Alleged rape victim gives evidence in court

first_img WhatsApp Alleged rape victim gives evidence in court Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Twitter Facebook News Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Google+ Pinterest A Donegal woman has told a Central Criminal Court jury that her ex-boyfriend raped her after he refused to leave their home because he wanted to discuss their reconciliation.The woman said that after the attack the accused turned to her and said: “The next thing you are going to do is tell the child that his Daddy is a rapist.”The accused has pleaded not guilty to raping the now 26-year-old woman on July 1, 2004. 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – March 20, 2010 Facebook Previous articleHSE offers assurances over future of Buncrana Nursing UnitNext articleO’Neill to address FG conference on tourism potential News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Barca thrash Real to move 14 points clear

first_imgSuarez rounded off a flowing counter-attack to open the scoring before Messi blasted home a penalty after Madrid defender Dani Carvajal was sent-off for punching the ball off the goal line.And Messi was the creator as Vidal rubbed salt into Real’s wounds deep into stoppage time.“The league isn’t finished, we haven’t even completed the first half of the season,” claimed Barca boss Ernesto Valverde on his side’s seemingly unassailable advantage.However, victory extends Barca’s unbeaten run to 25 games in all competitions as they moved nine points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid and exacted revenge for a 5-1 thrashing on aggregate in the Spanish Super Cup at the hands of Real in August.Madrid do still have a game in hand over Barca to marginally reduce the gap at the top, but their efforts in the new year are now likely to be more focused on becoming the first side to win three consecutive Champions League titles in over 40 years.“We are down because it is a defeat that hurts,” said Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.“Madrid never give up, whatever happens. It is a difficult moment because we’ve lost by three goals. I could say we don’t deserve it, but that is football.”Despite the clash between the Spanish capital’s and Catalonia’s two giants taking place just two days after three parties favouring independence for the prosperous region from Spain retained an absolute majority in the Catalan parliament, there was little attention paid to politics inside the ground once the action got underway.– Real rue Ronaldo miskick –It could have been very different for the hosts if Ronaldo had buried a huge opportunity when he completely miskicked just 10 minutes in.Real Madrid’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo buried a huge opportunity when he completely miskicked just 10 minutes in © AFP / OSCAR DEL POZOBarca didn’t threaten at all until the half hour mark when Messi finally found some room in a congested midfield to pick out Paulinho’s late run and the Brazilian’s acrobatic effort was matched by a flying save from Keylor Navas.Seconds later it was Marc-Andre ter Stegen to demonstrate why he has been one of the keys to Barca’s success this season by getting an outstretched toe to turn Ronaldo’s fiercely struck shot behind.Benzema was inches away from giving Real a half-time lead as he headed against the post two minutes before the break.However, Barca came out a different side in the second period to almost certainly put the title out of Madrid’s reach.“In the second-half we managed to impose our control on the game,” added Valverde.Nine minutes after the break Sergio Busquets’s calm opened up the Madrid midfield as he fed Ivan Rakitic and Sergi Roberto eventually crossed to Suarez to apply the finishing touch.Suarez was spared the embarrassment of missing two huge chances in an incredible goal mouth scramble that led to Barca’s second.Navas saved Suarez’s first effort before he fired against the post with the goal at his mercy, but Paulinho’s follow-up was punched off the line by Dani Carvajal.Messi dispatched the resulting penalty into the top corner to kill the game as a contest and was the creator for Barca’s third in stoppage time when Vidal’s drive squeezed in under Navas.Barca’s perfect weekend was rounded off as Valencia missed the chance to move into second place ahead of Atletico Madrid as they suffered a third defeat in four games.Carlos Bacca scored the only goal as Villarreal won 1-0 at Mestalla and Valencia will also start the new year without top scorer Simeone Zaza, who was sent-off after seeing two yellow cards in 60 seconds just before the hour mark.Atletico were also beaten for the first time in La Liga this season 1-0 at Espanyol on Friday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona forward Lionel Messi (2ndL) celebrates with teammates Andres Iniesta, Paulinho and Luis Suarez after scoring during “El Clasico” against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on December 23, 2017 © AFP / Oscar DEL POZOMADRID, Spain, Dec 23 – Barcelona took a huge step towards regaining the La Liga title as goals from Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal beat bitter rivals Real Madrid 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday to open up a 14-point lead over the European champions.In a recurring theme of this season Madrid were made to pay for Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema missing first-half chances as Barca took control after half-time.last_img read more


