…set to open TuesdayThe Demerara Criminal Assizes for January 2018 is schedule to be opened on Tuesday, January 9, and there are 229 cases listed to be heard over the next three months.Justices Navindra Singh, James Bovell-Drakes and Madam Justice Simone Morris-Ramlall would be presiding over the cases.The goal delivery for the October 2017 Criminal Assizes was done by Justice James Bovell-Drakes on Tuesday January 2, bringing to an end the last session of 2017. During the October Criminal Assizes, Justice James Bovell-Drakes, Justice Brassington Reynolds and Madam Justice Simone Morris- Ramlall sat.The session commenced on October 3, 2017 with a total of 218 cases listed. Of these cases, 26 matters were disposed of, with 20 of them received attention in the High Court of Demerara and six others were nolle prosequi (not prosecuted) by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).Of these 20 cases that were presented, two were for the offence of sexual activity with a child family member; three were for the offence of rape of a child under 16 years of age; 13 were for the offence of murder; and there was one each for the offence of inflicting grievous bodily harm and for attempting to commit murder.There were five guilty verdicts by jury; one formal verdict of not guilty; eight guilty pleas; five not guilty verdicts by jury, and one hung jury.Of the 20 cases presented in the High Court, eight of these were prosecuted by State Counsels Nerrisa Leander, Seeta Bishundial and Abigail Gibbs before Madam Justice Simone Morris-Ramlall. Of these eight cases, two were for the offence of sexual activity with a child family member; four were for the offence of murder, and two were for the offence of rape of a child under 16 years.In one of the two cases for the offence of sexual activity with a child family member, the accused, who was indicted on two counts, was sentenced to life imprisonment after the jury returned a unanimous verdict of guilty. In the other matter, the accused was indicted on three counts of the offence, and was found guilty on all three counts by the jury. He was sentenced to a total of 65 years’ imprisonment, and will have to serve 50 years before being eligible for parole.In two of the four murder trials, the accused were acquitted after the respective juries returned unanimous verdicts of not guilty of murder nor of the lesser offence of manslaughter.In the other two matters, both accused pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of manslaughter, and were respectively sentenced to 45 years’ imprisonment and 40 years’ imprisonment. However, one of these two prisoners will serve 22 years’ imprisonment after the trial judge deducted a total of 18 years for the guilty plea and for time spent in custody before trial.In the one matter for the offence of rape of a child under 16 years and sexual activity with a child family member, the accused, indicted on two counts, was acquitted by the jury which returned with majority verdicts of 11 to 1 not guilty of rape of a child under 16 years and 10 to 2 not guilty of sexual activity with a child family member.In one other matter for two counts of rape of a child under 16 years, the accused was sentenced to life imprisonment on each count, with a possibility of parole after serving 35 years’ imprisonment.Another seven of these 20 cases were completed by Justice Bovell-Drakes. The prosecutors were State Counsels Orinthia Schmidt and Mandell Moore. Of these cases, one was for the offence of rape of a child under 16 years, and the other six were for the offence of murder.The complainant in the lone matter for the offence of rape of a child under 16 years testified that she did not wish to proceed with the matter, and as such, the trial judge directed the jury to return a formal verdict of not guilty in favour of the accused.In three of the other six murder cases, the accused all pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of manslaughter, and were respectively sentenced to 23 years’ imprisonment, 20 years’ imprisonment, and 12 years’ imprisonment.In another one of these cases, the accused, who was indicted for murder with an alternative count of inflicting grievous bodily harm, was by jury found guilty of the lesser offence of manslaughter. He further pleaded guilty to the alternative count, and was sentenced to 21 years’ imprisonment.In another one of these cases, the accused was acquitted after the jury returned a not-guilty verdict. While the accused in one other murder case was unanimously found guilty by the jury. He will be sentenced on January 15, 2018 when a probation report ordered by the trial judge will be presented.Justice Reynolds has completed five matters that were prosecuted by State Counsels Shawnette Austin, Lisa Cave and Tiffiny Lyken. Of these five matters, four were for the offence of murder, and the other was for the offence of attempt to commit murder and for discharging a loaded firearm with intent.In three of these four murder cases, the accused all pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of manslaughter. In one of these three cases, the accused was indicted on two counts of murder and was sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment on each count. His sentences are to run concurrently. The other two accused were respectively sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment and 12 years’ imprisonment.Another lone accused was acquitted by the jury with a unanimous verdict of not guilty. The jury in the lone matter for the offence of attempt to commit murder and discharging a loaded firearm with intent failed to reach a verdict and returned hung. The accused was remanded to prison and ordered to await a new trial.Furthermore, the six matters nolle prosequi by the DPP were for sexual offences. Two for the offence of sexual activity with a child family member, three for the offence of rape of a child under 16 years, and one for the offence of rape. In all of these matters, the complainants, by way of written statements, indicated that they did not wish to proceed with their cases.
