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Holiday Express Welcomes New Director

first_imgBy John BurtonTINTON FALLS – It’s a busy time but a good time for Lorrie Klaric.“I’m just trying to get my arms around everything,” in her new job, said Klaric, who has been working for about a week as executive director of Holiday Express, a nonprofit organization that brings music, gifts and financial support to society’s neediest, and maybe most importantly bringing some joy during the holiday season.Starting just prior to Thanksgiving and continuing until Christmas Eve, it is Holiday Express’s busy season, as the organization presents 68 concerts in 68 separate appearances in 68 days.“It’s an exciting time to start,” Klaric noted. But what she quickly realized is, “until you see it, you don’t really understand the whole Holiday Express program.” And that program includes running a seven-day-a-week operation from now until Christmas.What Klaric realized very early on, what led her to seek the position is that “I think what Holiday Express does is it captures the spirit of the season unlike any other organization.”Klaric currently lives in Newton, Pa., though she is originally from Monmouth County, and comes to Holiday Express with 12 years experience working for not-for-profits. Prior to starting here she worked as executive director of Dress for Success Mercer County, an organization that provides appropriate attire and job development skills for disadvantaged women.One of the benefits she’s found in working for the nonprofit sector is a dedication on the part of employees and certainly on the part of those who offer their time to volunteer for the groups, Klaric said. “An organization that is mission-driven is focused,” she observed.Holiday Express has just four full-time employees and relies greatly on the efforts of about 1,500 volunteers. Those volunteers include musicians who perform with Holiday Express founder Tim McLoone; those who work in the Shrewsbury Avenue warehouse, unloading and packing trucks and working in the offices, answering phones; volunteers, made up of students and people from all walks of life, who put together the gift bags and meals for the approximately 16,000 people who have and will attend this year’s concerts; the volunteers “Who see all 68 events go off without a hitch,” Klaric said.“What I’m most impressed with is the longevity of so many. Most have been here for 10 years or more,” she observed.The end result of the Herculean efforts extended by all does make it all worthwhile, she believed.The Holiday Express troupe, now in its 22nd year, performs at homeless shelters, alcohol and drug rehab and recovery facilities, facilities that house and treat the developmentally disabled and children with special needs.“You know you’ve done your job when at the end of the day you’ve made people happy and share human kindness,” Klaric noted.Klaric is replacing Don Pignataro, who has been executive director since 2006 and retiring at the end of the year. He’s working with Klaric during the busy season, ensuring a smooth transition for when Klaric flies solo in January 2015.“She’ll be responsible for everything on the operational side,” Pignataro said of Klaric. “But she’ll be great. She has the experience and the heart for it.”last_img read more

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Drone owners, importers need permits – GCAA

first_imgImporters, owners and operators of drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) are now being cautioned by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) against using the aerial device without a permit.The Authority said on Tuesday that Guyanese are not permitted to use any such devices once it has a camera or provision for a camera unless a permit is obtained, further noting that anyone desirous of using such a device must submit a request in writing to the Authority.“Request must include the name and address of the applicant and the name of the company for whom he is working, if applicable. The request must also include details of the aircraft to be used, including the make, model, serial number and dimensions of the aircraft, as well as the type of power plant installed on the aircraft, and any other information requested by the Authority” GCAA stated in a release.Moreover, the Aviation Authority noted too that it is sending out the reminder since, for the Christmas season, the Customs and Trade Administration of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has detained a large number of recreational drones imported into the country without the required permit. The Authority noted too that using a drone without a permit is a crime punishable by the laws of Guyana.“No person shall operate an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, irrespective of the dimensions or maximum weight of that aircraft, for the purposes of obtaining, recording, or transmitting information, once it has a camera or provisions for a camera, unless that person has obtained written authorisation from the Authority to obtain, record, or transmit such information,” GCAA stressed.It was noted that application for the drone permits must be made to the Director General, Guyana Civil Aviation Authority at 73 High Street Kingston, Georgetown. The application process, which includes the required security clearance from the Guyana Police Force, can take up to a minimum of thirty working days. GCAA added that operators of UAVs “will be prosecuted” for any breach of the Drones Directive and any other written Laws of Guyana being in force at the time of operation, “including but not limited to the Criminal Law Acts of Guyana, Customs Act of Guyana, and the Telecommunications Act of Guyana”.last_img read more

