Linden trio remanded for raping volunteer

first_imgThe three Lindeners accused of raping an overseas volunteer were on Monday remanded to prison by City Magistrate Judy Latchman when they appeared before her jointly charged with rape.Anthony VanDembury of Wismar Housing Scheme, Seon Alexander of Blueberry Hill, Linden, and a 16-year-old juvenile were not required to plea to the indictable charge.The men were refused bail and the matter adjourned and transferred to Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan for June 7.According to reports, the incident occurred on May 6 at Kwakwani, Linden. The young volunteer who is in Guyana to teach children in Leguan, Essequibo River area, had ventured to Kwakwani to visit other volunteers, when the rape occurred.Reports are the young woman went to a bar with some friends where she was accosted by the men who took her into a house and raped her.The volunteer had told investigators that she had a few drinks and the men took advantage of her. The woman also noted she saw her attackers’ faces during the incident.last_img read more

Seven players to ‘energise’ Man United’s midfield with their power and vision

first_img Ince is a fan of Radja Nainggolan – As well as Pogba, Ince likes Roma and Belgium midfielder Nainggolan. Chelsea have been strongly with the player who could cost around £23m. It won’t be long before a big club swoops for Andre Gomes – Gomes’ energetic displays since moving to Valencia in 2015 have had scouts flocking to see the 22-year-old in action. He is comfortable on the ball, charging at defenders and much of the team’s play goes through him. Barcelona are also in the frame to sign him and he could cost as much as £30m, but Gomes and Man United manager Jose Mourinho share Jorge Mendes as an agent. 7 Paul Ince, the man who was once a driving force in the Man United midfield, says his old club were too light in the middle last season and believes they need someone to “energise” them in that area.Michael Carrick has a new one-year contract, while Morgan Schneiderlin is also on the books. It is thought new manager Jose Mourinho will sit down with Bastian Schweinsteiger to look at possible roles for him next season as the club are linked with younger and more dynamic midfielders.Here, talkSPORT looks at players with the capabilities of reinvigorating the midfield. 7 7 Paul Pogba has the ‘power and strength’ – click the arrow to see other players capable of reinvigorating the Man United midfield – Former Man United midfielder Paul Ince believes the club were too light in midfield last season and says they need someone to “energise” them in the middle. Here, talkSPORT looks at the players to do it, beginning with Pogba. “Without doubt he’d be one name who’d provide the answers for United,” Ince told the Manchester Evening News. “He is a fantastic player with the power and strength Mourinho must get back into that engine room.” 7 Jose Mourinho to chase Nemanja Matic? – It is rumoured Matic wants to reunite with Jose Mourinho, who is believed to be a big fan of the 27-year-old’s tenacious style of play. 7 Leicester’s energetic midfielder N’Golo Kante – Man United face stiff competition if they want to buy Kante. Leicester will play in the Champions League next season, something United cannot offer. They would have no trouble stumping up the reported £22m transfer fee though. 7 Marco Verratti: There are few midfielders better than him, says Xavi – Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi heaped praise on 23-year-old Verratti. “He’s one of the best midfielders in the world and plays a little bit in the same way as I tried to do with Barcelona and the national team,” he said. “He likes having the ball. He also has perfect mastery over long and short passing, he can play the final ball, and he doesn’t lose the ball that easily. He’s really a very high-class player.” 7 Real Madrid and Germany’s complete midfielder Toni Kroos – Kroos is one of the best in the business. He is Germany’s creative hub and was on hand to help his national side ease past Ukraine in their opening game at Euro 2016. Energy, vision, and passing – this man has the lot and more.last_img read more

