Woman traumatised by sex abuse she suffered as a child by great-uncle

first_imgA woman has recounted the harrowing impact of being molested and raped by her great-uncle in Donegal and Dublin when she was a young girl.The woman was 10 years old when her great-uncle began kissing her and molesting her. The abuse continued on for two years, between 1992-1994. In the summer of 1996, she was raped on two occasions at the age of 12. A 66-year-old man appeared on trial last April in the Central Criminal Court and was convicted of five offences.The man pleaded not guilty to three counts of sexual assault between November 1992 and December 1994 and two counts of rape between June and September 1994.The court heard how the girl was raped in Donegal and in Dublin, when she and her mother visited their family when attending a concert in the capital.The woman said that the abuse had a permanent impact on her and she felt imprisoned throughout her life.In a victim impact statement, she told the court that she suffers from anxiety, panic attacks and depression. She had relived the rape and abuse many times as a child, she said.The woman said that she is now extremely protective of her own children. She cannot let anyone else bathe them and she becomes very anxious and vigilant when she takes them swimming.The woman said she suffered from post-natal depression after the birth of her son, because she would see her great-uncle when she looked at him. She sought counselling to deal with the depression, she said.The woman said she felt like she was free from the prison of her mind after making the complaints against her attacker.Defence barrister, Patrick Gageby SC, said the man had no other convictions and was otherwise of good character. Mr Gageby produced a number testimonials from family and friends of the defendant.The case was adjourned to May 19 for sentencing.Woman traumatised by sex abuse she suffered as a child by great-uncle was last modified: May 10th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURTlast_img read more

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Herrera, Howey lead the charge at the halfway point

first_imgFERNDALE >> Defending champions Hugo Herrera and Quinn Howey hold leads in the jockey and trainer races, respectively, as the Humboldt County Fair heads into the homestretch of its 120th horse race meet.Bolstered by a four-win Sunday afternoon, Herrera surged into the riding lead. Hugo had a memorable day by winning the first three races aboard Z Yoyo Go ($4.00), Midda’s Gold Touch (3.60) and Iron Joe T (7.00), then tacked on a victory aboard Romancemediscretly (6.40). He just missed a …last_img

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Nobody cares? Some Raiders fans care enough to boo Derek Carr after loss to Titans

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — The theme throughout Derek Carr’s postgame press conference in the wake of a 42-21 loss to the Tennessee Titans Sunday at the Coliseum was “Nobody cares.”When it comes to injuries, travel schedules and most anything else, Carr is right. There isn’t much sympathy when it comes to the NFL. “Nobody cares about the situation. Nobody cares who is playing. Nobody cares who has been here, who …last_img

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Virgin Australia’s Velocity promises exclusive access to concerts and events

first_imgHow many frequent flyer points would you sacrifice for a backstage meeting with your favourite superstar?It’s a question Velocity Frequent Flyer executives appear to be pondering as they look at options for their latest partnership with TEG Live, the company behind Australian event ticket seller Ticketek.Country rock superstar Keith Urban yesterday became the first major act to be part of a push by Velocity to connect its 6 million plus members with the entertainment industry. Premium tickets to Urban’s concerts in December are among the first available and he also gave an intimate concert at the launch in which he explained and played tracks from his new album, RipCORD.Velocity Live aims to give the one in four Australians who now belong the program to access to VIP offerings such as premium seating, pre-sale ticket allocations and backstage packages with the added bonus of earning frequent flyer points.Velocity chief executive Karl Schuster also yesterday did not rule out allowing people to use their points to pay for concerts. “Watch this space,’’ he said.The Velocity move is part of a push by loyalty programs to expand their offerings to members and make themselves an increasing part of their everyday lives.Velocity already allows members using BP service stations to buy petrol using their points and operates a portal where frequent flyers can use what has essentially become another currency to buy merchandise. Other “out of the box’’ concepts include giving members parental leave so they can maintain their status, family points pooling and awarding points for pets who fly.While still smaller than its opposition, Velocity has grown strongly and Schuster says there is plenty of room for more growth. “Aussies are really unique in the world, they’re a bit like Canadians, in they really love their loyalty programs,’’ he said.  “So we want to enrich the proposition and give people more earn opportunities, give people more burn opportunities.’’Schuster acknowledged most people still want to redeem their points for flights, an area in which Velocity has won awards for seat availability and which it still sees as crucial.“So that is really an important part of our deal and having being part of the Virgin Australia family, that’s again foremost in our minds,’’ he said.  “So we are always thinking about those things for our members. It’s what they care about, it’s where the rubber hits the road.’’But Velocity is also seeing members using their points in other ways and Schuster believes the technology will facilitate this trend.“The ease and frictionless nature of how you can use digital to engage in the program is becoming more and more a reality and we want a big part of that,’’ he said.On the live performance and event partnership, Schuster said entertainment was deeply entrenched in the Virgin family’s DNA and was were the brand was born with founder Richard Branson’s record label.He said the move was about “putting the heart back into loyalty’’ and would be available to all members regardless of their Velocity status. Velocity was working with TEG on select events across Australia throughout the year, with plans to add sporting events.“The intention is that Velocity Live will become the place to go to get exclusive money-can’t-buy experiences and the hub will be continually updated with exciting new events, entertainment experiences and offers for our members,’’ he said.Urban said he loved the fact the program would offer access to people who would not otherwise get it.“For me the live experience isn’t just playing live,’’ he said. “We also do a thing backstage in a lot of our concerts right now which is sort of the show before the show — not just a basic meet-and -greet but really getting to spend time with people and do a mini concert backstage.’’last_img read more

