first_imgCommenting, Mr Arkless said: Local MP Richard Arkless has said that the health board is simply not doing enough to deliver services to people living in the west of the region despite his repeated calls that they must change their approach.  He added: Mr Arkless has written to Jeff Ace to express his frustration that once again, a patient receiving cancer treatment is being asked to travel to Dumfries for a simple procedure that has previously been carried out at the Galloway Hospital in Stranraer.  Mr Arkless has suggested that as the message is failing to get through, the installation of maps on office walls would remind staff of the enormous distances ill and vulnerable people are being asked to travel for minor procedures that had previously been available in Stranraer. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn center_img ‘Once again a constituent has come to me for help after being told that a procedure that had previously been carried out in in the Galloway Hospital, is now only available at DGRI or in the patients home in Stranraer.  The situation defies logic.  If a procedure is available to a patient in their own home in Stranraer, then why is it not available at the Galloway Hospital? ‘For various reasons, my constituent does not want to receive the treatment at home – that should be her choice.  She should not then have to be forced to travel all the way to DGRI – there should be another option and that option should be the Galloway Hospital which is fit for purpose and conveniently located.’ ‘It is incredibly frustrating when access to care and services is made unnecessarily difficult for ill and vulnerable people for inconceivable reasons.  I have written to Jeff Ace to ask him once again to consider how far people in the west are being asked to travel for cancer treatment.  In an effort to keep distance at the forefront of practitioners minds, I have suggested maps be provided for office walls – I feel that there is a real lack of empathy for NHS users in the west of this region and its time things changed.’last_img read more

Rio History: The Reservation

first_img RelatedRio History: Hunting German U-Boats in the Gulf of MexicoBy STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Over the years, I have heard stories of extensive U-boat activities in the Gulf of Mexico. Old-timers talk of watching the night skies light up as some hapless freighter was torpedoed offshore. In fact, the government quarantined much of Padre Island during these…January 11, 2019In “News”Rio History: Moments in Time: October 10 – 17By Steve Hathcock Notice: Schedule Change The Daily Herald Brownsville, Texas, Thursday, October 12, 1893.  The regular train for Point Isabel will leave at 7 o’clock tomorrow morning instead of 9 as usual. The train will return from the point about 10 o’clock a.m., with passengers and express from the…October 11, 2019In “South Padre Parade”Edwin A. KrizEdwin A. Kriz Edwin A. Kriz of Port Isabel, TX passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Valley Baptist Hospital in Harlingen, TX. Ed was born on August 19, 1932 in Racine, WI to Edwin H. and Esther (Kleypel) Kriz. Ed attended St John’s Lutheran Grade School and graduated…April 3, 2014In “Obituaries” Share By STEVE HATHCOCKSpecial to the ParadeBill Howard wrote to ask about about a postcard he found.The photo shows the U.S. Naval radio tower and station which was situated on a 22 acre plot near where the swing bridge connecting Long Island Village to Port Isabel is located today.In response to increased tensions in the Lower Rio Grande valley caused by the revolution in Mexico and incidents of bandit raids along the U.S. and Mexican border, Fort Brown was reactivated and made headquarters for the Brownsville Military District under Gen. James Parker. Within a few short months, over 50,000 National Guardsmen arrived from around the country. Their camps soon dotted the countryside from McAllen to Point Isabel. The experience gained here served the American soldiers well during the upcoming world war.In its time, the radio station at the Point, was the most powerful in the world, serving as a relay station transmitting messages from the North to the Panama Canal Zone and from the east to the west coast. It’s tour of duty was short though, with the advance of radio technology, the equipment used in the relay stations became obsolete. In 1924, the electronics were moved to Fort Brown and the use of the reservation was abandoned. The buildings were rented out until 1936 when the facility was put on a reserve basis. Eventually the land was sold to private individuals.Undoubtedly there are those alive today who still know the area as the “Reservation.” I’m not sure when the tower was removed.last_img read more

The Latest: Apple to sell larger-screen iPads

