Donegal pensioner jailed for abusing three sisters

first_imgA Co Donegal pensioner who sexually abused three sisters over a 10-year period starting more than 40 years ago, has been jailed for 2½ years.71 year old John Callaghan from Drung in Quigley’s Point, was sentenced by Judge Philip Babington for what the judge described as appalling abusive behaviour. Callaghan, who had no previous criminal convictions, pleaded guilty to 14 charges of indecently assaulting the three sisters in the homes of family members and friends in Derry between January 1972 and January 1982.The sisters were aged six, nine and 11 respectively when Callaghan started abusing them.They first reported the abuse to a social worker in Letterkenny hospital in July 2014 and then made formal statements of complaint to the PSNI in Derry the following August and September.Last March, Callaghan was arrested by gardaí and after he was handed over to the PSNI he was interviewed and denied the allegations saying: “I never interfered with anybody.”He later pleaded guilty to the offences and told a consultant psychiatrist during the preparation of a presentence report: “I didn’t think it was any harm, I didn’t think there was any harm in it.”The court was told that Callaghan now accepted that what he did was wrong and he apologised to his three victims.The judge said that victim-impact reports stated that the three sisters had been deeply affected by the abuse and that they might require professional counselling in the future. He said Callaghan’s abuse of his victims had a destructive effect on their family.Donegal pensioner jailed for abusing three sisters was last modified: October 15th, 2016 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:courtdonegalInishwoenJOHN CALLAGHANSisterslast_img read more


first_imgTHE DONEGAL panel will go through two more training sessions – on Tuesday and Thursday – with all players coming through the rigors of last week’s training camps unscathed.Selector Maxi Curran says all the players are fit for selection at this stage, pointing out that the training camps were of huge benefit to Jim McGuinness, assistant Rory Gallagher and the squad.Funding for the training camps has come from a Players Fund. Most clubs are asking those lucky enough to get a ticket for the All-Ireland Final on Sunday to purchase a €5 raffle ticket as well, with proceeds going to the fund. “Everyone is fine and at the minute it looks like we will have a full deck to choose from, which would be great as it would be a massive disappointment for anyone to miss it at this late stage,” said Curran.“We were in Carlton House in Maynooth for two days, an excellent facility used by the likes of the Irish soccer team and the Irish rugby team, and even Real Madrid.“We were then in the Johnstown House Hotel, in Enfield, Meath, which is another top-class facility and one that we have been using as a base for our games in Dublin of late.“It’s good to continue with familiarity at this stage in the game and that makes things easier. From a training perspective, both are what we are after, with pitches and hydro facilities. “Training four successive days isn’t something the lads would be overly familiar with but they seemed happy with the professional approach as we had a productive few days away from the hype at home.”Donegal has been officially given 14,500 tickets; but with every fan scouring the country for more tickets, it is hoped that up to 25,000 inside Croker will be behind Donegal. COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – ALL PLAYERS FIT AHEAD OF FINAL was last modified: September 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – ALL PLAYERS FIT AHEAD OF FINALlast_img read more

Planets a-Plenty, but Are They Lively?

