NewsLocal NewsIntimidation trial opens at Circuit CourtBy admin – October 25, 2012 683 Previous articleCity rental scam alertNext articleTurkish delight at Shannon airport admin THE TRIAL has opened in Limerick Circuit Court of a 21-year-old woman charged with the alleged intimidation of a mother and daughter who were potential State witnesses in a case last year. Ciara Lynch of Hyde Road, Ballinacurra Weston is charged with threatening, menacing or putting fear into two women, April and her mother, Alice Collins on May 15, 2011 at Hyde Avenue.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up WhatsApp The prosecution alleges that Ms Lynch shouted and made remarks while also making gun-like signal with her hand to Alice and April Collins outside their home on Hyde Avenue. A month earlier, Alice and April Collins had made statements to gardai, in connection with another matter and it is alleged that Ms Lynch was attempting to intimidate the Collins women who were potential witnesses in a case. Ms Lynch has pleaded not guilty to the charges and the trial is expected to last three days. Twitter Facebook Print Advertisement Email Linkedin
LifeSite News 4 January 2018Family First Comment: This is the perspective that isn’t being told – or listened to! “I’m the child of a stranger, who altruistically sold me, his biological daughter, to a family he would never meet. He signed away his rights to be a father to me, and my parents gladly bought the gift that would give them a child. They were ecstatically happy when my mother became pregnant, but no one considered how I would feel about the transaction that took place, how I would feel about having no right to a relationship with my biological father, no access to my paternal family, not even medical information. Now it is my turn to speak. I hate my conception.”My biological father sold his sperm when he was in medical school. He was told what a wonderful, altruistic act he was doing, and praised for being so generous to a poor, infertile family. He was also promised anonymity. My parents bought that sperm and a doctor used it to inseminate my mother. I’m the child of a stranger, who altruistically sold me, his biological daughter, to a family he would never meet. He signed away his rights to be a father to me, and my parents gladly bought the gift that would give them a child. They were ecstatically happy when my mother became pregnant, but no one considered how I would feel about the transaction that took place, how I would feel about having no right to a relationship with my biological father, no access to my paternal family, not even medical information. Now it is my turn to speak. I hate my conception.How can anyone sell a person? Sure, at that point it was just sperm, but it was sperm being sold with the intention of becoming a child. Why is it legal for a doctor to allow a child to be created with the purpose of being cut off from biological family to make the recipient parents happy? The process commodifies real human beings.I’ve been involved in the state foster care system for about two decades, a system which encourages keeping families together and tries to support keeping children with their blood relatives unless there is a severe safety issue. Children thrive best with their biological families, even when those families need extra help, something our government recognizes within the foster system. Unfortunately, I was born as the result of a profit-driven medical clinic selling parental rights without regard for what is best for the end product, the child produced.There aren’t any laws or even suggested best practices for my situation. Anonymous arrangements sell best, are least complicated, so here I am, the daughter of my mother and a stranger she hoped never to meet, being raised by a man who had enough money to purchase my existence. My birth certificate is false, listing the father who raised me, a man I’m not related to, not giving any indication that there was another party involved in my conception. It would have been completely legal for the parents who raised me never to tell me the truth, to lie to me about my origins and allow me to believe that I had accurate family medical history.We, the donor conceived, are being denied some pretty basic human rights. We are commodified, existing only because our biological parent was willing to sell genetic material in order to make someone else a parent. We aren’t given access to information about who our biological parent is, with clinics protecting the anonymity of their donors over the rights of the children produced. We are at the mercy of the adults who created us as to whether they even tell us that we aren’t biologically related to them. We are denied medical family histories, histories that might one day save our lives, as well as genealogical histories that would help us piece together our identities. We live in a time when it is possible to track down our missing families, if we know they are missing, but when donors have been promised anonymity our contact may not be welcome. It seems incredibly irresponsible on the part of the fertility industry to give any illusions to donors in this day and age that they might be able to maintain anonymity, perhaps even dishonest.Donor conception has caused this donor conceived person enough grief that I actively speak out against any donor conception to friends considering this route as a way to solve their own infertility grief. It doesn’t resolve the