Supermarket manager stole €315,000 to feed his gambling addiction

first_imgA supermarket manager who stole more than €315,000 from his employer to feed his gambling habit put more than 100 jobs at risk.Wayne Johnston put hundreds of thousands of euro through his Paddy Power online betting account to feed his addiction to betting. Johnston appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court in Co Donegal charged with theft at Cost Cutters Supermarket in Ballybofey.The father-of-two worked with the supermarket from 2006 but when he was put in charge of all purchasing and staff in 2009, the trail of thefts began.The thefts began with small sums but soon mounted up and in one year he stole more than €300,000.Details of exactly how Johnston, who is originally from Thurles in Co Tipperary, stole the money from his employer was not given during the case.The court was told that the thefts had a huge personal effect on the owner of the business, Michael Doherty.He said he learned that money can be replaced but nothing will ever take away the stress and worry as well as the sleepless nights and mental torture that himself and his family suffered.And he added that without the support of suppliers and partners, the jobs of 100 people would have been in danger.“I don’t think I’ll ever be the same person again. I lost a part of me,” he said.The accused told how Mr Doherty was more than just an employer to him and that they had developed a friendship outside of work.“When the gambling took over I was guilty and embarrassed for taking Michael’s money,” he said.He added that he never thought of the bigger picture and how it might put the jobs of one hundred people in jeopardy.“I’m so sorry for what happened. I was very embarrassed and ashamed and I didn’t realise I could have closed doors to his business. I knew I was taking the money but did not realise the damage I was doing to him or his mother and father,” said Johnston.He said he is now getting treatment for his gambling addiction and his wife Michelle is now in charge of all the family’s finances.His wife gave evidence saying that the family now speak openly about Wayne’s addiction and if he is ever feeling vulnerable.The accused said he now has plans to try and back the money to Mr Doherty saying he is prepared to pay €600 each month for the next 30 years as a way of compensating his former employer.Johnston, who is in his 30s, is currently working for a courier company and his employer is aware of the court case.Barrister for Johnston, Mr Colm Smyth, SC, suggested to Judge John Aylmer to impose a heavy suspended sentence over the head of his client to ensure he does not re-offend and attempts to pay back te stolen cash.Judge Aylmer said he would like to hear the opinion of Mr Doherty about the proposed compensation plan offer and adjourned the case until May 4th.Supermarket manager stole €315,000 to feed his gambling addiction was last modified: April 29th, 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) Tags:BallybofeybettingCost CuttercourtgamblingGardaionlinerobberysupermarketWayne Johnstonlast_img read more

