Judge tells paedo he will go to jail for abusing young footballer

first_imgA FORMER youth footballer faced his coach who sexually assaulted him, as the ‘sick and evil actions’ were recalled in court.John Paul Foley, who has waived anonymity, recalled how he has been dealing for 25 years with the actions of his former coach, Michael Murray, who appeared before Letterkenny Circuit Court in relation to the incident. Detective Sergeant Michael Troy said that Mr Foley came forward to Wexford Garda Station in February 2017, to make a complaint.Mr Foley was between 10 and 12 years of age and a player at Rosslare Strand FC in Wexford when the assault took place.Ms Fiona Crawford BL, prosecuting, said Murray pleaded guilty to the charge.Murray, now 49 and living at a nursing home in Letterkenny, has four previous convictions, arising from four counts of indecent assault on a victim dating back to 1989 in Derry.The Court heard that Mr Foley joined Rosslare Strand FC when he was nine and how they used to train on the pitch at the community centre every Saturday.He remembered Murray as being known by the nickname, ‘Derry’, where the former coach is originally from.Mr Foley recalled being brought into the community centre by Murray and taken onto the stage. Murray sat on a chair and instructed Mr Foley to sit on his knee before removing his tracksuit bottoms and underpants and sexually assaulting the young footballer. Mr Foley recalled being startled when he thought he heard the door open and ran out. He believed that he would ‘get into trouble if I told anyone’.Mr Foley left Rosslare Strand FC and transferred to another club in the area a short time later.Murray was arrested at Hillcrest Nursing Home, Letterkenny on August 24, 2017 and later admitted to the charge. “The abuse act itself mightn’t have lasted for a long time but, for me, it’s something I have been dealing with for 25 years,” Mr Foley said in court.He told Murray: “I could stand here today and tell how my childhood was taken away by your actions, but it wasn’t just my childhood.“You took away my adult life when you took advantage of your position. You left me feeling numb.“For years, I blamed myself for the events of that day, asking myself why didn’t I fight back or why didn’t I tell someone? Hopefully, now I will be able to let things go and put my mind to rest.“After you did this, I thought: ‘Who can I tell? Who will believe me? Who will believe a boy over a grown man?’ In the mind of a child, I thought that I would be in trouble and I pushed what happened to me way inside of me and pretended that it didn’t happen. “To this day, if I’m in a crowd or someone is standing too close to me, it brings me back to that day and I get the fear again of being back to being that small, scared boy again. “Today, things are different. I’m not the boy who looked up to you – I’m a grown man looking down on you, knowing that my life will get better knowing that you, Michael Murray, are finally being held accountable for you sick and evil actions.”Mr Foley told how he underwent treatment for depression and it was during this period in 2016 that he first began to talk about the abuse.He said: “When I finally informed my parents, in August 2017 of what had happened, their response was to blame themselves. I had to watch my mother and father cry because they felt guilty for not being there to protect me and apologise for it. No parent should have to have to feel that way.”Defence counsel, Mr Sean McGee BL, said Murray was ‘extremely remorseful’.“He wishes, for what it might be worth, to unreservedly apologise for the devastation he has so obviously caused,” Mr McGee said.The Court heard that Murray had himself encountered sexual abuse as a child, aged eight at the hands of a contemporary of his father and by a boy who was older than him. Murray’s brother died after being struck by a British Army vehicle on Easter Sunday, 1981.Murray now uses a wheelchair and has been in nursing home care since 2011 and had ‘very demanding and increasing needs’.He requires dialyses three times a week, suffers from diabetes, and an inflammatory disorder that has left him morbidly obese. In 2017 he had an above-knee amputation of his right leg.Mr McGee said: “He sees his current situation as retribution and the life sentence he deserves.”Judge John Aylmer asked for the state prosecution to establish whether the prison service has the capacity to deal with someone such as Murray, who is receiving life-maintaining treatment.The matter was adjourned until January for the imposition of a sentence. Judge Aylmer said that his starting point would be a ‘significant custodial sentence’.Judge tells paedo he will go to jail for abusing young footballer was last modified: November 12th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:donegalMichael Murraysex assaultWexfordlast_img read more

