first_imgMichael Ferry, right, being taken into court in Donegal Town todayA NOTORIOUS Gaoth Dobhair paedophile serving 14 years for child sex abuse was jailed again today after sickening details were given of how he defiled and abused another young boy up to three times per week at a school where he worked as a caretaker.Michael Ferry, 58, from Carrickboyle, was jailed at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin in 2011. Brave victim Derek Mulligan waived his right to anonymity in that case so that Ferry could be named.The paedophile had a previous conviction for sex attacks but kept his job with Colaiste Cholmcille, an Irish language college, which was based at the former school Ardscoil Mhuire.The victim in the case before Donegal Circuit Court today came forward to Gardai after Mr Mulligan spoke out.It was confirmed in evidence today that Ferry – who sat with his head down in court – had worked as a teacher of religion, physical education and gave talks to students at Pobailscoil Gaoth Dobhair on sexual education.He groomed some of his victims there.Ferry pleaded guilty to 15 sample counts of sexual abuse today.Garda Detective John Gallagher read a heart-breaking victim impact statement to the court in which the victim spoke of the effects of the abuse on him.He said that he had been in a sex education class in Pobailscoil Gaoth Dobhair where Ferry had discussed the 18-rated movie ‘Porkies’ with the class and the sexual scenes in the film.Looking back, said the victim, the class was totally inappropriate.Ferry later groomed him and launched his first attack at the Ardscoil Mhuire building in March 1984.The man could remember the date because he had bought an Irish language poetry and songbook that month and had written his date inside it.The attacks continued up to three times per week until 1987.After the first attack, Ferry gave his victim £2.One another occasion the victim was stripped naked and photographed on a stage at the Irish language college.Ferry, he said, would develop the photographs in a ‘dark room’ on the premises.Desmond Murphy, SC, said his client admitted all the offences when interviewed by Gardai.Reading from statements made by Ferry, Ferry said he was “possessed by evil.”He had fallen into “a spiral of evil.”Mr Murphy said Ferry had joined the priesthood in 1974 but had left Maynooth in 1979 after “a disagreeable incident.”He had returned to Gaoth Dobhair and had landed on his feet.Judge John O’Hagan, summing up the case, said the victim had been subjected to horrific abuse.He said Ferry as a teacher was in a position of trust at a time in Ireland when people were taught to look up to educators.“The breach of trust in a case like this is one of the most aggravating factors of this case,” said the judge.“He taught religion, PE and sexual education; all matters of trust.”Judge O’Hagan said Ferry would take pictures and tell his victim: “These are worth money.”Ferry would take boys camping to Gola Island.“His persistence and planning was quite remarkable,” said the judge.Ferry would make payment with cigarettes “for his disgusting self-gratification.”Judge O’Hagan recalled an incident where the victim was being abused when another boy arrived for a maths grind and interrupted the incident.The other boy said to the victim: “Have you been looking at Micky’s porn?”“I’m delighted to know that he (Ferry) has accepted he was possessed by something evil,” said the judge.The judge said if Ferry had pleaded not guilty he would have imposed the maximum 10 years imprisonment.“I hope he never has any involvement with any young people ever again,” said the judge.He jailed Ferry for 7 years on each count to run concurrently, with sentences to run from today.EVIL PAEDOPHILE MICHAEL FERRY JAILED AGAIN FOR SICKENING SEX ATTACKS ON BOY was last modified: December 12th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GweedorejailedMichael Ferrypaedophilelast_img read more

