BRAVE VICTIM OF CHURCH YOUTH CLUB PAEDOPHILE NAMES HER ATTACKER

first_imgRichard Blackburn who was found guilty of sexual offences at Letterkenny Circuit court. (North West Newspix)A serial sex predator who attacked a girl when she was just 13 years -old in the back of a specially-adapted youth club van can be named today, thanks to the brave victim.Rachel McAuley wrote to prosecutors in Donegal to ask that evangelical Christian Richard Blackburn be named and shamed. And she waived her right to anonymity so she could do that.Sick Blackburn groomed his victim at a the Congregational Church Youth Club in Raphoe between 2000 and 2002. Rachel was 13 when the abuse began and was just short of her 15th birthday when the abuse ended.She plucked up the courage to go to gardai in 2011 to reveal the shocking tale of abuse.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard how Blackburn bought his victim presents including a mobile phone so he could keep in touch with her.Blackburn, 57, of Carnone, Raphoe, pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault but Ms McAuley said in her victim impact statement read to the court that he had abused her ‘daily’ between 2000 and 2002.Detective Garda Ciaran Brolly said Ms McAuley was unable to return from abroad to attend the court but wanted the court to know that she had waived her right to anonymity so Blackburn could be identified.He read her statement to Judge John O’Hagan in which she described how the incidents had destroyed her life, making her constantly nervous and unable to sleep at night.Blackburn would abuse her on trips back from Raphoe Youth Club to her granny’s house in Convoy.One one occasion he had driven the van, with a sofa-bed in the back and curtains to stop anyone seeing in, to a secluded spot known as The Spire in Convoy. He had then sexually assaulted the girl.“I didn’t have my life,” said Ms McAuley.“I had my innocence taken away, my teenager years didn’t exist at all. People can look back at their teenage years with happy memories but I cannot do that because it was dark, scary and life-altering.”She said her parents were Blackburn’s best friends. Her mother had even been bridesmaid at her mother’s wedding and her grandmother treated Blackburn like another son.She said she rarely slept at night and suffered anxiety.She felt unable to return to Ireland over the past couple of years to spend time with her elderly grandmother for fear of running into Blackburn who had spent years blaming her for the assaults.Her granny, she said, had since died and she had missed special moments in the last years of her life.Ms McAuley said she had been to counselling but had found the latest treatment too traumatic to complete.The court heard Blackburn had helped to run the Congregational Church Youth Club for 12 to 18-year-olds.During one attack on Ms McAuley a garda patrol had stopped to check on the van which was parked on the Barnesmore Gap in Co Donegal.Blackburn had jumped back into the front of the vehicle and told gardai he had stopped for a sleep. Gardai had left the scene not realising Ms McAuley, then 14, was in the back.Judge John O’Hagan said that while reports said Blackburn was at a low risk of re-offending, the breach of trust in the case was extremely serious.He said the pervert had known Ms McAuley’s age very well because he had known her from she was a baby.The attacks had left “deep scars” on the victim, said the judge, and it was clear the incidents were still having an affect on her life.He jailed Blackburn for two years, suspending the last year for a period of 12 months, on each of the three counts and placed Blackburn on the sex offenders register for 10 years.BRAVE VICTIM OF CHURCH YOUTH CLUB PAEDOPHILE NAMES HER ATTACKER was last modified: January 28th, 2016 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:atatckerdonegalpervertRaphoeRichard Blackburnyouth clublast_img read more

Arsenal and United fighting to sign Sterling for £15m – report

first_imgArsenal and Manchester United are to fight it out to sign Raheem Sterling for £15m, The Sun claim.It is suggested that the Harlesden teenager’s contract talks at Liverpool have stalled and United’s Sir Alex Ferguson and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger are both looking to capture him.Liverpool have stepped up their efforts to agree a new contract with Sterling, according to the Daily Mirror, who say Chelsea and Manchester City are interested and that the Anfield club fear they could lose him.Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is said to want Sterling’s future to be resolved soon – possibly by the new year.Meanwhile, QPR are among the clubs interested in signing former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill on loan from New York Red Bulls, the Daily Mail say.Sunderland are also said to be keen on the 33-year-old Australian, who is believed to favour a temporary return to Everton.The Daily Star say Frank Lampard will accept an offer to join QPR if he is left out of Chelsea’s Club World Cup game against Corinthians on Sunday.The Daily Telegraph have an interview with QPR’s Shaun Wright-Phillips, who feels manager Harry Redknapp can get the best out of him.This page is regularly updated. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South African health facilities ready for World Cup

