#JaVotes2016: Brown Burke accuses JLP supporters of intimidation

first_imgPeople’s National Party (PNP) vice president Angela Brown Burke has claimed that PNP indoor agents at the Mountain View Primary School, in the constituency of St Andrew Eastern were chased away by gunmen. Brown Burke told The Gleaner that she had gone to the centre to oversee a change-over of indoor agents when they were accosted and intimidated by gunmen. She said she has reported the incident to the police and the Electoral Office of Jamaica. The superintendent of police in charge at the polling division said he had received no reports of intimidation.last_img

THINK Puts Smiles on Children’s Faces

first_imgAs school children return to their respective classrooms this week following seven months of Ebola-related school closure, Touching Humanity In Need of Kindness (THINK) and its partners, Global Fund for Children and the Cornerstone Community Church in USA, have provided over USD2,000 worth of school materials to assist them.  The items included copybooks, crayons, sharpeners, erasers geometry sets and book-bags.  Donating the items on behalf of her partners last Thursday, the executive director of THINK-Liberia, Mrs. Rosana Schaak, said the program started three years ago, when Global Fund for Children visited Liberia to see what THINK was involved in.  According to her, while in Liberia they found out that many children were not in school and parents also complained about tuition fees.  Based on this need, THINK and partners decided to help enable children of low income families to attend school.  “Right now, we are paying tuition in private and government schools for 50 students and an additional 57 are on our scholarships,” she said. Ms. Schaak acknowledged donors that have come to the rescue of the Liberian children.  Moreover, she said, in the near future THINK WILL also  assist children that are affected by Ebola. The THINK executive director then urged the students to study hard and make good grades so that they would remain on the scholarship.  “No going to video club, no walking about; you study hard so that when we receive your report cards and forward them to our partners they will be happy to continue supporting you,” she told them.  Receiving the gesture, student Rachel Johnson extended gratitude to the organization and its partners for the gifts.  THINK is a faith-based, Liberian non-governmental organization established in 2003.  The organization focuses on the rights and well-being of women and children, notably ‘war wives’ of fighting forces, other victims of sexual violence and child mothers.  Since 2003, Think-Liberia has provided the following services to Liberians: safe homes where victims of sexual violence are given psychological support; rehabilitation homes in Paynesville, Monrovia and Buchanan; a learning enrichment program where children are tutored and a participatory action research program focusing on the reintegration of girl mothers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Germany’s World Cup winning captain Lahm retires from international football

first_imgWorld Cup winning captain Philipp Lahm has retired from international football, according to reports in Germany.Newspaper Bild claim the Bayern Munich star has called time on his career with Die Mannschaft, following his country’s success in Brazil.The 30-year-old made his international debut in 2004 and went on to play 113 times for Germany.The full-back, who can also play in midfield, will continue to play for Bundesliga side Bayern Munich. 1 Philipp Lahm last_img


first_imgA Judge has demanded that a man accused of killing eight people in one of Ireland’s most high-profile road accident cases be immediately psychologically assessed.Those killed in the Inishowen crash.Shaun Kelly, 24, is accused of causing the deaths of eight people outside Clonmany in Inishowen in July 2012. The case against Kelly has been adjourned on several occasions and was due to be heard this morning.However both the defence and prosecution teams said they were not yet ready to press ahead with the case.Both said they are currently awaiting reports including one from a psychologist from the Central Mental Hospital in Dublin.However, Judge Keenan Johnston said he was refusing to adjourn the matter out of the current sittings of Letterkenny Circuit Court.He said it was grossly unfair to both the families of the deceased and the accused that the case was dragging on.Both barristers Peter Nolan for the defence and Patricia McLaughlin for the prosecution argued that they were trying their best to speed the case along.Barrister James O’Donnell said he was keeping a ‘watching brief’ for the families involved in the case and said they were extremely anxious to get the matter resolved.Judge Johnston said both he and his colleague Judge John O’Hagan had tried on several occasions to have the case heard.“I am acutely aware that there are eight families grieving. Their lives are on hold and it is unfair that this is ongoing,” he said.He said he was not prepared to adjourn the matter until the next sitting of the circuit court.He adjourned the case until next Tuesday and ordered and told Ms McLaughlin to attempt to have a psychologically examined and to get a report on the accused.Judge Johnston then reassured the families that he will “do our level best to get the matter brought to trial as soon as possible.”Mr Kelly, of Hill Road, Ballymagan, Buncrana, was in court, accompanied by his parents.The men who died in the crash on July 11th, 2010 outside Clonmany were Hugh Friel (66), Urris, Clonmany, Eamon McDaid (22)of Ballymagan, Buncrana; Mark McLaughlin, (21) of Ballinahone, Fahan; Paul Doherty (19), of Ardagh, Ballyliffin; Ciaran Sweeney (19), of Ballyliffin; PJ McLaughlin (21), of Rockstown, Burnfoot; James McEleney (23), of Meenaduff, Clonmany and Damien McLaughlin (21), of Umricam, Buncrana.JUDGE DEMANDS PSYCHOLOGICAL REPORT OF MAN ACCUSED IN INISHOWEN CRASH was last modified: April 1st, 2014 by StephenShare 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:clonmanydonegalInishowen crashShaun Kellylast_img read more