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Woman stole €760K and blew it on high-end fashion

first_imgA 47-year-old woman who stole €760,000 from her employer has pleaded guilty to 20 sample counts of theft at Donegal Circuit Court.Tara Sweeney, with an address at the Glebe in Donegal Town, spent most of the money on high-end fashion goods purchased online. The thefts occurred at the County Donegal Education Centre over a six year period.Sentencing in the case was today has been put back until next March.The court was told that Tara Sweeney was an accounts administrator at the Donegal Education Centre from 2009 until 2015.RTE reports that she had no formal qualifications but was solely responsible for payroll and had full access to seven bank accounts.It was only in June 2015 when a new director was apppointed to the company that suspicions were raised about large amounts of money missing.Tara Sweeney resigned from her job and Gardaí carried out a search of her home. They discovered ten black refuse bags filled with documentation from her workplace.An expenditure analysis by a specialist accounting firm showed electronic credit transfers totalling over €760,000 going into accounts in her name.The court heard the balances in those accounts were moderate given the level of substantial withdrawals.Detective Garda Ciaran O’Brien told the court that the bulk of money was spent on high end fashion goods including designer handbags by Gucci and Prada, cosmetics, sunglasses, clothes, shoes, perfume and jewellery.The court heard that thousands of items were left in bags and boxes unused once they had been purchased.When interviewed by Gardaí, she admitted that she had made all of these purchases but couldn’t remember individual transactions.The court heard she was shocked at the figure of €760,000 thinking it was more in the region of €250,000. This amount she accepted, was also bad.Giving evidence in court, she said she found it difficult to explain her online shopping addiction other than to say she did it to make herself feel better.She had been under a lot stress in the workplace, had lost her mother and was bringing up her son alone.Tara Sweeney apologised to her family and former co-workers for the pain and distress she had caused.A psychiatric report described her as a loner who had suffered depression in the past but she showed no signs of mental illness and had accepted full responsibility for her actions.Peter Nolan, barrister for Tara Sweeney, said she had indulged in behaviour that was the ruination of her life.He said she had been chasing an illusion whereby purchasing thousands of luxury goods would sort out her life.He said Ms Sweeney was now unemployed and facing repossession of her house.He asked Judge John Aylmer not to send her to prison saying she had engaged in criminal activity but was not a “typical criminal”. Tara Sweeney had no previous convictions.The Judge deferred sentencing until next March.The County Donegal Education Centre have issued proceedings in an effort to recover some of the monies lost.Woman stole €760K and blew it on high-end fashion was last modified: December 19th, 2019 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:courtdonegalFashionTara Sweeneytheftlast_img read more