first_img A crew works outside the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium as preparations continue for the Apple new product announcements Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in San Francisco. Along with new iPhones, the iconic tech company is expected to show off a new Apple TV system and a bigger role in the home for Siri, its voice-activated digital assistant. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses the new iPad during the Apple event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) Apple CEO Tim Cook opens the Apple event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) SAN FRANCISCO | The latest news on iPhones and other products from Apple’s event in San Francisco.All times are PDT.10:35 a.m.Apple says it will make a larger-screen iPad tablet aimed at business users.The iPad Pro, as it’s called, will take advantage of new multitasking features coming to existing iPads. A software update will enable iPads to run two apps side by side, something previously limited to Samsung and Windows tablets.With a larger screen on the new iPad Pro, apps running side by side will have more room to breathe. The new iPad will have a 12.9-inch screen, compared with 9.7 inches for the current full-size iPad. It will have four speakers and options for a physical keyboard and a stylus, called Apple Pencil. Despite the larger size, Apple says it’s about the same weight as the original iPad.Samsung made a tablet aimed at professionals last year. It had screens as large as 12.2 inches and also came with a stylus. More recently, though, Samsung has been shrinking the screens on its tablets.The new iPad also marks Apple’s latest attempt to steal corporate customers away from Microsoft, whose personal computers have been business staple for decades. Microsoft makes a tablet designed for the needs of office workers called the Surface Pro 3 that sells at prices starting at $800. With a 12-inch display screen, the Surface Pro 3 is slightly smaller than Apple’s new tablet.Although there has been a lot of speculation that Apple would do make a larger iPad, an announcement wasn’t expected until October. A release date and price wasn’t immediately known.Apple announced the new iPad in San Francisco on Wednesday.10:20 a.m.Apple says a software update for the Apple Watch is allowing outsider developers to write more sophisticated apps.With the update, outside developers can make apps specifically for the watch and interact directly with its sensors and controls. That will enable apps that analyze golf swings or record audio. Before, third-party apps have been limited to being extensions of apps that run on the iPhone.The new software will be available as a free download starting next Wednesday.At an event in San Francisco Wednesday, Apple said there are now 10,000 apps designed for the watch, including ones from Facebook and GoPro — the later using the watch’s screen as a viewfinder for the video camera. Apple says the new capabilities will also allow additional health-related apps.The upcoming Samsung Gear S2 will also allow outside parties to write apps that run directly on the watch. Google is also hoping programmers create apps that can work independently on watches running on its Android Wear software.— Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer8 a.m.Apple investors are hoping that new iPhones and other products expected Wednesday will boost the company’s stock.Apple isn’t saying what the event in downtown San Francisco is about, but the company usually announces new iPhones around this time.Apple’s stock has fallen as investors fret over whether the company can duplicate the phenomenal sales growth it saw after introducing last year’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.In a note to clients, FBR Capital Markets analyst Daniel Ives says the event is critical “for Apple to help turn the negative investor tide, and help lay out its growth vision for the next year.”Analyst Amit Daryanani of RBC Capital Markets says the announcements should be “a positive catalyst” for Apple shares.But Maynard Um of Wells Fargo Securities says many investors already have “low expectations.” Um says this year’s iPhones aren’t expected to be dramatically different from last year’s models.— Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer7:30 a.m.New iPhones expected from Apple on Wednesday come amid questions about whether the company can sustain growth for its best-selling device.Apple sold more than 74 million iPhones in the first three months after it released the super-sized iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models last year. That’s 46 percent more phones than it sold in the same period a year earlier. To get that same 46 percent increase, Apple would have to sell more than 108 million iPhones in the next three months.Jerry Kim, a Columbia University management professor, says the expectations might seem unfair, but Wall Street “will definitely be disappointed if they can’t break another record next quarter.”Apple CEO Tim Cook has said he believes there is still room for iPhone sales to expand. He’s told analysts that an increasing number of iPhone buyers are people who used to own devices running Google’s Android software.Research firm Kantar Worldpanel says many iPhone owners have older models, suggesting they may be ready to upgrade to a newer iPhone in the coming months.— Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writerlast_img read more

