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Champions Mico ‘A’ ease into semis

first_imgDEFENDING champions Mico ‘A’, along with Molynes United ‘A’ and UWI Pelicans, joined Jamalco in the semi-finals of the Supreme Ventures Major League netball competition after quarter-final wins at the Leila Robinson Courts on Saturday.Defending champions Mico ‘A’ had the biggest margin of victory. Led by national representative Vangelee Williams, the Annette Daley-coached team had an easy 40-19 win over Ravens.The defending champions led from start to finish as they had leads of 9-4, 17-9 and 27-16, before closing out a big win.Abbygail Linton, with 13 goals from 17 attempts; Mischa Creary, 12 from 15; Stephanie Anderson, nine from 14 and Taniel Roberts, six from 11, were the top goalscorers for Mico. Melecia Josephs, with eight goals from 11 attempts, was the best shooter for the losers.UWI LOOKED SMOOTHUWI Pelicans looked smooth in their 40-30 triumph over UTech Knights, where the Conrad Parkes-coached team controlled all quarters, leading 9-6, 17-12 and 26-22.Goal attack Rebekah Robinson was tops with 21 from 28, while former national representative, goal shooter Thristina Harwood, had 14 from 32.National player Khadijah Williams, with 14 from 32, top scored for UTech, with Shenova Edwards assisting her with nine from 17.Meanwhile, Molynes United ‘A’ overcame a resilient Mico ‘B’ 34-27 to book their semi-final spot. It was close going at the start as, after the first quarter, the score was tied 5-5, before Molynes took the lead 15-11 at the second quarter and maintained it to the end. At the end of the third, they were up 22-19.Former champions Jamalco had already booked their semi-final spot two days earlier.In tomorrow’s semi-finals at the same venue, Jamalco will go up against Molynes United ‘A’ and UWI Pelicans will face Mico.Preceding these games, the Minor League semi-finals take the spotlight at 6 p.m., with Waterhouse Eagles playing Global B and Tantrum opposing Queens Park.last_img read more

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Reoccurrence of dictatorial doctrine

first_imgDear Editor,Some time back, Sir John Robert Seeley coined the axiom “History is past politics and politics present history”. What this means in Guyanese local parlance is not only the rhizome relationship between history and politics but also how politics and history have evolved and manifested themselves. Since 2015, some sections of Guyana have always wondered if the above would repeat themselves under the APNU/AFC coalition regime, namely the reoccurrence of PNC dictatorial doctrine of State cameralism and biological nationalism. Their suspicion was brought about by the current regime’s useless moribund manifesto, poor governance and now the refusal to accept or even acknowledge the constitutional verdict of the No-Confidence Motion. While the Government has the right to appeal and carry its case against the No-Confidence Motion all way until hell freezes over at Caribbean Court of Justice, not everyone, however, is convinced or even fooled by its action. From the outset, the Government’s reckless, careless and callous actions have always looked like a duck, walked like a duck, quacked like a duck and now, it smells like a duck to them.Shocking as it may sound to loyalists of the APNU/AFC coalition regime, only a small section of Guyana disagrees with the feeling that the country is descending into a constitutional crisis and strongman tactics. The regime continues blaming Charrandas Persaud, the messenger, instead of addressing his message: you have failed your supporters, your party, and above all, your nation, to deliver as promised. For those not in the know, recently, rambunctious Khemraj Ramjattan on GlobalSpan24x7 lambasted Persaud, calling him a Judas repeatedly. What a crying shame. Ramjattan and others like him in the coalition see politics as a self-contained game with inflexible rules. Party members must toe the line especially when the stakes are high. This position smacks at the heart of the coalition campaign and manifesto as well as at the “good life” promulgation for Guyanese. Instead of seeing the entrance into leadership as a historical moment to wield State power in accordance with visions of a good life for all, the regime has extended State benefits to itself and increased the tax burden on the populace, among others, with unconstrained freedom of action.Upon reading the literature on the evolution of political history, one is inclined to say that the mindset of the regime is not guided by grand ideas, which apparently should be the main focus, but how each individual should successfully apply him or herself for advantages within an unstable political system. Do you remember the perks and salary increases coupled with the noble missing principles of transparency and accountability? Aww, it hurts bad, bad. The approach to understanding the individual within the current regime should not be on ideology and belief since that would be a futile endeavour and exercise. The focus ought to be on prosopography, a study of the collective biography of a group that invariably means exploring the hidden and dark side that frequently determines individual action. I have to call in the local Sigmund Freud to psychoanalyse “dem boys” in the regime.There is little doubt that the APNU/AFC regime has “slapped up” GECOM to ensure that no Charrandas episode would ever be repeated under its watch. A section of the local media in its editorial on February 25, 2019, quipped that “There is no spin to be placed on it. The Government majority on GECOM has allowed itself to be subverted and this constitutes a serious blow to constitutional governance and must be condemned in the strongest possible terms”. Even the regime’s blind loyalists, extremists, and propagandists would shake their heads in the affirmative and say “Amen you can say that again”. A national responsibility now rests on those who have showered so much support and blessing to speak out against despotism in GECOM. One person said to me, “we have started the fire of resistance, we have to now encourage others to fan the flames of resistance”. It is the human thing to do.Sincerely,Dr LomarshRoopnarinelast_img read more

