Aircraft seized at another illegal airstrip in Rupununi

first_imgAlmost two weeks after an illegal airstrip was discovered at Santa Fe North Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo); the Police on Sunday evening intercepted an illegal aircraft minutes after it landed.Prior to the discovery of the aircraft, members of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) have been monitoring events after a foreign aircraft was seen frequenting the Santa Fe area. However, on Sunday evening, Police ranks went to the area and conducted a search during which over a dozen 10-gallon jars were found hidden in the bushes.The party also observed that a long strip of land measuring one mile in length and about 50 feet in width was cleared. In addition, as the team was leaving the area, it observed an aircraft circling and immediately went back to the location.There, they saw three men running from the landed aircraft. While the men escaped, the aircraft was secured by the Police.Sometime later, F Division (Interior locations) Commander, Ravindradat Budhram arrived at the location and a search was conducted on the aircraft. The search unearthed a quantity of dry ration, medical supplies, gents clothing and footwear, two hand-held radios, flashlights, cellular phones and an identification card amongst other items.The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority has been notified and a team was deployed to the area to conduct further investigations. Just two weeks ago, an illegal airstrip was unearthed about five kilometres West of Santa Fe, Rupununi, Region Nine, by members of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) who were patrolling the area.The ranks were conducting a reconnaissance mission when they stumbled upon the seeming newly built airstrip. Following a closer inspection of the perimeter of the airstrip, several dug out trenches were found. They were covered with black plastic and dried branches.Upon removing the plastic and branches, several items were found concealed in the holes including a chainsaw and fuel drums. In addition, a ¼ drum of aviation fuel was also found at the site.At least 12 abandoned camps were also found in close proximity of the airstrip. These camps were reportedly used by farmers over a period of time.In September 2016, a Joint Services patrol discovered an illegal aircraft hidden just off of the Yupukari Airstrip, Rupununi with United States registration N-767-Z.Subsequently, a team of investigators from the GDF, GPF, Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit and the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority was deployed from Georgetown to the area to conduct investigations and were able to determine that the registration number was bogus.Moreover, investigators had discovered during interviews with nearby residents that the aircraft had been sighted circling the area on numerous occasions in the past.Additionally, a number of residents shared information they deemed as “suspicious activity”, including the presence of motorcycles or ATVs frequenting the area at midnight.It was reported that a leak was discovered in the fuel tank of the aircraft. This, investigators believe, may have caused the aircraft to land in Guyana.However, it has been reported that one of the local law enforcement agencies was aware of the aircraft at least three weeks before the disclosure was made. It was reported that the security officials were monitoring the aircraft to see if anyone would return to salvage it.Meanwhile, President David Granger has established a one-man Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to probe the discovery of the illegal aircraft and appointed retired Brigadier Edward Collins to investigate, examine, advice and report on all aspects under which the foreign aircraft had entered the country.During the CoI, public meetings were held in several villages including Katoka, Kaicumbay, Yupukari and other villages. The CoI proved that the aircraft entered Guyana illegally.The illegal twin-engine Cessna aircraft was subsequently flown from Yupukari to Lethem initially, before it was flown to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport where it remains to date. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

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Fantasy Premier League tips! Star players you’ll want in your squad

