Former garda abused disabled young boys

first_imgNewsLocal NewsFormer garda abused disabled young boysBy admin – December 31, 2012 1009 Twitter WhatsApp Print Linkedin Previous articleAirport strike unlikelyNext articleLimerick home helps welcome cut reversal admincenter_img Facebook Advertisement Email A FORMER Garda and scout master abused young boys when he was in charge of a special scout troop for disabled children, Limerick Circuit Court has been told. John Joseph (Jack) Dunne, formerly based at Pearse Street Garda Station in Dublin pleaded guilty to 14 counts of indecent assault on young boys in Dublin on dates unknown between 1963 and 1969.The court heard that two of Dunne’s victims were polio sufferers whom he contacted through his work with a group of disabled scouts.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The now 82-year-old, who lives at Cannon Breen Park, Thomondgate, Limerick, indecently assaulted two of his victims at Pearse Street Garda Station, where he worked as Juvenile Liason Officer, while other indecent assaults took place at scout camps in Dublin and Waterford, and in his car after he dropped the boys home from scout meetings.In his evidence Sargent Martin Philips from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Harcourt Square, Dublin, said Dunne resigned from the force in 1976 when he was the subject of allegation of indecency but no charges were brought.A native of Limerick city, Dunne was a Scout Master from 1953 to 1976 and involved with a special group for disabled children at a scout hall near Pearse Street which was then known as Westland Row.Judge Carroll Moran was told the sexual abuse first came to light after the publication of the Ryan Report in 2009 when one of Dunne’s victim’s contacted gardai.In his victim impact statement, the now 58-year-old, who contracted polio when he was six months old, recalled how he met Dunne while on a train to Knock with the Polio Fellowship of Ireland.He said the former Garda was the scout leader with a group of disabled scouts from Dublin and he invited the ten-year-old to join the troop when they got back to Dublin.The victim, who is confined to a wheelchair for the past four years, said he was first abused during an overnight stay in the scout den, when Dunne put his hand down his pyjamas and started touching his private parts.The victim also recalled incidents of abuse where he was kissed and fondled by the former Garda during a trip to the cinema and on another occasion in the Phoenix Park when Dunne gave him a lift home from the scouts.“Jack Dunne was in a position of trust; he was a Scout Leader; a Garda and a person of power. He abused that power and hid behind his so-called good works. I now see him as a bad person who used that trust and his position to gain access to young boys,” the victim said.Another victim, who is now aged 56, told the court that he met Dunne when he was hospitalised for polio which he contracted when he was two years old.In his victim impact statement, he called the former Garda a paedophile and claimed Dunne had visited a particular ward at a children’s hospital in Dublin “especially to recruit new victims”.He said he was abused by Dunne in his car just a short distance from his home in Dublin, and also in Pearse Street Garda Station as well as at the annual scout camp.“He had free access everywhere he went; nobody questioned his word. He was seen as the good garda looking after the poor little handicapped kids,” he said.The court heard Dunne met his two other victims, two brothers from Dublin, at a swimming gala organised by the scouts.Dunne brought one of the boys to play snooker in a room on the top of Pearse Street Garda Station and cooked him a fry and then put his hand down his pants and fondled his penis.Defence Counsel Mark Nicholas (BL) said his client’s behaviour was “disgraceful and unforgiveable” but said Dunne, who joined a religious order after he left the Gardai, had sought help for his problems in America twenty years ago.The court heard he joined the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament in 1977 and, following advice from his superiors, went to seek help for his problems at Trinity House in Chicago in 1992.Mr Nicholas said the abuse involving the four victims had come to light as a “downstream effect of the Ryan Report “ when people got the strength to come forward. He said that his client had made early admissions of guilt.Judge Moran was told Dunne had one previous conviction for indecent assault on a 12-year-old boy in 1986 for which he received the Probation Act.The Judge said it was a difficult case with a lot to consider and adjourned sentencing until January 18.last_img read more

