Bishop’s statement adds more confusion than clarity – Martin Ridge

first_imgAs 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:Finnélast_img read more

Koeman wants a striker but won’t comment on Costa

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesRonald Koeman said it is vital Everton sign a striker following their defeat at Chelsea but refused to comment on reports he could make a pre-deadline move for Diego Costa.Koeman’s side were beaten 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, where first-half goals from Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata gave the champions a comfortable victory.Boss Koeman is keen for his club to bring in two players before the transfer window closes on Thursday.The Merseyside club have been linked with Chelsea forward Costa, who wants to return to his former club Atletico Madrid.Embed from Getty ImagesKoeman would not comment on whether Costa could end up at Goodison Park, but he said: “We need at least two more players but the most important is a striker and one more player.“That’s what we need. The board knows the importance of these two signings.”Koeman conceded that his team were very much second best against Chelsea, particularly during a one-sided first half.He said: “I am disappointed about the first half because the ball possession was poor and that cost us the second goal.“We had spaces to play and didn’t play. We had not enough movement to give options to the player on the ball.“You know how Chelsea press and you have to be at your best to get a result against them and we were not at our best. We lost it in the first half not the second.“The first half was not good enough but I’m proud at how they fought until the last second to at least remain a team on the pitch.”See also:Transfer gossip: Barkley prefers Spurs move over Chelsea, Sunday Times claimsConte speaks to Belgium boss about Hazard’s call-up Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Chicken, Silkworm Genomes Published

first_imgNow that the chicken genome has made the cover of Nature1 and the silkworm genome has been published in Science2 this week, evolutionists are busily mining the data for clues to evolutionary ancestry of very disparate groups of animals, says EurekAlert (also here and here).  For example, in the paper on the silkworm genome, the authors say, “Lepidoptera are unusual because they have holocentric chromosomes with diffuse kinetochores.  This characteristic is a potential driver of evolution because of the ability to retain chromosome fragments through many cell divisions.”  Yet in this case evolution is assumed; what was observed was an example of something that provides functional integrity. 1Jeremy Schmutz and Jane Grimwood, “Genomes: A fowl sequence,” Nature 432, 679 – 680 (09 December 2004); doi:10.1038/432679a.2Biology Analysis Group, “A Draft Sequence for the Genome of the Domesticated Silkworm (Bombyx mori), Science, Vol 306, Issue 5703, 1937-1940, 10 December 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1102210].Most of the evolutionary claims merely assume evolution, or make empty promises about how the new genomes will help shed light on evolution.  Example: “As life on Earth evolved over time, genes have been created, kept, discarded or deactivated, and reorganized.  At the particular point in evolutionary time over which a species first develops, these processes may have changed a gene in ways that allow scientists to use it to get a better fix on the human version of the gene.”    OK, design scientists, get busy.  Don’t just sit around telling jokes about why the chicken crossed the road.  The Darwin Party is already busily invoking their favorite word games like convergence and homoplasy, and tweaking the rate of evolution for this or that chrome to make things fit their preconceived beliefs.  There’s a wealth of complexity and order to mine in these new genetic data.  Don’t let evolutionary storytelling win by default. (Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Air New Zealand soars on award winning service