Amazing women celebrated

first_imgIt is a colourful event as guests stream in wearing a wide range of traditional attire in celebration of their heritage and individuality for the Owami Women’s Deep and Meaningful Conversation at Fabz Hotel in Lonehill on 24 September 2016. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)“If you are a South African and you feel that you want our country to be positive, it is your responsibility,” said Bridget Nkuna, founder of Owami Women’s Deep and Meaningful Conversation.The courtyard at Lonehill’s Fabz Hotel was awash with colour as a crowd of women, wearing the brilliant dresses and headwear that expressed their individual cultures gathered on Heritage Day to honour women who went above and beyond in playing their part to build a better South Africa.It was an opportunity to network and meet like-minded people from various cultures in the hopes of forging long-lasting and enriching relationships.Owami Women, in partnership with Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part initiative, used the day to recognise some of the amazing women in South Africa. The partners gave these women a platform to share their stories in a safe and nurturing environment.Members of the Owami Women collective put forward the names of the women they felt deserved this recognition the most. They received prizes as tokens of appreciation and acknowledgement of their willingness to go the extra mile for the sake of those who needed help.Owami Women, in partnership with Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part initiative, used the day to recognise some of the amazing women in South Africa. The partners gave these women a platform to share their stories in a safe and nurturing environment.THE AWARD WINNERS“Nothing is extraordinary about you except the things that come out of your mouth, except the things that you do with your hands, and your actions. That’s what makes you extraordinary,” said Alice Puoane, the chief financial officer of Brand South Africa.True to her words, this year’s crop of nominees was made up of extraordinary women who were, in their own way, making a positive contribution to society across the country under the pillars of education, skills development, entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment.Bongekile Radebe, a nominee, Mandela Washington Fellow and Play Your Part ambassador, was selected for her work in women’s empowerment.“What fuels me to do what I do is (that) often times we hear that we need more women leaders, and women need to take ownership of the economic space,” explained Radebe. “But (the) truth of the matter is, we’ve always had women leaders.”Cindy Ross, an attorney by trade, was nominated for her involvement in the Jala Peo Foundation through which she had affected the lives of many children by using cycling as a means to build character.“We try to teach the children that, if you can survive mountain biking you can survive in life,” Ross explained. “The discipline they put into training on the bike, they should put into life.”Busi Maluleke was nominated for her work with Progress SA. It drives rural development while emphasising education. It also gives people a chance to take part in sports as well as arts and culture.“We’re focusing on the holistic development of the environment, but our core is education,” Maluleke explained.Other nominees included Maselotsha Mphahlele of Dignity Dreams, Khulile Mtetwa of She Cares Women’s Foundation, Vanessa Kruger of the Pieter Kruger Foundation and author Victorine Mbong Shu.“Thank you very much to those (who) decided to give out my name,” said Mtetwa. “Allow me to say thank you to Brand South Africa for thinking about us and remembering that, when women are united together this world will be a better place.”GET INVOLVED“Let it not end with this event,” Puoane said, encouraging the audience to play an active role in developing South African people. “Go ahead and subscribe to Play Your Part, join Owami and influence positive change in your community.“No one will do better things for your community than yourself.”Owami Women encourages people to join its conversation. If you have a story or personal account that you would like to share, visit its contact page and get in touch.You can also have visit the Owami Women Facebook and Twitter pages to find out more about Owami and get in touch with Nkuna and partners.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you through business? Do you know of any business person who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Proficiency Awards Round 2

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Equine Science PlacementJuanita MillerWest Holmes FFAEquine Science EntrepreneurshipAmanda MengGenoa Aera FFAEnvironmental Science and Natural Resource ManagementCollin BrinkmanFayetteville FFADiversified Livestock ProductionAdam BlumenscheinFairbanks FFADiversified HorticultureNathan StacklinRidgemont FFADiversified Crop Production PlacementMichael KleinWest Holmes FFADiversified Crop Production Entrepreneurship Ethan Stuckey Wynford FFADiversified Agricultural ProductionNole GerfenRidgemont FFADairy Production PlacementClair SchmitmeyerVersailles FFADairy Production EntrepreneurshipWilliam HughesWest Holmes FFABeef Production PlacementClinton LimingFelicity-Franklin FFAAgriscience Plant ResearchJacob DennisPettisville FFABeef Production EntrepreneurshipMegan UlrichNorth Central FFAAgriscience Research Integrated SystemsMariah CoxZane Trace FFAAgriscience Research Animal SystemsOlivia PflaumerZane Trace FFAAgricultural ServicesTaci WelchMarysville FFAAgricultural Sales PlacementSierra DrewesNew Bremen FFAAgricultural Sales EntrepreneurshipKatie BendicksonMiami East-MVCTC FFAAgricultural ProcessingNathan StewartEast Clinton FFAAgricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance PlacementLogan MillerSt. Marys FFAAgricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance EntrepreneurshipAaron HendrichEaton-MVCTC FFAAgricultural Mechanics Design and FabricationMaci KritesMiami East-MVCTC FFAAgricultural EducationKatelyn NiehausEaton-MVCTC FFAAgricultural CommunicationsKolt BuchenrothKenton-OHP FFAAccountingLindsay ShellBlanchester FFAlast_img read more

