first_imgA 65 year old man caught at a cannabis growhouse in Ballintra told Gardai he was in the house to strip wallpaper from the walls.The Chinese national was caught at the house on January 24th last following an undercover Garda operation.Gardai raided the house and found an elaborate growhouse in which the electricity was by-passed, an irrigation system had been set up and windows blackened out. Three men were caught on the premises and a total of €212,000 worth of cannabis ready for sale was uncovered.One of the men, Pui Lam Sam, was before Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday, after he previously pleaded guilty to three charges of possession and cultivation of cannabis plants.Defence barrister Peter Nolan said Mr Sam had moved from China to Manchester ten years ago where he worked in many Chinese restaurants.He then moved to Belfast where he worked in a Chinese restaurant there.He met a man there who told him he could make really good money working.He was taken to another part of the country but did not realise it was Ballintra in Co Donegal.Mr Noland said Sam was a prisoner in the house and was not allowed outside and that food was delivered to the house when he requested it.When he asked to leave after a week, he was told he could not and that he must stay there and look after the plants.Mr Nolan said that Sam was basically a prisoner who was forced to live in appalling conditions.He said his health was not good and he got paid no money for the time he had worked there.His mother was 92 and was dying in a hospital in Hong Kong.He had once had three children but one had taken his own life in Hong Kong because of gambling debts.Judge John O’Hagan said growhouses were a serious problem for Gardai across Ireland and he was very familiar with them.“I have to punish him and I must send out message to discourage people getting involved. I can’t give him sweets or pat on the back and tell him to go home and not do it again.“It is not in my power to deport him and many people say he should be deported – if you were to do it immediately then it would almost be a reward. You might not come back but you have not suffered. I can recommend deportation but that is for the authorities to do,” said the Judge.He sentenced Sam to a total of three years in prison on all three charges and backdated the sentence to January 24th when he went into custody at Castlerea Prison.MAN CAUGHT WITH €200K OF DRUGS SAID HE WAS IN GROWHOUSE TO STRIP WALLPAPER was last modified: November 1st, 2013 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:BallintracannabisgrowhousePui Lam Samlast_img read more

Eagle-eyed member of public in appeal to find owner of missing bird

first_imgA concerned member of the public in Donegal is keen to return an eagle to its rightful home after it was spotted in their garden when they were feeding their hens – it has emerged. It is unknown where the eagle came from before it was safely captured in Manorcunningham this morning (Weds) at around 8am.It is understood that a resident in the south Inishowen area was feeding their hens when she discovered the eagle. The eagle, which has been described as large in size, has since been placed in a cage in an effort to find its rightful owners.Anne Blake, who contacted Donegal Daily about the missing bird, said: “The eagle is now safe and has been placed in a cage by a member of staff at La Maison in Letterkenny. “The bird remains in Manorcunningham and we are not sure who we can contact to get the bird back to safety.“It was very dirty, it looked to be covered in mud, and Sylvia, who caught the bird, believes it may have been there since last night (Tues).” If you have any more information on the eagle, call Sylvia on 08743130072 or contact [email protected] member of public in appeal to find owner of missing bird was last modified: November 13th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Tesla’s Solar Slowdown

first_imgSunrun is closing in on Tesla’s SolarCity as the nation’s top residential solar installer, all but erasing a huge advantage that SolarCity had just three years ago. The New York Times reports that SolarCity is currently installing 9.3% of the new residential photovoltaic (PV) systems in the U.S., followed by Sunrun with 9%. In 2015, SolarCity had a third of the market and Sunrun could claim 5%. SolarCity was founded in 2006 by brothers Peter and Lyndon Rive. It was acquired two years ago by Tesla, which is run by their cousin Elon Musk. Both SolarCity and Sunrun are headquartered in California.RELATED ARTICLESProduction of Tesla’s Solar Roof Tiles Bogs DownTesla Reported Closer to Solar Panel LaunchTesla Begins Solar Roof ProductionAn Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems Tesla’s non-car battery business is booming, The Times said, but its solar installations have declined sharply. Allison Mond, a senior analyst at Wood Mackenzie, said, “Tesla’s residential solar business is in rapid decline as the company has cut many sales channels.” Tesla has other issues. Separately, Bloomberg reported that Tesla has acknowledged another delay in producing large numbers of its glass-topped solar roofing tiles. Three months after saying that Tesla would ramp up production of the tiles by the end of the year, Musk cited the “complexity” of the project and said the company would increase production “more quickly during the first half of 2019.” Musk announced the launch of the “solar shingle” project almost two years ago. Unlike conventionally racked solar panels, the building-integrated photovoltaic tiles take the place of roofing shingles. Solar cells are covered by a sheet of tempered glass that can be manufactured to look like another material — clay roofing tiles, for example, or slate. The tiles aren’t cheap — more than twice the cost of an asphalt roof with solar panels, according to Bloomberg’s estimate — but they also are much less obtrusive. In a call to discuss third-quarter earnings last week, Musk said the company is still tinkering with the design and installation process for the tiles. “That’s quite a long development cycle because anything that’s roof has got to last 30 years,” Musk said, according to Bloomberg. “There’s a lot of engineering — not just in the tile, but in the way it’s done.” Still, the company reported a third-quarter profit of $311.5 million, compared with a loss of $619.4 million a year ago. Tesla was able to report that sales of its electric cars were better than expected. That sent the price of its stock up sharply.last_img read more

Lanete working on consistency after solid first game back for Bolts

first_imgDelly aware of Gilas’ talent as Aussies battle Filipinos in World Cup qualifying But in Meralco’s opening game in the 2017 Governors’ Cup, a healthy Lanete gave his new team a preview of what he’s capable of after sparking a 107-78 blowout of Blackwater.“I’m happy that I had a good first game, but hopefully, I can be consistent,” said Lanete.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLanete scored 12 of his 15 points in the first half and made all of his baskets from downtown.The former San Beda star gives Meralco more offensive options and creates opportunities for his teammates as well especially to import Allen Durham, who draws a lot of attention inside. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress “Lanete being part of our team now gives us a lot of spacing, particularly round AD (Durham) who’s probably going to be double teamed majority of the time every time he catches the ball so having him here as an addition to our team, really helps our spacing and outside shooting,” Meralco head coach Norman Black said.“When I got traded, they told me right away that needed a shooter and that’s the role I’m going to fill. I just hope I’ll be able to stay healthy,” Lanete said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant PBA IMAGESGarvo Lanete finally showed on Saturday night why he was brought in by Meralco last conference.The Bolts acquired Lanete in a four-team deal two months ago, but the second-year guard only played for a game due to an injury.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more