Modern Crustacean Found in Early Cambrian

first_imgA “crown-group crustacean” that is “markedly similar to those of living cephalocarids, branchiopods and copepods” has been found exquisitely preserved in early Cambrian fossil beds from China, an international team reported in Nature.1  Though such organisms have been found in middle and later Cambrian rocks, this pushes the origin of eucrustacea (crustaceans of modern aspect) back another 25 million years.  The authors of the paper said nothing, however, about the implications of this discovery to the problem of the Cambrian explosion (see 04/23/2006).    Not only was the crustacean modern-looking, it was so well preserved that even soft parts and eyes were visible.  Even fine parts of setae on the tips of the legs are clearly seen in the organisms representing different developmental stages.  Examples of “Orsten-type” Cambrian lagerstatten (exceptionally preserved fossil beds) were known from Sweden, but this one is from China.  The species Yicaris dianensis resembles “living minute and blind cephalocarids, both in its head and trunk-limb design.”  In other words, modern cephalocarids are blind, but this Cambrian representative had large twin eye lobes.  Other resemblances were noted in the “post-mandibular limbs with their elongate, rather fleshy basipods armed with up to seven setiferous, soft endites medially,” and the existence of epipodites:Epipodites and a sophisticated combined locomotory and food-gathering apparatus, as present in Yicaris and, presumably, in the eucrustacean ancestor, may have been a significant factor leading to the successful diversification of eucrustaceans already by the Cambrian.  Some authors consider that insect wings may have originated from epipodites; the early Cambrian occurrence of this trait is of potential significance to the debate regarding the emergence of winged (pterygote) forms within euarthropods.That speculation notwithstanding, the crustacean found here apparently had a system for sweeping food toward its mandibles using these epipodites and antennae.  Plus, it had eyes, a head shield, a developmental process from larva to adult, and was probably capable of swimming.    The authors mentioned nothing about the Cambrian explosion.  Their only reference to the evolution of this complex creature shielded the problem of missing evidence by claiming that evolutionists are getting warmer in their search for an ancestor:Discussion.  The material of Y. dianensis is important in two respects.  First, it displays the post-embryonic ontogeny of an animal as old as the Early Cambrian.  Second, Y. dianensis is temporally close to evolutionary events deep in arthropod and, specifically, crustacean phylogeny.  Its development should, therefore, be closer to the original developmental pattern of the stem forms and less changed than that of recent in-group taxa, which have accumulated lineage-specific modifications.  With such ontogeny data and having the age of the fossil as a time marker, it is possible to more precisely include ontogenetic evolutionary pathways in the reconstruction of relationships and ground patterns of stem species and monophyla.  According to our analysis, Y. dianensis represents the first undoubted eucrustacean known from the Lower Cambrian (the single previously described Lower Cambrian putative eucrustacean species lacks eucrustacean characters) and can serve as a substantial tool for testing relevant character acquisition and phylogenetic hypotheses.  This is of particular importance because crustacean phylogeny has gained new interest by recent studies using neurobiological, developmental-biological and molecular investigations.Yet the authors did not explain how this organism was any more primitive than modern crustaceans.  The claim above, therefore and the following one from the Abstract, seem unsupported by the evidence at hand: “Its stratigraphical position provides substantial support to the proposition that the main cladogenic event that gave rise to the Arthropoda was before the Cambrian.”  No evidence for that “cladogenic event” (in plain English, the genesis of a new kind of animal) was provided.  The statement basically means only that evolutionists must now search earlier than the Cambrian for clues to where arthropods came from, assuming they evolved from more primitive ancestors.    The Editor’s Summary, similarly, avoided mention of the Cambrian explosion.  “Newly unearthed Orsten-type fossils from China include the earliest known eucrustacean in exquisite three-dimensional detail, significantly extending the fossil record of this group.”  In summary, true crustaceans now are established to exist at the Atdabanian layer of the early Cambrian, just slightly above or in the layers where the first trilobites and echinoderms appear.1.  Zhang et al, “An epipodite-bearing crown-group crustacean from the Lower Cambrian,” Nature 449, 595-598 (4 October 2007) | doi:10.1038/nature06138.No sooner had we reported the exceptional finds reported in Geology (next entry), when this one showed up.  They think they can get away with it, hiding their announcements in expensive journals that the public is unlikely to see, using fancy words like “cladogenic” and “monophyletic” to pull the wool over our eyes.  Need plain English?  They found another modern-looking animal in the lowest fossil-bearing rocks, without any trace of an evolutionary sequence from simple to complex.  