first_imgA County Donegal man has been acquitted by a jury of 34 counts of raping and indecently assaulting a woman when she was a child.The jury in the case failed to reach a majority verdict on 12 other counts of indecent assault and rape, they told Mr Justice Paul Carney at the Central Criminal Court.The accused man, now 62, had pleaded not guilty to all charges relating to alleged abuse between January 1965 and June 1975. The man told gardaí that he “feelings” for the woman but they never had a sexual relationship.He told gardaí his foster mother, who was the complainant’s guardian, “became aware of feelings between us and she wanted to interrupt this”.He claimed he was 23 at the time and the complainant was 15 or 16.NOT GUILTY: JURY ACQUIT DONEGAL MAN ON 34 SEX ABUSE CHARGES, NO VERDICT ON 12 OTHERS was last modified: March 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:NO VERDICT ON 12 OTHERSNOT GUILTY: JURY ACQUIT DONEGAL MAN ON 34 SEX ABUSE CHARGESlast_img read more

Raiders mailbag: Where will the Raiders call home in 2019?

first_imgThe City of Oakland filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Raiders and NFL, which you can read all about right here. The most important thing to know is the lawsuit jeopardizes the Raiders’ 2019 season in Oakland since their current lease with the Oakland Coliseum ends after this season.So where might the Raiders play their final season before heading to Vegas? At this point it’s anybody’s guess, but it’s a topic we’ll discuss in this week’s mailbag, along with Reggie McKenzie’s potential …last_img

Y’s Guys Have a Marvel, Not Junk

first_imgThe Y chromosome is making a comeback.  It’s not junk, it’s an “evolutionary marvel.”Live Science had this to say: “The Y chromosome may have gotten a bad rap. Despite the claim that this male sex chromosome is mostly junk, new research suggests it’s actually a lean, mean, highly evolved machine for producing the fittest males possible.”What is said new research?  A study presented at a genetics conference last week disputed two claims: (1) that the Y chromosome is junk, and (2) that variation in the male sex chromosome is due to a few “alpha males” passing on their genes.  As for the latter, the study suggests more monogamy in human history than previously assumed; if anything females were more promiscuous.As for the junk myth, the article explained:The researchers’ models showed that evolution probably weeded out a lot of the variation that happened randomly throughout history. But evolution didn’t just cull harmful gene changes: it also reduced the variation in the one-third of the Y chromosome composed of highly repetitive strings of letters.Those strange regions don’t code for proteins, which carry out a gene’s instructions in the body, but Wilson Sayre’s results suggest they are probably doing something useful or evolution would have not have reduced how much variation they contain. Some scientists have suggested those regions prevent the Y chromosome from degenerating, but their exact purpose remains a mystery.Whatever mysteries remain, the new study counters earlier claims that men were on the way to extinction, genetically speaking.Let’s get this straight.  When the Y chromosome was junk, evolution was keeping junk around.  The new study claims that evolution produced a lean, mean, highly evolved machine.  When the Y was degenerate, evolution didn’t care to maintain it.  The new study claims that evolution engineers the Y to create the fittest males possible.  When there was variation, evolution varied it.  When variation was low, evolution cleaned it up.  Evolution wins!  No matter how opposite the claims, evolution can’t lose.For integrity in science, we don’t need old men like Darwin and his degenerate X-men spreading materialistic junk.  We need strong leaders who understand  design.  How about a new Y’s Men Christian Association. (Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Anti-abuse campaign hits SA

