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TRIAL OF THOMAS ‘SLAB’ MURPHY FOR TAX EVASION HEARS OF DONEGAL CHEQUES

By on December 22, 2019

first_imgThe trial at the Special Criminal Court of prominent republican Thomas “Slab” Murphy for alleged tax evasion has heard evidence of cheques from a Donegal company being lodged in a bank account in his name.It is the prosecution’s case that, although Mr Murphy conducted significant dealings in relation to cattle and land, and received farming grants from the Department of Agriculture, he failed to make any returns to revenue.Mr Murphy, 66, of Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, Co Louth, has pleaded not guilty to nine charges alleging that he failed to furnish a return of his income, profits or gains or the source of his income, profits or gains to the Collector General or the Inspector of Taxes for the years 1996/97 to 2004. Mr Murphy is being prosecuted on foot of an investigation by the Criminal Assets Bureau.Charles McCarthy, former manager of Irish Life and Permanent PLC’s money-laundering reporting service, told the court that, in 2006, records of financial transactions conducted by Thomas Murphy, with an address at Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, Co Louth, were handed over to gardaí.The account is based at Permanent TSB, Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, the court heard.The non-jury court heard evidence in relation to cheques drawn from the account between December 2003 and January 2006.Copies of the cheques were shown to the three-judge court, which heard that cheques were paid from the bank account to Elphin, Ballyjamesduff and Kingscourt livestock marts.Mr McCarthy told Paul Burns SC, prosecuting, that the cheques were signed by T Murphy.The court also heard evidence of a series of cheques, with a total value of over £41,000, paid into the account in 2000.The cheques, made payable to Thomas Murphy, were lodged by Donegal Meat Processors and the Paymaster General, the court heard.John Kearney QC, defending, told the court that his client, Mr Murphy, was “not in control” of the bank account and that the accused’s brother, Patrick Murphy, controlled the account.Mr Kearney put it to Mr McCarthy that: “Not on a single, solitary occasion did Thomas Murphy set foot in the Clanbrassil Street branch of PTSB Dundalk.”Mr McCarthy replied: “I never met the man, so I don’t know.”Records relating to Patrick Murphy’s bank account, also at TSB, Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, were shown to the court.Referring to those records, and to the records of Thomas Murphy’s bank account, Mr McCarthy agreed with Mr Kearney that, on 9 December 1996, sums of £500 were lodged into both accounts.Mr McCarthy further agreed with Mr Kearney that, on 1 April and 25 June 1997, sums of the same amount, £500 and £1,000 respectively, were lodged in both accounts.“Do you agree with me that it’s consistent with one man lodging to both accounts on the same day?” Mr Kearney asked the witness.“It’s quite possible,” Mr McCarthy replied.Mr Kearney suggested to the witness that Patrick Murphy used the account to carry out farming activity.“I can only say that it’s possible,” Mr McCarthy said.The trial continues.TRIAL OF THOMAS ‘SLAB’ MURPHY FOR TAX EVASION HEARS OF DONEGAL CHEQUES was last modified: October 22nd, 2015 by John2Share 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

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Tough night in Tigers’ den for Mack

By on December 21, 2019

first_img“It’s my favorite match of the year. Our kids know how much it means for us to win against them and our seniors wanted to make sure that they could seal up their fourth win in a row.” That was the reaction of Arcata High School wrestling coach Eric Mikolai after his Tigers wrestling team defeated Big 5 rival McKinleyville 63-18 on Wednesday night in a Humboldt-Del Norte league match.Arcata won six of the seven matches (seven other were won by forfeit) and five of those wins came by pin with …last_img read more

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The Wonder and Blunder in Your Skull