D’Angelo Russell’s return no help to Warriors in Charlotte

first_imgRussell played 25 minutes and did most of his damage in the first half, scoring 15 points. He started to heat up in the second quarter, scoring eight points on three straight possessions. He beat Devonte Graham with a quick drive from the wing and drew a foul for a three-point play, knocked down a 3 from the top of the key and then scored on another drive down the middle of the lane to help the Warriors claw back to within four at halftime.Russell said he felt fine physically on the floor.“I felt solid from the jump,” Russell said.Eric Paschall finished with 16 points and has now scored in double figures in 12 consecutive games, the longest such streak by a Warriors rookie since Klay Thompson posted a 14-game streak with double-digit points from April 4-26, 2012. Paschall leads all rookies this season with 380 total points.Graham made 10 of 16 3-pointers and scored 33 points to lead the Hornets. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — D’Angelo Russell returned to the Warriors lineup on Wednesday and led the team in scoring.What he couldn’t prevent was the Warriors’ fourth loss on their current five-game trip.The Charlotte Hornets beat the Warriors 106-91 to sweep the season series. Russell, who missed the past nine games with a thumb sprain, led the Warriors (4-19) with 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting. The Warriors also got Draymond Green (heel) back after he sat out Monday against Atlanta.“Well, he looked good,” coach Steve Kerr said of Russell. “Looked better in the first half than the second. I think he got a little tired maybe in the second half but he had it going and he is a naturally gifted scorer and playmaker. I think that he will be fine, and it won’t take him too long.” Graham also dished out nine assists and had seven rebounds for the Hornets (9-14), who stopped a two-game slide. Backcourt mate Terry Rozier added 25 points, seven assists and seven rebounds as the Hornets built a 19-point, second-half lead and hung on.Graham is averaging 20.8 points and 7.7 assists this season, helping to fill the scoring load that was created when three-time All-Star Kemba Walker signed with the Boston Celtics.Graham said his growth is about opportunity and confidence.“The coaches have a lot of confidence in me and we sit and watch film and we talk, and they just say all good things about me and tell me they want me to have the ball in my hands and making plays,” Graham said. “It gives me that confidence to go out and play that way.”Alec Burks added 15 points for the Warriors, his fifth consecutive game with at least 15 points.• The Warriors have lost six consecutive road games.• Charlotte hit 21 of 48 from 3-point range, tied for the fourth-most 3-point field goals ever in a regular-season game against the Warriors.• The Warriors are now 0-8 this season when scoring fewer than 100 points, which they’ve done in three consecutive games.last_img read more

Grown Man in the Stellar Crib: Now What?

first_imgThe cover of Science News has a strange cartoon explained on the inside in an article by Ron Cowen:Imagine peering into a nursery and seeing, among the cooing babies, a few that look like grown men.  That’s the startling situation that astronomers have stumbled upon as they’ve looked deep into space and thus back to a time when newborn galaxies filled the cosmos.  Some of these babies have turned out to be nearly as massive as the Milky Way and other galactic geezers that have taken billions of years to form.  Despite being only about 800 million years old, some of the infants are chock-full of old stars. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)So that explains the star with the face of Jimmy Durante cuddled with infant starlets with their blankies in the maternity ward.  Astronomers, though, aren’t laughing.  Finding galactic geezers in the stellar nursery is throwing their cosmological models out of whack:These chunky babies may be pointing to a cosmic crisis.  They don’t seem to fit the leading theory of galaxy formation, which cosmologists have relied on for more than 2 decades to explain an assortment of puzzling features of the universe.  The theory posits that a pervasive, slow-moving, invisible type of matter vastly outweighs the observable matter in the universe.  Under the gravitational influence of this unseen material, known as cold dark matter (SN: 4/23/05, p. 264), galaxies start out as small, starry fragments that merge to become much bigger objects.  That’s usually a gradual process, according to the theory.Cowen said that astronomers might tolerate a few exceptions, but most of the anomalous findings are relatively recent.  “But over the past 18 months, several teams have found so many massive galaxies from this early epoch that the theory is being stretched to its breaking point,” he stated as the feeling among astronomers.  These disturbing findings have a ripple effect:Even if the theory of cold dark matter survives this onslaught, the new observations of big galaxies in the most ancient of times have important implications.  The findings suggest that the earliest galaxies formed stars in a great hurry, much more rapidly than galaxies that were born even a billion years later did.  What’s more, that first generation of stars might have been rife with heavyweights much more massive, on average, than stars from any later epoch.An example in Cowen’s article was also reported by Robert Roy Britt in Space.Com.  They both spoke of a galaxy in the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (03/09/2004) that bulked up “amazingly quickly” if understood in the context of leading theory (09/29/2005).  Proponents of the cold dark matter theory are not yet ready to admit defeat, but are concerned if more and more mature galaxies with mature stars in them will continue to show up in surveys from earliest epochs of the universe.  One astronomer admitted, “There could be a problem with the theory.”  Another feared, “the theory won’t be salvaged with just a small bit of tinkering.”    Meanwhile, another pair of astronomers is saying, “Cold dark matter – who needs it?”  Cooperstock and Tieu published a paper on ArXiv that demonstrates how galaxy rotation curves could be understood without invoking massive, unseen halos of dark matter.  Britt also took note of that proposal on Space.com.  Their model, which uses ordinary general relativity instead of dark matter, was tested initially with individual galaxies.  Next, they want to test it with clusters of galaxies.Instant galaxies and stars with appearance of age – that sounds like creation, not evolution.  If God stretched out the heavens in the beginning, as it says multiple places in the Bible, it could have done weird things to space and time, such as making things look older than they really are.  But abrupt appearance would be the rule, just like it is in the fossil record of life on earth.(Visited 55 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Soft Tissue Fossil Treasure Trove Found in China