first_imgFootball fans have received assurancethat South Africa’s health facilities arecapable of handling any emergencyduring the 2010 Fifa World Cup.(Image: South African Red Cross)South Africa’s health facilities – both hospitals and clinics – are ready for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the government has assured fans. South Africa is ready to provide health services of an international standard to football fans who travel to the country for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, boasting facilities that are in line with health infrastructure guarantees made to Fifa on being awarded the tournament.A comprehensive health and medical response service will be available on a 24-hour basis over the duration of the tournament.The country’s state of readiness for health care was tested during the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup with great success.Comprehensive medical services are available in different areas during the duration of the tournamentThe National Health Operations Centre will link to all provinces, ensuring real-time monitoring, collating and reporting on the roll-out of the health plan, as well as the occurrence of any incidents.Medical response personnel will be deployed on the most frequently used routes during the event. The 2010 Medical Volunteer Programme was also established to recruit volunteers with specialised skills in the medical fraternity to bolster the number of World Cup deployments. Free primary healthcare will be available to all spectators at official venues, including a script or referral to a health facility if necessary.Dispensing machines will be situated throughout the stadiums for basic drug purchases. Twenty-four-hour pharmacies will be in place for the duration of the event.South Africa has the necessary plans in place to deal with any major disruptions during the tournamentA comprehensive disaster-management plan has been developed to deal with any major disruption during the tournament.All the possible risks that could cause major disruptions have been identified and the necessary risk reduction measures have been developed, tested and implemented.The emergency preparedness of stadiums, fan parks and other public viewing areas are in place.Disaster Management Centres in host cities and provinces will cater for any possible disasters such as floods, fires and/or any major transport or utility services disruption. The country will deal decisively with the outbreak of diseases in line with its comprehensive disease control planSpecial measures have been put in place to ensure that all international ports of entry are properly monitored in terms of health related issues.Public awareness information, outbreak indicators and strengthening existing disease outbreak policies and systems have been undertaken.We have detailed plans for vaccinations against possible disease outbreaks and the National Institute of Communicable Disease issues regular updates on any outbreak.There is no risk of Rift Valley Fever to visitors as the disease typically only affects ruminants such as sheep, cattle and goats.The Department of Health has developed the Notifiable Medical Conditions Early Warning Surveillance System to provide daily epidemiological reports on health events of public importance.Source: South African Government Informationlast_img read more

Big Changes at Twitterfeed; Real-Time Publishing Rolling Out Now

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Real-Time Web#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting What does your blog have in common with CNN, the Wall St. Journal and the White House? You probably publish your updates to Twitter using Twitterfeed, just like those organizations do. Starting today if you publish on Blogger, Typepad or another publishing system that offers PubSubHubbub feeds Twitterfeed will subscribe and push your new posts to Twitter in a matter of moments.That’s not the only change going live, either. Publishing to Facebook? Check. An improved queue management system for greater reliability? Check. Integration with Google Analytics? Check!Earlier this afternoon Twitterfeed launched a new version of the service used by nearly 350,000 publishers. We caught up with the company at today’s ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit and got the low-down on the changes rolling out to all users over the next few days.Twitterfeed believes it will now be the biggest subscriber to PubSubHubbub feeds and aims to test the system’s latency performance. No more 20 to 30 minute delays in publishing to Twitter if you’re on a Pubsubhubbub-enabled publishing system.Publishing to Facebook will be a huge win for many of those publishers and integration with both Bit.ly and Google Analytics through the integration of UTM tags will allow publishers to compare audience response in Facebook and Twitter (among other things). Real-time, cross-network publishing and analytics as a service? That’s pretty hot. With almost 350,000 publishers, Twitterfeed is approaching the number of publishers that FeedBurner had (430,000) when it was acquired by Google for a rumored $100 million. Like FeedBurner for the real-time web? That and more is what Twitterfeed could become if these kinds of technical developements could succeed.center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Ashley Mason Graduates From Becker College

first_imgWORCESTER, MA — Ashley Mason, of Wilmington, graduated with a AS in Veterinary Science, Veterinary Technology Concentration from Becker College. Mason was one of one hundred Becker students to graduate at the end of the fall semester.About Becker CollegeFounded in 1784, Becker College is an undergraduate and graduate, career-focused private college, providing a supportive and inclusive learning community that prepares graduates for their first to last careers. Nearly 1,800 students from the United States and around the world live and learn on the College’s Worcester and Leicester campuses. With nationally recognized programs in nursing, game design and animal studies, Becker has been consistently ranked as a “Best College” for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Becker College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Mason & Ravagni Graduate From Becker CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Mason & Ravagni Named To Dean’s List At Becker CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Cornish & Mason Named To Dean’s List At Becker CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