By on December 19, 2019

first_imgEven when it goes awry, the brain wins an award of cosmic proportions, according to a veteran psychiatrist.In an article for the BBC News about Sir Robin Murray’s lifelong research into the causes of schizophrenia, the interviewer put the most significant quote in the first paragraph:“We won’t be able to understand the brain. It is the most complex thing in the universe,” says Professor Sir Robin Murray, one of the UK’s leading psychiatrists.Earlier this month, though, Chris Stringer entitled an article in Nature (485, May 3, 2012, pp. 33-35, doi:10.1038/485033a ), “Evolution: What makes a modern human.”  He seemed more interested in the skull – the container – than the cosmic superlative inside it.PhysOrg, likewise, put the human brain on an evolutionary continuum with those of mice, even though the scientists admitted mouse brains have not evolved since mice first scurried about.  “The brains of larger mammals, such as humans, however, have a completely different structure to those of mice,” the article said, leaving some readers to wonder how evolution can produce opposites – stasis and radical restructuring – within a single theory.How does evolution get from brain to mind?  Current Biology (22:10, R392-R396, 22 May 2012, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2012.03.033) recognized the philosophical difficulty in trying to explain, in material terms, something as simple as our conscious experience of qualia (singular, quale), i.e., “the phenomenal aspect of consciousness or ‘what it is like’ character of subjective experience.”Perhaps the most difficult biological question of all might be how and why electrochemical neuronal activity in the brain generates subjective conscious experience such as the redness of red or the painfulness of pain. Neuroscientists track how light impinging on the retina is transformed into electrical pulses (neuronal spikes), relayed through the visual thalamus to reach the visual cortex, and finally culminates in activity within speech-related areas causing us to say ‘red’. But how such experience as the redness of red emerges from the processing of sensory information is utterly mysterious. It is also unclear why these experiences possess phenomenal characteristics, which can be directly accessed only from the subject having the experience. This is called the ‘hard problem’ of consciousness as coined by the philosopher David Chalmers.This was no problem at all for Dan Jones, though, who in New Scientist argued that evolution wired our brains to argue.  Indeed, contra Sir Robin Murray, he believed he could understand the brain.  Darwin showed him how.  In “The argumentative ape: Why we’re wired to persuade,” Jones tried to persuade readers that evolution wired us to engage in several logical fallacies, including confirmation bias.  “We’re all guilty of flawed thinking because our brains evolved to win others round to our point of view – whether or not our reasoning is logical,” he argued persuasively, using game theory and other methods to show how our brains “evolved to” do this or that deceptive thing.Jones was sure he was not guilty himself, even if he didn’t take time to explain how he himself got outside of evolution to look back at the rest of humanity from an unguided process that produced a “flawed instrument” geared to “dupe others” rather than to recognize logic, reason, and truth – let alone qualia.Didn’t Robin Murray discuss paranoia and schizophrenia as delusions?  “”The amazing thing about schizophrenia is these are people who have to live their life without being able to believe their senses,” he said.  “When you or I hear something we know that it is real.”  Yet Dan Jones can look at the most complex thing in the universe and argue, as if he believes what he is saying is true and real, that it is the result of pointless mutations that resulted in our brains evolving to manipulate others.Exercise: Prove that Dan Jones is not manipulating you but is logically speaking truth by using reason.  Use only Darwinian presuppositions.  (Warning: this is an exercise in futility.)Follow-up exercise:  Provide an evolutionary explanation for the quale of futility.(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Football – South Africa style

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first_imgThe colourful makarapa – headgear thatstarts off humbly as a miner’s helmet,and is lovingly and completely transformedinto an essential item for the SouthAfrican football fan.(Image: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)Find out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialFlying in from Canada to experience African football first-hand, Peter Severinac, from Ontario, was blown away by the electric atmosphere inside the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Wednesday evening, when Bafana Bafana took on New Zealand in a 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup match.Surrounded by thousands of celebrating South African fans, all making their way out of the stadium, Severniac could hardly contain his amazement at what he experienced during the game.“Those trumpets are great, I have never experienced anything like it,” Severinac said, referring to the air horns (vuvuzelas) that distinguish football matches in South Africa from anywhere else in the world. “Nothing compares to the feeling of being in the stands with all that dancing and noise.“They treated me like a member of their family when they found out I was from outside South Africa. I will definitely be back next year for the World Cup, and will bring back as many friends as I can,” said Severinac before he was swallowed up by the moving crowd.Once-in-a-lifetime experienceBenito Lenon, who travelled from Madrid, Spain, to watch La Furia Roja play in Fifa’s “Festival of Continental Champions”, said South Africa “seems like such a good country.“I have been here for six days now watching football, and I really love the friendly people here,” Lenon said. “I must tell you, South Africans are the most friendly and hospitable people I have met.”Although Spain were playing Iraq in Bloemfontein on the same day, Lenon chose to experience a Bafana Bafana match in Rustenburg instead, having heard from friends that it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to celebrate football in South Africa.He certainly wasn’t disappointed.As tens of thousands of spectators made their way to the Royal Bafokeng Stadium before the game, the city of Rustenburg, in South Africa’s North West province, came alive with the sound of a distinctively African Fifa Confederations Cup.The drone of vuvuzelas competed with hooting and cheering as fans made their way toward the stadium through the city, hoping for – and getting – a night of celebration as South Africa beat New Zealand 2-0.Hours before the match had even started, crowds were gathering outside the stadium as music and dancers entertained the excited crowd.“I am here to support my country, and the vibe around the city is great,” said Lebogang Molefe, adding that the Confederations Cup was all about showing the world what South Africa is all about.“We are a nation that likes to sing, and we are a happy nation,” Molefe said. “I hope our visitors see this now and on television, and I hope they come back for the 2010 World Cup.”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising CommitteeRelated storiesViva the vuvuzela orchestra!Big teams qualify for World CupUseful linksMakarapa 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup South Africa 2010last_img read more