first_imgThe Kepler spacecraft has found over 1,235 planets so far (, 54 in their star’s habitable zone, and some Earth-size or smaller.  Science media are having a field day reporting the discoveries, portraying them with artist imaginations, licking their chops at the possibility of life in outer space.  What does this mean? is racking up the most headlines: tabulating the leading earthlike candidates, posting videos with expert prognosticators, posting a gallery of the strangest, keeping the tally current.  So far, the number of habitable planets with life is: 1.  (That’s us, folks.)  “The number of Earth-size and Earthlike habitable planets confirmed to exist with intelligent life.  We call this planet Earth.”  That’s assuming we can agree on a definition of intelligent life.    Scientists were surprised to find a six-pack of planets around a star named Kepler 11, reported  The smallest in the system is 2.3 times the size of Earth; others are the size of Uranus or Neptune.  The planets’ orbits do not fit planetary evolution theories unless the planets migrated: “the close proximity of the inner planets is an indication that they probably did not form where they are now,” one scientist commented.  No sense looking for life on these planets; none are habitable by any measure.  You can take a tour of the system on anyway.    Another article described the 54 “potentially habitable” planets Kepler has found (see also the BBC News article by Jason Palmer).  One of the leading contenders for Earthlike Planet, named Kepler 10-b (see gallery), was announced last month: the “first rocky planet ever discovered outside our solar system” according to David Tyler writing for ARN.  Trouble is, its rocks are hot – 1500°C – because the planet is closer to its parent star than Mercury to our sun.    What are the implications of Kepler’s unquestionably exciting finds?  Before the latest Kepler tally was announced, one of the leading planet hunters gave his thoughts in an interview on (see also MSNBC News).  Geoff Marcy had participated in finding more planets than anyone else.  The first questions concerned technology and statistics, but then he admitted a scientific embarrassment: hot Jupiters.  No one predicted gas giants close to the star.  All the scientists expected extrasolar planetary systems to resemble ours, with the rocky planets close in and the gas giants farther out.  It was silly reasoning, based on a sample size of one, he agreed: “It would be like trying to characterize human psychology by going to one distant Indonesian island and interviewing one person, and thinking that that gave you the full range of human psychology.”  We also don’t know how long planets last, he said, or how common Earth-like planets are.    The existence of life is the big question.  According to the UK Mail Online, Dr. Howard Smith (Harvard) has lost hope of finding intelligent life.  Of the first 500 planets found, none are habitable; they are downright hostile.  “The new information we are getting suggests we could effectively be alone in the universe,” he said.  Geoff Marcy is mildly pessimistic, too: “We might be rare,” he remarked.  “Where are the SETI signals?” he asked.  “There is a non-detection that’s like the elephant in the room.”  Forty years of searching has turned up empty.  “So there’s an indication – not definitive – that maybe the Earth is more precious than we had thought.”  He was not considering intelligent design as an option.  He said, after considering how comparatively young our solar system is in an ancient universe, “maybe habitable planets that sustain Darwinian evolution for a billion years –maybe they’re rare.  Maybe.”  Asked if he has a “gut feel” about cosmic loneliness, he said,I do.  If I had to bet – and this is now beyond science – I would say that intelligent, technological critters are rare in the Milky Way galaxy.  The evidence mounts.  We Homo sapiens didn’t arise until some quirk of environment on the East African savannah – so quirky that the hominid paleontologists still can’t tell us why the australopithecines somehow evolved big brains and had dexterity that could play piano concertos, and things that make no real honest sense in terms of Darwinian evolution.    Why the high chaparral on the East African savannah would’ve led to a Tchaikovsky piano concerto, never mind the ability to build rocket ships – there’s no evolutionary driver that the australopithecines suffered from that leads to rocket ships.  And so that – and the fact that we had to wait four billion years without humans.  Four billion years? Yes, it took four billion years to get there.Marcy: Since the Cambrian explosion, we had hundreds of millions of years of multi-cellular, advanced life in which, guess what happened with brain size?  Nothing.He was speaking of the giant dinosaurs ruling the earth with chicken-size brains.  He could not point to anything making sense in Darwinism, but he dismissed purposeful direction out of hand:We humans came across braininess because of something weird that happened on the East African savannah.  And we can’t imagine whether that’s a common or rare People assume evolution is directed, and it’s always leading toward higher complexity and greater intelligence, but it’s not.Marcy: It’s not.  Dinosaurs show this in spades.From there, the interviewer and Marcy pepped themselves up with dreams of a souped-up SETI project.  He implied it would be easy to separate an intelligently-designed signal from a natural one: “We know what to look for,” he said.  “That would be the rat-a-tat-tat of a radio signal.  We don’t know exactly what the code would be, but we’d be looking for pulses in the radio, in the infrared maybe, in the X-ray or UV.  We’d have to think broadly.  But this is a great quest for humanity.”    David Tyler drew different conclusions from the same evidence for the uniqueness of our planet.  In the ARN article, he said, “Based on evidence, some argue that the Earth is a Privileged Planet.  The basic approach of that book is being vindicated as research discovers just how extraordinary the Earth is.”Are you sometimes undecided whether to laugh or weep for the SETI cultists?  Both responses can make you shed tears.  Marcy and his interviewer both admitted they are clueless, surprised, ignorant, and resigned to “Stuff Happens” as their scientific explanation for everything.  Swallowing the whole Darwin baggage of billions of years of evolution, he could only say that “something weird that happened on the East African savannah” – a hominid got a brain, and presto: a Tchaikovsky piano concerto.    Now, while Dr. Marcy and the Kepler scientists deserve honors for collecting data with intelligently designed instruments, they’re not likely to rank very high as philosophers or theologians.  If the best philosophy they can invent is “stuff happens,” they have flunked out.  And if they cannot be convinced they are hopelessly lost via the evidence of the Privileged Planet, the SETI silence, the origin of life, the Cambrian explosion, and a Tchaikovsky piano concerto, is there any hope for today’s secular scientists being rescued from self-deception?    Remember, these are the same people who refuse to let criticisms of Darwinism be heard in the schools or research labs.  Emperor Charlie is not only naked himself, he is surrounded by naked soldiers arresting the clothed little boy for indecent exposure.  Added to that, when you hear of communist and Muslim radicals calling for the complete overthrow of Western civilization, and the brutal murder of Supreme Court justices (video) and the news media totally ignoring their hate speech while calling out peace-loving conservative Christians for alleged violent rhetoric, it is hard not to conclude that most of the world has gone completely crazy.    Don’t be surprised; it has gone crazy many times before.  Escape the craziness with power, love, and a sound mind (II Timothy 1:7).  Then rescue a neighbor.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The Conversation goes live in Africa