first_imgWomen often use make-up to hide facialscarring sustained from physical abuse.( South Africa has alarmingly high levelsof women and child abuse.( Khanyi Magubane A host of activities are expected to take place in the month of November 2008, as South Africa embarks on its annual 16 Days of Activism, a campaign that focuses on violence against women and children.The campaign, which is endorsed by the United Nations, takes place from 25 November – which is the international day of no violence against women – to 10 December – international human rights day.This will be the ninth time that South Africa is observing the annual event. The 2008 theme for the campaign is, “Don’t look away, act against abuse”.The event operates within South Africa’s national policy on the Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality Act, which was passed in 2002.The Gender Policy Framework outlines South Africa’s vision for gender equality and its overarching principles when it comes to treating both men and women equally.Government departments who support the initiative include the department of provincial and local government, the justice department and the department of social development.Government involvement in the campaign includes events taking place at both provincial and local government structures. Past events have included rallies and music festivals.Government has also formed strategic partnerships with civil society groups and various businesses in a bid to expand the scope of reach that the campaign has.The core objectives of the campaign are to:Create awareness of the plight and negative impact on abuse against women and children in society.The campaign also aims to challenge perpetrators of abuse to change their behaviour by educating themselves about the affects that physical or emotional abuse have on their victims.During the 16 days, a number of high profile events are held to lobby government to increase its support to victims. During this time, funds are also raised to enable organisations offering help to victims of abuse to continue with their work.South Africans are encouraged to wear white ribbons as a symbol of solidarity with those who’ve been affected by abuse.The ribbons provide a visually effective tool of highlighting the campaign, which in turn, it’s hoped, will elicit increased support.Other sectors of society who also get involved in the campaign include workers’ unions, who are encouraged to garner support within their ranks alongside members and representatives from the sporting fraternity.Disturbing SA statisticsSpeaking at an event during the campaign in 2006, then deputy minister of social development, Dr Jean Benjamin, said that it was crucial for South Africa to have an event of this type, as the country’s abuse statistics were shocking, “South Africa has one of the highest per capita rates of reported rapes in the world. This is despite the fact that most of rape cases are not reported.”According to non-governmental organisation Childline South Africa, there has been a 400% increase in the number of reported cases of child abuse in South Africa over a period of 10 years.The number of cases reported by child welfare societies also increased from 62% from 2000 to 2002.Benjamin also noted that statistics, which state that more than 51% of all cases fell into the category of sexual abuse, are disturbing.Other violence-related statistics show that more than 69% of the victims of abuse are female. The stats were drawn from a large-scale community-based prevalence study, conducted by the social department in three provinces.Other findings of the study showed that in some instances, the abuse on women and children are committed against them in their homes, by people who are supposed to protect them.One of the glaring by-products of violence against women and children, when the abuse is sexual in nature, is its contribution to the escalating HIV-infection rates amongst women.Women’s vulnerability to HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases is particularly heightened, when they are wholly dependent on their abusive spouse, and have no means of escaping.A report by UNAids, indicates that on a global scale, women make up the largest percentage of people living with HIV and Aids.The vulnerability of women and under aged girls to HIV/Aids is further aggravated by the fact that a large number of those victims live in dire poverty.Women’sNet, a South African based non-governmental organisation that works to advance gender equality, is aiming for the campaign against the abuse of women and children to become a daily matter of urgency.2008 eventsThis year, a South African radio station Ligwalagwala FM, will host the first-ever strictly hip-hop music festival in Mpumalanga, east of the country.The proceeds of the concert will go towards the 16 Days of Activism campaign.The station’s publicity officer Christinah Mazibuko, says she hopes the proceeds will make a difference in the lives of those who need them.“This will also be an opportunity for us to help those in need. There are a lot of disadvantaged people out there and the proceeds of the event will go towards helping them.”Organisers believed that, in addition to encouraging local hip-hop musicians in Mpumalanga, the music genre speaks to the youth and will go a long way in carrying the message.The event will bring together some of South Africa’s finest hip-hop musicians such as Tuks Senganga, Zulu boy, Sliquor, Proverb and ProKid.The South African non-governmental organisation coalition will this year, as part of the One-in-Nine Campaign, feature an exhibition at Constitution Hill, showcasing the struggle to end violence against women.The One-in-Nine campaign was established in 2006 during the rape trial of ANC president Jacob Zuma. He was found innocent in a court of law.The campaign operates on the findings of the Medical Research Council (MRC) study on sexual violence (2005) which indicate that only one out of every nine rape survivors report the attack to the police.Furthermore, statistics from the report also indicate that of the cases that do reach the courts, less than 5% of the alleged rapists are convicted.Other activities around the campaign will be announced closer to the date. This includes the official national event hosted by the department of provincial and local government.Do you have any queries or comments about this article? Email khanyi Magubane on: Khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.comUseful links16 days of activismDepartment of social developmentUnaidsSangocoOne-in-Nine campaignWomensnetlast_img read more

