Donegal Garda fails to have disclosures against him quashed

first_imgThe High Court has dismissed Donegal-based Garda Keith Harrison’s bid to have findings made by the Disclosures Tribunal against him quashed.Garda Harrison, who was strongly criticised in the tribunal’s interim reports, brought proceedings that centred over an alleged prior professional interaction between the tribunal chair Mr Justice Peter Charleton and a witness Chief Superintendent Terry McGinn.The alleged prior engagement, which led to a claim of objective bias, related to when Chief Superintendent was the Gada liaison to the Morris Tribunal which considered allegations about gardaí in Donegal, in 2002-05 when Mr Justice Charleton was that tribunal’s Senior Counsel. In her judgement today, Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly said she was satisfied to dismiss the action on the basis that “no reasonable person could have a reasonable apprehension of bias based on the overlapping working period” when Judge Charleton and the Chief Superintendent worked at the Morris Tribunal.The judge noted that the claim being made was one of objective bias only and that there was no suggestion made by Garda Harrison’s lawyers that Mr Justice Charleton was in any way actually biased in the findings he made in the interim reports.Garda Harrison had sought an order quashing findings made the Tribunal’s second interim report and the findings of the third interim report in so far as it relates to him.He claimed the Tribunal rejected allegations made by he and his partner, Marissa Simms, and had exonerated others they had made complaints about. Their claims included that Ms Simms was compelled by gardaí to make a statement against Garda Harrison which led to a Tusla referral.For full story see https://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/garda-keith-harrison-fails-in-bid-to-quash-disclosures-tribunals-findings-against-him-945849.htmlDonegal Garda fails to have disclosures against him quashed was last modified: August 23rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

SA children taught the game of life

first_imgA chance top to learn is the excitement of the upcoming Fifa World Cup to children in disadvantage areas of South Africa (Image: “A chance to play”) MEDIA CONTACTS • Claudia Berker “A chance to play” +27 11 403 7311 +27 82 221 2184 tdh-actp@iafrica.com RELATED ARTICLES • Transforming lives through sport • Reviving sport in SA schools • Street Child Cup kicks off in SA • Boost for school football Nosimilo Ramela“A chance to play” programme – spearheaded by Volkswagen Group Works Council and child aid organisation terre des hommes Germany – is bringing the joy of sport, important life lessons and 2010 Fifa World Cup fever to thousands of disadvantaged youngsters in South Africa.The initiative was launched here in April 2008 after employees of the vehicle manufacturer and aid group identified the need to improve the lives of young South Africans by linking play and sports with learning and training schemes, said coordinator Claudia Berker.“We looked at what was lacking in children’s lives and we found that sports and playing were missing,” she said. “Sports and playing were seen as a luxury in many of the communities – it shouldn’t be a luxury, it should be part of growing up.”The programme is linked with nine non-governmental organisations working with children in three provinces around South Africa: Limpopo, Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.“We provide funding for these organisations and they come up with concepts that are adapted to those specific communities’ sports, playing and learning interests and needs,” Berker said.So far the programme has reached 30 000 children between the ages of four and 20 across the three provinces. In addition, eight community sport fields have been revamped, six recreational centres and playgrounds have been upgraded, and several community crèches have been extended to include play centres with toy libraries and jungle gyms.“We also organise regular coaching clinics for soccer, netball, rugby and basketball, and hold soccer tournaments and leagues for girls and boys,” said Berker.At sporting events hosted by “A chance to play”, youngsters receive life skills training, learn about HIV/Aids and how to deal with peer pressure, as well as gain a better understanding of gender relations. Personal development, career guidance and children’s rights are also part of the training.“We use their experiences when playing to teach them valuable lessons they can use to deal with challenges of everyday lives,” she said.“Through sport children learn key skills such as team spirit, playing fair, and gain self-confidence. They can work out their frustrations and fears, become more courageous, and feel integrated and accepted as part of a team.”Bringing the World Cup closerAll children involved in the programme will play in a mini Football World Cup in the June-July school holidays to celebrate the long-awaited Fifa spectacular.Participants have been split into different groups to mimic the 32 teams in the World Cup, and are being encouraged to learn more about the country and the people they will represent. During the mini tournament they will display their chosen country’s culture and spirit through singing, celebrations and football skills.“This has really instilled patriotism in the children – not only are they learning about other countries, they are getting to know their own land better as they compare different cultures. They are learning about the significance of this big event being in Africa, and in their country,” said Berker.Parents of children involved in the programme are thrilled with its results. Before joining some youngsters would roam the streets after school or during school holidays, but now they have engaging sports activities to keep them busy.Berker said many parents have reported that their relationships with their children have improved, as the programme gives participants a sense of purpose and teaches discipline.She said parents are relieved that their youngsters are out learning and playing in a safe environment, rather than running the risk of falling into the wrong crowd, getting caught up in crime or being promiscuous.“This is not just building and giving hope to young people, but also to the communities they live in,” said Berker.last_img read more

