Donegal father sentenced to 11 years for raping daughter

first_imgA Donegal father-of-six who repeatedly and regularly raped his teenage daughter has been jailed for eleven years.Maurice Lafferty (50) of Corcullen, Castlefin, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping his daughter Annie Lafferty at his home on dates between November 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011. Garda Sergeant John Dorian told Paul Carroll SC, prosecuting, that the accused man’s wife worked in Letterkenny and lived away from the home four nights a week during the period of offending.Gda Sgt Dorian said that on a night in November, 2010, Lafferty came into his then seventeen year old daughter’s bedroom. “You’re my good little girl, you’re the only one I can trust,” Lafferty said to her.Judge Alex Owens said Lafferty had only pleaded guilty at the last minute.Ms Annie Lafferty spoke after the court of how relieved she was after the court case. Watch on Virgin Media News here: Donegal father sentenced to 11 years for raping daughter was last modified: April 29th, 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)last_img read more

Ferdinand thinks Dier would be ’embarrassed’ by those Busquets comments

first_img Eric Dier’s crunching tackle on Sergio Ramos was a highlight for many of England’s win against Spain 3 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand thinks Eric Dier would be embarrassed by Sam Allardyce’s praise of him.Discussing the midfielder’s display against Spain, Allardyce told talkSPORT Sergio Busquets is no better than Dier, explaining the two do similar jobs, but while the Barcelona star is praised, the Tottenham man is panned. Ferdinand responded on Twitter. “Come on Big Sam!! Busquets has been the best holding midfielder for years & been an integral part in Barcelona & Spain’s most successful periods,” he tweeted.“‘He’s no better than Eric Dier’ – With all due respect Eric Dier himself would be embarrassed with that comment!” Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? England fans loved Dier’s tackle on Ramos, as did Sam Allardyce! “I remember what Messi told me,” the Man City boss said.“After two or three days of training with him, he came to me and said, ‘I like this one’. And I said, ‘When there is trouble, he will be there’.” Most popular football news 3 shining REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY BEST OF no dice RANKED Great tackle from Eric Dier on Ramos. pic.twitter.com/dhmhaTz3VX— . (@VintageSalah) October 15, 2018As well as Ferdinand, Busquets has won many admirers around the world.His club bill him as ‘probably the best defensive midfielder in the world’ while Lionel Messi needed just a handful of training sessions to know he would be a world beater, according to Pep Guardiola. Lionel Messi is a big fan of Barcelona team-mate Sergio Busquets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 3 REPLY ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Come on Big Sam!!Busquets has been the best holding midfielder for years & been an integral part in @FCBarcelona & Spain’s most successful periods….”he’s no better than Eric Dier” 🙈🙈🙈🙈With all due respect @ericdier himself would be embarrassed with that comment! https://t.co/9Sz9QER4hE— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) October 16, 2018During the game Dier won a lot of praise for his tackle on Spain captain Sergio Ramos, especially Liverpool supporters, who are not the centre-back’s biggest fans stemming from his part in Mohamed Salah’s Champions League final injury.Allardyce, though, thought it was fantastic: “I loved it! A tackle like that can set the tone. “As a manager, you look at who is going get the fans on the edge of the seats. People will say that you can’t think of something like that to do it, but when you watch a game of football and you see that level of commitment, you saw the cheer it brings from the fans.“It says, ‘we’re going to get stuck in tonight, we’re going to make an impression on Spain in all aspects of the game to win it’.“That got a big cheer from the fans in the stadium and probably all the fans in England and certainly set the tone for the match.” Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move huge blow REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester starslast_img read more

