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

Cat is ‘feline’ lucky after miraculous escape from glass jar!

first_imgA cat had a miraculous escape after getting its head stuck in a glass jar – for FIVE days.The cat was spotted in Ardara with the glass jar on its head.It is thought the cat stuck its head into the jar to get the remains of some food but ended up getting stuck. A local woman tried to get the jar off the cat but it jumped onto a fence before falling and smashing the jar.However, the remains of the glass jar stayed stuck on the cat’s neck.The cat was caught and brought to local charity Animals in Need who managed to get the remainder of the jar from the moggy.The brave woman who found the cat even got a scratch for her troubles but was delighted to save the cat. A spokesperson said the cat had to be sedated and the operation to remove the remains of the glass jar was very delicate.“She was so lucky. One wrong move could have been fatal. She had the tiniest wee nick from the edge of the jar and that was it.“The big worry was getting the jar off without causing her any damage. If it splintered and cut her or it was too hard it could have caused her even more damage.“She’s back to herself now and is really enjoying her food,” said the spokesperson.The Animals in Need volunteer also appealed to people not to throw away jars, bottles or cans. “For a starving cat, the temptation of a lick of leftovers clearly proved too much.“Please make sure that jars and cans are disposed of safely and that cans crushed and jars washed and placed in closed recycling bins,” she added.Cat is ‘feline’ lucky after miraculous escape from glass jar! was last modified: December 15th, 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:animals in needArdaracatjarlast_img read more

Uncontested Consensus Is Bad for Science

first_imgDarwinian evolution is a prime example of how an unchallenged consensus leads to unbridled speculation and absurdity.Because “Big Science” allows no critique of Darwinian evolution in their journals (and news media follow their lead), crazy ideas regularly appear in the media with no debate. This is bad for science. Need examples?Aliens May Be Polar Bear-Sized (Space.com): No one has ever seen an alien. One would think observation is the first stage in science. Why, then, does Space.com allow a scientist to survey Earth’s animals and extrapolate that to outer space? It’s clear from Fergus Simpson’s “Big Alien Theory” website that he is an evolutionist. How anyone could test his “theory” is left unexplained.Is evolution more intelligent than we thought? (Science Daily): Watson and Szathmáry are not exactly slouches in evolution circles, but they got away with ascribing intelligence to a blind, purposeless, aimless, natural theory. Imagine what a debater could do with this!—if debate were allowed.Professor Richard Watson says new research shows that evolution is able to learn from previous experience, which could provide a better explanation of how evolution by natural selection produces such apparently intelligent designs.By unifying the theory of evolution (which shows how random variation and selection is sufficient to provide incremental adaptation) with learning theories (which show how incremental adaptation is sufficient for a system to exhibit intelligent behaviour), this research shows that it is possible for evolution to exhibit some of the same intelligent behaviours as learning systems (including neural networks).In an opinion paper, published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Professors Watson and Eörs Szathmáry, from the Parmenides Foundation in Munich, explain how formal analogies can be used to transfer specific models and results between the two theories to solve several important evolutionary puzzles.Professor Watson says: “Darwin’s theory of evolution describes the driving process, but learning theory is not just a different way of describing what Darwin already told us. It expands what we think evolution is capable of. It shows that natural selection is sufficient to produce significant features of intelligent problem-solving.“Because intelligent design theory is forbidden in Big Science circles, these two evolutionists are free to take evidence for design and put it in Charles Darwin’s trophy case.How anti-evolution bills evolve: An evolutionary biologist has analyzed political opposition to evolution and found it has evolved (Science Daily): Nick Matzke, a long time Darwin defender and enemy of intelligent design, makes an absurdly illogical proposition that creationism evolves (which, if that were true to mindless Darwinian evolution theory, would undermine his own brain as well). At Evolution News & Views, John West complains that Matzke likely misused taxpayer funds for his latest attack. But since Matzke is a card-carrying member of the Darwin lobby, will he be called out for this indiscretion? Unlikely. The D-Merit Badge provides immunity from prosecution, so Science Daily parroted his ideas without any fear of embarrassment in the court of public opinion, because no Darwin skeptic will get equal time.Scientists localize the Christmas spirit in the brain (Medical Xpress): If the human mind is an illusion from the physical brain (a belief by most materialists), then it may seem logical to evolutionists that our deepest feelings and urges are “nothing but” excited neurons. If true, where is the “science spirit” localized? It’s a self-refuting idea, but this science site presents this nutty idea uncritically.What computers won’t tell you about ecological and evolutionary dynamics: Surprising connections between computer science and biology (Science Daily): These scientists think that evolution is like a computer program. “The investigators found the rather unexpected proof that these fundamental questions in ecology and evolution can be precisely characterized by specific classes of complexity theory, as though these evolutionary processes would mimic aspects of computation.” Computers are built and operated by intelligent design, not evolution.Education: How to win at evolution (Nature): Stuart West has fun evaluating 3 video games based on evolutionary theory—apparently oblivious to the truth that the Darwinian “Stuff Happens Law” makes winning or losing irrelevant. “Evolution by natural selection is like a game: the winners are the organisms best at passing on their genes,” he says. A little thought makes it clear that the very concept of “winning” requires an intelligent evaluator; material bodies are incapable of caring about wins or losses. Whatever happens, happens. But instead of thinking consistently about this, he used the world’s most prestigious science journal—and children—to push this twisted form of Darwinism as if this is how evolution really operates. “We (two 12 year olds, a 16 year old, three graduate students, two postdocs and three professors) tested three: Evolution by North Star Games, Evolution: Random Mutations by Rightgames and Terra Evolution: Tree of Life by Mindwarrior Games. Our mission? To discover their potential for ‘edutainment’ — and as last-minute holiday gifts.”It’s also clear that the games pervert Darwinian theory: “You fashion your species,” he says of the Evolution game, proving that the players are actually role-playing god. Similarly, with Terra Evolution, “You build a deck of cards allowing you to evolve complex organisms, fossilize others or attack rival players with catastrophes such as viruses or asteroids.” Thus, West takes games that depend on intelligent design, but twists them into Christmas gifts for Darwin and his grinchy elves. Clear-thinking critics are left out in the cold.Darwinism is bad for science. Any undebated consensus is. If these ideologues had to stand up to critical attack by philosophers of science and Darwin skeptics in fair debate, they would be laughed off the stage for their shallow thinking and unbridled speculation. The Darwinians are like radical muslims who have imposed a kind of Sharia Law on science: convert, pay a tax, or die. Darwin skeptics of all stripes are excluded from the Big Science institutions, and courts have long prohibited them from sharing alternatives in schools (see the ENV series on the 10 years since Dover and John West’s summary). So not only do the Darwin skeptics have to raise their own money for research and education, they are forced to pay, through their taxes, for the institutions that persecute them. It’s an unholy theocracy that stifles clear thinking and actual progress in understanding the world. Let’s call it Darwin Sharia and add it to the Darwin Dictionary. (Visited 151 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Engen and Work4You assist disabled youth