FF HOLD PUBLIC MEETING TO ‘SAVE LOCAL SMALL SCHOOLS’ IN DONEGAL

first_imgParents, teachers and community groups are being urged to attend a public meeting in Carndonagh next week to which will address the future of local schools.Charlie McConalogue TDUnder plans by this Government, schools with less than 85 pupils are facing severe cutbacks to resources while schools with 50 pupils or less are at risk of closure or forced amalgamation, claim Fianna Fail.The party is kicking off a national campaign against the closure of small schools next Monday, 09 December in Carndonagh. The meeting takes place at 8pm upstairs in Túl Na Rí. It’s organised by local TD and Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue and Fr John Joe Duffy will be a guest speaker.Deputy McConalogue explained, “Communities across Inishowen are at serious risk of losing their local school under plans being spearheaded by the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn.“The loss of any of our local schools in Inishowen would be felt right across the community. It’s time that we all pull together and stand up against this highly damaging policy, that will essentially amount to the loss of yet another vital local service in this region.”The Fianna Fáil Education Spokesperson will be touring the country in the new year as part of his ‘Save Our Schools’ campaign. He has described the Government’s attack on small schools as ‘the latest in a series of attacks on rural communities’.“Donegal has the highest proportion of small schools in the country. In Inishowen alone, there are 17 schools at risk of severe cuts or forced amalgamation. We also have a higher proportion of minority faith schools and gaeltacht schools, which are naturally smaller in size.“Once again, this county is being forced to bear a disproportionate level of cuts to our local services. Many of these schools are the heart of the local community and they add much more to local life than traditional teaching during school hours. The ongoing uncertainty over their future is a threat in itself, as parents feel nervous about enrolling their children in a school that may soon face closure.“The Government is going about its attack on small schools in the sneakiest way possible. A series of cuts to resources coupled by deliberate uncertainty is all adding to the threat of what is a vital local service.“I am urging parents, teachers, community groups and public representatives from all sides to come to this meeting on Monday and stand up for their local school.” FF HOLD PUBLIC MEETING TO ‘SAVE LOCAL SMALL SCHOOLS’ IN DONEGAL was last modified: December 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:Charlie McConaloguedonegalschoolslast_img read more

GAA NEWS: MALIN GAA RECEIVE 60,000 IN FUNDING FOR NEW GYM

first_imgMalin GAA News:RADIO NA GAELTACHTA SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPMalin are playing the quarter final of the Senior Championship next Sunday 13th of September in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny at 3.00. The team came out of a tough group containing three division one teams and now face St. Michael’s from Dunfanaghy. The club would urge as many supporters and club members to make an effort to get to the match and support the team in a massive game for the club. OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE NEW GYMJoe McHugh, Minister of State, department of Gaeltacht will officially open the club’s new gym on Saturday the 12th of September at 12.00pm. The Junior Minister was helpful to the club in awarding €60,000 for gym equipment in what will be a fully furnished fitness gym with treadmills, rowing machines, spin bikes, exercise bikes as well as weight machines and an array of loose weights with full changing and shower facilities. This is another example of the great work the development committee has put into the club and the club would like to acknowledge the huge amount of voluntary work put into the fitness gym and thank all the volunteers who helped out in any way in the construction and completion of the project. The club would like to invite all the members who were involved in the gym construction to the official opening on Saturday and refreshments will be served upstairs in the club house afterwards. UNDERAGEMalin under 13’s lost against St. Eunan’s on Sunday by 8 points in Connolly park against a very strong Letterkenny side. It was the team’s first match and after a rusty first half they improved greatly in the second half. They now face Naomh Padraig in Muff on Friday night at 6.30pm.LOTTOThere was no winner of this weeks jackpot of €2200. The numbers drawn were 7-4-6-1-2-5-3 and the €50 winner was Colm Curley, Magherard, Malin with the €20 sellers prize going to Christopher McLaughlin, Auchayclay. Next weeks jackpot is €2250.SHOPThe club shop is open every Saturday from 12.00 – 2.00and Sunday from 11.20 – 2.00 or alternatively contact Susan Byrne on 9370638 or 0867832242 . The shop also has a great range of stock in all sizes including coats, jackets, hoodies, tracksuits, socks, shorts, hats and much more club merchandice.Get Fit With Charlie Fitness classes are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at 6.30pm for women, men at 8.00 in the Malin Gaa centre. There is still time to sign up for the six week programme for €60 per person or pay as you go €5 per class. This fitness class caters for beginners and people of every fitness level.GAA NEWS: MALIN GAA RECEIVE 60,000 IN FUNDING FOR NEW GYM was last modified: September 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Sportlast_img read more