first_imgThe arrival of The Conversation Africa website allows journalists in newsrooms and researchers and academics in universities to join forces for ground-breaking work. Articles on the site are also allowed to be republished elsewhere, so the information reaches more readers. The editorial team cheer as The Conversation Africa website goes live after months of planning and hard work. (Image: Supplied)• Oxford and UCT: oldest universities working together for new solutions • The South African who dresses the walkers • Spelling Bee aims to improve literacy• Social enterprises set up to change lives• Shuttleworth’s Ubuntu smartphone is a leap ahead Priya Pitamber Journalists and academics are combining their forces to produce magic, said editor Caroline Southey after the introduction of The Conversation Africa news site in South Africa in early May. Content on the site comes from the “deep knowledge of academics and researchers” which is mixed “with the journalistic skills of editing and having a nose for a story”.Co-founder and editor-in-chief Andrew Jaspan explained that there was a huge difference between journalists and academics. “Journalists tend to want to tell you the bad news so bad weather outcomes – there is another flood, another hurricane – whereas the academic will try [to] understand those and give you some real context for changes in climate and also offer potential solutions.”Jaspan wanted to find a new way for the two to work together, and to be able to mend the relationship of mistrust that had brewed between those in the newsroom and those in the university. “My quest was to find a new way for academics and journalists to work together where we still try to understand complexity but try to offer something more,” he said.“And by offering something more, what we wanted to do was put better integrity of information out there so that all of you can have better public conversations.”The Conversation was set up in Australia in 2011, followed by the United Kingdom in 2013, and the US in 2014. The Africa version is its latest offering.Africa’s turnSouthey first heard of the site in late 2013 and thought it would be a good idea to have it on the continent because she felt academics were doing game-changing research. The site would be a perfect vehicle to share that knowledge with a wider audience. She approached two vice-chancellors, Saleem Badat, who was at Rhodes University at the time, and Adam Habib at the University of the Witwatersrand. Both men showed a lot of support and Southey began looking for a way to fund the project.“The National Research Foundation came on board and then others started to show interest,” she explained. “Alexandra Storey, the general manager of The Conversation Africa, and I worked on the project from June last year and by December we had raised enough money to put a team of editors together.”We’re live! Please come for a visit! Join The Conversation, Africa.— TC Africa (@TC_Africa) May 7, 2015More of the same, with a twistThe difference between the Africa site and the others was that “we are commissioning our own stories from academics about issues affecting Africa”, Southey said. The Conversation Africa will still maintain the high quality of copy on the other versions of the site, and has also learned much from them. “The biggest lesson we have learned from the other sites is that it is possible to produce fantastic explanatory journalism.“We are also emulating the way they have made sure their stories are read by a diverse set of readers,” Southey explained. “We are doing this through active engagement with media houses and an intensive social media strategy, which is being run by Tanya Pampalone.”Content on The Conversation Africa can be republished, within guidelines, on other websites and in print media. Southey called it an incredible feature because it helped to reach a wide reader base. “Republishing of material on other sites has meant that The Conversation is reaching 22 million readers a month.”Media outlets: steal our articles! No. Really. Steal them. Here’s how:— TC Africa (@TC_Africa) May 7, 2015Interest in stories it had published had been overwhelming, she added. “We have been going for only a week and already our stories are being republished by online sites and by newspapers.” But the biggest challenge is creating and growing the countrywide network of academics, and having a regular flow of information and articles.The groundwork“Our job as journalists is to use our skills to make the stories from academics interesting and appealing.” This was done by trying to find the most interesting angle from university research and editing it so that it was easy for the user to read.“I am confident we can do this because we have a fantastic team of editors – Jabulani Sikhakhane, Thabo Leshilo, Natasha Joseph, Candice Bailey, Ozayr Patel and Edwin Naidu.”In the next five years, she would like to see editorial teams in East and West Africa to get readers from across the continent. “And I hope that we have succeeded in putting game-changing research and ideas and knowledge into the public domain.”Thumbs upReaders, academics, editors and journalists have welcomed The Conversation Africa into the fold.“Well done Caroline and team on getting The Conversation Africa off the ground,” Craig Blewett, the senior lecturer in education and technology at University of KwaZulu-Natal, wrote on the website. “This is going to be an amazing channel for academics to finally have a voice where it counts, outside of the ‘dusty’, unread journals where they normally share ideas (with each other). I’m looking forward to many well-reasoned, well-written, topical articles – let Africa’s conversation begin!”@TC_Africa @carolinesouthey wonderful to see the site live, and fizzing— Nicholas Dawes (@NicDawes) May 8, [email protected]_AfricaGreat new entrant into SA’s intelligent content arena, The Conversation. @TC_Africa (feat. @tanyapampalone)— Chris Roper (@ChrisRoper) May 7, 2015“Congratulations on the successful launch,” wrote Peter Ellerton, a lecturer in critical thinking at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. “This is a wonderful way for academics to become engaged in real time on topical issues with serious traction. Well done Caroline and the team.”last_img read more

