JUDGE ADMITS FISHING LEGISLATION IS COMPLICATED AS SKIPPER PLEADS GUILTY

first_imgA Donegal Judge said that EU legislation on fishing regulation was “extremely complicated” as he passed sentence on a trawler skipper who pleaded guilty to several offences at Letterkenny Circuit Court.Letterkenny Court.Jonathan Kenny of Chestnut Grove, Viewmount, Waterford, initially pleaded not guilty to failing to facilitate an inspection by a sea fish protection body at Greencastle Pier on December 13, 2013. He had also contested a charge of fishing in an un-authorised area on a date between November 1, 2013 and December 13, 2013 and failing to have a stowage plan for Monkfish on dates between December 6 and 13.After a jury was sworn in to hear the case, Kenny asked to be re-arraigning and changed his plea on all counts.The court heard that the vessel, the Saltees Quest, was based at Dunmore East and while not owned by the defendant was being skippered by him at the time.Fisheries Officer John Hederman said the vessel had traveled up the Irish Sea to fish grounds off north Donegal and netted a haul valued at €7,000 before bad weather forced them into Greencastle harbour.While the vessel did have quota it was prohibited from fishing the area at the time as a matter of helping conserve fish stocks.The Monkfish was a “high value” fish and was required to have a written stowage plan in place in the event of an inspection by officers.He added that they sealed off the boat and when they arrived the next day the seals had been broken and they were subjected to abuse and intimidation from crew members.Barrister for the state, Patricia McLaughlin BL outlined that it was the ship masters job to control the crew during such inspections.Defence barrister, Richard Lyons SC, said his client had been fishing 17 years and skippering for eight years, without any previous convictions.He said he misinterpreted the legislation and believed he was entitled to fish “Area six” at the time and made no secret he was there.He claimed he used over 5,00 litres of fuel to get there and the catch, valued at €7,000, was a low yield just prior to Christmas and the crews frustration was brought out on the inspectors.Judge John O’Hagan said such measures were in place to help conserve fish stocks but added fishing legislation was “extremely complex”.He highlighted the dangers posed by the occupation as it contained “a lot of risk”, and noted fisheries officers also had a difficult job.The judge said a catch worth €7,000, when divided out among the crew and expenses, meant there “ain’t a lot left”. He noted his plea and previous good record and fined him €1,000 on each count as well as the value of the catch, totaling €10,000.JUDGE ADMITS FISHING LEGISLATION IS COMPLICATED AS SKIPPER PLEADS GUILTY was last modified: July 22nd, 2015 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:donegalFishingGreencastletrawlerlast_img read more

Mike Lutmer, Nov. 17

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I was wanting to finish beans last week and then a few things came up, we got a shower and we switched over to corn for a few days. Then we bounced back to beans and it looks like everything should be done before Thanksgiving — knock on wood. The corn yields have been average, not great. The last field I planted was around 18.5% moisture and was yielding in the 150s or so. On that side of town we didn’t have a lot of water. I was really concerned about one field and it only ran 115, but it didn’t have the water. I thought corn yields would be a little higher than we have seen but the beans were above my expectations.We had a field of beans at my brother’s that was pushing an 80-bushel average. I thought bean yields would be lower and I have been pleasantly surprised. Is it going to make up for the corn yields being lower? More than likely not.The corn price in the mid $3-range is not a good situation no matter what the yields are. If you can put it in the bin and sit on it I think that may help. We did some more contracting with beans. We are just trying not to overextend ourselves, try to hedge a little bit and take it day by day.We talked about doing some fall spraying and we have some ripping to do. We have had beautiful weather, but it sounds like a drastic change is coming. We’ll have to get everything winterized.All the wheat that we planted looks good. I don’t think there is a lot of wheat planted in the state. There was a good amount last year and a lot of straw baled and it will be interesting this next year.We couldn’t have asked for any better weather this fall.last_img read more

Google Bans Adult Content From Glass, But Porn Always Finds A Way

first_imgRelated Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … dan rowinski Tags:#Glass#Google#pornography Porn has long been one of the leading content sectors of the Internet. Yet, it is getting shut out from the latest cutting-edge mobile device coming down the pike, Google Glass.Google updated its developer policies for creating Google Glass apps (called Glassware) over the weekend to ban sexually explicit material, building an Apple-like walled garden for Google Glass.From the content policies, Section D – 1 of Google’s Glass platform developer policies:We don’t allow Glassware content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material. Google has a zero-tolerance policy against child pornography. If we become aware of content with child pornography, we will report it to the appropriate authorities and delete the Google Accounts of those involved with the distribution.This will come as a disappointment to any people that desired to see naked, copulating bodies hover in their line of vision all day long. Or developers looking to serve those people. (See Also: 5 Socially Unacceptable Things To Do With Google Glass)Porn’s Leading Innovator Already Has An App For GlassThe news comes as leading adult mobile app maker MiKandi is ready to release a porn app on Glass called “Tits and Glass” (NSFW). It would allow users to browse adult content and vote on it. Also, since one of the prime features of Glass is the fact it is a camera attached to your face, MiKandi allowed for users to shoot their own videos with Glass and upload them to the site. MiKandi has its own adult app store for Android. Google bans adult content from the Google Play Android app store, but MiKandi apps can be side-loaded as third-party apps outside of Google’s purview. It is likely that the MiKandi Google Glass app could also be side-loaded, but that would likely mean a user would have to root their Glass, which Google has explicitly said will void their warranty (while also showing them just how to do it). You have to give credit to MiKandi for realizing the potential of Google Glass as a porn distribution mechanism. The ability to watch porn as a small screen hovering above your eye really could bring a whole new kind of, err, interaction to the medium. Just as happened with smartphones, many industries are probing the capabilities of Glass, from content properties like the New York Times to social networks like Path to real estate platform Trulia. Porn Always Finds A WayGoogle may be able to stop an app maker like MiKandi from creating porn apps for Glass, but there’s really nothing Google can do about people who want to record and upload their sexual adventures. With Glass, Google has given people cameras. It just so happens these cameras are attached to peoples’ faces. Google cannot regulate what people do with their own cameras or where they upload that content. There may not be much Google can do in the long run against porn on Glass. Porn has taken over many other mediums on the Internet, despite efforts to fight against it. Tumblr is notorious for porn and Instagram has its own shadowy porn subculture. Google can threaten porn developers with bans of their Glassware developer licenses or other such penalties. But, as we have seen through the history of the Internet, porn finds a way.center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