Frankie Montas carries spring dominance to regular season in win over Angels

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — Frankie Montas has always had the makeup of a prototypical ace. He’s got the strong body type that allows him to pitch deep into games. The blazing fastball to pump by hitters for strikeouts. All that has been missing is the consistency.He might be figuring out that last piece to his game this season.Montas carried over his dominant spring training numbers into his first start of the regular season by continuing …last_img read more

African human genomes decoded

first_imgThe genomes of members of Namiba’sJu/’hoansi tribe, as well as that of DesmondTutu, have been decoded by a groupof scientists from institutions aroundthe world.(Image: Stephan C. Schuster)MEDIA CONTACTS • Anne Buboltz+26 4 81 606 1101 or +1 814 863 6118Janine ErasmusAn international group of scientists have decoded the entire genome of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and an indigenous Namibian, and partially decoded three others, in the hope that it will pave the way for personalised medicine in developing nations.Until the ground-breaking study, genomic decoding focused mostly on the Western world.The 50-strong team, comprising researchers from Australia, Namibia and South Africa, was supported by Pennsylvania State University.The group was co-led by biochemistry and molecular biology professor Stephan Schuster of Penn State’s Eberly College of Science, and Vanessa Hayes of the University of New South Wales.Hayes also works at the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia. She expressed her pleasure at the addition of Tutu to the test line-up, saying that the distinguished Nobel laureate was an ideal representative for a large group of Southern Africans because of his Nguni and Tswana heritage.The findings were published in the 18 February issue of the scientific journal Nature.Controversial issuesThe project is not without its controversy, however. The availability of genetic information raises the question of who should be able to access it, and why?Only a small number of genomes have ever been published – one of them is that of James Watson who, together with his colleague Francis Crick, determined the double helix structure of DNA in 1953, earning themselves a Nobel prize in the process.Employees could find themselves the victims of genetic discrimination in the workplace, while insurance companies could structure an individual’s premium or limit the amount of cover, based on the client’s genetic information. There are even more sinister possibilities, such as the development of chemical weapons based on ethnicity.But genetic testing also has many positive implications. The more that is known about human genetics, the more likely it is that researchers will develop life-saving therapy for any number of hereditary diseases.Genetic testing will also increase the chances of detecting serious problems at an early age – or even before birth – to prevent the need for expensive treatment later on.The team hope that the participation of Tutu – known and admired throughout the world not only for his anti-apartheid activism but also for his battle against prostate cancer, polio and tuberculosis – will inspire others to do the same.Potential for better healthGenomic decoding potentially offers tremendous benefits for human health, and holds implications for the way doctors will treat their patients in the future. Now that the new information has been added to current databases, medical research will include Southern Africans, who have not featured prominently in studies to date.“Southern Africans will immediately be included in genome-wide disease association studies as a result of this project,” said Hayes, “increasing our ability to examine regionally significant diseases.”The genome is defined as all DNA carried within a living organism, of which genes are just one component. DNA determines everything about the organism – whether it is plant or animal, its species, and all its biological characteristics.DNA molecules are made of the same four chemicals, or nucleotides, in all living creatures – but the sequence of nucleotides is crucial. Nucleotides occur in pairs, and the human genome has about 3-billion pairs that occur in a sequence unique to each person.Because of this fundamental relationship between living organisms, the comparative study of non-human genomes provides valuable insights into human biology and complex biological systems.The US-based Human Genomic Project was launched in 1990 and ran for 13 years. The project’s goals were to identify all human genes, establish the sequence of all 3-billion DNA pairs, and make the information accessible to scientists for further research while addressing the legal and ethical implications.The full potential of this enormous scientific accomplishment has not been realised yet. Some of the data still to be revealed by researchers in the coming decades include a deeper study of proteins, whose function is regulated by the genes; and the use of genetic variation to predict susceptibility to disease.Ancient peopleThe