first_img Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) – £6m – Click right for more top Fantasy Premier League tips – The 29-year-old could well be the most underrated players in the top flight. Last year he scored six goals, including strikes against Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool, while providing team-mates with seven assists. If he keeps up that form, £6m will be a bargain, especially given his set-piece abilities. 16 Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) – £4.5m – Click right for more top Fantasy Premier League tips – If you’re in need of a cheap but half decent defender, our money is with the Eagles’ versatile full-back. He’s signed a new deal with the club and will be key for them again this season. He could do with scoring or assisting a few more goals but he’s consistent and, with additions at Selhurst Park, could improve on the seven clean sheets he got last year. 16 Branislav Ivanovic or John Terry (Chelsea) – £7m – Click right for more top Fantasy Premier League tips – The two highest scoring defenders of the season are, of course, these two Chelsea stars. Both capable of scoring goals as well as keeping them out, popping one in your squad could be worth its weight in gold – if you’re prepared to stump up the fee. Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) – £5.5m – Click right for more top Fantasy Premier League tips – The Spaniard was a hit for the Gunners as fellow right-backs Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers struggled with injuries. He rewarded Arsene Wenger’s faith with two goals and an assist, while he played his part in seven clean sheets, more than another tip, Danny Rose, managed in the whole of last season and got 77 points in total. 16 16 16 16 16 16 Harry Kane (Tottenham) – £9.5m – Click right for more top Fantasy Premier League tips – Will it be second season syndrome or superstardom for Kane this season? With Spurs unlikely to displace the fans favourite with a big money signing up top, we reckon the striker is guaranteed goals, although maybe not as many as last year. He’s cheaper than Aguero, Diego Costa, Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge. Well worth a punt as it means you can spend big elsewhere. Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City) – £5.5m – The South Korean midfield star might have gone a little under the radar last season but he managed to plunder eight goals as the Jacks finished the Premier League campaign in eighth place. Eleven clean sheets and 17 bonus points also boosted his score and he scored more than the likes of Aaron Ramsey, James Milner, Angel di Maria, Willian, Mesut Ozil and Oscar. Click here for a video recap of the top Fantasy League tips Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – £11.5m – Click right for more top Fantasy Premier League tips – Leave him out at your peril. The Belgian maestro isn’t cheap but as the Premier League’s best player in the Premier League’s best team he’s a must have and worth building your team around, especially as he scored the most points (233) last season. We’re just ten days away from the start of the season and the Premier League’s Fantasy Football game will soon be lighting up our lives and causing us to fight with our best mates and our colleagues.More than three million players took part last year as they attempted to prove themselves as the greatest Fantasy Football manager in the world.A sagely place captaincy and a shrewdly played wild card can make all the difference to a season but so can some top quality picks at the start of the campaign.Click the right arrow above to see who we want in our teams… Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) or Troy Deeney (Watford) – £5.5m – Click right for more top Fantasy Premier League tips – If you’ve decided to shell out the £13m on Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, there is a chance you may be a little light on funds. If this is the case then you may want to grab one of these two stars. The pair hit 20 and 21 goals respectively as they fired their teams out of the Championship and could chip in with a few on the cheap for your squad from the bench. 16 16 16 16 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – £11m – Click right for more top Fantasy Premier League tips – If you’re feeling flush with the £100m you have to spend on your squad, you might also want to consider slotting the Chilean star into your team. He was the third highest scorer last year with 207 points, which isn’t too shabby for a debut season. His Copa America win this summer is reason to be concerned as Arsene Wenger could leave him out of their first few games, as he did with his German World Cup winners last season but it will be handy to have him in from the start to avoid unneeded early season reshuffles. Memphis Depay (Manchester United) – £8.5m – Click right for more top Fantasy Premier League tips – It’s difficult to say Depay will settle in his first season Man United. He was outstanding last night season at PSV Eindhoven, cutting in off the left-flank and scored 22 goals but Louis van Gaal appears to have him marked down as a central star, whether that be as a stirker or as a No.10 – where he has played in pre-season. At £8.5m it’s worth testing the waters, especially as he’s been listed as a midfielder, much like Alexis Sanchez. Danny Rose (Tottenham) – £5.5m – Click right for more top Fantasy Premier League tips – Or, if you’re put off by the prices of Ivanovic and Terry, why not try picking up the Spurs left-back for £1.5m cheaper. The English star netted three goals and made four assists while rampaging forward down the flank and could do similar this season with his new found confidence. Victor Wanyama (Southampton) – £4.5m – Click right for more top Fantasy Premier League tips – A regular starter for the Saints, Wanyama could become a key player now Morgan Schneiderlin has moved on to pastures new. He scored three goals for Ronald Koeman’s side last year but could be the perfect player to guarantee consistent point scoring on the cheap. 16 Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City) – £4.5m – Click right for more top Fantasy Premier League tips – Alternatively, if you want to spend more money on your outfield players you could opt for a cheaper shot stopper. If so, the Foxes’ Danish star Schmeichel could be the man for you. He kept six clean sheets last season in just 24 appearances, claiming 83 points, just one less than Tim Howard. 16 16 Petr Cech (Arsenal) or Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) – £5.5m – Click right for more top Fantasy Premier League tips – Last year they were both fighting it out for the same No.1 shirt but this year they will be playing for rivals. It might have been a blow to Chelsea but it’s brilliant news for Fantasy Premier League players with one more quality goalkeeper available for selection. Last year Courtois got a huge 121 points in his debut season, mainly thanks to 13 clean sheets. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) – £5.5m – Click right for more top Fantasy Premier League tips – Named in the European Under-21 Championship team of the tournament this summer, Redmond is an exciting young talent and is likely to be a key player for the Canaries next season. He netted four goals in the Championship last time out and could score more with better players around him this term. He’ll nab a few assists too so could be a handy player to have on your bench. Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) – £5.5m – Click right for more top Fantasy Premier League tips – As the right-back looks to make an England spot his own, ahead of Euro 2016, he’ll be eager to make an immediate impact at Anfield. Last year, 13 clean sheets and two goals saw him emerge as one of the Fantasy Premier League’s top scoring defenders. At an, arguably bigger team now, Clyne could do even better this time and is still a decent price. 16last_img read more