Wick Deepens Leadership Knowledge With J-Term Experience Abroad

first_imgIt was pitch black when they arrived on the deserted island. The moon hadn’t yet risen. After walking a quarter mile through knee-deep water, Payson Wick, a member of the Drake football team, and 18 others arrived on a beach. No one had their phones; instead they talked throughout the walk. Wick says this was one of the most significant memories from his Leadership at Sea J-term experience. “My dad compares it to a puppy dog,” he said. “People want to come over and see what it looks like. I met a guy on the beach and had a nice conversation with him because he noticed my drone. It was cool to see that separation of culture but being able to bring the two together because of the drone.” Some students at Drake University spent their January in a classroom, which is partly true for Wick. The first half of his J-term was held in a classroom where the students learned about the fundamentals of leadership and the history of the Bahamas. The second half of the trip was spent in the Bahamas. Most importantly, a week spent sailing a tall ship on the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Playing football for 15 years, Wick went into the trip thinking he knew everything there was to know about leadership. He was wrong. “For being in Des Moines when you really wanted to be in the Bahamas, it was as fun as it could have been,” Wick said. Wick has visited the Bahamas before, but never in a way that embedded him into the culture, or to sail a tall ship. He now had the opportunity to travel with a group of people from school. Many of which he never would have met if it weren’t for this trip. “Interacting with different types of people is a skill that comes naturally to me,” he said. “But I was able to understand the fundamentals in a more concrete way. If someone is not performing as well as they can on the field, how do you kick them into gear and get them inspired and motivated? This experience taught me how to do that.” With every trip, some aspects are stronger than others. In this case, the weaker aspects enhanced the stronger. Wick says sleep was minimal: sharing full sized beds, sleeping in bunks, and waking up at 3 a.m. or midnight to do your watch. “It was kind of a blessing in disguise,” he said. “We were able to experience the most amount of stuff with the minimal sleep we had.” Although they didn’t have cell phone reception, there was one other piece of technology at play. A drone. Wick says has found a love for making videos and capturing his life with the drone. “Everyone was entirely present,” Wick said. “We had real conversations. I think most people don’t appreciate when they have the opportunity to go off the grid. I’m really going to push myself to put my phone down more often.”center_img “Being a student-athlete, you are kind of confined to your sport and maybe you get to know a few other people in other sports a little bit just because of scheduling and understanding what it’s like to be a student-athlete,” Wick said. “I was really excited to get to know people outside of football and sports. I think I gave them a different view of football players.” And with such little sleep, Wick was able to gain knowledge he plans to bring to the field this upcoming football season. One of the biggest takeaways he learned was how to influence and inspire various types of people. On the ship, the group had to work together to sail the boat. Which, of course, consisted of work and play. “The captain loved it,” Wick said. “He set up sails at sunset just so we could take a video. The drone gives people a view of something they know well in a very different way for the first time.” “That was the moment when we really started to appreciate the present and being present,” Wick said. “It had been such a long day, sailing through the night, and we just started to realize how much we accomplished and learned.” “It was nonstop action and putting yourself in uncomfortable situations,” Wick said. “Learning how to sail a giant boat is something most people may not see as a life changing experience, but it really is.” For Wick, the drone’s sole purpose isn’t to show what is going on around him it also brings people together. But, the biggest takeaway from the trip still stems from that first night on the deserted island. Being in a place where there was no cell phone reception.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

DD Fitness: Do women prefer the dad-bod?

first_imgA survey from 2014 revealed some surprising results: 75% of women prefer men with a big belly and love handles over six-pack abs.Eh, what? Did I miss something? Has my Facebook newsfeed not been filled with memes of fitness models with catchy slogans? Slogans that should be motivating me to ‘CRUSH MY WORKOUT’, always be in ‘BEAST MODE’ at the gym, and lest not forget to ‘ALWAYS SQUAT’, because we’ve got to get ‘DAT ASS’ don’t we?Well maybe men don’t, but it flashed up somewhere on Facebook. So, what’s going on? Has there been a flip in the space time continuum? Or do women really prefer men with a bit more to hold onto? Let’s get down to the finer details.Why is it that the women in this survey prefer their men with a bit of a belly?Almost all the women, 96%, said they automatically assume a guy with a belly has a better personality than a man with a tight body. Now we are getting down to it.It seems that the women on the survey assumed that men with big bellies are like John Candy, Kevin James or Jonah Hill. Sweet, funny, kind of awkward, but will treat you like a goddess and will always look after your every need, because that’s what they do in the movies. Whereas they naturally assumed that men with 6 packs would be like a cardboard cut-out of Ryan Gosling. He’s nice to look at, but nothing much in the way of conversation. What else was there that was putting women off the prospect of having a ‘Bronzed Adonis’ as a partner?Nearly as many as 91% of the women surveyed said men in perfect shape prioritize spending time in the gym over spending time with their partner.Well, I don’t think we can argue with this point guys, can we? I have been known to go to the gym for ‘an hour’ only to have a search and rescue team trying to locate me.But, the problem can’t be just a lack of personality and prioritizing the gym over women, can it?80% of the women surveyed said that guys with great abs are unlikely to be able to relax and have fun, being too obsessed with what they eat. This is ridiculous… (I nearly spat out my protein shake.) Let me set the record straight on this one. Bringing your own food to a wedding is NOT, I repeat NOT obsessing about food……. DON’T JUDGE ME, there was a good reason, honest. (Plus I ate it in the car… ) So, what is it?Why do women seem to put down the guys with the 6 pack abs?74% of those surveyed said a man with a great body makes them feel self-conscious about their own bodies. This could be a valid reason, but what you must remember ladies is this; If a guy wants to be with you and is REALLY into you, he will appreciate your body and will let you know that he does.If he doesn’t or if he makes you insecure about it, the next time you both are out for a drive, do yourself a favour and reach over and press the ejector seat button. What it really comes down to is this. You prefer what you prefer.All the memes, motivational speeches and you tube videos won’t change your mind on what you are attracted to and neither they should.You like what you like. No survey should change your mind.#TrainSmartFor further information on how to get a man with a 6 pack contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/rushefitness/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessDD Fitness: Do women prefer the dad-bod? was last modified: August 6th, 2017 by Emmet RusheShare 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:6 packdad bodfitnessrushe fitnesslast_img read more