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243 women trafficked in Guyana during 2018

first_img…judicial system still faces major hurdles – ChancellorTrafficking in Persons (TIP) is a global issue and here in Guyana, more effort needs to be put in place to ensure that successful investigations lead to successful prosecutions. This is according to Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, who, while speaking at a discussion on the prosecution of TIP cases in Guyana on Saturday, stated that in 2018 some 243 persons were trafficked locally.“There were 243 victims and on one occasion they [officials] went to a club…39 were found in small rooms, obviously the presumption [was] that they were being trafficked, and of course alleged victims under 18, you have 11 out of that 243. The suspects involved, if I may breach some confidentiality of the police here, you have 57 of them,” the Minister divulged.He stated that total charges for last year amounted to 36 and all of the other cases are presently ongoing.“Actual TIP charges as a result of those reports we have 23…the numbers of individuals charged for trafficking offences, of course there are some other offences like illegal entry into the country and so on, but actual TIP charges we had 10. For the year 2018 too we had two convictions for TIP; previous years we had zero and one.”Minister Ramjattan explained that the regions where these cases were found are from Region Four, specifically Georgetown; Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).He added that the countries of origin from which these victims originate have revealed that Venezuela is at the top of the list. He added that 162 of the TIP victims in 2018 are Venezuelans.“We Guyanese also suffer as victims, and of course out of Cuba there were 49. The Dominican Republic, 10, and couple of the other Caribbean countries with one each from Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, Jamaica. So, it is important that we have a handle as to the whole spectacle as it were, where the origins, what is happening with them, and how the difficulties with communicating and so on.”Judicial challengesMeanwhile, despite the progress that Guyana has made in terms of eradicating the scourge of Trafficking in Persons (TIP) the judicial system still faces recurring challenges in ensuring that justice is served for alleged victims.This is according to Chancellor of the Judiciary (ag), Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, who was also in attendance at the TIP event on Saturday.“There have been challenges in identifying who is the victim of trafficking. Sometimes we have issues where some of the victims are foreign nationals and who speak Spanish or Portuguese…There is the question of having a language barrier and interpreters and the delays in security services,” the Chancellor said.According to Justice Cummings-Edwards, in a report from Guyana’s Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan, it was pointed out that the police officers are instituting charges but have been unable to complete the files in a timely manner. This has resulted in the victims’ unwillingness to testify and inevitably, the dismissal of cases for want of prosecution.“There are also cases where foreign nationals who have illegally entered Guyana or overstayed their time are afraid or reluctant to testify even because of fear of deportation of they being challenged…many victims are poor and settle for payments…many cases which are not reported because of customs or because they are vulnerable or they are simply unaware that they are victims,” the Chancellor said.She explained that poverty has played a major role in some of the TIP cases being quashed.“There is the issue of cases not proceeding because the defendant is wealthy and is able to pay off the victim from proceeding further with the matter or not reporting the matter. We mentioned the issue of cases where victims are foreign nationals who may have returned home before giving evidence or before sufficient information for the prosecution of the crime,” Justice Cummings- Edwards stated.According to the acting Chancellor, it is not only the judicial system that faces hurdles in addressing the issue of TIP and, therefore, a collective effort must be made to overcome these challenges.In relation to the challenges posed to the judicial officers in the courtrooms, she added that those difficulties need to be ironed out and solutions must be derived in order to ensure successful treatments in each case of TIP in the courts.2019Earlier this year, Coordinator of the Counter Trafficking in Persons Unit, Tanisha Williams-Corbin had said that the Unit had recorded 156 cases in 2018. According to her, this trend has continued into 2019 with some eight cases reported in less than two months.“For 2019 so far, [it’s the] same thing. To date, we have recorded eight cases of suspected trafficking in persons. 45 victims were identified on the soils of Guyana and we’re working closely with a Caribbean island and the International Organisation for Migration to repatriate one victim who was recruited in Guyana but trafficked to a Caribbean country,” she stated.In its 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report, the US-State Department noted that although the Guyana Government meets the minimum standards, it did not provide adequate protection and shelter outside the capital for child and male victims.It said the number of trafficking investigations and new prosecutions decreased and the number of successful convictions remained low.last_img read more

