Neighbours who illegally tapped electricity avoid conviction

first_imgTwo Inishowen neighbours who allowed their homes’ electricity to be illegally tapped into the Electricity Supply Board’s grid have avoided a criminal conviction.Speaking at Buncrana District Court, Judge Paul Kelly gave the two neighbours living at Druminor, Buncrana the benefit of the Probation Act after hearing details in their respective cases. Representing both defendants, Gerard McDaid and Jason Doyle, solicitor Mr Ciaran Mac Lochlainn told the court that his clients had both fallen on hard times following the economic crash in 2008.State Solicitor, Mr Ciaran Liddy told the court that ESB inspectors discovered during investigations at both defendants’ homes in March, 2017 that electricity supplies had been tampered with.Mr Liddy told the judge that McDaid admitted to the inspectors that a third party from Northern Ireland had done the work.Mr Doyle also admitted on a separate occasion that ‘a boy from Armagh’ had done the work at his home, too.Judge Kelly heard that McDaid had stolen over 12,000 units, amounting to just over €2,000. Repairs needed cost €430.In Doyle’s case the cost of units was €666 and repairs of €168 were needed. The court heard that neither defendant had previous convictions.After falling on to hard times, Mr Mac Lochlainn said both his clients ‘succumbed to the temptation’ of allowing the third party to illegally tap into the grid for them.The solicitor said McDaid, a married father-of-six, was formerly self-employed as a supplier of concrete and cement. Due to the downtown he was forced to sell two vehicles, while a third was seized by the bank.Doyle, the court heard, was a father-of-six in a relationship. Mr Mac Lochlainn said Doyle was currently working in Bristol, England as a lorry driver.The solicitor said during the ‘good times’ Doyle was in full-time employment, but following the crash his life was also turned around.In view of their early pleas and cooperation, Judge Kelly gave both defendants the benefit of Probation Act.Neighbours who illegally tapped electricity avoid conviction was last modified: October 4th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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FortisTCI issues statement after Hurricane Irma

first_img Recommended for you Editorial: Listen to your Mama Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 8th, 2017 – Providenciales –  FortisTCI takes this opportunity to recognize and empathize with everyone who has been negatively impacted by the passage of Hurricane Irma.Hurricane Irma has left us with the challenge – and opportunity – to rebuild lives and our economy at this time. While the property damage is expected to be extensive and the impact to businesses quite significant, we are thankful that so far we have not received any official reports of injury or loss of life from this dangerous Category 5 storm.Our relative good fortune is in no doubt due to our islands’ preparation, and the efforts of agencies such as the DDME and other emergency services whose professionalism and care throughout the storm have been quite commendable. Indeed, disaster preparations and restoration management is a top priority for FortisTCI.In the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, our focus was to ensure the safety and security of our employees and their families. To this end, our HR Department is carrying out the necessary checks to ensure that everyone is accounted for. Now that the ‘All Clear’ has been issued, FortisTCI’s priority is to restore power, in all service territories, as quickly and as safely as possible.FortisTCI has begun the rigorous and comprehensive task of assessing the impact of the hurricane on our Transmission and Distribution assets, generation facilities, and support infrastructure to determine the extent of system degradation, and the levels of resource needed. We will be joined in the restoration efforts by our colleagues from across the Fortis group of companies. The availability of safe and reliability electricity is crucial to the restoration and continued success of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ economy.Moreover, we have assurance from our parent company Fortis Inc. and its subsidiaries that they stand ready to support FortisTCI with personnel and resources throughout the rebuilding process. We are all ready to get to work.In the meantime, I urge all our customers to continue to exercise caution as they go about assessing their properties for damage. As always, safety is one of our main concerns.Eddinton PowellFortisTCI President and Chief Executive Officer#PressRelease Premier salutes FortisTCI on round the clock work to restore electricity and visits 14 resorts after June 4 black out Related Items:#HurricaneIrma, #magneticmedianews, FORTIStci Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp FortisTCI ready for the building boom and consumer demand for electricity; plans in place and new ones coming says CEOlast_img read more

