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Sports tourism key to JLP manifesto

first_imgSports tourism, the building of new facilities and renovation of existing ones will be high on the agenda of the new administration. With the strong belief that Jamaica is perfectly placed, especially with its proximity to the North American market, increased efforts are expected to be made to woo athletes to the island, especially during the winter months. In its election manifesto, the Jamaica Labour Party promised to “intensity efforts to establish an extensive sports tourism programme that will, among other things, provide discounted prices to athletes that wish to use our facilities (especially during their winter season)”. To meet current and future demand the new government said, in its manifesto, that local sports training facilities “should be equipped to meet international standards and include gymnasium, swimming pool, indoor halls, cycling velodrome, squash courts, hockey fields (grass and synthetic, athletic tracks – cinder and synthetic) and outdoor courts such as in tennis.” With the National Stadium cycle track not meeting international standards, the country could be presented with plans to build a cycling velodrome to facilitate not only local riders, but top cyclists from the United States and Canada. “Jamaica has more than 1,600 sporting facilities … These facilities need to be rehabilitated. Other facilities should be built,” the manifesto said. There are also plans to increase the numbers and to improve the efficiency of local sports professionals to make them more marketable worldwide. “We will enhance greater partnership between the government and our local sporting bodies to enhance training and certification of our local coaches … not only to meet local, but also international standards that would deem them qualified/certified to ply their trade across the globe,” the new government’s manifesto said. The upgrade of sports professionals will not be limited to coaches – the expanded training will also cover sports physicians, physiotherapists, sports medicine physicians, sports nutritionists and sports administrators. The new government is also planning to promote more research in sports sciences. “The days of relying solely on raw-born talent is a thing of the past,” its manifesto said. With the many advances in approaches, the manifesto said, strategies will be developed to improve the overall health of the country’s citizens and this will be done in consultation with the ministry of health.last_img read more

World Cup afterglow lifts up conflicted France

first_imgView comments The name of French soccer player Kylian Mbappe is projected onto the Arc de Triomphe as soccer fans invade the Champs Elysees avenue after France won the soccer World Cup final match between France and Croatia, Sunday, July 15, 2018 in Paris. France won its second World Cup title by beating Croatia 4-2(AP Photo/Thibault Camus) Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names “We’ve had lots of problems in France these past years,” he said, recalling deadly terror attacks. “This is good for the morale … Here, we are all united. We mix. There is no religion, there is nothing, and that’s what feels good.”Hundreds of police in riot gear were discreetly lined up on side streets to monitor revelers. Typically, celebrations in France end up with some broken shop windows and other destruction, and Sunday was no exception. Tear gas was lobbed at one point on the Champs-Elysees. About 4,000 police watched over the fan zone — packed to its 90,000 capacity — during the match, then moved to the Champs-Elysees and neighboring streets.As night fell, The Eiffel Tower flashed 1998-2018 to mark France’s two World Cup titles. The Arc de Triomphe was awash in the national colors, lit with the rooster, the faces of the winning team and the words “Proud to be Blue,” or French.The celebrations were spread across the nation. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins D-League: Go for Gold regains top spot, routs CEU MOST READ PARIS — World Cup, World Cup and more World Cup — that’s all France is talking about.“Eternal Happiness” said Monday’s headline in sports daily L’Equipe, summing up the mood of many who can’t imagine the euphoria will ever fade.ADVERTISEMENT The victory glow brightened the Monday morning Paris commute, with young people in cars still shouting in celebration.In the eastern Paris neighborhood of Belleville, with the Eiffel Tower visible in the far distance, Vincent Simon said, “Both teams deserved to win. France won, and that’s good for the country, that will do us good for some months.”Fellow Parisian Florian Scaven only caught glimpses of the final from the maternity ward with his wife as she had a baby during the final. “We vibrated with the horns in the street. We are happy. Long live France.”It was France’s second-ever World Cup win, and came at a time when the people feel needy.“It represents enormous things,” said Goffrey Hamsik, dressed in a hat resembling a rooster — the French national symbol — and a shirt with the No. 10 for Kylian Mpappe, the breakout star who hails from the Paris suburb of Bondy.ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team France is readying to welcome home the national soccer team for a Monday parade down the Champs-Elysees, where tens of thousands thronged after the team’s 4-2 victory over Croatia Sunday.President Emmanuel Macron exulted on the field and in the locker room with the players, and is hoping their victory gives him a boost, too.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The French, though, are more enamored of the players, like 19-year-old star Kylian Mbappe, and of their coach, Didier Deschamps, with a parody photo circulating online suggesting renaming Paris’ most famous avenue “Deschamps Elysees.”Sports Minister Laura Flessel said on Europe-1 radio that the victory allows France’s youth — like those in the poor suburbs where many of the players grew up — “to dare to believe in their dreams.” Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