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Why Secure-Email Startup Lavabit Shut Down: The Feds Wanted Its Keys

By on December 15, 2019

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts david hamilton Tags:#Edward Snowden#email#nsa#public-key encryption#surveillance Lavabit, a secure-email provider startup that counted NSA leaker Edward Snowden as one of its customers, abruptly closed down in August rather than “become complicit in crimes against the American people,” as founder Ladar Levison wrote at the time. And now we know why.Federal court records unsealed yesterday reveal that the FBI demanded access to Lavabit’s private SSL keys, which would have allowed the feds to decrypt the email of any Lavabit user, not just that of Snowden—the FBI’s presumed target, although the documents redacted names associated with accounts sought by the feds. (The government denied any interest in reading email unrelated to its target.)See also: Death Before Dishonor: Secure Email Services Shut Down Rather Than Comply With Feds“[T]hey wanted to break open the entire box just to get to one connection,” Levison told the New York Times.Levison initially refused until threatened with fines and criminal contempt charges—at one point, he printed out the keys in a four-point font that filled 11 pages, which U.S. government lawyers complained was “illegible.” Finally, however, he ran out of options. So he turned over the digital keys, but simultaneously closed down Lavabit, rendering further surveillance impossible.Levison is appealing the lower-court order; opening briefs are due by October 10. See the unsealed documents in the case here.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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The Leadership Playbook: What Only the Leader Can Do

By on December 9, 2019

first_imgAs a leader, it is easy to get bogged down in the little stuff.Many of the people you lead will bring you small problems because they haven’t worked for a leader who has required them to act independently (mostly because that leader didn’t trust them to act independently).Much of what reaches your desk are tiny fires. The nature of the problem requires urgency, and the people who work for you want to make sure that you know what’s going on and weigh in on the decision.Urgent work gives you a sense of accomplishment. Nothing makes you feel like you’re working more than making decisions and handling the things that need attention. Many people in leadership roles thrive on this work because it feeds their need for significance. But “small fires” isn’t where a leader should spend much of their time.For many leaders, these “small fires,” keep them from having to do the real heavy lifting of leadership.It is easier to be frustrated and focused on small stuff than it is to fix the big stuff.Strategic Threats: Dealing with urgent issues keeps you busy and prevents you from dealing with the strategic threat facing your business. That threat is so great that there is no easy answer available. But strategic threats left unaddressed makes the future more uncertain and creates additional risks.Developing Leaders: Small, urgent issues with relatively easy answers can keep you from spending time developing the next generation of leaders, the important work that is never urgent enough to get a leader’s full attention.Biggest Initiatives: There is some work that only a leader can do. There is more work that competent, trusted people can easily do when empowered to take action independently. The small urgent issues still need to be taken care of, but the leader’s job is to ensure that she has the team necessary to handle them so that she can focus on what only the leader can do.The most dangerous thing a leader can do is to allow small issues to prevent them from pursuing their two or three biggest initiatives. The reason these important initiatives die is because they are neglected when a leader’s time is being devoted to smaller, less important issues.Where do you spend your time?last_img read more

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Hero from The Greatest Generation is laid to rest at Miramar National

By on September 17, 2019

first_img Updated: 6:44 PM Hero from “The Greatest Generation” is laid to rest at Miramar National Cemetery Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – He lied about his age, and joined the U.S. Marines at 15-years old. From there, Frank (Maselskis) Mason fought in two wars and returned home a hero. “Frank Mason is one of the reasons we can live the good life here in San Diego,” says Former Congressman and Veteran Duncan Hunter Senior.Mason was one of those guys who put country before everything else. During World War II, he was captured by the Japanese and tortured for 3 1/2-years as a POW. “Even with all that torture, all that pain, he returned home and re-upped to fight in the Korean War,” says Hunter. During that war, Frank was smack dab in the middle of the most brutal battle of the war, the Battle of Chosin. The Marines lost a lot of men that day, Frank was not one of them.“The streets of heaven are guarded by U.S. Marines and Frank is on duty now. He’ll keep it safe until the rest of us get there,” says Nick Popaditch, USMC (retd).Frank Mason leaves behind three daughters, nine grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. His final resting place the Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego, California.R.I.P. Frank! Dan Plante, center_img Dan Plante Posted: August 20, 2018 August 20, 2018last_img read more

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