grief, but rather passes that pain on to the next generation by denying them access to their missing biological family. I would encourage people not to use any donor conception, but rather to open homes to parent the hundreds of children waiting in the foster system whose parental rights have been terminated or to find other ways to navigate through infertility grief.If donor conception must be allowed to continue to give parents the children they desire, then anonymous donation should be more carefully scrutinized and seen for the illusion that it is. There is no more anonymity with commercial DNA testing, and it should not be offered as an option either for donors or recipient parents. I can imagine it is only a matter of time before that matter ends up in a courtroom when someone like me finds a biological parent who was told they would never be found. There should be no states with laws allowing anonymous donors when the donors can be found.Furthermore, anonymity causes pain and identity confusion for the children produced. Medical records on the donors should be kept current and easily available for the lifetime of the child produced. Finally, birth certificates should be updated to keep up with reproductive technology. There should be space for both legal and biological parents on birth certificates, in order to be accurate and to allow donor conceived people to know their true origins. Australia, a country which is miles ahead of the US when it comes to rights of the donor conceived, provides a birth certificate with an asterisk, and the asterisk indicates that an addendum is on file, containing the full name of any donors involved in a person’s conception.READ MORE: https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/my-father-was-a-sperm-donor.-heres-why-i-hate-my-conceptionKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Canadian broadcast legend Bob Cole will be back in the broadcast booth for his 50th and final year on Hockey Night in Canada, beginning with the first Saturday of the NHL season next month.Cole is scheduled to call 10 games, all of which will come in the first half of the 2018-19 season. Cole’s first game of the year will be on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday, Oct. 6 for the game between Montreal and Pittsburgh. Further details of a tribute in his honour will be announced at a later date.“Hockey has been my passion for as long as I can remember,” said Cole. “It’s been an honour and a privilege serving Canadian hockey fans across the country and being part of the Hockey Night in Canada institution. I’m looking forward to getting to the rinks for this last season, seeing familiar faces and getting out there to do what I love most in the world.”Beginning his hockey-broadcasting career with VOCM radio in his hometown of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Cole moved into television in 1973. In addition to 50 years on Hockey Night in Canada, Cole has also called hockey play-by-play for multiple Olympic Games. Cole is a Gemini-award winning broadcaster, a member of the Order of Canada and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996 as a recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for broadcasting excellence.“There are so few broadcasters and voices in sport that transcend the way Bob’s has over the last half a century and we are honoured to have him call this last season for Sportsnet on Hockey Night in Canada,” said Scott Moore, President, Sportsnet & NHL Properties. “Bob is a true professional in this industry and he will pour his heart and soul into these games, focusing on doing the job that he loves and delivering the call to our hockey audiences from coast-to-coast.”
Companies in this story: (TSX:EMP.A)Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press TORONTO — When news broke Tuesday that consumers should avoid eating romaine lettuce because of an E. coli outbreak, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention swiftly demanded retailers remove the vegetable from store shelves and restaurants stop including it in meals.But in Canada, the country’s public health and food inspection agencies stopped short of insisting on its removal, despite it being linked to the illnesses of 18 people in Ontario and Quebec — six required hospitalization.Experts said the difference in approach likely stems from how many cases crop up in a country, how cautious nations want to be about protecting industries and how comfortable a country is with their hunches about the outbreak’s origins.Norman Neumann, the vice-dean of the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health, said during outbreaks impacting Canada and the U.S., health bodies from both countries will likely consult each other on investigating the source, but don’t always co-ordinate their responses.He suspects the U.S. has gone a step further than Canada in part because U.S. authorities reported 32 cases of E. coli, 13 of which involved a person who was hospitalized.“The caseloads are higher in the U.S. so it might suggest a little bit more of a severe response in the U.S.,” he said.Pinpointing the exact cause of the outbreak can be difficult because public health officials often have to search for similarities in places those who fall ill have visited or what they’ve eaten.It can take a week for symptoms to appear in some cases and by then, asking someone to recall everything they ate the week before might be difficult and thus, impact a health agency’s comfort in taking action against a particular source of the outbreak, Neumann said.