Their claims about “cladogenic events” before the Cambrian leading up to this critter, eyes and all, is pure fiction dressed up with euphemism and obfuscation.  There is no evidence this animal evolved.  There it is, fully formed in this early layer, without any Darwinian tree.  Cladogenic is a miracle word inserted to hide a lack of evidence.  Tell it like it is.    It is shameful that scientists persist in propagating their myth without any evidence to support it, and lots of evidence against it.  Sudden appearance is not evolution.  Darwin-doubters need to call them on the carpet and demand honesty and accountability.  The Darwin Party knows all about the Cambrian explosion.  Few are the ones that want to talk about it, because it embarrasses them, just like it did Charles Darwin, who called it one of the strongest arguments against his theory.  Charlie hoped that continued searches for more fossils would eventually find the missing links.  Wrong!  Increasing evidence has made his problem worse.  The Cambrian explosion is louder than ever, booming out the message: life appeared abruptly, fully formed, as if it had been created.    To see the Darwin Party squirm, go to the Wikipedia page on the Cambrian explosion and click on the discussion tab.  Now search on the word creationist:How much to say about how Creationists, supporters of Intelligent Design and some Islamists quote the CE as a refutation of Darwinian evolution?  Pro: it’s a hot topic and some readers will be disappointed if they don’t see coverage.  Cons: hard to do briefly in what is a long article anyway; hard to avoid charges of partisanship (either way) unless the discussion is long.Come on, cowards: the Internet has plenty of space.  Go ahead and take all the time you need to explain how modern, complex life “emerged” without ancestors by an evolutionary process.  We have the time.  Make our day.  Give us the whole tale.  See if you can do better than the Master of Disaster, Charlie Marshall, did (04/23/2006).    One of the tricks they try to play is to say that the Cambrian explosion was not that sudden a bang; it extended over 40-80 million years or more, if certain trace fossils from the Precambrian are tossed into the story.  They compare the Cambrian explosion with the rise of mammals which, according to their mythology, diversified into all our modern forms in just 40 million years.  First of all, it is really dumb to use one myth as evidence for another.  It’s like saying that life must have evolved on Europa because it must have evolved on Mars.  Foul: double drivel.  Evolution is the issue, and claiming it happened fast twice at two different times just begs the question.    More important, the appearance of each type is virtually instantaneous.  Trying to stretch the Cambrian explosion out, or link it earlier with the Ediacaran fauna presumably earlier (see 12/02/2002 and 08/19/2004) is not going to help.  The fact remains that each complex creature, whether trilobite, crustacean, echinoderm, worm, or vertebrate fish (08/21/2002), shows up suddenly, fully formed, at first appearance in the record.  They don’t see incipient trilobites becoming half-trilobites then full trilobites over a period of ten million years, such that they could make a claim that Darwinian evolution was working on steroids for awhile.  No; the first trilobites and crustaceans just show up – no ancestors at all.  Whatever the Ediacaran organisms were, they were not on the way to becoming trilobites; they were a distinct kind of organism that also appeared abruptly and went extinct.  (Speaking of trilobites, remember that the record is the reverse of evolutionary expectations: see 07/28/2007).  However they may wish to draw out the process, the Cambrian explosion was really a set of multiple independent explosions at roughly the same time.  The ones they think showed up millions of years later, like this eucrustacean, keep turning up earlier and earlier.  All the basic animal types (phyla) and body plans show up on the lowest layers.  Evolution is falsified by the only tangible record of the past.    Because of the awareness of the Cambrian Explosion most readers have, we would expect to see some acknowledgement of it by the paleontologists who report their Cambrian discoveries.  Instead, we still get worthless evolutionary promissory notes, like “this new fossil will shed light on the origin and ancestry of arthropods” when there is no collateral.  Stop accepting trust deeds from the Darwinian loan sharks.  Their deeds are not worthy of anyone’s trust.    For more entries on the Cambrian explosion, see 09/04/2007 on genetic mechanisms, 04/03/2007 on comb jellies, 01/16/2007 on alleged Precambrian embryos, 08/10/2006 on Cambrian embryos, 07/13/2006 on mollusks, 06/18/2006 on alleged Cambrian explosion precursors, and 04/23/2006 on Cambrian Explosion Damage Control, 02/14/2006 on hand-waving solutions offered by the Darwinians.  The last entry contains links to earlier entries about Cambrian vertebrates, long thought to be not represented that early; see especially 01/30/2003 about 500 fossil fish found in the early Cambrian.  You might recall from 07/25/2003 that many high school biology textbooks gloss over this little problem for Darwin, if they mention it at all.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Steve Ballmer Announces That There Will be Tablet Announcements

