A former Irish soldier and his co-accused, due to stand trial accused of being dissident republican gunmen, claim an alleged murder bid on a trainee police officer was “a prank”.The 28-year-old ex-soldier – Gerard James McManus, from Fernhill in Letterkenny – and 35-year-old Kevin Barry Nolan, from Main Street in Blacklion, deny attempted murder. They were detained by undercover police, during a shooting incident in the border town of Garrison in Co Fermanagh on 21 November 2009.Both are also charged with possession of a gun with intent to endanger life, while McManus also faces a further charge of using a gun to resist arrest.But the pair say they only meant to scare the young policeman and that they were put up to “the prank” by a police agent.Both men were set for trial on Tuesday, after a preliminary hearing at Enniskillen Magistrates’ Court came to an unexpected end.It had been thought the hearing would last until Friday of this week – but only one witness, a detective constable, gave evidence before the proceedings became embroiled in a legal argument over what questions defence lawyers could ask.After an adjournment, Nolan’s barrister Mark Reel said he no longer required any other witnesses to give evidence in the case – a position adopted by McManus’ solicitor.Mr Reel told District Judge Mervyn Bates that, given his ruling, the defence were prevented from probing the nature of the operation that led to the arrest of the accused, the issue of any cross-border involvement, or that of the involvement of any informer.The defence then couldn’t ask any witness “to address the issue of entrapment”, he said.Prosecution lawyer David Russell successfully applied for the two men to be returned for trial, on the grounds that the evidence of all other witnesses on the papers amounted to a prima facie case against them.The judge, who remanded both men back into custody – after granting them each legal aid certificates for two counsel – returned them for trial to Belfast Crown Court. A date has yet to be fixed.This was the fourth such preliminary hearing into the case, to determine if the accused should be sent for trial before a Diplock Judge sitting alone without a jury.At an earlier hearing, the court heard that McManus and Nolan were allegedly spotted in a Vauxhall Astra approaching the student officer’s home.McManus, wearing a balaclava, allegedly went to the front door while Nolan remained in the front passenger seat of the Astra before police moved in.It was put to the court that McManus escaped and ran down the side of the house, firing off a shot, but that Nolan was apprehended in the Astra – sitting on a magazine loaded with 16 rounds for a Glock pistol.McManus was apprehended at 8am the next day in a garden shed, but – while a mask and gloves were found in the shed – no gun was recovered.During interviews, both men maintained they had no intention of harming the student police officer.McManus told detectives: “There was no way I was going to shoot him … I was going to fire a couple of shots in the air … to scare him, wanted to terrify him like.”In his interviews, Nolan – whose alleged role was to give McManus directions – claimed that as far as he was concerned: “No harm was going to be caused”, and that firing the gun was to “put the frighteners on him”.Lawyers for the men told the court at the earlier hearing that their clients had been “entrapped” by a person known to the authorities both in the Six Counties and the Republic and it was he who had “coerced, cajoled” them into getting involved.LETTERKENNY MAN SENT FOR TRIAL ON PSNI MURDER BID was last modified: August 24th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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)
BOUNDARY disputes between GAA clubs in the county are threatening to turn into a tsunami of claims and counter claims, donegaldaily.com can reveal.The latest dispute will come before the County Committee at its meeting next February.At last night’s committee meeting at Jackson’s Hotel in Ballybofey, there was confirmation that Burt GAA club has asked the county board to confirm the club has sole access to players in the Burt, Fahan and Inch parishes. This will provoke a response from Buncrana GAA club – some of their members come from Fahan and Inch.County Board chairman PJ McGowan confirmed last night that Burt has asked for ratification of the boundaries at the first committee meeting in 2012. That meeting will take place in February.Last night’s meeting also heard about the ongoing dispute between Naomh Mhuire in Annagry and Dungloe.County chairman PJ McGowan proposed the dispute should go to a sub-committee meeting chaired by someone independent from outside the county. However both clubs agreed that the dispute should be chaired by Mr McGowan and he accepted the offer. Naomh Mhuire representative Cormac McGarvey said that the clubs had been trying to sort out the boundary dispute for 31 years.“That’s longer than Osama bin Laden was hiding out. He was only hiding out for ten years, this has been going on for 31 years,” he said.However Dungloe’s Enda Bonner cited the Good Friday Agreement as the model for solving the dispute.“All our club is looking for is the human rights to play for our club since it was formed,” said Mr Bonner.He went on: “If I went to Glenties, bought a field and set up a GAA club, would that mean we could have sole access to all the players in that town.” He added: “Geography is not the issue, history is the issue.”Donegaldaily.com understands that other boundary disputes are almost certain to come up.One club delegate told us: “Where will this stop? Will people in Kerrykeel be forced to play in the Milford parish instead of with Fanad Gaels? It could end up tearing the county apart.”DONEGALDAILY.COM – FIRST AGAIN WITH ALL THE BIG STORIES IN DONEGAL © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedFollow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comGAA: NEW BOUNDARY WARS THREATEN TO TEAR DONEGAL APART was last modified: November 8th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:boundary disputesDonegal GAAdung
