Place Of Honesty

first_imgWe are yet to determine that placeA spot where we will state the truthWith open hearts to accept our faultsSeeing all of us as one people by GodWith human equality right and dignityJust because we are of the same stuffPlace Of Honesty……. We SeekWe simple as a group of easy goersVent our hates for the season propel usHungry souls are bent low in plain lackGather the lot of the inner clique to shareIn nasty water lodged corners families hidesThat they have nowhere to protect their kidsPlace Of Honesty……. We StriveWe deserve a land rich like our mountainsRivers filled with stones that the world craveForest God grown with massive costly treesPlain lands that yield yellow golden rocksValleys planted with ore needed everywhereRains so much we will feed every child a literPlace Of Honesty……. We SurviveShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BREAKING: Ebola Death Confirmed in Paynesville

first_imgHealth authorities in Monrovia have confirmed the death of a 30-year-old woman in the Jacob Town community of Paynesville, a suburb of Monrovia.The cause of death has been confirmed: Ebola.An insider who spoke off the record told the Daily Observer that the area is already being quarantined and the victim’s contacts being traced.More as this story unfolds…Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

Chinese FA moves to plug transfer loophole after Bakambu affair

first_imgThe CFA bulletin issued late Monday appeared to be a response to French-born Congolese striker Cedric Bakambu’s murky move from Spain’s Villarreal to Beijing Guoan, after reports suggested it was structured to dodge the transfer tax.The CFA last May slapped a 100 percent tax on incoming transfers worth over 45 million yuan ($7 million) as concern mounted over spiralling fees splashed out to woo foreign talent to Chinese teams, most of which are already believed to operate at a loss.The unprecedented move has had a chilling effect on China’s once-overheated transfer market.But the Bakambu affair has emerged as a litmus test of the curbs, as reports in Spain and France said 40 million Euros had been paid to free the player from his Spanish contract.The move would reportedly bring Bakambu to Beijing on a free transfer and sparked speculation that the FA would work to seal any cracks in the system exposed by the deal.The new announcement said the tightened rules were issued after “considering the realities that have emerged in the current process of registering player transfers,” without elaborating.It said clubs that evade the levy on transfers of up to 45 million yuan would have one point deducted from their tally in the league table, on up to 15 points for transfers surpassing 360 million yuan ($57 million) in value.It was not immediately clear where that would leave Bakambu, whose fate has been shrouded in mystery.Bakambu and Beijing Guoan have largely kept quiet, although the club — coached by the German Roger Schmidt — previously told AFP that Bakambu left Villarreal “for personal reasons” and have pleaded ignorance about any deal.BBC Sport has previously quoted a figure close to Bakambu as saying that Guoan provided the funds to buy him from Villarreal.Compounding the confusion, Guoan released photos last month of Bakambu training with them in Portugal, but declined to confirm whether he had indeed joined the club.The CFA underlined its commitment to the 100 percent tax rule after the winter transfer window opened in China on January 1, saying it would not stand for any “loophole-exploiting behaviour”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Beijing Guoan released photos last month of Cedric Bakambu training with them in Portugal, but declined to confirm whether he had indeed joined the club © BEIJING GUOAN/AFP/File / HANDOUTSHANGHAI, China, Feb 13 – Chinese Super League teams who evade the country’s 100 percent levy on foreign player transfers face crippling point deductions under new measures aimed at plugging loopholes in the restrictions.The Chinese Football Association (CFA) said clubs could be docked up to 15 points in the league table depending on the value of a transfer and would be prevented from registering such players until all details of transfer contracts and proofs of payment are submitted to the league.last_img read more