first_imgLive Science announced a major new fossil find in China with some 20,000 fossils.  It was found in a 50-foot thick layer of limestoneThe fossils are exceptionally well-preserved, with more than half of them completely intact, including soft tissues.  Apparently they were protected across the ages by mats of microbes that rapidly sealed their bodies off from decay after death….    Ninety percent of the fossils are bug-like creatures, such as crustaceans, millipedes and horseshoe crabs.  Fish make up 4 percent, including the “living fossil” known as the coelacanth, which is still alive today nearly 250 million years later.  Snails, bivalves (creatures including clams and oysters), squid-like belemnoids, nautilus-like ammonoids and other mollusks make up about 2 percent of the fossils.Other major fossils found include marine reptiles and “dolphin-bodied ichthyosaurs” (see photo accompanying the article with amazing detail evident).  Reporter Charles Q. Choi did not elaborate on whether the “soft tissues” included original material or, more likely, impressions of anatomical parts in rock.  The site, named the Luoping Site, is in southwest China.Once again, a fossil graveyard is found, indicating rapid burial and exquisite preservation.  What they didn’t mention about coelacanth is that it is a classic living fossil that was thought to have gone extinct at the end of the Cretaceous (65 million years ago), only to be found in 1938 swimming comfortably off the coast of South Africa.  And that’s not the only case of so-called “Lazarus taxa,” rising from the dead.  Who can really believe that (1) coelacanths never left another fossil for 65 million years, and (2) the soft tissues in these fossils were never disturbed for 250 million years?    Evolutionists keep the fogma machines (05/14/2007) running to distract the real message of the bones.  They bring in imaginary dinosaur feathers, slowly migrating continents, mass extinctions and hundreds of millions of years.  If we had not been so brainwashed into accepting this weird stretched-out chronology founded by Sir Lyell Lot and his cronies, we would laugh at such notions.  Look past the Darwin promissory notes (06/26/2010, 02/24/2010) and reckless drafts on the bank of time (07/02/2007), and let the collateral earn its own interest.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Video: Thank You, World!

first_img“You arrived with open minds. And embraced the spirit of Africa …” South Africa thanks all the teams and fans who visited the country “for helping make the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ one the world will never forget”.Click arrow to play video.Published on SouthAfrica.info on 30 July 2010.Source: Brand South Africalast_img

‘Varsities reflect society’ – Nation Brand University Dialogue

first_imgBrand South Africa hosted a diverse group of international academics at the University of Pretoria on 5 October, for its first day-long University Dialogue on the Nation Brand.In welcoming delegates, vice chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey said that, given the ongoing protest and debate on campuses across South Africa, the event was a timely reminder of the crucial role universities play in defining and shaping a nations’ identity.The University of Pretoria, she said, was committed to its role in advancing South Africa as a nation. “This is the opportune time to host this event. It is a moment to think deeply of the value of public institutions to society and brand in South Africa.”Today’s event brings together a range of leading academics to deliberate on how South Africa is currently positioned, whether this positioning is positive or negative, what is working, and how the various elements of the brand impact on nation brand positioning.The discussion is intended to give Brand South Africa a solid basis from which to critique the work currently executed, with a range of stakeholders, in positioning South Africa competitively and positively.“Universities are the public spaces for discourse on the nature of our society,” De la Rey said. A strong and resilient nation brand, she said, was built on a common vision and a shared identity. Universities were the place where a nation of people should discover who they are.She added that she hoped today’s discussions would end with innovative and creative solutions to the fault-lines we face as a nation.Ambassador Kingsley Makhubela, Brand South Africa CEO, said that universities were the perfect venue for the nation brand conversation. “Academic communities allow for open discussion.”The issue to be discussed today, he said, was how we overcome the problem of blurred lines when we try to define a strong state versus nation brand. “A strong state will build a strong nation brand,” he said.The solutions generated today would be useful, so he encouraged delegates to be frank and open. “The ideas we generate today will have an impact. They will inform policy.”SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info material.last_img read more