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John Grisham Gold Geocoin Winner Announced

first_imgSelected Runner Up Photo – Fstop_22 John Grisham GeocoinThe pictures have been sorted, assessed and judged. The winner in the Hunt for the Gold! Find THE RACKETEER’s stash has been announced. Geocachers in the U.S. gobbled up 5,000 free Grisham Geocoins which read, “John Grisham THE RACKETEER 999.9 Pure Suspense.” No more Geocoins are available, except one (more on that later).Geocachers released the Geocoins into geocaches around the country, allowing others to enter a photo contest with the Geocoin. Hundreds of photos were submitted. The winner took home a one-ounce bar of pure gold!Check out the winners below. Interested in winning the last John Grisham Geocoin? Use your wit and humor in the Geocaching Caption Contest. The winner will receive the John Grisham Geocoin and a barely coveted prize.You can still discover and keep the John Grisham Geocoin moving. They’ve now spread around the world. Check out the interactive map on the Geocaching.com John Grisham page for their latest locations.Grand Prize Winning Picture – Axeman22 Selected Runner Up Photo – 3Nvestig8rsBob Selected Runner Up Photo – njphotoguy Share with your Friends:More Selected Runner Up Photo – Andipotamus SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Vacation Destinations – Geocaching.com Weekly NewsletterOctober 4, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”4 Legendary Trackables Every Geocacher Should FindFebruary 10, 2015In “Community”Geocaching Caption Contest 37 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeJanuary 6, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

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Cabinet Office and PSOJ Sign MOU to Promote Service Excellence

first_img The aim is to ensure the consistent delivery of efficient and high-quality services to the public, making it easier to access government-related information and service. Story Highlights Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Douglas Saunders, said the Service Excellence Programme recognises the importance of reducing and, where appropriate, eliminating red tape to improve the ease of transacting business with the Government. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been inked between the Office of the Cabinet and the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) to promote service excellence within the public and private sectors under a Service Excellence Programme. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been inked between the Office of the Cabinet and the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) to promote service excellence within the public and private sectors under a Service Excellence Programme.Under the initiative, the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Division (PSTMD) will be working to build the capacity of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), introduce new technology and eliminate archaic, inefficient and manual-based processes and systems.The aim is to ensure the consistent delivery of efficient and high-quality services to the public, making it easier to access government-related information and service.Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Douglas Saunders, said the Service Excellence Programme recognises the importance of reducing and, where appropriate, eliminating red tape to improve the ease of transacting business with the Government.He was speaking at the signing ceremony held at Jamaica House in Kingston on January 24.Ambassador Saunders noted that the PSOJ is a critical and most appropriate partner in the campaign to promote service excellence nationally.He said the collaboration between the two organisations will entail a worker-exchange programme that will see staff from the private and public sectors being given the opportunity to work in each other’s organisations to facilitate knowledge transfer and cultural exchange.It will also entail best-practice sharing, which will see the creation of a Public-Private Sector Leaders’ Network that meets regularly to exchange ideas and arrive at a common approach to dealing with service-delivery issues.“It will include promoting service excellence, which will highlight both public- and private-sector entities that have been recognised for excellence in their service delivery,” Ambassador Saunders saidMeanwhile, outgoing Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the PSOJ, Dennis Chung, said customer service is essential for anyone wanting to conduct business in Jamaica.“This partnership is critical… the issue of service excellence in the public sector is critical for social and economic development,” he noted.“We see this partnership as a stepping stone to helping to achieve the objective of proper public-sector reform… we think it is a value that we can add (and) we look forward to advancing our customer-service delivery,” he added.last_img read more

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