John Isner reaches 8th Atlanta Open final

first_imgLacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Kathleen Baker sets world record in 100 back at US nationals Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ATLANTA, GA – JULY 28: John Isner returns a backhand to Matthew Ebden of Australia during the BB&T Atlanta Open at Atlantic Station on July 28, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPATLANTA — Top-seeded John Isner advanced to the BB&T Atlanta Open final for the eighth time, beating fourth-seeded Matthew Ebden of Australia 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-1 on Saturday.Seeking his fifth victory at Atlantic Station in the last six years, Isner will face eighth-seeded Ryan Harrison in a rematch of Isner’s victory in the final last year. Harrison beat Cameron Norrie of Britain 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the night match.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced LATEST STORIEScenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “I know a lot about Ryan,” Isner said. “There are no secrets there. I know a lot about him. We are good friends and it’ll be a rematch of last year, so it’ll be cool.”Isner improved to 4-1 against Ebden, rebounding for a loss in the Australian Open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It was tough,” Isner said. “Just like yesterday, I was able to get out early in the third set and that definitely took some pressure off. I’m very happy to be back in the final here. I need to get in the air conditioning and just rest so I could be ready for tomorrow.”Isner improved to 30-4 in the event, winning his third match in Atlanta after a 6-hour, 36-minute loss — with a 26-24 fifth set — to Kevin Anderson in the Wimbledon semifinals. The 6-foot-10 former University of Georgia star won the Miami Open in April for his 13th ATP Tour title. Isner is 8-1 in the Atlanta semifinals, with the lone loss coming to Andy Roddick in 2012. Isner’s only other losses in the event came in the finals, to Mardi Fish in 2010 and 2011 and Nick Kyrgios in 2016. Isner won three straight titles from 2013-15.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names MOST READlast_img read more

Petron clobbers Cocolife to kick off PSL All-Filipino bid

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Petron kicked off its bid for a back-to-back title with a 25-18, 25-15, 25-18 drubbing of Cocolife at the start of the 2018 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Tuesday Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, who was the Finals MVP of Petron’s championship run last year, tallied a game-high 14 points, including three service aces, while Ces Molina, who returned from a stress fracture injury, added 10 points and 14 digs.ADVERTISEMENT The Blaze Spikers also got help from the sloppy play of the Asset Managers, who had 27 errors.Kalei Mau, Cocolife’s Filipino-American recruit, impressed in her debut with 13 points and 11 digs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPetron swept F2 Logistics in the All-Filipino title clash last year. MOST READ CJ Perez leads Fil-foreign aspirants for 2018 PBA Rookie Draft Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