ASIST facilitators, HSE representatives, Army Officers and ASIST participants with the main man Tommy.The HSE in Donegal marked a very special occasion by celebrating the delivery of 100 ASIST workshops by one of its facilitators, Tommy Ronaghan.ASIST which stands for Applied Suicide Interventions Skills Training was first introduced in Donegal in 2006 and has to date trained over 2,000 people in suicide first aid.The aim of the two day interactive workshop is to create a suicide safer community. ASIST trains participants to reduce the immediate risk of suicide and increase the support for the person at risk. Tommy Ronaghan & Sarah Meehan, Co-ordinator and facilitator ASIST.The workshop provides opportunities to learn what a person at risk may need from others in order to keep safe and get more help. It encourages honest, open and direct talk about suicide as part of preparing people to provide suicide first aid.ASIST is suitable for all kinds of caregivers – professional workers, volunteers, and people responding to family, friends and co-workers. Attendance at the two full days is essential.November 11th marked delivery of Tommy’s 100th ASIST in the Donegal/Sligo/Leitrim area.Trained by the Livingworks team from Canada and the National Office of Suicide Prevention (NOSP) in 2007 Tommy reached this amazing milestone very quickly. His hard work and dedication to the ASIST programme is very obvious to those who attend his workshops. ”Thanks to Tommy I now feel more ready, willing and able to help someone at risk of suicide”.“The pleasant delivery of the ASIST workshop and the professionalism of Tommy have made talking about a very tough subject easy”.On approaching his 100th ASIST Tommy had no idea of the celebrations that were planned to honour his massive achievement. The venue was Finner Army Camp (Ballyshannon/Bundoran) and this was the 10th workshop held there since 2009.Finner Camp is the largest employer of under 25 year olds in the area and staff are very aware of the importance of being suicide alert. They have worked hard in recent years with the HSE in promoting a suicide safer community and run two ASIST workshops a year.Those in attendance were ASIST facilitators Anne Gallagher and Bill Vaughan. John Meehan, National Senior Operations & Improvement Manager HSE , John Hayes, HSE Area Manager Donegal, Sarah Meehan Co-ordinator and facilitator ASIST, Charlie Haughey, Army Personnel Support Service Officer, Fr Alan, CF and 24 participants who completed the course. John Hayes acknowledged the achievement and commitment of Tommy and the importance of continuing to deliver and promote a suicide aware community thus helping to reduce the stigma and taboo surrounding this difficult subject.Charlie Haughey thanked Tommy for all his hard work and expressed gratitude at his continued dedication and said it was always a pleasure to work with him.An emotional Tommy, who for the first time ever was stuck for words, said that he had enjoyed every ASIST workshop he delivered and that he was looking forward to the next 100!If you would like further information and details of ASIST workshops please contact: Sarah Meehan: 071 9852000/0860421040 or e-mail: email@example.comTOMMY LOOKS FORWARD TO THE NEXT 100 ASIST ‘SUICIDE INTERVENTION’ WORKSHOPS was last modified: November 25th, 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:AsistdonegalFinner Campsuicide workshopsTommy Ronaghan
Letterkenny man Seamus McBride has a background in counselling. In this poignant article, he says the only way to stop the cancer of suicide is by addressing it from an early age in the classroom.Seamus McBride says young people now need to be taught about suicide in the classroom.Many of us are familiar with the song: ’Everybody wants to go heaven but nobody wants to die’’. Unfortunately for so many young people in today’s world this could not be further from the truth. When the emotional pain of living becomes so unbearable the stark reality for many of them is that death seems to be the only way out.All too often have so many families have had their lives devastated with the loss of a family member as a result of a road accident. Although they will never forget I suppose through time there is some sense of acceptance on their part that it was an accident. Not taking anything whatsoever away from their pain or loss when it comes to suicide there seems to be no answers and no acceptance. Why did he/she do it, they seemed to be so well, there were no signs whatsoever, they seemed to be doing ok, all too often we have heard these comments from the families who have been left behind. I believe that counselling is something that should be introduced to every schools from a very young age. Our children of today are now computer whiz kids by the time they reach their teenage years. That came about with the introduction of computers to our national schools from a young age. Why then from a young age can children not be taught to talk about their thoughts and feelings. Why can’t there be a ‘’Lets talk about me’’ class .Wouldn’t it be fantastic if our teenagers and young adults