South Africa’s plan for a better future

first_imgSouth Africa’s National Development Plan, a blueprint for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in the country by 2030, was presented to President Jacob Zuma by National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel during a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament on Wednesday.‘We say to one another: I cannot be without you, without you this South African community is an incomplete community, without one single person, without one single group, without the region or the continent, we are not the best that we can be’ – from South Africa’s National Development Plan (Photo: South African Government, via Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0)Brand South Africa reporter South Africa’s National Development Plan seeks to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030 by drawing on the energies of the the country’s people, growing an inclusive economy, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society.Following months of public consultation and revision, the National Development Plan 2030 was handed over to President Jacob Zuma by the chairperson of the National Planning Commission, Minister Trevor Manuel, during a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday.The commission released a draft of the plan in November, following this up with six months of nationwide public consultation. The revised document, entitled “Our future – make it work”, takes into account inputs received from South Africans from all walks of life, as well as business, labour, government departments, the nine provinces, and state-owned enterprises and agencies.The Cabinet will now consider the plan before making an announcement on its implementation.NDP 2030: Our future – make it work “This is a historic occasion,” Manuel told Parliament on Wednesday. “This plan is the product of thousands of inputs and perspectives of South Africans. It is a plan for a better future, a future in which no person lives in poverty, where no one goes hungry, where there is work for all.”He said the plan was about the actions that all South Africans should take to secure the future chartered in the country’s Constitution.Eliminating poverty, reducing inequalityThe plan focuses on the elimination of poverty – reducing the proportion of households with a monthly income below R419 per person from 39 percent to zero – and reduction of inequality in South Africa.Other goals include increasing employment from 13-million in 2010 to 24-million by 2030; broadening the country’s ownership of assets to historically disadvantaged groups; ensuring that all children have at least two years of pre-school education and that all children can read and write by grade 3; providing affordable access to healthcare; and ensuring effective public transport.Manuel said that, during the consultation process, it emerged that there was an incredible amount of goodwill that needed to be tapped into.However, there were problems in the country that needed strong leadership, such as joblessness, children who could not read or count, services that did not function, and public officials that were uncaring.Interventions for a better futureThe plan emphasises the need for a strategy to address poverty and its impacts by broadening access to employment, strengthening the social wage, improving public transport and raising rural incomes.It also outlines the steps that need to be taken by the state to professionalise the public service, strengthen accountability, improve coordination and prosecute corruption.It calls for private investment to be boosted in labour-intensive areas, competitiveness and exports. It also stresses the need for jobs to be located where people live, for informal settlements to be upgraded, and for housing market gaps to be closed.The plan suggests that public infrastructure investment be set at 10 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).It says that crime can be reduced by strengthening the criminal justice system and improving community environments, and that National Health Insurance should be phased in with a focus on upgrading public health facilities, producing more health professionals, and reducing the relative cost of private healthcare.‘Doing things differently’“Progress over the next two decades means doing things differently,” the plan states, setting out six interlinked priorities:Uniting all South Africans around a common programme to achieve prosperity and equity.Promoting active citizenry to strengthen development, democracy and accountability.Bringing about faster economic growth, higher investment and greater labour absorption.Focusing on key capabilities of people and the state.Building a capable and developmental state.Encouraging strong leadership throughout society to work together to solve problems.While achieving of these objectives will require progress on a broad front, the plan states, “three priorities stand out”:Raising employment through faster economic growth.Improving the quality of education, skills development and innovation.Building the capability of the state to play a developmental, transformative role.Removing structural impediments“A sustainable increase in employment will require a faster-growing economy and the removal of structural impediments, such as poor-quality education or spatial settlement patterns that exclude the majority,” the plan argues. “These are essential to achieving higher rates of investment and competitiveness, and expanding production and exports.”At the same time, the plan stresses the need for business, labour, communities and the government to work together to achieve faster economic growth.“Social cohesion needs to anchor the strategy. If South Africa registers progress in deracialising ownership and control of the economy without reducing poverty and inequality, transformation will be superficial.“Similarly, if poverty and inequality are reduced without demonstrably changed ownership patterns, the country’s progress will be turbulent and tenuous.”Manuel said the methodology used in the plan “was to set overarching objectives, to set key targets for various sectors, and to make recommendations on how these targets can be achieved.”Linkages between goalsHe also noted that there were linkages between the goals in the plan.“Better quality schooling will make it easier for young people to access the labour market. But it also enables workers to improve their productivity, to learn faster on the job and to raise their incomes and living standards.”He added that good public transport would help people search for work over a wider area, and help get them to work faster and more cheaply, but it would also enable people to live fuller lives with more family and recreation time.Manuel said the National Planning Commission would now turn its attention to mobilising society to support the plan and conducting research on critical issues affecting long-term development, and advise the government and its social partners on the implementation of the plan.The African National Congress (ANC) welcomed the plan and commended the Commission for the work it had done. The Democratic Alliance (DA) also welcomed the plan, saying it hoped the government would align its programmes to the goals contained in it.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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10 months agoLiverpool veteran Milner: Newcastle clash always exciting

