DONEGAL Gardaí are appealing for information after two incidents in which a suspected pervert approached children in the county.Both incidents took place in Inishowen earlier this week and whilst Gardaí say they don’t want to create any undue alarm, they do want public help in their investigation.The first incident took place between 3.30pm and 5pm on Monday in Bridgend. Gardaí say a man in a small, silver or grey car is reported to have approached children in the border village.Around 7pm a man in the same car or similar car made an approach to children in Mulberry Avenue in Buncrana.It’s understood the children in both cases were primary school children.Anyone with information on these incidents or other incidents should call Buncrana Garda Station on 074 932 0540 or on the Garda Confidential Line, 1800666111. GARDAÍ ISSUE WARNING AFTER STRANGER MAKES SUSPICIOUS APPROACH TO CHILDREN was last modified: October 3rd, 2013 by John2Share 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:alertbridgendbuncranachildrenGardai
All of the North Coast rivers, other than the Smith, were running high and dirty as of Wednesday, and the Smith will soon follow suit. The approaching storms, which should hit around dinner time on Thursday, could potentially bring another four to eight inches of rain to the area. If the storms come to fruition, it will be a nice little break at the perfect time. When (and if) the rivers do drop back into fishable shape, my guess is we’ll see the first signs of the impending winter steelhead …
Leh experienced its coldest night this winter as the minimum temperature there settled nearly 14 degrees Celsius below the freezing point, even as the mercury continued its downward spiral in Kashmir valley and Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir. Leh town, in the frontier Ladakh region, recorded a minimum night temperature of 13.8° Celsius, against minus 11.4° Celsius of the previous night, MeT officials here said. It was the season’s lowest night temperature in the town, which was the coldest recorded place in the state last night, they said. The official said the night temperature at the nearby Kargil town settled at a low of minus 11.2° Celsius, a drop of 2° from the previous night. Srinagar city, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 3.5° Celsius, down from minus 2.8° Celsius the previous night. The mercury in Qazigund in south Kashmir settled at a low of minus 3.0 degrees Celsius, down down from minus 2.4 degrees Celsius the previous night. Kokernag town recorded a low of minus 0.4° Celsius, the weather department official said. Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered a low of minus 4.1° Celsius on Friday night, down from the previous night’s minus 3.5° Celsius, the official said. He said the mercury at the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir settled at a low of minus 6.6 degrees Celsius, a degree colder than the previous night’s minus 5.4 degrees Celsius. The night temperature in Pahalgam — the famous health resort which also serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra — recorded a low of minus 5.5° Celsius — compared to Friday’s minus 5.4° Celsius, the official said. Kashmir is currently under the grip of ‘Chillai-Kalan’ — the 40-day period of harshest winter when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum and the temperature drops considerably. ’Chillai Kalan’ ends on January 31, but the cold wave is likely to continue even after that in the valley, the MeT officials said. The 40-day period is followed by a 20-day long ‘Chillai- Khurd’ (small cold) and a 10-day long ‘Chillai-Bachha’ (baby cold). The weather office has forecast mainly dry weather in Kashmir over the next few days.
Commonwealth Games organising committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi on Thursday reiterated that he is ready to face any inquiry including a judicial probe in the alleged financial irregularities in the preparation of the ensuing October 3-14 Delhi mega-event.”I am ready to face any inquiry including a judicial probe,” Kalmadi told reporters, while denying any wrong doing on his part as OC Chairman.Kalmadi said the OC was concerned only with the allocation of Rs 16OO crore towards cost of the Games and not with the funds of Rs 40,000 provided for the infrastructure.”Kalmadi has no powers and all decisions are taken unanimously”, he said.Suresh Kalmadi with CWG mascot Shera.He said although he was monitoring, “infrastructure is not my business and I have not given any tender”.The CVC report comments pertained to construction part of the Games and the OC, he said.A 15-member committee including recent addition of an Under Secretary, Finance, was involved in the decision making process for the conduct of the Games, he added.Asked as to why many equipment was bought from abroad for the Games, he said it was done to ensure world class standards of everything that is used for CWG.To a question, he said although Sharad Pawar was keen on offering funds to CWG, BCCI could not do so because of “tax problems”.When his attention was drawn to Maharashtra finance minister Sunil Tatkare’s recent statement that the state government would go in for fresh audit of the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) held in Pune if it did not get full details of the government funds spent the event, Kalmadi said “I am open to any audit. We have submitted all details”.advertisementKalmadi welcomed the Queen’s baton relay in the city on Thursday handing it to Pune Mayor Mohansigh Rajpal for onward journey after it arrived here from Satara.
zoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Shipping heavyweights have proven yet another time their fierceness in the fight to preserve liquidity with several major deals being announced today totaling in over USD 1.4 billion.Owner and operator of LNG carriers Dynagas LNG Partners said that it has sealed a syndicated USD 675 million senior secured term loan. The facility will be secured by first priority mortgages on the six LNG carriers in the partnership’s fleet.The loan will be utilized to repay the company’s existing indebtedness, consisting of outstanding USD 470 million Senior Secured Term Loan B and the USD 250 million aggregate principal amount under the Partnership’s 6.25% senior unsecured notes upon its maturity date of 30th of October 2019.The facility is repayable over five years in 20 consecutive quarterly payments and Dynagas LNG Partners expects the financing to close before the end of September.Tony Lauritzen, CEO of Dynagas LNG Partners, said that the credit facility provides the partnership with reduced cost of debt relative to the existing one and a simplified debt structure “with a clear and viable path towards deleveraging through a significant increase in debt amortization.”“As a result of this global refinancing and broader strategic realignment, the partnership is better positioned for future growth initiatives as global LNG markets continue their robust development,” Lauritzen added.The announcement comes as Global Ship Lease reveals a new syndicated USD 268 million senior secured credit facility with major commercial lenders including Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, ABN AMRO Bank N.V, CIT Bank NA, Hellenic Bank Public Company Limited and Siemens Financial Services Inc.GSL expects to draw down the first tranche of the loan, in full, of USD 230 million shortly and will use the proceeds to refinance five existing senior credit facilities with maturities in December 2020 and April 2021, thereby reducing its cost of debt, extending maturities, and simplifying its debt structure. As a result, three 2000-built 6,000 TEU ships will become unencumbered.The second tranche of up to USD 38 million, is available until May 2020 to facilitate further refinancing. The final maturity date of the new loan is expected to be September 2024, five years after drawdown.GSL said that it has refinanced all of the existing indebtedness under its junior facility in the amount of USD 38.5 million, with the only change being to extend its maturity from September 2023 to September 2024, consistent with the maturity date of the new loan.George Youroukos, Chairman of Global Ship Lease, believes this to be a significant improvement to the company’s capital structure.“With charter rates improving across the vessel classes represented by our fleet, we have successfully extended and expanded our charter backlog and, as previously announced, have agreed to purchase three vessels, two of which have now been delivered, with the third scheduled to deliver at the end of the month, in a highly attractive, opportunistic acquisition,” he added.“By successfully executing this refinancing, we are delivering upon our stated goals of reducing our cost of debt, significantly extending maturities of most of our 2020 debt until September 2024, and enhancing our financial flexibility by releasing collateral. While an important step in its own right, this refinancing also provides us with long-term certainty for further enhancements to our capital structure,” Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of Global Ship Lease, said.Finally, as World Maritime News reported earlier today, boxship operator Seaspan sealed today a USD 500 million financing deal, bringing its financing program to USD 1.5 billion.The company plans to use the net proceeds to repay five secured credit facilities, as well as for future vessel acquisitions.
Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press TORONTO — An Ontario court has ruled that changes to the jury selection process brought in as part of sweeping legal reforms do not interfere with an accused person’s right to a fair trial.The constitutional challenge to Bill C-75 was launched by Pardeep Singh Chouhan, whose first-degree murder trial had reached the jury selection phase on the same day the changes laid out in the legislation came into force. Chouhan’s lawyers said the new rules breached his rights to a fair trial and impartial jury.The reforms include scrapping “peremptory challenges,” a mechanism that allowed lawyers for either side to dismiss a certain number of prospective jurors without explanation.Lawyers can still seek to disqualify any prospective jurors they believe cannot remain impartial, but under Bill C-75, the judge is now tasked with making the final decision. That role was previously held by lay people called triers, some of whom also sit on the jury.The legislation also gives trial judges the discretion to set aside a juror for the purpose of maintaining public confidence in the justice system.In a decision handed down earlier this week, Superior Court Justice John McMahon said the new federal law struck the right balance.“The ability to exclude a potential juror based simply on their appearance, their look, or a person’s gut feeling, without furnishing a reason, is not transparent,” he wrote. “The elimination of the peremptory challenge does make the justice system more transparent, but without removing either parties’ ability to set aside potential jurors for articulable reasons.”The government moved to amend the jury selection process following the controversial acquittal of Gerald Stanley, who was charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Colten Boushie, a 22-year-old Indigenous man. The jury in that case had no Indigenous members, and Ottawa said the changes in Bill C-75 aimed to make juries more representative.Chouhan’s lawyers, however, argued the new procedures would likely have the opposite effect and would contravene their client’s constitutional right to be tried by an independent and impartial jury.They also argued the legislation was overly broad, in that it introduced a major change — the elimination of peremptory challenges — in response to discrimination in one specific case. Two criminal lawyers filed affidavits in support of the challenge, saying peremptory challenges allowed them to select jurors who are from a similar racial or cultural background as the accused and reject those who, among other things, appeared to look at the accused with disdain.McMahon said that while each accused is entitled to a representative jury panel, they are not entitled to a trial jury which “reflects the proportionality of the population” or is made up of members of the same demographic group.The test, McMahon wrote, is whether a reasonable person, fully informed of the circumstances, would have a “reasonable apprehension of bias” because of the elimination of peremptory challenges.The judge noted there are several other safeguards in place to ensure a jury is independent and impartial. These include a mechanism to screen prospective jurors for bias and the trial judge’s ability to excuse or reject prospective jurors for specific reasons.“It appears that if either party can articulate reasons why a prospective juror would not be impartial, the judge would clearly have the ability to stand aside a prospective juror to maintain public confidence in the administration of justice,” he wrote.The criminal justice system should strive for transparency, he said, noting a judge’s actions would fulfil that goal and may also be open to review if necessary.The judge also rejected an argument that requiring judges to determine whether a prospective juror can remain impartial eradicates the independence of the jury. McMahon ruled the changes only affect a selection procedure, not the jury’s “important task” in reaching a verdict.“The jury members will no longer have to make determinations in relation to the impartiality of other jurors and, when selected, can concentrate on their primary goal, which is determining the guilt or innocence of the accused,” he said.Chouhan’s lawyers had also argued that should the changes be upheld, they should not apply to those whose alleged offence happened before the reforms took effect. But McMahon said the changes are “procedural in nature” and should be applied for every jury selected after the new rules went into force, including the one that will eventually decide Chouhan’s pending trial.This story by the Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2019.
To raise vital funds for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins’ work transforming lives through music, live music promoters Music Plus Sport – who organise The Jockey Club Live concerts – will be supporting the charity by auctioning a celebrity signed guitar.The Yamaha acoustic guitar has already been signed by Kaiser Chiefs, Status Quo, Boyzone and Madness. The initiatives will also see other artists including Tom Jones, Spandau Ballet and McBusted, who are set to perform at various racecourses across the country as part of The Jockey Club Live, sign the guitar as well.The Jockey Club Live promotes outdoor music events at 15 leading racecourses nationwide including Newmarket, Haydock Park and Sandown Park“The Jockey Club Live is proud to be supporting music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins through our live music events this year, helping to raise vital funds and spreading the word about the incredible impact music can have on vulnerable people up and down the country,” said Andrew Wilkinson, Director of Music Plus Sport.The guitar will be auctioned later on in the year, with all proceeds going directly to Nordoff Robbins’ work transforming lives through music.
