first_imgTHE powers of the authorities in the North to prosecute people here for motoring and other offences has been thrown into chaos after a Co Donegal man had a speeding charge dismissed.A judge has ruled that the issuing of summons by post to this county wasn’t proof a defendant had received it.So he struck out a case against a Co Donegal man allegedly caught driving at 44mph in a 30mph zone in Aughnacloy. The PSNI has regularly targeted drivers on a stretch of road leading into the Tyrone town – many of them from Donegal and driving home from Dublin.The North’s Public Prosecution Service has in recent years sent out summonses by post.But Judge John Meehan said postal summonses are a breach of international law, which require the person to be given assurances they will not be prosecuted for other offences.He also said that there was no valid proof that a summons had been served.He added that, in such cases, proof of lawful service or proof of evasion of a summons was a pre-requisite to proceeding if the defendant did not appear.“A person in county Donegal . . . may know of a process against him being before a court in Northern Ireland but that alone is not sufficient,” he said.In his conclusion Judge Meehan said: “The PPS have been proceeding on the basis that the Northern Ireland rules about the acknowledgement of postal service and pleas of guilty by post can now be treated as applying internationally. They cannot.”He added the PPS had “taken up their position without, I fear, considering what the Irish State might make of all this.“That is most unfortunate, for example, in the context of protracted and continuing negotiations aimed at the mutual recognition of penalty points for motorists by Northern Ireland and Ireland.”Judge Meehan said the court would be able to proceed in the defendant’s absence and without him being served within the UK “only after particular and additional efforts have been made to persuade him to appear”.He said this could only be the case where the defendant and the Irish State were given “clear and precise assurances” relating to immunity from prosecution for any other offences during the time the defendant was answering the case in the Northern Ireland court.The PPS plans to appeal the decision.But the ruling now means that anyone who has received a summons by post could ignore it; and claim they didn’t get it.REVEALED: DONEGAL DRIVER ESCAPES SPEEDING CHARGE AFTER JUDGE RULING IN THE NORTH was last modified: July 3rd, 2012 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:REVEALED: DONEGAL DRIVER ESCAPES SPEEDING CHARGE AFTER JUDGE RULING IN THE NORTHlast_img read more

Sharks’ Joe Thornton wants to return to play at least another year

first_imgJoe Thornton isn’t thinking about retirement just yet, saying Tuesday he wants to play another year.“Yeah, and longer,” Thornton told reporters with a laugh Tuesday at the NHL Awards’ media availability in Las Vegas.“Probably play another 10 years. We’ll wait and see, but I’m thinking five to 10 right now. I got nothing else going on.”Kidding aside, Thornton, slated to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, said he plans to meet with owner Hasso Plattner, general manager Doug Wilson and …last_img read more

10 months agoSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: Gabbiadini must decide

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Hasenhuttl: Gabbiadini must decideby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says Manolo Gabbiadini must decide his next move.AC Milan, Fiorentina and Sampdoria are all in contact.”Sure [they have had bids], we have to decide and he has to decide where he wants to go,” Hasenhuttl told Sky Sports.“There are a few teams interested in Manolo, we will have a look and if there’s a result, we’ll tell you.”Samp are regarded as favourites to land the Italian. last_img read more

a month agoValdano backing James to revive Real Madrid career

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Valdano backing James to revive Real Madrid careerby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid GM Jorge Valdano is backing James Rodriguez to revive his career with the Spanish giants.Valdano is confident that the Colombia international will take advantage of the opportunity given to him by Zinedine Zidane.”James is a world-class player and if he is able to commit himself like he has, we have a player who is going to give another leap in quality to the squad,” Valdano told Onda Cero.”He is more mature and has learned along the way.”I am convinced that he will be able to take advantage of this second chance and he will perform at his level.” last_img read more

a month agoKenyon Newcastle takeover doc includes Bruce’s Euro ‘success’

