Prostitute was pregnant as she worked Limerick streets

first_imgLinkedin Advertisement WhatsApp Facebook Print Twittercenter_img NewsLocal NewsProstitute was pregnant as she worked Limerick streetsBy admin – November 18, 2012 594 Previous articleIreland defeat Fiji at Thomond ParkNext articleHome help cuts “must be reversed” admin THEY had been promised a ‘completely different life’But prostitutes operating in the Catherine Street area of Limerick city in October 2011 and again last May ended up on criminal charges before Limerick District Court last week. 20-year-old Alexandra Chera and 23-year-old mother of one, Larisa Sturzea, who was pregnant while working as a prostitute, had been promised a “totally different life than what it turned out to be”, when they left Romania and came to Ireland.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up They were charged with loitering to solicit or importune others for the purposes of prostitution on dates in May. Both women pleaded guilty to the charges.Murish Gavin solicitor for Ms Chera said his client was a 20-year-old woman who “was promised a totally different life than what it turned out to be and now she just wants to finalise these matters and go home”.Judge Eugene O’Kelly convicted Ms Chera of the prostitution charge and applied the Probation act after he heard that she had made contact with certain services with a view to returning to Romania shortly.However, the court heard that Ms Sturzea, who had since moved to Dundalk, was not in a position to return to Romania as her three-month-old child was subject of a HSE care order. However she did have access and contact with the infant.Judge O’Kelly heard that the accused had now “regularised her life” and he adjourned the matter until May 9 and remanded her on continuing bail. Emaillast_img read more

Business Matters Ep 5 – Annette Houston / Johnny McGuinness

first_img Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous article‘Common sense approach’ will be taken with PUP paymentsNext articleBreaking: Firefighters battling major blaze in Derry admin By admin – July 29, 2020 Google+ Business Matters Ep 5 – Annette Houston / Johnny McGuinness WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty center_img AudioBusinessMattersHomepage BannerNewsPlayback RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Business Matters Presenter Ciaran O’DonnellIn this week’s edition of Business Matters, Annette Houston, Managing Director of FM Services Group, talks to Ciaran O’Donnell about how the lessons of the last recession, and her decision to complete a Masters Degree in Leadership and Innovation at Letterkenny Institute of Technology, have helped sustain her business.Ciaran also speaks with Johnny McGuinness of McGuinness’ Bar in Culdaff who is waiting patiently to reopen, having served his last pint back in mid-March. Johnny makes a passionate plea to government to allow public houses like his own, which was established back in 1792, get back to looking after their locals.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

Pret takes a vote on going vegetarian

first_imgPret A Manger, the high street sandwich chain, is considering opening an all-vegetarian shop. The chain has opened a poll asking consumers what they think of the idea, which was raised following changes to the sales mix.Clive Schlee, chief executive, said in a blog: “There has been a distinct shift towards vegetarian. The top selling SuperBowl in our latest salad launch was Beets, Squash & Feta, beating chicken, salmon and crayfish alternatives. This would have been unheard of five years ago.”In the blog, Schlee lays out reasons to reduce meat consumption from animal welfare to global warming. He also pointed to outlets such as ABC Kitchen in New York and Grain Store in London’s King’s Cross as examples of menus with a big emphasis on vegetables.The blog ponders how Pret can help people enjoy more vegetarian food without “being preachy” or alienating customers – the best-selling sandwich is currently the Chicken Caesar and Bacon baguette.One idea, in its infancy, is to open a vegetarian Pret A Manger with the usual Pret menu featuring replacements for the meat-containing dishes.Schlee said: “The danger of doing this is that we take choice away and upset loyal customers and, of course, we love our current range. The reason to do it is to act as a beacon for more innovation at Pret for the future, which offers greater choice. It would encourage Pret to create tastier vegetarian food and tempt customers who are inclined to try new alternatives.”Another option is to put dedicated vegetarian fridges into shops.So far, 44% of voters support the opening of an all-vegetarian Pret, 51% think a vegetarian food-filled fridge in every shop would work and 5% think Pret is fine as it is.last_img read more