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AN GRIANAN HOTEL’S FANTASTIC ‘CELTIC FEAST’ IS BACK THIS BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND

first_imgThe brilliant ‘Celtic Feast’ returns to An Grianan Hotel in Burt this Bank Holiday Weekend.Dine with the Gods in one of the hottest Shows in Donegal this Bank Holiday weekend, as the An Grianan Hotel’s famous ‘Celtic Feast’ returns.Arrive to a welcome glass of An Grianan Hotel’s finest Mead to a backdrop of Live traditional Irish music in our Foyer plus exciting photo opportunities to remember the evening.Who would you like to put in the Stocks?!! For 8pm sharp, guests will be asked to take their bench and steady themselves for a magical Celtic Feast.A ‘Hearty local produce four course Meal’ awaits with fine Wine being served throughout the night.Between Courses, the delightful Goddess Danu will tell the story of the Tuatha De Danann Race of Gods & Warriors in Irish mythology through Song, Dance and graphical illustrations.Enjoy the live performances from Arlene McLaughlin’s stunning ‘Siamsa Gael Irish Dance Troupe’ plus, relive the jaw-dropping first Battle of Moytura re-enactment by Eireann Edge between King Nuada of the Tuatha De Danann and Sreng – Fierce Champion of the Fir Bolg. It really is a truly unique experience – best served with Friends & Family!Next Feast: 26th October, From 7 – 10.30pmTickets may be purchased from An Grianan Hotel Reception, online on our website or over the phone.Adult: €40Child 10 – 12: €30 Child 6 -9: €20Child under 6: FreeGroup/family options available – please call us‘A Unique & Magical Night Awaits!’ Contact:+353 74 93 68900 | info@angriananhotel.com | www.angriananhotel.comFacebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, Trip AdvisorAN GRIANAN HOTEL’S FANTASTIC ‘CELTIC FEAST’ IS BACK THIS BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND was last modified: October 20th, 2014 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:An Grianan HotelBURTCeltic FeastEntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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Half-time: Chelsea 1 Crystal Palace 0