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Monaco frustrated as Marseille sink Rennes

first_imgBrazilian left-back Jorge drew an excellent stop from Montpellier goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte, who then pulled off a terrific reflex save to deny Kevin N’Doram to preserve a 10th clean sheet of the season.The stalemate at the Stade de la Mosson snapped Monaco’s four-match winning run in Ligue 1 but sent them a point clear of Lyon in second, while leaving them eight points adrift of leaders Paris Saint-Germain.Christophe Galtier made a winning start in his first league game in charge of Lille after replacing the sacked Marcelo Bielsa just before Christmas.Nicolas Pepe’s 43rd-minute goal handed Lille a 1-0 victory at Caen and also prompted the dismissal of home goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre after he took umbrage at the Ivorian winger’s exuberant celebration.The veteran Vercoutre was incensed by Pepe’s ‘robot’ dance in front of the home fans and argued furiously with the goalscorer over what he felt was a provocation.Pepe appeared to be playing it up for a pitchside camera, and the 37-year-old Vercoutre was shown a straight red card. However, Lille also finished the match with 10 men after Fode Ballo-Toure was sent off early into the second half.– Thauvin on target –Florian Thauvin scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season but also missed a penalty as Marseille brushed aside Rennes 3-0 at Roazhon Park.The former Newcastle winger saw a first-half spot-kick saved by Rennes goalkeeper Tomas Koubek but redeemed himself by setting up Valere Germain for the opening goal on 35 minutes.Olympique de Marseille’s midfielder Florian Thauvin gestures during the French L1 football match against Rennes January 13, 2018 © AFP / DAMIEN MEYERThauvin’s ninth assist of the season drew him level with Neymar, while Hiroki Sakai produced a brilliant goal-line block to deny Ismaila Sarr an equaliser, and minutes later Germain teed up Morgan Sanson to rifle in Marseille’s second just before half-time.Thauvin completed the scoring eight minutes from the end when he nodded in a cross from Brazilian midfielder Luiz Gustavo.Marseille avenged a 3-1 defeat by Rennes at the Velodrome in September — one of just three losses for Rudi Garcia’s team this season — to move level on 41 points with third-place Lyon.Nice continued their resurgent form as Pierre Lees-Melou’s deflected strike earned them a 1-0 home win over Amiens, while a Gaetan Laborde header gave Bordeaux a 1-0 victory at Troyes to halt a run of six straight defeats in all competitions.Edinson Cavani is in line to return for PSG at Claudio Ranieri’s Nantes on Sunday after missing their last two matches following his delayed return from holiday, but Neymar has been sidelined by a rib injury.Lyon will go in search of a fifth straight league win when they host second-from-bottom Angers, but they will be without joint-top scorer Mariano Diaz as he recovers from a hernia operation.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Monaco forward Keita Balde (L) vies with Montpellier midfielder Ellyes Skhiri during their French Ligue 1 match © AFP / PASCAL GUYOTPARIS, France, Jan 13 – Monaco stuttered to a 0-0 draw in the absence of Radamel Falcao at Montpellier on Saturday, while Marseille cruised to a victory over Rennes that kept them firmly in the Champions League race.Colombian striker Falcao was again ruled out by a muscle injury that sidelined him for cup wins over Yzeure and Nice, and Monaco couldn’t break down the league’s meanest defence without their top scorer.last_img read more

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Reports of sexual assault in military increase