could stand up and say without any fear whatsoever that they are feeling down or that they were having suicidal thoughts. How many life’s would have been saved if that had been the norm in our schools and homes.Wouldn’t it be great if they could say without any fear of been judged that they need to talk to someone and just as importantly that they need someone to listen to them. Is that achievable? Of course it is but it has to be something that must become part of everyday language in our schools and indeed our homes. We learn to read, we learn to write, we are taught right from wrong, we learn to spell, we should be taught to talk and tell. Talk and tell someone that we are in a dark place and that we need help and remember there is help out there.However before this change can take place I believe that our educators need to be educated themselves. Let’s not forget that there are many good teachers in our society who have baggage of their own and who have probably never discussed their feeling or issues that are bothering them personally with anyone. For this reason I believe that personal therapy/counselling should be part of their teacher training. Not alone would it help them to deal with issues that may be affecting their own lives but it would also help them detect situations within the classroom that they feel may have to be addressed. Yes, in many cases they are totally ignorant of the tell tale signs through no fault of their own. These tell tale signs may become very significant in later life and early intervention could be the difference between life and death. However we can’t blame the teachers because this is not part of their training but I feel it certainly should be. It’s amazing how we have this perception that teaches are people who are different to everybody else. They teach and look after 20/30 children every day so they must all be ‘’ok’’.Recently I finished reading a book where now mature adults who had lost their mothers at an early age talked about how this had impacted on them growing up. Some of them remarked how the teacher had asked the children to make a ‘Mother’s Day’ card not thinking that some of them had no mother to give it to. A small reminder that yes our teaches do need training.More young men than young women are dying as a result of suicide and we all know why. Girls tend to talk more and discuss problems they might be experiencing. But when it comes to boys and young men we must remember that ‘Big Boys Don’t Cry’. What nonsense, of course they do and what’s more there is no shame in crying. There is no such thing as a hard man, yes there are those who portray their masculinity by coming across as some kind of indestructible human being but none of us are indestructible. Shedding tears or crying as a result of an emotional state is something that is part of our make up so Big Boys Do Cry and it’s perfectly ok to do so.Parents also have a role to play and perhaps they too need some kind of group training that should also be compulsory for them as their children mature and go through their school years. We all want our children educated so why should we should we not have a greater role to play. Group training in listening, talking, and becoming aware of their feelings should be a compulsory for parents during their children’s education.I believe that a combination of counselling in the classroom together with parent training would in the future see a drastic reduction in death by suicide in our country. In today’s ever demanding world parents, teenagers and young adults are experiencing pressure that in many instances becomes unbearable. The truth is that nobody knows what emotional pain is like unless one has personally experienced it.Perhaps it’s the loss of a job, feeling alone, feeling unwanted, feeling that the future is bleak or feeling that there is no one out there who cares. The time for talking is long gone.Photos of pretty faces in First Communion and Confirmation Dresses and suits, Feis Winners, Football Teams, Prom nights, Hen and stag parties are for all too many parents the only photos they will ever have of their beautiful son or daughter who could not cope with this pain.More people die by suicide than die on our roads every year and just look at the amount of money that is spent on tackling this other awful statistic. I am fully convinced that there is not short term answer to the problem because it has to start in the schools and in the homes from a very early age and I challenge anyone to question my theory on this.I ask the question how much longer do we wait, how many more must die, as far as I am concerned the time for talking is over.Yours,Seamus Mc Bride, Drumany, Letterkenny. VIEWPOINT: SUICIDE – TIME TO EDUCATE THE EDUCATORS was last modified: September 6th, 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:donegalSeamus McBrideSUICIDEviewpoint