first_imgklint finley IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#mobile#news#Products Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference today, Steve Ballmer promised tablets in a variety of form factors would arrive by the end of the year from partners including Asus, Dell, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba – but offered no specifics. ASUS has already announced ASUS Eee Pad and MSI has announced the WindPad, but previous Windows tablet projects such as the HP Slate and the Microsoft Courier are vaporware thus far. Microsoft is said to be targeting IT managers with its tablets.Microsoft will be entering a competitive marketplace in which enterprises will have several options. The iPad is gaining in the enterprise, Cisco is entering the tablet market with an Android tablet, and RIM is rumored to be releasing a BlackBerry tablet. Also, Dell has already released a consumer focused Android tablet and Intel and Nokia have demoed a MeeGo tablet.ZDNet notes Microsoft is developing Windows 8 with the tablet form factor in mind. Although Chrome OS and Cisco will bother offer the ability to run desktop apps through a remote desktop interface, the ability to run traditional Windows applications natively on tablets could be a boon to enterprises.Intriguingly, Engadget notes that although Ballmer didn’t mention HP during his keynote, the company is on the WPC’s web sites list of companies releasing a Windows 7 tablet this year. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

The Military Child’s Experience: Part One

first_imgUS Coast Guard families and service members march in New York City’s Veterans Day Parade (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Robert Harclerode) CC by 2.0The MFLN Family Development Early Intervention team brings you an interview with Kellie, a young woman who grew up as a military child.  She is currently a college student pursuing a degree in early childhood.  Look for Part Two of her interview on July 27.  This interview has been edited for length and clarity.What are some of your favorite memories of being a military child?A favorite memory I have is seeing new places. It is so cool to be able to relate to so many places now and claim a little bit of everywhere that I have lived as home. I also loved moving, because you get a new house and room every time. There was always something new to explore, and that’s how I made my memories, just by exploring new places. Everywhere I have lived has become a memory but also has shaped me into who I am today.What, if anything, was challenging?The most challenging part about being a military child was not knowing what you were going to find. For instance, every time you moved you found yourself in a new school, with new teachers, new classmates, the list goes on and on. With so much “new” thrown at you all at once, it can be difficult to adjust. I was able to learn how to adjust with practice and it really helped me throughout my college years. My flexibility is one of my strongest leadership traits.Was your parent deployed while you were a child? How frequently?I was lucky compared to most military children. My dad is going on 30 years of active duty service but was only deployed one time for six months. It was hard but I am so glad he never had to deploy again.What did your parent(s) tell you about their deployment?I remember my parents telling me that my dad would be leaving to go overseas for a few months. They told me what he would be doing so I wasn’t very nervous. I was proud of my dad for serving our country.How far in advance were you informed?As soon as my dad knew for sure that he was being deployed, he told all of us. I don’t remember it being a big deal, I just knew it was something he had to do and that he would come back. I know it was something my family expected since he left less than two years after 9/11. At that time so many people were getting deployed.What would you suggest to other parents that need to prepare their children for an impending deployment?Make sure you let the children know what is going on. I was lucky enough that my dad was not in battle, so it was much less likely that something would go wrong, and it was easier for my parents to assure me that it was going to be okay. It is a hard situation to explain to children and it is important to let the children know that their parents are serving our country and making it better. My dad is a hero to me, and knowing that made it easier to understand why he was gone.Be honest with your kids, give them as much time as possible to know a parent is deploying before he/she leaves, and give them comfort, because regardless it is not going to be easy.What were some of you concerns while your parent was deployed and what strategies did you use to manage these concerns?I was really young, so it was hard to understand all of the risks. I saw my mom upset sometimes, and didn’t quite understand that because I was so young. I know that my concerns mostly had to do with missing him and not really knowing when he would be back. I tried to think of the positives rather than the negative things that could happen. I was only in 4th grade, but I stayed busy, which made me less worried.How can parents support their children through all phases of a deployment (pre, during, and post)?Honesty is the most important aspect of support. Before a parent leaves, make sure to focus on the time you have with them before they leave, not on the fact that they are leaving.While they are gone, don’t hide your feelings from your children, because they are there to comfort you just as much as you are there to comfort them.Be open as a family while a parent is deployed and discuss your feelings. Your family is truly your greatest support system.When a parent finally comes home, make it a celebration, because as hard as it may have been to be away from each other, the most important thing is that they are home and safe.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Amy Santos, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and YouTube.last_img read more

