Spotlight reveals NI Police Ombudsman was not aware of vital info in Donaldson case

first_imgNews Google+ Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Spotlight reveals NI Police Ombudsman was not aware of vital info in Donaldson case Pinterest LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Google+ Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Twitter Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Pinterest By News Highland – October 19, 2011 center_img WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleCampaign to have special status given to Strabane Academy steps up a gearNext articleCouncil to host Historic Graveyards seminar News Highland Facebook Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey A BBC programme has aired claims that the PSNI missed clues in the hunt for the murderers of IRA informer Denis Donaldson, shot dead in Co Donegal five years ago.The former paramilitary and senior Sinn Fein officer was found dead in his remote home at Cloghercor, near Doochary in Co Donegal, on April 4, 2006.Former Chief Executive of Police Ombudsman’s Office in the North, Sam Pollock told the BBCs Spotlight programme that he was unhappy with the approach taken in cases involving informers.The programme revealed details of a complaint to the ombudsman by the family of Denis Donaldson, who was shot dead at a remote cottage in Donegal in April 2006.But the ombudsman declared the case closed last year with a finding of ‘no misconduct’ by the police.But Spotlight has established that investigators were not aware of a potentially vital piece of information that may shed light on what happened.However, the ombudsman, Al Hutchinson, rejected claims that his office has gone soft on the police. WhatsApp Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad alsolast_img read more

Google Earth search leads to gruesome ending to decades-old missing person’s case

first_imgaijohn784/iStock(GRAND ISLES, Fla.) — A man using Google Earth to have a look around his old property ended up spotting something unusual — sparking a chain of events that led to the remains of a person who disappeared two decades ago.As he scanned a pond behind the home, the man spotted a lump that appeared to be a vehicle and reached out to the property’s current resident, who then used a drone to scan the Grand Isles, Fla., property.That resident then contacted the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, which confirmed it was a vehicle, it said in a statement.The sheriff’s office removed the vehicle from the pond, which they say was “heavily calcified” and had been in the water “for a significant amount of time.”“Upon removing the vehicle skeleton remains were found inside,” the sheriff’s office said.On Tuesday, authorities identified the remains as that of William Moldt, who was reported missing on Nov. 8, 1997, after leaving a nightclub, authorities said. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Fire and Ice: Manmade vs. nature

first_imgFire & Ice Festival on March 9, 2019. (Jim Dwinal)Fire & Ice Festival on March 9, 2019. (Jim Dwinal)Fire & Ice Festival on March 9, 2019. (Jim Dwinal)Fire & Ice Festival on March 9, 2019. (Jim Dwinal)Fire & Ice Festival on March 9, 2019. (Jim Dwinal)Fire & Ice Festival on March 9, 2019. (Jim Dwinal)The Beauty before the Beast. Livermore. (Jim Knox)Twilight in Farmington Falls. (Elizabeth (Stu) Mehlin/New Sharon)Evening Sky. (Elizabeth (Stu) Mehlin/New Sharon)Jack Frost is still hanging around. (Gil Riley)March, in like a lion out like a lamb, I hope. (Gil Riley)last_img read more