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Ellen Wants Drastic Action against Rapists

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on the justice system to take drastic action against rapists in the country.Delivering her State of the Nation address on Monday, she stated that the inhumanity of rape is still being perpetrated.The victims of rape, she said, included young girls, boys, and babies.“This wickedness must be brought to an end. We implore the justice system to move fast in punishing those who commit these heinous crimes, whoever they are. “This will not be tolerated from citizens or from foreigners who abuse the privilege of living in our country,” she said.President Sirleaf urged the National Legislature to pass the Gender Equity Bill.According to President Sirleaf, the passage of the Gender Equity Bill, proposed by the Women’s Legislative Caucus, will protect the rights of women in the country.She urged members of the 53rd Legislature to give consideration to the budgetary implications to enable women to participate and be protected.“As a mother and a female leader, the record is clear on my response to the issues of women and children, particularly in support of their economic participation, their participation in governance, and their protection from violence,” she said.She explained that the Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (EPAG) has trained an additional 1,000, which adds to the 3,400 young girls already trained. She mentioned the new innovation that trains women to become operators of motorcycles (Pink Panther) and vehicles (Women behind Wheels). She said that much is being done to educate girls and to promote literacy among market women, adding that enrollment of girls in schools is now almost equal to boys, but more must be done to empower them. “We cannot develop this country if we fail to fully use all its human resources. In truth, we cannot progress without the active, enlightened participation of both genders. “We must enact laws that protect our girls and women. I have thus submitted the Domestic Violence Act, which I trust you will soon enact into law,” she added.Meanwhile at a recent 16 Days of Activism celebration in Liberia, Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister Julia Ducan Cassell said 1,088 gender based violence cases were reported between January and September 2015.She said in 2014, 720 cases were reported as rapes with 657 victims being under the age of 18 and five between the ages of 5-14 years. Out of 1,088 GBV cases, she said 588 were rape cases, with 239 being children below 16.Minister Duncan added that seven of the victims who were below the age of 14 died as a result, adding that two adults also died from rape.“Of the 1,088 perpetrators, only 344 were arrested and 210 have been indicted, while 21 have been convicted and are serving their prison terms. 17 cases were dismissed due to lack of evidence,” she said.She said Montserrado County accounts for the highest reported rape cases while Rivercess County accounts for the lowest reported cases of rape.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Women strum their way into guitar fun