Rambler, climber and explorer Iain Miller took advantage of the good weather yesterday to explore one of Ireland’s most scenic cliff walks.His visit to Glenlough Bay in South West Donegal on one of the sunniest and best weather days during the summer of 2015 was certainly worth it. Sitting 3KM north east from the An Port road end is the huge Glenlough Bay. This bay stretches for 2KM from Tormore Island at it’s southern end to the End’s of the Earth Stack at its northern end.It contains one of the largest raised shingle storm beaches in Ireland and on a day of huge north west motion the roar of millions of tonnes of shingle being moved up and down the beach by the incoming seas can be deafening even from the clifftops 200m above the beach.Donegal -up here it certainly is different.Simply click on the video to see once again all Donegal has to offer! DDTV: SEE DONEGAL’S MOST SPECTACULAR CLIFF WALK was last modified: September 9th, 2015 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)
New manager Rafael Benitez was barracked by disgruntled Chelsea fans as he took charge of his first game.It has been an emotion-charged afternoon at Stamford Bridge following the sad news that legendary ex-Blues boss Dave Sexton died today.Benitez, unpopular among Chelsea fans from his time at Liverpool, was greeted by jeers before a rousing minute’s applause for Sexton, who led the club to their 1970 FA Cup triumph and the European Cup Winners’ Cup the following year.And on 16 minutes the home crowd demonstrated their feelings by chanting the name of sacked manager Roberto Di Matteo, who wore the number 16 shirt during his time as a player at Chelsea.On the pitch, the first half produced little of note before Sergio Aguero missed a great chance to put City ahead when he headed straight at keeper Petr Cech.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
From a visit to the SKA project in the Western Cape to a visit to the CSIR in Pretoria to find out more about intelligent field robotic systems, six senior journalists and bloggers from the US, UK and China are exploring Innovative South Africa.Brand South Africa plays host to the Innovation Media Tour this week, from 22 to 29 March 2014, introducing visitors to hi-tech developments across the country.Download itinerary [PDF, 181kb ]Blogger NewsA group of foreign bloggers are in South Africa to find out more about the country’s innovation and technology sector. Hosted by Brand South Africa here are some of the articles currently being published world-wide by members of the group.Time-travelling SKA to look back at the birth of starsForeign journalists get the inside storyBloggers take a trip back to humanity’s originsMining at a South African Coal FaceEditor’s #BloggingSA14 Diary: A Relaxed and Fashionable Arrival in Johannesburg Tweets about “#bloggingsa14”
In a series of five articles, we share stories from Gift of the Givers volunteers in their own words as the organisation marks its 25th year of serving humanity. We find out more from beekeeper, Owen Williams.Being involved with Gift of the Givers gives Owen Williams a sense of purpose. (Image: Owen Williams)Sulaiman PhilipSouth African humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers, the largest African organisation of its kind, has brought aid and comfort to people in need in 43 countries.It has ongoing feeding programmes in South Africa, humanitarian missions in war-torn Syria and has helped to free South African hostages in Yemen and Mali. The group, founded and led by Dr Imtiaaz Sooliman, has helped to deliver water to drought stricken areas of South Africa and fed refugees in Somalia.William’s met Dr Sooliman while trying to rescue bee colonies that had survived the Knysna fires. (Image: Honeywood Farms)Owen Williams: BeekeeperI met Dr Sooliman for the first time on 15 June 2017 as Knysna was dealing with the fires that devastated the area. In hindsight it seemed that our paths were destined to cross.The day before, I got a phone call from Grant [Liversay, one of my partners in Honeychild Honey] asking how he coud help with protecting our hives. We had saved a few hives but the bees were starving; we needed to get sugar to make syrup to feed the surviving bees. We abhor artificial feeding, but it was either that or lose the colonies we had rescued.Despite his efforts – and Grant is not a man who understands the word no – we were only able to find a few broken bags of sugar from local supermarkets. Remember, the region had gone from extreme drought to a fire storm and back again. We were not the only beekeepers in dire straits.Grant had heard of this humanitarian organisation whose station was located in the mall. So he went up to them to ask if there was any chance they could spare a few bags of sugar. I can only imagine their thinking when faced with this manic, slightly built redhead asking for sugar. After explaining his need, Emily [Thomas], felt it was important enough to speak to Doc.I feel I should point out that Gift of the Givers was working around the clock but Doc wanted to know more about, as