Donegal Garda opens proceedings to quash Disclosures Tribunal findings against him

first_imgFindings against Garda Keith Harrison by the Disclosures Tribunal should be quashed because of an alleged prior professional interaction between Mr Justice Peter Charleton and a witness, it has been claimed.The Donegal-based Garda who was strongly criticised in the tribunal’s interim reports has brought High Court proceedings on the grounds of an alleged prior professional involvement between the tribunal chair and Chief Superintendent Terry McGinn.The alleged prior engagement related to when the Chief Superintendent was the Garda liaison to the Morris Tribunal, which considered allegations about gardaí in Donegal between 2002 and 2005 when Mr Justice Charleton was that tribunal’s senior counsel. The hearing of the judicial proceedings where Garda Harrison seeks an order quashing findings in the Tribunal’s second interim report and the findings of the third interim report in so far as it relates to Garda Harrison, commenced before Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly today.Garda Harrison, represented by Mark Harty SC, also seeks a declaration that the judge has acted in breach of the Garda’s rights to natural and constitutional justice and under Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.Garda Harrison argues the Disclosures Tribunal rejected allegations made by him and his partner, Marissa Simms, and had exonerated others they had made complaints about.The couple’s claims included that Ms Simms was compelled by gardaí to make a statement against Garda Harrison which led to a Tusla referral. Garda Harrison also alleged he was the victim of a five-year intimidation campaign after arresting a fellow officer for drink driving in Athlone in 2009.In an interim report, Mr Justice Charleton said all of Garda Harrison, who was criticised by the tribunal, and Marisa Simm’s allegations examined by the tribunal were “entirely without any validity.”In contrast, Mr Justice Charleton praised the conduct of the chief superintendent and her management of the Donegal Division and was a key witness in relation to matters contained in protected disclosure made by Garda Harrison.Garda Harrison brought proceedings after becoming aware of newspaper reports which show a prior involvement between the Judge and the Chief Superintendent.Counsel said articles published by the Irish Times in 2006 quoted criticism of reconstruction from the Morris tribunal broadcast on RTE that had created a poor impression of Chief Supt. McGinn The articles quoted Mr Justice Charleton, then an SC, as saying all those who had worked with Supt McGinn had great respect for the assistance she had given the Morris tribunal and it was unfair to her that listeners might think she was not interested in the truth.It is claimed the articles and transcripts of the Morris tribunal disclose that the Judge did know the Chief Superintendent and had worked with her and was in contact with her.Mr Harrison’s lawyers asked the chairman to withdraw the reports concerning his client. However, the tribunal rejected that request.The tribunal said Chief Supt McGinn’s role as liaison was independent of the Morris tribunal, her involvement with Morris was well known, and Mr Justice Charleton had no recollection of the comments he had made to the tribunal about the broadcast.In its statement of opposition, the State denies the claims.It argued that the “minimal professional involvement” between the Judge and Chief Supt McGinn does not show any perceived or actual bias. Advertisement The State also denies the claim that Mr Justice Charleton was not sufficiently impartial and independent to fairly assess the issues between Chief Superintendent McGinn and Garda Harrison.The Judge had, when acting during the Morris tribunal, made a clarification to protect the good name of the Chief Superintendent in his professional capacity as Senior Counsel to that tribunal with the approval of its chairman Mr Justice Frederick Morris.It was also denied that Mr Justice Charleton should have disclosed the nature of the previous professional involvement or should have recused himself from dealing with all matters concerning Garda Harrison.The hearing continues. Advertisement Donegal Garda opens proceedings to quash Disclosures Tribunal findings against him was last modified: May 29th, 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:Garda Keith HarrisonHIGH COURTlast_img read more

