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US imposes sanctions on Venezuela bank Bandes after Guaido aide’s arrest

first_imgThe United States imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s development bank Bandes, a day after the Trump Administration warned there would be consequences for the arrest of opposition leader Juan Guaido’s top aide.Venezuelan PresidentNicolás MaduroThe US Treasury said it was slapping the sanctions on the Banco de Desarrollo Economico y Social de Venezuela, including its subsidiaries in Uruguay and Bolivia.“(President Nicolás) Maduro and his enablers have distorted the original purpose of the bank… as part of a desperate attempt to hold onto power,” US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement announcing the action.Guaido, who invoked the constitution to assume the interim presidency in January, has accused Bandes of being used by officials of Maduro’s Government to steal funds.The US Treasury said Maduro tried to move US$1 billion out of Venezuela through Banco Bandes Uruguay in early 2019. Bandes has received billions of dollars over the past decade from the China Development Bank, in exchange for oil, which the Venezuelan Government used to fund infrastructure projects.The sanctions freeze assets belonging to the bank and its subsidiaries, and prevent US citizens from any dealings with Bandes.The announcement comes after Venezuelan authorities detained Guaido’s Chief-of-Staff, Roberto Marrero, on Thursday in a pre-dawn raid, sparking vows of reprisals from the United States, which backs Guaido. (CNBC)last_img read more

Murder defendant gets new trial date

first_imgMartinez went to Mexico after the shooting. He was arrested Nov. 1, 2005, in Tijuana and sent back to the United States in May, 2006. Until Monday, Martinez had repeatedly said he wanted to represent himself at trial, Deputy District Attorney Hector Gutierrez said. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ito pointed out that a jury panel has already been ordered. But he decided to appoint an attorney for Martinez anyway, saying the defendant asked “unequivocally” for a lawyer. Martinez faces 60 years to life if convicted of murder – a penalty Ito said he took into consideration in granting the defendant’s request for a lawyer. Martinez, 49, is charged with murder and attempted murder stemming from a July 16, 2005, shooting in Pico Rivera that killed Irma Martinez and injured Eric Hernandez. Authorities say Martinez shot Hernandez in the shoulder, then shot his estranged wife in the head as the two sat talking in a yard of a Pico Rivera house. NORWALK – A man facing trial in the slaying of his estranged wife and the wounding of her boyfriend changed his mind Monday about representing himself in court. Norwalk Superior Court Judge Roger Ito granted Armando Martinez’s request for an attorney. Ito also said he will soon set a new trial date. Jury selection was supposed to start Monday. Instead, Martinez asked Ito for a lawyer. “At this time, I am mentally unstable to go to trial… so I need an attorney at this point,” Martinez told the judge. last_img read more

Swansea boss Paul Clement does not want to waste Premier League lifeline

first_imgPaul Clement says Swansea do not intend to waste their Premier League lifeline after becoming masters of their own destiny.Swansea’s 1-0 victory over Everton took them above Hull – beaten 2-0 at home by already relegated Sunderland earlier in the day – and out of the bottom three.It leaves Swansea one point above Hull ahead of their final two games, Sunderland away and West Brom at home on the last day of the season.“What it says to everyone is ‘We have an opportunity, don’t waste it,’” head coach Clement said after Fernando Llorente’s first-half header had secured the points at the Liberty Stadium.“That was the case and it has ended up being a positive weekend.“It was a fantastic win for us and at a point of the season with the stakes so high.“But we know how quick it can swing the other way.“Just look at what happened with Hull, everyone thought it would a home win for them and it did not happen.“We have had games where we were expected to do better than we did, and we have had tougher games where we have got results.“It is the nature of the league where anyone can beat anyone when firing to their potential.”Swansea head to Sunderland next weekend where the players will cover the travel costs of 3,000 away fans.Funding the fans’ travel was suggested by club captain Leon Britton, and Clement said the idea is in keeping with a player who is totally in-tune with the club’s supporters.“The players paying for the supporters’ tickets came from Leon and I thought it was a brilliant idea,” Clement said.“It’s been done by the players and led by Leon, and we hope they get up there safely.“We have had it go for us and against us, and now we have to be absolutely focused and prepared to get a good result at Sunderland.” Victory over Everton moves the Swans out of the bottom three 1last_img read more