DNA use leads to changes in system

first_imgBut some law enforcement officials oppose some of the changes, saying they create legal minefields for the police and prosecutors. Any deviation from the new standards, no matter how minor, could be taken up by defense lawyers in an appeal, the critics say.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! State lawmakers across the country are adopting broad changes to criminal justice procedures as a response to the exoneration of more than 200 convicts through the use of DNA evidence. All but eight states give inmates varying degrees of access to DNA evidence that might not have been available at the time of their convictions. Many states are also overhauling the way witnesses identify suspects, crime labs handle evidence, and informants are used. At least six states have created commissions to expedite cases of those wrongfully convicted or to consider changes to criminal justice procedures. One of them, the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice, will hold a hearing this month on remedies for people who have been wrongfully convicted. Laws in several states, including Illinois, New Jersey and North Carolina, have bipartisan backing, with many Democrats supportive on civil rights grounds and Republicans generally hopeful the changes will inoculate criminal cases against spurious defense arguments. “Technology has made a big difference,” said Margaret Berger, a DNA legal expert who is on a National Academy of Sciences panel that is looking into the changing needs of forensic scientists. “We see that there are new techniques for ascertaining the truth.” Nationwide, misidentification by witnesses led to wrongful convictions in 75 percent of the 207 instances in which prisoners have been exonerated over the last decade, according to the Innocence Project, a group in New York that investigates wrongful convictions. The California Legislature passed a bill this year that requires informant testimony to be corroborated before it could be heard by a jury. Critics say such testimony can be unreliable, especially when it is offered by convicts or suspects in return for leniency. The bill awaits approval by the governor. Advocates of efforts to use DNA to exonerate those wrongfully convicted say the changes in the state laws are welcome and long overdue. “The legislative reform movement as a result of these DNA exonerations is probably the single greatest criminal justice reform effort in the last 40 years,” said Peter J. Neufeld, co-director of the Innocence Project. last_img read more

DONEGAL COUNTY CHILDCARE SPARK REVIEW OF SUPPORTS FOR WORKING FAMILIES

first_imgAvril McMonagle, County Childcare Manager with Alan Gray, Indecon International Economic Consultancy Group going into Leinster House to present the findings and proposals of the national report into childcare supports for working families.A national research report commissioned by Donegal County Childcare has succeeded in prompting a review of national childcare funding schemes for working families. Minister Frances Fitzgerald has openly acknowledged the initiative taken by Donegal County Childcare in taking this proposal forward and has reiterated that the ‘Supporting Working Families – Releasing a brake on economic growth’ report will be central to the Government review.In her comments to the Joint Committee on Health and Children she stated that the cost of childcare is a cutting edge issue for the Irish economy in the years ahead. Avril McMonagle, Manager of Donegal County Childcare, who initiated the research compiled by Indecon International Economic Consultants, is delighted with the organisations success in not only getting this issue to the table, but also by being able to back up a long talked about issue with a statistical analysis and realistically costed solutions.“It just proves that you can talk about an issue as much as you like but it’s only when you can provide workable solutions with a costed price tag that you’ll move beyond talking to yourself.“When developing the research proposal for this work, Donegal Childcare were interested in setting this in the context of not so much the cost of childcare rather parents ability to afford childcare against average earnings in Ireland.“Although this is a national report, we were of course particularly interested in its application to working families in County Donegal – and it was no surprise that this is where evidence was most dismal when applied to our own county.” The group said that low income parents with children under 5 years old are caught in a poverty trap due to the in-affordability of childcare in our county.This is no longer an unfounded statement – it is a proven fact., added the group.Avril said ‘I have long believed that childcare is a fundamental component of economic policy – we need to start developing integrated policy in this area. We may not be able to do everything to solve the problem immediately – but we can do something. It is now a question of pace and scale in terms of the action we must take for working families’.This success of the DCCC led initiative is now evident. DCCC were delighted to be invited to provide a presentation of the main findings of our work to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children on 20th February.DCCC were supported by Donegal TD’s Pádraig Mac Lochlainn and Charlie McConalogue at the committee proceedings even though they do not sit on the Health and Children Committee. “We need everyone to both recognise and get behind this issue now to reverse this state of affairs.”Further information on the DCCC Indecon Report (downloadable www.donegalchildcare.com) and its findings and proposals, please do not hesitate to contact the DCCC office on 074 9123442 or contact info@donegalchildcare.comIf you would like to view DCCC’s presentation to the Joint Committee on Health and Children from the 20th February, please see the link below where DCCC’s presentation features as the first agenda item.http://www.oireachtas.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=25554&&CatID=127 DONEGAL COUNTY CHILDCARE SPARK REVIEW OF SUPPORTS FOR WORKING FAMILIES was last modified: March 4th, 2014 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:Donegal County Childcarelast_img read more