“When there are outbreaks, certain things have been implicated only to find out years later the epidemiology evidence wasn’t sound or secure,” he said. “You can pinpoint a potential source only to find out a few weeks, months or years later it was maybe not the source and we ruined an industry in response.”The Canadian Food Inspection Agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment about why it had stopped short of instructing grocery stores to stop selling romaine lettuce and restaurants to cease serving it.However, the CFIA has said if the contaminated food products are identified in Canada, they will take the necessary steps to protect the public, including recalling the product.Nova Scotia-based grocery giant Empire Company Ltd. didn’t wait for an official request from the CFIA though. On Wednesday, it said it was temporarily taking 300 products containing the vegetable off shelves at about 1,500 Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, and Lawton’s Drug Stores locations.Jim Chan, a former health inspector and manager at Toronto Public Health, said he believes it is within the provincial public health body’s abilities to issue a warning to all food premises, including restaurants, quick-dining options and supermarkets, to stop serving romaine until the CFIA confirms the product is safe.“I strongly believe that Health Canada/CFIA should call for retailers and wholesalers to remove all off shelves, as well as a recall to consumers,” he told The Canadian Press. “I think food safety should take priority.”Chan added that most of Canada’s romaine lettuce is imported from the U.S. because Canada’s growing season ended in August.The Public Health Agency of Canada said the 18 people who fell ill in connection to the outbreak in Canada reported their cases between mid-October and early November, and one complained of suffering a severe complication related to it.Those affected were between the ages of five and 93 and were located in Ontario and Quebec.The agency said before their illnesses occurred, the people affected reported eating romaine lettuce at home, in prepared salads purchased at grocery stores and from menu items ordered at restaurants and fast food chains.Typical symptoms of illnesses caused by E. coli include stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting, though the bacteria is usually benign.
OTTAWA, O.N. – The future of resource development across Canada depends on the federal government responding correctly to a court ruling that has stalled the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, Justin Trudeau said Friday.The government’s response is about more than just one pipeline project, the prime minister said as he took part in what was billed as an armchair discussion at a business gathering in Ottawa.“What we need is not just this pipeline,” Trudeau said. “This is the way the world is going, and if we can demonstrate clarity and certainty for business through the processes to the investors, we will be able to get more built.”The opposition parties called on the Liberal government Friday to study the Trans Mountain court decision, and use it to better define what it means to truly consider the wishes of Indigenous communities before it launches into any new consultations over Trans Mountain.The Liberals promised a new process for consultation with Indigenous communities during the last election campaign, “and that promise was completely broken,” New Democrat MP Rachel Blaney said before introducing a motion that would see a Commons committee examine why the court rejected the Trudeau cabinet’s approval of the Trans Mountain expansion.Her motion, along with a similar one introduced by Conservative MP Cathy McLeod, was voted down by Liberal members of the Commons committee on Indigenous and northern affairs. The Liberals didn’t speak to the motions and gave no reasons for rejecting them before adjourning. Trudeau called the court ruling “frustrating” and “devastating” for communities that were relying on the employment that would come with the Trans Mountain project. “We need to be able to build resource projects of all different types with appropriate social license.”The Federal Court of Appeal quashed approval for the Trans Mountain project last week, citing insufficient consultation with Indigenous communities and failure to assess the environmental impact of more tanker traffic off British Columbia’s coast.The Conservatives and New Democrats both have blamed Trudeau for the ruling, accusing him of relying on “botched” consultations to further the pipeline project, which would bring more Alberta oilsands crude to port in B.C. for export overseas.But Trudeau said the decision must be seen in a broader context if the government is to ensure that Trans Mountain – and other resource projects – don’t get bogged down in endless court battles in the future.Trudeau fired back at critics who accuse his government of being unable to get large resource projects built, pointing to one major development that has already been approved in Canada but is facing roadblocks south of the border.“The Keystone XL pipeline has been approved in Canada for a long time and it’s bogged down in processes in the United States because, again, there are concerns that they hadn’t done enough around consultations in partnership with communities and environmental science,” Trudeau told the gathering.