Spiritual Life Bible Church Crusade Attracts Hundreds

first_imgA congregation of worshipers at a Spiritual Life Bible Church Crusade in Monrovia.As part of its Gospel Mission to Liberia, the Spiritual Life Bible Church (SLBC) of Brooklyn Park of Minnesota in the United States has engaged in a series of spiritually filled crusades in Monrovia.Former Associated Press photojournalist James Kokulo Fasuekoi, who is a member of the group, said the team includes five pastors. He said in an interview that the services have been exciting, providing spiritual healing to Liberians that thronged at their various gatherings.Fasuekoi said the team arrived in Liberia on January 23 to carry out a series of crusades or soul-inspiring gatherings across the country in partnership with Rev. Christian Dagadu of the Christian Evangelistic Pentecostal Church.He said the duration of the crusade is from January 23 to the end of March, and is held under the theme: “Walking under an open heaven.”He said Rev. Dagadu is a product of a bible college founded by the SLBC in the United States and his preaching in Liberia has made impact on the lives of many Liberians.He pointed out that the SLBC engages in crusades annually in Liberia and Sierra Leone to empower pastors as well as winning souls for Jesus Christ. He noted that the ongoing crusade in Monrovia is aimed at equipping pastors and church workers in order for them to be sensitive to their working environment in the country.Some of the pastors at the ongoing crusade made presentations on marriage and the obstacles that are associated with them and how to overcome them.He said a similar crusade is planned for Gbarnga City in Bong County. The SLBC has established a bible school in a private building at the Bong Mines Bridge on Bushrod Island in Monrovia. Other areas the crusade is expected to be held include Virginia, Morton Corner, and Kebbah Field.Besides, Fasuekoi added that a parcel of land has been secured in Lower Caldwell for the construction of the Spiritual Life Bible Church Bible School to provide professional training for a broad spectrum of pastors and church workers in Liberia.He explained that doctors Judy and Joseph Fornara, founders of the Spiritual Life Bible Church, have traveled to 112 countries and continue to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to all nationalities.Fasuekoi recalled that the SLBC founders encountered difficulties in Liberia during their gospel work, adding that even during the civil crisis in Liberia, they encountered rebel commanders who on several occasions threatened their lives.Fasuekoi noted that Liberians have been receptive to their good news.On the SLBC team are Bishop Michael Cole of Gospel Outreach Ministries; Rev. Claudius Cooper of Christ Chapel of Praise International Ministry, USA; and doctors Judy and Joseph Fornara, founders of SLBC.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Over $7B disbursed to GuySuCo from $30B bond since 2018