Northern Triangle Countries Create Trinational Force

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo December 09, 2016 Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador are pooling their resources through the Trinational Task Force in their joint head-on fight against gangs and organized crime along the 600-kilometer border between the three countries. The trinational force was launched November 15th in the city of Nueva Ocotepeque, Honduras, during a ceremony attended by presidents Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras, Jimmy Morales of Guatemala, and Salvador Sánchez Cerén of El Salvador. The main objective of the tripartite security unit is to maintain government control and public order. This will foster a climate of peace and security in the border communities, neutralize criminal gangs, impede the movement of criminal groups in the border area, and reduce the level of drug trafficking, organized crime, and petty crime, among other crimes in the region. The force brings various interagency teams involved in security. “This new effort is represented by 224 Honduran agents (from the Lenca Task Force), and the same number of agents from Guatemala [from the Maya Chortí Task Force] and El Salvador (with agents from the Maya-Pipil Task Force joining soon), with intelligence specialists, special units, and agents from the justice department,” Infantry Colonel Lenin González, director of public relations for the Armed Forces of Honduras, told Diálogo. The tri-national force will develop several operations, among them providing intelligence and counterintelligence actions, establishing checkpoints, carrying out short-, medium-, and long-range land patrols on foot and in vehicles, and attacking a limited set of targets, such as drug trafficking operation centers and clandestine drug-manufacturing labs. The security unit also will conduct surveillance of critical areas, as well as raids. The force will coordinate aerial operations, and control the lines of communication on land and at sea. It also will prepare and prosecute legal cases and request support from the judicial branch, with the support of a public prosecutor assigned to each task team, and it will issue arrest warrants. “The Trinational Task Force places the emphasis on cooperation between our countries, and it is respectful of our state sovereignty and territorial integrity. Strict compliance with every one of our domestic laws and international law, and respect for human rights take precedence over everything else,” Col. González said. In recent years, the countries of the Northern Triangle have experienced an increase in the levels of violence. This trend is driven by multiple factors, such as gangs and their impact on criminal activities, including homicides, extortion, and drug trafficking whose operations have been transferred to this region, while at the same time increasing their activity. “What we are doing is perfecting our land border defenses. We know that the war we are winning against crime has, and will continue to have, reactions and repercussions, but we cannot go back, because we are fighting for what is right, which is protecting the life of each person who belongs to our nations,” President Hernández said on the day the new security force was established. Guatemala’s president indicated that this political initiative “is a reflection of the trust that characterizes our binational relationship and it establishes a road map that will govern how these agreements are operationalized.” Together with presidents Hernández and Morales, President Sánchez highlighted the heavy blow suffered by organized crime and drug trafficking. On August 23rd, the presidents of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala met in El Salvador, where they signed a joint declaration establishing the Trinational Task Force on the initiative of the Honduran president. The trinational force is just one of many security actions undertaken during the last several years through the Central American Armed Forces Conference and the Maya Chortí Force, comprising police, soldiers, and members of the Attorney General’s Office, the Supreme Court, and Immigration. “For us, this new effort represents a huge achievement because it is part of a Central American integration aimed at creating new mechanisms for dismantling crime syndicates and integrating the three countries’ border security procedures,” Infantry Colonel Luis Alonso García Gutiérrez, commander of the Lenca Task Force of Honduras, told Diálogo. “Three countries are operating without borders, and without distrust or envy, because we know that if we work together and coordinate with each other, we will be more successful and see better results,” Col. García said. Authorities blame gangs for the high homicide rates in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. The Honduran government estimates that the three countries combined have between 70,000 and 100,000 gang members. It also estimates that last year more than 17,000 violent deaths were registered in the three countries. The majority of the violence was driven by transnational and street gangs. The transnational gang MS13, and its rival, Barrio 18, mainly operate in Central America’s Northern Triangle. According to a report by the UN Refugee Agency published on July 1st, these gangs have brought a silent war to the region. “Just like the problem of drug trafficking, the transnational gangs and the street gangs are a threat that neither knows nor respects borders. The exchange of information, intelligence, and technology, and conducting joint operations will be the most important tools that this trinational force will have,” Col. García stated. Representatives of each country’s task force are talking regularly and coordinating efforts, making joint plans and combining their forces to face these challenges. “One of those challenges is to be able to conduct mirrored patrols (tandem surveillance) along the length of the border. However, the greatest challenge is the blind spot in Central American borders where criminals can cross over,” José Misael Rivas Soriano, dean of Legal and Social Sciences at Nueva San Salvador University in El Salvador, told Diálogo. Another challenge is geography. There are inaccessible areas that can be used by gangs as hiding places. Crossing over land is impossible, because of the unreliability of communication channels. Each country’s laws and economic conditions also have an influence. “We are here to achieve this for our society. We are ready, and we ask for the support and trust of the people in this new joint effort,” Col. González said. “There is a lot of positivity and optimism surrounding the results we will be seeing.”last_img read more