new study involved three new DNA sequencing techniques, which are significantly faster and more economical than existing technologies. “Human genomics is becoming a realistic and powerful medical resource that will gain momentum in 2010,” said Schuster.The study of how the effectiveness of medicines is influenced by genetic makeup is known as pharmocogenomics, and it is a growing field of research. For example, anti-HIV drugs are known to be less effective in Africans than in Europeans – a problem that could be solved by tweaking the formulation appropriately.The test group consisted of Tutu and four members of the Ju/’hoansi tribe, who live along the border between Namibia and Botswana. !Gubi is the name of the other man whose genome was fully decoded.The indigenous people of Southern Africa, known as San Bushmen, belong to the oldest known lineage of humankind. The San have roamed the Kalahari Desert for many thousands of years in small, mobile groups.“We sequenced the personal genomes of four Bushmen participants who are tribal leaders from their communities and are at least 80 years of age,” said Schuster, “and from one Bantu participant who is in his late 70s,” referring to Tutu. The word “Bantu” is used to refer to the indigenous peoples of Central and Southern Africa who belong to the Niger-Congo language subfamily that includes kiSwahili, isiXhosa, and isiZuluThe study revealed that the people of Southern Africa are distinctly different genetically from those in Asia, Europe and even West Africa. About 1.3-million genetic variants were discovered which will help drug developers to more accurately tailor medications to a specific people, increasing their efficacy.The test group was found to be extremely diverse in genetic terms, with the number of genetic differences exceeding those found to exist between Asians and Europeans.“To know how genes affect health, we need to see the full range of human genetic variation,” said biology professor and study participant Webb Miller of Penn State, “and Southern Africa is the place to look.”A surprise outcome of the study showed that Tutu was genetically related to the Bushmen through his mother. “The fact that the test found that I am related to these wise people who paint rocks makes me feel very privileged and blessed,” said the Archbishop, talking to BBC News.The study also revealed genetic factors such as intolerance to a high-fat diet in the San Bushmen, who still practice their age-old hunter-gatherer lifestyle, making them poorly suited to an agricultural way of life. Other factors, such as their advanced senses and superior physical abilities, explain why their current lifestyle suits them so perfectly.Miller added that the data is freely available on Penn State’s internet servers.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – October 24, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Our forecast pattern is taking a little better shape today, however it still may not be the exact pattern that some of us want to hear. We are going to put together 2 dry days for today and tomorrow, but we have a significant rain event for this weekend and a big weather event next week too. Today and tomorrow should be partly to mostly sunny over all of Ohio.Saturday clouds increase. WE will start the day cloudy in the south, but may end up with a bit of sun up north. Rain moves into the state from S to north, and will be arrive sooner west vs. east too. However, rain spreads over the entire state through Saturday, Saturday night and at least through Sunday early afternoon. Rain totals will end up being 1″-3″ with 100% coverage over the state. Models have finally come into agreement on timing and system strength…and we hope they can agree eventually on rains to the lower end of the range. The heaviest rains will be near the Ohio River.We can see some sun before Sunday is done in western Ohio, but likely do not have as good of a chance of that farther east and northeast. Still, we should see dry weather with good sunshine for Monday and Tuesday of next week.10 day moisture potentialWednesday scattered showers return. The moisture lasts through Wednesday night and may try and end as snow in far western parts of Ohio. Generally, the better threat of snow is in western/NW Indiana, and then especially through IL. But, the cold air is coming, and so we wont completely rule out some sloppy wet snowflakes here as moisture tries to end. Liquid totals over Ohio will be from .3″-1″ with coverage at 90%. We shift to a much colder pattern behind that system for Thursday and Friday, so even through we expect good sun to return, drying will be slow, and it will be chilly.The extended window does not feature a whole host of changes. We keep the dry pattern to start for The 3rd and 4th, with the only threat of scattered showers on the third coming in far SW parts of Ohio. Tuesday the 5th features scattered showers with potential for .1″-.5″ liquid, but only 60% coverage in OH. We finish the 11-16 day window with sun followed by clouds for Wednesday through Friday the 6th-8th, and we cant rule out a few scattered showers late on Friday the 8th.last_img read more