first_img– but NICIL unable to show bondholders, trustees how money being spentBy Jarryl BryanSince July 13, 2018, the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) has disbursed $7.420 billion to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) in nine payments – without receiving evidence of how this money is being used by the entity.SPU Head Colvin Heath-LondonThis is according to NICIL’s Special Purpose Unit (SPU) Head Colvin Heath-London, who was at the time hosting a long-awaited press conference to update the media and the nation at large on the diversification of the sugar estates and the status of the $30 billion bond that was negotiated last year.Four disbursements were made in 2018 and five this year. The last disbursement was also the largest, $1.442 billion on April 5, 2019. But according to London, GuySuCo has not been forthcoming with information on how the money is being used, something that is proving problematic for bondholders.“When the bond was being negotiated with the bondholders, a plan was put forward and the bondholders agreed to a certain path forward on what the proceeds for the bond should be used for,” Heath-London explained.“We’ve had challenges where the bondholders and the trustees are not happy with the information coming from NICIL. Because as part of the arrangement, we’re supposed to provide to the bondholders evidence of what the proceeds are being used for. We have not been able to do that to date. GuySuCo is still to provide that detailed information.”According to Heath-London, the disbursements were supposed to meet operational needs like the payment of salaries. But if GuySuCo is not accounting for how it is actually using the monies, why did NICIL continue to disburse billions? According to Heath-London, they continued paying the money out of good faith and the need to continue financing GuySuCo as a going concern.Heath-London noted that this situation and the general friction between NICIL and GuySuCo are not good in the long term for Guyana. He pointed out that should they default on repaying the bond, the bondholders can decide to levy on NICIL’s assets.The assets in question, Heath-London explained, would include entities like Guyana Oil Company (Guyoil) and the Marriott Hotel, which NICIL administers through the Atlantic Hotel Incorporated (AHI).“This standoff affects Guyana’s financial credibility on the regional and international markets. Because as simple as we may think this transaction is, there are a lot of financial institutions that are plugged in to how Guyana is operating under this bond. And whenever we go into the financial market for a bond, they may treat us the way they perceived how we operated with this bond. So it affects future funding for projects.“As it is, if we continue this way, we are pushing NICIL and by extension the Government of Guyana in default, and we have been written and we have been chided by the bondholders and trustees for this,” Heath-London further explained. “So, we are working to bring this situation under control.”ValuationNor is Heath-London the only one feeling the effects of lack of information. At the press conference, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) Managing Director Wilfred Bhagaloo revealed that GuySuCo did not supply crucial information for the valuation process.“The challenges anchor around information we need from GuySuCo – financial information for each of the estates. To date, I have not received that. I’ve received audited accounts for GuySuCo. That’s one thing. I need information on each of the estates,” Bhagaloo said.“The valuators need information on major equipment: who are the suppliers, the last time the equipment was maintained. In relation to Skeldon, we need the agreement with the manufacturers. Our colleague valuators in San Francisco need that kind of information to benchmark and make calculations as to the current value of the equipment. Nevertheless, we proceeded with our work.”According to the agreement between NICIL and Hand-in-Hand Trust Corporation as the Trustee, the first tranche payment of $16.5 billion from the bond was to be used for long-term project and capital financing for GuySuCo.Specifically, the money was to be used to acquire two co-generation plants, upgrade the existing factories to produce plantation white sugar, build storage and packing facilities and to help pay for two years of general operational costs.The bond was arranged last year by Republic Bank Limited, through its Investment Banking Division, with law firm London House Chambers headed by Devindra Kissoon acting as a transaction attorney.It was arranged at a rate of 4.75 per cent interest. A source close to the Finance Ministry had told <<>>> that while the interest rates secured would appear to be very favourable, the implications of failing to consistently repay the bond and related interest rates would be dire.“This is a very serious undertaking and Guyanese must watch closely at the consequences for (Special Purpose Unit) SPU/NICIL, GuySuCo and the country if Guyana defaults on its payments to those local and regional commercial entities that granted the $30 billion bond,” the source had emphasised.last_img read more