first_imgWASHINGTON – Reports of sexual assaults in the military increased by nearly 40 percent last year, the Pentagon announced Thursday, saying the increase was at least partly due to a new program that encourages victims to come forward. According to a report released Thursday, there were 2,374 allegations of sexual assaults reported during 2005, compared with 1,700 in 2004. Of last year’s reports, 435 were initially filed under a new program that allows victims to report the incident and receive health care or counseling services but does not notify law enforcement or commanders. The restricted, confidential reporting program also allows the victims to consider pursuing an investigation later, and that was done in 108 of the 435 cases during 2005. Until that new policy went into effect last June, an investigation was automatically triggered by a sexual-assault report. “This is the most underreported crime in our society,” said Roger Kaplan, a Pentagon spokesman. “The key, at least in the military, is to make it less. We want victims to have treatment. And the more who come forward, the better chance we have of taking action and getting the offenders off the street.” The Air Force Academy in Colorado is still struggling to recover from complaints that dozens of female cadets were assaulted and then punished when they reported it. And a recent survey by the Veterans Affairs Department showed that six in 10 women who served in the National Guard and Reserves say they were sexually harassed or assaulted. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE Kaplan said it is impossible to tell whether the increase in reports during 2005 signals any actual increase in sexual assaults. But he said he believes it shows that the military’s extensive program in recent years to better train troops and to encourage reporting has been successful. According to the Defense Department, the military services have set up sexual-assault program offices at all major installations and trained more than 1,000 response coordinators and victim advocates. The Army, for example, also has a sexual-assault coordinator deployed with each brigade and a victim’s advocate with every battalion, said Kaplan. Of the cases that were fully investigated in 2005, nearly 1,400 – or 68 percent – were completed by the end of the year. No action was taken against more than 800 alleged offenders because the incident was unfounded, there was a lack of evidence or the person was not identified. Among the remaining cases that were finalized, 79 people received courts-martial, 91 were given nonjudicial punishments and 104 were discharged or otherwise reprimanded. The military has come under fire for repeated problems with sexual abuse at the service academies, in units stationed abroad in Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan or Bahrain, and at military installations. Detainee abuse allegations have also included sexual assaults. last_img read more

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Mayor resurrects office to assist immigrants regardless of status

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsHahn didn’t seek funding in the 2005 budget and the office disappeared. But Villaraigosa, who defeated Hahn last year, now intends to jump-start the operation, using staffers from his office and the city’s Human Relations Commission. A start-up date has not been set. Officials said Villaraigosa began planning the renewed operation before immigration reform became a national issue and before hundreds of thousands of Angelenos took to the streets demanding expanded rights for illegal immigrants. The office will not deal with immigration legislation, officials insisted. Instead, its services will include helping elderly immigrants who have never before visited a local senior center, ensuring that immigrants know the city’s license and tax rules when opening a business and evaluating bilingual materials and outreach efforts to immigrant communities. Angering groups backing a crackdown on illegal immigration, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will revive a city office that helps new arrivals to Los Angeles get municipal services and participate in civic life without regard to their legal status. The mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs has been inactive for a year but the Villaraigosa administration, noting more than 40 percent of the city’s residents are foreign-born, said the service is needed to inform immigrants about city laws and how City Hall works. “It’s a service not just to immigrants but the rest of the community,” said Thomas Saenz, counsel to Villaraigosa. “We’re making sure we have common community connections and common understanding of civic life.” The office was created in 2004 by then-Mayor James Hahn and approved by the City Council, using $125,000 in federal funds. Political consultant and Planned Parenthood executive Nora E. Vargas was hired to head the office but left within a year. Groups advocating a crackdown on illegal immigration criticized the plan, saying they worry that taxpayer money will be used to assist those in the country illegally. “If this office is no way delineating if someone seeking help is legal or not, it’s not only dubious, it’s illegal,” said Thomas Fitton, president of Judicial Watch. The nonprofit law firm already has filed suit against the Los Angeles Police Department, challenging its policy of not asking suspects their immigration status. Immigrant-rights groups said legal status should not be an issue in providing services. “There’s a very, very high percentage of immigrants living, working and opening businesses in Los Angeles. These groups should have a place to come together and work with local government on issues that affect these populations in the city,” said Moises Escalante, program coordinator in Southern California for the Interfaith Coalition for Immigrants Rights. Under Villaraigosa’s plan, the Office of Immigrant Affairs would be a joint venture between the Mayor’s Office and the Human Relations Commission. Officials would get the office started and the mayor’s staff will look for grants and private funding to help expand the office, Saenz said. Because the City Council previously OK’d creating the office, no additional approvals are needed. Los Angeles follows New York, Chicago and Houston, which have departments dedicated to working with immigrants, said council President Eric Garcetti. “We don’t fear immigration so much as we fear social division, and this is a way to bridge that gap.” kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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LIFFORD AC NOTES – HANNIGAN SHINES IN DERRY