first_img“Guitars catering to women is one area that we understand is showing some signs of strength,” said Wall Street analyst Rick Nelson, who covers the industry. The country’s two top guitar retailers, Gibson Guitar Corp. and Fender Musical Instruments Corp., have each debuted lines with a girl/woman-friendly focus over the past few years. Gibson has the thinner-necked, lighter-weight Les Paul Vixen and Les Paul Goddess guitars. Fender has its own Hello Kitty guitars, with the iconic cat splashed across the bodies. Women playing guitar is nothing new or unusual. Joan Jett, Bonnie Raitt and Sheryl Crow have been fierce players for years, Courtney Love pounded out rock riffs in her popular ’90s band Hole, India.Arie’s acoustic guitar has become her trademark, and even Madonna has strummed the strings. But for the most part, revered guitar gods have been men, from Jimi Hendrix to Eric Clapton. ANAHEIM – “I want it!” squealed 13-year-old Hiiaka Kaneao, pointing to a sparkly, hot pink, star-shaped bass guitar hanging inside a pink fur-lined booth. Her high-pitched voice is music to the ears of the guitar’s maker, Daisy Rock Guitars. The Los Angeles retailer’s colorful and smaller-sized guitars for girls and women have gained worldwide popularity in the last several years and signaled a growing trend within the traditionally male-dominated guitar industry. “The industry is looking for growth opportunities given the overall slump in guitar sales. Why the surge of girl guitars now? “Ten years ago, statistics showed that 96 percent of the instruments purchased were for men,” said Gibson Chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz over the phone. “The guitar is now becoming more a part of society in general.” There have been guitars aimed at kids before: Fender, via its Squier imprint, offers a kid pack, and Epiphone offers a smaller-sized kid’s guitar around the holidays that’s more like a toy, according to a guitar seller at the music retailer Guitar Center in Hollywood. But Daisy Rock says its low-cost, lean and light line of electric and acoustic instruments jump-started the push specifically for girls. Guitars range from girly butterfly, heart and daisy-shaped gear for younger girls to glossy red, black, purple and pink standard guitars for women. Daisy Rock reported 2006 sales of $2.4 million – a feat for the business that Tish Ciravolo, herself a bassist, started in 2000 after sketching with her then-baby daughter, Nicole. “She drew this daisy, and then I drew a neck on it, and then a leafy headstock on it, and I thought, `This might change the industry,”‘ said Ciravolo. She took the drawing to her husband, Schecter Guitars President Michael Ciravolo, and Daisy Rock was born – with sales doubling each year, according to the company. Recently, Ciravolo spoke alongside other women retailers on the trend panel “Pretty Good for a Girl” at Anaheim’s International Music Products Association NAMM show – the music industry’s largest exhibition. Twenty years ago, when Ciravolo started out as a musician, she said she didn’t feel welcome in guitar stores. Now guitar-playing singers such as Avril Lavigne and Miley Cyrus of Disney’s hit show “Hannah Montana” are making guitars more popular for younger women. Lavigne has a signature model Fender Telecaster set to come out later this year. “My company has started a revolution,” Ciravolo told the audience, to cheers. Added panelist and hit singer-guitarist Lisa Loeb, who works with the Hello Kitty campaign, “Daisy Rock’s guitars are definitely fun.” But the company’s guitars, which range in price from $279 for a daisy-shaped guitar to $699 for a custom black Rock Candy special, are not toys. “They play professionally,” said one-time guitar seller Dell Burchett, 51, who checked out Daisy Rock’s sprawling pink booth at NAMM. “When Daisy Rock first came to the NAMM show, in 2001, they may have been considered toys, but at that time I thought they had beautiful finishes. The way they play is fantastic, and they’re affordable.” Fender and Gibson acknowledge Daisy Rock’s place within the industry. “No doubt Daisy Rock was an influence in our decision” to start making the Vixen and Goddess guitars last year, said Gibson’s Juszkiewicz. Juszkiewicz emphasized, though, that his company’s high-end guitars do not directly compete with Daisy Rock. The Les Paul Vixen retails at $1,429, and the Les Paul Goddess at $2,499, according to Guitar Center’s Web site. Hello Kitty guitars – which go for roughly $333, in both forms – have tapped into the tween and teen markets, according to Richard McDonald, Fender’s senior vice president of global marketing. “Just to invite girls to the guitar party was important,” he said. “It’s more interesting for us right now because of community building with the Internet.” Fender, unlike Daisy Rock and Gibson, also made the decision not to change the size and weight of Hello Kitty gear from regular Fender guitars. “We have 12,000 skews of guitars. To say to the female market place, `Here are three models that are right for you,’ … It’s an attitude that we refuse to take,” he said. Juszkiewicz, however, noted that both women and men have complained about playing standard heavy gear. Hence, the need for lighter options. There’s even a rave from the Cure’s Robert Smith about Daisy Rock’s small, heart-shaped $279 Heartbreaker guitar on its Web site: “I’m smitten, I’m bitten, I’m hooked, I’m cooked/ I’m stuck like glue/ The Daisy Rock red hot red Heartbreaker electric is too good to be true.” No one would agree more than girls themselves, who flocked to Daisy Rock’s NAMM booth. “I like that they sell girl guitars and not just to boys,” said Sofia Oroteza, 10, who has been playing for two years. She checked out a jet black guitar she described as “more rocking” than a daisy-shaped one.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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first_imgLetterkenny Pantomime Society is back with a bang with their brilliant production of Robin Hood.The plot to save Sammy Mumba and reduce his contributions to the Sheriff has once again been undertaken by Robin Hood and his Merry Men at An Grianan Theatre.Along the way Sammy finds a friend in the Fairy Guardian (Martina McGill), Robin (Derren Lynch) and Marian (Sara King), Little John (Andrew Coll), Tuck (Paul Brady) and their accomplices. Sammy’s initial plot, to dispense with his wife Big Riana, falls somewhat short of the mark leaving Sammy (Tommy Sweeney) in a predicament worse than the stretching rack that awaits him in the Sheriff’s dungeon.The production runs until Saturday 24th, at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny. LETTERKENNY PANTO TAKES AIM WITH ROBIN HOOD! was last modified: January 20th, 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)last_img read more