Odessa American staff members win Texas APME awards

first_img Facebook Local News Odessa American staff members win Texas APME awards 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School By admin – April 15, 2018 Twitter WhatsApp Upside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakeVirgin Coco MojitoHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Pinterest Publisher Pat Canty and editor Laura Dennis, second place in editorial writing.Will Holford’s contributed columns, first place in comment and criticism.Corey Paul, second place in deadline writing.Corey Paul, second place in business reporting.Justin Lee, second place in sports feature writing.A complete list of recognized entries from across the state can be found at TAPMEcontest.org/winners.Winning entriesThe Odessa American’s entries recognized by the Texas APME in the state’s Class 2A include:First place, Freedom of Information category: Report confirming harassment ignored in Long case, by Corey PaulFirst place, Star Investigative Report of the Year category: Corey Paul’s coverage including Hamilton berates OPD cops; OPD finds Hamilton stop proper; Who is Malcolm Hamilton?; Councilman’s abuses mountSecond place, Editorial Writing category, with entries by publisher Pat Canty and editor Laura Dennis including Facts are facts and can’t be manipulated; Midland takes Weir, Odessa takes kick to the rear; Watch and learn, Odessa; City Council insulted all OdessansSecond place, Deadline Writing category: City Council fires City Manager Richard Morton, by Corey PaulSecond place, Business Reporting category: Sand mining surges ‘like a gold rush’, by Corey PaulSecond place, Sports Feature category: ANOTHER SHOT: On-court, off-court, UTPB’s Johnnie Lacy making most of last-chance opportunity, by Justin Lee OA logo 2 wide OC employee of the year always learning 1 of 2 CORPUS CHRISTI The Texas Associated Press Managing Editors met in Corpus Christi over the weekend and awarded the state’s top journalism awards.Odessa American reporter Corey Paul won first place in the state’s Class 2A in the Star Investigative Report of the Year category, and won first place in the class’s Freedom of Information category, among other recognitions. Paul’s investigative award was for reporting on City Councilman Malcolm Hamilton and the FOI was for reporting on city attorney Larry Long’s harassment of an employee.The Odessa American placed second in the Newspaper of the Year category in its class, while also taking second in the Online Newspaper of the Year contest in the class.In addition, OA staffers won several other awards, including: Corey Paul Home Local News Odessa American staff members win Texas APME awards ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Pinterest Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Previous articlePermian Basin Drilling Report: Apr. 5 – Apr. 11Next articleNORTH AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE: Jackalopes facing playoff elimination admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Morning Jog Turns Into Police Chase

first_imgDalton police chief Jason Parker’s daily run on Thanksgiving morning ended with him apprehending a would-be burglar, Georgia’s The Daily-Citizen reports. As Parker was out on his morning running route, he witnessed a man with a bin entering an outbuilding in the backyard of a house and coming out with the bin loaded full of an assortment of items. When Parker called out to the man, Thomas Daniel Green, he took off running, and Parker gave chase, identifying himself as a police officer. Parker caught up with Green and the burglar, who was unlucky enough to rob a house on a police chief jogging route, was brought into custody.Although he got a little more of a workout than planned, Parker said that he reacted the way any officer would.last_img