first_img(left to right) Melanie Holland, Engen CSI co-ordinator; Vuyo Mdokwe, Lynnette D’ Alton, Bongi Vilakazi and Tristan Zass from Work4You; and Andrew Bryce, Engen general manager of financial services attend the Work4You 10th Anniversary dinner on 22 October 2016. (Image: Supplied)Work4You, an NPO dedicated to the development, training and support of young adults living with intellectual disabilities, has benefited greatly from the generosity of various donors and sponsors.Chief among these donors is South African oil and gas company Engen. The company tries to reach a diverse group of young people through their corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts.Engen has, since the beginning of their partnership with Work4You in 2006, helped the NPO maximise the impact they have made in the lives of 80 young adults who have benefited from their work.Work4You trains and places young people in Wagalots, a dog treats product line created to provide job opportunities for the young adults.“Our innovative approach at Work4You is to use our Wagalots dog treats product line as the platform and basis for training and developing the work skills of young people with intellectual disabilities, along with their social adaptation and life skills,” explains Lynnette D’Alton, the operations manager at Work4You.“Once the youngsters have completed their training, they are placed in relevant positions at organisations so that they can gain valuable work experience.”D’Alton, who has been with Work4You since 2011, says this process of practical training helps prepare the youth for full-time employment.And thanks to the support of Engen, who contributed eight bursaries in 2016, three young adults are currently employed.Three more are likely to be employed by the end of the year, with the last two Engen bursary recipients currently on job trials.D’Alton explains how the money generated by Wagalots along with sponsorships and parents fees goes to covering the costs of training. “As a result, many young people in poorer areas could not attend the courses, due to lack of funding.“Along with Engen, we identified eight potential candidates whose costs Engen agreed to pay via bursaries for 2016.”“Due to the fact that disability affects a comparatively small percentage of the population, it remains traditionally underfunded,” says Engen CSI manager, Mntu Nduvane, explaining the company’s decision to play a part in helping young adults living with intellectual disabilities.“At Engen, we are mindful that this is a key area of need and we have moved to assist people living with disabilities and their families,” Nduvane says.In 2017 Engen looks to take some of the young adults on board to gain even more work experience. The oil company also intends to provide funding for more bursaries in the coming year.Tasneem Sulaiman-Bray, Engen’s general manager of corporate affairs, says the company is pleased to play a role in helping people with disabilities.“By working together with Work4You we hope to forge a future that is inclusive of all people; where the marginalised have the opportunity to work, and where conditions are created for dreams to be achieved and a brighter future for all South Africans to be manifested,” says Sulaiman-Bray.last_img read more

Ohio Pork Council announces 2018 scholarship recipients

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Pork Council recently awarded seven scholarships for a total of $6,500 to students across Ohio. The Ohio Pork Council awards scholarships annually to a select group of students who have shown exemplary service to the pork industry and an interest in a career in the industry.This year’s class of recipients include: Kara Langenkamp, Versailles Lea Kimley, South Charleston Chelsea Graham, Frazeysburg Brandon Dues, St. Henry Grant Lloyd Kaffenbarger, New Carlisle Cameron Vaughan, Wilmington Abbey Werstler, WoosterScholarship recipient Lea Kimley was also awarded the Ohio Pork Council Women’s Scholarship for a total of $500, and the Dick Isler Scholarship for $1,000. Miss Kimley is a resident of South Charleston and currently attends The Ohio State University.last_img read more