first_imgConnect Mental Health is a three day mental health awareness event that will take place from October 8th -10th 2015 in South Donegal.The event was launched yesterday, Donegal TV was there to find our more… CLICK Play to watch DDTV: CONNECT MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE LAUNCHED was last modified: September 15th, 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) Tags:BallyshannonConnect Mental Healthdonegallast_img read more


Chelsea stars rated and slated after Premier League clash with Liverpool

first_img Jorginho impressed in midfield once again REVEALED The world’s most expensive goalkeeper had no chance of stopping Sturridge’s effort Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT targets REVEALED 4 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Alvaro Morata (SUB) – 6Had little impact after coming on.Victor Moses (SUB) – 7Added an additional attacking presence during his brief stint on the pitch.Ross Barkley (SUB) – 6Appeared to late in the game to make a difference. 4 Mateo Kovacic – 8Provided a fantastic assist for Eden Hazard to put Chelsea ahead.Willian – 7A threat in attack, but wasn’t the difference maker in this match.Olivier Giroud – 6Didn’t have much to go on, but made no errors either.Eden Hazard – 8A constant danger, struck when his chance came to give his side the lead. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars JIBE Daniel Sturridge scored a stunning 89th minute equaliser to snatch Liverpool a draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.After netting the winner in the sides’ League Cup tie at Anfield four days earlier, Eden Hazard returned to haunt the Reds by netting the opener, though his side’s lead was cancelled out by their former forward late on. 4 REAL DEAL Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Liverpool knocked on Chelsea’s door with well-worked build-up play and clever tactical moves for the entire match.Then, when that all failed, they brought on Daniel Sturridge who took matters into his own hands by producing a stunning 25-yarder which snatched a point for his side.Below are our ratings for Maurizio Sarri’s men based on their performances in the match. Latest Chelsea News Kepa Arrizabalaga – 7Handled everything that came his way in comfortable fashion until the equaliser, for which he cannot be blamed.Cesar Azpilicueta – 8Kept Mane largely quiet for 90 minutes and remained composed as ever throughout.Antonio Rudiger – 7Made a fantastic goal line clearance to prevent a first-half equaliser from Mohamed Salah. David Luiz – 8Started nervously, but warmed into the game and bossed all aerial duels he was faced with. Cleared Roberto Firmino’s second-half header off the line.Marcos Alonso – 7Struggled to contain Mo Salah on a couple of occasions, but who wouldn’t?N’Golo Kante – 7Solid display as always, but produced nothing sensational on this occasion. Arguably could have closed Sturridge down quicker to prevent his equalising goal.Jorginho – 7Consistent fixture in Chelsea’s midfield. Involved in fantastic build-up play for the opening goal. tense silverware Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Hazard’s 25th minute strike put Chelsea ahead 4 gameday cracker Liverpool could have been on terms earlier were it not for Antonio Rudiger Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star punished England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won shining Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won last_img read more

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first_imgA well-known Donegal priest has said the abortion bill is merely a disguised plan by the Irish Government to introduce abortion on demand.Fr. John Joe Duffy of Stranorlar said he has real fears about the Government’s proposals.In a statement to Donegal Daily, Fr Duffy said he is dismayed by the plans by the Labour and Fine Gael Government on the issue which he claims are being enacted merely to stay in Government. The following is a full text of his statement. “I am gravely concerned about the governments proposals regarding their intention to legislate for abortion. Despite the assertions by government that the well being and welfare of the expectant mother is to the forefront and center of this legislation, I submit that their true intention is the liberalisation of the availability of abortion on demand in Ireland. By legislating on suicide threats as grounds for the termination of life as per the proposed legislation, does not at all safeguard the well being of the mother nor does it put her mental health well being to the forefront.