Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college WWE set aside its women’s movement in favor of a more lucrative statement in Saudi Arabia, an event next month titled Crown Jewel with female wrestlers banned from competition. The deal has prompted a public smackdown from fans , bipartisan criticism from politicians and lampooning from late-night hosts, backlash that took a turn and grew louder after writer Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul .The financials are murky but WWE was expected to make between $20 million and $40 million from the two Saudi Arabian shows this year, as part of a 10-year deal.“WWE will say running Saudi Arabia is all about their hope of inspiring change,” wrestling journalist Jason Powell said. “It screams cash grab regardless of how they spin it. I’m happy the women are getting their own show and they deserve it, but the company’s ongoing business relationship with the Saudis is a black cloud hanging over not just the Evolution event but the company as a whole.”There are now hints the show may not happen as planned. The wildly popular Undertaker heard boos when he talked about Crown Jewel in a promo last week on “Smackdown.” WWE has heavily downplayed Saudia Arabia itself in its promoting of the event. The country wasn’t mentioned as Crown Jewel’s site on recent television shows and it doesn’t show up on advertising on its website .WWE has said it was “monitoring the situation.”ADVERTISEMENT Natalya Neidhart, niece of WWE Hall of Famer Bret “Hitman” Hart, said she hoped that should WWE proceed, changes for women could happen over the course of the deal.“You’re not going to change a culture overnight. I think WWE is taking such positive steps in doing positive things over in Saudi Arabia,” she said. “One day, I believe that we will be over there.”Bliss said she believed women should get the chance to wrestle in Riyadh.“I don’t feel like it’s out of reach,” she said. “Who knows? I don’t think it’s ever not a possibility.”Until then, if ever, WWE is counting on events like Evolution to push women into the headlines.WWE has started to give women equal billing with men on the biggest cards. Its event at Nassau Coliseum on Sunday is a statement, topped by one of the most famous and marketable athletes in sports in Rousey.The WWE has delivered a list of firsts for women over the last two years — from the brutality of a Hell in a Cell match, the ladder-climbing, briefcase-snatching Money in the Bank bout to the Royal Rumble where Rousey made her debut — the kind of over-the-top gimmick fights that for decades had been reserved for men only.“We’re running out of first-evers because the women are taking over,” Neidhart said. “I feel like in the WWE right now, it’s becoming normal for women to be at the forefront.”John Cena, Daniel Bryan and The Miz are sitting Sunday out. Rousey headlines Evolution against Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch takes on Charlotte Flair, and Bliss and Mickie James team up to face returning stars Trish Stratus and Lita in the other top matches.WWE was a bit late in the fight game in pushing females to the top of the card. Rousey headlined her first UFC pay-per-view in 2013 and female boxers have long straddled the line between seriousness and sideshow. WWE first saw the value of a legitimate women’s division in its developmental NXT promotion and started giving major story lines and longer matches to future WWE stars like Flair, Banks, Bayley and Asuka. 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Now, little girls emulate the 5-foot-1 troublemaking “Goddess” of WWE, who, despite her bad-girl persona, credits fans who pushed on social media for women to get star billing like Steve Austin or the Rock.Bliss, who signed with the WWE in 2015 in the midst of its shift, described it as a time when fans wanted more for women.“Our fans saw that we were getting 30-second matches. They saw we were capable of more, we just weren’t getting the opportunities,” Bliss said. “It was our fans who rallied behind us and saw we were deserving of more.”Stephanie McMahon, WWE’s chief brand officer and main event female villain, is touting Sunday’s show as a chance to show how much the company has changed its presentation of women.“Our women were treated as secondary, if not tertiary type, characters and our fans had had enough,” McMahon told The Associated Press before a pay-per-view event in August. “They started a hashtag that trended on Twitter for three days, #givedivasachance. Specifically calling for better matches, longer matches, more athleticism, better story lines. Their voices were so loud that our chairman and CEO, my father (Vince McMahon), heard them and said, keep watching and we’ll give divas a chance.”WWE is making clear its long term plans even though those efforts for women have been clouded by its Saudi Arabia deal. The promotion wants to keep the focus on the women actually fighting in New York, not their absence overseas.