MAN TO FACE TRIAL ON AGGRAVATED BURGLARY CHARGE

first_imgA man has been sent forward for trial at Letterkenny Circuit Court charged with a range of offences.Martin McDonagh, 21, of the Green, Ballymacool, Letterkenny, is charged with criminal damage, the production of an article during a dispute and also aggravated burglary.The alleged offences took place at 71 Cluain Ard, Killyclug, Letterkenny on May 3rd last. The case was put forward to the circuit court on December 8th next.MAN TO FACE TRIAL ON AGGRAVATED BURGLARY CHARGE was last modified: October 12th, 2015 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:burglarycourtdonegalMARTIN MCDONAGHlast_img read more

QPR ‘want Spurs keeper’

first_imgNew QPR manager Mark Hughes wants to sign Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, the Daily Mirror say.Hughes: Linked with keeper swoop.And the paper suggest Hughes remains keen on Manchester City left-back Wayne Bridge but a deal for Fulham forward Andrew Johnson is unlikely.But the Daily Mail say Rangers have cooled their apparent interest in the former England defender.The Daily Express say Hughes has been offered the chance to sign Gomes as the Brazilian is now third-choice keeper at White Hart Lane.The Mirror also claim Lille have told Chelsea they will not sell Belgian star Eden Hazard for less than £35m.Meanwhile, Cardiff City could be ready to make a bid for QPR forward Jamie Mackie, according to Wales Online.Chelsea have not discussed selling Fernando Torres, according to a report in The Independent.Former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti, who has recently taken over at Paris St-Germain, has said he is interested in the Spaniard.Finally, the Mail say Fulham are rekindling their interest in Doncaster striker Billy Sharp. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Cash boost for Baartman memorial

first_imgRay Maota The story of Saartjie Sarah Baartmanresonates even more during thishuman rights month in South Africa.(Image: Orijin Culture)MEDIA CONTACTS• Department of Arts and Culture+27 12 441 3000A large investment has been made by the Department of Arts and Culture in the Saartjie Baartman Centre of Remembrance.It has allocated R168-million (US$22-million) for construction of the centre, which will be built in Hackney, in the Eastern Cape. It will be developed on 80 hectares of land next to her grave, and will feature a library, exhibition spaces and an indigenous plant garden and nursery.On 22 August 2002, the former president, Thabo Mbeki, declared the grave of Baartman – who is also known as Sarah – a national heritage site.At the unveiling of the centre’s architectural design in 2010, Lulu Xingwana, who was the minister of arts and culture at the time, said: “Sarah Baartman is in the league of a very significant group of South African women who before her and after, have shaped the history of this land.“She, as part of her people who lived here in the Gamtoos Valley, left a legacy which stretches into the present. There are many women who were similarly abused, raped, beaten and humiliated under apartheid.”During construction, there will be business and employment opportunities for the Hackney community and region. Once finished, it will be declared a national cultural institution with a council, chief executive officer and professional and support staff.“In the long term, the centre’s heritage value will be strengthened by exploring the declaration of the site as a World Heritage Site because the story of Sarah Baartman is the story of the world. The memory of Sarah Baartman is the memory of the world,” said Xingwana.The human rights factorWith Human Rights Day on 21 March, it is a pertinent time to focus on Baartman’s legacy, given the injustices she suffered in life and in death. Human Rights Day celebrates the Bill of Rights contained in the Constitution, which is the cornerstone of democracy in South Africa.In turn, the Bill of Rights provided for the establishment of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on 21 March 1996, 35 years after the fateful events of 21 March 1960, when anti-apartheid demonstrators in Sharpeville, in Gauteng, were gunned down by police.The commission promotes respect for human rights; the protection, development and attainment of human rights; and monitors and assesses the observance of human rights in South Africa.Saartjie’s storyIn 1810, Baartman, who was in her early 20s, was persuaded by an English ship’s doctor, William Dunlop, to travel to England where she would make a fortune. However, when she arrived in England she was exhibited as an anthropological freak because of her particular physical characteristics.As a Khoi-Khoi woman with accentuated buttocks, she was put on exhibition, displayed as a sexual curiosity and called The Hottentot Venus. She was such a popular exhibition in Britain, that she was taken to Paris in 1814, where she continued to be exhibited as a freak.“The lessons we have learnt from Sarah Baartman’s life is that we must not allow gender oppression, de-humanisation and objectification of women, stereotyping or racism to occur. Her history affects us all as women, because of the severe exploitation she underwent,” said Xingwana.And her suffering didn’t end with her death in 1816. After she died, the Musee de l’Homme in Paris took a death cast of her body, removed her skeleton and pickled her brain and genitals in jars, which were displayed at the museum until 1985.Baartman’s remains were eventually brought back to South Africa after five years of negotiations between the French authorities, the South African government and the Griqua National Council, which represents South Africa’s 200 000 Griqua people, who are part of the Khoi-San group.Xingwana said: “Sarah Baartman has become an icon of South Africa as representative of many aspects of our nation’s history.“The proposed centre will therefore serve a very important function in our lives as an institution that interrogates all these aspects and provides us with a shared national understanding of how we consciously affirm a human rights culture at all times.”last_img read more