Atal Bihari Vajpayee, an understanding friend of the Nagas

first_imgSix Prime Ministers have visited Nagaland. But none of them, including Narendra Modi, has found as much space in the heart of the Nagas as Atal Bihari Vajpayee.It was not just because Vajpayee was the first Prime Minister to recognise the “unique history of the Nagas” and provide a development package. His choice of words at a public reception in the State capital Kohima on October 28, 2003, endeared him to the people who — because of years of separatism — had never thought highly of “Indian” leaders.His opening line in Nagamese, the State’s lingua franca, translated into: “My dear brothers and sisters, I am very happy to be in your midst on the soil of Nagaland.” “For too long, this fair land has been scarred and seared by violence … My government has been doing everything possible to stop this bloodshed, so that we can together inaugurate a new era of peace, development and prosperity in Nagaland,” he said.Abu Metha, a leader of the party Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio belongs to, was the editor of a local daily when Mr. Vajpayee visited the State that year. He recalled how he took a split-second decision to travel by road to Kohima from Dimapur when the helicopter trip was called off because of bad weather. “This decision by the Prime Minister to come to Kohima by road and travel for close to two hours has, indeed, won the hearts of the Naga people in more ways than one.While on the bumpy road, Mr. Vajpayee passed instructions for the road to be converted into four-lane.The Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland also recalled the role Mr. Vajayee played in taking the Naga peace process forward. “During his leadership, the unique history and situation of the Nagas was officially recognised by the Government of India on July 11, 2002,” it said on Thursday.last_img read more

National Training Squads Announced

first_imgThe 2008 National Training Squads (NTS)  have been announced, and will participate in an upcoming Training Camp from 4-6th July, at Narrabeen NSW. The camp will be the first since the Australian Teams defended the 2007 World Cup in South Africa, and will see the NTS combine with the Australian Youth Squads as they prepare to reclaim the Youth World Cup in New Zealand 2009. For full squad listing visit the TFA High Perfomance website.last_img

Video: Colin Cowherd Criticizes Coach K For Dillon Brooks Incident

first_imgColin Cowherd criticizes Coach K.colin cowherd criticizes coach kOregon knocked Duke out of the NCAA Tournament Thursday night, and if you missed it, the end of the contest was a little dicey. Ducks star Dillon Brooks, on his team’s final possession, launched and hit a three-pointer that was inconsequential to the score – and then celebrated the shot. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski reportedly told Brooks in the handshake line that he is “too good” of a player to be showing off.As you’d imagine, the hot takes regarding the incident are coming from all angles. Friday morning, FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd got involved, criticizing Coach K for the move. The gist? Cowherd doesn’t like how college basketball coaches try to control everything – including the players. He doesn’t think it was Krzyzewski’s place to talk to Brooks..@ColinCowherd on Coach K: You’re getting trounced. You don’t get an opinion on what another player is doing.https://t.co/mJPrsT08OK— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 25, 2016What do you think? Was Coach K out of bounds or is this being blown out of proportion?last_img read more

Some facts and figures about the DDay landings in Normandy on June

first_imgOTTAWA — Some facts and figures about the D-Day landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944:TARGET: Allies land on French channel coast along five Normandy beaches stretching about 80 kilometres west from River Orne.BEACHES: From west to east, Utah (U.S.); Omaha (U.S.); Gold (Britain); Juno (Canada); Sword (Britain).FEATURES OF JUNO: Eight-kilometre strip of summer resorts and villages scattered over flat land behind low beaches and a sea wall. Many Canadians in first wave race to cover of sea wall. D Company of Queen’s Own Rifles loses half its strength in initial sprint from water to seawall about 180 metres away.ENEMY AT JUNO: About 400 soldiers of 716th Infantry Division man concrete gun positions sited to fire along beach. Zones of fire calculated to interlock on coastal obstacles intended to rip bottoms out of invading boats. Gun positions protected by mines, trenches, barbed wire.SHIPS: More than 7,000 vessels manned by 285,000 sailors. Royal Canadian Navy contributes 110 ships and 10,000 sailors.SOLDIERS: 130,000 ashore by nightfall, including about 14,000 Canadians.VEHICLES: 6,000 tracked and wheeled vehicles and 600 guns land.PLANES: More than 7,000 bombers and fighters available. Allied planes fly about 14,000 sorties June 6, against about 250 by Luftwaffe.D-DAY CASUALTIES (killed, wounded and missing): Canada: 1,074, including 359 killed; U.S. 6,000; Britain: 3,200. Germany figures unreliable because of confusion in retreat.CAMPAIGN CASUALTIES (killed, wounded and missing): In 2-plus months of Normandy campaign (June 6-Aug. 21) Germans lose 450,000 soldiers, Allies 210,000. Canadian casualties total more than 18,000, including more than 5,000 dead.ALLIED LEADERS: Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower (U.S.), Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Force. Gen. Sir Bernard Law Montgomery (Britain), Field Commander, D-Day Forces.CANADIAN LEADERS: Gen. Harry Crerar, Commander 1st Canadian Army. Maj.-Gen. Rod Keller, Commander 3rd Canadian Infantry Division.DIVISIONS INVOLVED: Canadian 3rd Infantry Division; British 3rd and 50th Infantry Divisions; U.S. 1st and 4th Infantry Divisions. (All had armoured units attached).The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Pacific Legal Foundation files lawsuit challenging Californias Gag Rule on union membership