AND THE WINNER OF OUR BEAUTIFUL BOOK IS….

first_imgTHE winner of our book competition – to win Irish People, Irish Linen by Kathleen Curtis Wilson – is Elsie Gormley, The Glebe, Inver, Co Donegal.Elise won this beautifully crafted hardback book packed with stunning images that gives a social, cultural and historical account of the impact of the Irish linen industry on the people of Donegal, Ireland and beyond.The author interweaves stories of the workers in the spinning mills, the home hand spinners, the men working in the flax fields against historical backdrops and gives details of how villages and towns thrived or died depending on landlords, middlemen, the period of time and local and national government decisions. We are told how “County Donegal and northwestern Tyrone were both famous for growing the finest flax and having plenty of local scutching mills to process the plant for spinning”.The author – who worked closely with the University of Ulster – discusses how the story of Irish linen goes hand in hand with the story of Irish immigration.Another lovely aspect of the book, which was published last month, is the informed explanations of terminology used in the various processes of spinning and weaving with illustrations of flax brake, scutching knife and a rippling comb.The author describes how: “Before the introduction of mechanized flax breaking, women in county Donegal were known to drape flax over the back of a chair for scutching; they would then tie it in neat bundles and take it to the nearest flax merchant to sell. The price they received was based on the quality and grade of each bundle”. This is a wonderfully researched book that engages the reader from the start.It gives invaluable insights into the history of the textile industry in Ireland and Co Donegal and insightful accounts of the lives of the workforce.It has the beauty and feel of a coffee-table book but with substantial depth and a really good yarn.Irish People, Irish Linen by Kathleen Curtis WilsonPublished by Ohio University Press. AND THE WINNER OF OUR BEAUTIFUL BOOK IS…. was last modified: November 18th, 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)last_img read more

MORE THAN 800 LOCAL BUSINESSES TO ATTEND BUMPER DONEGAL BUSINESS WEEK

first_imgEntrepreneur, author and adventurer Debra Searle launched the 2012 Enterprising Donegal Business Week yesterday to a capacity crowd in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny.Over 800 local businesses are booked to attend events during Business Week. Organised by Donegal County Enterprise Board, the aim of the series of seminars and workshops is to inspire and motivate people to consider starting their own business and to provide a learning and networking forum for those already in business. Running until Friday 9th March, in venues across the county, topics range from digital marketing to a workshop on wellbeing.Guest speaker Debra Searle first hit the headlines when she single-handedly rowed 3,000 miles across the Atlantic.In an epic 3 ½ month journey she battled 30 foot waves, sharks and force 8 gales in a 23 foot plywood boat before reaching her destination. Since then she has completed the Yukon River Quest and sailed around the Antarctic as well as launching two companies.Speaking at the launch, Debra’s advice to anyone starting a business today was that “You just have to choose the right attitude. Choose the right attitude and anything is possible” Other high profile speakers scheduled for the week include media commentator Dr. Maureen Gaffney, social media guru Krishna De and Gerry Duffy, Irish winner of the 2011 UK Ironman contest.“There is a great mix of guests and some brilliant events this year”, said Michael Tunney, Chief Executive of Donegal County Enterprise Board.“There are seminars covering everything from how to drive sales with digital marketing to a workshop on generating new business ideas. There should be something for everyone in business or those who are thinking of starting a business”Events continue on Wednesday when two of Ireland’s leading digital marketing experts, Krisha De and Gareth Dunlop, will host a workshop and panel discussion on website design and online strategy for small businesses.On Thursday morning the focus will turn to the “Student Enterprise Awards 2012” in the Mount Errigal hotel Letterkenny. There will also be seminars on controlling cashflow, marketing your business and lean manufacturing.One of the biggest events take place on the morning of Friday 9th, when leading broadcaster and academic Dr. Maureen Gaffney headlines a seminar on “Maximizing Your Business Potential Through Wellbeing”. Dr. Gaffney is a regular contributor to the Vincent Browne show, appears frequently on RTE television and her most recent book, “Flourishing”, reached number 1 in the Irish best-seller list. She will be joined by Gerry Duffy, Irish tri-athlete and author, and Claire Burge, founder of GetOrganized.Enterprise Week will wrap up on Friday evening with a “Cook Off” between TDs Pádraig MacLochlainn and Charlie McConalogue hosted by the Food Coast, Donegal’s good food initiative and Community Chef Brian McDermott who will also provide a cookery demonstration showing how to prepare a classic fish dish using local ingredients.For further information about Enterprising Donegal Business Week 2012 please contact Celine Carroll, Donegal County Enterprise Board on 074 9160735 or email ccarroll@donegalenterprise.ie or visit the Donegal County Enterprise Board website at www.donegalenterprise.ie. County and City Enterprise Boards are funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Union under the EU Structural Funds 2007 – 2013.MORE THAN 800 LOCAL BUSINESSES TO ATTEND BUMPER DONEGAL BUSINESS WEEK was last modified: March 6th, 2012 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