Ajit Pawar’s move resembles uncle Sharad Pawar’s political coup 41 years ago

first_imgNCP leader Ajit Pawar’s decision to join hands with the BJP bears a striking resemblance to his uncle Sharad Pawar’s coup against a government formed by two Congress factions 41 years ago. In 1978, Mr. Pawar ran the rainbow coalition comprising the Janata Party and the Peasants Workers Party, which lasted less than two years. Incidentally, this time he is trying to forge a similar alliance in the State by joining hands with the Congress and the Shiv Sena. Mr. Ajit Pawar was sworn-in as Deputy Chief Minister on November 23, only to be snubbed by Mr. Sharad Pawar who said the decision to support the BJP was his nephew’s personal one. Mr. Sharad Pawar’s decision in 1978 to establish his own party and run it for a decade earned him the unofficial title of “strongman” in political circles. Mr. Pawar wrote in his book, On My Terms, that the poll reverses in the 1977 post-Emergency anti-Indira wave shocked many in the State and the country. V.N. Gadgil lost on a Congress ticket in Baramati, the home turf of the Pawars.In January 1978, Indira Gandhi split the Congress, forming Congress (Indira) to take on the parent organisation Congress (S), headed by Sardar Swarn Singh, in the State elections. Mr. Sharad Pawar stayed with the Congress(S), and in the Assembly polls held a month later, the party won 69 seats against 65 of the Congress (I). The Janata Party won 99 seats. However, no party got a full majority.The two Congress factions got together to form a government headed by Vasantdada Patil from the Congress(S) and with Nashikrao Tirpude from Congress (I) as the Deputy Chief Minister. However, the bickering between them continued, and Mr. Sharad Pawar decided to quit. His relations with Janata Party president Chandrashekar helped him a great deal. “You will have to play a key role in this,” Mr. Chandrashekar told Mr. Pawar. He then started seeking support of the MLAs. Sushilkumar Shinde and others sent their resignations to the Chief Minister. Mr. Sharad Pawar walked out with 38 MLAs to form a new government and became the youngest Chief Minister of the State at the age of 38.The new government was a rainbow coalition of the Janta Party, Peasants Workers Party (PWP) and other smaller parties, senior journalist Anant Bagaitkar said.When Mr. Sharad Pawar resigned, the Assembly session was on. “Even while the House was discussing supplementary demands, the government was reduced to a minority, following which Chief Minister Vasantdada Patil submitted his resignation,” Mr. Sharad Pawar writes in his book. However, with the return of Gandhi to power in 1980, his government was dismissed.Political analyst Suhas Palshikar said, in a profile on the Maratha strongman titled A chapter named Pawar in a Marathi magazine, writes that Mr. Sharad Pawar led the party for over a decade and returned to the parent party under the leadership of Rajiv Gandhi. “Because he decided to establish his own party and ran it a for decade, (it) helped him earn the image of a strongman.”last_img read more