PPP/C to investigate corrupt practices of APNU/AFC Govt once re-elected – Jagdeo

first_imgRemembrance of Enmore MartyrsEvery corrupt act committed by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration will be investigated once there is a change in Government following the upcoming elections and every Government official who is found guilty will be jailed.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo addressing the large crowd at Enmore, ECD, during the commemoration ceremony in observance of Enmore Martyrs’ Day 2019Those were the sentiments of Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who told those gathered at a commemoration ceremony for the Enmore Martyrs on Friday in Enmore, East Coast Demerara (ECD), that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) would not let the numerous instances of corruption go unnoticed once elected.“They used to talk about putting PPP people in jail. When the Government changes, it will investigate every single one of those acts and then you’ll see who goes to jail. Then you will see,” he promised.Jagdeo further explained that the commemoration ceremony must be remembered for what it was created for, to remember the sacrifice that sugar workers made in the face of harsh and unbearable conditions in the sugar industry, for the rights of others.“And why is it so fitting that we remember this occasion? It is because today the industry that so many people sacrificed to build together, people of all races, but predominantly indo-Guyanese across Guyana, that that industry is facing its worst time and it is not facing its worst time ,because nothing better could have been done. It is facing its worst time in our post-colonial history largely because we have a vindictive government and they decided to bring sugar to its knees,” Jagdeo said.He lamented that the PPP/C, on several occasions, pointed out to the APNU/AFC coalition Government what it could have done to address the sugar industry, because it was experiencing problems prior to the 2015 national elections.The Opposition Party had urged that a feasibility study be conducted as well as a social impact assessment and a diversification study be pursued and only upon securing the results of those studies, should the Government take any action.“But what happened: the Government decided to ignore that course of action and decided to close the estates because they believed that somehow it would assist them … they probably hoped that the sugar workers would become disillusioned, they would flee this country and that they would change the electoral demographics of this country. But what went down effectively is to put 11,000 people – 7000 directly and another 4000 who depend on sugar for a living – out of a job; that is over 50,000 Guyanese in a population of about 800,000 people without knowing where their next meal would come from, how they are going to earn enough to send their children to school; in fact, we have seen a massive increase in poverty in the sugar belt.”He noted that concerns should not only be raised about the closing of the sugar industry, but also the “wanton corruption” involving the assets of the failing industry.“Stripping assets, moving the operable assets to inoperable lists and putting them as scrap and then selling them off to [People’s National Congress] PNC officials for a pittance. It is happening every single part of the industry and the people in National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) and [Guyana Sugar Corporation] GuySuCo are all guilty.”CCJ ruling on TuesdayMeanwhile, according to the Opposition Leader, a large section of the country’s population is awaiting the decision to be handed down by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in relation to the electoral process and timeframe for Guyana to hold its next national and regional elections.He emphasised that there were several major issues that were affecting various industries and sections of the country and that the CCJ’s decision was the determining factors as to how these issues could be resolved.“That decision will be a defining decision as to how quickly we will fix this problem. And what’s happening in sugar and all other areas … (they) can only be fixed by a change in Government … so the only way we can remedy the situation is changing the Government. Many people across Guyana want that,” he declared.Jagdeo further stated that the PPP/C would continue to work hard to ensure that elections were held and there was a change in Government.This is inevitable largely because of the PPP/C’s plans for the country’s future, its track record while it was in governance especially in the face of adversities and more, the Opposition Leader said.“The decision on Tuesday, they (CCJ) will decide on the pace that change will take, and if the decision goes in our favour, trust me, all of us will have to keep pressuring the Granger Government to hold early elections. We will have to go back on the streets, we will have to get the international community to put pressure on them, we will have to do every single thing to ensure that they hold early elections and that they don’t use GECOM as an excuse, because they are scared of elections. If that outcome comes our way on Tuesday – on Wednesday, get your boots … and get ready to walk the streets, we are going to put the pressure on them,” Jagdeo stated.However, he added, if the decision made by the CCJ is not what his Party was expecting, this would not pose a problem either.“Because as a seasoned political party, we have to be ready for anything, it just means that elections will be delayed a few months more, but we will still be campaigning, we will still be working, and one thing has to be inevitable. Every single Guyanese must play a role in getting rid of these people. So it is between a few months or one year, that is the choice on Tuesday we will face, one year or a few months, but one thing is clear, we have to get rid of them,” the Opposition Leader concluded.last_img read more

Wagner not nuts for new ‘Bionic Woman’

first_imgLindsay Wagner, who won an Emmy in the late 1970s for her portrayal of Jamie Sommers in “The Bionic Woman,” says she has seen the new NBC version, starring Michelle Ryan, and wasn’t crazy about it. “It’s very different,” she says. “It’s very much like what the shows are today, kind of dark and broody and violent – what people seem to be getting off on these days. So, it’s not at all what we were doing. We were doing a show for kids intentionally and making it fun and make it in such a way that adults could enjoy it, too, with their children.” Wagner originated the role of Sommers on “The Six Million Dollar Man” in 1975 and played it for three seasons on her own show. She later reprised the role in television movies in 1987, 1989 and 1994. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DOUBLE-KILLER CLAIMS HE WAS LEFT ‘TERRIFIED’ AFTER BROTHER TRIED TO RAM HIS CAR

