Derry Man appears in court on firearms and explosives charges

first_img Pinterest There was a heavy security presence both inside and outside Derry Courthouse today as a 20-year-old man appeared on gun and explosive charges.Nathan Hastings of 89, Stradowen Drive in the Strathfoyle area of the city was charged with possessing items of use to terrorists, he was also charged with possessing an improvised explosive device with intent to endanger life.He faced a further charge of possessing a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life all of the charges were said to have occurred on April 12.Hastings refused to acknowledge the court when he was asked to confirm his identity or when the charges were put to him.A detective Constable Funston told the court that two cars were stopped by police shortly after 8 p.m. on the Northland Road.One of them, a red Citroen, was being driven by Hastings.A search of that vehicle revealed gins, assorted ammunition and an improvised explosive device in a plastic bag in the front passenger footwell.The police officer said that a British army technical officer confirmed that the device was a viable one.Detective constable Funston said that during extensive interviews Hastings refused to give any account of how the stuff came to be in a car he was driving.She said the accused was not the registered owner of the car and that the same vehicle had been stopped earlier on Friday but nothing found in it.The court heard that forensic tests had revealed that at least one of the handguns found was genuine while tests remained outstanding on the others.The police officer said Hastings had no record but added that this was ‘a common tactic employed by dissident republican groups to recruit individuals with no record.’Opposing bail the officer said; “We believe Hastings is an active and prominent member of a dissident republican group who are intent on carrying on their murderous, cowardly campaign targeting police and prison officers.”She added: “He is known to police as a public face of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement and he has attended protests in connection with that grouping.”The police officer told the court: “We have serious concerns that he will not answer bail or appear for trial if released.”Defence solicitor Mr. Paddy MacDermott asked the officer was there any forensic link between Hastings and the items in the car and she said that tests were no completed yet.District Judge Barney McElholm said: ” Over a two day period Hastings had refused to give any account as to how these items came to be in a car he was driving.”My first duty is to protect the public from harm and it s not in the public interest to release this man.”Bail was refused and Hastings was remanded in custody to appear again on May 9th.A small crowd of supporters were in court for Hastings’ appearance but there were no incidents. By News Highland – April 14, 2013 Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter News Previous articleTyrone v Kildare League Semi Final PreviewNext articleHSE says Carndonagh Hospital bed closures are “temporary” News Highland Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Google+ Twitter Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Derry Man appears in court on firearms and explosives charges WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Cuban and Norwegian Delegates Accompany FARC Guerrillas to Havana

first_imgBy Dialogo October 11, 2012 Delegates from Cuba and Norway, who are guarantor nations in the peace talks between the FARC and Colombia, accompanied the 12 members of the guerrilla negotiation team that traveled from the Colombian jungle to Havana, before starting the talks on October 15, informed a guerrilla spokesman on October 9. “Cuban and Norwegian guarantors and delegates of the Colombian government are accompanying these talks,” a spokesman of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Hermes Aguilar told AFP in an email. Aguilar indicated that the guerrillas left Colombia “in accordance with agreed bilateral protocols,” and he also specified that “three operations of extraction in the jungle” were performed. “The bases for these operation spots were the airports of Pasto, capital of Nariño department, Neiva, capital of Huila department, and the International Airport of Río Negro, in Antioquia department”. He added that “two of the three operations were performed jointly, while the other one was of autonomous character.” The peace talks are scheduled to start on October 15 in Oslo, and two days after, FARC delegates will give a press conference. The peace negotiations will then be transferred to Havana. This will be the fourth peace process carried out by the FARC in the last 30 years, and will have a main negotiation team of five guerrillas and five government representatives. In total, each party may assign 30 delegates.last_img read more

Diversity & Inclusion – Why credit unions should care

first_imgDiversity & Inclusion (D&I) programs have been around for decades, and frankly have created a limited amount of true positive impact. Credit union leaders have been trained on understanding the importance of diversity, but the overall progress of women and minorities into top leadership roles in larger credit unions continues to be tepid.We know that gender-diverse and ethnically diverse companies are more likely to outperform their national industry median, but we’ve not systemically embraced D&I as a business imperative.As credit union CEO retirements occur over the next 10 years, there is a window of opportunity to reshape the face of our industry leadership. I believe the credit union industry is ready for a deeper level of discussion, focused on tangible solutions to building a more diverse and inclusive workplace. The credit union industry’s commitment to the Cooperative Principles uniquely positions credit unions to be known as an industry with a deep commitment to Diversity and Inclusion. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more