“The legislation intends to give the right to the expectant mother to seek a termination on the grounds that she feels suicidal and it be asserted by her presenting herself as suicidal in a hospital environment. Based on the heads of the proposed legislation published by the government, no criteria is set down where the psychiatric history is taken into consideration. Nor that continual assessment and counselling of the expectant mother may be put into place over a period of time. Basically the legislation is a very blunt instrument whereby the 2 psychiatrists and 1 obstetrician deal with the case the expectant mother presents to them at face value.If the well being of the mother was the sole determinant factor in this legislation, then help, assistance and guidance, medical or psychiatrist or both would be offered in the first instance and provided for in this legislation, but that is not the case. Abortion is never the solution to address the mental health of an expectant mother or suicidality, unfortunately in many cases only to increase suicidality. What the legislation taken at face value is supposedly hoping to prevent will unfortunately only greatly add a greater burden of suicidality on the woman in the fullness of time. What we now have is the scenario where psychiatrists whose medical responsibility is to help the mental health of individuals are now legalally responsible as per the legislation to sign off on the abortion of life unborn. The legislation is flawed because if the well being and mental health of the expectant mother were central to the government’s intentions, then they would do everything possible within the legislation to ensure termination would not occur. It is proven in various professional assessments, reports and studies that an abortion of a pregnancy greatly increases the strains and stresses leading to increased suicidality, suicide, and drug dependency. “I fear the true motivation for this legislation was revealed in last Sunday’s newspapers by both Aodhan O’ Riordan and Ann Ferris, the Labour TDs, when they let slip that the true intention of this government is to ultimately have abortion on demand . I am dismayed that the pre-election promises and committments made by FG public representatives not to legislate for abortion has been sold out by them for the price of staying in government. FG are appeasing the true Labour agenda which is the direct and intentional killing of the unborn child on demand. I am asking public representatives regardless of political affiliations, regardless of religious beliefs to stand up for life, to stand up for the protection of the unborn, for the well being of the mother. This legislation is flawed from the very outset because it’s intentions were never for the well being of the mother or the protection of the life of the unborn. It’s intentions were solely the liberalisation of abortion on demand as stated once again by the former Taoiseach, Mr. John Bruton in Tuesdays papers where he said this was unconstitutional. He goes onto to say that he knows of no other area of law, where a threat of suicide is sufficient to make legal, what would otherwise be illegal. Legislating on the basis of the X case is bringing legal certanity to flawed legal judgement by the Supreme court rather than the legal clarity in which the Taoiseach Enda Kenny talks about. In essence what the govt is doing is using flawed legal interpretation and turning it into statute law under the constitution, and this is very wrong. The main party in this coalition government do not have the moral authority to vote in Dail Eireann for this legislation because they gave an electoral pledge that they would never do so. There fore Minister of State Dinny Mc Ginley, and Deputy Joe Mc Hugh, need to stand up and publicly account for their voting intentions regarding this proposed legislation. We the electorate must hold them to account.“Let us a society not sleep walk our way into liberalisation of abortion in our times in our country, as a permanent solution to any problem regardless of what some politicians would hoodwink us into believing. Abortion solves nothing, it just ends life. Fr John Joe Duffy,Stranorlar,Co. Donegal.DONEGAL PRIEST SAYS ABORTION BILL IS PLAN TO INTRODUCE ABORTION ON DEMAND was last modified: May 2nd, 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:Abortion BillFr John Joe Duffylast_img read more