first_imgJohn Gallagher.COURTS: A double killer said he was left ‘terrified’ after his brother allegedly attempted to ram his van – in an on-going dispute over their father’s estate. Double-killer John Gallagher, appeared at Letterkenny District Court in relation to an incident that occurred on August 16th, 2013. Gallagher alleged that his brother Donal Gallagher rammed his car on three occasions before fleeing the scene.During his evidence John Gallagher told the court he thought his brother was genuinely going to kill him.John Gallagher said, “I was heading towards my home in Strabane around 2pm, and I noticed there was road works on-going on Butcher Street.“The traffic was backed-up and it was pretty much at a standstill, so I headed down the Main Street to avoid it, I then observed my brother’s vehicle coming.“I stopped on the road, as there wasn’t enough room for both vehicles to pass.“Suddenly his vehicle just lunged at mine and he hit me head on, he then reversed back as I reached for the phone to contact Gardaí.“I rang 999, and at that point I then observed him do a three point turn on the road, I assumed at that point he was going to drive off, but he proceeded to drive into me again, he then went forward again and hit me a third time, he then drove off.“I pulled into the side of the road, I was trembling, absolutely trembling, the guards called me at that point, and told me to drive to the station and make a statement.“However, I was in such a state that the Garda told me that I was too distraught and in shock to make a proper statement, and requested that I come in the following day and make a statement.“The Gardaí then came outside the station with me and observed the damage done to my car.“It was badly damaged, structurally there was significant damage, the tow-bar on his pick-up done a significant amount of damage.“I got an estimate that there was around €1,800 worth of damage done, and had an independent assessor from my insurance company to come and inspect the vehicle, and he concurred he was badly damaged.“I honestly genuinely believe he wanted to kill me.”When asked by Inspector Michael Harrison could it have been an accident, John Gallagher responded by saying, “Absolutely not, no way, no way it could’ve been an accident.”Solicitor for the defendant Kieran Dillon cross-examined John Gallagher’s version of events, and suggested that it was he who drove the vehicle at Donal Gallagher and not the other way around.Mr Dillon asked John Gallagher did he have any issues with his brother.John Gallagher said, “The only issues I have my brother was the campaign of harassment he engaged in against me, he bombarded me with texts and calls, and it only stopped when I changed numbers.”John Gallagher’s mother was present in court, and the court heard how there was a dispute between the brothers over their father’s estate.John Gallagher added, “I love my mother dearly, she’s present with me today. she’ll make the right decision for her, I don’t know what motive Donal has, I’m not trying to influence my mother, it’s her estate, her and my father built it up, it’s up to her what she wants to do with it.”Kieran Dillon told the court that his client Donal Gallagher said that his brother drove the vehicle and him, and that he shunted the front of his car on at least three occasions.John Gallagher responded by saying, “No way, I think more of my vehicle than that, I’d never do that.“I look after my cars, I would never drive them into another vehicle, I care too much for them.”Mr Dillon then suggested that he cared more about not damaging his own car, than his brother.John Gallagher replied, “No that’s not rue, at the end of the day, he’s still my brother, it saddens me that we’re here again today.“I didn’t ask for any of this, he drove at me, and I was genuinely fearful for my life.”Garda Hardiman took to the stand and said that he had no relocation of observing John Gallagher’s vehicle after he visited the station.Garda Hardiman said, “He came into the station and he was in a very distressed and emotional state.“He was very shook up, I told him to come in the next day and make a statement.“I’ve no note of observing his vehicle, it may have happened, but I genuinely don’t remember.“I attempted to make contact with Donal Gallagher to get his version of events, but he told me he wasn’t coming across to make a statement.“However, in November, he contacted me and told me he was willing to make a statement, the next day he made it in the presence of a solicitor.”The court also heard how Gardaí had obtained CCTV footage from a postmaster and shop-owner close to where the incident occurred.Judge Paul Kelly viewed the CCTV footage and then made his deliberations on the incident.Judge Paul Kelly said, “John Gallagher’s assertion of what happened is that he stopped, there was no room for two vehicles to pass at that point.“He then says he brother then hit into him, and then performed a three-point turn and hit him again a few more times.“However, on reviewing the footage the latter part of Mr Gallagher’s evidence didn’t happen.“He turned his pick-up, reversed and drove off, his evidence isn’t supported by the video evidence available.“I therefore dismiss the charges against Donal Gallagher.”Judge Paul Kelly then pleaded with the families to let bygone’s be bygone’s and move on for everybody’s sake.Judge Kelly added, “This is just non-stop, it’s time to move on.Kieran Dillon added, “I’d reiterate all these things your saying as well Judge, and Garda Hardiman says that things have calmed recently.”DOUBLE-KILLER CLAIMS HE WAS LEFT ‘TERRIFIED’ AFTER BROTHER TRIED TO RAM HIS CAR was last modified: May 20th, 2016 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:AngerDonal GallagherDOUBLE KILLERdrivingJohn Gallaghersmashstrabanelast_img read more

