Letterkenny woman’s warning after being followed on night out

first_imgA young woman has pleaded with other women not to walk home alone after she was followed in Letterkenny after a night out.The woman revealed she was walking home alone on Saturday night last after having a few drinks – something she would not normally do.A man passed her by but she thought nothing of it. A car pulled up alongside the woman and told her to get it pointing out that she was being followed by the man.The woman said that she noticed it was the same man who had passed up by a short time earlier who was now following her.She got into the car and as she did so the stranger ran off.The woman notified Gardai about the incident but the man had already fled. The woman appealed to others not to walk home alone and always remain vigilant.Gardai have confirmed they received a report and are investigating the incident. Letterkenny woman’s warning after being followed on night out was last modified: October 14th, 2019 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:donegaldrinksfearGardaihomeletterkennywalkingwomanlast_img read more

Praise for SA’s human rights record

first_img12 June 2012 South Africa’s report to the United Nations on its progress on human rights has been well received, with a number of member countries praising SA for its commitment to improving the lives of its citizens, and for its leading role on the UN Human Rights Council. South Africa presented its second report to the UN Universal Peer Review Mechanism Working Group in Geneva on 31 May. The group reviews the human rights records of all 192 UN member states every four years. In Johannesburg on Monday, the departments of Justice and International Relations and Cooperation met with representatives from South Africa’s Chapter 9 Institutions – including the SA Human Rights Commission and the Commission on Gender Equality – to give feedback on the country’s presentation to the UN. “South Africa’s country report highlighted a consolidation of constitutional democracy, as well as progress made in the realisation of socio-economic and cultural rights such as housing, health and social development as well as civil and political rights enshrined in the Constitution,” said Deputy Justice Minister Andries Nel.Positive achievements According to Nel, the report was warmly received by many member states, who commended South Africa for its commitment to human rights and improving the lives of its citizens, and for the delivery of basic services such as housing, health and education. In addition, South Africa was also praised for its leading role in the UN Human Rights Council, especially with regards the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons. Positive achievements were also noted in areas such as: Step up efforts to combat racism, racial discrimination and, in particular, xenophobia.Intensify the prevention, investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and publicly denounce such crimes.Ensure that the new Protection of State Information Bill fully complied with international human rights laws so as to ensure the freedom of the press, and engage civil society, activists, NGOs and media to seek common ground on the Bill.Ensure that efforts to eliminate HIV/Aids-related discrimination continued.Maintain and build on HIV/Aids prevention and treatment programmes.Take measures to guarantee access to clean drinking water for all. Nel said South Africa’s report generated a number of recommendations on how to tackle racism and xenophobia, gender-based violence, maternal and infant mortality, the ratification of international instruments, as well as the protection of state information.Recommendations Member countries made a number of recommendations, including that South Africa: Efforts to provide universal healthcare and steps taken to improve school enrolment rates.The provision of ARV treatment for HIV/AIDS and the fight against HIV/AIDS in general.Setting up a national agency on youth development.Promoting regional human rights programmes.Promulgating a law on national languages.Setting up the Ministry for Women, Children and People with Disabilities. Nel said the government would consider the recommendations carefully before deciding which were acceptable to South Africa. “An indication in this regard will be submitted to the 21st Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva during September 2012.” South Africa’s Chapter 9 institutions – statutory bodies set up in terms of the Constitution to promote democracy and a culture of human rights in the country – are expected to study the recommendations. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Rolene Strauss: Miss World 2014

first_img“We as women, have soft and sympathetic souls. We are the ones who give hope, love and comfort. Let us use those qualities,” Rolene Strauss once wrote. (Image: Miss SA). • Mandela’s peers reflect on his legacy • South African university gets global nod • Bassie is a beauty with heart • Cinderellas shine at matric dance • Eighteen years of the world’s best Constitution Staff Writer“South Africa, this is for you. I’m so proud of you, and I’m proud to be your representative.” With these words, Rolene Strauss began her reign as Miss World 2014 on Sunday evening, 14 December.That she is stunning is only one reason she has been crowned the most beautiful. Her compassion and intelligence shine through and won over the judges and the public. In her interview for the pageant, she said: “The fact [is] that we as humans don’t realise how much potential we have to do good, give and make things right. How amazing would it be if we all realised our potential?”She entered the Miss South Africa pageant and then Miss World because the pageants had evolved. They were no longer about women parading around in bikinis, but were about giving back. The pageants, she has said, were an opportunity to give back and make a difference.Passionate about South Africa, our representative took lessons from the country she said gave her goose bumps whenever she thought of home. Talking about 20 years of democracy, she told a pageant interviewer: “We struggled through our obstacles, stood up after difficult times and gave hope to so many countries where equality is a struggle. This shows us that we are capable of great things and we are resilient.”The beauty queen has followed her parents – her father is a doctor and her mother a former nurse – into medicine and she studies at their alma mater, the University of the Free State. In her hometown she was known as “Little Dr Strauss” because she always followed her father around.Beyond growing up in a medical home, the miracle of her birth has given her a lifelong belief in the ability of medicine to change the world for the better. As she told the Miss South Africa organisers: “I am the University of the Free State’s first successful test tube baby. One of the greatest gifts anyone can receive is the gift of a healthy life. With my passion for giving, people and health, I will be able to contribute to one of the most important things any country desires: health for all.” Strauss follows in the high-heeled footsteps of Penny Coelen (1958) and Anneline Kriel (1974) as the pinnacle of beauty. Unlike the two previous winners, however, the brunette represents a democratic South Africa. She credits Nelson Mandela as the person most responsible for the freedoms she enjoys as a South African.Another personal hero is the rector of her university, Professor Jonathan Jansen. He lives by a simple philosophy, Strauss has said – love what you do, stay humble and let the light shine on others. “He is one the most outspoken, down-to-earth, passionate, people’s persons I’ve met. He is not afraid to stand for what he believes in, he loves what he does and gives of himself to his students. I can testify that he wants the best for his students and supports them in all they do.” “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” A reading from Rolene Strauss’ favourite bible verse – Jeremiah 29:11. (Image: Miss SA). Strauss’s reign as Miss South Africa and now Miss World will be inspired by another beauty queen and former Miss South Africa, Jo Ann Strauss. She met the 2001 winner as a nine-year-old when she visited her home town of Volksrust. “She brought Miss South Africa to the people and is still making a change in the lives of others. She is the perfect example of a beautiful, strong woman who became Miss South Africa, went back to university, finished her studies and to this day is using all her opportunities since her crowning 13 years ago.”Strauss lives the motto of the pageant – Beauty with a Purpose – and already has a history of humanitarian and charity work behind her. The judges agreed that this young South African woman perfectly embodied all that the pageant was about. One day another young South African girl may say of her, as she says of her hero, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe: “She is a true inspiration of what a hard-working woman can achieve in South Africa.”last_img read more