As a new generation of parents in the Diocese of Raphoe comes terms with the sexual trauma of minors highlighted in last week’s TG4 documentary, Martin Ridge, the Garda at the centre of uncovering the scandals has said Bishop McGuckian’s statement has caused more confusion than clarity.At the same time Martin Gallagher, a survivor of clerical abuse says he will accept any invitation to meet the bishop: however that meeting must include a senior Garda officer and all four participants in the TG4 ‘Finné’ documentary.Despite headlines on social media that a meeting had been arranged, Mr. Gallagher confirmed to the Tirconaill Tribune on Wednesday that he had no knowledge of this and no progress whatever been made on the issue. Gallagher said that while welcoming the Bishop’s statement he questions why it took a documentary for him to go to the gardaí and to say that any information that the Diocese of Raphoe holds in relation to the abuse of children is completely available to the gardaí.Martin Gallagher, victim of Eugene GreeneMr. Gallagher said: “We already learned from the audit of the Diocese in 2011 that not one shred of evidence was discovered, despite the human misery heaped on young boys by two leading figures in our parish.“We never had any doubt these cases were covered up and we had three bishops in forty years who did nothing to help the victims. The Church is in denial and has failed again to come to terms with the hurt of the abused and the legacy of suicide in our Diocese.”Martin Gallagher continued: “The last thing we want now is another statement from the Bishop. We need action because it is now more urgent than ever. Many of those involved are elderly and it is vital that we see the Bishop take appropriate to address the harm done. And it is his responsibility and not ours to offer a solution that will end our misery.” “I want to remind the Bishop that Fr. Greene raped me when I was a child of twelve and it continued for a whole year. But if the church had dealt with him, I would not have been abused and the same applies to many others. I can never forgive Fr. Greene for his behaviour. What he did could not have gone without notice by his superiors and it is my view that is why he was moved from parish to parish… to continue his evil deeds, it was like a virus,” he added.Tribune queryIn the aftermath of the Bishop’s response, the Tribune addressed correspondence seeking clarification on a number of issues raised on behalf of victims last Friday afternoon.The paper sought to clarify if any response is being proposed in relation to clergy referenced in the documentary and in relation to the former schoolteacher, Denis McGinely whom the programme identified as being forewarned ahead of a Garda search of his home.They raised a query in relation to the circumstances that obtained when Fr. Eugene Greene was restored to diocesan duties prior to the appointment of Bishop Philip Boyce. Martin Ridge. Photo: TG4 FinneMartin Ridge RespondsReacting to the Bishop’s statement, Martin Ridge told the Tribune: “Bishop McGuckian seems to suggest that in the ‘Finné’ documentary that there was coverup with regard to child sexual abuse in the diocese and allegations of sorts that was not already known before. “There is nothing new in the documentary that was not already highlighted in ‘Sins of Omission’ in 2002 in ‘Shame of the Catholic Church’ in 2012 and in the book, ‘Breaking the Silence’ by Martin Ridge.“What’s not clear is what the Catholic Hierarchy knew about Eugene Greene’s activity with regards to abusing children. ” Ridge said: “Clarity in writing of what the Bishops knew would be important as they can’t wash their hands off this. The real story of what happened in Raphoe to hundreds and hundreds of victims will, in my opinion, only come out when there is a full garda investigation or judicial inquiry.”Bishop’s statement adds more confusion than clarity – Martin Ridge was last modified: November 12th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Finné
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By most accounts, the ClimateSmart Loan Program administered by Colorado’s Boulder County has been popular.In 2008, voters authorized county commissioners to sell up to $40 million in bonds to finance energy efficiency improvements by residential and commercial property owners. As a recent story in the Longmont Times-Call notes, the county has already sold $12.9 million in ClimateSmart Loan Program bonds, has extended loans to 612 residential property owners for energy efficiency projects.But on Tuesday, the county’s voters, apparently wary of any mechanism that might incur further debt on a relatively large scale, decided against allowing the county to raise another $85 million through bond issues intended to expand the program. (A ballot measure authorizing $50 million in bond issues for acquisition of open space also failed, although a measure that would allow the county to issue $6.1 million in bonds to improve energy efficiency in county buildings was headed for approval.)The ClimateSmart Loan Program – which has been emulated by communities in other state and was spawned by Boulder County’s adoption in 2006 of its Climate Action Plan (PDF) and, in 2008, its Sustainable Energy Plan (PDF) – is slowed but certainly not disabled by the bond measure’s loss at the ballot box. As part of the bond authorization approved in 2008, the county still can issue another $27 million in bonds to help finance more energy efficiency improvement projects.