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kenyon Newcastle takeover doc includes Bruce’s Euro ‘success’by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe takeover offer for Newcastle United from Peter Kenyon includes highlighting manager Steve Bruce’s ‘European record’.The Sun reports former Manchester United and Chelsea chief Kenyon has been working with American firm GACP Sports – who also own Ligue 1 club Bordeaux – on a £300million offer to buy out Mike Ashley.But a document sent to potential investors said: “GACP Sports plans to support the current manager, Steve Bruce, who has had unparalleled success in Europe.”In fact, Toon boss Bruce has only had ONE failed European campaign as a manager with Hull City.And the Tigers lost to Belgian side Lokeren in the play-offs for the Europa League group stage in 2014-15.A plausible explanation for the inaccuracy is that Bruce’s name was hastily cut-and-pasted into an existing document after he replaced Spaniard Rafael Benitez on July 17. last_img read more

23 days agoLiverpool management delighted with Curtis Jones progress

first_imgLiverpool management delighted with Curtis Jones progressby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool management is delighted with the progress of youngster Curtis Jones.The Liverpool Echo says on only his second senior outing, Jones lit up the Reds’ League Cup third round 3-0 win at MK Dons last Wednesday and was named as Sky’s official man of the match.Three days later, the 18-year-old homegrown talent stole in at the far post to net twice for the under-23s in their 2-2 Premier League 2 draw at Arsenal.“Inside the Academy we have to realise that sometimes young lads do makes mistakes and have to learn from them,” says Reds coach Barry Lewtas. “In this environment you have to learn quickly.“If the senior professionals have noticed it a change, then that’s really good. That’s part of growing up.“His form for Critch (U23s boss Neil Critchley) has been a positive. The standard of players, especially the attacking ones at Melwood, surely has to serve as motivation, not just for Curtis but for all the youngsters.“We are in a fortunate position where the group is so close knit. Curtis plays for the first team, gets man of the match, then a few days later scores twice for the U23s.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 days agoMatip, Alisson train for Liverpool ahead of Man Utd clash

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Matip, Alisson train for Liverpool ahead of Man Utd clashby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJoel Matip and Alisson returned to Liverpool training on Tuesday.Brazil goalkeeper Alisson has not played since injuring his calf in the opening Premier League match of the season.Matip has been excellent all season, but a knock against Sheffield United last month forced him to miss Liverpool’s last two games.Both are now in line for a return this weekend in a blockbuster clash with storied rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. last_img read more