first_imgEden Hazard scored from the follow-up from his own saved penalty to put Chelsea within 45 minutes of winning the Premier League title.The Blues just about edged a cagey first half lacking both excitement and chances until Hazard won the spot-kick just before the break after exchanging passes with Willian and being brought down in the box by James McArthur.The Belgian’s shot was saved by keeper Julian Speroni but he headed home at the second attemptBefore then Chelsea struggled to break down a well-organised Crystal Palace side looking to play on the counter-attack.Neither side threatened much in the opening 20 minutes, with a speculative 30-yard Juan Cuadrado shot that went over the only serious attempt on goal.But the home side then began to take control in midfield through Nemanja Matic and Cesc FabregasMatic had a shot blocked by Julian Speroni after Palace made a terrible mess of an attempt to play offside from a free-kick, and the Eagles keeper was lucky to get away with spilling a dipping Didier Drogba free-kick.Palace’s best chance saw Jason Puncheon’s shot deflected wide by Cesar Azpilicueta.Cuadrado came in to the starting line-up in midfield at the last minute for Ramires, who was ill while Thibaut Courtois returned in goal after missing the midweek win over Leicester City.Drogba was preferred to the fit-again Loic Remy, who was named on the bench. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Cuadrado, Hazard; Drogba. Subs: Cech, Filipe Luis, Zouma, Mikel, Ake, Loftus-Cheek, Remy. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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SA, Namibia ‘must push cross-border trade’

first_img8 November 2013 South Africa and Namibia need to prioritise cross-border infrastructure to facilitate an easier flow of goods and services, President Jacob Zuma told the inaugural meeting of the SA-Namibia Bi-National Commission in Windhoek on Thursday. Zuma, who was on a two-day state visit to Namibia, said called for the two countries to push their trade volumes even higher and to explore new, untapped areas of cooperation. “We need to encourage our private sector to forge close cooperation consistent with our strategic desire to increase mutually beneficial economic cooperation between our sister republics.” The semi-arid, diamond-rich country has strong economic ties with Pretoria. South Africa is the destination of 66% of Namibia’s exports and holds approximately 80% of investments in key sectors of Namibia’s economy, including mining, retail, banking and insurance. Zuma said the bi-national forum should be a platform for the two countries to drive for more consistent interaction in key economic sectors, as well as adopt a strategic approach to all cooperation. “South Africa and Namibia share historical, geographical, cultural and fraternal bonds,” Zuma said. “Our relations were cemented during the difficult times of our respective struggles for liberation against colonialism and apartheid. “Ours, therefore, are relations of a special kind, which make it only natural and logical for our two countries to enjoy strong bilateral cooperation.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Bans office unaware of instructions to families of missing

Question posed on Sri Lanka at the press conference at the UN in New York:Question:  Okay.  All right. I wanted to ask you a Sri Lanka question, while this grouping is still there.  There’s a UN working group on enforced disappearances that’s visiting Sri Lanka, including northern Sri Lanka.  But I wanted to… maybe this is not true, but the “Colombo Gazette” relate… says that families whose people have been disappeared, who met with UN working group, including the widow of Prageeth [Eknaligoda], the cartoonist, were told, quote, by the UN not to speak to the media about their discussions with the working group.  It says “the UN.”  So it’s… The New York office of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said it was unaware of instructions issued to the families of missing in Sri Lanka not to speak to the media on their meeting with the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances held this week.Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General said, in response to a question posed at a press conference at the UN in New York, that he is not aware if any instructions had been issued by the UN office in Sri Lanka. Spokesman:  I don’t… When journalists asked Sandhya Eknaligoda, the wife of missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda regarding a meeting she had two days ago with the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances at the UN office in Colombo, Eknaligoda said that she could not comment. Correspondent:  Is there…Spokesman:  You can ask our colleagues in Geneva, who kind of help back up these independent working groups, but it’s not something I can answer from here “I told them about by concerns. The meeting went well. They will announce their response next week,” she said.When asked by journalists who took part in the meeting, Eknaligoda refused to comment nor did she wish to state who in the UN told her not to speak to the media. (Colombo Gazette) She said that the the UN told her not to speak to the media and that the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances would brief the media next week. read more