first_imgFood Ambassadors for 2013, heading to Norway.Benoit Lorge, Lorge Chocolatier, Kenmare.John Mulcahy, Fáilte Ireland with Food Champions.Martin Bealin, Global Village Restaurant, Dingle;Deborah Evers, Clareville House Kitchen Gardens, Ballyvaughan;Jacinta Dalton, Dept Culinary Arts, GMIT;Zack Gallagher, Irish Food Tours, Donegal Town;Mary McGettigan, A Taste of Donegal Food Festival,Helen McDaid, Fáilte Ireland Food Tourism manager.Hugh O’Donnell, Kitty Kellys & Hughies Bar, Killybegs;Eight of Ireland’s top food ambassadors have left Dublin for Norway on a food tourism study trip as part of Fáilte Ireland’s Food Champions Initiative.Donegal is well represented with Hugh O’Donnell from Kitty Kelly’s & Hughies Bar, Mary McGettigan from A Taste of Donegal Food Festival and Zack Gallagher from Irish Food Tours all selected.The trip was organised by the national tourism authority to help drive the development of the food culture and food tourism experiences around the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s first ever long-distance driving route, due to open in March 2014. The group include a number of chefs, an artisan producer, a culinary lecturer, a blogger, a restaurateur, a food festival organiser and a chocolatier. Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Food Tourism, John Mulcahy, saiD “These eight food ambassadors who are located along the Wild Atlantic Way, from Donegal to Kerry, were selected for their commitment to developing Ireland’s food tourism and reputation.“This educational visit to Norway will provide the tools for the Food Champions to return home and get behind their region on the Wild Atlantic Way in providing an opportunity to experience, see and taste a truly unique food offering, thereby generating more business for the local area.” Norway was chosen as the destination for this year’s programme not only because of the surge of interest in Nordic food, but also because they have well-established tourist driving routes. They are currently working to develop a Taste of Norway around these routes which will provide great insight for our industry here in Ireland.The food ambassadors were selected for their resounding passion and belief in Irish food, together with a commitment and drive to actively influence and shape the future of Irish cuisine and food tourism in their region. During the trip they will experience a bespoke Norwegian itinerary, gaining unique insight into the Taste of National Tourist Routes programme.Caption – Fáilte Ireland’s food ambassadors get ready to depart Dublin Airport for their study trip to Norway. Also pictured are John Mulcahy and Helen McDaid from Fáilte Ireland.DONEGAL FOOD AMBASSADORS HEAD TO NORWAY was last modified: September 10th, 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)last_img read more