BlackBerry Maker RIM Partners with 7Digital for PlayBook Music Store

first_imgThe music will be provided in MP3 format at 320 kbps quality, the company says.7digital’s service isn’t being used behind-the-scenes to power RIM’s own music store creation, but is a partnership where 7digital’s own music store will come pre-installed on PlayBook devices. There will be an icon branded “7digital” that ships on the PlayBook tablet, we’re told.Music RecommendationsAnother interesting tidbit from today’s news: in addition to being able to search for tracks, albums and artists and listening to song previews, PlayBook users will also be offered music recommendations. 7digital’s recommendation technology will power this feature designed to go head-to-head with iTunes’ Genius recommendations.What About Video?This is an important partnership for RIM, as it brings a complete music catalog to its tablet computer – 13 million tracks, which is the same number of songs on iTunes, according to Apple’s website. However, this is a partnership for a tablet computer, where listening to music comes secondary to watching video and reading books, we would imagine. Today’s news only focuses on the music, though, and not 7digital’s other content, like audiobooks and video. We’ve asked for additional details on when (or if) this non-music content would also be provided to PlayBook users and will update when we hear back.Update: 7digital will only say that there are no books or video offerings announced in this current relationship. No word on whether that will change in the future.Also, in case you’re wondering what the 7digital store looks like on the PlayBook, here’s a screenshot: The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology sarah perez Tags:#BlackBerry#mobile#news#NYT#Sponsors#web Related Posts RIM, maker of BlackBerry smartphones and the forthcoming PlayBook tablet, has today announced a partnership with 7digital, a digital media and music store. The new store will offer over 13 million MP3 tracks from Warner Music Group, Universal, EMI and Sony and it will come pre-installed on the PlayBook as an application.7digital, a London-based digital media delivery company, offers music, videos and audiobooks to international customers on its online download store at 7digital.com. On the PlayBook, it will offer its music priced in a user’s local currency. Initially, 7digital’s music store will only be available to users in the U.S. and Canada, but will roll out to other international users over the course of 2011.(Note: Update below & new screenshot) What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

What We Didn’t Get At Apple’s iPhone Event

first_imgTags:#Apple#Apple TV#iPad#iphone 5C#iPhone 5S#iWatch#Mac OS X We waited a long time for Apple to announce its first major products of the year. And then we got two: the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, plus the official launch of iOS 7. But Apple sells way more than iPhones, but didn’t have a lot to say about its other products. Here’s what Apple didn’t announce today that we might see later this year or early in 2014.The iWatchApple hasn’t ever confirmed that it’s working on a smartwatch, long rumored to be called the iWatch. But many pundits believe it is, and thought Samsung hoped to get a jump on Apple in the smartwatch category by a week when it announced the Galaxy Gear last week at IFA in Berlin.Coming into today’s iPhone 5S/5C announcement, no rumors abounded about the so-called iWatch. It is fairly rare these days for Apple to announce a product without a massive rumor mill grinding away. So it wasn’t a huge surprise that Apple didn’t officially enter the “arm race” today.Best guess for the iWatch: The first or second quarter of 2014.New iPadsApple likes to keep most of its major device announcements independent of one other. Given that Apple hasn’t announced a major new product in some time—outside of some computer refreshes at its Worldwide Developer Conference in June—many people expected that today would be a multi-product announcement. One more thing? No, there is no one more thing.That’s fine, though, because it sets Apple up for a big fall with more products theoretically coming down the pipeline. The next most likely on the agenda are new versions of the iPad and iPad Mini. We will likely see the A7 chip come to the iPad while the Mini might get Retina Display.Best guess for new iPads: The end of October this year.New iPodsThe iPod is technically an iOS device (the same operating system that runs the iPad and iPhone), so it was reasonable to think that Apple would throw in a new iPod Touch while announcing the new iPhones. Didn’t happen this year. The iPod is no longer a major product for Apple and no longer warrants its own event or really anything more than a quiet press release (if that) sometime in the middle of the year. Apple last announced new iPods in May this year and didn’t need to refresh the lineup this year for the holiday shopping season.Best guess for new iPods: Sometime before Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference 2014, perhaps late May or early June. Apple TVApple just went through an entire presentation and didn’t mention its Apple TV product once. The longer Apple plays possum with the Apple TV, the more people will start to think it doesn’t care all that much about the television realm.Apple didn’t announce a refresh (hardware or software) to its Apple TV set top box today, nor did it even remotely hint that it may (or may not) eventually build its own actual television set. Apple TV wasn’t mentioned during the brief rundown of iOS 7 that preceded the announcement of the new iPhones at today’s announcement. The television is certainly a second class citizen for Apple at this point.New MacBooks or iMacs or Mac OS XApple usually doesn’t mix announcements of its mobile and PC products outside of developer issues at WWDC. Today was no exception. The Mac Pro is still coming down the product pipeline and the MacBooks that were announced at WWDC in June are still in line. Apple also did not mention Mac OS X, the operating system that runs its computers. The new version of OS X, Mavericks, will be released later this fall. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts center_img dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Finance Minister to Write Off Uncollectable Tax Arrears