“Now, you have little girls everywhere saying, ‘I want to be a WWE superstar,’” Neidhart said. “I want to be like those girls. It’s because of the movement.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Wozniacki gets 1st win at this year’s WTA Finals “The welcome was so warm,” Bliss said of fighting Banks for the WWE Raw women’s championship, a year after female stars made only promotional appearances at the event. “They were up-to-date with women’s story lines. There were little girls crying in happiness. It was just so cool because we got to have that moment with them.”The December bout was widely hailed as an empowering, key moment for the sports entertainment giant — progress toward a stated goal to transform how women’s wrestling is promoted. WWE is taking another step this weekend with a pay-per-view card in New York featuring all female wrestlers, dubbed Evolution and headlined by former UFC star Ronda Rousey .FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It’s not just a women’s evolution in WWE,” Bliss said. “It’s an evolution all over the world.”Don’t ring the bell for the win just yet. FILE – In this March 6, 2018, file photo, professional wrestler Ronda Rousey speaks at a press conference in East Rutherford, N.J. WWE has benched the women’s movement in favor of a more lucrative statement next month by running the Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia where female wrestlers are banned from competition. (Marko Georgiev/The Record via AP, File)Former WWE champ Alexa Bliss ditched her skimpy two-piece ring gear for a full bodysuit. Performing for the first time in the United Arab Emirates, where strict rules govern what women wear in public, Bliss wasn’t about to risk offending a nation set to have WWE female wrestlers fight on the same card as the men.She went hold-to-hold with Sasha Banks to make wrestling history — and fans in a country where women have had to fight for the right to drive responded with chants of “This is hope!”ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Pegasus taxi driver’s murderHours after Prosecutor Tiffini Lyken opened the State’s case against Lorenzo Forde, who is accused of murdering Pegasus Hotel taxi driver Rubranauth Jeeboo during the course of a robbery, the 12-member jury heard that there was no image taken of the interiors of the deceased man’s Toyota Allion motorcar. This was the account of former Policewoman Delicia Browne, who revealed that she was not asked to take photographs of the vehicle’s interior.During December 2013, when Jeeboo’s body was found in a heap of garbage at Caneview Avenue, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, Browne, then a Police constable, was stationed at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), attached to the Brickdam Police Station’s Crime Scene Unit.Led by Prosecutor Lisa Cave, the witness recalled being summoned to the crime scene at 08:00 hrs, and speaking with Police Corporals Dhanraj and Williams before taking photographs of the murdered man, who had been clad in a blue shirtjack and dark coloured trousers.Browne said she took images of the body in its original position — faced downwards – and she had taken more photographs when Corporal Dhanraj turned the body to face the opposite direction.About two hours after, according to Browne, she spoke with Corporal Williams, who showed her the Toyota Allion motorcar, which did not have a licence plate to the rear and the ‘HC’ part to the front licence plate was “barely showing”. Browne said that she and Corporal Williams securely placed the car on a tow truck to be taken away to the Brickdam Police Station.Browne recalled taking photos of the outside of the car.After brief cross-examination by Defence Counsel Hewley Griffith, members of the jury sought to ascertain why any photo was not taken of the car’s interior.“I wasn’t instructed to take photos of the inside,” the former Policewoman informed the jury.The 19 photographs she had printed and secured were tendered and admitted into evidence at Monday’s trial. Justice Reynolds allowed the exhibits to be shown to the jury, which in later days will determine whether the accused, Forde, is innocent or guilty. The matter was adjourned to Thursday morning, when more of the State’s 12 witnesses are expected to testify at the High Court in Georgetown.Forde was 18 years old when he was first charged with the murder of Rubranauth Jeeboo. According to reports, on December 27, Jeeboo left his Campbellville, Georgetown home for work, and the following day, December 28, around 07:50h, his body was discovered with several injuries at Caneview Avenue.State counsel Shawnette Austin is assisting the prosecution’s case.
