I think it’s the same for a number of the younger lads too. “But just overall, just blending things as much as we can together, really that would be the essence of it.” Robbie Keane admits he and his Republic of Ireland team-mates are desperate for Cristiano Ronaldo to line up against them. The 33-year-old LA Galaxy striker said: “Himself and [Lionel] Messi are clearly the best two players in the world and every player wants to play against the best players in the world. “He is certainly that and it’s a good test for the players to be playing against him. We certainly hope that he does play because you want to play against the best.” Manager Martin O’Neill too is keen to see his players tested once again after tight encounters with Turkey, Italy and Costa Rica in recent weeks, even if that means having to deal with Ronaldo. Asked what challenge that would represent, O’Neill said: “Massive, of course. “We had a few problems the other night at the beginning of the second half of the game for about 15 or 20 minutes when [Costa Rica forward Joel] Campbell came out wide and caused us a few problems, so you could imagine Ronaldo being in that sort of form. “He is one of the top two players in the world. He’s just a brilliant, brilliant player. “But again, it should be great for us to want to go and play against him, if that’s the case. I think actually, the players want him to be playing in the game so they can go and test themselves.” O’Neill has made no apologies for the degree of difficulty associated with the end-of-season fixtures he has selected, which to date have resulted in a 2-1 defeat by the Turks and successive draws with the Italians and the Costa Ricans. Press Associationlast_img read more

Duke ‘looking into’ claims Nike paid Zion Williamson’s mother

first_img Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti charged with trying to extort millions from Nike Michael Avenatti releases documents alleging Nike paid top NCAA recruits The Chronicle reached out to Duke’s director of athletics Kevin White, who said the claims will be investigated like any other compliance matter. “We are aware of the allegation and, as we would with any compliance matter, are looking into it. Duke is fully committed to compliance with all NCAA rules and regulations,” White wrote in a statement. “Every student athlete at Duke is reviewed to ensure their eligibility. With regard to men’s basketball: all recruits and their families are thoroughly vetted by Duke in collaboration with the NCAA through the Eligibility Center’s amateurism certification process.”  ​ Related News Duke is “looking into” celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti’s claims that Nike paid Zion Williamson’s mother for consulting services while her son was one of the top high school recruits.According to a report from The Chronicle, the university was made aware of Avenatti’s allegation after a series of tweets Saturday morning linked to documents Avenatti says show “only SOME of the evidence showing Nike bribed players to attend ‘Nike’ colleges.”center_img He averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game and was named the Associated Press Player of the Year to cap of his season, which ended after the team’s Elite Eight loss to Michigan State on Sunday.​Avenatti, who was arrested last month for allegedly trying to extort more than $20 million from the sportswear company by threatening to release damaging information, also linked payments to associates of former Arizona star Deandre Ayton — who is now with the Phoenix Suns — Oregon’s Bol Bol and former UNLV player Brandon McCoy in the shared documents. Avenatti tweeted Friday night that Nike paid Williamson’s mom, Sharonda Sampson, for “bogus consulting services” as part of a “bribe” to get the Williamson to attend Duke. [email protected] – About this denial by Coach K the other day relating to payments by Nike…Can you please ask Zion Williamson’s mother – Sharonda Sampson – whether she was paid by @nike for bogus “consulting services” in 2016/17 as part of a Nike bribe to get Zion to go to Duke? Thx.— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) April 6, 2019Avenatti added shortly after, “I almost forgot – long day – @DukeMBB can you also have your close friends at @Nike check their Nike Vendor Portal for payments to “Sharonda Sampson Consulting”. Just search 2016 to the present. Appreciate it.”Williamson is the projected No. 1 pick in this year’s NBA draft after a head-turning freshman season for the Blue Devils.last_img read more