Dalit women not allowed to enter temple

first_imgIn a case of alleged caste discrimination, Dalit women of a village in Bulandshahr were not allowed to enter a temple by people of other castes. After a video went viral on social media and the male members of the community protested, the police promised to look into the matter. The incident happened in Rakehra village of Khurja when women of the Valmiki community were stopped from praying at the local Chamad Mandir. Khurja SDM Sadanand Gupta said the two parties arrived at a compromise in the presence of local officials on Thursday afternoon.last_img read more

Petron storms to early lead; F2 Logistics kicks off title defense with victory

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Defending champion F2 Logistics and Petron fashioned out victories over their respective rivals Saturday night in the Philippine Superliga-Chooks To Go Grand Prix at Santa Rosa Sports Center in Laguna.F2 trounced Cocolife, 25-21, 25-15, 25-16, to start its title-retention bid while Petron drubbed Cignal, 25-17, 8-25, 25-20, 25-17 to also bolster its own campaign.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Stalzer and Hurley, the duo that spearheaded Petron to the finals of last year’s Grand Prix, combined for 27 of the Blaze Spikers’ 44 attack points while providing leadership down the crucial stretch.“We had some troubles in the second set,” said Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos. “It’s good that we were able to recover and finish strong.”After trailing by two, 8-10, the vaunted floor defense of the Blaze Spikers conked out, allowing the HD Spikers to uncork 15 consecutive points and claim the second set, 25-8.But in the next set, Stalzer and Hurley connived in the attack zone to give Petron an early lead, 8-5, entering the first technical timeout.Petron took the early lead with a 2-0 card.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Statement game Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley combined forces to help the Blaze Spikers recovered from a disastrous second set.They both finished with 18 points each.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They really are a tough team,” said Stalzer of Cignal which fell to 1-1 record. “And it was good test for us.”Cignal’s Sonja Milanovic scored 23 points, while Jeane Horton added 20 for the HD Spikers. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

Angry Juergen Klopp defends team selection after Merseyside derby draw

first_imgLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp defended his team selection after Everton snatched a late point in Sunday’s Merseyside derby.The German made six changes to the starting line-up that crushed Spartak Moscow 7-0 in a midweek Champions League group tie, leaving first-choice Brazilians Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino on the bench for the game at Anfield.Dominic Solanke made his second league start up front instead.Liverpool dominated possession and Mohamed Salah swept in a stunning goal just before the break, with the Egyptian then replaced by Firmino in the 67th minute.Coutinho, who had scored a hat-trick on Wednesday, came on for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 78th minute – a minute after Everton captain Wayne Rooney had levelled from the penalty spot for his first goal in a Merseyside derby.”That’s my job. That I make decisions before I know they are right,” said Klopp in a prickly interview with Sky Sports television.”And afterwards it’s your job to say I’m not right, no problem with that.”Yes, I was sure this was the right decision. We brought Roberto Firmino on for Mo Salah. We could have scored before, we could have scored afterwards, we could have scored all the time. We lived more or less in their box,” added the German.”And obviously we didn’t do it. I have to take that. I have no problem with that.”Liverpool’s next outing is a relatively comfortable-looking home match against relegation-threatened West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday.In Klopp’s defence, Liverpool saw their title challenge collapse in January last year with numerous injuries and the manager will want to avoid a similar occurrence with Champions League knockout games to come.advertisementA point from a match that always fires up the local passions was hardly a disaster and Liverpool at least continued two fine runs of form.last_img read more

9 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp tells players to ignore Man City

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp tells players to ignore Man Cityby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has told his players to focus on themselves and not to worry about rivals Manchester City.Mo Salah’s 50th-minute penalty sank Brighton, again moving the Reds seven points clear of Manchester City — who don’t play until Monday’s home game against Wolves. Klopp said: “Our situation is we are completely focused on us. Nothing that happens around us is important.“After the City game [Liverpool’s first league loss all season, 10 days ago at the Etihad] it was just a case of, ‘Stay in the situation, completely focused, and obviously we can win football games.’“The boys proved that this season already a lot and that is what we have to do until the end of the season. That’s all.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more