Brazilian authorities fight the crack epidemic with police and drug treatment

first_img Security forces recently carried out an operation in a neighborhood where drug dealing is rampant. On Jan. 23, 2014, Civil Police agents conducted a security operation in the city center of São Paulo, where dozens of crack users congregate to buy and use drugs in an area known as “Crackland” (“Cracolandia”). A dozen police vehicles surrounded the two blocks which comprise Crackland. Some of the drug users responded by throwing rocks and sticks at police agents. At the end of the operation, police agents arrested 30 people, according to the newspaper Folha de São Paulo. Four of the suspects are accused of drug dealing, officials said. Police began security operations in Crackland in early 2012, in an effort to move out the crack dealers and addicts, officials said. According to authorities, from December 1, 2013 to January 24, 69 traffickers have been arrested in the city of São Paulo. Brazil has not only become a drug-consuming country, but it has also become a haven for drug traffickers, fugitives, and a bridge for the distribution of drugs to Europe and West Africa. Three organized crime groups control the drug trafficking in Brazil: The First Command of the Capital (PCC), the Red Command, and the Pure Third Command. “Drug cartels have their eyes on South America. Brazil is an excellent market for cocaine in light of the difficulties there are in entering the U.S. and Europe. Violence and prostitution is growing in Brazil due to the unwanted use of crack cocaine,” Rosanía said. Brazilian authorities are working in coordination with the U.S. government to develop successful strategies to reduce the problem, according to published reports. Given the seriousness of the situation, cooperation in security and information sharing between Brazil and countries in the region is key in the fight against the surge of crack cocaine. “Cracklands could spread to other countries,” Rosanía said. Brazilian security and health officials are teaming up to attack the country’s crack epidemic by arresting organized crime operatives who sell drugs and also providing prevention services and treatment to addicts. Since 2008, crack use and domestic crack sales have soared in Brazil, authorities said. Brazil, which has a population of 199 million people, has nearly 1 million crack users, according to the United Nations. Brazil has the third highest number of crack users in the world, behind the United States and the European Union, according to the UN. Brazil’s Federal Police and the Security Commission of the Chamber of Deputies estimate that Brazilians consume about 1 ton of drugs every day. Most of the drug users are young, according to a study conducted in 2012 by São Paulo State University (UNESP). The study found that 72 percent of drug users in the country are between the ages of 18 and 34, and 17 percent are between the ages of 12 and 17. A kilo of cocaine paste produces about four kilos of crack, according to police. Each kilo of crack can be broken down into 4,000 rocks of crack, which are sold on the street. Each rock sells for $2 (USD) or $4 (USD), depending on the size. Drug dealers sell about $10 million worth of crack every day, according to El Pais. Most of the coca paste that is turned into crack in Brazil comes from Bolivia and Colombia. The paste is transformed into crack rocks in illegal laboratories in the Amazon, according to O Globo. Crack is highly addictive. The drug quickly attacks the pleasure centers of the brain, creating an intense feeling of euphoria. But the euphoria fades within minutes, and users want more crack. The drug I sold in about 90 percent of Brazil’s 5,563 municipalities, according to the National Confederation of Municipalities. The coca paste that is consumed in Brazil comes mainly from Bolivia and Colombia. The paste is transformed into crack rocks in illegal laboratories in the Amazon, according to O Globo. In Brazil, there are 29 ‘cracolandias’ scattered in 17 areas of the country. “The crack epidemic is a difficult phenomenon to combat. The Brazilian government’s efforts should come together to form an interagency process in which all agencies, whether public or private, collaborate with a plan of action to combat the crack epidemic,” Rosanía said. The economics of crack Authorities have doubled the number of police officers assigned to combat the crack epidemic in São Paulo, according to published reports. About 300 police agents patrol the streets of the city every day. Police identify, question, and register drug trafficking suspects in Crackland. The Crackland in São Paulo includes abandoned buildings which addicts live in. Some addicts live in the Julio Prestes Train Station. Police in the cities of Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, and Belo Horizonte, to name a few, are also carrying out security operations to eliminate their crack zones, said Néstor Rosanía, director of the Center for Studies in Security, Defense, and International Affairs (CESDAI) in Colombia. “The crack epidemic is a drug trafficking, micro-trafficking, and health issue. We must address the various situations, Rosanía said. Crack is “the drug of the poor,” Rosanía said. Helping drug addicts center_img A few days before the security operation in São Paulo, health officials in that launched a rehabilitation program for crack users called “Open Arms.” The program began on Jan. 16, 2014. The program offers drug treatment services, medical care, housing and and jobs to 400 crack addicts. The goal is to help crack addicts stop using drugs and rejoin society. Security efforts, such as the initiative against Crackland by São Paulo police, support drug treatment programs, Fernando Grella Viera, the Secretary of Public Security, said during a Jan. 24, 2014 press conference. “The action of the police to identify and arrest traffickers serves to strengthen social and health programs of the city and state government because addicts are hostage to traffickers,” Grella Viera said. “So when we fight drug trafficking, we strengthen these programs.” Organized crime and crack By Dialogo February 09, 2014 Going after drug dealers More police patrols last_img read more