16 Days of Activism against abuse

first_imgImagine if, for 16 days, there was no rape, no child abuse. The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign challenges South Africans to declare a truce on violence against women and children – and, ultimately, to make it a permanent one.South Africa joins the global 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign in 1998. (Image: South African Government, Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0)Brand South Africa reporterImagine if, for 16 days, there was no rape, no child abuse. The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign challenges South Africans to declare a truce on violence against women and children – and, ultimately, to make it a permanent one.For the 16th year, South Africa is taking part in the global 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign, which runs from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) through to International Human Rights Day on 10 December.With the theme “Count me in: Together moving a non-violent South Africa forward”, the campaign will be officially launched by President Jacob Zuma in Reiger Park, Ekurhuleni, on 25 November.While the campaign runs only for 16 days each year, its objectives are reinforced by a year-long programme and a national plan to combat abuse.South Africa is still home to high levels of violence against its women and children, despite a world-renowned Constitution and a legislative overhaul that safeguards women’s and children’s rights.The government, business, civil society organisations, faith-based organisations and the media are all participating in the drive to increase awareness of the negative impact of violence and abuse on women and children.The campaign also aims to:Challenge the perpetrators of violence to change their behaviour.Involve men in helping to eradicate violence.Provide survivors with information on services and organisations that can help lessen the impact of violence on their lives.While the campaign runs only for 16 days each year, its objectives are reinforced by a year-long programme and a national plan to combat abuse.What you can doSouth Africans are urged to support the campaign by wearing a white ribbon – a symbol of peace – during the 16-day period to symbolise their commitment to never commit or condone violence against women or children.Other ways of supporting the campaign:Speak out against woman and child abuse. Encourage silent female victims to challenge abuse, and ensure that they get help. Report child abuse to the police immediately. Encourage children to report bullying behaviour to school authorities.Men are critical partners in the fight against the abuse of women and children. Men and boys are encouraged to talk about abuse and actively discourage abusive behaviour.Families must stick together to create a safe environment for women and children.Parents and adults can make sure that children are not exposed to inappropriate sexual and violent material.Volunteer some of your time and energy in support of a non- governmental organisation or community group working in your area to help abused women and children. Use your life skills and knowledge to help support victims of abuse.Donate some money to organisations working to end violence against women and children by making a contribution to the Foundation for Human Rights. Tel: 011 339 5560/1/2/3/4/5.Engage in online dialogues such as the Cyber Dialogues organised by Gender Links which provides a platform to share issues and experiences and offer solutions, with experts participating in the online chats. Gender Links also offers way for you to support recent survivors or gender-based violence. See the online pledge form.Get connected with important contacts and information published on www.womensnet.org.za.Seek help if you are emotionally, physically or sexually abusive to your partner and/or children. Call the Stop Gender Based Violence helpline on 0800 150 150.Report illegal guns to the police – according to the International Action Network on Small Arms Women’s Network, women are three times more likely to die violently if there is a gun in the home.Join a community policing forum (CPF) or community safety forum (CSF) to help fight crime in your area. For information on how to join, contact your local police station.Rhetoric and realitySouth Africa, according to non-governmental organisation Gender Links, needs to close the gap between the “rhetoric of gender equality” and the “reality on the ground”.Gender Links says the country has made impressive strides in recognising the roles and rights of women and children.The Constitution recognises gender equality as the cornerstone of South Africa’s democracy, and new legislation – such as the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act and the Domestic Violence Act – have been lauded for enforcing the rights of women.But more needs to be done. “Changing laws can be swift,” says Gender Links. “Giving them effect, and changing the mindsets that often render them ineffective, is a much more demanding task.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.,Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Tewari approaches Election Commission