Get Ready For The ReadWriteWeb 2WAY Summit: June 13-14 in New York City

first_imgWe hope to see you this summer in NYC!Event Registration Online for The ReadWriteWeb 2WAY Summit powered by Eventbrite richard macmanus Tags:#Admin#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Today I’m very excited to announce the next evolution of ReadWriteWeb events: The ReadWriteWeb 2WAY Summit, happening June 13-14 at Columbia University in New York City. We’re planning to reward our passionate audience with the best tech, people and ideas the Web has to offer in two unique and fun ways.Day one of the summit will feature many great talks from some of the smartest folks in technology and media. Joining us so far are Fred Wilson, Gawker CEO Nick Denton, Jason Calacanis, danah boyd, Flipboard CEO Mike McCue and Chris Dixon – with many more names to be announced in the coming weeks.Day two is all about learning and interaction. Our previous summits have allowed RWW’s smart and influential community to contribute to the programming, which has been a huge success. That’s not changing. Early registrants will have the opportunity to suggest topics that will serve as inspiration for breakout discussions and enriching workshops, catering to all levels of Web knowledge.All that, and a few surprises as well!Ready to sign up? Head over to the teaser site and purchase our Early Adopter ticket. In addition to getting the best general admission price of $595 for the full two day event, you’ll also be able to suggest topics for day two’s interactive sessions. Once all of the Early Adopter tickets are sold, the regular price for the summit will be $795.We’ll be launching our full 2WAY Summit site soon and will announce even more great speakers and programming.Is there something or someone you’d love to see at the 2WAY summit? Let us know in the comments, or you can email our Community Manager Seamus Condron.If you’d like to propose your own session for our day two programming, fill out this form.Interested in becoming a sponsor or partner? Email our COO Sean Ammirati.One more thing… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Rez Girls hockey team getting closer to building their rink of dreams

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsA campaign to gift the northern Ontario community of Fort Hope First Nation with an ice pad is getting closer to reality.Earlier this year, Katie and Steve Koopman helped to raise money to allow the Rez Girls hockey team to take part in their first hockey tournament.They travelled to Ottawa in for the spring tournament.This fall, they set the bar a little higher.“I had a big goal of trying to reach $90,000 in 30 days,” said Katie Koopman. “We are into our second month, but we are just over two-thirds funded, which is really amazing.”The Koopmans began a GoFundMe campaign with the hopes of building a proper ice pad for the Rez Girls hockey team.They say although the pad won’t be in place for this hockey season, they plan to keep pushing on with the campaign.The Rez Girls are a PeeWee hockey team that gained attention and the hearts of man both on and off the ice during a house league tournament in March.According to the Koopmans, social media has played a big role in the success of the fund raising efforts.“Many of the donations come from people who play hockey themselves,” said Katie Koopman.“Their children play hockey it is their own act of reconciliation and they just believe in the effort and determination of these girls and coaches want to see them gifted with an ice rink, that every other kid in Canada has access to.”The Rez Girls probably won’t be able to practice on a new ice pad in their community this winter – but that won’t stop them from playing hockey.Koopman says the team will be heading to Kingston for a tournament this [email protected]@aptnafrancislast_img read more