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool veteran Milner: Newcastle clash always excitingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool veteran James Milner is looking forward to facing Newcastle United today.Milner moved from Leeds to Newcastle in 2004 and enjoyed four years at St James’ Park, making 136 appearances across all competitions. He made no secrets about his excitement of facing his former team on Boxing Day.”It’s an exciting fixture,” he said. “The amount of goals and classic games you see. Two clubs who are very well supported so there’s always a great atmosphere at the game.”I think you always want to see your former clubs doing well. People want to see Newcastle doing well.”It’s a great football club, very well supported and when things are going well in that city, the fans get behind them and you feel that momentum everywhere you go.” last_img read more

NEATs Lets Go Outside Program

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – NEAT has recently announced the newest addition to their Wildling family of programming called ‘Let’s Go Outside’.Let’s Go Outside is geared towards children 6 years of age and younger and their families and/or caregivers.NEAT shares, Let’s Go Outside is a hands-on exploration of nature, which is led by Wildling Leaders, and will lead parent/caregiver and child(ren) into the heart of the forest to go on scavenger hunts, play games, create nature-themed art and crafts, sing songs and let your imagination soar. Upcoming events are being held on;Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 / 9:30 am – 11 amFriday, July 31st, 2019 / 9:30 am – 11 amWednesday, July 31st, 2019 / 9:30 am – 11 amWith more dates throughout AugustParent & Child Wednesdays ($5/Adult) and Childcare Provider Fridays ($10/Childcare Group)At the end of each session, parents, guardians and childcare providers will leave with a pamphlet of activities, crafts, songs and book lists to add to your “toolbox” of ideas that will keep you and your little one(s) busy for days!In order to participate, you must pre-register.To view the FB event page; CLICK HERElast_img read more

SC orders closure of banquet hall

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered closure of a banquet hall, which is situated below Raja Garden flyover in west Delhi, with effect from March 30 saying it is a “traffic hazard”. A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta observed that the apex court-mandated monitoring committee on sealing of unauthorised constructions in the national capital has also said that the banquet hall was being operated in violation of provisions of Master Plan of Delhi-2021 and building bye-laws. Master Plan of Delhi-2021 is a blueprint for urban planning and expansion in the metropolis to ensure overall development. Senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, assisting the top court as an amicus curiae in the Delhi sealing, told the bench that the banquet hall below Raja Garden flyover should be closed down as it was creating traffic problem there.last_img read more

Nuno Espirito Santo We will not change our style

first_imgNuno Espirito Santo says Wolves must keep their identity despite a draw and loss in their first two Premier League games.This Saturday, Nuno Espirito Santo and his Wolves side will face the Champions Manchester City at home.Wolves started their Premier League season with a 2-2 draw against 10-men Everton, before losing to Leicester 2-0 last weekend.As they prepare to host the Champions, Nuno Espirito Santo is adamant to change their football style and philosophy.“We don’t know how to play any other way,” Santo told Sky Sports.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“There are two ways to react to something that happened, for example, away against Leicester. You react by changing, or not. We will not change, because we want to build something.“It’s more important that we build the same things that we train, we want to achieve, and it’s another opportunity to do so. We will not change but adapt, of course, because you have a good opponent in front of you but we don’t change.“When you want to build something, you have to truly believe in what you are doing and keep pushing onto it.”last_img read more