Three youths believed to be behind Aura burglary

first_imgGardaí have revealed that three youths are the main suspects behind a recent burglary at the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny.The leisure centre was broken into last Tuesday, 30th April, between 11.20pm and 11.30pm.Nothing was taken in the incident, while it is believed that the suspects were spooked by the alarm and fled shortly after gaining entry. However, significant damage was caused to the pool-side emergency exit door.A Garda spokesperson confirmed: “We believe that the burglary was carried out by three youths wearing dark clothing or hoodies with their hoods up.”An appeal has been launched for witnesses or anyone with any information to come forward and assist with the investigation.  Any information to Letterkenny Garda Station would be appreciated in relation to this incident on 074/9167100 or to the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 11.   Three youths believed to be behind Aura burglary was last modified: May 7th, 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)last_img read more

Thanksgiving Requires a Receiver

first_img(Visited 252 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Gratitude confers many benefits, but only makes sense if there is someone to be thankful to.Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, one of the favorite holidays for many Americans. As preachers and teachers are prone to remind us, it’s not merely a day for feasting and football. What is the meaning and purpose of Thanksgiving? Why is a whole day set aside for it? What good does it do?For the latest video instruction at Prager U, Dennis Prager lays out the case for being thankful. He makes a strong case for gratitude being the best way to make a better world. Gratitude, he explains clearly and simply, makes people kind and happy. Ungratefulness, by contrast, fosters victimhood and anger. Want to be happy? Be grateful, he says.As convincing as his argument is, he leaves out something important— perhaps the most important part of gratitude. To whom will you be thankful? As we have seen repeatedly, gratitude needs an object, otherwise it is selfishness masquerading as gratitude. The mere feeling of well-being is not gratitude. Behaving in a grateful way for personal health or happiness, or even to make a better world, misses the point. We need to face someone when saying, “Thank you.”The object of gratitude might be a parent, teacher or friend, for specific acts of kindness enjoyed. But when feeling grateful for health, or for the beauty of nature, or for the joy of experiencing a multitude of human blessings, there’s only one qualified recipient: our Creator.At Evolution News, David Klinghoffer encourages being thankful for the intelligent design of your eyes. Also on Prager U, Michael Medved clears up some myths about the first Thanksgiving by the Pilgrims and Indians. But actually, the first thanksgiving feasts go back to the Mosaic Law. Peace offerings or freewill offerings were the only optional sacrifices of the five in the Levitical code (Leviticus 7:11-17). They included sharing in the blessings of food by both priest and giver. Thanksgiving is a running theme throughout the Bible, ceremony or not.  In fact, one of the primary reasons for judgment on sinners is lack of thankfulness even though the evidence of God’s power is evident in creation. The whole passage of Romans 1:18-22 bears repeating, as it closely parallels our motivations here at Creation-Evolution Headlines.18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.We wish all our readers a happy and sincere Thanksgiving.Need something specific to be thankful for? This is a good time to re-read some of our earlier articles about gratitude at these links:Reasons for thanksgiving in your body cells (11/23/16)More to thank God for in your brain (7/05/15)Let’s get [thankful for the] physical (11/25/14)Thank God for nature (4/12/15)Good gratitude: to science or God? (11/27/14)Gratitude is good for health (11/22/12)Can gratitude be studied scientifically (8/07/12)The science of thanksgiving (11/24/11)You can also search on gratitude and thanksgiving in the Search Bar.Exercise: Find and read all the instances of these words in the Bible: thanksgiving, thankful, thanks, grateful, gratefulness, gratitude. Allow a lot of time!last_img read more