10 months agoSao Paulo defender Rodrigo Caio chasing Europe move

first_imgSao Paulo defender Rodrigo Caio chasing Europe moveby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSao Paulo defender Rodrigo Caio retains hope of moving to Europe.Caio admits he underwent a Barcelona medical this month, though they eventually went with Valencia defender Jeison Murillo.He said, “Of course you get frustrated, but it’s part of football.”I think positively, it has never been easy for me and it won’t be easy now.”I’m staying calm and firm, knowing I have three more years on my contract at Sao Paulo.”I feel calm waiting for an opportunity and one day I want to play in Europe.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Robert Smith Claims He Was The First Ohio State NFL Player To Say “The”

first_imgTwo analysts talk on one of the Big Ten network's shows.BTN.You’ve heard it a lot over the years.A former Ohio State football player introduces himself during an NFL broadcast and concludes his introduction with an emphatic, “The Ohio State University.”Who started that tradition?Apparently, it was former Buckeye running back Robert Smith.“It is true,” Smith said on the Big Ten Network earlier this week. “It was the official name of the university and they made a point in around 1994 to emphasize it.”It was Robert Smith who started saying THE Ohio State University in the NFL introductions!— Buckeye Videos+ (@BuckeyeVideos) September 1, 2016Smith played at Ohio State in the early 1990s before going on to star in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings. He played in the NFL from 1993-2000.So, when you hear that first “The Ohio State University” this fall, you’ll know who started it.last_img read more

Urban Meyer and Jeff Logan win 30000 for Ohio State scholarships

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer and former Buckeye running back Jeff Logan posted a score of 7-under in the sixth annual Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament, earning OSU a tie for sixth place and $25,000 in scholarship money for OSU. In total, $520,000 were up for grabs among the schools competing for scholarships and $243,000 was raised charity organizations. Georgia Tech’s team, comprised of football coach Paul Johnson and former Yellow Jackets basketball player Jon Barry, won the competition for the second consecutive year, posting a round of 10-under par. Fifteen schools sent teams to compete in the 18-hole event, and all participating schools will receive a portion of the $500,000 in scholarship money competed for on Tuesday. Played at the Reynolds Plantation’s par-72 Oconee course in Greensboro, Ga., the two-man scramble competition featured 15 teams of NCAA football coaches and a celebrity alumnus from the same school. The field was originally set at 16, but the University of Virginia dropped out before the competition began. In a scramble, both players tee off on each hole. The better of the two tee shots is selected and both players play their second shot from that spot. The same process is applied to each subsequent shot until the ball is holed. By winning the challenge, Johnson and Barry earned $125,000 in scholarship-funds for Georgia Tech and the remaining $375,000 will be awarded to the other 14 schools with the amount based on its team’s finish in the challenge. On Monday, the other $20,000 available in scholarship money was awarded between four skills competitions. Separate Long Drive challenges and Closest To The Pin challenges were held for the field of NCAA coaches and the celebrity alumni, with an award of $5,000 in scholarship money for the winner of each skills competition. With a 94-yard shot that rolled to within two feet of the cup, Meyer won the coaches’ Closest To The Pin challenge and an additional $5,000 scholarship for OSU. He finished third in the driving contest with a 271.6-yard drive. Miami University coach Al Golden (303 yards) won the coaches’ Long Drive challenge, while former Mississippi State football player Fred McCrary (5 feet) and Barry (308.7 yards) won the alumni’s Closest To The Pin challenge and Long Drive challenge, respectively. The annual competition is a primary contributor to the Chick-fil-A Bowl’s charitable and scholarship donation efforts. All told, the 2012 event raised $763,000 for scholarships and charities. read more

Kolasinac reveals Arsenal support after error at United

first_imgSead Kolasinac has revealed how Arsenal players supported him after his gaffe handed Jesse Lingard a goal in their 2-2 draw at United on Wednesday.Arsenal had just taken the lead through a Marcos Rojo own goal, but one minute, an error by Kolasinac gifted United an equalizer.After the game, Unai Emery praised Kolasinac for his overall performance to lift his spirit as he looked miserable.“It’s a good feeling coming into the dressing room like that,” Kolasinac told Sky Sports.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Especially after knowing you’ve made a mistake and that mistake has potentially cost us two points. It made me feel better.“The manager told me in no uncertain terms not to get too down about it, and that did help me. Everyone in the team too, it wasn’t just the coaching staff.“All the players came over and they consoled me and told me not to get too down about it, and it gives you belief and confidence. You notice then we’re a tight-knit team and I think it’s a positive.”last_img read more