‘Field of Dreams’ airport looks for overseas flights

first_imgA “Field of Dreams ‘’ airport built by four wealthy brothers in a rural field has reached a new milestone after the Australian government recognised it as a regional international gateway.Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport has drawn a number of parallels with the popular Kevin Costner film about an Iowa corn farmer who built a baseball diamond in his field and the film’s  build-it-they-will-come theme.Capable of handling a Boeing 747, It is the kind of airport usually funded by governments and which takes years to build.Yet Wellcamp, the first major privately-funded new major regular public transport airport to be built in Australia for half a century, took 19 months to build near the regional Queensland town of Toowoomba.This was partly due to the ability of  the Wagner family to sidestep some environmental requirements by building it on their own fields and partly because they were able to use their own construction company and expertise..The brothers spent $A200 million on the initial development with most of the resources to build the airport came from within the site, allowing crews to work 24/7, using big off-road trucks to shift about a million tonnes of rock a month. There were also able to utilise three quarries on the site as well as a concrete plant and an asphalt plant.The result was an airport boasting a 2.8km runway that can take a fully loaded B747 freighter and other aircraft such as Antonovs.Building up flights has been a steadily unfolding process and the airport currently has 68 domestic flights a week, moving to 74 on November 28.Airport developer John Wagner expects more services to be added early next year and said the airport was exceeding expectations.“It never goes as good as what you’d want to do,’’ he told AirlineRatings. “But it’s certainly living up to and exceeding our expectations. From a financial point of view, I’m very happy with it.’’As well as domestic and nd ad hoc charters, the airport has hosted an international charter flight to Shanghai,  China using a Qantas Airbus A330  and has attracted a regular international freight service from Cathay Pacific.  The weekly Sydney-Melbourne-Wellcamp-Hong Kong routing using a Boeing 747-8F is due to start on November 22. The airport’s classification as a regional gateway under Australia’s air services agreement means it can pitch for more international services.Toowoomba is at the centre of a major agricultural district and is Australia’s second biggest inland city. It has a passenger  catchment in its  own right of 340,000 people but is also  less than two hours’ drive from the western suburbs of Queensland’s capital, Brisbane. “International airlines will be able to service the airport without any restrictions applying to the number of frequencies that can be operated between the airport and overseas destinations,’’ Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester said.Wagner said the announcement provided valuable certainty for airlines and the airport in building international services for the region.“It’s a huge plus,’’ he said. “It just takes out a lot of uncertainty for the airlines. What it means is that the airport’s  got official government sanction to be an international gateway and we want to try and capitalise on that over the next number of years.’The airport developer said he was hopeful the weekly freighter service would be able to increase in frequency next year. He confirmed he was in discussions with international carriers about the “first prize’’ of regular passenger services .“We’ve got a few things bubbling along,’’ he said. “We’ve just got to work hard to broaden our customer base. The domestic services are going really well. It’s early days, but these things are a long-term investment and you’ve got to take long-term view of the world.’’last_img read more