New sports minister Jitendra Singh, on his first day in office on Tuesday, stressed on increasing transparency and accountability in sports federations, saying he would like to carry forward “the remarkable job” done by his predecessor Ajay Maken.The 41-year-old politician from Alwar, Rajasthan, added that his aim would be to bring all the concerned parties together on a common platform regarding the implementation of the contentious National Sports Development Bill.”I have just taken over and it would take me some time to get my bearings. My predecessor Ajay Maken did a remarkable job during his stint and I want to carry that forward,” Jitendra said at a media interaction on Tuesday.”Regarding the implementation of the sports bill, I would like to talk to all the sports federations and take everyone on board. We need to work together. At the end of the day, sports and the sportspersons should be our focus.”I always feel that in any job, there should be transparency and accountability.That is important everywhere, be it government or any other organisation. But it will be premature for me to say anything right now.Let me have an interaction with all the stakeholders and try to take it forward.” When asked about his roadmap to capitalise on India’s creditable show at the London Olympics, Jitendra said having been a sportsperson himself made him aware of the problems faced by the fraternity.”I have been a national level shooter myself and am aware of their problems. I would like to get more details and for that I would speak to Ajay Maken. Basically, we need to have a focused plan to develop sports,” Jitendra, who was a trap shooter himself, said.He added that having been part of the home ministry for more than a year, he has realised that sports has a unique power to mobilise youth towards a positive lifestyle.”In a country where more than 50 per cent of the population is young, the ministry that I have been assigned has a very important role to play as it not only looks after sports but also youth affairs,” he said.advertisement
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak satisfied with derby pointby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak was satisfied with their 0-0 draw against Real Madrid.Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid played out a stalemate at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday evening.”We didn’t risk much and neither did they,” Oblak said afterwards.”Neither of us wanted to lose, so I think a draw is the fair result.”We’ll improve in the next matches.”The atmosphere in the stadium was electric as always, which earned special praise from the goalkeeper.”The fans have been spectacular as always,” Oblak continued.”We should have done better on our part and been more focused with cool heads.”In the end we were sandwiched. The season is long, though, and we have to improve day by day.”
ATHENS, GA – MARCH 03: Aaron Harrison #2, Andrew Harrison #5, Willie Cauley-Stein #15, Karl-Anthony Towns #12 and Tyler Ulis #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats rush down the court to get back on defense against the Georgia Bulldogs at Stegeman Coliseum on March 3, 2015 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Georgia locked up five-star quarterback commit Jacob Eason during his official visit, and the entire athletic department tried to do its part to ensure that he would stick with his commitment. Head basketball coach Mark Fox tweeted out video from last weekend, when Eason was on campus, of his team proving that it needs a quarterback. The basketball team runs a play, and a deep ball almost leads to disaster for one receiver. We tried to show a certain recruit we needed a QB at practice last weekend… pic.twitter.com/2GeANJrP0e— Mark Fox (@coachmarkfox) December 16, 2015The hedges at Sanford Stadium are probably a bit more forgiving than that wall, and they’re not so dangerously close to the end zone. We’re not sure if Eason, who we can’t quite identify in the blurry video, was impressed with the display, but he re-upped with the Dawgs either way.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Worried they would lack big-name candidates at the top of the ticket this November, California Republicans turned to a ballot measure that would eliminate a recent gas tax increase in hopes of exciting conservatives and ensuring they show up to support lower-profile legislative and congressional candidates.A potential similar strategy for 2020 emerged Tuesday, when a conservative radio host who is the public face behind this year’s gas tax initiative announced he will pursue another measure — this one eliminating the state’s beleaguered high-speed rail project.Though it’s a presidential election year, California is overwhelmingly Democratic and a Republican hasn’t won the state since 2006.Early phases of construction have begun on the train meant to take passengers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours. But the $77 billion project championed by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and his supporters has seen costs spike and the completion date pushed back.