first_imgGarda – Operation Shepard -Identification of female found by Gardai on O’Connell Street on 10th October 2013.An Garda Síochána treats the protection of vulnerable children with the utmost of importance, and our continuing work in partnership with the HSE and other agencies to ensure children’s safety is testament to this.On Thursday 10th October at 4.15pm, members of An Garda Síochána from Store St Garda station discovered a young female on O’Connell Street in a distressed state. An Garda Síochána invoked Section 12 of the Child Care Act 1991 and this female was taken into care at Store Street. This young female was then placed in the care of the HSE where she remains under an interim care order. A major Garda investigation was launched based at Store Street Garda Station into the circumstances surrounding the discovery of this young female. This investigation was given the title Operation Shepard and an incident room was established. Specialist child interviewers have been utilised by investigators.To date this investigation has sought the assistance of:– Missing Persons bureau– Interpol – Forensic Science Laboratory– Garda Office for Youth Affairs– Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit– Garda National Immigration Bureau– External agencies The investigation has involved over 2000 man hours, and over 115 lines of enquiry, including:– door to door enquiries– on street vehicle and pedestrian checkpoints in the vicinity of where the girl was discovered– seizure and viewing of CCTV from the city centre – specialised child interviewers from throughout the country canvassed with images– juvenile liaison officers from throughout the country canvassed with images– Gardaí attached to Child Protection Units canvassed with images– Social Service Youth Workers/ Homeless Services canvassed with images– Images and description circulated nationally on internal electronic Garda portal– Images provided to Interpol– Trawl of PULSE system and missing persons list– Lost/unclaimed/handed in property records examined– Canvassing of ports, airports and train station with images of the girl– Checking of all B&Bs, guesthouses in the city centre for people who booked and didn’t turn up, or stayed and didn’t return, and for any unclaimed luggage– Checking all left luggage storage services and facilities in city centre for property that remains past its prepaid date or uncollected– Private and public care centres canvassed with details– Paediatric Orthodontists nationwide canvassed as she has a fitted braceAs a result of these enquiries fifteen (15) possible names were provided to investigators. These were fully checked but unfortunately her identity remains unknown as present.In accordance with the approval given by the High Court last Friday morning, An Garda Síochána are this morning issuing an image of the child and seeking the public’s assistance in identifying her.She is described as being 5”6 in height, slim build and having long blonde hair. When found she was wearing a purple hooded top, tight dark coloured jeans, flat black shoes and a grey woollen jumper. These clothes may have been bought in Ireland.Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may recognise the girl from the photo. Do you recognise this girl? Did you have any interactions with her? Did you pass her in a distressed state in the city centre in and around the 10th October?Any information is vital to the investigation, and the welfare of the child. Any information passed to us, will of course be treated in the strictest of confidence.A dedicated incident room, with a phone line manned 24 hours, has been set up in Store Street for the purposes of contact from the public. This office also has a dedicated email address.Contacts:Dedicated Store Street Phone Number – +353 1 666 8100Garda Confidential Line – 1800 666 111Email – storestreetappeal@garda.ieComment from Orla Ryan, Guardian Ad Litem –“I am extremely concerned about the welfare circumstances of this young person. What we know about her, at present, is limited. It is in the child’s best interests to be identified, and I fully support An Garda Síochána in their continuing investigation.”GARDAÍ SEEK HELP IN IDENTIFYING TEENAGER was last modified: November 5th, 2013 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