One flair for hair

first_imgBy KATHRYN BERMINGHAM LOCAL hairdresser Joseph Debrincat brings the style of Paris to the people of Pakenham. With a wealth…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Weekly Galway Athletics report

first_imgConnacht Track and Field Championships U14 to Senior Day two of the Connacht Championships was held in Sligo IT held Saturday last and featured age group finalsforU14 to U19 at Juvenile level and a Senior events programme. At Juvenile level, Galway clubs impressed, with Emma Moore of GCH taking triple gold in the U14 80 metres, 200m, and her run in the 800m was a fantastic display of front running, clocking 2.18 for victory GCH took the U14 Boys relay title, and squad member Darragh Jennings then won three individual golds, as he claimed the U14 Boys 800m, as well as the Discus and Shot Putt titles in a hugely impressive display of multi eventing.GCH athletes impressed across the board. Highlights included Luke Dahler, who won the 200m U14 and took the silver medal in the Boys 80m sprint.At U15 level Eimear Rowe claimed the Girls 800m and silver in the 200m. Niall Breathnach won bronze in the U15 Boys 200m. Seren O’Toole won the 250m hurdles and 200m flat. Eoghan Jennings won the U16 Pole Vault and claimed silver in the U16 Boys 250 hurdles. Barry Murphy took bronze in the Boys U16 1500m.Robert McDonnell took 100m gold with GCH and added the 200m later,Jonathan McGrath won a bronze in the 100 hurdles and 200m, and silver in the 100m,Laoise Geraghty of GCH showed she is in top form winning double gold in both the U17 Girls 400m and 800m. Aaron Brennan won the U17 Boys 800m in a fast2.05, Dennis Onuoha won silver in the 200m and 400m bronze.In the U18 Girls, Aoife Sheehy won the 400m hurdles and silver in the 400m, which was won by clubmate Laura Nally. Nally also took silvers in both 100m and 200m events. Lydia Doyle impressed in doing the 100m flat and hurdles double. Rita Lahue won silver in the U18 Girls 100m hurdles.At U18 Boys level, Thomas McStay took double silver in the 800m and 1500m. Gary Martyn won bronze in the 2k Steeplechase. Diego Brule looks like a natural over the fences, as he claimed the 400m hurdles and took silver in the 110 hurdles. Kacper Poniatwoski won the 100m ahead of Darren Costello,with the same result in the 200m. Eanna Folan placed third in the 8000m in 2.04In the U19s Jack Dempsey showed his class storming home in both the 100 and 200 metre events to take double gold, as Luke O Shaughnessy also ran well with double bronze in both eventsAt Senior level GCH took home a huge haul of medals, with Kathryn Casserly claiming the Connacht 1500m title, Niamh Hennelly returned to action with victory in the 3000m senior, and Ronan O Conghaile won 1500 silver.Majella Loftus won both 100 and 200m Silver. Brendan Staunton excelled in the field, winning the Senior Discus, Shot and Hammer titles. Henrique Nvokolata won the Senior Triple Jump and took Long Jump silverCraughwell AC claimed gold and silver in the U18 Girls 4x100m relay with the team of Aoife Walsh, Arlene Earls, Shauna Tobin and Laura Cunningham taking the silver medals and the four of Caoilin Milton, Ciana Reidy, Lorraine Delaney and Siona Lawless taking the gold medals (all pictured above).Laura Cunningham won gold in the U18 triple jump with a best of 10.42m to take the Connacht title with Aoife Walsh in second place. Cunningham also took victory in the high jump in a new PB of 1.60m and added a silver medal in the long jump. Ciana Reidy claimed victory in the pole vault with a best of 2.65m to win the Connacht title.Arlene Earls took the Connacht Long Jump U18 title with a jump of 4.68m with Aoife Walsh taking the bronze medal. Lorraine Delaney jumped brilliantly to take the silver medal in the U18 high jump, an event where Ciana Reidy was third. Arlene Earls followed up her brilliant long jump title with a silver medal in the U18 800m.In the Senior grade for Craughwell, Sinead Treacy took a sprint double with Connacht titles in the 100m and 200m,while Gavin Cooney took the Connacht title in the Men’s 800m with a big PB in a time of 2.03.53. Ben Garrard had a similar storming performance to edge to victory in the U19 800m in 2.01.43. – he also won the U19 Long Jump and the 400m. Oisin Lyons ran an impressive gun to tape victory in the U18 taking the Connacht title in 2.03, while Kyle Moorhead put