Where there is a wheel there is a way

first_imgA theatrical adaptation of the globally appreciated film and play Mamma Mia is being staged in the national Capital till Sunday at Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts. Featuring live singing and dance performance along with outstanding acting and a beautiful audio-visual running in the background, the first live show of the musical act Mamma Mia Again! is being highly appreciated by the audience as well as the performing arts community at large. The two-and-a-half hour long musical theatrical has been organised jointly by Azad Foundation and Sakha Consulting Wings to help raise funds for their transformational ‘Women on Wheels’ programme that empowers disadvantaged women to become professional drivers.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSuccessfully reflecting the tagline ‘Where there is a wheel, there is a way’, the narrative of the theatrical acted as a gateway of community mobilization to achieve the larger goal of women empowerment. This musical adaptation of the globally appreciated 2008 film and play Mamma Mia is about a bride-to-be searching for her father, creating an amusing mess along the way. The proceeds from this delightful comedy will go towards the revolutionary ‘Women on Wheels’ program.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“Mamma Mia Again! not only fulfils our creative quests but also contributes to an extraordinary cause. It is my privilege to be associated with such a noble cause. This production is an adaptation of the internationally acclaimed film and Broadway musical. It is a story of four women who live life on their own terms and make their own choices which are sometimes right, sometimes wrong, but more importantly, they are the ones controlling their lives. While the foot-tapping music is certainly the soul of the production, the story, I believe is equally interesting,” says director Ritu R Chandra, who has crafted the new-age act with immense passion. Over a career in theatre spanning for 18 years, Chandra has scripted, produced and directed various plays, including The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and We will Rock You. Her latest production was the critically acclaimed Khushi Ek Ehsas for the Blind Relief Association featuring 50 visually impaired children on stage. Azad Foundation’s and Sakha’s ‘Women on Wheels’ is a social initiative that gives resource-poor women an opportunity to earn a livelihood through dignity. Azad Foundation provides transformational training providing driving as well as self-empowerment modules such as self-defence, first aid, legal and women’s rights, to name a few, to prepare and empower women. Once the women successfully complete the training, Sakha Consulting, Azad’s sister concern, provides employment to them in private chauffeur placements and Sakha Cabs for Women.  “Our ‘Women on Wheels’ program has recently brought remarkable change to the lives of many women and given vulnerable women living in slums a chance to escape poverty. Not only has it provided them much needed support, but has empowered them financially and socially in every aspect of life. The cohort of women chauffeurs provides safe and alternative transport options to women in Delhi and other cities, contributing in their own little way to make India safer, equitable and more amenable to women. We are thankful to Ritu Chandra and her team of artists for coming out in support of our cause and helping us in raising funds to expand our endeavour,” says Meenu Vadera of  Azad Foundation.‘Women on Wheels’ has so far trained as many as 700 women as employable drivers. These women are now investing their earnings in education, health and towards transforming their life conditions.last_img read more

Dance that connects inner spirit with soil

first_imgGet ready to witness a spectacular dance and theatre show inspired by Kalaripayattu – the oldest martial art in the world. The extravaganza titled ‘Bhu’ is being organised by Alliance française de Delhi on May 13 at ML Bhartia Auditorium. The performance showcases journey of a man who discovers his deep union with Mother Earth (Bhu). Beyond a story, this show invites the audience to an itinerary, accessible to everyone. India has a deep and ancient tradition of connecting with the Bhuthas (Five Elements): earth, water, fire, air and ether. Through connecting with them, humans can reconnect with the origin and cradle of consciousness that is the source of all matter. In this show, the idea is to invoke the spirit of the BHU element (earth). The Kalari warrior carries, in his body, the memory of the earth. Through this process, one is able to reconnect to the pure origin that keeps him in motion with the heartbeat of the earth. A dialogue is created between the earth and the body of the performers, music and the audience. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfLed by Philippe Pelen Baldini and Thierry Moucazambo, and guided by the master of Kalaripayattu Guru Lakshman Gurukkal, Bhu is an experimental play that uses both modern theatrical, choreographic tools and the traditional form of kalaripayattu to create an organic dance. The performers are Kalaripayattu warriors/dancers/ healers/masters in energy. With them, one can experience the origin of movement and theatrical act. The experience of the body “becoming all eyes” as they used to say in Kalaripayattu wisdom is incredible. This happens when all the body is fully connected with his environment and nature. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveArtists who will be performing includes, Nikhil Varagiri (Indian) Kalari artist and dancer, Thierry Moucazambo (French, Auroville) dancer, singer and actor; Prakash (Indian) musician, kalari artist and dancer; Swaroop Kannan (Indian), kalari artist and dancer; Madhu Jayamurthy (Indian, Auroville), musician, kalari artist,and dancer; Aurelio C. Hammer (Austria, Auroville), sound and music advisor; Suresh Kaliyath, musician, kalari artist and Jean Legrand, light designer.last_img read more

The Good the Bad and the Careless Insider Behaviors That Cause Data

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Data leaks by insiders are a growing threat to confidential customer and employee records, financial files and intellectual property. So what are the three employee behavior patterns around data security to watch out for? How much will it cost to clear up the damage of a leak? Will your business survive it? We’ve put together the answers at-a-glance in this infographic.Related: 5 Ways Your Employees Are Unintentionally Sabotaging Your Data SecurityRelated Offer: Save 25 percent on ESET multi-device pack and enjoy security and privacy online. Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 1 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now December 10, 2016last_img read more