first_imgSenior Congress leader Manish Tewari lodged a complaint with the Election Commission, seeking action against those indulging in “false and malicious” propaganda against him and his family on social media. In a video clip that was attached with Mr. Tewari’s tweet, it was alleged that his father, late Professor V.N. Tewari, was involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi and petrol was supplied from his filling station to “burn Sikhs”. ‘Gutter, despicable’ Describing the propaganda against him as “gutter and despicable”, the former Union MMr. inister, who is contesting from Anandpur Sahib in Punjab, said his family never owned a petrol pump anywhere in the country and his father was assassinated by militants on April 3, 1984, six months before the riots. “My mother was a Jat Sikh. My father was an academic at Panjab University, Chandigarh, and my mother retired as the Dean of the PGI. Our family has never owned a petrol pump ever in our lives anywhere in India. We have complained to the returning officer, Ropar SSP and the CEC. They need to act against the miscreants as soon as possible,” he tweeted.‘Outrageous lies’ “Those who failed in trying to raise the outside bogey against me have now stooped too low to malign me and my family with outrageous lies,” Mr. Tewari said on Thursday. The Congress leader is locked in a four-way contest against sitting Member of Parliament and Shiromani Akali Dal leader Prem Singh Chandumajra, Aam Aadmi Party candidate Narinder Shergill and Punjab Democratic Alliance nominee Bir Devinder Singh. Voting in Punjab will take place in the last phase of the Lok Sabha election on May 19.last_img read more

Tough task for second string of Indian men’s tennis team

first_imgSania Mirza will join the team for the individual competition.With the cream of Indian men’s tennis choosing to skip the Asian Games citing professional commitments, medal prospects need to be discussed with a pinch of salt. The second-string team is likely to find it tough against quality opposition from some of the best in the continent when the team events begin on Saturday.This is not the first time tennis players have played truant. Even at Guangzhou 2010, Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna had opted out.Whether it was indifference to the Asian Games or the attraction of money and ranking points on the professional circuit, the absence of the stalwarts turned out to be a blessing in disguise.Somdev Devvarman and Sania Mirza spearheaded a memorable campaign in the Chinese city and returned with an unexpected haul of five medals, including two gold. Sania is a much different player now than what she was four years ago. She has given up singles and made a mark as a doubles specialist. But she has not hit a single ball with her prospective women’s doubles and mixed doubles partners she will pair up with at the Asian Games.If anyone needs to be blamed for the current state and how the senior pros have behaved, it is the All India Tennis Association.Each time it comes to the Olympics, we have heard a lot from the federation about pride in playing for the country. The Asian Games tennis competition may not be as prestigious as the Olympics, but it is a major event for the continent.advertisementIf one looks back at the 1998 Asiad in Bangkok, the 2002 edition in Busan and Doha 2006, the presence of Leander and Mahesh did lend charm to the competition. But what remains etched in memory is the duo’s spat in front of the cameras after winning the gold in Doha!For the likes of Yuki Bhambri and Saketh Myneni, this is a great opportunity to emulate what Vishnu Vardhan did in Guangzhou. Relatively unknown before the Games, Vardhan reached the podium when he partnered Sania for a silver in the mixed doubles.This time too, the lady from Hyderabad will be key.last_img read more