Saturn’s Ring Moons Collect Ring Dust

first_imgHow long have these little moons been gathering ring dust on their equators?Scientists continue rummaging through more than 635 gigabytes of data collected by the Cassini spacecraft during its 13-year mission at Saturn. Recently, they processed detailed images of the innermost “ring moons” of Saturn, some of them which orbit within gaps inside the rings. The close-up photos were taken during the “Grand Finale” part of the second extended mission, which afforded close fly-bys.Strangely, these moons resemble little models of Saturn itself. For a long time, they have attracted ring particles to their equators, giving them a Saturn-like shape. What does this imply about the ages of the rings and moons? Here’s what the JPL press release says from March 28:Scientists also found the moon surfaces to be highly porous, further confirming that they were formed in multiple stages as ring material settled onto denser cores that might be remnants of a larger object that broke apart. The porosity also helps explain their shape: Rather than being spherical, they are blobby and ravioli-like, with material stuck around their equators.“We found these moons are scooping up particles of ice and dust from the rings to form the little skirts around their equators,” Buratti said. “A denser body would be more ball-shaped because gravity would pull the material in.”“Perhaps this process is going on throughout the rings, and the largest ring particles are also accreting ring material around them. Detailed views of these tiny ring moons may tell us more about the behavior of the ring particles themselves,” said Cassini Project Scientist Linda Spilker, also at JPL.Of the satellites studied, the surfaces of those closest to Saturn – Daphnis and Pan – are the most altered by ring materials. The surfaces of the moons Atlas, Prometheus and Pandora, farther out from Saturn, have ring material as well – but they’re also coated with the bright icy particles and water vapor from the plume spraying out of Enceladus.The article on contains the most convenient access to images of these odd moons with their “skirts” of accumulated ring particles, reproduced from the paper in Science. As for the ring particle collection, it could be a reversible process: material collects but also erodes in a steady state. The material from Enceladus, however, must be one way. There is no way for these tiny moons to “return to sender” any icy material they swept up from the E-ring. explains how coloration aided the conclusion:The scientists found that the appearance of these ring moons depended on their position with respect to the rings, with Pan the reddest and closest in of these moons and Epimetheus the bluest and farthest out. This suggested that the moons’ appearance depended on two competing factors, the researchers said: contamination by a red material from the main rings, which could consist of a mix of iron and organic compounds, and showers of ice particles or water vapor from volcanic plumes originating on Saturn’s moon Enceladus.A new paper in Icarus shows that tweaking a model with the parameters of shell thickness can keep the internal heating in a “steady state,” but the model makes the heat escape greater than that of the plumes. Even if scientists were able to keep the interior fluid, it would remain a huge challenge to explain the little Iowa-diameter moon pumping out material for billions of years – enough to coat the little ring moons and create an entire ring (the E-ring) around Saturn.The Cassini scientists do superb work of collection and analysis of data, but there’s something strange about their writings. They seem very reluctant to consider the implications: that the Saturn system, including the rings and moons, must be young.Diagram of Saturn’s E-ring created by Enceladus(Visited 446 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

State of the Nation: what South Africans are looking for

first_img13 June 2014Youth development, jobs, housing and small business support are among the things that ordinary South African will be looking for when President Jacob Zuma delivers his State of the Nation address in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday.SAnews took to the streets of Cape Town this week to ask people what they hoped to hear in the first State of the Nation address of President Zuma’s new administration.Martin Dirk, from Mitchells Plain, said he would like to hear Zuma outline how jobless and unskilled youth with matric would be helped.“Our children have passed matric and are still struggling to find jobs for years,” Dirk said. ‘My son and daughter both have their matric. My daughter passed matric when she was 18 and she is now 27, still struggling to find a decent job.”Earlier this month, Statistics South Africa released a trends survey that found that the young people of today were likely to struggle to find employment despite being more educated than the older generation.Sakhile Malinga, a local entrepreneur, said he would like to hear the President talking about how the government was going to make it easier to do business.When Zuma named his new Cabinet a few weeks ago, he announced the formation of a new Department of Small Business Development to focus on ensuring that small businesses are given a better chance of survival.“As an entrepreneur, I would like to see what the benefits are for small business,” Malinga said. “I think there are tax benefits and initiatives on receiving contracts. I think the biggest support we would require would be for government to make it easy to do business – proper business, not tender business.”Nwabisa Lindi, a young professional, said housing had in recent weeks dominated the news headlines, and she felt the government needed to ensure that enough was done to scrap housing list corruption and to allow older citizens to be given houses before young people.“I would actually like the President to look into human settlements, because we find that in most cases, in each and every province there will be youngsters getting houses,” Lindi said. “From my experiences, what I know based on recent media reports, in Vukani – an area in Gugulethu in Cape Town – you will find that the identity numbers written there were those of young people born in 1991 to 1986.“My issue is that there are older people who don’t have houses”, Lindi said. “I would like the President or the Department of Human Settlements to prioritise old people. Now that we are experiencing this kind of weather, it is very hard and it is traumatising to wonder how old people live in these conditions.”Nondumiso Matuntuta, a teacher from Khayelitsha, said she would like to hear the President announce new projects around schooling. She said she wanted to hear what Zuma would say about supporting struggling independent schools, as the ones from her area were struggling.The President’s State of the Nation address will be broadcast live on national radio and television from 7pm on Tuesday.Source: read more