Origin of Life for Dummies

first_imgReaders can decide if these news stories on the origin of life represent smart science or not.Finding the origins of life in a drying puddle (Science Daily): “Anyone who’s ever noticed a water puddle drying in the sun has seen an environment that may have driven the type of chemical reactions that scientists believe were critical to the formation of life on the early Earth.” Wait; didn’t they tell us life formed at hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean? Doesn’t work; “the high temperatures are beyond the point at which most life could survive, and the robust availability of activating chemicals on the early Earth is questionable,” the article says. So watch that pothole on the rock carefully. Shazam! It works! Every spring, bugs and shrimp spring to life!Making organic molecules in hydrothermal vents in the absence of life (PhysOrg): “Finding out how methane and other organic species are formed in deep-sea hydrothermal systems is compelling because these compounds support modern day life, providing energy for microbial communities in the deep biosphere, and because of the potential role of abiotically-formed organic compounds in the origin of life,” some Woods Hole researchers think. We can toss this idea out, though; the earlier guys just told us it doesn’t work. Think puddles.Origins of life: New model may explain emergence of self-replication on early Earth (Science Daily): A subtitle reads, “Waiter, there’s an RNA in my Primordial Soup — Tracing the Origins of Life, from Darwin to Today.” Theme: everyone has a creation myth, so why not scientists? “Scientists, too, have long searched for our origins story, trying to discern how, on a molecular scale, the earth shifted from a mess of inorganic molecules to an ordered system of life,” the article says, admitting, “The question is impossible to answer for certain — there’s no fossil record, and no eyewitnesses. But that hasn’t stopped scientists from trying.” Some people say there was an Eyewitness who told what He did.Trending science: Vitamin B3 may have been delivered from space (PhysOrg): Some carbon-rich meteorites have traces of vitamin B3 (niacin) at parts-per-billion levels. These “biologically important molecules” are normally found in sunflower seeds, peanuts, and fish. Could this mean that meteors brought these living things to Earth? or at least their building blocks? “[T]he results have implications for the origins of life on Earth, because many structures essential to metabolism rely on vitamin B3.” That reliance, however, depends on complex biological systems that know how to use this relatively simple derivative of pyridine (a carbon ring). Soot has more complex carbon compounds than niacin, but they don’t lead to life.Building blocks of life found among organic compounds on Comet 67P – what Philae discoveries mean (The Conversation): Any body in the solar system that has H2O in any form becomes a target of hydrobioscopy. Now, it’s Rosetta’s turn, where the Philae lander found some organic molecules on Comet 67P (see special section in Science Magazine this week). “[N]ow we have learnt for certain that the ingredients for life have been sown far and wide through the 4.567 billion years of solar system history,” Monica Grady says with great faith. “The challenge now is to discover where else it might have taken root.” Science Daily, though, says that the molecules are only “precursors” of other molecules important for life, and the results were “surprising” to theories about the origin of comets.Antarctic Offers Insights Into Life on Mars (Astrobiology Magazine): There are hardy germs in Antarctica, the thinking goes, so this tells us how they could exist on Mars. But Earth is jam-packed with life in every crevice; no life has ever been found on the red planet.Why is life left-handed? The answer is in the stars (The Conversation): This overconfident piece makes it sound simple to explain why all proteins in life are composed entirely of left-handed amino acids. The answer? Simple, dummy; stars have deuterium, and some of those isotopes might make it into glycine (a non-chiral molecule), making them chiral. Then, some of those might catalyze other amino acids. We must hold the reader back from too much excitement. “It is an exciting idea, but many questions still remain,” the article ends. “It could be that the dust grain structure favours left or right handedness,” the author speculates as the perhapsimaybecouldness index rises. “Alternatively, both types could form but one might be more easily destroyed.” Anyway, we’re here, aren’t we?There are atheists who, when confronted with the silliness that goes on in Darwinian just-so stories and in origin-of-life theories, respond that “Well, science is messy sometimes, but it’s a lot better than saying ‘God did it’ by some kind of magic.” If you are concerned about such responses, please read chapters 3-7 in our online book and ask who really believes in magic. And when the materialistic mythmakers misuse science with misleading terms like ‘prebiological chemistry’, ‘primordial soup’ or ‘the building blocks of life’ when they know darn well how complex the simplest life form is, should they not be called dishonest hucksters of a non-scientific mythology? Indeed; their cute slogans should be called by a more accurate phrase: the building blocks of lie. Give them the ‘f’.(Visited 220 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