Colombia and the Dominican Republic Hold Caribe VII Exercise

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo May 15, 2018 The Colombian Air Force (FAC, in Spanish) and the Dominican Air Force (FARD, in Spanish) set important parameters for their future combined fight against narcotrafficking and transnational crime. In February 2018, the Caribe VII air defense exercise concluded at the 3rd Combat Air Command in Barranquilla, Colombia. Crews from both military forces conducted a nighttime mission for the first time, as well as daytime training exercises to widen their range of airspace control. “By May 2018, combined joint exercises such as Caribe VII allowed us to reduce the percentage of illegal or irregular flights over Colombian and Dominican airspace to zero. Ten years ago, approximately 50 or 60 illegal flights went between these two nations every year,” FAC Major Juan Manuel Londoño Gordon, commander of the 3rd Combat Air Command’s 314th Air Defense Squadron, told Diálogo. “Caribe VII strengthened defense systems, bonds of trust and fellowship between the two countries, and strategies and procedures to face threats against the airspace of both countries.” Historic exercise The exercise set a historic mark for crewmembers with the first nighttime mission using the FARD’s A-29B Super Tucano aircraft. “This is a new capacity used by the institution this year [2018],” reported FAC in a press release. “The maneuvers we conducted allowed us to fine-tune all coordination procedures between the two nations’ command and control centers,” Captain Giovanni Pérez Sosa, FAC pilot, told Diálogo. The goal of exercises such as Caribe VII is to keep up with training and standardize the work of binational crews to develop detection, identification, and transfer operations for irregular air traffic of unidentified aircraft. “Transnational crime seeks new strategies to fulfill its objectives. We must respond to these new forms of crime, and this is the perfect backdrop to check the effectiveness and efficiency of our procedures against illegal flights,” Capt. Pérez added. Nighttime target hand-off One hundred service members participated in Caribe VII, designed to help personnel face possible threats, maintain, and improve their operational standards. They used 15 aircraft, including combat airplanes, close air support platforms, and search and rescue helicopters for more than 80 flight hours between both air forces. The training consisted of simulating an illegal aircraft. Once land sensors belonging to both FAC and FARD detected the aircraft, the close air support platform was launched. Minutes later, fighter jets approached the aircraft. Aerial forces forced the illegal light aircraft to land in a controlled aerodrome and turned it over to land authorities. The crews made use of international communication protocols. “The pilots of the Dominican fighter planes realized the difficulty of night ops and meeting with the close air support platform,” said Maj. Londoño. “During this mission, we met on three occasions and handed off the target during the night, which allowed us to increase the interoperability and capacities of the FAC and FARD.” The air defense exercises allowed both countries to fine-tune their control procedures from land radars to air operations and the platform working with the Dominican and Colombian fighter planes, with a special emphasis on the close air support platform working with the FARD’s Super Tucanos. They also established flight procedures for the presence of an aircraft suspected of trafficking drugs. “To maintain and improve operational standards, we have to practice constantly because the enemy does not stay still; this enemy evolves and creates new styles [of attack]. The fight against narcotrafficking is not only done with the Dominican Republic, but also with partner forces and nations affected one way or another by the scourge of narcotrafficking,” said Maj. Londoño. In addition to the strict control and constant vigilance in the air, Colombia and the Dominican Republic also protect their maritime spaces from illegal use. The Colombian and Dominican navies increased the number of combined exercises to reduce the illicit trafficking of narcotics and other psychotropic substances by sea. “What we aim to do is [eradicate] illegal drug trafficking by air and by sea. This benefits people throughout Central and South America,” Maj. Londoño concluded.last_img read more

Three cyber risks that should be on every credit union’s radar

first_imgVirtually every aspect of a credit union’s business poses some type of risk. But, we continue to see significant losses and growing, changing risks related to cyber.Credit unions that stay current on risk trends and integrate risk management into their day-to-day business plans and operations are more likely to minimize their losses. In light of this, here are three cyber risk management insights every credit union should have on their radar.Ever-changing malware forms make detection by antivirus software nearly impossible.Credential-stealing malware distributed in spear phishing attacks are a frequent cause of data breaches. Innovative attack strategies, such as Advanced Persistent Threat-related attacks, have created significant concern for IT professionals across the globe. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Europe coronavirus cases reach almost 1 million, coming weeks ‘critical’: WHO

first_imgEurope is in eye of the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the number of cases nearing a million, and should move with extreme caution when considering easing lockdowns, the World Health Organization’s regional director said on Thursday.”Case numbers across the region continue to climb. In the past 10 days, the number of cases reported in Europe has nearly doubled to close to 1 million,” the WHO’s European director, Hans Kluge, told reporters in an online briefing.This meant that about 50% of the global burden of COVID-19 was in Europe, Kluge said. More than 84,000 people in Europe have died in the epidemic, he said. “People are rightly asking: How much do we have to endure? And for how long? In response, we, governments, and health authorities must come up with answers to identify when, under what conditions and how we can consider a safe transition.”Any step to lift lockdown measures must firstly ensure several key things, he said, including that evidence shows a country’s COVID-19 transmission is being controlled, outbreak risks are minimized, and that health systems have the capacity to identify, test, trace and isolate COVID-19 cases.”We remain in the eye of the storm…If you cannot ensure these criteria are in place before easing restrictions, I urge you to re-think,” he said, adding: “There is no fast track back to normal.”  “The storm clouds of this pandemic still hang heavily over the European region,” Kluge said.As some countries start to consider whether restrictions may be eased and whether schools and some workplaces might start to reopen, he said it was critical to understand the complexity and uncertainty of such transitioning.Companies and politicians across the world are worried about the economic impact of a long shutdown, and some countries in Europe – such as Germany, Denmark, Spain and others – are beginning to think about how to ease some societal restrictions.Kluge said the WHO recognized that social distancing policies designed to slow the spread of the virus “are affecting lives and livelihoods”.center_img Topics :last_img read more