first_imgLifford AC juveniles and seniors were in action yesterday, with a large group of runners taking part in the Derry marathon and our younger athletes taking part in the Ulster T&F in Stranorlar.Performance of the day in Derry went to Daniel Hannigan who finished in 6th place overall in 2.48, an excellent time for Daniel.Picture of the day had to be four Lifford athletes crossing the line together, Martin Devenney dipping for the line in 3.13 just ahead of team mates Eddie Kelly, Maurice Sharkey and Paul Kelly. There were personal bests all round with some athletes taking part in their first marathon. Lifford AC’s young athletes had an excellent day at the Ulster Childrens Games and the U12&13 in Stranorlar on Sunday. The club had 22 athletes taking part and two relay teams also involved. Of the 22 taking part, 12 have qualified for their respective All Irelands, a brilliant return from these young athletes, with several others narrowly missing out. A long day with most there from 9am and some not getting away until nearly 7pm. There were some great performances with athletes involved across 50 events. The qualifiers from the day for the All Ireland Childrens Games at the end of the month were Alisha Cuskelly and Shania McMonagle both in the Under 9 60m and 300m, Oran Gallagher and Patrick Sweeney in the Under 9 Long Jump, Oran Gallagher and Diarmaid O’Donnell in the Under 9 300m, Aine Marie McBride&Adrienne Gallen in the U10 long jump, and Lennon Lafferty and Ben Connolly in the Under 11 Long Jump.  Individual medallists in these age categories were Alisha Cuskelly, 2nd in the 300m and 3rd in the 60m; Oran Gallagher, 2nd in the Long Jump and 2nd in the 300m; Lennon Lafferty, 3rd in the Long Jump. Individual medallists and qualifiers in the U12&13 categories were Niall Quinn, 1st in the 60m and 3rd in the 600m, Ryan Stewart, 2nd in the Shot Putt and 3rd in the Turbo Javelin and Olivia Cuskelly, 3rd in the Turbo Javelin. Just missing out on qualification for the All Irelands in 5th was Wilson Craig in the Turbo Javelin.Our Under 11 relay team qualified for the final and were ran out of All Ireland qualification but the young lads able to hold their heads up high. Involved were Rian McKinney, Eoin Breslin, Odhran Stewart, Ben Connolly and Lennon Lafferty. Well done to all our young athletes who took part on Sunday. For those who missed out on medals or qualification, what matters at these young ages is the taking part and the medals will come with time. Unfortunately for several of our Under 9-11 athletes they did not have a partner in their respective events and so regardless of their performance could not have qualified for the All Irelands.Other competitors on Sunday included Kiera Green, Connor Gibson, Cormac O’Donnell, Cara Doherty, Caoimhe Lynch, Eoin Breslin, Rian McKinney, Odhrán Stewart, and Maura Sweeney.LIFFORD AC NOTES – HANNIGAN SHINES IN DERRY was last modified: June 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Lifford AC noteslast_img read more

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‘He’s a Rolls-Royce player’ – Liverpool fans adore ‘utterly stunning’ new signing