The money will come in handy, said Steve Forster, La Mirada’s public works director. “What has happened over the years is that we had corrugated metal pipes used in the storm drain system. They were supposed to have a life of 20 years, but many have been in place for 50 years,” he said. Some of the pipes already are beginning to deteriorate and may need relining or to be replaced entirely, he said. Some minor failures have already occurred – on Figures Street and on Greenworth Drive, he added. The city already has contracted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to do a study of 11 potentially flood-prone sites and to make recommendations to improve drainage. Most of the sites are in the southern part of La Mirada, although one is in the Foster Road area and another is near Creek Park. LA MIRADA – U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer and Rep. Linda Sanchez are very near to securing $4 million in federal funds to help alleviate flooding in this city. Boxer, D-CA, helped put the $4 million authorization of federal funds into the Water Resources Development Act passed this week in the Senate by a vote of 91-4. Members of the Senate and the House of Representatives will need to meet in a conference committee to work out any differences between their respective water resources bills. The final bill would then need to be passed by both chambers before going to the president. “This vote opens the door for bringing federal investments home for an innovative flood control system that will help protect homes in La Mirada from flood damage while also enhancing our environment,” Sanchez, D-Lakewood, said in a statement. “This project will demonstrate that even small changes in the way we build our communities can create lasting benefits.” The $248,000 study is expected to be completed by the end of this year, Forster said. The next step will be a more formalized planning process — and for the city to come up with money to pay for the improvements. While Foster was unsure of the total cost, the $4 million in federal aid will help, he said. Sanchez praised Boxer for her help in securing the funding. “I am especially grateful for the leadership of Sen. Barbara Boxer in making this happen,” she said in her statement.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Premier Christy Clark and Ministry of Health announced today a new four-year strategy for magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, to help health authorities increase patient access to MRI scans.“We recognize that access to MRIs has been a challenge and this strategy will make sure we better meet the health care needs of British Columbians now and into the future,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “By improving how we manage MRI diagnostics, we can provide families with peace of mind that comes with faster diagnosis and treatment.”Budget allocations for MRIs will increase correspondingly, providing up to an additional $20 million in annual funding for these services by the fourth year.- Advertisement -As for here in Northern BC, there is no confirmation of action just yet, but Northern Health is working with the ministry to see what they can do for communities that do not have MRI services.“Northern Health is currently in the request for information stage, looking at how we can support northeast and northwest BC with MRI services,” said Jonathon Dyck of Northern Health, adding that the demand for more MRI services has been increasing ‘dramatically’ across BC.Right now, the only MRI clinic in this region is in Dawson Creek. Queen Elizabeth II hospital in Grande Prairie also offers MRIs.Advertisement This MRI strategy takes a two-pronged approach; the first priority is to increase the number of scans — resulting in up to 65,000 annually by the time the strategy has run it’s course.Health authorities have also committed to increase the number of MRI exams performed annually by 45 per cent.Over the past decade, BC has acquired 16 new MRI scanners for hospitals, for a total of 25 – a 178% increase; the number of MRIs performed went from 67,030 (2004-05) to over 143,000 (2014-15) .