in an electric finish to take the silver medal in the U16 boys 800m race in a new PB time of 2.11. Jerry Keary took the High jump U18 Connacht title with a leap of 1.85m, and set a huge PB of 6.26m to take victory in the U18 boys long jump.In the U17 age group for Craughwell, Siona Lawless put in a fine performance to take the silver medal in the girl’s long jump. Chloe Casey dominated the U16 girls throwing events with victory in the shot putt with a best of 12.06 and in the discus. Garvin Surlis had a good day in the U16 jumps with victory in the triple jump and silver in the long jump. In the U15 grade, Sean Cotter had a fine run in the boys 1500m to take the Connacht title in an impressive 4.45. Ellie Cronin took victory in the U15 high jump,and won bronze in both the 250m hurdles and the long jump. Alisha Larkin claimed silver in the girls 100m with Ailbhe Folan taking the bronze, Annie Dehora took a bronze medal in the discus.Conor Trehy was impressive in the U15 Triple jump and won the Connacht title with a leap of 9.37m. James Furey took bronze in the javelin, In the U15 relays, both girls and boys raced to the silver medals with the girl’s team of Aoife Kelly, Ellie Cronin, Alisha Larkin and Ailbhe Folan taking their silver in a time of 54.06 and the boys team of Oisin Davis, Robert Urquhart, Lughaigh Morgan and James Furey likewise.  Morgan also took Long jump silver.In the U14 grade, the Craughwell U14 boys raced to bronze medals with their team of Liam McDonagh, Lukas Schukat, Kieran O’Connor and Conor Hoade. Schukat then won the High jump and bronze in the long jump. Conor Hoade had a fine victory in the 75m hurdles in 12.44 with Robert Urquhart third. Rebecca Lynch was very impressive when taking the Connacht U14 girls Long jump title with a winning leap of 4.38m and added a bronze in the javelin. Liam McDonagh had a brilliant day of throws with gold in the U14 hammer, silver in the U14 and bronze in the javelin, Saoirse Pierce took the Connacht title with a leap of 1.4m in the High JumpBallinasloe and District AC walker Veronica Burke impressed in winning the Senior Ladies 3k Walk in 14.18, and she now heads to compete in the UK 20k championships this weekend in Leeds.Loughrea athletes Aoibheann Farrell won Gold in the U 15 Long Jump and silver in the U15 hurdles, Conor Leahy won the Triple Jump and Long Jump and 100m silver at U17 level, and Darragh Leahy took Long Jump bronze,while at U18 Daniel Callanan Forde won U18 Triple Jump gold and Long Jump Silverat Senior level, Mary Barrett won Discus and Shot gold.Sean McDermott of Castlegar is in top format present and won 800m silver in the Senior Men’s race Roisin Geaney of South Galway won silver in the 2k U14 Walk, while clubmate Caoimhe Kelleher won bronze in the U16 girls 800mCorrib ACs Maebh Walsh won bronze at the U14 Girls 800m, Maebh Keoghwon Shot Bronze at U15, with Laura Keogh taking Senior silver in the Shot. Athenry AC athletes Calum Healy won silver at the Boys hurdles U14 and bronze in the 80m and 200m, and Aoibhe Deeley won the 80m huddles and took bronze in the 250m hurdles. Aine O Farrell won both the 1500m and 3000m U 18 Connacht titles. Sarah Gilhooley Gold in the 2k steeplechase and took both 800m and 1500m silver at U17. Ryan McNelis won silver at 400m hurdles and 400 flat as well as taking hurdles bronze. Saoirse Healy won silver in theU15 High JumpTuam AC fielded a big squad in the field events, and Shane O Rourke won Long Jump gold for Tuam at Senior level with 6.10 m, and also won Long Jump silver.Justin Lane competed at Senior level and won Javelin and Hammer silver, Discus bronze and Long Jump bronze. Ella Rafferty won silver at the U14 Hammer,Discus and Shot Putt silver. Barry Rafferty won silver in the Shot and Discus and Hammer bronze at Senior level. Jack Hession won silver in the U 14 Long Jump, while Jack Mannion won U15 High Jump gold and Long Jump bronze.Irish cap for Breathnach.Sean Breathnach of GCH competes for Ireland in the Shot Putt next weekend, as part of the squad for the in the European Team Cup which will be held in Finland from June 23rd to 25th. The GCH athlete competes alongside the likes of Mark English and Paul Robinson in a strong Irish squad.European StandardGalway athlete Alanna Lally ran a European U23 B qualifying standard at the BMC Grand Prix in Watford last week, as she clocked a time of 2.06.45 over 800 metres.Killeeneen 5KMMichael O Connor of GCH put his younger rivals to the sword at the Killeeneen 5km held Thursday, 15th June last. O Connor, the former National marathon champion, is back training hard, and won the 5km in a time of 15.54, ahead of local star Damien O Boyle of Craughwell AC, and David Gonzales Montes, a Spanish visitor in third. Sinead Brody of GCH claimed the ladies honours in 19.22, with Edel Kelly second and Linda Porter third.Bullaun 8kmStuart Moloney of Moore Abbey Milers sped home to take victory in the  Bullaun 8KM held last Saturday night , with Rob Lennon of Castlegar second and Feargal Walsh of Athenry third. Jane Ann Meehan of Athenry won the Ladies section.Annaghdown 10KMMichael O Connor of GCH made it two wins in a week at the annual Annaghdown 10k held Sunday last in scorching conditions, O Connor clocked 33.13 to take victory ahead of Matt Bidwell of GCH, second in 34.44, and Conor Dolan third in 35.48.  