NBA changes All-Star Game format; captains will pick teams

first_imgStephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors jumps for a rebound with Paul Millsap #4 of the Atlanta Hawks during 2017 NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center on February 19, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — The NBA is scrapping the East vs. West format for its All-Star Game and will have captains pick teams this season.The league said Tuesday the two starters with the highest fan vote totals from each conference will choose teams from the pool of players who were voted as starters and reserves.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img The 10 starters will continue to be chosen by a combination of fan, player and media balloting, with the coaches from each conference then selecting the 14 reserves. The captains will then draft their teams at an undetermined time — making certain that those chosen starters are split up so they remain starters.The teams will play for charity. They will select either a Los Angeles-area or national organization for donations to go. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Archers still seeking old form The change will begin with this season’s game in Los Angeles on Feb. 18.Players and league officials have been eager to inject new interest in the often defense-absent game, and they decided to act after another dull affair last February in New Orleans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m thrilled with what the players and the league have done to improve the All-Star Game, which has been a priority for all of us,” National Basketball Players Association president Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in LA.”The sides worked closely — with Charlotte owner Michael Jordan, chairman of the league’s Labor Relations Committee, heavily involved in the conversations — and chose a format that has been used by the NFL and NHL for what will be the first NBA All-Star Game that doesn’t pit the Eastern Conference against the Western Conference. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READlast_img read more

Sania celebrates 24th birthday with hope for the future

first_imgSania Mirza decided to celebrate her 24th birthday near the tennis courts at the Aoti sports complex on Monday. For one who likes to keep the media at a distance, this was a day when Sania mixed freely with all as she cut the cake and offered it to several people.With husband Shoaib Malik flying down for the special moment, the Indian tennis star was all smiles. “My husband has come down and it also happens to be my mother’s birthday. Above all, India has won a medal in tennis and I am very happy,” Sania told Mail Today.Reflecting on the year gone by, Sania was frank in her assessment. “No doubt this has been an eventful year for me. Getting married to Shoaib was a big decision and having to spend five months at home because of injury, I thought I would quit tennis. Yes, Allah has been kind to me,” she said.Currently on antibiotics for a severe ear infection, where the Indian star says she could hear “tennis balls popping in my ears”, Sania is aware of the challenges ahead. “I had to miss the team event but I am ready for the open events now. As I can take part in only two events, I will play singles and mixed doubles with Vishnu Vardhan,” said Sania. “I have seen his game. He serves and volleys well and has a good backhand.”This was a day when Sania was ready to reflect on her first medal at the Busan Asian Games in 2002. “I was just 15 then and these eight years have gone by fast. I think the Doha Asiad was very good for me but what makes me happy today is I am still enjoying my tennis,” she said.advertisementHaving been with Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi and now being part of a contingent with youngsters, Sania feels the next generation is ready to take over. “Look at it, we don’t have Leander or Mahesh or Rohan and we still win a medal in men’s tennis. This is a superb start,” she said.Sania is pleased to see the progress of Indian sport. “We had a good run at the Commonwealth Games and we started winning medals. I wasn’t able to see Pankaj Advani’s match or Gagan Narang win silver. But I think we will keep the momentum going,” she said.On her fitness, injuries and overall life, Sania was very clear. “I am actually feeling no pain in my right wrist, which had been bothering me. I think after marriage I have got what I wanted and Shoaib is a very nice husband. Most often, I am travelling during my birthday. Tonight, it should be a quiet dinner with my family and friends,” she said.For his part, Shoaib prefers not to talk too much. “Yes I came all the way for Sania’s birthday and will be flying back on the 18th. I did play the Super Sixes in Hong Kong and I hope Sania can do well here,” he told Mail Today.last_img read more