Donegal rape victim says she still sees her attacker even though he’s in prison

first_imgA young woman raped at a gaming convention says she sees her “boogeyman” everywhere – even though the sick rapist is in prison.Dominique Meehan was raped by Keith Hearne at a gaming convention in 2015 and waived her right to anonymity so that he could be publicly named.The monster threatened to kill her during the sickening attack as she desperately tried to hit him with her phone. She was saved when her friend, a black belt in karate, entered the room and held down Hearne.Ms Meehan, 25, from Letterkenny, told RTE Radio 1 that she fools herself into believing she sees him despite the fact that she knows he is in prison.“Even though Keith Hearne is in jail now and I know this, I thought I saw him in Letterkenny Shopping Centre and I nearly collapsed.“I didn’t even have the drive to run away I just grabbed my friend’s arm and said ‘that’s him, that’s him’ and just as the man was getting closer I realised it wasn’t. But even two days after I was feeling the shock, the shakiness, I was still panicking. “Every time I woke up I could see him in the corner of my room walking towards me as he did in the screening room.“People talk about the boogie man, Keith Hearne is my boogie man.”She said the idea of violent Hearne coming out of prison and pretending he was “away on holidays” played a part in her deciding to go public.“I can’t imagine him going to jail and maybe coming back into my community with no one knowing. I want everybody to know.“I am making sure Keith Hearne’s name will never leave, especially in Tallaght where he lives.” Donegal rape victim says she still sees her attacker even though he’s in prison was last modified: August 23rd, 2017 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:attackDominique MeehandonegalrapeRTElast_img read more

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Warriors 117; T-Wolves 107: Inside Stephen Curry’s scoring outburst

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!MINNEAPOLIS – The shots may feel like a blur for Stephen Curry. He has drilled too many 3’s to count. So which ones prompt Curry to perform a shimmy move afterwards?“There is no criteria,” Curry said. “Sometimes I immediately regret it after I do it.”Curry did not immediately regret his latest dance move in the Warriors’ 117-107 victory over the Minnesota …last_img read more

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All outta magic: Lifeless A’s bats prevent a sweep of Reds

first_imgClick here if you are unable to view this gallery on a mobile device.OAKLAND — With the first two games of Oakland’s interleague series against Cincinnati serving up a no-hitter and a 13th-inning walk-off homer, Thursday the A’s simply ran out of magical moments.A lackluster offense that produced six hits, but couldn’t string any together, prohibited Oakland from completing its third sweep of the season and yielded a 3-0 loss. The A’s had plenty of opportunity, but couldn’t muster a timely …last_img read more