Figures show women more likely to hold third-level qualification than men

first_imgFigures released by the Central Statistics Office today have revealed that women are more likely to hold a third-level qualification than their male counterparts.The report, titled “Women and Men in Ireland 2016”, finds that over half (55.1%) of women aged 25 – 34 have a third-level qualification, compared to just 42.9% of men in this age group.Despite this, women are still vastly underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) and politics. More than four out of five (82.4%) of Engineering, Manufacturing, and Construction graduates were male in 2016, while 79.3% of graduates in Information and Communication Technologies were male.At both national and regional levels, women are under-represented in decision-making structures in Ireland.Less than a quarter (22.2%) of TDs in Dáil Éireann were women in 2016, and they accounted for only 21.4% of members of Local Authorities. The average female representation in national parliaments in the EU in 2016 was 28.7%.Healthcare and Welfare continues to be a female-dominated arena however, with women representing more than three out of four graduates (76.4%). Similarly, 71.4% of graduates from Education courses were female. Statistician Helen Cahill says that more girls than boys sat higher level papers in the Leaving Certificate exams in English, French, Irish, Biology, Chemistry, Art, Home Economics and Music in 2016. However more boys than girls took higher level papers in Mathematics, Physics, Design and communication graphics, Construction studies and Engineering.The report also concludes that men work longer hours than women in paid employment, with men clocking up an average of 39.7 hours per week in paid employment compared to 31.7 hours for women. Following this trajectory, men also have a higher rate of employment. The male employment rate in 2016 was 69.9%, over 10 percentage points higher than the female rate of 59.5%The vast majority of homemakers in 2016 were women (98%), however the number of men looking after the home and family doubled in the ten years up for 2016, rising from 4,900 to 9,200.Women are waiting longer until they have a family, the report finds.The average age at which women gave birth to their first child rose from 24.8 years in 1975 to 30.5 years in 2014. The fertility rate in Ireland, at 1.92, was the second highest rate in the EU in 2015 after France and well above the EU average of 1.58. Today’s report presents over 70 indicators that identify important gender differences in the activities of men and women and also presents the situation in Ireland in an international context. For more, see CSO.ie.Figures show women more likely to hold third-level qualification than men was last modified: October 18th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:CSOMenstatisticsWomenlast_img read more

Takeaways: Matthews wins over Sharks fans with Marleau tribute

first_imgSAN JOSE — Sharks fans wanted Patrick Marleau make a cameo appearance at the 2019 NHL All Star Game in San Jose. Auston Matthews granted their wish as best he could.In the weeks leading into hockey’s mid-winter showcase, Sharks fans held out hope that the NHL would find a way to include Mr. Shark in the all star festivities at SAP Center. It didn’t happen. But Matthews sent the home crowd into a frenzy during the Skills’ Competition Friday night, ripping off his Toronto Maple Leafs sweater …last_img read more