NEW DELHI: Amid the continuing “flip-flop” over the tie-up for the Lok Sabha polls, the AAP on Sunday said the prospects of its alliance with the Congress are almost finished.The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has “refused” to form an alliance with the Congress in Delhi alone. While the AAP is also keen on a pre-poll alliance in Haryana, which will vote on May 12, the Congress is only willing to discuss a tie-up in Delhi. With both the parties sticking to their demands, the alliance issue in Delhi is in a limbo. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDelhi Unit Convenor Gopal Rai said they agreed to all seat sharing arrangements that the Congress proposed, but even after that Congress backtracked. Rai accused the Congress of “wasting” AAP’s time over the tie-up in Delhi, Haryana and Chandigarh. Rai said the Congress was giving an impression that the AAP refused to form an alliance. “But the fact is whichever seat sharing formula the Congress proposed we agreed to it in Haryana, Delhi and Chandigarh and even then they backtracked,” he said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsRai also announced that Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal would participate in two mega roadshows in Haryana. “After discussions with our alliance partner in Haryana, the JJP, we agreed to it, but the Congress refused and said they can’t give more than two seats to the JJP and proposed 7:2:1 formula,” said Sanjay Singh, who was negotiating with the Congress. Delhi’s seven parliamentary constituencies, which go to the polls on May 12 in the sixth phase, voted for the BJP in 2014, leaving the AAP in the second spot. However, the vote share of AAP and Congress in that election, together, was more than that of the BJP in six of the seven seats –despite the Modi wave.
Kolkata: Fake Indian currency notes (FICN) of Rs 1 lakh face value were seized in Kolkata and one person was arrested, police said on Saturday. Based on prior information, the Special Task Force on Friday arrested 29-year-old Mohammed Asraful Haque from D.L. Khan road.
The offense sputtered in the first quarter while Miami jumped to an early, 3-0, lead, but the Buckeyes, led by sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller and his receiving corps, scored touchdowns on three consecutive possessions to go up, 21-3, before the half. OSU didn’t look back. Miller set an OSU single-game rushing record for quarterbacks in the win with 161 yards and one touchdown, breaking Cornelius Greene’s 1974 record. Miller also tied Greene for the most 100-yard rushing games in OSU history with four. “The objective with Braxton is to make him from an athlete playing quarterback to a quarterback that manages,” Meyer said. “He has to be a leader and he showed that today. By game’s end, OSU junior Carlos Hyde collected 84 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries and receivers Corey Brown, a senior, and Devin Smith, a sophomore, each collected a touchdown reception before a chorus of Buckeyes added scores of their own. There were frequent off-field reminders that Saturday was Meyer’s first game at OSU, from the game day program, which featured Meyer’s likeness, to a banner unfurled by the Block-O student cheering section. Meyer, squinting from the sideline, focused his attention not on the celebration that was his first game as OSU coach, but the Silver Bullets defense, which was on-field for the first official snap of his Buckeyes coaching tenure. OSU eventually forced a Miami punt on its first series. Then, at the 13:34 mark of the first quarter, Meyer’s spread offense made its Ohio Stadium debut. Miller took the first snap and rushed for three yards. The possession, which began deep in OSU territory, eventually stalled, ending in a punt. Twice in the first quarter, Meyer’s defense had its collective back pressed against its own end zone. In the first instance, Miami freshman kicker Kaleb Patterson missed a 24-yard field goal attempt about seven minutes into the game. OSU was unable to dodge a second bullet, however, and Patterson redeemed himself on Miami’s next possession with a 23-yard field goal that put his side up, 3-0, with 5:06 to play in the first quarter. The Buckeyes, perhaps fortunate not to be trailing by two touchdowns, staggered into the second quarter trailing 3-0. Meyer said the first 15 minutes were embarrassing. “Obviously, the first quarter was very poor football,” Meyer said. Not only was OSU’s offense sputtering early, but Miami’s offense was stealing the show. The RedHawks outgained OSU in the first quarter, 178-42, and the partnership of Miami senior quarterback Zac Dysert and junior receiver Nick Harwell gashed the Buckeyes’ defense several