Meredith Reports Increased Circulation Revenue to Start 2016

first_img The titles Shape, Allrecipes, and EatingWell were the primary drivers of advertising growth for the National Media Group, according to the company. The publisher’s National Media Group, which includes such titles as Better Homes and Gardens, Shape, and Parents, earned $281.84 million in revenue for the three months ended March 31, a 2.4 percent increase over the same period last year, according to a financial statement released today. Operating profit for the National Media Group was $34.78 million, a year-over-year increase of 48.2 percent. Meredith Corp., which claims to reach more than 100 million American women across its portfolio of media brands, has kicked off 2016 on a fiscal high note. Of particular note, circulation revenues bucked industry trends by increasing, albeit modestly, to $96.62 million—a slight uptick over the $96.04 million reported last year. It’s worth noting that More, which had a rate base of 750,000 when it was shuttered by Meredith earlier this year, still contributed to that figure (the April, 2016 issue was the title’s last).center_img Total company revenues increased 6.2 percent to $422.77 million, while net earnings more than tripled thanks to a nearly-$60 million termination fee from Media General after the agreed-upon merger of the two companies fell through in January. Advertising revenues for the National Media Group jumped to $125.85 million, a 6.7 percent increase over the same period in 2015. The financial statement did not provide a breakdown of print and digital revenues, but the company reports that digital advertising increased 10 percent. Multiple Meredith representatives tell Folio: that digital accounts for about 25 percent of the National Media Group’s advertising revenues.last_img read more

Apple releases iOS 122 with Apple News Plus and support for new

first_img Share your voice Apple News Plus arrives on iOS 12.2, along with support for new AirPods. CNET Monday’s Apple event introduced TV and services, but alongside it came a new version of iOS, too.iOS 12.2, available for iPhones and iPads, introduces some key features: it brings Apple’s new subscription news service, Apple News Plus, which is only available in the US and Canada for now.iOS 12.2 is also necessary to set up the imminently arriving “Hey Siri”-enabled new AirPods, and includes support for the Logitech Crayon on Apple’s iPad Pros and other iPad models. There are new emoji (hello owl, warthog, shark). iOS 12.2 also introduces iPhone/iPad support for AirPlay and HomeKit via new enabled non-Apple TVs and devices.Other features:New dedicated TV controls in Control Center and Lock Screen, and improved AirPlay controlsSiri support for playing movies or shows on Apple TV, using your iPhone or iPadThe update’s features were pretty well-known since the iOS version became available as a beta for developers. 2 Aug 30 • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11R and 11 Max: Price, specs and features we expect on Sept. 10 Mobile Apps Apple Event Tags Aug 29 • New iPhones, Apple Watch and more: Apple’s September event preview See Allcenter_img • Aug 30 • Apple will launch iPhone 11 on Sept. 10 in Cupertino Comments reading • Apple releases iOS 12.2 with Apple News Plus and support for new AirPods Apple Event Aug 26 • Every Apple TV Plus show announced so far iOS 12 Applelast_img read more

Chinas Li urges united stable EU amid fears of Brexit

first_imgChina’s Premier Li Keqiang gestures as he leaves the room after a news conference following the closing ceremony of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: ReutersChinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday expressed confidence in the European Union, calling for a united, prosperous and stable Europe amid widespread concerns about the impact of Brexit and the rise of nationalism.Speaking at his annual news conference at the end of the annual meeting of China’s parliament, Li said that China backed European integration.“I am optimistic about the prospects of the European Union, and we are optimistic about the development prospects for China-EU relations,” he said.European Council President Donald Tusk in February warned that, in the wake of Brexit and with growing nationalism, the EU faced the biggest challenges in its 60-year history, compounded by an assertive China, an aggressive Russia and worrying declarations from US President Donald Trump.The Trump administration has stirred concern in Europe due to doubts about NATO and countering Russia in Ukraine, as well as over free trade.Trump has similarly worried China by criticising the country’s trade practices and threatened to impose punitive tariffs on Chinese imports, as part of his pledge to put “America first”.Li said China did not want to see a trade war with the US.While acknowledging that trade ties between China and the EU have been strained in recent years over steel, Li said that China and the EU had experience at “appropriately resolving” disputes.last_img read more