New From PremiumBeat: Free Music

first_imgWe’re thrilled to announce a brand-new resource for content creators like yourself: Free music! Here’s everything you need to know.You read that correctly — it’s now 100% free to license some of PremiumBeat’s top royalty-free tracks. It’s never been easier and more affordable to get atmospheric background music for your short film, create a podcast soundtrack, or download a song for your presentation.Our diverse selection of free music includes almost every mood and genre, all of them perfect for making your project shine. Use free classical pieces to give your scenes an air of sophistication. Cut your chase scenes to rock tracks to give them more energy. Download free folk songs to add authenticity to your documentary. Whatever your project, PremiumBeat’s free music is a shortcut to elevated production value.The Hassle-Free Way to Explore and License Free MusicBecause we know it’s important for you to focus on what matters — your creative vision — we’ve made discovering and licensing free music fast and easy. With just a few quick clicks, you’ll have free tracks from award-winning international artists at your disposal.Two Ways to Search for Free TracksSearch our library as you would normally — you’ll see free tracks included in your results that you can instantly add to your cart. Or, even better, harness the power of PremiumBeat’s Advanced Search capabilities to search exclusively for free tracks. Just apply the “Free Tracks Only” filter. Finding free music is that simple.Download Free Tracks in an InstantLicensing and downloading your free tracks is also a breeze. Just sign in to your account, or create one one if you haven’t already. Then, go through the standard checkout steps — don’t worry, the free music in your cart will cost you nothing. You don’t even have to add a credit card. Finally, download the license and the track and you’re good to go! You can use your new free tracks for all of your personal and commercial projects in perpetuity, courtesy of your friends and creative partners at PremiumBeat.Putting Your Free Music to UseVideos, films, vlogs, apps, games, presentations, podcasts — content comes in all shapes and sizes these days. That means there are an almost infinite number of ways you can use free royalty-free music. Let’s look at a few of them.Use Free Tracks for Background MusicThoughtfully applied background music is an emotional extension of your project’s purpose, style, and even its message. Background music can complement the pacing of dialogue in documentaries. It can raise the stakes in action-film stunt sequences, and add a slick, professional sheen to to your Twitch stream. And then there’s perhaps the ultimate application of background music — keeping on-hold callers on the line! At the end of the day, using royalty-free tracks in the background of your project creates atmosphere, emotion, and ambiance while highlighting whatever it is your are trying to communicate.Use Free Tracks for PodcastsWhile podcast soundtracks still live in the realm of background music, it can be argued that podcast music works more to support the project’s message rather than highlight it. The message comes first, so the music is dialed back, existing to fill the silence between lines of dialogue rather than compete with it. With so many podcasts competing for so many ears, a good soundtrack should speak to the distinct character and topic of your podcast, alerting the listener to the emotional journey they’re about to undertake. It’s vital to start each episode with the same intro music, an audio logo that acts as a musical signature. That’s a Branding 101 approach that can go a long way toward building a loyal audience.Use Free Tracks for PresentationsObvious statement: professional presentations need to be professional. Stick enough graphs, icons, and numbers on the screen and you might be okay. Of course, “okay” rarely gets the job, promotion, or bonus.Instead, why not go the extra mile with a high-quality free royalty-free soundtrack that impresses your boss, inspires a new repeat client, and keeps your audience awake and motivated to learn? Giving your presentation a soundtrack helps turn a slide show into a story. It adds a new layer of emotional engagement that keeps people attentive. Carefully chosen presentation music can make a dry topic more fun and a dull topic more exciting.Training videos, product promos, photography portfolios, video reels — whatever you’re presenting, a properly applied free royalty-free track can punch it up, make it pop, and impact your pocketbook in positive ways.It’s important to us that you have everything you need to make and share amazing content. Take a few minutes to learn more about how free music can help you accomplish your creative goals, and then explore our curated library of royalty-free songs to find music that inspires your best work yet.last_img read more

Glittering start to Tabal’s journey to Tokyo Olympics

first_imgTabal said that every time she passed by the end of the loop where Filipino fans were gathered, “it’s like all my hardships disappear.”READ: Tabal delivers first gold medal for PH, rules women’s marathonFEATURED 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 shutout“I would feel very heavy physically, but I just decided to go my own pace. I knew that God will guide me as long as I keep running and keep my own pace” said Tabal.Now the petite lass from Guba, Cebu City is setting her sights on the Asian Games next year in Indonesia. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village “We have a long-term plan all the way to Tokyo 2020, I don’t want to commit the same mistakes I had in Rio, so this early I want to prepare,” added Tabal who stands to receive P300,000 from the Philippine Sports Commission.READ: Tabal wins half marathon in CanadaBy all indications, Tabal has already put aside her rift with the Philippine Track and Field Association as she went on to hug Patafa chief Philip Ella Juico at the end of the race.Juico stationed himself by the drinking station and even handed her drinks in one of the four loops around Putrajaya government district.She also made no mention of her strained relations with the athletics body that sacked her twice in the last two years over issues regarding her coaches and sponsors.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Read Next Her gold medal victory, the first for the Philippines in this SEA Games, made it all seemed right. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Mary Joy Tabal wins the first gold medal for the Philippines when she ruled the women’s marathon at the 2017 SEA Games in Putrajaya, Malaysia. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZPUTRAJAYA, Malaysia — Soon after crossing the finish line in this kingly, immense district, Mary Joy Tabal said she would like to immediately visit a church.“It’s been a long time since I went to church, I have so much to thank God for,” said Tabal after ruling the Southeast Asian Games women’s marathon for the country’s first gold.ADVERTISEMENT Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd LOOK: Mayweather says he’ll party all week leading to McGregor fight View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