times. Dysert finished the game, 31-of-53 passing for 303 yards and two interceptions while Harwell ended the game with 8 receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown. The second quarter yielded different results from the very beginning. The first big blow for OSU came when Miller lobbed a 38-yard pass to Brown, allowing OSU to cross into RedHawks territory and down to the 23-yard line for the first time in the game. On the next play, Smith hauled in a one-handed circus catch in the back right corner of the south end zone to bring OSU fans to their feet – it was the first score and lead of the Meyer era. “It was definitely my best all time catch,” Smith said. “I’ve had some catches at practice but nothing like this one.” The touchdown catch by Smith, who dropped down on his side after corralling Miller’s pass with only his right hand, capped an 83-yard drive that put OSU up, 7-3. The Buckeyes came right back down the field on their next drive and tacked on another touchdown when Miller found Brown on a five-yard touchdown catch to cap a 57-yard drive. OSU’s offensive stagger was gone – now it was swaggering, marching to two touchdowns on consecutive drives that lasted a combined 3:25. Suddenly, the Buckeyes were outgaining Miami, 188-172. Then came another score. A 33-yard rush by Miller pushed the Buckeyes down to Miami’s 2-yard line and Hyde finished the drive two plays later with a 2-yard dive into the end zone. The cheers softened, fans began to walk about the aisles and stadium corridors – it was a comfortable lead that OSU would only add to. Then came Hyde’s desperate, goal line lunge as time expired in the first half. OSU lost out on a chance at more points in that instance, but Miller made up for it early in the second half. OSU was back on the offensive a mere 17 seconds into the third quarter. Miller dashed down the visiting sideline and stuttered at the tail end of a 66-yard run to shake the lone remaining Miami defender before crossing into the end zone. Make it 28-3, OSU, and counting. Meyer’s special teams unit, which contains a subunit referred to by coaches and players as “the freak show,” got in on the scoring action too. OSU forced a RedHawks punt on the visitors’ next possession, but a play that was officially scored as a “team rush” resulted in a snap that never reached Miami’s punter. The ball was loose and sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby came up with it in Miami’s end zone for another touchdown to make it 35- 3. At 10:24 in the third quarter, Miami struck back when Dysert connected with Harwell on a 44-yard touchdown pass to narrow its deficit to 35-10. The pace of the scoring slowed for both teams after that touchdown, and the 35-10 score line held into early in the fourth quarter. OSU senior cornerback Travis Howard intercepted Dysert for the second time at the 14:09 mark of the fourth quarter, setting the offense up at Miami’s 5-yard line. OSU redshirt junior quarterback Kenny Guiton entered the game for Miller, who twice fell to the turf with cramps, and handed the ball to Hyde who ran five yards for his second touchdown of the day. With 9:33 remaining in the game, the OSU points kept coming. Guiton drove the Buckeyes down and put the ball in senior fullback and captain Zach Boren’s hands. Boren ploughed into the end zone for the first rushing touchdown of his OSU career and extended his team’s stranglehold to 49-10. Lastly, freshman Bri’onte Dunn scored with 44 seconds to play in his OSU debut, and the Buckeyes led, 56-10. “Our offense is built to keep scoring,” Hyde said. “That’s Coach Meyer’s standard, and to have fun.” All the while, the Buckeyes’ defense stifled Miami’s rushing attack, allowing, if you can call it that, -1 yards in the game. And the Guiton-led offense did its job running out the clock, allowing OSU to finish the game with a comfortable distance between it and the RedHawks. OSU will host Central Florida next Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. With Ohio State leading Miami (Ohio), 21-3, a mere three seconds before halftime, first-year coach Urban Meyer tried for a touchdown from the 1-yard line rather than take the easy field goal. “Ohio State should be able to knock it in from the 1-yard line,” Meyer said after the game. “I wanted to see how they would do.” The attempt, a desperate lunge by junior running back Carlos Hyde, fell short and OSU came up empty handed at the stroke of half time. Nevertheless, an impression was made – Meyer and his aggressive play-calling style had officially arrived in Columbus. It was that same aggressive style that allowed Meyer’s No. 18 Buckeyes (1-0) to cruise to a 56-10 win against the unranked Miami RedHawks (0-1) Saturday at Ohio Stadium.