18 days agoSolskjaer defends quiet Rashford for Man Utd defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer defends quiet Rashford for Man Utd defeatby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer has said Marcus Rashford has struggled due to a lack of service from his Manchester United teammates.The striker didn’t have a single clear cut chance in Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle United.And speaking after the game, Solskjaer felt sorry for the 21-year-old.He said: “He’s working hard. As I said to the boys at half-time today, you feel for him because he’s running, running and running and he doesn’t get the service.”The first half was very poor, that was the poorest we’ve been, because we gave so many sloppy balls away.”It seemed like we couldn’t control the ball and we couldn’t find the combinations. Of course, in the second half we dominated but we didn’t create enough.” last_img read more

IOA proposes boycott of 2022 CWG for dropping shooting

first_imgNew Delhi: In an unprecedented move, the Indian Olympic Association Saturday proposed boycott of the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games for dropping shooting from the roster, and sought the government’s approval. In a letter to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, IOA president Narinder Batra requested him for an early meeting to deliberate on the proposal. The development comes a day after the IOA pulled out of the Commonwealth Games Federation’s (CGF) General Assembly, to be held in Rwanda in September, protesting the dropping of shooting from the 2022 CWG roster. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe IOA had also withdrawn the nomination of its secretary general Rajeev Mehta for the election of a regional vice-president as well as that of Namdev Shiragaonkar for sports committee member. While proposing a boycott of the 2022 CWG, Batra lashed out at the CGF leadership for having an “India bashing mindset” and for “trying to change rules” whenever the country does well in the Commonwealth Games. He even went to the extent of saying that India is no longer a colony of any country. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”We want to express our protest by not taking part in 2022 CWG in the UK to make the CWG understand that India is not prepared to take India bashing anymore and the people with a particular mindset in CWG need to understand that India got its Independence in 1947 and India is not a colony of anyone anymore and is now the fifth largest economy in the world and by far the fastest growing economy in the world,” the IOA chief said in the letter. “We have been noticing over a period of time that wherever India seems to be getting grip of the game and performing well, then somehow we find that either the goal posts are shifted or rules are changed. We feel it is time for us in IOA/India to start asking tough questions and start taking tough positions,” he said. Batra said the IOA cannot take a decision of this magnitude with such far-reaching implications by itself and requested the sports minister to grant an early meeting to discuss the boycott proposal. “We realise and understand that such decisions have to be taken by keeping in mind the political sensitivities (sic) and we in the IOA are not the experts in the field and that is why we vide through this letter seek appointment for IOA President along with IOA office bearers and few other members to meet with your good self to deliberate further on the issue of the proposed boycott of 2022 CWG by India.” In its Executive Board meeting last month, the CGF left out shooting from the 2022 Birmingham Games while recommending the inclusion of three new sports. Mehta had then said that India would not be averse to taking the unprecedented step of pulling out of the Games. The decision to leave out shooting has dealt a big blow to India which had won as many as 16 medals out of 66 in the 2018 Gold Coast CWG. The sport has featured in every Commonwealth Games since 1966 with the exception of Edinburgh 1970. The CGF, however, had taken the position that it was the host nation’s prerogative to decide the fate of shooting, which has always been an optional sport in the CWG. In Saturday’s letter to the sports minister, Batra pointed out that without shooting, India’ medal tally as well as ranking is expected to come down. “By removing shooting from 2022 CWG, the medal ranking of India will go down from 3rd in 2018 to anywhere between 5th to 8th in 2022 CWG and the total number of medals won will also come down from 66. “Even though the government, NSFs and IOA will be working hard for 2022 CWG but the impression that will go down is of bad performance because overall number of total medals may come down along with the overall ranking based on medals won,” he said. Batra also pointed out that such a big country like India does not have a single member in the CGF Executive Council as well as in any functional committee. “CWG has 53 countries across all continents and the total population of 53 countries is 2.4 billion out of which India alone comprise of 1.26 billion that is 52.5 percent. “It will be very interesting to note that India does not have even a single member in CWG Executive Council and not does it have a single member in any of the functional committees of CWG.”last_img read more