Grant said, “this bee story”. I don’t believe in co-incidence, but when the call came Meagan [Vermaas, William’s partner] was giving free therapeutic massages and I was delivering basic goods donated by the community.We met Doc, explained the need and how unique the Cape Honey bee was. Immediatley he wanted to know how Gift of the Givers could help, but he also wanted to see the bees. Back at Honeychild me, Meagan and Doc were all kitted out in beekeeping gear inspecting a colony I had rescued from the side of the N2.We pulled a frame from the hive, and right there in the middle of the comb was the queen. The sun was just beyond the apex and Doc’s face was lit up by the sun. I could see through the veil as he watched the queen and bees working. He looked so amazed and serene.Doc wanted to know how his organisation could help; he wanted to know our objectives. He suggested we set up an NPO – Hope for the Honeybee – and then Gift of the Givers donated R250,000. We ordered pollen substitute, bought sugar for syrup, collected data on losses, designed a strategy for feeding stations and contacted renowned bee scientists.From what I can tell, Hope for the Honeybee and the support from Gift of the Givers is a world first. In the middle of the kind of human suffering that we saw in Knysna, that they took the time to consider the plight of honey bees speaks to the aura of love and caring that surrounds them. I remember that look on Doc’s face when he was inspecting the hive, and my vision became clear. What we are doing is about the survival of the honeybee and benefits humankind as a whole. There are no personal agendas, just this aura that comes from giving.Through Hope for the Honeybee we are tools that spread the help that springs from Gift of the Givers. I read about the landslides in Freetown; hundreds have died. In the past I would have said a silent prayer. This time I found myself wondering if Gift of the Givers might be headed there and if there was a way I could go along.Williams joined the Gift of the Givers humanitarian mission in Knysna after meeting the team. (Image: Gift of the Givers)Read the next profile on Emily Thomas, who works in logitistics at Gift of the Givers.Our first profile was on medical co-ordinator, Dr YM Essack. Click here to read more.Ahmed Bham is the head of search and rescue. Read his story here.Orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Livan Meneses-Turino, shares his experience in Nepal, Haiti, and Palestine.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Jakob Wilson from JCW Farms in Madison County took time to visit with The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about this year’s early harvest, what caught his eye at Farm Science Review and how he is a Top 4 Finalist in the American Star Ag Placement category at The National FFA Convention later this year.
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts anthony myers Tags:#documents#Dropbox#file sync#files#Google#Microsoft#online#privacy#referer headers#security#storage#vulnerabilities Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Those files you’re storing on cloud services like Dropbox or Box may not be as secure as you think.Both services, like other cloud-storage providers, allow users to share links to their stored documents. But sending those links out, even to trusted individuals, can also inadvertently give third parties access to your files as well, according to findings publicized by the file-sharing company Intralinks—which, by the way, is a competitor to both Box and Dropbox.Dropbox says it’s working to fix the problem by disabling any previously shared links that might be vulnerable to leakage. Box released an email statement saying that it has found no evidence that anyone has abused such “open links” and touting the various privacy settings it offers its users to “help manage access to their content.”Intralinks chief security officer John Landy wrote that his company inadvertently stumbled upon the vulnerability in the course of running a Google Adwords campaign that mentioned its competitors. That campaign turned up shared-file URLs that led straight to sensitive files that ordinary users had stored on Box and Dropbox—including bank records, mortgage applications and tax returns. Security blogger Graham Cluley, who also blogs for Intralink, provides some examples.How That Leakage HappensHow, exactly, that happened involves some conjecture. Landy wrote that some Dropbox and Box users apparently created shared links to their files, which they or their recipients then mistakenly entered into a browser search box instead of the URL bar. Doing so and then clicking on an ad—which may seem a fairly unlikely occurrence, at least until you multiply it by the number of people sharing files across the Internet—would then send the file’s URL to the ad network.One Intralinks executive quoted by Cluley estimated that in one of the company’s Adwords campaign, five percent of all hits (presumably meaning ad clicks) yielded URLs to private files, half of which required no password to access. That “small” campaign turned up more than 300 documents.There’s also a second way links to private files could leak out to the world. If a shared Dropbox or Box document itself contains links to other sites, clicking on one will pass along the document’s URL to the next website as part of what’s known as a referer header, where administrators of the second site could see it.It’s not clear if similar vulnerabilities exist for other cloud-storage services such as Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive.No