Barbara Dunne of GCH made a winning return to the roads with a fast 39.17 to be first lady home, ahead of Deirdre Brophy of Athenry and Sinead Brody of GCH.FixturesAthenry Half MarathonThe Athenry AC Half Marathon & 5K takes place this Saturday, and starts and finishes in the village of Monivea, Co. Galway, the half marathon starts at 11am and the 5K starts at 11:15am. The half marathon incorporates the Galway half marathon championships for 2017.National Track and Field LeagueThe National Track and Field League returns this weekend with Round One being held in Athlone IT. Galway will have three teams competing this year, with GCH men’s squad and Galway Ladies both in the Premier Division, and a newly formed Galway County Men’s team comprised of all club’s bar GCH starting off in Division One. The GCH Squad is managed by GCH sprints supremo Brendan Glynn, with Sarah Finnegan in charge of the Galway Ladies, while Sean McDermott of Castlegar AC and Michael Tobin of Craughwell AC have taken the reins at the Galway Men’s team.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Raphoe woman wins top Volunteer Award

first_imgA local football club hero from Donegal has won a Volunteer Ireland Award 2018. Sinead Kelly is a tireless volunteer with Raphoe Town Football Club and a passionate promoter of girls in sport.Sinead established a successful initiative called ‘Soccer Sisters’ to encourage more girls to take up football. As well as being a coach, Sinead has positioned the club in the heart of the community building strong and positive links with local schools and clubs and making an impact in local community initiatives. Sinead’s efforts and many hours of planning and organising were rewarded last week as she was announced as the overall winner of the Sport and Recreation award the Volunteer Ireland Awards 2018.Engineer Sharon Clarke from Donegal was also shortlisted for an award in the ‘Children and Youth’ category.Sharon ClarkeSharon is an employee with Seagate Technology in Derry and has spent the past 5 years promoting awareness of STEM and empowering female engineers in her workplace.On 7th December 2018, at gala awards ceremony in Dublin, eleven category winners were announced along with the Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year. Mary Fitzgerald from Co. Clare was named Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year 2018 for her support for those suffering domestic abuse in the area. Raphoe woman wins top Volunteer Award was last modified: December 10th, 2018 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

Stratford wins four Division 3 titles at 2015 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMADISON – The Stratford wrestling team had an historic night at the 2015 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament.Stratford won a school-record four Division 3 state championships as each of its wrestlers in the championship round won at the Kohl Center in Madison on Saturday.Two freshmen got things started for the Tigers as A.J. Schoenfuss and Jeremy Schoenherr won at 106 and 113 pounds, respectively.Schoenfuss (46-2) dominated Austin Wolfe (40-4) of Boyceville, 7-2, before Schoenherr (42-2) pinned Weston Wichman (44-5) of Johnson Creek 34 seconds into the second period.Sophomore Mason Kauffman capped an undefeated season with a 9-5 victory over two-time state champ Kal Gerber (44-1) of Cameron at 126 pounds. Kauffman, who missed all of his freshman season with an injury, finishes the year with a perfect 49-0 record.Sophomore Kamren Bornbach (41-3) finished off the quadruple with a 5-0 whipping of Henry Fielding (44-2) of Shicton in the 182-pound final.Auburndale’s Wyatt Weiler lost his bid for a Division 3 state title, losing 7-5 to Jared Roen (42-3) of Riverdale 7-5. Weiler finishes his senior season with a 44-8 record and a state silver medal.Weiler’s teammate, senior Paul Willfahrt, ended up taking fifth place at 145 pounds. Willfahrt (44-7) lost his consolation semifinal match to Trenton Pasch (42-8) of Royall 3-2, but turned around and beat Marc Lansin (36-7) of Coleman 5-3 in the fifth-place match.Stratford’s Hunter Kauffman and Spencer’s Bryce Shaw ended up taking sixth place.Kauffman, who was forced to forfeit his semifinal match on Friday night due to an injury, was unable to wrestle Saturday in the consolation round and had to forfeit his final two matches, ending the season with a 40-4 record.Shaw, a freshman, lost both of his