January 27, 2019 Police Blotter

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2010: Year of the Freshmen

first_imgThere are more labels being put on the year 2010 than colors in Dennis Rodman’s hair.According to the Chinese calendar, 2010 is the Year of the Tiger (apparently Mr. Woods didn’t get that message). The Christian Science Monitor says 2010 is the year of the global insurrection (whatever that means). In 1984, Hollywood made a movie titled 2010: The Year We Make Contact (Sam Cassell was born way before 2010). The United Nations declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity and Time magazine listed 2010 as the Year of the Natural Disaster (Tornado Ron Artest happened in 2004).I’m here to set the record straight: At USC, 2010 is the Year of the Freshmen.Recently, the USC athletic department has been all about getting rid of the old and ushering in the new. The school has a new athletic director, new football and baseball coaches, new compliance officers and a new attitude — makes you wonder when the men’s bathroom on the first floor of Heritage Hall is going to receive an upgrade.But the newest additions to the athletic department are the athletes, and they will be thrust into impact positions and bear more responsibility than any freshman class in recent history.The football team is an obvious example of this. This team has more question marks than just about any of former head coach Pete Carroll’s teams during the past decade, and most of those questions swirl around positions lacking experienced players. Carroll preferred to let players mature a few years under the system before allowing them to run loose on the Coliseum grass.Unfortunately, new coach Lane Kiffin has no choice. Because of the exodus of players, Kiffin has been forced to rely on the talent of incoming freshmen. Forget about just one student from the dorms getting a start or significant playing time for the Trojans down in Hawaii; there could be as many as four or five freshmen ­on the field, with possibly more if freshman running back Dillon Baxter hadn’t gone all Tyler Durden of Fight Club and made his own rules.To begin, there are freshman receivers Kyle Prater and Robert Woods. Other than senior wide receiver Ronald Johnson, those two have the chance to be the biggest threats for sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley. Barkley has stated he feels “really comfortable” working with both of them, and Kiffin has gone so far as to say that Woods could start next Thursday.Rounding out the impact players on offense is Baxter. For as much trouble as he’s caused off the field, he is a bigger nuisance to defenses on it ­— like a mosquito you keep hearing buzz by your ear but never see. His famous run during spring practice made people instantly compare him to Reggie Bush, but given that the former Heisman Trophy winner is now banned from campus, that might not be a good thing.So there are three freshmen and a sophomore who could very well find themselves on the field at the same time at some point this year, and that’s just on offense.On defense, the front line and linebacking corps are stocked with experienced and talented players, but the secondary will see more rookies than the first frat party of the year. True freshman Dion Bailey, who had 10 tackles and an interception in the Trojans’ scrimmage Saturday, has practiced in the starting safety spot while his classmate Nickell Robey is in contention to start at cornerback.But athletes with meal plans aren’t just making an impact on the gridiron. Across the street, the women’s soccer team — just three years removed from a national championship — started five freshmen in their opener last week. All eyes were on Shelby Church as she stepped between the pipes to fill the decorated shoes of departed goalkeeper Kristin Olsen.Church did her part, making two saves and allowing just one goal in her debut, but the offense sputtered to a 1-0 defeat. Still, Church’s play will be a huge factor in the Women of Troy’s success this year.Not to be outdone, the women’s volleyball team welcomed in the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation. Outside hitter Falyn Fonoimoana, labeled by some outlets as the best high school player in the country last year, could be the missing link USC needs as it begins its quest for a long-overdue national title. In all, as many as four freshmen could compete for quality minutes on the court.There you have it. This year, the freshmen class are more than just the hundreds of dining dollars left on their meal plans at the end of the semester. This year, the class of 2014 will make a visible impact on the field and could establish USC’s path to success for the next four years.For a school and athletic department that’s all about being new, it only seems appropriate for freshmen to play a prominent role.Still, it wouldn’t hurt to replace the shower curtains with doors on the stalls in the first-floor men’s room.“Spittin’ Sports” runs every Thursday. To comment on this article, visit or e-mail Kenny at [email protected]last_img read more

List of coaches sacked as GFA dissolves technical teams of national sides

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association (GFA) dissolved the technical teams of all national sides in the country on Thursday, 2nd January 2020.The decision meant the head coaches and assistants of the various senior and junior men’s and women’s national teams have left their role with immediate effect.Despite not ascribing any reason to the decision, the GFA said in a brief statement that it “extends its appreciation to all coaches and members of the respective national teams for their contributions” and wishes them “all the best in their endeavours.”A number of high profile coaches have, hence, lost their positions including, most notably, Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah.Despite taking charge of the Black Stars two opening games in their AFCON 2021 qualifying campaign in November, Appiah’s continued stay as head coach of the men’s senior national team had become the subject of much debate.His contract expired in December 2019, but speculation was rife that he had been offered a new contract by the GFA.This earned the ire of some sections of the public who felt that given Ghana’s dismal showing at the AFCON 2019 tournament in Egypt, perhaps a change in management was needed.The recent decision by the GFA will intensify the debate even further, as talk will turn to who will replace the various coaches.But who exactly has been affected by the GFA’s call?Take a look at a list of the most noteworthy names belowKwesi Appiah – Black Stars head coach (and technical team)Appiah was in his second stint in charge of the Black Stars. The first major tournament of this second spell ended in disappointment as the Black Stars went out on penalties in the Round of 16 to Tunisia.Ibrahim Tanko – Black Meteors head coach (and technical team)Tanko’s Black Meteors side endured a mixed AFCON as they scraped out of the group stages. However, with a place at next year’s Olympics at stake, the Meteors fell to the Ivory Coast and South Africa on penalties. This led to Sammy Osei Kuffuor describing the side as the worst team Ghana has ever taken to a tournament.Mercy Tagoe – Black Queens head coach (and technical team)Mercy Tagoe led the Black Queens at the 2018 AFCON held in Ghana but the side failed to progress from the group after just one win from their three group games. They were also dumped out of the Olympics qualifiers by Kenya.Maxwell Konadu – Local Black Stars coachKonadu was appointed head coach of the Black Stars ‘B’ side after leaving his previous post as Assistant coach of the Black Stars. He was also recently named the coach of Kumasi Asante Kotoko.Also heading out…Yaw Preko – Black Satellites coachEvans Adotey – Black Maidens coachYusif Basigi – Black Princesses coachSamuel Boadu – U-15 coachlast_img read more