Garment worker raped on moving bus

first_imgProthom Alo ilustrationA garment factory worker has allegedly been raped on a moving bus in Dhamrai area of Dhaka.Police said the incident took place some time between 9:00pm and 11:00pm on Sunday night.According to police, five people have been detained in connection with the incident.The detained persons are driver of the bus Babu Mallik, 24, mechanic of the bus Abdul Aziz, 30, supervisor of the bus Bolram, 20, and their associates – Sohel, 22, Moqbul Hossain, 38.Police said the woman was returning home from work by a city bus, Jatrisheba, on Sunday night. When all passengers alighted from the vehicle at the bus stop, leaving her alone inside, the bus driver and mechanic raped her. The others helped them and Sohel was driving the bus.Hearing her screams, the highway police in the area asked the driver to stop the bus. The bus kept moving defying the police. The police chased the bus for 7 kilometres and finally detained the rapists.The police also rescued the woman from the bus.Officer-in-charge of Dhamrai police station Rizaul Haque said the victim has filed a case over the rape.The rapists were sent to jail after they confessed to the rape incident, the OC added.last_img read more

Precious objects gathered by fleeing Rohingya

first_imgMajor Rohingya refugee camp populations in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh. — Map: AFPThe Rohingya had no time to consider what to take as Myanmar forces drove the Muslim minority into Bangladesh in a crackdown a year ago likened by the UN to ethnic cleansing.Some fled with little more than the clothes on their backs and children on their hips. But what they did manage to bring tells an intimate story about the plight of a long persecuted and stateless people.- ‘This isn’t immaterial’ -Jalal Ahmed prised the faded tin number plate marked with Burmese characters off the front of his family’s home as they packed up their lives and left Rakhine state.”When we were leaving, we knew we would need something to prove we were Rohingya, and proof of our residency,” he told AFP in the doorway of the shanty where he lives with his family in a vast refugee camp in southern Bangladesh.The Ahmed family had lived in a proud two-storey wooden home in their village for countless generations, Jalal’s grandfather Abdul said.Jalal, a 52-year-old businessman, said the plate was not a memento but a connection to his past before the misery of refugee life.”This isn’t immaterial,” Jalal said. “We carried it with us because wherever we go, this will show that we belong to a place.”- Our identity -Mohammad Ayaz, 12, brought a faded old photograph of his family with him on the long journey from Myanmar.It shows 17 people — his grandparents, siblings and parents, aunts and uncles — posing for an official portrait holding signs marked with Burmese script.The Rohingya are reviled in Myanmar as illegal immigrants, branded “Bengalis” and denied citizenship and basic rights and freedoms.”We will need this photo when we go back to Myanmar, to identify who is who from our family,” he told AFP, folding up the creased photograph for safekeeping.”It’s a very important picture. We will need this.”- Feeding the needy -Asaru Begum knew the journey to Bangladesh would be long and arduous, especially for her children and grandchildren.So she brought cooking pots to gather water, stew rice and green chillies, and perform ablutions for prayer while hiding out in the hills.”I brought the pots and rice because I knew the children would get hungry after two days’ journey,” she told AFP, pointing to the pots she still treasures today.”I brought them so I could feed the babies. They cry a lot when they are hungry.”- ‘I miss school’ -Mohammad Khares, a diligent pupil with dreams of going to university, was in his final year of high school when violence erupted in his village.”I miss school very much. I was about to graduate, I was this close. That really hurts,” the crestfallen 20-year-old told AFP.There are no schools in the camps, so Khares has used his Bengali and English language skills to find piecemeal work with foreign aid groups helping the refugees.His school ID card is precious.Most Rohingya receive little or no schooling in Myanmar so his card — bearing his photograph, credentials and official seal — is a rare privilege and a passport to opportunity.”When I go back to Myanmar, I want to resume my studies. But they might ask, ‘what proof do you have of your education?’ This card will prove that I was a Class 10 (final year) student,” he said.- Family first -Violence descended so quickly on Mohammad Jubayer’s village that he had no time to choose what his family might need to survive in Bangladesh.”On our way here, we couldn’t bring anything,” he told AFP at the edge of a fetid tent colony overlooking a trash-strewn, muddy clearing.Other escapees shared what food they could as Jubayer, 30, and his wife took turns carrying their four infant children as their eldest daughter trailed behind.”We spent nine days walking through the hills. We had our children with us. So we just carried them — nothing else.”- A touch of home -Mohammad Umar left all this favourite playthings behind in Myanmar as his family joined the steady exodus of Rohingya leaving their burning homeland.But once in Bangladesh, the industrious 12-year-old put his mind to work.Scavenging a rechargeable battery, and carving a hull from a chunk of styrofoam, he fashioned a rudimentary boat replete with a pen tube for a rudder.”We used to make these and play with them in Myanmar,” Umar said as the boat chugged through brown puddles swollen by monsoon rain.last_img