Amber Alert stamp unveiled

first_imgLANCASTER – Two young Antelope Valley women rescued in 2002 in the first use in California of the Amber Alert system helped unveil Friday a postage stamp commemorating the system that uses radio and television broadcasts and freeway signs to help find abducted children. Tamara Brooks, now a 19-year-old UCLA political science student, took part in an Orange County ceremony with the mother of Samantha Runnion, the 5-year-old girl whose abduction and murder galvanized state officials into creating the California Amber Alert system. Jackie Marris, now 21 and running her own interior design business as well as working at a Palmdale restaurant, attended a Lancaster ceremony with Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, who as an Assemblyman had pushed for more than a year to get the Amber Alert started in California before Samantha’s murder. “People need to remember it could be their child someday, or somebody they know,” said Marris’ mother Nadine Dyer after the Lancaster ceremony. “People always take for granted every day’s going to be fine…and it doesn’t always work out that way.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Added Sharon Brooks, Tamara’s mother, at the Lancaster ceremony: “Without this program, Jackie and Tamara would just be memories in our minds.” Marris choked up during the news conference and had to pause while encouraging people to ask for the Amber Alert stamps. She told reporters later: “It kind of brings me back to everything.” Asked what she thought of the stamp, Marris had to pause again. “I’m trying to keep my composure,” she said. The stamp image shows the faces of a mother and child embracing, reproducing a pastel illustration by artist Vivienne Flesher. Printed on the stamp are the words: “Amber Alert saves missing children.” The image reminds her of being in the hospital where she and Tamara were taken after their rescue, Marris said. The 39-cent stamp was unveiled at the California ceremonies as well as at ceremonies in Washington, D.C., and in Texas, where the alert program started in 1996 after the abduction and murder of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman. The stamp follows a Postal Service tradition of issuing stamps to draw attention to social issues, including organ donation, adoption, domestic violence and children’s health, said Stacia Crane, the Postal Service’s local consumer affairs manager. The girls’ Aug. 1, 2002, abduction and rescue could hardly have been more dramatic. Brooks, an Antelope Valley High School student government leader and track star, and Marris, a Highland High School cheerleader, were abducted by a fugitive ex-convict from a Quartz Hill hilltop teen hangout. The kidnapper bound with duct tape the young men they were with, and drove off with the girls in a stolen SUV. During hours of crisscrossing Southern California, as a thousand freeway signs and radio and television repeated the license number and description of the white Ford Bronco, the drunken captor at one point parked and fell asleep. The girls stabbed him with his hunting knife, hit him in the face with a whiskey bottle, and shoved him out of the Bronco. Bloodied, he pointed his gun at them and threatened to kill them unless they unlocked the door. Then the SUV was spotted: first by a highway worker on Highway 178 in Kern County, then by an animal control officer who saw it turning onto a dirt road east of Lake Isabella. Two Kern County sheriff’s deputies found the Bronco and cornered it in a dry wash. When the driver pulled out a gun, the deputies opened fire as the girls screamed in the back seat. Neither girl was hurt. Thirty-seven-year-old Roy Dean Ratliff of Rosamond, a parolee who had been on the run for 10 months, was killed. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials said the rescue depended on the sightings from the public, despite an all-out police manhunt. “The two girls, as brave as they were, needed help. The help couldn’t come just from law enforcement. It needed to come from the public as well,” said Lt. Steve Smith, the Lancaster sheriff’s station watch commander during the hunt. Since the girls’ abduction, Amber Alerts have been issued in California 87 times, resulting in the rescue of 115 youngsters. “They’ve all been rescued. It’s been 100 percent,” Runner said. chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com (661) 267-5742160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more