One step ahead this storm season

first_img MORE: RELATED: Solaire Properties are packed with innovative features, energy efficient appliances and are carefully designed to minimise the need for heating and cooling through the use of effective cross ventilation and high level insulation.With the early arrival of Queensland’s storm season, what better time to invest in an in-home battery storage system to harness the full potential of your solar power system. Bureau of Meteorology Queensland state manager Bruce Gunn said the state had already experienced several severe thunderstorms this season, with reports of large hail and tornadoes.“Queensland experiences a peak in severe thunderstorms every spring and summer, typically between October and December,” Mr Gunn said. Brisbane’s most sustainable home “This allows busy mums and dads to put on a load of washing, grab the kids who have every light, TV and PlayStation in the house on and in a touch of a button turn them all off, walk out the door with a secure house and come home to clean laundry and plenty of power available,” he said. Battery storage is especially important in Queensland, where thunderstorms often brought periods of power outages, or extreme weather events such as floods that could take down areas of the network for extended periods.Mr Weston said this technology was especially important in Queensland, where thunderstorms often brought periods of power outages, or extreme weather events such as floods that could take down areas of the network for extended periods.“With the Tesla application there is no noticeable change in your home when the grid disconnects, except for a message to your phone, which indicates the house is now on battery back-up,” he said.“During normal everyday use, the home will take energy from solar as a priority and then the batteries will be drained entirely before the home automatically switches over to the grid as a last resort for power.”Mr Weston said Solaire homes had an additional feature, “Go Green’’, which allowed the resident to turn off everything except the fridge, security and washing machine. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< Solaire Properties are at the forefront of sustainable house design and director and business manager Harley Weston said the company built homes to give a positive impact just by living there.He said the homes were packed with innovative features, including the Tesla Powerwall 2s for all energy storage needs.“These batteries have a combined storage capacity of 27kw, which when used effectively has the ability to run the house completely off the grid for several days without being recharged,” he said.“The benefit that solar coupled with battery storage has over just solar panels is that you can keep the power that you created for free in your own home.“Electricity in Queensland is purchased for roughly 27¢ per kilowatt, but when it is fed back into the grid during the day as excess energy, the homeowner is only paid 7¢ a kilowatt, so there is little benefit in selling back to the grid in the current market.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago New cladding laws to prevent tragedies Smart home that changes light bulblast_img read more

FIFA Coca Cola Ranking: Ghana move up

first_imgGhana moved up one place in the latest FIFA ranking released on Thursday for the month of March.The Black Stars are now ranked 24th in the world and third on the continent just before playing two friendlies against Mali and Senegal.Ghana amassed 887 points and snapping at the heels of Asian champions Australia who remained unchanged in 23rd position.African champions Ivory Coast maintained their position as the 20th best national team in the world and second on the continent.Algeria also preserved their position as the 18th best team in the world.Tunisia improved to 25th in the world andranked fourth in Africa and 25th in the world. Cape Verde are Africa’s fifth ranked nation but 35 in the world after moving up five places.last_img

Hopes Die for Enceladus Longevity

first_imgEver since Enceladus, the little 300-mile-across moon of Saturn was found in 2005 to be erupting out its south pole, scientists have tried to explain how it could be possible.  They have looked high and low for an energy source to power the geysers of the little moon dubbed “Cold Faithful” for billions of years.  There have been no answers yet, and none seem to be forthcoming.    An article on Space.com says this little moon should be frozen solid.  All they can give as a plausible length of time for geysering activity is 30 million years.  That is less than 1% the assumed age of the solar system (4.6 billion years).  The geysers put out 5.8 gigawatts of heat.  Neither tidal heating nor radioactive decay are sufficient to produce that kind of energy output, given Enceladus’ size and the nature of its orbit.    James Roberts (UC Santa Cruz) lamented, “There is no possible combination of parameters that allow for a thermally stable ocean” under the icy crust.  Researchers trying to keep this little moon hot for billions of years are resorting to ad hoc scenarios like imagining prior episodes of eccentric orbits.  Such historical, unrepeatable events are not observable.  They also do not explain why neighboring moons, though larger, show no activity – like Mimas, though it is subject to more tidal stress than Enceladus.The consensus old age of the solar system has been falsified.  They just won’t admit it.  How much longer do you want them to tweak their models to keep Enceladus hot?  Remember, they have to do it with Io and Neptune and Uranus and Pluto also.  Numerous phenomena in our solar system mandate an age limit far shorter than 4.6 billion years.  Long ages are no longer necessary for planet formation or for any other geological feature.  The only one who wants them is Charlie, and he doesn’t count.    So many requirements of evolution have been falsified, the superstructure of evolutionary theory floats disconnected from the ground of evidence, supported by the hot air of its defenders.  They can’t keep it up forever.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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