Sol Kerzner: back with a bang

first_img2 January 2004He’s back. Luxury hotel and casino magnate Sol Kerzner, one of South Africa’s wealthiest entrepreneurs, has come home in typical style – with the announcement of one of the most expensive hotel developments Africa has ever seen.Kerzner and his son, Butch, announced on Friday that their New York-listed company, Kerzner International Limited, had reached agreement with the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront company to develop a new six-star luxury hotel in Cape Town, under the new ultra-smart One&Only hotel brand.Kerzner International will work with local partner Matemeku Investments to develop a 150-room One&Only luxury hotel at the V&A Waterfront, part of Cape Town’s waterfront and harbour, at a cost of more than R450-million.The V&A Waterfront, set against the backdrop of Table Mountain, is one of the most successful dockland renewals in the world, attracting some 22-million visits annually.Cape Town’s One&Only, to be built in the exclusive V&A Marina Residential area, will be positioned “at the highest end of the market”, Butch Kerzner, president of Kerzner International and CEO of One&Only Resorts, said in a statement. “We aim to make the One&Only in Cape Town Africa’s flagship hotel.”Construction on the new hotel is expected to start in 2005 and be completed by the end of 2006.The Kerzners are also eyeing a number of other tourism projects in the country. Their alliance with Matemeku Investments, headed by local businessman Moss Mashishi, was formed earlier this year, and is reportedly exploring a number of hotel and game lodge development possibilities in the country.The Kerzners also marked their return to South Africa with a R20-million donation towards the construction of a new hotel school in Johannesburg.SA gets new hotel schoolSol Kerzner, chairman and CEO of Kerzner International, said he was “pleased to be returning to South Africa, the country where it all began for us”.The new hotel, he told the Saturday Star, was “not just another hotel for me. I started up in this country, and now I’ve come back. I’ve always thought South Africa was one of the greatest tourist destinations in the world, and that Cape Town is without equal.“And now people are marketing this country properly, and I’m really pleased about all of this.”Kerzner received a warm welcome home from Nelson Mandela. At a breakfast to mark the hotel school donation, Mandela declared that Kerzner was “by far the greatest entrepreneur in the tourism industry”, and that he and his brother came from “a family not only interested in their own enrichment, but willing to give back to their country.“Having the Kerzners back in South Africa, and having them herald their return with this generous donation to this new institution, is a tribute to the transformation that South Africa has enjoyed and the fact that we are now on the international tourism map”, Mandela said.South Africa’s ‘Sun King’Known in South Africa as the “Sun King” – and often described as the Donald Trump of SA – the 68-year-old Kerzner’s golden touch has made him one of the country’s wealthiest entrepreneurs.David Cohen, in an article for British newspaper The Evening Standard (The man after our casinos, 24 September 2002), relates how, at the age of 29, the boy who was born and raised in one of Johannesburg’s poorest suburbs built South Africa’s first five-star hotel, the Beverley Hills in Umhlanga Rocks just north of Durban.“Within five years”, Cohen writes, “Kerzner had started the Southern Sun Hotel franchise, the South African hotel chain that transformed the leisure sector in South Africa and grew to 31 hotels.“But his big break came in 1979, when he built Sun City in the so-called independent homeland of Bophuthatswana, striking a deal – which would later be attacked as highly suspicious – with the then homeland leader, Lucas Mangope, for the exclusive gambling rights.”In 1992, on the same bushveld site, Kerzner built “the even more flamboyant Lost City, creating an artificial rainforest replete with waterfalls, a beach, a sea with waves, a golf course with real crocodiles – and, of course, thousands of slot machines.”The Palace of the Lost City was Kerzner’s last big project in South Africa. Dogged by allegations of bribery in the acquisition of exclusive casino rights – not just in Bophuthatswana but in the Transkei, another former South African “homeland” – Kerzner left for London in the late 1980s.With his South African interests sold, Kerzner turned his sights on America – aiming big, very big, as always (or as the slogan on the front page of www.kerzner.com declares: “core value no.1 – blow away the customer”).“Based in the Bahamas”, Cohen writes, Kerzner “set about building an international empire even more extravagant and fantastical than his South African one. His flagship is the hugely successful Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, where his £1.4-billion casino-hotel is set amid the world’s biggest man-made aquarium, a water-slide marine park inhabited by 100 000 marine animals including piranhas, sharks and stingrays.“He also built the £200-million Mohegun Resort-Casino in Connecticut, owns the £300-million Resorts casino-hotel in Atlantic City, and has eight other beach resorts at exotic locations in Mauritius, Dubai and the Maldives.”And in the UK, Kerzner International is now looking to shake up the British gaming industry. Last year, the firm bought into one of Britain’s premiere casino businesses, London Clubs International, perfectly placing itself to enter the soon-to-be-deregulated British gaming market.“Each time he has sought to open a casino in a new territory”, Cohen writes, “his controversial reputation has travelled before him and he has had to convince the local gaming board he is a person to be trusted. Each time he has eventually prevailed.“Now, as he contemplates his next move, British casino owners may well be wondering which Sol will turn up: the misunderstood genius with the Midas touch who some say has mellowed with the years, or the pugnacious, uncouth, roughhousing man-boy not shy to tell his fellow board members to buck up or f*** off.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more