Heat warnings issued for parts of southern Ontario and Quebec

first_imgWednesday will be another scorching day in parts of central and eastern Canada.Environment Canada has issued several heat warnings for southern Ontario and southern Quebec with highs expected near 31 C and a humidex exceeding 40 C.The warnings stretch from Windsor to Hamilton in Ontario and from Gatineau to the Eastern Townships in Quebec.Environment Canada says a very hot and humid southeasterly airmass is slowly moving through the region.It says strong thunderstorms are possible.The weather agency says a cold front will return temperatures back to seasonal levels beginning in Ontario late Wednesday night and in Quebec by Thursday morning.last_img read more

AltaGas selling noncore assets in Canada and the US for 560 million

first_imgCALGARY – AltaGas Ltd. says it has signed deals to sell about $560 million worth of natural gas midstream assets and power generating assets to two buyers.Birch Hill Equity Partners Management Inc. has agreed to pay $165 million for a group of smaller scale gas midstream and power assets in Canada, as well as its commercial and industrial customer portfolio in Canada.The transaction also includes the 43.7 million shares of Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Inc., which AltaGas holds.In a second transaction, AltaGas says it will sell its San Joaquin power assets in California to a subsidiary of Avenue Capital for roughly $400 million.The assets include the Tracy, Hanford and Henrietta plants totalling 523 megawatts of generating capacity.AltaGas says the proceeds from the sales will be used to repay debt related to its acquisition of Washington, D.C.-based energy utility company WGL Holdings, Inc., which closed in July.Companies in this story: (TSX:ALA)last_img read more

More with less Twitter user numbers fall but profit soars

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Twitter is doing more with less, at least when it comes to making money from a declining user base.The company is purging and blocking the creation of malicious accounts and spam, including those set up to try to influence U.S. and other elections. Twitter averaged 326 million monthly users in the third quarter, 2 per cent fewer than the previous quarter. It was Twitter’s first quarter-to-quarter decline since it lost 1 million in the second quarter of 2017.But video advertising is strong, accounting for more than half of total ad sales in the quarter. Twitter said it saw solid revenue across nearly all geographic locations and types of ads.The San Francisco company’s stock is surging as investors are forgiving the huge drop in subscribers and focusing instead on stronger-than-expected profit and revenue. In the past, investors paid more attention to user growth than ad revenue, but the company’s stated focus on the “health” of its service appears to have helped. CEO Jack Dorsey opened a conference call with analysts by saying the company was purging “spammy accounts.”“I think they did a great job explaining it, and it was smart to lead off the call by addressing the decline directly,” Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter said.In addition, Dorsey said that Twitter’s daily usage declined among users who access the service only through the web. Pachter noted that it is “pretty clear” that bots use the web access and aren’t tweeting from smartphones.Twitter and other social-media companies are under intense pressure to rid their services of trolls and malicious accounts ahead of the U.S. midterm elections. In February, 13 Russians, including a businessman close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, were charged by U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller in a plot to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections through social-media propaganda. Twitter and others have since faced congressional questioning and have been trying to combat fake accounts, even as those behind them have gotten more sophisticated at skirting the blocking efforts.With its latest quarterly report, Twitter is proving that it can make more money even with fewer users. That makes sense if the decline is due to ridding its service of malicious bots that, at least for now, aren’t known for clicking on ads or buying shoes because they saw some advertised online.Even before Twitter took an aggressive stance on fake accounts, it had been struggling with user growth. Twitter is very well known, thanks largely to President Donald Trump’s headline-making tweets nearly every day. But this has not translated to noticeable user growth for the company.Dorsey said Twitter has a “different dynamic than a typical social network,” though he didn’t name larger rivals such as Facebook or Instagram. He said people visit Twitter because they are interested in an event or topic such as sports — and the faster Twitter can show this to them, the better.Twitter said it had earnings of $1.02 per share in the July-September period. Excluding one-time items, earnings were 21 cents per share, exceeding the 14 cents industry analysts had expected, according to FactSet. Revenue was $758 million, up 29 per cent, and also beating expectations.Shares spiked $4.88, or nearly 18 per cent, to $32.42 in midday trading Thursday.last_img read more