first_imgAIR New Zealand boss Christopher Luxon believes his carrier is in “fantastic shape’’ to cope with new competition in its home market and plans to build on successful efforts to convince Australian  travellers to use Auckand as a one-stop hub for travel to the Americas.The Kiwi carrier on Friday joined Qantas in announcing a record 2015-16 annual profit but warned increased competition will hamper the chances of another historic result in the current financial year.The airline announced an annual net profit of $NZ463m, up 42 per cent on the previous year, and a 40 per cent increase in pre-tax profit to $NZ663 million.But it expects pre-tax profit to fall to between $NZ400m and $NZ600m in fiscal 2017, assuming jet fuel remains at $US55 per barrel for the rest of the year, as it fends off increase competition from US, Gulf and Chinese carriers.“Unilke other airlines we’ve given a range; that range was very broad very early on the year,’’ Luxon told AirlineRatings. “As the year progresses we’ll have much more visibility as to how it’s panning out but if we land a result anywhere in that range that will be our second or our third best result ever. So it’s a still a pretty impressive result.’’Air NZ’s preferred measure of profit — earnings before tax and significant items —was up a massive 70 per cent to $806m as operating revenue rose 6.2 per cent to $NZ5.2 billion and earnings from passengers increased 8.9 per cent to $NZ4.5 billion.The result included a loss of $NZ86m on the carrier’s investment in Virgin Australia with $NZ63m realised on its sale of a 19.98 per cent stake to China’s Nanshan Group.Luxon said the split with Virgin had been “chronically overplayed’’ in Australian reports and the reason for the split was commercial. The airlines would continue to work together through their alliance from both a revenue and cost perspective in areas such as maintenance and biofuels.“The fact we were able to sell to Nanshan and HNA  and others were able to come on to the register is very good,’’ he said “They are shareholders that will continue to support Virgin incredibly strongly and well.’’Shareholders will receive a fully imputed ordinary dividend of NZ10 cents per share, bringing the total for the year to NZ20 cents, and a special dividend of NZ25 cents per share. There was also good news for staff with more than 8000 staff who do not have an incentive program set to receive payments of up to $NZ2500. Luxon said the airline ended the year with customer satisfaction levels at record highs and brand health in “excellent shape’. However, he acknowledged the impact of increased competition as other international airlines add capacity into New Zealand.   This includes increased competition by US carriers across the Pacific as well as new direct services to Auckland from the Middle East and China.He said there was no doubt customers had more choice but he was confident that the right pricing, products and services would help Air NZ stay a step ahead of the competition.He believed the medium and long-term demand curve for Air New Zealand remained “very, very good’’ and the challenge was to use “incredibly well’’ the levers the airline had around revenue and capacity management.“But the bottom line is I think that Air New Zealand’s in fantastic shape to compete and compete very strongly with our competition,’’ he said. The increased competition comes as Air NZ is expanding its trans-Pacific reach on new routes to markets such as Houston, Buenos Aires, Beijing and Ho Chi Minh City.Luxon said that was working well because the airline had spent months researching the new markets rather than just sending aircraft “willy-nilly’’ to destinations.“We spent 18 months really understanding South America and all the customer dynamics: the channels by which we sell the tickets, which partners we need to make that come to life and work for us,‘’ he said noting Buenos Aries had made a positive contribution from “day one’’. “So our literacy about how to unlock new markets and to build new businesses has really grown tremendously.’’The Air NZ chief also sees great opportunity to build up Auckland as a one-stop hub from cities such as Perth and Adelaide. He said Australians already accounted for about 40 per cent of the traffic to Buenos Aries and were second only to Argentinians and Brazilians.“You’ll see us I think more purposely and intentionally work on how we make the banks across the Tasman tie into international services and you’ll see us put a lot more resources into Australia in order to do that,’’ he said.Air NZ is continuing to upgrade its fleet and has been refurbishing lounges. It recently announced it would spend more than $NZ100m increasing the number of premium seats on its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner’s and refurbishing its Boeing 777-300ER fleet. The airline currently has seven Dreamliners with two more due to arrive before Christmas and three due next year.The three scheduled to be delivered from October next year will arrive in a new configuration that increases the number of Business Premier seats from 18 to 27 and the number of premium economy seats from 21 to 33.Its unique Spaceseat will be axed on the B777s in favour of the B787 seat, increasing the number of premium economy seats from 44 to 54. The new 777 interiors will feature refreshed Business Premier and economy seats as well as eX3 Panasonic inflight entertainment system used on the Dreamliner.Luxon said the Spaceseat had done well for the airline over the past six years but the Dreamliners had allowed it to do a side-by-side comparison which had found its new premium seat was doing well in terms of customer preference and rating.He agreed that premium economy was becoming a big trend with airlines, noting that “everyone’s piling into it’’. “We had a premium economy set up many years ago and I think we’ve proven that we’ve got a very competitive product,’’ he said.“Obviously for us from an Air New Zealand perspective, when you’re travelling from New Zealand you tend to be travelling 12 to 14 hours so premium economy’s been a really great way for people to say I want to be able to buy space, essentially, and cocoon myself a little bit. “In Business Premier, people want very much a lie flat bed experience and our seat option has worked incredibly well for that purpose.’’The airline, which has been increasing the proportion of aircraft it owns, also plans to exit its Boeing 767-300ER fleet by the second half of 2017. It expects overall capacity to grow 4 to 6 per cent this financial year with growth of up to 9 percent on domestic routes, between 3 and 5 per cent on the Tasman and 4 to 6 per cent on its international network.  Replacing Boeing 737 and Beech 1900D aircraft on its domestic routes with Airbus A320 and ATR turboprops helped drive domestic capacity   growth of 8.5 per cent last financial year while increased international flying saw capacity grow by 16 per cent as traffic measured in revenue passenger kilometres grew  by 16.2 per cent.Capacity growth of 5.1 per cent on Tasman and Pacific Island routes outstripped traffic growth of 3.8 per cent.Macqurie Equities analysts, who have a neutral recommendation on Air NZ, said the result contained some positives in terms of a reduction in gearing, the special dividend and commentary around a sustainable ordinary dividend.“The moderation of capacity is both good in terms of rational response, but negative with it reacting to competitive pressures,’’ analysts Nick Mar and Warren Doak said. “The guidance is weak, well below our numbers and consensus with headwinds from competition which may impact investor sentiment.’’last_img read more