consolation matches Saturday to finish sixth at 113 pounds. Shaw (28-21) was pinned by Fennimore’s Riley Lull in 2:26 and lost 7-4 to Kewaunee’s Jesse Steinhorst in the fifth-place match.Both of Marshfield’s state qualifiers ended up with medals in Division 1.Senior Mitch Hertel won both of his consolation matches Saturday to take third at 160 pounds. Hertel (30-2) beat Jared Krattiger (42-2) of Waterford 7-3 and beat Austin Powell (46-3) of Sauk Prairie 5-2 in the third-place match. Hertel defeated Powell 2-1 in a preliminary-round match on Thursday.Junior Josh Lang took fourth for the Tigers. Lang (31-6) won his first consolation match by injury default over Christian Dischler of Pewaukee, but lost a third-place match to Ross Agg (38-7) of Oak Creek 7-5.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of read more

2010 Fifa World Cup: Miscellaneous 3

first_imgClick on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Launch of the People’s Bus.Photo: Nicky Rehbock,• Download high-resolution image Launch of the People’s Bus.Photo: Nicky Rehbock,• Download high-resolution image Launch of the People’s Bus.Photo: Nicky Rehbock,• Download high-resolution image Launch of the People’s Bus.Photo: Nicky Rehbock,• Download high-resolution image Launch of the People’s Bus.Photo: Nicky Rehbock,• Download high-resolution image Launch of the People’s Bus.Photo: Nicky Rehbock,• Download high-resolution image Launch of the People’s Bus.Photo: Nicky Rehbock,• Download high-resolution image Launch of the People’s Bus.Photo: Nicky Rehbock,• Download high-resolution image Launch of the People’s Bus.Photo: Nicky Rehbock,• Download high-resolution image Launch of the People’s Bus.Photo: Nicky Rehbock,• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more

Breaking News in the Industry: February 8, 2018

first_imgDOJ charges 36 alleged scammers for $530 million cyber-fraud schemeThe Justice Department has charged 36 individuals with connections to a cyber-fraud ring that claimed more than $530 million in stolen funds in its seven-year history. The group, known as the “Infraud Organization,” were charged with nine counts, including conspiracy to racketeer, wire fraud, and computer crimes. The group acquired, sold, and disseminated stolen identities, compromised credit and debit cards, and other financial and personal information. An indictment filed in Las Vegas detailing the charges was unsealed Wednesday, said the group’s alleged administrator and founder, Svyatoslav Bondarenko, who created the forum on the dark web in 2010. The indictment said the founder billed the forum as the “premier destination for carding, and to 18 direct traffic and potential purchasers to the automated vending sites of its members, which serve as online instruments that traffic in stolen means of identification, personally-identifying information, stolen financial and banking information, and other illicit goods.”Prosecutors said that the Bondarenko, a Ukrainian national, dropped off the site’s radar in 2015. Dubbed “Operation Shadow Web,” the criminal group’s server was taken offline following cooperation from British, Australian, EU and Asian law enforcement groups. As of about a year ago, there were more than 10,900 members on the group’s forum, the indictment says. In a media call following the indictment unsealing, deputy assistant attorney general David Rybicki called the case “one of the largest cyber fraud enterprise prosecutions ever undertaken” by the Justice Department. Prosecutors claim the three-dozen alleged scammers intended to generate upwards of $2.2 billion in stolen revenue from consumers, businesses, and financial institutions. Justice Dept. officials said five of the named defendants were from the US, and eight defendants have been arrested and are pending extradition from the UK, Australia, France, Italy, Kosovo and Serbia. The rest of the suspects remain at large, said prosecutors.   [Source: ZDNet]Man arrested for accepting EBT cards for cash, heroinThe Knox County Sheriff’s Office in Tennesse raided a North Knox County home off Emory Road Tuesday morning after a man allegedly accepted EBT cards in exchange for cash or heroin. Deputies arrested James Hampton Jr., 52.  Hampton was arrested on 21 warrants for theft, sale and delivery of Schedule 1 drugs (heroin), food stamp fraud, ID theft, and computer crimes, according to investigators. According to Chief Deputy Lee Trammel, Hampton was using a business, Volunteer Meat and Seafood, as a front to buy EBT or food stamp cards. The sheriff’s office said Hampton had an EBT card reader in a van, he would swipe the card and if there was $500 on it, he’d split the money with the person bringing him the card. There were no records that he was actually selling any meat or seafood. He would also swipe cards and take the money to supply heroin, Trammel said. The sheriff’s office said some people may have swiped cards with him to buy items they couldn’t buy with EBT cards but not necessarily drugs. Hampton allegedly traded those cards for drugs and cash. According to Trammel, the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected. “We believe if we can cut the addiction in our community, we can absolutely cut the crime rate,” Trammel said. The Organized Retail Crime Unit treats cases like this like drug cases because more and more people that are being arrested for these crimes have a drug problem, they want to get off the streets, and want to get clean, Trammel said.  [Source: WBIR10 News]- Sponsor – Uber says hackers behind 2016 data breach were in Canada, FloridaThe two people who hacked ride-hailing firm Uber’s data in 2016 were in Canada and Florida at the time, a company security executive told a U.S. congressional committee on Tuesday About 25 million people whose data was compromised in the breach live in the United States, Uber Technologies Chief Information Security Officer John Flynn said in written testimony to a Senate Commerce Committee panel. Of those, 4.1 million were drivers, said Flynn, whose testimony described new details about the hack, the handling of which prompted newly appointed Uber Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi to fire two top security officials. Uber disclosed the breach of 57 million worldwide users in November, about a year after it occurred. Reuters reported in December that a 20-year-old man was primarily behind the breach, and that he was paid by Uber to destroy the data through a so-called “bug bounty” program, which is designed to reward researchers for uncovering security vulnerabilities. Flynn confirmed the man who obtained data from Uber was in Florida and revealed that his partner, who first contacted the company on Nov. 14, 2016, to demand a six-figure payment, was in Canada.Flynn said Uber had made mistakes, including paying the hackers through its “bug bounty” program. “We made a misstep in not reporting to consumers, and we made a misstep in not reporting to law enforcement,” Flynn said. Republican and Democratic lawmakers admonished Uber for its delay in disclosing the breach. “The fact that the company took approximately a year to notify impacted users raises red flags within this committee as to what systemic issues prevented such time-sensitive information from being made available to those left vulnerable,” Republican Jerry Moran said. Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal said Uber’s management of the hack was “morally wrong and legally reprehensible,” and that the company appeared to violate state rules for data breach disclosure. Compromised data includes names, phone numbers and email addresses but not Social Security numbers or credit card information of Uber users. Driver’s license numbers of 600,000 drivers were also compromised.   [Source: US News]Authorities seized $20M in counterfeit Super Bowl merchandiseIt was no surprise that counterfeit Super Bowl items were a large concern for the 2018 Super Bowl. In fact, the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots even teamed up with the NFL to crack down on the fake merchandise together. Now, we have some numbers on how much counterfeit merchandise federal agents managed to seize. According to The Washington Examiner, federal agents in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) branch seized approximately $20 million in counterfeit items that would have been sold for the big game. Operation Team Player, an annual project to find fake merchandise, netted 260,000 counterfeit sports-related items, which led to the arrests of 56 people. “Criminal elements use major sporting events like the Super Bowl as an opportunity to sell substandard and counterfeit goods to the American public,” Acting ICE Director Thomas D. Homan said, according to the Washington Examiner. “ICE special agents are committed to collaborating with industry and law-enforcement agencies to crackdown on counterfeiting that significantly impacts local economies and funnels money into organizations involved in additional illicit activities.” Last year’s operation seized nearly 450,000 items worth approximately $39 million.  [Source: Promo Marketing Magazine]Lodi man faces decades in prison, accused of misdemeanor fraudA Lodi, Wisconsin,  man is being held in Columbia County Jail on $250 cash bond on new charges of credit card fraud a little over six months after his release on extended supervision. Levi Kearney, 22, recently of Portage, was charged Tuesday with two counts of misdemeanor credit card fraud and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping after spending nearly a month in jail. Kearney also may have violated a deferred prosecution agreement in a previous case and as a result could face decades in prison. The Portage Police Department received a report from a woman Jan. 8 that she had lost a debit card, which was used twice on Jan. 3, with $200 and then $102 taken out of her account at Portage ATMs. The surveillance footage from each machine appeared to show Kearney, according to Portage police detectives. On Jan. 10, Kearney was arrested on a probation hold, though Portage police were unable to verify whether it was pertaining to this case or another. At the end of the month, police received a recording of a phone call between Kearney and the alleged victim on Jan. 16, in which Kearney called collect to apologize and ask that she drop the charges, offering double her money back if she did.On June 29, 2015, Kearney entered a plea of no contest to one charge of second-degree sexual assault of a child and three counts of fourth-degree sexual assault in connection to a relationship with a 15-year-old girl at that time. That November, Kearney was arrested again when Portage police responded to a disturbance in which Kearney was accused of punching a 16-year-old, resulting in a charge of felony child abuse. At Kearney’s sentencing hearing on April 18, 2016, Judge Alan White asked Kearney to tell him the meaning of his deferred prosecution and the conditions of the sentence of a year in jail, followed by two years’ probation. “It means I have to complete probation or get revoked,” Kearney replied. White clarified, “It means it would go to sentencing and a felony sexual assault would be a rather serious matter.” At Kearney’s initial court appearance via video from jail on Tuesday, Judge Todd Hepler ordered him held on an additional $250 cash bond and scheduled a return hearing May 3. If convicted on his new charges, Kearney faces up to nine years in prison along with decades behind bars following new sentencing in his previous cases.
 [Source: Portage Daily Register]Former employee accused of stealing UPS packagesA former UPS employee broke into a UPS truck and stole packages containing cell phones in the Austin, Texas, area, an arrest affidavit said. Sean Hood, 34, of Pflugerville, was charged with theft, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail. He also was charged with possession of a controlled substance. A UPS loss prevention investigator said Hood was a former employee who had been breaking into UPS trucks and posing as a UPS delivery driver to steal packages from cell phone stores across Austin, Pflugerville, Round Rock and Georgetown, the affidavit said.Police were alerted Jan. 18 after the loss prevention official investigating the thefts said he saw a car appearing to have several stolen UPS packages in plain view inside of it parked outside the Colonial Grand Apartments at 1800 Plateau Vista in Round Rock, the affidavit said. It said officers stopped the car, driven by Hood, a short time later in a parking lot at 1301 AW Grimes Blvd. Police found nine stolen UPS packages inside the car containing cell phones and electronics equipment, according to the affidavit. The stolen items found in his truck, which were from Round Rock, Georgetown and Austin, were worth $4,405.78, the affidavit said. It said officers also found heroin inside the car. Hood was being held Tuesday at the Williamson County Jail with bail set at $115,000. [Source: Statesman] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Inzaghi unsure over Lazio pair

first_imgLazio boss Simone Inzaghi admits he has doubts over whether Joaquin Correa and Felipe Caicedo will be fit to face Celtic in the Europa League tomorrow. Caicedo came off injured against Milan last weekend, whilst Correa picked up a knock in training, and Inzaghi states the pair will have to be evaluated. “I have to evaluate their condition very carefully, but I’ll ask them to make sacrifices. I believe in them,” he said at a Press conference. The coach then revealed he had toyed with the idea of using Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Luis Alberto or even youngster Bobby Adekanye in attack. “I’ll play my strongest team. [Ciro] Immobile and [Senad] Lulic were a little tired yesterday, but I’m confident that these two will play. “I don’t have a clear idea yet [of my starting XI], but I know [Stefan] Radu and [Adam] Marusic definitely won’t make it. [Danilo] Cataldi is suspended.” The Aquile’s task has been made a tad more difficult by parts of their curva being closed for racist behaviour. “We’re obliged to win, we want to move up the group but it won’t be easy against a Celtic side who have a lot of quality and players who can put us in trouble at any time. “I think it’ll be a beautiful day of sport and a beautiful game. May the best team win. Hopefully it’s Lazio. “I know many Celtic fans will arrive and that part of the [Curva] Nord will be closed, but we expect lots of Biancocelesti to support us anyway.” Lazio lost 2-1 to Celtic in the first game between the sides last month. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: read more