Password RequiredThe problem for Box and Dropbox is that they don’t make their shared links more secure, Landy wrote. Recipients of shared links should have to log into the service to authenticate themselves by default, he suggested.Dropbox engineering vice president Aditya Agarwal said in a blog post that his company hasn’t detected any malicious attacks involving shared file URLs. Dropbox decided to disable any affected document links anyway. The vulnerability has been patched for any shared links going forward, so only previously shared items are affected.Dropbox customers can recreate their shared links, and the company will restore old links as it confirms that particular documents aren’t vulnerable. Agarwal also noted that Dropbox for Business users can require password access to shared files; ordinary users of Dropbox’s free service don’t have that option.The Dropbox post only addresses one of the two vulnerabilities outlined by Intralinks—the leak-via-referer-header method. In an update, Agarwal wrote that Dropbox is aware that file URLs could leak via search engines that pass them to ad partners, but said that issue is “well known” and that the company “doesn’t consider it a vulnerability.”Like Dropbox for Business customers, users of Box can also require passwords for file access, although in neither case is that security feature turned on by default. “Box also displays a message to help users understand the permissions for their content,” a Box spokesperson said via email.Image of Dropbox CEO Drew Houston by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud
New Delhi, Mar 8 (PTI) The health sector has been given “top” priority and there has been a “sizable” increase of 21 per cent in this years budget allocation, the government today said.”Health has been given top priority. A high allocation for health has been given in this years budget. Providing Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and reaching out to the poor and vulnerable which is this NDA governments commitment, I think this budget will be helpful in taking that forward,” Union Health Minister J P Nadda said.He said that from last years budget, there has been a 21 per cent increase which is “sizable”. Last year, budget allocation was Rs 25,946 crore while this year, Rs 31,300 crore has been allocated, Nadda said.He said that this was perhaps the first in several years where a Revised Estimate (RE) was not reduced in relation to the Budget Estimate (BE).He said that there was an increased allocation for the Ministry at the RE stage to the tune of Rs 1,500 crore while the spending this year has been more than 90 per cent of the budget.It is because of our constant effort and monitoring that the expenditure in the states has really picked up, he said.Nadda said that under National Health Mission (NHM), there has been an increase of Rs 705 crore while the medical education sector has also witnessed an increase in its budget by Rs 1,263 crore.The Minister said that this is in addition to the total budgetary allocation of Rs 5,429 crore to this sector. He said that for AIIMS in New Delhi, apart from the allocation of Rs 1,000, an additional Rs 450 crore has been allocated.advertisementNadda said that there has also been an additional allocation of Rs 244 crore for the new AIIMS which are coming up while for the tertiary schemes which includes cancer and other diseases, Rs 725 crore has been provided.In the human resource sector, budgetary allocation of Rs 600 crore has been given, Nadda said. PTI TDS SMN PAL SMN
Bajaj Auto has finally launched the new generation Pulsar NS 160 in India with bookings already underway. While speculations and media reports suggested that the new Pulsar NS160 will be launched next month, Bajaj Auto launched the new bike on Friday itself, before the Goods and Service Tax was rolled out at midnight in Parliament. Prices were to take effect from July 1, 2017.Here’s a list of things that you need to know about the new Bajaj Pulsar NS160.Price: City Price (ex showroom) Mumbai Rs 80,648 Chennai Rs 81,466 Kolkata Rs 80,365Design:The Pulsar NS 160 stands out with an aggressive and sporty look. An aggressive front with a muscular tank bearing a 160 design on the side gives this Pulsar’s style a new dynamic. The underbelly exhausts gives it a lean, sleek look that accentuates the iconic naked sport family.Bajaj Pulsar NS160Engine:The new Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 will come with a 160.3 cc, 4-stroke, oil-cooled DTSi engine that produces 15.2BHP of peak power and 14.6NM of peak torque, mated to a five-speed gearbox.Bajaj Pulsar NS160Suspension:The mono-shock with Nitrox rear suspension is carefully designed to maintain a stable riding position at every twist and turn. The sporty-looking, 12-litre fuel tank lets the rider take extended trips while keeping a snug position at all times.Dimensions:The new Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 will come with a wheelbase of 1363 mm and measures 2012 mm in length, 803.5 mm in width and 1060 mm in length with a ground clearance of 176 mm. It has a kerb weight of 142 kgs.advertisementBajaj Pulsar NS160Safety Features:The power-packed performance is combined with the ultimate standards in safety. The front disc brakes are powered hydraulically and ventilated to absorb hard riding techniques.Bajaj Pulsar NS160Competition:The new Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 will compete with the likes of Honda CB Hornet 160R, Suzuki Gixxer and TVS Apache RTR 160 in India.ALSO READ:Bajaj launches Pulsar NS160 in India; priced at Rs 78,368