Women’s Basketball Wins Shootout Over Missouri State, 98-91

first_imgDrake (24-4, 17-0 MVC) started the first quarter with strong offensive play with a 10-0 run setting up a 12-2 lead over Missouri State (16-12, 12-5 MVC) midway through the first quarter. Drake built a 22-point lead in the second quarter, but Missouri State was able to trim the Bulldogs’ halftime lead to 48-38. PDF Box Score Freshman Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) led Drake with a new career-high of 22 points, shooting 9-of-12 from the field and 3-of-5 from the three-point arc. She also tied for a team-high of five rebounds with freshman Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.). Senior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) was next with 21 points and handed out a game-high eight assists. Photo Gallery Wichita State 3/4/2017 – 2 PM Liza Fruendt of Missouri State poured in a career-high 46 points in addition to her six rebounds and three assists. Audrey Holt had a game high of ten rebounds in addition to seven points. The Bulldogs will close out their regular season on Saturday against Wichita State at 2 p.m. After the game against the Shockers, Drake will honor its three seniors, Ingle, Cortni Rush (Mason City, Iowa) and Wendell.   Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – The No. 22/22 Drake University women’s basketball team defeated Missouri State, 98-91, in a Missouri Valley Conference shootout on Thursday evening at the Knapp Center. This is the Bulldogs’ 18th straight win as they move one win away from an undefeated MVC regular season record, a feat that has never been accomplished in league history. HTML Box Score Next Game: Full Schedule Roster Photo Gallery Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN DES MOINES Mediacom MC22 Listen Live Watch Live Joining the duo in double-digit scoring was Rose, who had 16 points (one point off her career high), and sophomore Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) and senior Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) who each scored 11 points. Ingle added eight assists. Sophomore Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) followed with ten points, nine of those points coming from three three-pointers made three in a row, at the start of the fourth quarter to help hold off Missouri State. Story Links During the second half, the Bulldogs and Bears continued to battle, each basket from one team being answered with a basket from the opposing team. Through all the scoring, Drake never gave up the lead finally pulling away by making its final eight free throws over the final 58 seconds of play. As a team, Drake shot 52.3 percent from the field on 34-of-65 shooting and 46.4 percent from the three-point range on 13-of-28 shooting. The team also benefitted from a total of 28 points from the bench and had 11 steals. The Bulldogs registered a total of 26 assists, 16 of which came within the first two quarters of the game.last_img read more

National Emergency Group to meet to plan for fall-out of Hurricane Ophelia

first_imgThe National Emergency Co-ordination Group will meet tomorrow (Sunday) to discuss preparations to cope with the storm due to hit Ireland on Monday.Officials from a number of Government departments as well as emergency services and the Defence Forces will meet to discuss co-ordination for the event.Met Éireann has issued a red weather alert, its highest level warning, as the tail-end of Hurricane Ophelia hits our shores. Red warnings refer to the most severe weather conditions in which people are advised to “take action to protect themselves and/or their property”.The warning is in place for counties Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork and Kerry from 9am on Monday until 3am on Tuesday.That may be upgraded for other counties including Donegal.The emergency group is expected to discuss various issues including possible disruption to transportation on Monday as well as co-ordination of local responses. Met Éireann will give an update on latest predictive models for the storm and the path it will take.Sandbags have already been distributed in some areas in advance of possible coastal flooding that could arise from high winds and sea swells.Wind gusts of over 130km/h are expected to batter western counties.The weather warning pushed Bus Éireann to cancel its school bus services in counties Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork and Kerry.Parents across Donegal have also received texts from Bus Eireann issuing a pre-warning that school buses here could also be cancelled. National Emergency Group to meet to plan for fall-out of Hurricane Ophelia was last modified: October 16th, 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:donegalHurricane OpheliaNational Emergency Co-Ordinaiton Planstormlast_img read more

‘It doesn’t feel real that I’ll never see her again’: Danielle’s mother speaks ahead of trial