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Health Ministry of Jamaica to get technical assistance for projects

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 3, 2017 – Kingston – The Government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) for the provision of technical assistance to the Ministry of Health valued at US$564,297.   This will assist the Government’s plans to construct the Western Regional Children’s Hospital. The four-month consultancy will be implemented at a cost of US$146,663.It will also help in boosting the infrastructure and medical equipment of five hospitals, namely, Spanish Town, May Pen, St. Ann’s Bay Regional, Mandeville Regional and the Kingston Public. This consultancy will be implemented over a six-month period at a fee of US$417,634.The MOU was signed by Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Sancia Bennett Templer; and Head of UNOPS Operations in Central America, Colombia and the Caribbean, Ingar Falck Olsen, at Jamaica House in Kingston, on October 31.Dr. Tufton said both projects fall in line with the Ministry’s overarching goal of developing a comprehensive 10-year Strategic Development Plan for the health sector as part of the integrated health-service-delivery framework.   He pointed out that the partnership for the construction of the Western Regional Children’s Hospital will include preparation of the project document, project charter for the construction of the hospital and reviewing technical documents – preliminary designs/drawings and medical equipment list.Dr. Tufton noted that these will ensure optimal operation of the new hospital, given the current epidemiological profile and the projected growing needs of the population to be served.“The analysis of the medical equipment list to be provided by the Government of China will ensure that there is no duplication and that all planned health services receive enough reliable equipment to bring quality support to the targeted population,” he said.The Minister added that ground will be broken for the new 220-bed hospital next year.   He said that upgrading of the hospitals will see Spanish Town Hospital moving from Type B to Type A, May Pen Hospital from Type C to Type B, St. Ann’s Bay Regional and Mandeville Regional Hospitals from Type B to Type A hospitals.Dr, Tufton noted that for the Kingston Public Hospital, the study will assess the current infrastructure, organisation and services of the hospital and assess the feasibility of the renovation, expansion and the reorganization of the hospital to enhance the quality of services and efficiency of the hospital.     He said that while the country’s health infrastructure faces many challenges and budgetary constraints, the Government is committed to universal access to health and universal healthcare coverage.“We are moving ahead to fill gaps, and despite challenges within the sector, the Ministry of Health remains committed to improving our infrastructure, which is critical for effective healthcare delivery. We are committed to improving the physical facilities that make care accessible, inclusive of laboratories, and other support facilities, pharmaceuticals, health information system and the appropriate human resources,” he said.In the meantime, the Minister pointed out that the Government has spent just under $800 million to improve infrastructure in some of the island’s hospitals. He cited recent renovations at the Noel Holmes Hospital and the St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital.   For his part, Mr. Olsen said UNOPS works in approximately 100 middle- and high-income countries.“Usually, Governments have asked us to get engaged in more health-related areas and, therefore, during the last five to 10 years, there’s been a real shift in our focus towards health infrastructure, equipment, procurement, maintenance, pharmaceuticals and construction and rehabilitation of hospitals,” he said.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Cassano clashes with Wanda on Live TV over Icardis wrangles