Its here The Opioid Crisis in Fort St John

first_imgTo view Healthy FSJ; CLICK HERETo view Healthy FSJ FB Page; CLICK HERE To view Community Action Team FB Group; CLICK HERE Responding to an overdose or getting help if you or someone you know is struggling with substance use/addiction; Have a naloxone kit on you and learn how to use it. Learn CPR as well.If you are a drug user, don’t use alone. Have a person there who can administer naloxone and call 9-1-1 should an overdose occur.Get your drugs tested for fentanyl. There is an anonymous testing service provided by the Women’s Resource Society, no questions asked. You do not need to provide ID or any personal information.There are several places you can access free naloxone kits and other harm reduction supplies as well as treatment and social stabilization support (e.g. counselling). Go to http://www.healthyfsj.ca/#resources for all of the information to access these resources.More information about opioids;Opioids are drugs with pain relieving properties that are used primarily to treat pain.Opioids can also induce euphoria (feeling high), which gives them the potential to be used improperly.Opioids can be prescribed medications:codeinefentanylmorphineoxycodonehydromorphonemedical heroinOpioids can also be produced or obtained illegallyAbout fentanylFentanyl is a very potent opioid pain reliever. It is generally used in a hospital setting, and can also be prescribed by a doctor to help control severe pain. For medical purposes, it can be given in the form of: skin patchesinjectionstabletsFentanyl can enter into the Canadian illegal drug market in three ways: theft of pharmaceutical fentanyl products (mainly skin patches) illegal import from other countriesproduction by illegal clandestine laboratories in CanadaCanada’s illegal drug supply is being contaminated with illegal fentanyl and other fentanyl-like drugs (e.g. carfentanil). You can’t see, taste or smell fentanyl and a few grains can be enough to kill you. Fentanyl is a cheap way for drug dealers to make street drugs more powerful and it is causing high rates of overdoses and overdose deaths. Illegal drugs may contain unknown amounts of fentanyl. Drug dealers who make fake pills may not know or control carefully how much fentanyl goes into each pill. As well, sometimes drugs may accidentally contain fentanyl when drug dealers use surfaces and equipment contaminated with fentanyl. What makes fentanyl so dangerous?Fentanyl is a dangerous drug because:it is 20 to 40 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine, which makes the risk of accidental overdose very higha very small amount (about the size of a few grains of salt) of pure fentanyl is enough to kill the average adultit is odourless and tasteless, so you may not even know you are taking it it can be mixed with other drugs such as heroin and cocaine and is also being found in counterfeit pills that are made to look like prescription opioidsAre you a first responder, or have the possibility of coming into contact with fentanyl at work? Protect yourself. See: What you need to know about fentanyl exposurePublic Health EmergencyThis recent epidemic is characterized by the increasing proportion of deaths in which illicit fentanyl – an opioid substance – has been detected. Fentanyl was detected in 5% of illicit drug deaths in 2012 and this has increased annually reaching 60% in 2016.On April 14, 2016, Dr. Perry Kendall, Provincial Medical Health Officer declared a public health emergency under the Public Health Act in response to increasing overdoses and overdose deaths in our province. Details are available in the Ministry of Health News Release (https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2016HLTH0026-000568). FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Recently the Fort St. John Community Action Team (CAT) released their Public Service Announcement (PSA) ‘Closer to home’ and film, ‘It’s here, The Opioid Crisis in Fort St. John’ in collaboration with Eagle Vision Video Productions Ltd.The ‘Close to Home’ PSA is a 39-second commercial created to grab viewers attention and make you think about people that might be in your life that are at risk. The hope is that the PSA will start a conversation as it shows opioid overdose can happen to anyone.center_img The short film, ‘It’s here, the Opioid Crisis in Fort St. John’, includes many interviews of partners within the City of FSJ, which provides more clarity on the landscape of the opioid crisis in FSJ, the work that has been completed to support the community and how shame needs to be removed from the situation to help offer support to people seeking help.CAT collectively applied for and received funding from the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions through the Community Action Initiative a year ago which helped fund the two audiovisual projects that are a couple of tools used by the action team to help educate the community.The team originally came together in response to the opioid crisis and addiction challenges that are happening in the community, and the group wants to show that we as a community are together in this. By providing information, resources, information and community events to show people that they are not alone and there is help.Healthy FSJ is the vehicle CAT uses for dialogue, education and awareness through their website, presentations to SD 60 classrooms, presentations to Treaty 8 First Nations communities, pop up booths and dialogue sessions, the Overdose Awareness week which saw people being trained in naloxone and work with the Peer group (those with lived experience) called the Northern Sun Helpers are ways in which CAT uses their voice in the community.CAT, comprised of over 70 members represents over 30 organizations that have spent the past year educating the community through awareness of the opioid challenges in the community, reducing stigma, and elevating the voices of Peers (people with living or lived experience with opioid use or addiction).With the partnerships that exist in the group and working with the Peers to identify community-based solutions, exploring harm reduction, treatment and aftercare services in Fort St. John, helps to strengthen partnerships and relationships in the community as the willingness and dedication of each member to contribute in the ways that they and their organization can have been what makes the CAT group successful.last_img read more