Protecting call centers from spoofed calls

first_imgCall centers are becoming increasingly more vulnerable to fraud. With the proliferation of stolen identity information available on the Dark Web and the ability to social engineer other validation information, fraudsters are increasing committing account takeover via IVR and direct contact with call center personnel.According to IDology’s 2015 Fraud Report, suspected call center fraud attempts rose from only 2% in 2014 to 13% in 2015. Additionally, fraudsters have access to technology that allows them to mask, or spoof, phone numbers enabling them to avoid caller ID or automated number identification (ANI) systems used in credit unions’ call centers today.Criminals always try to exploit the weakest link to attempt to gain access to accounts, reset passwords and more. Call centers can often provide this avenue to fraudsters allowing them to spoof a number and then social engineer their way into someone’s account.Having the proper tools to combat spoofing is essential to stopping call center fraud. Advanced call verification solutions go beyond number matching and verify if the displayed number is actually, in connection with call center.  This gives agents and fraud teams to identify spoofed numbers in real-time and reduce the chance of social engineering attacks – ultimately improving call center efficiency and security.Spoofed calls are also on the radar for fraud professionals. In 2015, Mercator Advisory Group interviewed fraud management executives at financial services institutions. In an executive brief sponsored by IDology, respondents noted that “Fraudsters are innovative, finding new tactics for gaining information to disguise their identities for financial gain by using event changes or new forms of spoofing, hacking or account takeover.”Additionally, IDology’s annual Fraud Report also found that suspected fraud attempts continue to climb – making it essential for credit unions to not only have the ability to spot potential spoofed calls for financial gain and account takeovers, but to also employ a fraud prevention platform that encompasses the many ways criminals try to gain access to credit unions members’ accounts.To download the complete IDology’s 2015 Fraud Report or the recently published executive brief focusing on the financial services industry, click here. 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Dancu John Dancu has served as President and CEO of IDology since 2005 and is recognized for his leading edge innovations in both the identity and fraud spaces. John has a … Web: Detailslast_img read more

FL to Spend $200 Million on Affordable Housing

first_imgA just-released spending plan shows that the Florida Legislature plans to spend $200 million on affordable housing next year. More than half of that – $115 million – is set to go to those displaced by Hurricane Michael, which struck the Panhandle last year.Another $77 million will be put aside for other programs throughout the state, and $8 million will go toward a housing development in Jacksonville.However, the $200 million amount agreed upon by state lawmakers is less than the $338 million that Governor DeSantis requested for affordable housing in his budget proposal.In his budget request, DeSantis asked lawmakers to stop using housing funds for other purposes. Over the past decade, they have allegedly used $1.4 billion for initiatives other than affordable housing, according to an analysis by Florida TaxWatch.last_img read more