Gin Kings-Bolts return duel set

first_imgSol Mercado of Ginebra (right) boxes out Moala Tautuaa of TNT for the rebound during Game 4 of their Final Four series on Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. —AUGUST DELA CRUZBarangay Ginebra hardly capitalized on the early ejection of Glen Rice Jr.Luckily for the Gin Kings, Justin Brownlee was there to bail them out.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments The KaTropa tried to make do with the handicap as they worked hard to protect a double-digit advantage that even went as high as 18 at one point.But Rice’s shoes were too big to fill and his absence was eventually felt by TNT.The Bolts are practically the same team as last year except for one significant piece in the puzzle: former national team standout Ranidel De Ocampo.“Getting a player of his caliber was a big lift for us,” said Meralco coach Norman Black of the 13-year veteran De Ocampo, who was traded by TNT in a multiplayer, three-team deal in early September.GINEBRA 115 – TNT 105GINEBRA 115—Brownlee 46, Tenorio 25, Slaughter 21, Mercado 11, Aguilar 6, Ferrer 4, Caguioa 2, Thompson 0, Devance 0.TNT 105—Rosario 28, Castro 26, Pogoy 14, Semerad 12, Williams 10, Tautuaa 9, Reyes 4, Rice Jr. 2, Golla 0, Carey 0, Nuyles 0, Hernandez 0, Seigle 0.Quarters: 32-41, 52-66, 80-86, 115-105 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Adamson, FEU dispute finals slot LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brownlee fired on all cylinders and scored a career-high 46 points as the Kings ended their semifinal showdown with the TNT KaTropa, 115-105, on Sunday night in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The defending champion Gin Kings forged a championship rematch with the Meralco Bolts, who booked a finals spot on Friday with a sweep of the Star Hotshots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFinishing off the KaTropa in four games of their best-of-five series (3-1) wasn’t an easy task though after they had to spring back from an 18-point hole to carve out the win.But something happened at the halftime dugout that motivated the Gin Kings. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “It was (Robert) Jaworski,” said Brownlee. “He gave us a lot of motivation and reminded us of that never-say-die attitude.”With Ginebra’s “Living Legend” cheering at ringside, Brownlee banged in 28 of his points in the second half and LA Tenorio bombed TNT with threes and finished with 25 points.“It’s gonna be a fight,” said Brownlee in anticipation of his duel with Meralco’s Allen Durham, the reigning best import. “They’ll be ready, we’ll be ready and I can’t wait to play them.”Rice was sent to the dugout late in the first quarter with the KaTropa ahead by 10, to the delight of the Ginebra faithful.Kevin Ferrer’s physicality apparently got into Rice, who pushed Ferrer and threw the ball at the Ginebra wingman’s face in a dead-ball situation, 1:41 left in the opening quarter.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Keep on shooting: James Yap regains touch in Rain or Shine win