With apologies to the ESPYS and the WNBA, Wednesday was what has come to be known as the deadest day on the sporting calendar. That’s because the day after Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game (which was held Tuesday) traditionally sees no activity whatsoever from North America’s “Big Four” sports leagues (the NFL, the NBA, the NHL and MLB). This barren day doesn’t always occur on the same date, but the All-Star Game has taken place during the week between July 10 and 16 for more than a decade.In honor of the occasion, we thought we’d chart the average number games per day in those leagues on any given date in a typical year:That noticeable dip in July is what we’re in the midst of, but there’s another time that is, on average, every bit as vacant as ESPYS day: Dec. 24. Christmas Eve is usually an off-day for the NBA and NHL; aside from a stray Friday game in 2004 and Monday Night Football in 2007, the only thing keeping it from complete emptiness is that it fell on a Sunday in 2006 (meaning it had a full compliment of NFL games) and a Saturday in 2005 and 2011 (both years in which the NFL shifted its Week 16 games to Saturday to avoid playing on Christmas Day). Even so, Dec. 24 averaged only four contests per year, lower than any other date over the past 10 years.Christmas itself is always the date of a few notable NBA games, but it has averaged only 4.7 games over the past decade. Combine that with the fact that the MLB All-Star Game is not held on a constant date (July 12 was the most common, seeing an average of 5.1 games), and the holiday season is, statistically, the time in which the fewest games are played per day.
Ohio State club tennis Scarlet Team tournament delayed due to Hurricane Matthew. Credit: OSU club tennisThe Ohio State club tennis team was originally scheduled to travel to Hilton Head Island, S.C. for the United States Tennis Association Tennis On Campus Fall Invitational this weekend, but concerns over the proximity of Hurricane Matthew have delayed the event until Oct. 28-30.The delay has caused a few changes for the team and vice president Sigrid Schoerner has acknowledged that the delay affects the state of the team.“Because it’s been moved, our roster is currently under construction,” Schoerner said. “Some people were going to be able to go this weekend, but then some of them can’t go during the week we’ve been moved to.”Despite the roster shake-up, Schoerner is confident that the team will be ready to compete.“We were prepared to go this weekend, but this just means that we have more time,” Schoerner said. “If it had been moved to next weekend, that would have been one thing. I just think that it’s been (moved) pretty far ahead (and) it gives us time to practice with the whole new group of people and get them ready to go.”This invitational is quite exclusive, allowing only 48 intramural and club tennis teams to compete. Alongside OSU, only two other schools from the Big Ten will be represented at the event. The Wisconsin Badgers will be sending their club team, as will the Maryland Terrapins. Scarlet Team Fundraising Chairwoman Isabelle Nejedlik believes that it is an honor for the team to be invited to the tournament given its limited number of entrants.“It means a lot to our team to be invited to some of the bigger events in the country,” Nejedlik said. “Ohio State prides itself on its tennis and since we have such a good varsity team, they are one of the best in the country, both men’s and women’s, we always have expectations to have a really good club team as well.”The reward for winning the upcoming tournament is huge for the teams, with first and second place receiving automatic bids for the 2017 USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship in Orlando, Florida, in April of 2017.With such high stakes on the line, Nejedlik believes that the talent and preparation on her team can help them advance to nationals.“We have pretty intense tryouts at the beginning of the season,” Nejedlik said. “Most of the girls currently on our top team were former college tennis players but transferred here. So the level every year has gotten higher and higher.”
Ohio State football freshman cornerback Marshon Lattimore is scheduled for surgery on Wednesday morning, according to his personal Twitter account @_ShonL2 Tuesday night.Lattimore has since deleted the tweet.Lattimore, who was a consensus four-star prospect out of Glenville High School in Cleveland, and a U.S. Army All-American, starred on a Tarblooder team that advanced to the Division II Ohio state championship game in 2013.The news of Lattimore’s surgery was first reported by Eleven Warriors.Coach Urban Meyer did not mention Lattimore’s name Monday when he discussed the open corner position opposite senior Doran Grant.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Navy Saturday at noon at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.