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UN rights experts welcome Iran prisoner releases call for freeing of all

Regarding freed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, said in a press release that: “For the past year and a half, Mr. Rezaian’s unlawful detention had come to symbolize the Iranian Government’s widening crackdown on speech and press freedoms in the country.” While welcoming his release, the UN expert underscored that Mr. Rezaian should not have been in prison in the first place since his prosecution was connected to his work as a journalist and freedom of expression. “The Government of Iran should protect those who exercise their freedom of expression, instead of prosecuting them,” Mr. Kaye stressed. “Dozens of Iranian journalists, bloggers and social media activists remain behind bars in Iran simply for exercising their legitimate rights of expressing views,” he added. Two other freed prisoners, Christian pastor Saeed Abedini – who was arrested in 2012 reportedly for activities related to home churches – and Amir Hekmati, were being prosecuted for espionage and other national security-related crimes in trials that fell short of international standards.The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, reminded Iran of its responsibility to ensure that no one is prosecuted or detained because of their religious views or activities, including Christians of Muslim backgrounds. “While Iranian officials allowed pastor Abedini to board the plane and put this horrible ordeal behind him, they continue to hold dozens of Iranian Christians on vague and overly broad national security charges like ‘propaganda against the system.’ These detentions clearly violate not only Iran’s obligations under international law but their own constitution,” Mr. Bielefeldt noted. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, praised the lifting of Iranian sanctions, which coincided with the prisoners’ release, and made a special appeal to the Iranian authorities “to spare no effort in addressing long-standing human rights concerns repeatedly raised by the UN human rights mechanisms, especially the alarming surge in executions this past year, increasing restrictions on freedom of expression and peaceful assemblies, women’s rights, discrimination against religious and ethnic minorities, and the ongoing prosecution of journalists, lawyers and human rights defenders.”Mr. Shaheed also renewed his call on Iran to engage constructively with his Human Rights Council mandate by allowing a visit to the country. Special Rapporteurs, who are not UN staff and are independent from any government or organization, are appointed by and report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council. read more

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Violence in the home It was always the fear that this person