Famous Brands steps up in Nigeria

first_img16 September 2013 South African food service group Famous Brands has acquired a 49% stake in Nigerian company UAC Restaurants (UACR), whose flagship Mr Bigg’s brand is Africa’s largest food franchise outside of South Africa. Famous Brands announced the deal with UACR parent company UAC of Nigeria on Monday, without disclosing the amount involved. UACR owns 165 franchised restaurants across Nigeria, 57 of which are in Lagos and 14 in Abuja. The company also has a small logistics and manufacturing component. Mr Bigg’s quick-service restaurants boast an extensive product offering ranging from pastries and other snacks to burgers and hot meals, and a huge loyal customer base – around 100 000 customers visit the brand’s restaurants daily. “Whilst we have traded in Nigeria for the past 11 years through a combination of master license and franchise agreements, this transaction catapults us to a completely different level, enabling us to meaningfully expand our presence in this burgeoning, currently low consumption per capita organised food service market,” Famous Brands chief executive Kevin Hedderwick said in a statement. “It also underlines our ambitious and deliberate plans to grow our business outside of South Africa.” The joint venture delivers compelling benefits for both parties, Hedderwick said, with UACR bringing to it a formidable brand, local expertise and existing franchisees, as well as a nationwide distribution network and Lagos-based manufacturing infrastructure. “In exchange, Famous Brands will add value to the business through our expertise in managing intellectual property, growing brands and optimising supply chain operations and efficiencies.” UAC Group CEO Larry Ettah said Nigeria was an attractive destination for quick-service restaurants, with robust economic growth pushing up income levels and a youthful middle class expected to increase to 35% of the population in 2015 compared to 30% in 2009. Continued political and macro-economic stability, coupled with growth-friendly policies, had resulted in an increasingly supportive business environment, Ettah said. “In addition, the country continues to experience an improvement in efficiency, particularly in the distribution and manufacturing sectors. This is attracting positive interest from foreign investors with a long-term view of the opportunities.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Congress protests against border killings

first_imgThe Congress in Goa on Monday protested the lack of response from the Defence Ministry following the killing of Indian soldiers and mutilation of their bodies at the Indo-Pak border.Goa Pradesh Mahila Congress president Sunita Verenkar also wondered if Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 56-inch chest has now shrunk to 56 millimetres. She said women party members were collecting bangles to presented them to Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani. She recalled that when Ms. Irani was in the Opposition, she had urged BJP workers to send bangles to then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when India’s borders were being attacked. She said that the Congress women workers in Goa were collecting bangles to be sent to Irani, so that she sends them to Modi, who the Congress leader claimed had been ineffective to combat cross-border terror. “We are collecting bangles, sending it to her, so that she can fulfil her “Mann ki baat,” Ms. Verenkar said.She said, “I think it is shrinking. It has become 56 cm or 56 mm, we do not know, but we request him to protect our soldiers who are fighting at borders.” Ms. Verenkar also lamented that despite brutal attacks on Indian soldiers, the country had no full-time Defence Minister. She also ridiculed Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar for surrendering his post of Defence Minister and returning to Goa.“We had a Defence Minister who fled to Goa, why we do not know. Perhaps he is more interested in eating fish, that is why he is back to Goa! We need a full time Defence Minister for India,” Ms. Verenkar said.last_img read more

18 youth held in Valley operations

first_imgEighteen youth associated with militant outfits were arrested in three separate operations of security forces, while five youth were weaned away from militancy in Kashmir, according to the police on Monday.The police said it successfully busted two modules of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in Pulwama’s Awantipora and Khrew areas. “Ten of JeM associates were arrested in these operations,” police said.The police said a special team was constituted “in view of surge in terror attacks in Tral”.“A huge quantity of incriminating materials was recovered from this terror module, including gelatin sticks, detonators, materials for making improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and grenades. All the incriminating materials have been taken in case records to probe their complicity in other terror crimes,” said the police.Gun snatching foiledThe police said eight militant accomplices were detained in north Kashmir’s Baramulla who were plotting to snatch service rifles.“Based on a credible input, a criminal conspiracy was hatched to snatch weapons from on-duty police personnel in Baramulla, Tangmarg and Srinagar areas,” said the police.In another incident, another special police team traced five missing boy from Srinagar. “Parents of these boys had received phone calls from their kids who had left for school in the morning, informing that they are going to join the militant ranks,” said the police.“They were brought back safely. All the five boys were counselled and handed over to the parents,” said the police. Meanwhile, militants and security forces exchanged fire in south Kashmir’s Shopian and Pulwama. Militants managed to break a cordon in Shopian, while Army personnel were fired upon at a check point from a car the militants were travelling in,” said the police.last_img read more