But the German believes there is still plenty for the fourth placed Reds to play for and they should not get complacent just because City are so far ahead.“We have to qualify for the Champions League. We have to finish as high as possible,” Klopp said.“It looks like we could be second, third or fourth this year, that’s a fantastic situation. Not the dream but a fantastic situation.“That’s what we are working on and for this we have to improve in all departments.“This year, I don’t think that anyone apart from Manchester City and maybe Manchester United are thinking too much about how they can win the league.“In a very difficult league, performance-wise we are really consistent so far. If we stay consistent and avoid our mistakes, mistakes like in the 3-3 draw with Arsenal, we will win much more games than we lose or draw.Liverpool will be without captain Jordan Henderson for the clash with Swansea after he limped out of their 3-3 draw with Arsenal © AFP/File / Ian KINGTON“As it was and so it will be against Swansea, we have to perform first of all and then we have to see how the other team can react.”Even though Swansea are at the foot of the table, Klopp does not want his players to assume the result will be a foregone conclusion.“They are under pressure and that’s clear because they fight for the league, 100 per cent, and that will not change before Boxing Day,” Klopp added.“But we will be ready and we will perform, if possible, like against Arsenal but avoid the mistakes we made.“I don’t really remember the game from last year, to be honest. I remember that we lost it. But that’s not the plan!”– Step by step –Klopp confirmed Liverpool will be without captain Jordan Henderson after he limped out of their 3-3 draw with Arsenal last Friday.Liverpool’s Joel Matip (R) could be fit enough to feature in the clash with Swansea after he recently returning to training following a muscle injury © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLDefender Joel Matip could be fit enough to feature after he recently returning to training following a muscle injury while striker Daniel Sturridge has recovered from illness.Alberto Moreno (ankle) and Nathanial Clyne (back) remain on the sidelines.Swansea caretaker manager Leon Britton will take charge of his second game following the sacking of Paul Clement last week.Britton is a modern-day Swansea great with more than 500 appearances to his name, and guided the club to a 1-1 draw in his first match against Crystal Palace.A match against free-scoring Liverpool at Anfield, however, will present a somewhat more difficult prospect for the South Wales club.Swansea striker Jordan Ayew admits the draw against Palace, in which he scored, has helped them take at least some confidence into the trip to Merseyside.“We all have a job to do. I think we responded well,” Ayew said. “We will take it day by day and see what happens in the future.“We will do our best to get something out of the game against Liverpool. We will build step by step and things will get better. It is important for us to get a good result.”Swansea will give a fitness test to striker Wilfried Bony (hamstring) and midfielder Leroy Fer (back), who both missed the game against Palace.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has acknowledged ahead of Liverpool’s clash with bottom side Swansea that a Premier League title challenge is beyond them © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Dec 25 – Jurgen Klopp has urged Liverpool to stay motivated to reach their target of a place in next season’s Champions League by the end of the season.Klopp has acknowledged ahead of Liverpool’s clash with bottom side Swansea at Anfield on Tuesday that a Premier League title challenge is beyond them given they trail leaders Manchester City by 20 points.
Old Orchard Saturday DivisionFintown Harps AFC 2 Glencar Celtic 2In windy conditions at Pairc Achla Fintown played their 1st game of the new league season against Glencar Celtic. In the 1st half Glencar started off well with an early goal. They took control of the game but they were unable to get pass the Fintown defence again. Fintown were awarded a free in the 35th minute. John Molloy made no mistake, shooting direct to the net. Again Glencar scored early into the 2nd half but their lead was short lived as Fintown’s Brian Delany equalised. Good team performances by both sides. Referee: Michael McFaddenMulroy Celtic 5 Strand Rovers 0Mulroy were convincing winners on the opening day of the season at a blustery tri a loch. Mulroy opened the scoring in the second minute with a lovely free kick from debutant Shaun Callaghan. The second wasn’t long in following with Johnny Nanny finishing well from a tight angle after a fine ball from Mc Garvey. Strand came out a different team in the second half and pushed hard to get back into the game but Mc Grory and Friel were magnificent in the centre of Mulroy’s defence. Shaun Mc Garvey then capped a