Happy Birthday Sourav Ganguly: Virender Sehwag attributes his success to Dada

first_imgSourav Ganguly, former Indian captain and current member of the Cricket Advisory Committee, turns 45.After making a memorable Test debut after scoring a century at Lord’s in 1996, Ganguly has never looked back.His most memorable and iconic moment came in the final of the Natwest series at Lord’s, when he celebrated by opening his shirt and waving it in the air after India won the match.  Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, who all made their debuts under the ‘Prince of Calcutta’, led the birthday wishes for their former captain on Twitter.   Whatever success I could achieve in Test Cricket,I truly attribute it to the wonderful support you gave me @SGanguly99 . #HappyBirthdayDada pic.twitter.com/wJJRvL6g90- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 8, 2017  #HappyBirthdayDada! It was always a pleasure to play with you, @SGanguly99! Have a good one! pic.twitter.com/CcG75sqJH4- sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 8, 2017  Wishing dearest @SGanguly99 many happy returns of the day lots of love dadi. pic.twitter.com/aayhy5VFWa- yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 8, 2017#HappyBirthdayDada! You’ve always been an inspiration and a true hero. Have a great one, @SGanguly99 ?????? God bless you ??? #Topman ???- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 8, 2017A very #HappyBirthdayDada ?????? Wishing you many healthy, happy and joyful years ahead. @SGanguly99 ?????? pic.twitter.com/siskfh7JuL- Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) July 8, 2017 Happy Birthday to the Dada of Indian Cricket. The man who changed Indian Cricket for the good forever #HappyBirthdayDada pic.twitter.com/YPXJ2LZidH- Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) July 7, 2017   Many many happy returns of the day dada! Hope you continue to show direction to #bengal cricket as always! @SGanguly99 #HappyBirthdayDada pic.twitter.com/hpptfaw10L- Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) July 7, 2017 #HappyBirthdayDada ,the man who brought about a great transition in Indian cricket. Forever a legend @SGanguly99 ! May you have a grt life. pic.twitter.com/nfeaCKfIrTadvertisement- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 8, 2017 Happy birthday to the man who has given us innumerable moments to cherish. Happy birthday, @SGanguly99!- cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) July 8, 2017 Happy Birthday, @SGanguly99. Here’s wishing you a great year ahead #HappyBirthdayDada pic.twitter.com/42tPO25fjN- BCCI (@BCCI) July 8, 2017 Happy Birthday to one of India’s finest cricketers, Sourav Ganguly! ????What is your favourite memory from his career? pic.twitter.com/ufGXZVl91e- ICC (@ICC) July 8, 2017last_img read more

Report on Regional Health Authorities Review Being Finalised

first_imgStory Highlights The Ministry of Health is in the process of finalising a report from a review of the four regional health authorities, which will be the subject of stakeholder consultations during the 2018/19 fiscal year. The review, which was led by a team from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), looked at the authorities’ structure and performance, and proposes specific reforms which will be pivotal to the Government’s strategic plan for the public health sector. Dr. Tufton said the strategic plan is aimed at advancing the sector over the next 10 to 30 years through the completion of a number of critical supporting studies and reports that address several key areas. The Ministry of Health is in the process of finalising a report from a review of the four regional health authorities, which will be the subject of stakeholder consultations during the 2018/19 fiscal year.The review, which was led by a team from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), looked at the authorities’ structure and performance, and proposes specific reforms which will be pivotal to the Government’s strategic plan for the public health sector.This was announced by Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his 2018/19 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 5).Dr. Tufton said the strategic plan is aimed at advancing the sector over the next 10 to 30 years through the completion of a number of critical supporting studies and reports that address several key areas.Another component of the plan, the Minister informed, is the commissioning of a needs assessment study for five hospitals, which is being conducted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).The beneficiary institutions are the Spanish Town, May Pen, Mandeville, St. Ann’s Bay and Kingston Public hospitals.The study will provide recommendations for the facilities’ upgrading and/or expansion to determine how best the healthcare infrastructure can be networked and overhauled to address future challenges.“These studies will… make a determination as to how we operate (in terms of, for example) where we add beds and operating theatres in order to optimise the infrastructure that is available. We are deficient now, and this will add some value to that process. These (studies) are going to be critical to the (strategic) plan, and we are hoping that by mid-year, we will have the framework of that plan,” he stated.Dr. Tufton advised further that a report on the status of the sector’s information systems has also been completed. The document, which was facilitated under a technical cooperation agreement with the PAHO/World Health Organization (WHO), will form part of the strategic plan.Meanwhile, a road map for healthcare financing has been established and a report on the status of the national health insurance scheme, in this regard, is being completed. The report is expected to be ready within two months.last_img read more