17 days agoArsenal stopper Mustafi reveals he played injured in Liverpool thrashing

first_imgArsenal stopper Mustafi reveals he played injured in Liverpool thrashingby Freddie Taylor17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveShkodran Mustafi has revealed he played through injury for Arsenal last season.The German endured a terrible night in the 5-1 loss to Liverpool in December 2018, but he has revealed he wasn’t fit enough to play the game.”I had missed three weeks injured and then went into the game without training with the team because the coach needed me,” he said. “At half-time it was 4-1, I had a few bad moments and injured myself again. “Afterwards, I got a lot of negative comments from Arsenal fans on Instagram and Twitter, and articles were written in which I was harshly criticised.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Thomson Reuters reports Q1 loss on onetime charge on financial and risk

first_imgTORONTO – Thomson Reuters Corp. reported a loss in its first quarter as it took a one-time charge related to the sale of its financial and risk business announced earlier this year.The news and information company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, said the loss attributable to shareholders amounted to US$339 million or 48 cents per share compared with a profit attributable to shareholders of $297 million or 41 cents per share a year ago.Revenue in the quarter totalled $1.38 billion, up from $1.33 billion.The loss in the most recent quarter reflected an $844-million deferred tax charge associated with the proposed sale of a 55 per cent interest in the company’s financial and risk business to a consortium led by U.S.-based private equity firm Blackstone.On an adjusted basis, Thomson Reuters says it earned 28 cents per share in the quarter, up from an adjusted profit of 25 cents per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 27 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRI)last_img read more

Senate House reach deal on longawaited farm bill

first_imgWASHINGTON — House and Senate negotiators have reached a deal on the multibillion-dollar farm bill after months of contentious talks.The tentative deal scraps a plan backed by House Republicans and President Donald Trump that would have added new work requirements for some food stamp recipients. Lawmakers expect to vote on the bill next week.Democrats and many Senate Republicans opposed the work requirements, the biggest stumbling block holding up an agreement. The impasse threatened to scuttle a bipartisan bill that sets federal agricultural and food policy for five years and provides more than $400 billion in farm subsidies, conservation programs and food aid for the poor.In a statement Thursday, House and Senate agriculture committee leaders say they have reached agreement but are working to finalize the bill’s language and costs.Matthew Daly And Juliet Linderman, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Kindergarten registration now open for School District 60

first_imgThe School District is reminding parents to register directly at your home school. If you are uncertain of the school boundaries (also known as catchment areas) you can contact the nearest school or check the School Catchment Locator. It is strongly recommended that you register at your earliest convenience.French Immersion Kindergarten is available at École Central Elementary School of the Arts only. You can call the school, at 250-785- 4511, for further information regarding the French Immersion Program. For students entering Grade One, French Immersion is also a possibility at Ecole Central depending on space.Blended kindergarten learning and distributed learning are available at the Key Learning Centre only.  You can call the school at 250-261-5660 for more information.Busing will be provided for rural Kindergarten Programs. Availability and times vary for each school. You are encouraged to contact your school for details.For further information on the registration process, you can visit the School District 60 website or you can call Stephen Petrucci, Assistant Superintendent, at 250-262-6017. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 is now accepting Kindergarten Student Registrations.Registration for Kindergarten Students for the 2019/2020 school year will take place in all Elementary Schools during regular school hours.Children who will be five years of age by December 31, 2019 are eligible for registration in Kindergarten at their local schools.last_img read more

SD 60 K12 support workers reach tentative agreement

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A tentative agreement has been reached with K-12 support workers in School District 60 on June 19 following a two-day session.CUPE 4653 President, Maureen Hummel, says it was a productive bargaining session.She also says she is proud of the Union’s bargaining team to ensure that no one was left behind when reaching any agreements. “It was a productive bargaining session with professionalism and respect shown on both sides. I am extremely proud of our bargaining team for their dedication and passion as they worked to make sure that ‘no one was left behind’.”The current K-12 agreement expires on June 30, 2019 and once the new agreement is ratified, the provincial agreement will be in effect from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022.Further details of the tentative agreement will not be available until after ratification by all parties. Ratification is expected to be completed by the end of June.CUPE 4653 represents more than 500 members who provide services in Fort St. John and the surrounding communities within the North Peace.For more information about CUPE members working in K-12, you can visit bcschools.cupe.ca.last_img read more

Avengers Endgame gets leaked online

first_imgLos Angeles: Despite the makers and actors’ efforts to save Marvel’s much-anticipated film Avengers: Endgame from piracy, the movie has been leaked on several websites. The film’s leaked copy came from a Chinese theatrical screening which happened a day ago, variety.com reported recently. According to the piracy news site TorrentFreak, users in China began sharing a 1.2-gigabyte file of Avengers: Endgame on peer-to-peer piracy networks sometime between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. China time on April 24. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaHowever, the TorrentFreak’s report stated that the quality of the video-cammed pirated copy is particularly bad. Later, the film reportedly circulated on other platforms such as ThePirateBay and India’s TamilRockers. Directed by Russo brothers, Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of over 20 Marvel movies. It stars actors like Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson. “Keep those spoilers to yourself,” Downey tweeted after the film’s copy got leaked online. The film will release in India on April 26.last_img read more