first_img Posted: August 6, 2019 August 6, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – On Tuesday, July 30, Pacific Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit challenging California’s “Gag Rule” on union membership. The case involves two San Diego employees.Last year, the Supreme Court emphasized in Janus v. AFSCME that public employees have a First Amendment right to refuse to pay a union, and “must choose to support the union before anything is taken from them.” Before the state can authorize a union to deduct dues payments from employee paychecks, workers must give their clear permission.After Janus, UC San Diego employees Mike Jackson and Tory Smith tried to exercise their rights by resigning their Teamsters membership. The union denied their demand, saying they were locked into membership until the collective bargaining agreement expires in 2022.When they asked the university’s human resources department how to resign, they were told a California state law—a Gag Rule statute—expressly prohibits the university from talking to them about their constitutional rights related to union membership and dues. PLF, on behalf of Jackson and Smith, filed the lawsuit challenging the “Gag Rule” and affirming their right to resign from the union.KUSI Contributor Jan Goldsmith explained the lawsuit in detail on Good Morning San Diego.To read a copy of the complain, click here. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Pacific Legal Foundation files lawsuit challenging California’s ‘Gag Rule’ on union membership Categories: California News, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Jan Goldsmith, Pacific Legal Foundation FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Pieces Of Woodstocks Original Wooden Stage Are Now Collectibles

first_img Email News Pieces Of Woodstock’s Original Wooden Stage Are Now Collectibles Steve Gold followed his personal memories to track down the actual boards trodden by Joan Baez, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, and many morePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 21, 2019 – 12:59 pm After history was made by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Who, and the rest of the original 1969 Woodstock Festival performers in August 1969, 15-year-old festivalgoer Steve Gold helped his girlfriend’s dad move much of the wood on stage to a nearby bungalow colony. Now an experienced music entrepreneur, Gold rediscovered the abandoned boards that had supported the feet of the music legends as they made rock history. The pieces are now being offered as varied, collectible mementos under the banner “Peace of Woodstock Stage.”Gold began the search two years ago. The plywood was located and brought to Wood Science Consulting for authentication, and the manufacturer’s logo, Weyerhaeuser, as well as distinctive paint patterns confirmed they were genuine. “Whether you are a rock and roller like me,” said Gold, “who was there or who lived through it, a Millennial who continues to be influenced by the music and artists who headlined the show, or you are somewhere in between, you can now own a piece of what is the most iconic work of construction in the annals of music.” https://twitter.com/Woodstockstage/status/1108411755363885056 Pieces Of Original Woodstock Stage Now For Sale pieces-woodstocks-original-wooden-stage-are-now-collectibles Twitter Facebook Details of the varied collectible formats are at the Peace of Woodstock Stage website, including peace-sign pendants, a framed plaque and a desktop cube, with solid plywood pieces and a letter of authenticity from Wood Science Consulting. On the most affordable end, two-ounce bottles of sawdust will be put on sale for $19.95 — dubbed “Stardust” after the line in Joni Mitchell’s song “Woodstock” where she sang, “We are stardust.” A portion of the proceeds will benefit charities helping Vietnam veterans, the homeless and gun-reform advocacy.Woodstock 50 Performers: Jay-Z, The Killers, Miley Cyrus & More AnnouncedRead morelast_img read more