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A Yes Is More Difficult Than a No

first_imgGetting a “yes” is more difficult than getting a ‘no.” You have to work very hard for a “yes.”You have to work very hard to understand your dream client’s needs. This is easier said than done, and it almost always requires that you start building that understanding in advance of an opportunity. Sometimes a “no” is easier than upsetting the status quo; it looks risky.Are you collaborating with your dream client in a way that indicates to them that you are deeply connected to their needs?You also have to work exceedingly hard to build consensus. Often you aren’t anywhere near your client’s location when the real sale is being made—or lost. Your client’s have their own caucuses. If you can’t influence those conversations—or participate in them—you can easily find your way to a “no.”Are you working through your dream client’s company, building consensus horizontally and vertically through their organization?There aren’t too many challenges more difficult than dealing with price. If your price is higher, it’s more difficult to get a “yes” than a “no.” You likely have to be in front of the opportunity. You have to be able to differentiate your offering. There is no way you can command a higher price without creating more value. And it’s guaranteed that you are going to have to help your dream client justify paying a higher price for a greater value (and a lower overall cost).Are you worth paying more to obtain? Does the way you sell prove it?It’s tough to get to “yes,” because it’s easier for your client to say “no.” It’s easy to choose the status quo. Your competitor, the one they’re working with now, is the devil they know and you’re the devil they don’t know.Are you following this? It’s difficult to win and easy to lose.This means you have to bring your A-game to every contest. It means that you have to approach every interaction as if it counts—because it does. You have to create value for your dream clients—and all of their stakeholders—during every sales interaction.QuestionsAre you preparing for sales interactions in a way that takes into account how difficult it is to win and how easy it is to lose?Are you competing like it’s difficult to win? Or are you wading in, apathetic and complacent?What are the things that you can do as a salesperson to make it easier to win?How do you make it easy for your client to say “no?” Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Strict vigil as normalcy returns to Baduria

first_imgLife in West Bengal’s Baduria and surrounding areas, where communal clashes broke out over a Facebook post, returned to normal on July 6, 2017 with no fresh incidents of violence, a senior official said. Shops and markets reopened, bus services resumed and locals started coming out of their homes. However, internet services continued to be disrupted and paramilitary forces and police remained posted in the troubled area.“Everything is back to normal. There has been no report of any problem from anywhere in Baduria and its adjoining areas in Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district,” a senior official of the state home department told PTI. “We are keeping strict vigil so that nothing untoward happens here. Till then police postings here will continue,” he said.Baduria and its adjoining areas, including Keosha market, Banshtala, Ramchandrapur and Tentulia, witnessed a communal flare-up following a post by a youth on Facebook earlier this week. Though the youth was arrested, members of two communities clashed, set up road blockades, damaged shops and set fire to vehicles.To control the situation, the State government had to temporarily suspend internet services in the four police station areas of Basirhat, Baduria, Swarupnagar and Deganga to check the spread of rumours through social networking sites.Asked about when internet services would resume, the official said, “A thorough review of the situation will be done before a decision is taken in this matter.” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said on July 5, 2017 that the situation in Baduria was “under control”. The clashes had triggered an unprecedented spat between her and Governor K N Tripathi, whom she accused of acting like “a BJP block president” and “threatening” her.DGP Surajit Kar Purakayasta has requested people to refrain from spreading hatred. “Those spreading rumours and indulging in hate posts and false propaganda shall not be spared. Please respect the law of the land. Malicious efforts to create divides and attempts to take law in own hands will be sternly dealt with. Please don’t heed rumours,” Purakayasta said.last_img read more

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Extradition Pleas Pending, Sterling Biotech Case Key Accused Leaves UAE

first_imgThwarting efforts by Indian agencies to have him extradited from the UAE where he had been detained, Nitin Jayantilal Sandesara, the owner of Gujarat-based Sterling Biotech group and a key accused in a Rs 5,300-crore bank loan fraud, is believed to have left the Emirates.Read it at Indian Express Related Itemslast_img

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