fine debut with a thunderous strike from the edge of the area. Second half substitute Michael Sweeney then got the 4th with a poachers finish before Johnny Nanny put the icing on the cake with a fine finish from a flowing team move. Hard to pick a best player for Mulroy with all the attacking threat but special praise to Paul Mc Fadden who worked tirelessly in Mulroy’s engine room on what was a great day for all Mulroy’s new signings. Referee : Brian O’ Kane Drumbar F.C. 0 Orchard F.C. 6Drumbar suffered a heavy home defeat against Orchard on the first day of the league. Orchard’s experience proved too much for Drumbar who made too many individual errors. Drumbar also spurned four one on one chances in a game where they needed to take any chance that came their way. Final score 0-6. Orchard’s Niall Bonner stood out overall with a Man of the Match performance.Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve DivisionCurragh Athletic Reserves 1 Erne Wanderers Reserves 1In perfect playing conditions it was the Curragh who started strongest. They made the breakthrough on 23 minutes when Michael Kearney won the ball and beat the Erne centre half and laid a perfect pass to the feet of the in-rushing Cromie who coolly slotted past the visiting keeper. This stirred the visitors who conjured a flurry of good attacks but some fine goalkeeping from Jason Woods preserved the Curragh’s lead until the interval. The Ernesiders came out pumped up for the 2nd half but couldn’t seem to break through the Curragh back line with Froggie ruling the roost. It seemed a mistake would be their only way through. The mistake which duly came, Mark Browne getting caught in possession by Erne’s Luke Toland who went one on one with Woods and got the Ballyshannon team back in the game on 61 minutes. Shea Hannigan did manage to find the Erne net only to be ruled offside. Erne also had a penalty claim dismissed. A fair result in the end with both teams gaining a share of the points. Best for Curragh: Jason Woods. Best for Erne: Luke Toland.Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 4 St. Catherines Reserves 0Drumoghill got their league campaign off to a flying start with a fine won over a youthful St. Catherines’ side . Drumoghill’s first goal arrived on the half hour mark when Andrew Peoples latched onto a John O’ Kane pass. Peoples was again involved in goal number two, this time he turned provider with a lovely pass in behind the Catherine’s defence which Mark Gibson latched onto and made no mistake. Catherine’s to their credit never gave in and it wasn’t till the seventieth minute that Drumoghill made the game safe and it was Mark Gibson who fired home his second of the day after Emmet Haughey sent him through Ethan Mc Cready rounded off the scoring with a fine strike after he beat two defenders to fire home .Glenea United Reserves 5 Milford United Reserves 1Glenea Reserves got their league programme underway with a hard earned victory over Milford. In a tight 1st half, not helped by the wintery conditions, both sides found it difficult to create chances until Milford opened the scoring on 30 minutes when Conor Meakin fired them ahead. In the 2nd half the home side started well and equalised after 50 minutes when Shane Coll’s corner was headed back across goal and Sean Mc Cafferty was on hand to stab the ball home from close range. Glenea took the lead on 60 minutes when Padraig Mc Gee converted a penalty after Ciaran Mc Geady had been fouled in the area. Milford came more into the game and pushed hard for an equaliser but failed to convert a couple of chances that came their way. Glenea extended their lead on 80 minutes when Aodhan Ferry flicked on a free-kick and Ciaran Mc Geady headed home from close in. Glenea completed their tally with two late goals. Ciaran Mc Geady got his 2nd of the game when he was put through by Martin Maguire, Mc Geady slid the ball past the keeper. In the final minute Aodhan Ferry broke down the right and his cross was turned in by Paul Coll. Best for Glenea were Martin Maguire, Shane Coll and Ciaran Mc Geady, while it was a team effort from Milford. Referee: Keith Ferry Cappry Rovers Reserves 0 Keadue Rovers Reserves 2Keadue started this game very well and pressed the youthful home side. Keadue forced Liam O’Meara into a few good saves. In the 35th minute Adam Neeley gave O’Meara no chance with a stunning strike from 25 yards which ended up in the top corner. The visitors tried hard to get a 2nd before half time but it did not arrive. Cappry started the second half well and pressed looking to get level but the Keadue defence held firm and we’re always a danger on the break. Kyle Lafferty thought he’d got the home team back level with a fine strike from 25 yards but saw his effort well saved by the Keadue keeper. In the 72nd min Keadue made it 2-0 when Chris Greene got a free header from a corner. The home team tried hard to get a goal but couldn’t find way through the