Donegal Donkey Sanctuary are running a fundraising barn dance this Friday night July the 4th to help towards replacement of vital equipment stolen in a robbery at their premises in early April.Supporters may remember that lots of equipment, such as the quad trailer and feed barrow along with a lot of smaller day to day animal handling equipment were heartlessly taken from the sanctuary buildings as well as extensive amounts of items from the family home.The Barn Dance, which has an American Independence Day theme will be held in the new barn and is an opportunity for people have a look at the facilities available at the centre and get some idea of how it operates to rescue and rehome hundreds of otherwise unwanted animals. Music is by the very popular David Craig and his Band with supporting disco.BBQ and bar on the night, starting at 10pm ‘til late!Garth Brooks tickets to be raffled on the night, western style dress optional!So come on cowboys and cowgirls join the fun this weekend and make it a night to remember! See you there! 🙂 INDEPENDENCE DAY BARN DANCE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR DONEGAL DONKEY SANCTUARY was last modified: July 2nd, 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:barn dancedonegal donkey sanctuaryFeaturesfundraisingnewsNotices
The stage is set for the nation’s heroes to be unveiled as the winners of the People of the Year Awards are finally revealed this weekend.With humbling stories of remarkable achievements and brave deeds, the awards, which are organised by Rehab, will be broadcast live from Dublin’s Mansion House on RTÉ One television on Saturday March 3 at 9.50pm.Presented by Gráinne Seoige and Aidan Power, the awards ceremony never fails to move and inspire, drawing tears of sorrow and joy in equal measure, as stories of great tragedy and triumph are told. A total of ten People of the Year Awards are presented on the night, with specific awards for Young Person of the Year, Community Group of the Year, Sports Person of the Year and International Person of the Year.Davitt Walsh from Kerrykeel was honoured with a People of the Year award in 2016 for his heroic acts in the Buncrana pier tragedy.Among the hundreds of people to have been honoured in the past have been: Panti Bliss, the families of the victims of Bloody Sunday, Steve Collins, Br Kevin Crowley, Det Garda Adrian Donohoe, Bob Geldof, Robbie Keane, Maurice McCabe and John Wilson, the Hon Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness, Rory McIlroy, Christy Moore, Paul O’Connell, Brian O’Driscoll, Joanne O’Riordan, Mark Pollock, Katie Taylor, and Donal Walsh.Mo Flynn, Chief Executive of Rehab, organisers of the awards, said: “Ireland’s longest-running and most prestigious awards event, these awards are widely recognised as one of the highest accolades a person can receive in this country. “Nominated by members of the public, some recipients will be household names already, while others doubtless soon will be. The awards are an opportunity to shine a big, bright spotlight on the often unsung heroes around us who would otherwise go unrecognised.“The evening is about celebrating and sharing the stories of those who go above and beyond the call of duty to make our community, our country and, in some cases, our world, a better place.”Will a Donegal hero win a People of the Year Award this weekend? was last modified: March 2nd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:local heroespeople of the year
Triples, doubles, limits, back to the dock by 10 a.m.! No folks, we’re not talking about salmon or California Halibut — we’re talking Pacific Halibut. The bite was fast and furious over the weekend out of Eureka, the type of action that is rarely seen in this neck of the woods. Charter and sport boats alike were landing on large schools of flatties, making for some short days and big smiles. The bite was, and has been, equally as good in Trinidad. Limit-style fishing has been going on there …
11 December 2014A multimillion-rand manufacturing facility will be opened in Cape Town by SMA Solar Technology, a German manufacturer of solar inverters, on Friday, 12 December.The facility includes a production line and quality test centre for SMA’s Sunny Central inverters, warehousing, as well as the African branch of the SMA Solar Academy training centre.This is the third renewable energy manufacturing facility, supported by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), to open in the country in the past four months.The factory would contribute to the drive to expand the capabilities of the South African manufacturing industry and to increase the country’s industrial base, the DTI said.Green economyThe green economy has been identified as a key focus area of the Industrial Policy Action Plan, and provides significant opportunities for job creation and economic growth.Minister Rob Davies said that Trade and Investment South Africa (Tisa), a division of his department, had facilitated investments to the value of R3-billion in the manufacturing of equipment and components for the renewable energy industry since the 2013/2014 financial year.“Investment in the green economy therefore contributed significantly to Tisa’s 2013/14 investment pipeline of R60-billion. The current pipeline for the 2014/15 financial year is at R27-billion, with a significant contribution from the green economy [at R10-billion],” he said.Supply chainSMA said it had made the decision to invest in South Africa’s manufacturing capacity in response to the government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPP), through which 1484 MW of solar photovoltaic projects have been procured.Thorsten Ronge, the managing director of SMA South Africa, said the group chose to set up its manufacturing base in Cape Town as it was close to the existing solar supply chain.The company has already supplied inverters to the recently completed 40MW Linde PV plant in Northern Cape province, as well as to the 75MW Kalkbult project, also in the Northern Cape.SAinfo reporter