“This is a colossal failure of these politicians, and you don’t want to throw good money after bad,” said Carl DeMaio, a former San Diego city councilman who now hosts a radio show.The 2020 initiative also would change the state Constitution to require all fees related to transportation — from the gas tax to taxes on vehicle sales and car insurance — be spent only on transportation-related projects. Those dollars could not go to the general fund.It’s backed by DeMaio and others behind Proposition 6, which will ask voters this November if they want to repeal a 12-cent gas tax hike and increases in vehicle registration fees approved by lawmakers last year.Proposition 6 was funded in part by California’s Republican congressional delegation, including Kevin McCarthy, the No. 2 Republican in the U.S. House who is seeking to replace Paul Ryan as speaker. It was an unusual intervention by elected U.S. officials in a state political campaign.They gave their support when it looked possible that no Republican would be in the races for governor and U.S. Senate this November. Republicans feared that would depress turnout among conservatives and allow Democrats to win close contests down the ballot, potentially giving them control of the U.S. House.They dodged that scenario, however, when Republican businessman John Cox snagged the second position in California’s gubernatorial primary, in which the top two finishers advance to the general election regardless of party. The U.S. Senate race has two Democrats and no Republicans.In 2020, California will have neither a Senate nor governor’s race on the ballot.“I have to believe that it’s an issue that’s being used because Trump doesn’t generate turnout, doesn’t generate excitement in California,” said Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a public policy professor at the University of Southern California, said of the latest initiative.Thad Kousser, chairman of the political science department at University of California, San Diego, said he’s skeptical ballot measures can tip an election.“I don’t think there’s any state initiative — and certainly not these — that’s going to make people more motivated to turn out than their view of whether they are loving or hating President Trump,” he said.California’s high-speed rail project has become politically fraught. A poll conducted in March by the Public Policy Institute of California found tepid support for rail and overwhelming opposition among Republicans.Forty-six per cent of likely voters said they support the project, with 52 per cent opposed. Among Republicans, just 28 per cent supported it, with 69 per cent opposed. Independents were evenly split, while two-thirds of Democrats supported it.DeMaio said his proposals have nothing to do with driving Republican turnout and predicted conservative voters will be motivated regardless.“I think turnout’s going to be healthy in 2020,” DeMaio said. “I don’t think there’s a turnout problem.”Voters approved roughly $10 billion in bonds in 2008 to construct the high-speed train. It was supposed to cost about $40 billion.Now, the cost has ballooned to an expected $77 billion, with the completion date pushed to 2033.Construction is underway in the state’s Central Valley agricultural heartland, but officials don’t have enough money to complete the first phase from Bakersfield to San Francisco. The project has between $20 billion and $28 billion in hand.Its funding comes from the bonds, federal dollars and revenue from the state’s cap-and-trade program that requires businesses to buy credits to emit greenhouse gases.The proposed ballot measure would halt funding for high-speed rail, force the state to cease activities on it and use any unspent bond money to retire the debt. The federal money has already been spent.Some Democratic lawmakers have grown frustrated by the problems with California’s largest single infrastructure project.Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, said he supports it but is concerned about its financing. Cox, the GOP candidate, says he would kill the project.___Associated Press writer Kathleen Ronayne contributed.
NEW YORK — Brad Schweig thought he had a satisfied customer when a woman who bought outdoor furniture in March 2017 posted a five-star review online. Less than a year later, it was down to one star after a squirrel chewed a hole in one of the cushions.Many business owners have faced the same uncomfortable situation since the advent of online review sites — a negative review, out there for potential customers to see. Schweig, co-owner of Sunnyland Furniture in Dallas, did what marketing experts recommend and tried to make amends in an online response.“We apologized, and said, ‘we’d be glad to work with you on a replacement at discount,’” Schweig says. “We explained, ‘this can happen with nature.’”Negative reviews are likely inevitable for many companies, especially those that cater to the public. Even a company whose customers are almost universally happy will be panned by someone who wound up with a defective product or had a bad experience or misunderstood a situation. Marketing consultants and owners themselves say the best way to handle these reviews is to acknowledge that the customer is unhappy and offer to discuss the problem offline, either on the phone or via email.The malcontents who are easily angered and impossible to placate tend to be rare, says Ryan Goff, chief marketing officer at MGH, a marketing firm in Owings Mills, Maryland. Most negative reviewers respond well if a company is sincere in trying to right a situation, he says.