first_img How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Been decent for a friendly like. Lallana and Fabinho been immense from the start. Ojo been very good.— Lee 🔴 (@mightyreds88) July 10, 2018 Fabinho struggled in Liverpool’s friendly against Chester Still, nothing can be read into the first friendly of the season, and Fabinho showed his true quality when Jurgen Klopp’s side played their second preparation fixture on Tuesday night.The Anfield club clashed with Tranmere, and Fabinho was named alongside Naby Keita and Adam Lallana in a midfield three for the XI for the first half. How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence predicted Fabinho always looking to start an attack. #LFC— Dijkinho (@Dijkinho) July 10, 2018 silverware Fabinho has been everywhere, looks a very good buy— Nay Byrne (@naybyrne9) July 10, 2018 Really enjoying the Fabinho, Keita and Lallana midfield!!— Unknown Entity (@loon245) July 10, 2018 RANKED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won I know it’s a Tranmere, but Fabinho looks like a Rolls Royce of a player.— Red Machine (@AshiqueNasar) July 10, 2018 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Liverpool fans were disappointed when they got a glimpse of Fabinho in action for the first time in that famous red shirt.The midfielder, who became the Reds’ first signing of the summer when brought in from Monaco, struggled in the the club’s friendly defeat of Chester on Saturday. He failed to impose himself on the match, and his passing left a lot to be desired. gameday cracker shining Love the way Fabinho passing the ball. He and Keita will terrorize the midfield in Premier League— NaziruL Mubin (@NaziruLMubinz) July 10, 2018 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Fabinho is looking like a real silky player. Keita is looking like hes one more foul away from drop kicking someone in the head #lfc pic.twitter.com/McbW4DXMZz— Ceb (@Adventureceb) July 10, 2018center_img Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Fabinho is better than Kante, Busquets, Vieira & MakeleleJust saying— Bobby F. (@BlindingBobby) July 10, 2018 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Fabinho is a beast of a man— Anfield South (@Anfield__South) July 10, 2018 smart causal REVEALED Been impressed with Fabinho so far.— Kai (@TheKopSings) July 10, 2018 huge blow And it was the night Fabinho started to catch the eye, with fans raving about the 24-year-old’s performance against the League Two side.You can see some of the best reactions below… Decent half this Fabinho been very good not seen a lot of keita but he will just get better and better ojo been really good— Jonte LFC (@jontelfc86) July 10, 2018 Latest Liverpool news REVEALED If you can appreciate Fabinho’s role in this team then he can only be described as utterly stunning. I’m gobsmacked by how intelligent he is. Early shout: He outperforms Keita this season.— Mark Harrison (@MarkLouis81) July 10, 2018 Fabinho was 🔥Keita was good but Fabinho stood out more today. Lallana did look sharp & Robertson was top class Ojo scored & assisted & always tells me he can offer us something. Not sure why he failed at Fulham.— Dijkinho (@Dijkinho) July 10, 2018 Watching Fabinho and being absolutely ecstatic that Klopp’s finally got a natural no.6 in to replace Emre Can there. Not a football version of a multi trade like Can & Hendo have been.— sam peters (@sampeters78) July 10, 2018 possible standings Safe to say Henderson won’t be playing No6 if Fabinho is fit. Strolling!— F5’ing Anhedonia (@keswickbro) July 10, 2018 1 Fabinho is unsurprisingly smooth and classy.— Sir Colin Shuttlecock (@iamsircolin) July 10, 2018 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT last_img read more

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DUNGLOE MAN WINS VAN CRASH CASE AGAINST ESB

first_imgA High Court judge has ruled a Donegal farmer has established negligence against the Electricity Supply Board over serious leg and other injuries suffered after his van was hit by an ESB pick-up truck. Damages will be decided later.Mr Justice John Quirke accepted the account of Patrick Campbell (64), with an address near Dungloe of how the accident occurred in June 2005, including his claim the ESB truck was driven at an excessive speed.Mr Campbell was a careful and conscientious witness and much, although not all, of his evidence was corroborated by circumstantial and other evidence, the judge said. Mr Campbell had proven, on the evidence and balance of probabilities, the collision and his injuries were caused by the ESB’s negligence, he found. The ESB had denied Mr Campbell’s claims the pick-up truck was being driven in a negligent manner by an ESB employee when it collided with Mr Campbell’s white transit van at Croaghnashallog, Dungloe on the afternoon of June 30th 2005. The ESB alleged the accident was caused or contributed to by Mr Campbell’s alleged negligent driving.Mr Campbell had claimed he was approaching a turn known as Sweeney’s Corner near his home when he saw a yellow ESB truck approaching him in the opposite direction at speed.He said he pulled into the grass verge on his left-hand side and stopped his van but the ESB truck came onto its incorrect side of the road and appeared to “sway”.A protrusion at the rear of the truck struck his windscreen, caught him on the shoulder and caused his van to be pulled around while the ESB truck flipped over, he claimed.The driver of the ESB truck denied that account and claimed he was approaching Sweeney’s Corner when he saw Mr Campbell’s van travelling towards him. He claimed the van seemed to lose control, travelled onto the wrong side of the road and the driver “jammed on the brakes”, struck his truck and propelled it to its left.Having analysed the evidence, Mr Justice Quirke noted both sides accepted Mr Campbell was not driving at a speed of more than 25mph when the accident occurred.Tyre marks photographed immediately after the accident were consistent with the presence of Mr Campbell’s van at the location where he said he had stopped while debris from his van was also clearly visible at that location, he said. He also accepted Mr Campbell’s evidence the ESB truck was being driven at excessive speed.These matters were not conclusive but he believed Mr Campbell’s account was probably correct, the judge ruled.DUNGLOE MAN WINS VAN CRASH CASE AGAINST ESB was last modified: July 8th, 2011 by gregShare 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