FORD FOCUS TOPS USED CAR LIST IN DONEGAL

first_imgThe Ford Focus tops the list as most searched for used car model among Donegal car buyers, followed by the Volkswagen Golf, Toyota Avensis and Audi A4 according to findings of the fourth Carzone.ie motoring report.The Ford FocusThe report is a bi-annual index which tracks trends in both the new and used car markets in Ireland.Data has been compiled using the 100 million searches carried out on Carzone.ie during the first six months of the year, vehicle transactions listed on Cartell.ie and an in-depth survey of over 2,500 motorists nationwide. The results reveal that Toyota is the most searched for car marque in Donegal, ahead of Volkswagen and Ford. In line with national trends, the majority of Donegal car buyers opted for black as their colour preference when searching for a used car.In total, 541,237 used cars changed hands in Ireland during the first six months of 2014, an increase of 19% on the same period in 2013, according to findings of the fourth Carzone.ie Motoring Report.In line with previous reports and despite diesel prices stabilising, the top two financial concerns for motorists are still fuel costs and the price of road tax. Over 81% of Irish motorists continue to opt for diesel models, indicating a desire for better fuel economy. Although some 77% of those surveyed commute less than 100 kilometres per working day with over 50% travelling less than 25 kilometres, the desire for hybrid vehicles is not yet prevalent with less than 1% declaring they would consider purchasing a hybrid or electric power model for their next car.Interestingly, the report shows a significant increase in Irish motorists opting for luxury used German car brands. Figures for the first six months of 2014 show a 27% increase in sales of Audi, followed by a 25% spike in BMW sales while Mercedes-Benz sales have grown by almost 24%. Of some concern, the report highlights that while the majority of motorists claim to understand new legislation regarding mobile phone usage, a worrying 91.5 per cent have witnessed another driver making a call or sending a text from a hand-held phone while driving.Commenting on the findings of the report, Warren Cray, general manager at Carzone.ie, said without doubt, these results point to a level of optimism in the market as used car transactions continue to rise.“More than 100 million searches were carried out on Carzone.ie so far this year alone and we expect this figure to continue rising for the remainder of 2014. Indeed, over half of respondents to our survey plan to buy a car in the next six months while almost a quarter have already purchased a car this year so this would indicate the market is very much on the rise.”KEY FINDINGS OF REPORT· Ford Focus is the most searched for car model in Donegal followed by the Volkswagen Golf, Toyota Avensis and Audi A4 · Toyota is the most searched for car marque amongst Donegal car buyers· Black is the most searched for car colour in Donegal· 541,237 used cars changed hands nationwide in the first six months of 2014· Top two financial concerns for motorists are fuel costs and road tax · Over 81% of searches on Carzone.ie for diesel models· More and more consumers are purchasing German luxury cars brands· 91.5% of Irish motorists have witnessed another driver texting while driving· Carzone.ie welcomes cautious optimism in used car marketFORD FOCUS TOPS USED CAR LIST IN DONEGAL was last modified: October 22nd, 2014 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)Tags:carsdonegalFord Focuslast_img read more