first_imgThe trial into the rape and murder of Buncrana woman Danielle McLaughlin is set to begin on Friday.Danielle was found dead in Goa, India, on March 13th 2017. A local man has been charged with her rape and murder.The trial is set to begin this Friday. Speaking to Donegal Daily ahead of the trial, Danielle’s mother Andrea Brannigan says that they recently marked her anniversary with a special mass in Cockhill, Buncrana.“Danielle was bubbly, chatty, kind so generous, and loved her wee sisters who she called her girls; and she had amazing friends all over the world who she loved so much.“It’s hard, it doesn’t feel real that I’ll never see her again.Andrea plans to travel for the verdict of the trial. The accused man had alleged that three of his friends had been involved in the rape and murder, however Danielle’s mum believes that the man accused is the sole perpetrator. “He has pled not guilty, but regardless of his plea in India they will do a court case as the crime happened to a woman and the crime holds a sentence of over seven years.“All medical evidence in both countries points to just the accused,” she added.India-based Mr. Vikram Varma has been Danielle’s family’s advocate and lawyer since the investigation began last March.A statement released by a Derry-based solicitor on behalf of the family reveals that a successful application was made to the Court by Mr Varma for intervention in the case so that the family of Danielle would have a role in the Trial.The newly expanded Code of Criminal Procedure, as set out by the Indian Supreme Court, allows agarieved families to intervene in a case with some limited scope. An application was made to the Court for legal representation for Danielle’s family; and it was successful. This will therefore allow Danielle’s family to have a lawyer present in Court in order to assist the Public Prosecutor and in order to make written arguments upon the closure of the evidence.Furthermore, a legal representative of Danielle’s family will be present on their behalf to observe the proceedings.“While Danielle’s family cannot accurately predict the outcome of any Trial they are content that they have legal representation now at the Trial. They understand that the prosecution have completed their investigations,” the statement reads.“Danielle’s family must remain hopeful of a conviction in the matter. “A lot of legal work has been completed over the last year since Danielle’s murder and rape and it is hoped that the full Trial will begin soon,” the statement concludes.A campaign has been set up to assist Danielle’s family with fees relating to Danielle’s case.Ms. Brannigan has invited anyone that would like to help out towards a fundraiser for The Truth for Danielle Fund to send a message to truth4danielle@gmail.com or to send a message to The Truth for Danielle Fund’s Facebook page.Anyone wishing to donate can do so by visiting the website at www.truthfordanielle.com or visit any Ulster Bank and say they would like to donate to ‘The Truth For Danielle Fund’; the fund has an account in Ulster Bank in Buncrana.‘It doesn’t feel real that I’ll never see her again’: Danielle’s mother speaks ahead of trial was last modified: April 4th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:danielle mc laughlinIndiatriallast_img read more

Raiders and Saints fans are the heaviest drinkers in the NFL, survey says

first_img … Recently a survey undertaken by alcohol.org identified the two NFL fan bases that consume the most alcohol.Duh. We could have saved the nice folks from alcohol.org a lot of money on No. 2 pencils, graph paper and clipboards. Here’s guessing you could have, as well.The drinkingest fans belong to the Oakland Raiders and New Orleans Saints.New Orleans would be no surprise to anyone who has spent enough time in the French Quarter to know that the second hurricane is always a mistake.last_img

Kinect-Type Technology Promised for All PCs This Spring

first_imgOne of the companies behind what’s called a key technology inside the XBox Kinect motion-controller says it has struck a deal with PC maker Asus to bring a similar interface to PCs. Matt Rosoff of Business Insider reports this afternoon that the company, PrimeSense, will show off its product called Wavi Xtion at the Consumer Electronics Show this week.“The companies imagine it being used not for games, but for browsing multimedia content and accessing the Internet and social networks–basically, the main things consumers use their PCs for,” Rosoff writes. “There will also be APIs for third-party developers and a Wavi Xtion store where developers can sell motion-controlled apps.” The devices will reportedly work on all PCs, not just computers from Asus.It’s a little surprising that Microsoft didn’t get an exclusive license on the PrimeSense technology, but perhaps that would have required an acquisition one of the companies didn’t want to happen and perhaps there’s more to making Kinect what it is than PrimeSense would have us believe. APIs and an App Store sound quite intriguing, if trendy.The day the Kinect went on sale, we asked leading gaming and wireless analysts about the prospects of it, or something like it, going beyond gaming and into web connected devices around the home. They had varying estimations of the likelihood of that occurring.James McQuivey, Consumer Product Strategy analyst at Forrester, had written two weeks prior that, “Kinect is to multitouch user interfaces what the mouse was to DOS. It is a transformative change in the user experience, the interposition of a new and dramatically natural way to interact — not just with TV, not just with computers — but with every machine that we will conceive of in the future.” (Get Ready for Kinect to Completely Change Our Lives)McQuivey grew even more effusive in December, after smashing his hand through a lightbulb while swinging his arms around playing with his Kinect. “Kinect feels very, very real. When you play it, you have a tendency to lose your sense of space and placement in the real world…What will we call the new experiential medium that will result from natural user interfaces+3D+touch interfaces+augmented reality — technologies which are all conspiring in this decade to alter our lives? This part game, part narrative, part interactive, part video, potentially collaborative, experience-rich medium could, in 2020, be a $10 billion business. More interesting to me, who will be the Shakespeare, Cervantes, or Kurosawa of this new media? Or should I ask who will be the Bell, Edison, or Jobs of this new technology ecosystem?”25 days after its launch, the Kinect was outselling what was the world’s fastest-adopted consumer electronics device in history (the iPad) 2 to 1.A Kinect-type interface for all PCs? That sounds very, very hot – if it can be executed well.Russoff writes that the system will launch in the second quarter of this year. marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Internet of Things#web Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more