first_imgMauro Icardi needs to return to Inter’s dressing room and clarify things, according to Antonio Cassano to the wife of the player Wanda Nara on live TV.Wanda who is the agent of Icardi defended the player’s position after losing the captaincy two weeks ago, during Sunday’s transmission of Tiki Taka.“In football, there are so many injustices like this penalty, Perisic’s attitude and keeping Icardi at home, someone who gave everything to Inter but is now being painted like a monster, which he’s not,” she said as cited on Football Italia.“We all saw Perisic’s penalty sitting here, but his gesture didn’t give out tranquillity. It takes respect to be a captain and Mauro has it for everyone at Inter, their colours, and their jersey.Politano’s celebration looking like a mock of Icardi’s celebration🤔 Perisic trying to diffuse it is an example of another club that is in a bit of disarray that is going on behind the scenes #SerieA #Icardi #Inter pic.twitter.com/OF1h0QxPau— Soccer Report (@ReportFootball2) February 24, 2019“Mauro must go to the dressing room to resolve problems? Enough of this rubbish. What is it, the dressing room, physiotherapy?“He’s done nothing. It’s all non-existent drama.”That prompted Cassano, an ex-Nerazzurri forward to weigh into the matter: “They’re playing for third place while waiting to get back Icardi…Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“They need his goals. He needs to go into the dressing room and clarify his position with the players until June for his own sake.“I say it as an interista: he needs to talk to those who have problems with him, shake their hands and in June what will be, will be.“If they took the armband off me? I would’ve gone crazy, but he doesn’t have to stay out of the team until June.“Neither the club nor Spalletti are crazy. There were some problems, but they’ve clarified them for the good of Inter.Per chi si fosse perso il battibecco tra Cassano e Wandita… 😉 pic.twitter.com/IsM7AJuVbh— dondiego (@dondiegotheone) February 24, 2019Cassano also defended Perisic’s action after suggesting Icardi isn’t in good terms with a section of the players.“There was nothing in Perisic’s gesture, but I think Icardi has problems with the Slavs in the squad.”Inter managed to secure one point from the tie (3-3) after blowing away a two-goal lead.last_img read more

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Study highlights risk of mosquito borne illnesses to captive orca

first_imgA killer whale leaps out of the water when swimming—a behaviour known as porpoising. Credit: Minette Layne/Wikipedia/CC More information: Orca (Orcinus Orca) Captivity and Vulnerability to Mosquito-transmitted Viruses. Journal of Marine Animals and Their Ecology. Vol. 5, No.2. 2013. (PDF) Three dead in Serbian West Nile virus outbreak (Phys.org) —Marine biologists John Jett and Jeffrey Ventra of Stetson University and Louisiana State University respectively have published a paper in Journal of Marine Animals and Their Ecology that suggests captive orca may be more at risk of dying from mosquito borne illnesses than has been previously thought. Citation: Study highlights risk of mosquito borne illnesses to captive orca (2013, May 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-highlights-mosquito-borne-illnesses-captive.html In their paper Jett and Ventra note that two captive orcas have died from mosquito born ailments since the animals became tourist attractions at water parks. One was a 25 year old male that died of encephalitis in 1990, the other a 14 year old male that died of West Nile Virus in 2007. Both highlight the fact that orca are subject to mosquito bites and because of that are at risk of contracting mosquito borne illnesses.To learn more about the problem the researchers studied the habits of the whales at water parks. They found that orca engage in a practice known as logging, where they simply float on the surface of the water rather than engage in swimming or diving. When logging, they note, mosquitoes congregate on the exposed surfaces of the whales, biting them. The two also noted that the whales are subject to sunburn, which they say, reduces immunity response to illness. Another problem is captive orca have substantial dental health problems which can lead to bacterial infections which in turn can also weaken an immune response.The two also point out that because Congress mandated that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric and Administration keep track of captive orca, records exist of whale births and deaths. In looking at the record they discovered that the whale that died of West Nile Virus in 2007 was listed as having died of pneumonia, suggesting that other whale deaths might have been listed incorrectly as well.The problem, the two say is that water parks are typically located in areas near other facilities that have standing water, which make them prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Also, there is no known way to apply sunscreen or mosquito repellant to orca to protect them. They also note that using fogging chemicals around water parks doesn’t appear to be a solution either as most research has shown it to be ineffective as well as hazardous. Curiously, not discussed is the possibility of covering water park tanks with mosquito netting. In any case, Jett and Ventra suggest that more research be done to ascertain whether anything can be done to make life safer for captive orca. © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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