Mamata Banerjee, Naveen Patnaik to skip Narendra Modi swearing-in

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said she will not attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday as the BJP is spreading information which is “untrue.’Congratulating Mr. Modi, Ms. Banerjee said in a tweet that it was her “plan to attend the oath-taking ceremony. However, I am seeing media reports that the BJP [is] claiming 54 people have been murdered in political violence in Bengal. This is completely untrue.”She said, “These deaths may have occurred due to personal enmity, family quarrels and other disputes.”Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is also not attending as his presence is required at the swearing-in of the new Assembly members on Thursday.“The ceremony is an august occasion to celebrate democracy, not one that should be devalued by any political party which uses it as an opportunity to score political points. Please excuse me.”Her initial decision to go to Delhi indicated that both sides are trying to calm down the pitch of campaign that got severely amplified during the elections, hurting Centre-State relations. The new development indicates that the fight between the parties will continue for now.last_img read more

It was my chance to step up take responsibility Kohli

first_imgPort-of-Spain: India captain Virat Kohli said it was his turn to step up and take up the responsibility in the second ODI against West Indies here after the early dismissals of his openers. After the early departures of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, Kohli scored a brilliant 120 off 125 balls to help India post 279 for seven after opting to bat. “We knew that anything over 270 would be challenging. It feels good to get a hundred when the team wanted me to get one,” Kohli said after India beat West Indies by 59 runs via D/L method to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series on Sunday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Shikhar and Rohit didn’t get a big one. One of the top three has always got the big one. A senior man had to step up and today was my opportunity to step up. It was important to string in a lot of dot balls,” he added. Kohli said it was a good toss to win as the wicket became difficult later on. “Good outing with the bat. Exactly why we wanted to bat first. If you saw the later half of the West Indies innings, it was difficult to bat on. I think the rain in between helped them else it would have been tough to bat in the middle,” he said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”The batting became a little easy thanks to the rain when (Shimron) Hetymer and (Nicholas) Pooran were batting together. It was tough gripping the ball when it went into the outfield. It was about staying in there and hoping one wicket will put pressure on them and luckily we got the wickets.” Kohli said the number of left-handers in West Indies team prompted him to play Kuldeep Yadav in place of Yuzvendra Chahal. “The number of left-handers work in favour of Kuldeep and that’s why we went in with him rather than Chahal. He is more lethal against the left-handers because of his variations and the lines that he bowls to them,” he said. “Kedar (Jadhav) was precise as well. With the number of left-handers, you want to go with a chinaman bowler rather than a leggie. With Jadeja playing, it helps our balance.” The skipper lauded Shreyas Iyer, who made a crucial 71 on Sunday. “He (Iyer) is a very confident guy and has the right attitude. Really got the tempo going and took the pressure of me. After I got out, he got the extra runs as well,” Kohli said. West Indies captain Jason Holder said losing the last six wickets for just 62 runs cost his side the match. West Indies were comfortably placed at 148 for four after the 27th over before they kept losing wickets in quick succession to be bundled out for 210 in 42nd over. “Extremely disappointing. We bowled really well and the game was in our hands. We lost crucial wickets at the back end to lose the game. “We need to take responsibility. We need to take the game deep. The pitch was pretty good and the bowlers despite the humid conditions did well. The batters have to take the responsibility. They have been letting us down far too often,” Holder said.last_img read more