NBA player Faried rues lack of facilities in India

first_imgMumbai, May 23 (PTI) Denver Nuggets National Basketball Association (NBA) player Kenneth Faried has expressed displeasure over lack of facilities for growth of the hoop game in India.”But they dont have the facilities in India as far as that we have in the US (United States). We have courts all over the place, in India, (there is) cricket all over the place, so cricket is going to be seen on TV more,” Faried told a select group of reporters here.The 27-year-old player said that NBAs “goal” was to make basketball the number two sport in the country.Faried, with the nickname “Manimal”, was on a visit to India to engage with the youth and trainers in the cities and grow the game of basketball via NBAs initiatives in India ? NBA Zone and ?Around the hoop on SONY SIX TV channel.He visited the Jamnabai school in suburban Juhu, which is the first ever basketball school and from where talented students can be recommended to the NBA academy recently opened in the National Capital Region.International coaches give training to the students from the school.Asked about the visit, Faried said, “The school is going to help kids learn basketball. You must know the fundamentals of the game and the school will help the kids develop their technique.”He also expressed disappointment over the fact that India does not have a structure, like US or in other countries, from where professionals are selected from the college level. PTI NRB SSR DK PTPadvertisementlast_img read more

Map: Where The Most Notre Dame Football Fans Are Located

first_imgA fan sitting in the stands dressed as Notre Dame's mascot.2 Nov 1996: The University of Notre Dame Leprachaun mascot leads the crowd during the Fighting Irish 54-27 win over Navy in Dublin, Ireland. Mandatory Credit: Billy Stickland/ALLSPORTEarlier today we showed you the 2016 College Football Fan Map created by users on Reddit’s college football page. The map shows the most-popular college football team in every county in the United States. You can view it here.Along with the overall map, team-specific maps have been created. Here’s where the most Notre Dame football fans are located throughout the country.Notre Dame clearly has a huge fan base that spreads throughout the United States. It’s hard to find another fan base that covers as much ground.last_img

Tim Howard Lost But He Just Had the Best Match of the

After losing 2-1 to Belgium on Tuesday, the U.S. men’s national team will be left to contemplate its future; after years of steady improvement, there are hints U.S. men’s soccer has hit a plateau. But one American left the tournament with a strong argument for his international quality: Goalkeeper Tim Howard.Howard was FIFA’s Man of the Match despite conceding Belgium’s two goals — both in extra time. The award is deserved. In fact, Howard’s game probably was the best by a goalkeeper in the World Cup to date.So far in the tournament, there have been three saves for every goal conceded (excluding penalties and own goals). If we account for shots in the same way that the National Hockey League does — a shot must result in either a goal or a save by the goalie, while shots stopped by another defensive player are considered “blocked shots” instead — this implies that every shot has a 25 percent chance of scoring. (In practice, soccer statisticians usually consider blocked shots to be shots on target as well, but we’ll go with the NHL’s definition as it better isolates goalkeeper performance.)Howard faced 18 shots from Belgium by this definition. If 25 percent of shots score on average, that implies Belgium would typically score 4.5 goals on this shooting volume. Instead, Howard conceded two goals. That means he saved a net of 2.5 goals for the United States.That +2.5 score — which we’ll call Howard’s “net goals saved” — was the best single-game performance in Brazil so far. The second-best belongs to Ecuador’s Alexander Dominguez, who made nine saves and allowed no goals against France for +2.25 net goals saved. That’s pretty good but slightly behind Howard’s total; Howard’s seven extra saves slightly outweighed the two goals he let in.The worst single-game performance belongs to Jung Sung-ryong of South Korea, who allowed four goals and made just one save in a poor performance against Algeria — a net goals saved score of -2.75. Spain’s Iker Casillas was nearly as bad in conceding five goals against the Netherlands, but he at least made five saves to go with them.Howard has not quite had the best overall tournament, however, because his net goals saved was exactly average (+0.00) entering the Belgian match. Instead, that honor goes to Colombia’s David Ospina, who has made 18 saves and allowed just two goals in four games so far, for a net goals saved of +3.00. read more