first_img8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities “I think everybody expects James to play well but he’s just human,” said ROS coach Caloy Garcia. “But what we want from James is to basically play his best. Whether he’s in a slump, we still want him taking shots.”Yap, who turns 36 next month, hopes his efficient outing is the start of a string of good shooting games.“I hope we can carry this performance over into our next game.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NCAA volleyball: Perpetual claims solo 3rd, keeps EAC winless Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJames Yap may have been in a shooting slump in his first three games of the season, but it never affected his confidence heading into Rain or Shine’s game against Phoenix on Wednesday.Yap kept shooting and finally regained his touch to help the Elasto Painters cruise to a 120-99 win over the Fuel Masters and avoid his team from slipping further into the standings.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed “I just kept working hard. I never got discouraged despite how bad my last three games were,” said Yap in Filipino.“Of course, we thought if we lose we’ll be closer to the bottom of the standings and coach reminded us that we need to win for us to at least be in the middle of the pack.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe star swingman shot a combined 4-of-26 from the field in his first three games, averaging just 3.3 points during the stretch.But his bad days are over after exploding for 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field, including 4-of-5 from deep in 20 minutes. View commentslast_img read more

Operations to salvage MV Wisdom suspended for 15 days

first_imgEfforts to salvage cargo vessel MV Wisdom, stuck on the Juhu beach for the past one week, were abandoned for the third day on Sunday with officials stating that operations have been hampered for at least a fortnight.”The salvaging operations have been called off for today and we will have to wait for another fortnight before we can reattempt it,” Director General of Shipping, S B Agnihotri, said.According to officials, they faced operational constraints due to engine trouble in the lead tug which forced them to abandon their efforts till the next spring tide after a fortnight, when attempt to refloat the vessel would be made afresh.However, there is no fear of any oil or cargo related pollution due to this, they said.The officials also requested the public to keep clear of the vessel for their own safety and also to allow salvers to retrieve their equipment and function without any hindrance.The ship, which ran aground last Saturday, has to move by over 40 degrees from its current position for the tugs to start pulling it deeper into the sea. However, the 145 metre cargo vessel did not sufficiently respond to the salvage efforts.The freighter was being tugged to the Alang ship breaking yard in Gujarat from Colombo when the cable to its tow boat snapped, causing the vessel to go adrift.Initially, it was feared that it will crash into the Bandra-Worli Sealink, but it drifted northwards to Juhu and ran aground.As it was being taken to be dismantled, the vessel has no cargo or fuel, reducing the possibility of any immediate threat to the city’s marine ecology.advertisement- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

10 months ago​Chelsea assistant Zola lauds Loftus-Cheek improvement

first_img​Chelsea assistant Zola lauds Loftus-Cheek improvementby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola is happy with Ruben Loftus-Cheek.The club legend has been impressed with what he has seen from the English youngster this term.And he believes that if Loftus-Cheek can keep improving, he has a big future at the club.”I think Ruben has gone a long way from the beginning,” he said during a press conference.”He has improved a lot. “You can’t doubt his abilities, to play as a midfielder he is learning duties. I am very pleased with him. “He is an impact player, he was suffering when he didn’t play and being recognised is good for him.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Bret Bielema May Have Also Bumped Into Kenyan Drake On Purpose

first_imgbret bielema kenyan drakebret bielema kenyan drakeEarlier Monday morning, we showed you a video of Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema pulling what can only be described as a questionable move on Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson. It turns out it may not have been the only time the Razorbacks coach got physical with a member of the Crimson Tide.In the below video, also taken from Saturday’s contest, Bielema appears to bump Alabama running back Kenyan Drake out of bounds near the end of a play – again. Judge for yourself.Was it intentional? Regardless, it’s about to be the second viral video involving Bielema’s conduct during Saturday’s game.last_img

Video: Georgia Basketball Ran A Football Play For Quarterback Recruit Jacob Eason, It Didn’t Go Well

first_imgAn aerial view of Kentucky players on Georgia's basketball court.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.last_img read more