Invoke NSA for cow slaughter: U.P. DGP

first_imgUttar Pradesh Director General of Police Sulkhan Singh has asked officials to book those accused of cow slaughter or trafficking in cattle for slaughter under the National Security Act (NSA) and the Gangsters Act.“Cow slaughter and transportation of cattle for slaughter must be strictly prevented,” Mr. Singh told SPs and SSPs.This is not the first time that the State government has promised stringent punishment for cow slaughter.In 2014, the Akhilesh Yadav government gave its approval to slap the Gangsters Act and the Goondas Act on those accused of cow slaughter. The State government had made an amendment to the Acts to include the offence.Soon after taking charge in April, Mr. Singh vowed “strict action” against those involved in “vigilantism” for cow protection and asserted that no citizen had the “right to intervene.”However, his latest note to district police chiefs, comprising over 30 points, including instructions on handling cow slaughter, does not mention vigilante groups or the self-designated ‘gau rakshaks.’‘An intimidation’U.P. vice-president of the All India Jamiatul Quresh, Shakeel Qureshi, says that by issuing such orders, the State police were further intimidating those involved in cattle trade.“Such rules harass those involved in the business,” said Mr. Qureshi.He demanded that if those accused of cow slaughter or trafficking in cattle were to be booked under the NSA and the Gangsters Act, similar action should be taken against vigilante groups.last_img read more

Xiaomi Mi 6 first flash sale crosses 10 lakh pre-registrations

first_imgAfter a long wait, Xiaomi announced the most awaited flagship of the year – Mi 6 on April 19. Soon after the launch, the Xiaomi smartphone was made available for pre-orders for its first flash sale set for April 28. However, as of now, the handset will only be available in China. The smartphone has received over 10 lakh (1 million) pre-registration already on JD.com.The 1 million mark is based only on the number of pre-bookings on Jingdong (JD.com). However, the Chinese smartphone maker also has a tie up with a few other online retailers carrying out Mi 6 flash sale on April 28. So, if numbers are to be considered, the pre-registration number must have almost crossed 20 lakh (2 million) or even more by now. No confirmation has come on the pre-registration numbers from Xiaomi.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi 6: Full specs, price, features and everything else you need to knowXiaomi Mi 6 will be up for flash sale exclusively on JD.com, Giztop, and a few more online retail store in China on April 28.  It is just another 4 days to go for the first flash sale for the Mi 6, and the pre-registration numbers are still increasing at a rapid pace. However, a previously leaked report revealed that Xiaomi will only be selling about 80,000 units approx, which means not all the users pre-registering the device will be able to get the device. This information is not confirmed by the company and the number of units may vary accordingly.As per the Chinese retail website — JD.com, the Xiaomi smartphone has already been booked by 1,108,192 consumers to be specific. The number is expected to increase, and this is because of the popularity that the smartphone started gaining ahead of its launch and also for the amazing features that it sports, especially the processor. Xiaomi Mi 6 is powered by Qualcomm’s latest octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor, which is also seen on the recently announced Samsung flagships – Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.advertisementAlso Read: With Mi 6, Xiaomi brings iPhone 7 Plus camera technology to massesIn terms of specifications, Xiaomi Mi 6 features a 5.15-inch 1080p display and is powered by Qualcomm’s latest processor – the Snapdragon 835. Further, the smartphone comes with 6GB of RAM and is backed by a 3,350mAh battery. The Mi 6 is available in two storage variants – 64GB and 128GB. On the camera front, the smartphone features a dual camera setup at the rear with 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor, while on the front the device sports an 8-megapixel selfie snapper.As per the pricing, the Xiaomi Mi 6 comes in two variants – one with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage for CNY 2,499 (approximately Rs 23,500), while the higher-end variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage for CNY 2,899 (approximately Rs 27,000). There is no information on the Indian release as of yet. However, with the overwhelming response by the consumer, Xiaomi may very soon launch the Mi 6 globally. Also, the company is also rumoured to announce the Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus in the upcoming days.last_img read more