Treadwell Miami faces tremendous challenge against Ohio State

As the first opponent of Ohio State football in Urban Meyer’s tenure as head coach, the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks football team could soon be the answer to a trivia question. Miami coaches, however, say they have been preparing for the trip to Ohio Stadium like any other game. “The first thing you do is you take care of yourself,” said offensive coordinator John Klacik. “You take care of your base, your fundamental things that you’re going to do no matter who you’re playing. We don’t know what they’re going to come out and do, so we’ve got to be ready for everything. I think if you have a base package that can handle everything they can throw at you, then you’ll be much better off.” The RedHawks are looking to improve upon a regular season record of 4-8 from last season, which was coach Don Treadwell’s first season at Miami after four years as Michigan State’s offensive coordinator. Treadwell said the focus of Saturday’s game is on what he can control within his own team rather than on its opponent. “Obviously we just have a tremendous challenge in front of us on this first game,” Treadwell said. “We just lock in to us playing and performing at a level that we believe is our best. We’ve just got to keep playing every play and then continue to do that from play one to whenever the last play is.” Still, Treadwell said his team is “aware of the tremendous team that Ohio State is.” “We see (OSU) in our mind as a top-five program,” Treadwell said. “We do have familiarity of knowing and appreciating and respecting the great Ohio State.” The RedHawks ranked 14th nationally with 299.1 passing yards per game last season. That offense was led by two returning players ­- senior quarterback Zac Dysert, who had 3,513 passing yards in 2011, and junior wide receiver Nick Harwell, who ranked fifth nationally with 1,425 receiving yards. Klacik said the play of the offensive line will have a major effect on Dysert’s ability to pass against the OSU defense. “The first thing you’ve got to do when we get any quarterback like Zac (Dysert) is you’ve got to protect him,” Klacik said. “If we give him some time, I think he can make some plays for us. If we have trouble protecting then it doesn’t matter who we’ve got playing quarterback for us, it’s going to be a tough day.” Another concern for the Miami offense is its ability to run the football. With only 886 rushing yards for the entire season last year, the RedHawks were the only team in the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision, which was 120 teams, to have less than 1,000 total rushing yards for the season. Klacik said he expects the rushing offense to be better this year as a result of a more experienced offensive line. “If you looked at our first game last year, when we had our (offensive) line going into the season, we were actually pretty good against Missouri, and then we got some injuries,” Klacik said. “We’re hoping that we’ve got a solid front of guys that are ready to play, they’re more veteran, they’ve played in some games.” Klacik added that he thinks OSU is “solid from top to bottom” on defense. “I think the whole defensive front stands out,” Klacik said. “I like (OSU’s) front four guys, and then their linebackers are so quick, very impressive. They’re a total team because they’ve got some secondary guys that can run and cover, and aren’t afraid to come up and hit you either.” Harwell said he and his teammates are not setting specific goals for the season opener. “It’s a privilege to play against Ohio State,” Harwell said. “We’ll just go out and play hard. We really don’t have any expectations, we’re just going to go out and play as hard as we can, and if we take care of business then the score will take care of itself.” Opening kickoff at Ohio Stadium is scheduled for noon on Saturday. read more

Savers benefit as banks battle for deposits

first_imgThe battle for deposits will dominate Australia’s banking agenda for years, says National Australia Bank finance director Mark Joiner. Savers would benefit as banks chased more reliable funds, Mr Joiner said. The banks are bolstering deposit books to meet new rules, being rolled out globally, that are intended to fortify their balance sheets. “I think the competition for deposits is here for five years as everyone gets positioned for the net stable funding ratio changes,” Mr Joiner said. Source: Herald Sun Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Guus Hiddink named China Under21 coach

first_imgFormer Russia and Netherlands boss Guus Hiddink has been announced as the new coach of China’s Under-21 sideThe 71-year-old previously worked in Asia for South Korea, whom he led to the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup at their home ground.Now Hiddink has been assigned the task of leading China’s newest generation of young stars to the 2020 AFC Under-23 Championship in order to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.Sunderland v Chelsea - Premier LeagueReport: Guus Hiddink in talks to become new Colombia boss Andrew Smyth – August 25, 2018 Guus Hiddink has reportedly held talks with the Colombian FA over becoming the new manager of the national sideCurrent head coach Jose Pekerman looks…It will mark Hiddink’s first role in football management since his brief spell in charge of Chelsea in the 2015/16 season after they fired Jose Mourinho.A statement on the China Football Association’s website read (via FIFA): “The team will be prepared for the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualification with the aims of sealing a place at the Men’s Football Tournament of the 2020 Olympic Games.”The China Under-21 side will begin their qualification for the 2020 AFC Under-23 Championship in March next year.last_img read more