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BIG TENT TO HOST HEADLINE ACTS AT RORY GALLAGHER FESTIVAL

first_imgOrganisers of the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival 2012 say they are weeks away from “from announcing the best line-up ever.”The four-day event which has been hailed as Ireland’s greatest rock music event was recently named the Best Irish Festival for attendances between 10,000 and 30,000 at the Irish Festival Awards.The tribute festival takes place in Ballyshannon  between Thursday 31st May and Sunday 3rd June. Organisers hope 2012 will be the 11th successive year of the festival which attracts thousands of Rock ‘n Blues enthusiasts to South Donegal. Organisers say they are expecting major international acts to be announced in early March. The festival was born as a tribute festival to Ireland’s greatest rock blues guitarist, the late Rory Gallagher.  Chairperson and founder of the Rory Gallagher Festival, Barry O’Neill says “the festival has grown significantly over the past 10 years and in that time we have had many great musicians play in Ballyshannon from all Rory’s original band members to the late Ronnie Drew, Bernie Marsden from Whitesnake, Eric Bell from Thin Lizzy to Dutch legend Julian Sas and last year we were honoured to have Jan Akkerman and his.”The festival is organised by a voluntary committee. O’Neill says, “in the coming weeks we will announce a number of significant internationally acclaimed headline acts. The nightly concerts will take place in a 2,000-person capacity big top while the street entertainment will continue over the three nights in the open air. The festival is a fitting tribute to Rory’s musical legacy and we will honour that by attracting some of the world’s the top classic rock and blues acts to Ballyshannon”.Among the acts announced in the preliminary line-up are annual favourites Pat McManus Band (ex. Mama’s Boys), local legends “Boxtie” featuring Johnny Gallagher and internationally acclaimed Tribute bands “Sinnerboy” from Manchester, “Remember Rory” (Germany”, “Laundromat” (Holland). Making a first time appearance in Ballyshannon will be the Larry Miller Band. Larry is a highly respected guitarist across the UK rock blues scene, having last year headlined the Cambridge Rock Festival. Other acts that will be make debut appearances in Ballyshannon are Scottish outfit – “Against the Grain” led by the electrifying Doug Carroll and a first-time band from Spain called “Good Taste”.   In all, 21 top class Rock ‘n Blues acts have been announced, (see below), and several more headline acts will be added to the festival line-up in the coming weeks, including renowned international acts. Those additional acts and the full programme with ticket sales details to be revealed in early March.Thousands of Rory’s loyal fans and Rock Blues music followers will converge on the hometown of the greatest guitarist ever, for four days of open air concerts, street gigs, nightly concerts, pub gigs, workshops, exhibitions and much more. The Rory Gallagher Festival websitewww.goingtomyhometown.com has all the details relating to the  four-day festival.The Rory Gallagher Festival takes place between Thursday 31st May and 3rd June 2012  in Ballyshannon, with the support of the Ballyshannon business community and our key funders – Failte Ireland, Donegal County Council and Ballyshannon Town Council with Guinness Ireland / Diageo as the main corporate sponsors.Preliminary Details on the first 21 acts are listed below:* LARRY MILLER BAND (UK)        * PAT McMANUS BAND (Ex. Mama’s Boys) * LAUNDROMAT (Holland)           * JOHNNY GALLAGHER & BOXTIE* SINNERBOY (England)             * AGAINST THE GRAIN (Scotland)* MOONCHILD (Ballyshannon)   * GOOD TASTE (Spain)* SHINKICKER (England)           * SEAMIE O’DOWD BAND (Ireland) * REMEMBER RORY (Germany)   * DAVE McHUGH BAND (Dublin)* PETER PRICE                          * TONY DOWLER’s HELLHOUNDS (England)* THE SKINS (Ireland)               * ZERO RESISTANCE (Derry)* JED THOMAS BAND (UK)          * MESSIN’ WITH D’GALLAGHER* MONICA HELDAL (Norway)      * SHE’S A BEAUTY (Ireland)* A Unique Concert with JOE O’DONNELL who released the acclaimed album entitled “Gaodhal’s Vision” in 1977 with Rory Gallagher and Phil Lynott.BIG TENT TO HOST HEADLINE ACTS AT RORY GALLAGHER FESTIVAL was last modified: February 20th, 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:BIG TENT TO HOST HEADLINE ACTS AT RORY GALLAGHER FESTIVALlast_img read more

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