Play Your Part heads to Mpumalanga to encourage youth entrepreneurship

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 31 July 2019 – Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part programme, in partnership with the Youth Economic Alliance, will host Grade 11 and 12 High School learners, as well as young entrepreneurs in Mpumalanga, to engage in a community outreach activity, themed “turn your ideas into currencies”.The Youth Economic Alliance Non-profit Company (YEA), is an entity established to drive the development and advancement of youth entrepreneurship. It champions youth entrepreneurship through targeted programmes that collectively address the unemployment problem among youth (particularly in previously disadvantaged backgrounds) by providing them with opportunities to develop their businesses, as well as providing access to resources and linkages needed to realize their potential, as young social and economic entrepreneurs.The Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Ms Thembi Siweya will give the keynote address. Deputy Minister Siweya is a youth activist and a philanthropist who is very passionate about promoting a culture of reading and writing.The outreach activity will emphasize the importance of active citizenship with a focus on how young people can support their communities.The conversation on Play Your Part will seek to identify innovative solutions and opportunities big or small for the community. This is to encourage and guide them on how to leverage opportunities in entrepreneurship towards a progressive frame of thinking and action.Media is invited to attend. Details are as follows:Date: Saturday, 3rd August 2019Time: 12h00 -15h00Venue: Bongisimbi Comprehensive SchoolThomas Mahlangu4052 Thys Jonker StreetAckervilleeMalahleniFor more information please contact Ms Ntombi [email protected] or 064 890 6819Follow the conversation on @PlayYourPartSA #PlayYourPart #GetInvolved.last_img read more

The Earth is Our Drug Dealer

first_imgAs I was reading about a bill in the Georgia legislature (unlikely to pass) forcing utilities to stop buying coal from mountaintop removal, it occurred to me that our dependence on fossil fuels and the havoc that they are wreaking on the environment is kind of a cruel joke played on us by the Earth.Free samples mean customers for lifeIt’s like the story of drug dealers passing out free samples to kids. Then, once they are hooked, there is a built in clientele. For the first 100 years or so, coal and oil were cheap and easy; we didn’t see (or we ignored) most of the downside. Now we understand the problems, but we are as addicted as a junkie is to his regular fix. When an addict has a support network they may have an intervention or go to treatment, and many of them succeed in kicking their habit.The system steers us away from smart thinkingThe big question for the planet is this: do we have enough of a support network to kick our habit? Our dealers (coal and oil companies) do not appear to be interested in helping us out. A bad combination of strong profits and regulation in many areas (particularly the Southeast US) that encourages rather than discourages more power generation gives them little incentive to reduce fossil fuel use. In those few areas where regulations encourage energy efficiency by utilities (the Western US comes to mind), per capita energy use has declined while it continues to rise in most other areas. So we have these islands of efficiency, places that have succeeded (at least partially) in “kicking their habit”, surrounded by the rest of us, happily smoking our “crack pipes” (oil and coal) day in and day out. They must be pretty ticked off at the rest of us.Forget about the earth, save yourself!Environmentalists often speak of saving the earth. The real issue, however, is saving humanity. We are the irritating boil on the earth, causing most, if not all, of the problems. Once we are gone, the earth will, over many millennia, very likely heal itself quite well. This century-plus addiction of ours may just be a cruel joke played on us by our planet – it has plenty of time to wait out our demise, after which it can go back to business as usual.last_img read more

VC17 Day 2: MFLN Virtual Conference Conversation

first_imgWelcome to day two of the MFLN Virtual Conference! Today’s sessions cover a wide variety of perspectives, from personal change right on through to organizational change.Barbara Thompson and Judi Dekle start our day with discussions about change from a policy standpoint, particularly within the military landscape. They sift through the challenges, opportunities, and benefits related to policy changes supporting military family readiness, and remind us of the value and power of DoD’s Family Readiness System.Christian Waugh then brings the conversation to a personal level as he addresses the connections between positive emotions and resilience, as well as the importance of positive emotions in stress management during times of change.We’re covering lots of ground today! What are you learning? Do you have a “change story” to share, whether from a personal growth experience, from an organization-wide shift, or on any level in between? What are you taking with you from these sessions today?Please share your thoughts below as a comment! We look forward to hearing from you!-Brigitte Scott,Director of Program Development and Evaluation, MFLNlast_img read more