There is a very good reason why Sergio Aguero came back from the summer break in what appears to be his best form, it has a lot to do with the World Cup.The last World Cup was a huge disappointment for Argentine striker Sergio Aguero, who was eliminated by France in the round of 16 and now appears to have come back to Manchester City in his best form. The five goals during the first three matches of the season between the Premier League and the Community Shield are more than enough reasons to believe that ‘Kun’ Aguero is coming for everything this season, at least Pep Guardiola seems to think so. The Argentine striker suffered a knee injury before the end of the season that needed him to get through the operating table, Pep Guardiola always sends his players to professional specialist Dr. Ramon Cugat in Barcelona and the results from that whole recovery process are truly amazing. Aguero seems to have returned in an even better form than he was before, the best form of his life according to Guardiola who was very surprised after the striker’s hat-trick against Huddersfield this past Sunday as he expects even more from his top player.It was widely reported by the media that Sergio Aguero never really clicked with Pep Guardiola, the Catalan manager has been known to ax players who he doesn’t believe can follow his instructions and go off script with his tactics. But judging on his latest press conference after that Manchester City match, Pep Guardiola looks really happy with everything that ‘Kun’ is doing at the club and he even stated that he wants the player to retire with the Citizens if he remains on this level for the upcoming years: “Since he came back, I saw him from the first second, from the first minute — wow!” He came back perfect. I think the [knee] surgery from Doctor Cugat [at the end of last season] helped a lot. He feels free now. He suffered the last years with some problems. But it’s not just scoring goals – it’s the space, creating chances, moving, assists, chances, fouls. He never stops. When this happens, he’s one of the best strikers in the world, without a doubt. So what can you say? Chapeau,” said Pep at the press conference after last Sunday’s match.La pelota del hat trick es para Benjamín #FelizDíaDelNiño Te amo hijo! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/fJlvmQKsMq— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) August 19, 2018Sergio Aguero’s World Cup heartache.But apart from the obvious level boost he got after that surgery, we are convinced that the most obvious reason why ‘Kun’ looks like he is at the best of his abilities has to do with the poor performance Argentina had in the last World Cup and the fact that he wasn’t able to play as many minutes as he would’ve wanted during the tournament. It almost looks like he counted for the manager in the first match against Iceland, and then the player didn’t deliver as expected for the remains of the tournament. This lack of participation and involvement wasn’t really Aguero’s fault who was in very good form during the competition, it had more to do with Jorge Sampaoli’s lack of understanding of the best system for Argentina. This problem with the national team has been a constant during the last decade, they haven’t been able to play offensive football for many years even when they have one of the most deadly attacking rosters in the world.Blue Carpet #AllOrNothing #mancity pic.twitter.com/H87mLDIZaeSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) August 16, 2018Aguero will take it all out against the Premier League rivals.This frustration that Aguero is suffering after that huge heartbreak for Argentina, is something that is already starting to influence his performances for Manchester City in a positive way, Pep Guardiola is expecting the best version of the striker for the rest of the season and this will only translate into many goals for the Citizens in all competitions. Suddenly that goal-scoring record that Alan Shearer has doesn’t seem as distant as it did before the start of the season, that 146 goal-toll that he has at the start of the tournament seems like it may increase dramatically when May and June come during the final stages of the Premier League season. But what matters the most for both ‘Kun’ and Pep Guardiola, is how much the striker can help out his club in the search for the targeted competition this year: which is the Champions League and will start during mid-September.HIGHLIGHTS… we won’t be forgetting this day anytime soon! #mancity pic.twitter.com/FOOmoQodA5— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 22, 2018How many goals do you think Sergio Aguero will be able to score this season for Manchester City? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.