Women’s Basketball Travels To Iowa State On Sunday Night

first_imgSunday’s game in Ames will be the third-straight road game for the Bulldogs to start the 2016-17 season. Drake hosts Wyoming Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. in its home opener.  Print Friendly Version AMES, Iowa – The Drake University women team travels to Iowa State on Sunday, Nov. 20 evening. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum. Cyclones TV Listen Live Drake Game Notes Ingle’s career scoring night gives her 990 career points. With 10 more points, she will be the 29th Bulldog in program history to score 1,000 or more points. Wendell just missed her 50th career 20-plus scoring game, but did extend her double-figure scoring streak to 80-straight games. Wendell leads the league in scoring at 26.5 points while Ingle is the assists leader at 8.5 and ranks fifth in scoring at 16.5 points per game. Drake (1-1) and Iowa State (2-0) squared off last season in the Knapp Center in the first game of the year for both teams. The Bulldogs claimed a 74-70 victory over the Cyclones to snap a five-game losing streak in the series. Iowa State holds a slight edge, 28-27, in all-time series and has won 10 of the previous 12 games against Drake. Drake dropped a back-and-forth contest at Creighton, 80-77, Thursday night. Senior Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) led the Bulldogs with a career-tying 20 points while senior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Iowa) added 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Sophomore Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) scored a career-high 16 points along with five rebounds and four steals. The exciting game between the former MVC rivals featured 14 lead changes and seven ties. Drake led by two points with 2:56 to play, but went scoreless the remainder of the game as Creighton earned the win. Story Links Iowa State held off UNI Tuesday night at home for a 76-68 win. Jadda Buckley scored a game-high 25 points while All-Big 12 preseason selection Seanna Johnson had a double-double with 15 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. The Cyclones have four returning starters from last season’s team. Live Stats last_img read more

Letterkenny man who stole from employer is jailed for 21 months

first_imgA Letterkenny man who was caught stealing from his employer has been jailed for 21 months.Alan Moore, of Lurgybrack, had pleaded not guilty to ten counts of taking cash from Castle Interiors in the Courtyard Shopping Centre. However, after a five day trial, the 56-year-old was found guilty of the charges and was released on bail to be sentenced yesterday at Letterkenny Circuit Court.Judge John Aylmer said the systematic nature of the thefts could not be ignored.He also pointed to the fact that Moore had tried to claim he was targeted by his employer to stop him paying a redundancy payment as the shop was closing which he said was not the case.He added that Moore had frustrated the investigation by giving false explanations when various charges were put to him during interview.Judge Aylmer said he placed the offences in the mid-range and that each charge merited a prison sentence of two years.However, because Moore had no previous convictions and had previously enjoyed a long history of employment and had a low risk of reoffending, he reduced the sentence to one of 21 months with all to run concurrently.The trial has heard that Moore’s company installed a specialist CCTV system to catch a suspected thief after their accountant noticed their business was not performing as well as it should be.Castle Interiors, a painting and decorating supply company had noticed their books were not tallying over a period of time.They installed a new surveillance camera system and observed one employee who was caught red-handed dipping in and out of the till.The court heard how the owner of the shop, Rossa McCosker, had been informed by his accountant that there had been an unexplained shrinkage in stock.The accountant also said the shop was not performing as it should be.Employee Alan Moore, aged 54, had been reprimanded on a number of occasions for leaving the till open.An older surveillance system which had to be played back by staff was then replaced but Moore had not been told of this.When the new ‘live’ surveillance system was put in place, a member of staff in the company’s Ballyshannon office monitored the activity in the shop.Between 22nd November, 2013 and December 2nd, 2013, the employee made a contemporaneous note of everything that happened in the shop while watching the live CCTV stream.She had noted when to ring in some items into the till put money in or took money out.The jury was shown footage of ten specific incidents when More took cash out of the till and put it into his pockets.The court was told that a total of €794 had not been rung into the till and that €780 in cash had been taken from the till.Because the items were not being rung into the till there was no excess of cash in the till to be lodged at the bank.When approached about the incidents Moore became very angry and later claimed that Mr McCosker had wanted to close the shop and did not want to pay out redundancy money.She was strongly denied and the court was reminded that the Government paid 60% of redundancy payouts in any case.Detective Garda Paul Lynch gave evidence of interviewing Moore after he was arrested.He admitted that he had operated a haphazard system for operating the till for a number of years but this had been tolerated by management.In his victim impact statement, owner Mr McCosker said he operated a number of businesses and after this, he had found it difficult to trust employees.“I am less able to trust individuals and am watchful and needy and I feel more vulnerable to fraud,” he said.The court was told that Moore was now a 56-year-old married man with two sons and had no issues with drugs, drink or gambling.Letterkenny man who stole from employer is jailed for 21 months was last modified: May 13th, 2019 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) Tags:Alan MooreCstle INteriorsjailedletterkennytheftlast_img read more