first_imgPicture posed by model Source: Domestic abuse via Shutterstock The whole secrecy around it keeps the violence going. I didn’t tell many people, I was too ashamed.MARY (NOT HER real name) is a friendly, engaging mother of three. She has a job, brings up her children, and is engaged in volunteer work.She is also a survivor of domestic abuse. Mary spoke to TheJournal.ie about her experiences, in an effort to encourage women or men who are experiencing domestic violence to get help if they can, and for bystanders to do their bit to help.She wants to show that there is no ‘typical’ victim of domestic abuse, and no ‘typical’ abuser. Each person is individual, each has their own story, and so relying on stereotypes and assumptions can be harmful.Mary’s story“I am the eldest of seven. I had a very strict upbringing – a ‘life is hard’ mentality,” recalled Mary when asked about her childhood. Both Mary and her ex-partner are from middle-class families, with “hard working parents”.Brought up in a religious household, she is an abuse survivor and left the family home at the age of 17.When she met her ex-partner, he was “funny, charming, good-looking – the life and soul of the party, hard working, had many friends”.“I didn’t recognise the signs of abuse, because abuse had been part of my life,” she said. “Ifell hard for him – I thought I was the luckiest woman in the world when I was going out with him.”About 18 months into the relationship, they got engaged when she was pregnant with their first child. “There were no signs of abuse. He was just a normal bloke, with no signs of any abuse at beginning.” He was delighted to be a father. “This man was my life partner,” said Mary.First signs of abuseIt was when they moved in together that the initial signs of abuse appeared. At first, it was subtle verbal comments, said “in a jokey kind of way”.“He would tell me I was putting on weight even though I knew I hadn’t,” said Mary. “You second-guess yourself.”Then, her fiancé started to disappear for weekends.I’d be left at home alone. He’d switch his phone off. I’d be worried sick. I’d be questioning him about it – my reaction to what he would do would be to cry: ‘How can you do this to me?’ He’d laugh and tell me I was paranoid, that he was with his mates. I started to question my own sanity.Mary started to “try harder” at the relationship, making dinners, always making sure the house was clean, never complaining, “trying desperately to make a home”.But things continued. “He’d openly slag me in front of friends. He’d say ‘you know I could kill you’ – in a jokey way. It’s subtle. He accused me of cheating even though I was never out of the house without him.”Escalating to physical abuseThings changed again after the couple’s son was born. One night, in their son’s bedroom, the abuse turned physical.“He’d been out drinking. He came home two days later, leaving me with no money for nappies or milk. I was crying and asked him where he had been. He ran at me and put his hands around my neck. I couldn’t breathe and faked collapsing so he would let go. When I was on the ground, he kicked me in the side of the ribs. He told me to never question him again.”After this shocking event, Mary’s partner became remorseful. “He started crying and said he would never do it again,” she remembered. But he told her it was her fault.By this stage, his drinking had escalated, and alchoholism was an issue. “I believed him. I started looking at myself, trying harder. This was not the person I originally fell in love with,” said Mary.‘Why don’t you just leave?’When Mary hears people ask ‘why did they not leave?’ about people experiencing domestic abuse, she thinks of her own situation, and the cycles of violence.“There were episodes of peace and harmony after the violence. He would treat me welland help around the house.” There was confusion when this happened, but it was easy to carry on when things were good.“I’m wondering do people understand the confusion of all this?” asked Mary. “It’s not as simple as ‘why does she not leave’. It’s ‘why does he hit her?’ There was no provocation.”Frightened and aloneMary’s fiancé controlled the money within the home at all times.Things escalated again. One night, they were out together at a takeaway when she jokingly put some food down the back of his top.“He pulled my hair and pushed my face into the side of a table, and I got a black eye.”Some bystanders did challenge him on his behaviour, but he also threatened them, she said.That was the first public event of abuse. She was pregnant with their second child at the time.“I had to wear sunglasses out in public.”He told her he was sorry, and went and got a taxi home. She walked the three miles home.Again, he apologised for his behaviour, saying he was drunk and could not remember what had happened.Isolated from family“Looking back, I had become isolated from friends and family,” said Mary. “He became my primary focus, him and our kids.”She was later diagnosed with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) over her experiences.Mary says that like other abuse victims, she was still in love with the man she first fell in love with. “You’re filtering it out,” she said of the abuse. “You’re in shock.”