first_imgA Bill to empower Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, to write off arrears of taxes as well as penalties determined to be uncollectable, was approved by the Senate on March 21. “Historically, the TAJ’s success is measured by their ability to deliver these targets, as all unpaid arrears are kept in the active inventory of the TAJ and reported to the Ministry of Finance. This large amount of taxes due, probably contribute to an unrealistic collection expectation and the perception of failure,” Mr. Golding said. The Bill was approved by the House of Representatives on March 12. Piloting the Bill, Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, said Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) sets targets that are established by the Ministry, within the context of budgetary measures. The Minister added that it has not been scientifically established whether the results of these efforts justify the related expenditure.   As of December 2011, there were 70,245 accounts totalling over $230 billion in old debts. Of this $230 billion, approximately $195 billion is over three years old, and only approximately $4 billion is less than six months old, with the remaining amounts between six months and three years. The Bill, titled the Tax Collection Amendment Act, also provides for regulations empowering the Minister to provide a tax debt arrears management system, for the ranking of the debt for the purpose of collectability and the criteria for determining a debt to be uncollectable. He noted that the department’s usual response in any inability to meet what may be an unrealistic target, is to devise special projects or create special teams to rapidly increase collection. CONTACT:  LATONYA LINTON “Whatever the measure of success, these mechanisms do not adequately deal with the root causes of the enormous arrears on which the original target was partially premised. Consequently, the arrears are not cleared and they reappear in the next budget cycle as amounts owed to the revenue,” Mr. Golding said.   In his comments, Opposition Senator, Thomas Tavares Finson, while supporting the legislation, noted that the Bill is important as it is a matter related to the continued negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).  last_img read more

Annie Lennox To Be Presented With Music Industry Trusts Award

first_imgAnnie Lennox is to be honored with the 22nd Music Industry Trusts Award.Annie will receive the award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to British music and tireless charity work at a gala dinner on November 4.David Munns OBE, chairman of the MITS Award committee, said: “This is very much an award from the wider British music business to honour Annie Lennox’s unique contributions to our industry. Every year – and this is our 22nd year – the British music industry comes together to honour and salute one person’s special contribution.“This year the MITS Award is being presented to Annie in recognition of her universally acclaimed status as an artist, songwriter, HIV/Aids activist and social activist who indefatigably supports and raises awareness for HIV charities in Africa, and champions humanitarian causes. One of Britain’s most successful songwriters, the recipient of eight BRIT Awards, four Ivor Awards and four Grammys and the most successful female British artist in UK music history with over 80 million records sold worldwide: Annie Lennox we salute and celebrate you.”Lennox said of the honour: “I’m incredibly touched and honoured to be considered as a recipient of the 22nd Music Industry Trusts Award. Music has given me a lifetime of experiences and opportunities that I never would have dreamed possible, and I feel very privileged to have been able to become an artist and communicator, especially as a woman.”The Music Industry Trusts Award, now in its 22nd year, has raised over £4.3 million for Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT Trust. It has earned its place in the entertainment industry due to the great names that have held this honour: Sir George Martin, Ahmet Ertegun, Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Lucian Grainge CBE, John Barry OBE, Sir Michael Parkinson CBE, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue OBE, Sir Harvey Goldsmith, Jools Holland OBE and Gary Barlow OBE.The Award was founded to recognise outstanding achievement in the UK music industry as well as to benefit the charitable work of Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT Trust.The Award is unique because it recognises the contribution that an individual has made to the industry across a range of activities: record producer, film music composer, broadcaster, artist, music executive, songwriter and concert impresario. The Award evening has become renowned for its magic moments, with unique live performances that have a special resonance for the recipient.last_img read more