“I would say, ‘we understand completely you had a negative experience,’” Goff says. The next step: “We are going to do everything in our power to address this, and we want a full understanding of what happened.”If the customer is eventually satisfied, owners should ask for an amended review or to have the angry one deleted.Schweig never heard back from the customer, whose review said the outdoor furniture “should withstand a squirrel.” But he believes his was the right response, not only for that customer, but also for potential buyers.“It might not make the reviewer change their mind but we know others are reading it and can see that we either care about resolving the issues, or it can make them realize the skewed ones aren’t as they seem,” he says.Companies that post on social media need to be vigilant about checking for replies, and not just from unhappy customers, says Hank Yuloff, owner of Yuloff Creative Marketing Solutions in Sedona, Arizona.“You have to scroll down and look at the comments being made and answer all. Even if they’re positive, say ‘thank you’ and build relationships,” Yuloff says.Some owners may encounter reviews they believe are libelous or false.“If it’s outright slanderous and untrue then you can reach out to the platform where the review was published and see if they’ll investigate it and potentially take it down. It could also be the basis for legal action,” says Rex Kimball, owner of marketing firm Mirex Marketing, based in Gilbert, Arizona.Many of the negative reviews Todd Fetterly’s three mobile phone stores have received had nothing to do with the phones he sells. Instead, customers often are unhappy with phone service providers but vent at Fetterly and his staff. Still, Fetterly, whose Cell Phone Centre stores are in the Ottawa, Ontario, area, responds immediately.“Because we are in such a commoditized market, customers have choices of where to go to purchase their devices,” he says.Most reviewers don’t get back to Fetterly, so there’s no opportunity for their reviews to be amended or retracted. So, he works to counter the negative postings by encouraging happier customers to post reviews — staffers routinely ask them to give positive feedback online. The strategy also includes using a company that solicits reviews. If a review is negative, it’s not automatically posted; Fetterly can contact the customer and try to get it changed.A negative review posted 10 years ago is still reverberating at Mary Nisi’s company, Toast & Jam, which supplies disc jockeys for weddings and other events. While the company has hundreds of five-star reviews on several websites, Nisi still is asked about the customer who said Toast & Jam cancelled less than a month before the wedding; Nisi says the couple never signed a contract or responded to her emails.“The worst thing you can say about a wedding vendor is they cancelled two weeks before,” says Nisi, who’s located in Chicago.When couples ask about the review, she notes her ratings at or near five stars, and says, “if we cancelled all the time, that would be coming out all the time in our reviews.”Franchise companies must be proactive about bad reviews because a complaint about one location can have a negative impact on others. At Children’s Lighthouse, an early education company with 49 locations, the home office in Fort Worth, Texas, monitors and responds online to reviews for the entire chain.“We apologize and say, ‘please call the office. We’d like to talk to you directly,” Marketing Director Monica Brown says.If customers are satisfied after discussing the problem with staffers, the company asks if they’re willing to delete the review.“Most of the time they do take it off,” Brown says. “It’s mostly that they want to be heard.”_____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press
LISBON, Portugal — Portuguese authorities say four people have died when a helicopter in the country’s medical emergency service crashed.Portugal’s National Institute of Medical Emergencies says Sunday that the helicopter went down Saturday in the Serra de Pias hills east of Porto while it was returning to base after transporting a patient. The two pilots, a doctor and a nurse died in the crash.The service says the cause of the crash is under investigation, but added it came as the area experienced “adverse weather.”The service did not reveal the identities of the four victims. Spanish media reported that the doctor was a Spaniard.The Associated Press
Peace River broke the previous record high of 29.6 degrees, which was recorded on June 19th, 1982. That community saw a high of 31.1 degrees on Tuesday. Tuesday’s high of 32.1 degrees in High Level was also record-breaking, topping the previous record by 3.2 degrees. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The heat wave that has gripped much of B.C. and Alberta since Sunday has broken temperature records across the Peace Region.On Tuesday, Fort St. John got close to but didn’t break the June 19th record high temperature, as the airport weather station recorded a high of 30.2 degrees. That’s 0.4 degrees below the previous highest temperature on that day, which was recorded way back in 1950. Dawson Creek also came close to breaking the June 19th all-time high temperature of 29.9 degrees, which was recorded in 1982. Yesterday’s high in the Mile Zero City was 29.4 degrees.Fort Nelson was by far one of the hottest places in the Peace, setting a new all-time high-temperature record of 34.6 degrees Celsius, and breaking the previous record of 32.2 degrees that dates to 1950. Grande Prairie also broke the June 19th high-temperature record yesterday, as the recorded high of 30.8 degrees broke the 30.0-degree record that was set back in 1948.