“I was believing that if I did A, B, C, D, it would become OK.”When she was giving birth to their second child, her partner told her to “hurry up as he was in a hurry”. Not long after she had given birth, he forced her to have sex with him.Breaking up – and getting back togetherAfter this, they split up. “It was a couple of weeks and then I took him back. Which is a pattern. He swore he’d change, he’d stop drinking, he was truly sorry. He would have fed me with [comments like] ‘no-one is going to want you. You’re damaged goods. You’re nothing without me’. He had a string of affairs behind my back. He would taunt me and laugh.”Although the violence had escalated, Mary fell pregnant with their third child, a daughter.She had been in touch with a refuge a number of times, particularly after one assault.At one stage, after she left her partner, she spent three months in a refuge. “It was very frightening. I felt like I had done something wrong, because I had to leave my home and I was there. And for my kids – they had to change schools.”Fear of being killed“It was always the fear that this person was going to kill me,” said Mary of the final years in the relationship. “This was a genuine fear.”He would tell her: “‘If you leave I will kill you’.”“The children were my concern,” said Mary. “In one episode he was screaming at my son and went to hit him. I lay on top of him to protect him and he started kicking the ribs off me.”I thought: ‘I have to get out of here.The night they leftThe night the family left their home, Mary’s partner had been drinking and arrived back at 1am. She had locked the door and he was “banging to get in”. She let him in: “I was scared.”“He started on me. I tried to get out of the house. My kids had woken up at this stage and they were crying. I lifted my youngest in my arms and we tried to run out the door. He was choking me. I could hear my child screaming. I managed to get out the door in the lashing rain. He was running after me and punching me in the head.”The focus didn’t go on me or my safety; the focus went on the children. Enough was enough. I knew if I don’t get out, either way I am going to die.Her neighbours “picked me up off the side of the road” and helped her and her children.Mary got an interim barring order, which she says her husband then broke. The gardaí “were brilliant”, she said.To get the barring order, she had to drive 50 miles to a garda station with a family member, who also took photos of her injuries. “I was terrified,” she said.It was the weekend and I had made a complaint to gardaí about the assault and the barring order was through an emergency court sitting because of the risk to my safety and my kids. The photos of my injuries (huge swelling in the back of my head, black eye, hand marks, bruises around my neck) were sent to the court but nothing happened after the case was adjourned, I never heard from the courts again“I had to wear wigs to court – I was so scared. I had a member of Women’s Aid with me, a court accompaniment,” she described.Mary said that in her experience, “family law is a joke” in Ireland. “I think the courts really need to support women more.”She also said she was not able to access counselling through the HSE for her children. She subsequently found it through another channel.Mary has undergone years of counselling herself. “I had to look at my role in this, how I ended up in this situation. I had to work on myself and learning the signs of abuse.Abusers aren’t all the sameMary said that there is “no specific” type of abuser. “It affects everybody. You don’t have to look too far. It is a power thing.”“If you try and stand up for yourselves, it is ‘shut up and get back there and say nothing’. With my childhood it was children are seen and not heard.”Today, she is not looking for a new partner. “I have three people to protect here. It’s not about me.”“The fairytale [relationship] we get in books it doesn’t exist,” said Mary. “Young women need to be educated more about relationships and not the whole fairytale.”AdviceIf you are reading this and going through similar experiences, Mary understands that you might not be able to pick up a phone easily.She advised people, if they can, to call Women’s Aid or get in touch with SAFE Ireland. “Get in touch – there is support out there,” she said.“Yes, I know there is a fear element to domestic violence. A lot of women are very frightened to even ask for the help they need. Some women physically can’t call, they’re monitored. Try and reach out and get help.”If you are a neighbour or friend of someone who needs help, Mary advised:Be there. Listen to them. Support them. Call the guards if you feel you hear something, because it will put a stop to it. The whole secrecy around it keeps the violence going. I didn’t tell many people, I was too ashamed.She also urges us “not to judge if you haven’t been in the situation – it’s easy to judge if you’re on the outside”.Need help? Here are some contacts:Safe Ireland website and National Freephone Helpline 1800341 900Download the Safe Ireland APPInformation on individual refuges in IrelandHelp for men experiencing domestic violence: Amen website and Helpline 046 9023718Read: Why some women have “little option” but to stay in a violent home>”last_img read more

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Male arrested and charged by Financial Crime Unit

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 11, 2017 – Providenciales – Financial Crimes Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police have arrested and charged a 72 year old man of Providenciales with 88 (eighty-eight) counts of Forgery, 88 (eighty-eight) counts of Uttering Forged Documents, One (1) count of Theft of a Chose in Action and one (1) count of use of Criminal Property in connection with a report made on 10th April 2017.These charges stem from a report that was made, whereby the male stole a large sum of money from an Association Body for which he represented. Investigation revealed that the offences were committed between March 2009 and December 2011.   He is presently on Fifty Five Thousand Dollars (USD$55000.00) bail and will appear before the court later this month.Press Release: RTCIPF Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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