Keadue defence. Two team performances. Referee: Liam Mc LaughlinCastlefin Celtic Reserves 4 Donegal Town Reserves 3Castlefin got their season of to a winning start against Donegal Town in an entertaining game at Parkview. Castlefin took the lead after 2 minutes, a Matthew O’Rourke cross found Conor Dalton who tapped home at the back post. Castlefin doubled their lead on 18 minutes, Simon Mc Menamin’s kick out found Conor Dalton who finished into the roof of the net. Donegal Town pulled one back a minute later, a cross from the right found Adam Enright who finished into the bottom corner from 6 yards. Castlefin started the second half the brighter and on 52 minutes Marcus Curran found Matthew O’Rourke who beat the Donegal keeper from the edge of the box. Donegal pulled one back a minute later when a mix-up in the Castlefin defence saw Gary Ward take advantage and finish at the back post. Donegal found the equaliser on 67th minutes when Aaron Gallagher tapped in at the front post. Castlefin took the lead again a minute later James Mc Menamin’s cross found Marcus Curran who headed home at the back post. Donegal pressed hard for an equaliser but the Castlefin defence stood firm to claim all three points.DONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: September 13th, 2015 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 League
MOVILLE’S Minor Ladies are through to the Ulster Club Championship Final.The Foylesiders stunned Cavan Champions Lurgan with an astonishing comeback in Moville this afternoon.Paul McDermott’s Donegal Champions started brightly but it was the visitors who opened the scoring after give minutes and followed that with a well taken goal and another point. But Moville responded well and were unlucky not to get a goal of their own but did get on the scoreboard with there first point.It was all Lurgan after that and they went into the break leading 1-06 to 0-02.Moville got off to a good start in the second half with a great point from play in the first minute.Lurgan responded well and went up the field and scored another great team goal and could have had yet another goal but for a unbelievable save from Aoife McColgan. Player of the Match McColgan’s stunning savewas the turning point as Moville went straight down the field and scored a goal before adding 3-02.It was all Moville after that and there was only going to be one winner from then on.Final score: Moville 6-09 Lurgan 3-09Moville ScorersSarah Jane McDonald 2-02Sinead McGuinness 1-02Nicole McDermott 1-02Caraigh McGuinness 1-01Ciara Harkin 1-00Aishleen McGuinness 0-01Bronagh McGuinness 0-01 LADIES FOOTBALL: MOVILLE MINORS STUN CAVAN CHAMPS TO REACH ULSTER FINAL was last modified: December 6th, 2015 by John2Share 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:CavandonegalLurganmovilleUlster Semi final
Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has reiterated his objection to Government plans for Ireland to participate in the PESCO EU Military Defence Project.The Sinn Féin TD was the sole Donegal Deputy to vote against the proposal when it was voted on by the Dáil last week. Doherty said his vote against the project comes amid ongoing fears that the pact is simply another step towards the creation of an EU wide army.Outlining his opposition to the plan, Deputy Doherty said: “The decision by Independent Alliance TDs and Fianna Fail to back Fine Gael’s plan for Ireland to join PESCO shows a flagrant disregard for Irish neutrality. “The framework for PESCO is outlined in the Lisbon treaty however, despite the Taoiseach’s comments in the Dáil last week, the Irish people did not sign up for PESCO when they voted for the Lisbon treaty.“In fact, as part of the treaty’s ratification, the constitution was amended to explicitly prohibit Irish participation in PESCO therefore Ireland cannot participate in European common defence.“The Government has shown a complete disregard for our constitution, and has attempted to mislead people as to what PESCO is and what Ireland agreed to by ratifying the Lisbon treaty.“The Irish people never agreed to PESCO in fact, the constitution was amended to specifically exclude Ireland from the pact. “Furthermore, we’ve seen political figures from different EU member states over recent months openly hint at the possibility of this pact paving the way for an EU wide army – that is very concerning.“I am proud and stand by my decision last week to vote against the motion, and I was the only Donegal TD to do so.“By voting in favour of the plan, Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and the Independent Alliance have effectively signed off on Ireland’s participation in a military alliance which is aligned with and intended to compliment NATO.”Plans to join PESCO military pact disregard Irish neutrality – Donegal TD was last modified: December 11th, 2017 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)