Ugly truth of cosmetic industry

first_imgThe cosmetic industry is thriving like never before, and reason is the need to look presentable and photo-ready all the time. This increase in demand for make-up products leads to surge pricing, as a result of which beauty addicts look for ‘discounts’ and ‘sales’… and that’s where counterfeit products come into play. A threat to established brands Counterfeits have become a headache for authentic brands, says Dr Bharti Taneja, Founder of ALPS Beauty group. “They not only steal our sales but also pose a serious threat to the brand image. The most shocking thing for me is the heavy and unbelievable discounts they offer. The cost of these fakes is lower than the actual manufacturing costs of original products,” she adds. Explaining how these counterfeits destroy the brand’s reputation in the market, Taneja says, “When the customer buys a fake product and fails to get desired results, the unaware starts blaming the brand. One negative review from them is enough to damage the reputation of any reputed brand.” For the Founder and CEO of Plum Goodness Shankar Prasad, a great product is something ‘more than just the ingredients’. It’s the overall experience of the customer vis-a-vis pack feel, graphics, fragrance, sensory feel and product efficacy that establishes the consumer’s relationship with the brand. “But counterfeit products damage the very core of this relationship, and thus are extremely damaging to brands,” he believes. Adding to it, Shankar says that marketing and brand-building expenses are among the largest expense items for any beauty company. By piggy-backing on an existing brand and depriving the legitimate brand of their sales, counterfeiters are financially damaging brands. Digital markets Digital markets have made it easier for counterfeit sellers to befool customers. In the online world, the lines between real and fake are so blurred that counterfeits operate easily. They hack the real brand logo and product pictures to appear real. A couple of fake reviews to add a dash of authenticity, and it becomes extremely difficult for the customers to separate fake from the real one. But Shankar Prasad holds a slightly different opinion in this regard. According to him, most of the reputed online marketplaces go to great lengths to keep out counterfeits; so much so that “sometimes it becomes a tedious process even for us as brands to meet all their requirements to establish authenticity.” Having said that, he feels that online space is largely unregulated (as much as physical retail is unregulated), and so, one cannot prevent smaller e-commerce marketplaces from cropping up all the time with questionable business practices. “If it is too good to be true, it perhaps is – customers should realise this before falling for unbelievable offers,” he advises. Toxic truth about counterfeits The business of making counterfeit cosmetics is unethical, to begin with, and has only one objective – maximise profits. The cheap products, therefore, are made with zero safety norms and contain everything from aluminum and lead to poor quality ingredients and dangerous level of bacteria. The consequences can be as serious as consuming spurious drugs – for the simple reason that the skin absorbs 60% of whatever is put on it, into the bloodstream. Understanding the severity of the situation, Neeleshwari Basak, Owner of WorldWide Institute of Grooming and Peagents, has listed a few tips to differentiate between original and fake products. Foundation: To check the product for its originality just swirl your finger around the pigment and if you get a consistent creamy powder on your fingertip, then the product is original. (The fake one gives powdery pigment) Eye shadow palette: The original palette comes in good packaging, the quality of the brush is visibly good and will give you a good pigment when applied. The fake palette, on the other hand, has a similar packaging, but the quality of brush is not good. Also, you have to apply really hard to get some pigment. Lipbalm: On applying the original lip balm you will get a light tint of the specific color on your lips. The fake lip balms will give a chemically ladned bubble gum flavor. Final results: The original products blend nicely and evenly. On the other hand, fake products give a patchy look and do not look good. Be a smart customer Rochelle Chhabra, Professional Division Head (Streax Professional), Hygienic Research Institute says, the key to avoiding counterfeit products is to be vigilant while making online purchases. “Consumers should not only rely on big discounts but should check other factors while buying.” She has listed a few points that will help you avoid sub-standard products. • Customers must avoid searching for cheap, low cost, on sale products. When you put these keywords in your search box, the chances are that you would get a list of fakes first. • The customer can compare the images of the product on the brand’s website and the e-commerce site. This will help identify the difference, if any. • If there is a substantial difference in the original price and that of online sellers, it is essential to not blindly buy the product but check the details that are mentioned in features of the product. • Customers should buy products with fulfillment tag to ensure original products are delivered to them. • Buy products from authorised sellers like Cloudtail, Appario in Amazon, Supercom and Retailnet in Flipkart.last_img read more

Medium does not matter for Karan Singh Grover

first_imgNew Delhi: Actor Karan Singh Grover, who is making his debut in the web space with ‘Boss: Baap of Special Services’, says the way he performs stays the same irrespective of the medium. On working on the digital space, Karan said: “It is my first time working in the web space. But I think for any artiste the way we perform, what we do and how we deliver stays the same whichever medium it is… It is cool because we can reach our audience and they don’t have to wait for a particular time to see us.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe mystery thriller on ALTBalaji unravels the story of a con artist operating in the northern belt of India. He crosses paths with a police officer under unusual circumstances. Asked about his role, Karan said: “The name of my character in ‘Boss…’ is Keshav and he is pretending to be someone else. Basically he is a con-man and does things in a non-conformist way, and in a way that normally a law abiding policeman would not. So that’s a fun mix.” On the silver screen, he will soon be seen sharing screen space with his wife Bipasha Basu in the upcoming film Aadat.last_img read more