It was written in the stars! Cosmic Wind wins Australian Business award

first_imgCelebrations are in order for Cosmic Wind Services – the Australian energy company which was co-founded by a West Donegal man.Matt Crossan, 27, from Gaoth Dobhair and his business partner Ivor Hatton, 32, of Co. Wexford won Best Start-Up in the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce Business Awards last weekend.The Cosmic Group was established three years ago with an idea and less than $5000 dollars in the bank. Fast forward two years of trading as of August this year, they now have 60 full-time employees and a seven million dollar turnover for this financial year and a projected turnover of €12m from 19/20.The fast-growing company led a successful campaign in recent weeks to gain votes to help them win the People’s Choice award from the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce.Cosmic Wind Services win best Startup in the Irish Australian Chamber of CommerceCosmic Wind Services win best Startup in the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce  It was written in the stars! Cosmic Wind wins Australian Business award was last modified: October 15th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Cosmic Wind ServicesIrish Australian Chamber of Commercelast_img read more

Darwinist Reporter Calls Everyone a Hypocrite

first_imgIn a surprising show of journalistic hubris, reporter Robin Nixon of Live Science accused every human being in the world of being a moral hypocrite.    “Why We’re All Moral Hypocrites” reported results of a study by Piercarlo Valdesolo at Northeastern University that indicated people tend to judge themselves more leniently than others.    The article discussed moral instincts, moral behaviors and moral decisions, and even said “we are instinctively moral beings.”  Yet all this morality was ascribed to the amoral processes of evolution: “The researchers speculate that instinctive morality results from evolutionary selection for team players.  Being fair, they point out, strengthens mutually beneficial relationships and improves our chances for survival.”Speak for yourself, Robin.  This reporter for one of the most egregious of the dogmatic-Darwin news sites has illustrated profoundly illogical and unscientific behavior.  She has just besmirched the character of all gentle grandmothers praying for wayward children, all men of God in the pulpit, all self-sacrificing parents, all missionaries, all doctors serving poor people in third-world countries, and all honorable people everywhere by calling them moral hypocrites.  Is a guilty conscience here finding comfort in numbers?    Worse, she speaks nonsense by speaking of morality as a product of evolution.  If “morality” is only about self-survival, and if it bears no reference to absolute standards of right and wrong, it is a meaningless word.  Not even survival can be called morally beneficial; death and extinction are equally as meaningless as survival in Darwin’s universe.  Who is to judge that survival is a good thing?  Who is there to pat the chimps on the back when they act like team players and survive better?    “Evolutionary morality” is an oxymoron.  The fact that this reporter innately knows right from wrong and makes moral judgments herself refutes her claim that morals evolved.  At least she admitted that the researchers had nothing to back up that claim other than speculation.    Only the Biblical world view can defend the assertion that we are moral beings, because it teaches moral absolutes rooted in the character of God who created all things.  And only the Biblical worldview can judge humans as hypocritical.  This hypocrisy, the result of sin, is curable through Jesus Christ.    Even thoughtful non-Christians should look at this article as profoundly irrational.  Can a contrived lab test on 85 individuals be generalized to all of humanity, of all cultures and all times?  What kind of scientific reasoning is that?  Robin should have been laughing at this study, not praising it.  In our culture, any stupid thing that a so-called scientist publishes in some journal somewhere garners more presumptive authority than something that a righteous man in the pulpit has to say from the word of God.  Hypocrisy is not limited to the occasional preacher who strays from the moral standard.  It applies also to those who speak vain words of morality while denying its foundation.  By indicting all humanity, this reporter indicts herself.  Her readers are therefore justifiably entitled to ignore anything she says, including the assertion that morality evolved.  How can we trust her word?  She’s a hypocrite, too – unless she claims Yoda privileges, which make her an exalted master looking in on the predicament of mankind from the outside.  But then, how could we know such a claim is not hypocritical?    Evolutionary theory offers no hope for hypocrisy, because whatever moral instincts we have could only be part of a pointless, meaningless, inborn nature; why fight it?  The Bible offers forgiveness for hypocrisy (Romans 10) and a moral standard to which we can and should aspire, enabled by God’s Holy Spirit (Romans 12).(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more