A man has appeared in court charged with making grossly offensive telephone calls to FIVE different female Gardai at a Co Donegal Garda station.Mark Fair appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court where he pleaded guilty to all the charges against him. The court was told that Fair made grossly offensive telephone calls to Garda Una Cunningham, Lorraine Crawford, Carol Doherty, Elaine Moyles and Grainne McLoone.All the phonecalls were made on January 22nd and January 25th, 2015 at Buncrana Garda Station.The exact nature and contents of the calls were not disclosed in court during Fair’s arraignment.Fair, aged 28 of Ballinahone, Fahan, was also charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to Garda Elaine Moyles and her husband on January 10th, 2015.Wearing blue jeans and a navy blue shirt, Fair did not speak during his arraignment other than to plead guilty to all charges put to him.He further pleaded guilty to making threats to cause damage to Garda Elaine Moyle’s home.In all Fair pleaded guilty to ten separate charges relating to the disturbing incidents.Barrister Peter Nolan said his client wanted the matter to be dealt with as quickly as possible.He said Fair did not want any probation or community service or any other reports.“I have spoken to my client and he wants to deal with the matter as soon as the courts see fit.“He also does not require any reports,” said Mr Nolan.Prosecuting barrister Patricia McLaughlin said she accepted the guilty pleas on the condition that full facts in the cases be given when Fair is sentenced.Judge John Aylmer remanded Fair in custody to appear before him again next Wednesday, July 25th for sentencing.Man made ‘grossly offensive’ phonecalls to FIVE female Gardai was last modified: July 22nd, 2019 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:buncranacourtdonegalfemale Gardaigrossly offensiveMark Fairphonecalls
27 March 2015A R1-billion incentive scheme to support the creation of large and competitive black industrialists is to be made available, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at the closing session of the Black Industrialists Indaba on Thursday.The indaba, hosted by the DTI and held over two days in Midrand in Gauteng, aimed to engage and generate dialogue between the public sector and key private sector stakeholders on black industrialisationDavies said that South Africa’s path to economic prosperity should continue to be anchored on the twin imperatives of industrialisation on the one hand; and economic inclusion, of which the Black Industrialists Development Programme is an important pillar, on the other.100 black industrialistsThe DTI launched the Black Industrialists Development Programme in August last year and is aimed at creating more than 100 black industrialists within three years and put black industrialists at the forefront of South Africa’s industrialisation efforts.The programme promotes the participation of black industrialists as manufacturers for the key sectors identified in the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) as well as other sectors driving economic growth and development.The programme outlines key measures aimed at supporting black-owned manufacturing companies such as access to finance, access to markets, skills development, and standards, quality and productivity improvement.Davies said the government was committed to deracialising the economy through the accelerated development of black industrialists. He said the government had committed financial resources and support to expand and upscale support for black industrialists.FundersOn Wednesday, DTI Director-General Lionel October said the R1-billion in funding was expected to attract an estimated R10-billion to R20-billion from other funders, such as the Industrial Development Corporation, the Development Bank of South Africa, the National Empowerment Fund and the Public Investment Corporation.October said that when South Africa’s new broad-based black economic empowerment codes came into effect in May, only companies with a minimum level of four would qualify for the incentives, Business Day reported.Access to finance was the primary constraint for existing and emerging black industrialists and financial support initiatives would help accelerate South Africa’s industrialisation, October said.Three commissions set up at the Indaba looked at access to finance, access to markets and state procurement, as well as policy and skills development.Recommendations from the commissions included:A committee comprising government and the private sector and comprising experts be established to explore more ways and instruments to accelerate the implementation of the Black Industrialists Development Programme;Review of the Preferential Public Procurement Act,Setting up the black majority threshold at 75% for companies qualifying for the Programme, andSkills development should be at the centre of the Programme.SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov.za