Nearly a dozen Indian-Americans have emerged as strong contenders for Tuesday’s high-profile US midterm polls, taking place at a time when the anti-immigrant sentiment is at its peak in the country. “It has been incredible to see the rise of Indian-Americans in US politics,” Rich Verma, the former US ambassador to India, told news agency PTI.Read it at NDTV Related Items
The Madhya Pradesh High Court is going to monitor the inquiry of the State police’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) into cases involving scores of politicians and bureaucrats who were blackmailed by an inter-State sex racket over a decade.Noting that the issue was “very sensitive”, Justices S.C. Sharma and Shailendra Shukla of the Indore Bench of the Court on Monday directed the State government to not change the officer in-charge of the case and his posting in Indore without its permission. “He will continue at Indore and in case need so arises for shifting him, the State government will obtain leave of the court,” said the Justices. In eight days, the State government had twice changed the chief of the SIT, without stating any reason publicly.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 becomes the most shipped smartphone in India in Q1 of 2017. The report comes from a trusted source — IDC. Even just a few days ago, the smartphone was only available via flash sales in the country, however, as and when Flipkart Big 10 Sale kick started on May 14, it got the Xiaomi Redmi 4 available for open sale. However, which went out of stock in just a few minutes. After the day 1 sale, the Redmi Note 4 was up for sale on Wednesday, but, similar was the case again. Now, Flipkart shows that the next open sale of one of the most popular phone of the year (can’t really deny that) will go up for sale again on May 19.To recall, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 was announced in three variants — 2GB RAM with 32GB storage, 3G RAM with 32GB inbuilt storage and lastly, 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage capability. To bring it to your kind notice, all three variants are available in India, exclusively on Flipkart, however, currently out of stock. Next sale of all the three variants will commence tomorrow, May 19. Also, the smartphone is available in four colour variants — gold, grey, matte black, and silver.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 becomes the most shipped smartphone in India in Q1 2017: IDCTaking a quick glimpse at the specifications of the Redmi Note 4, the device runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, is powered by a Snapdragon 625 SoC, 4100mAh battery and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD display. On the camera front, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear, while features a 5-megapixel sensor as the selfie snapper. As per the pricing details, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 with 2GB RAM/32GB storage variant is available at Rs. 9,999, 3GB RAM/32GB internal storage model is priced at Rs. 10,999, while the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage model is priced at Rs. 12,999.advertisementThe latest report by IDC also highlights that Xiaomi is the second largest smartphone manufacturer in Indis with healthy 39.8 per cent sequential growth in Q1 2017 in the past few quarters. The report further states, “Two new launches – Redmi Note 4 and Redmi 4A, in the first quarter of the year not only drove the volume growth for Xiaomi but also helped vendor to lead online smartphone shipments with 40.6 per cent share.” “About 51.4 per cent share of the smartphone shipments in India are occupied by the Chinese smartphone makers in the first quarter of 2017,” adds IDC report.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 4 with Snapdragon 435 processor, 4100mAh battery launched starting at Rs 6,999 It is said that in the first of quarter of 2017, Redmi Note 4 became the highest shipped smartphone in India and has reportedly replaced the Samsung Galaxy J2 which was the top model back in Q4 2016. The IDC report notes, “Direct internet channel (vendor selling from their website) captured 4 per cent of the market share in Q1 2017 from the negligible share in Q12016. Xiaomi’s efforts for operating the Mi.com and frequent short supply of its devices with eTailers were the key reasons for the shift of Indian consumers buying from the vendor website.”