Oral Tracey: Bad home results could be fatal

first_imgThree games played, two defeats and one draw. Three goals for and six against. One point from a possible nine. That is the shambolic home record of the Reggae Boyz so far in the Russia 2018 World Cup Qualifying campaign. As it is right now, head coach Winfried Sch‰fer and the Boyz have one home game remaining in this semi-final round against Haiti and will therefore have to do what they have never done before: win in either Costa Rica and or Panama to advance to the final round. That is the depth of the hole that the Boyz have dug for themselves, and having attended the post game press conference after the disappointing home result against Costa Rica on Friday, I found the n‰ivety of coach Sch‰fer and senior player Jobi McAnuff startling. The first thing the coach said was the one-all result was OK. I asked the coach OK for who, for Costa Rica, not for Jamaica? The German muffled an inaudible response. HOME GAMES I then posited to the coach and the player that the problem of the team was not fundamentally their inability to convert more of their chances as they were both saying, but more in the fact that in three home games for the Russia 2018 campaign, Jamaica conceded an average of two goals per game, while scoring an average of one goal per game, and that kind of home form will not qualify us for the World Cup. Again, their responses were unclear. They then both went on to point out that Costa Rica is a quality team and it was a tough game, but they are confident of going to Costa Rica and getting a win. The mindset of the coach and the player, as exhibited at that press conference, points to a dangerous nonchalance as it relates to the importance of maximising home advantage, while conversely thinking that they can always get positive results on the road. One got the distinct impression in that post-match exchange from the tone and body language of coach Sch‰fer and McAnuff that they much prefer playing away from Jamaica and could not wait to leave. Under the circumstances, it would be tempting to empathise with their n‰ivety at trying to redefine not just football logic, but general and universal sport logic of always seeking to maximise home advantage. After all, they do have a 100 per cent away record, with two wins from two games and maximum six points to start the campaign. This team has conspicuously played all its warm-up games and tournaments outside of their home stadium. For the past two years, the Reggae Boyz have played only three games inside the national stadium, and those are the three World Cup qualifiers. So in a sense, it could be argued that this team is prepared as an ‘away team’. COMPETITION INTENSIFIES That is absolutely risky business. Beating Haiti and Nicaragua on the road is one thing, but as the competition intensifies, this strategy will backfire and could prove fatal for the campaign. The excuse put forward by the Jamaica Football Federation that playing friendly games at home is not financially viable, thus the option to prepare the team as a road team is as myopic as it gets. This method of preparation was a foolhardy mistake that will come back to haunt us. Those five of a possible six points dropped at home in this semi-final round will more than likely prove to be our undoing in this ‘Group of Death’. It is such a startling contrast, what is happening now, and the only successful senior men’s World Cup campaign in our football history, 1998, when the then RenÈ Simoes-coached Boyz not only never lost a single game at home for the entire campaign, but they never conceded a single goal in what was then dubbed ‘The Office’. Let us say the Boyz escape and get to the final round in this campaign, which will obviously be more competitive, would they still pursue this unorthodox strategy of being an away team? My genuine fear at this point is that we will never know the answer to that question because we might not make it to that final round because of this facile and shortsighted strategy.last_img read more

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UNMIL Officer’s Fiancée’s Murdered Case Begins

first_imgThe case of Antoinette Nettie Peter, a Liberian woman stabbed to death in her boyfriend’s bedroom has opened at Criminal Court ‘A’ at the Temple of Justice.Ms. Peter was a fiancée of Bonfrer Adidee, a Ugandan national and an employee of the Civil Affairs Section of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).Nettie, as she was called, was allegedly stabbed to death with a kitchen knife by one of her private security guards, defendant Jefferson Dahn, on January 3, 2013 at her 12th Street, Sinkor, compound.The claimed, Defendant Dahn denied when he appeared before the Court.At Tuesday, May 20th hearing, family members including the deceased’s father and mother wept uncontrollably in open court, when prosecution’s second witness, Eddie Kun, an investigator of the Liberia National Police (LNP) took the stand.    They were consoled by the state lawyers.But defendant Dahn dressed in an orange suit sat behind his legal team with his head bow during yesterday’s hearing.Interestingly, Adidee could not be seen in the court Tuesday, because, according to report, he had left the country, leaving behind the entire case.It is not clear whether he will be asked to come and testify in the case.In his testimony, Kun alleged that another police officer identified as Patrolman Anthony Dalieh called them, investigators and said, defendant Dahn informed him that he killed his bossman, Adidee’s girlfriend as a result of confusion and asked him not to tell anybody.“When we got the information, we immediately went with a forensic laboratory team and UNMIL officers to the crime scene,” the police investigator explained.Before, they could arrive at the compound; group of officers of the Police Support Unit (PSU) of the Liberia National Police (LNP) had already covered the area, according to Kun.He further alleged when they entered the compound, they met another private security officer only identified as “Hopking.”When they asked Hopking what he was doing in the compound, he quoted Hopking as saying, “My bossman, Bonfrer called and informed me that there was a situation unfolding at his compound and wanted me to go there and find out what was going on.”According to him, Hopking also explained to him that Bonfrer got the information from one of his UN’s friends, who he alleged, saw a huge crowd at his compound, while he was on his way for lunch.He further alleged that it was during the searched of the compound that they found defendant Dahn hiding in the closet. “We caught him confused and half naked with only his militant jean trousers with a substance believed to be blood on it,” the investigator told the Court.“We also found with him a broken handle of a wooded kitchen knife, a bunch of keys belonging to the late Nettie and US$200,” he alleged.Giving details of defendant Dahn’s investigation with the police, Kun said that in the presence of his mother and aunt, Dahn denied murdering Nettie, claiming “Bonfrer was the perpetrator and he assisted in the process.”He further claimed that Bonfrer offered him US$600, two phones, and a laptop so that he could take the body away from his (Bonfrer’s) room to the kitchen, according to Kun.Asked by defense team, whether they investigated the defendant’s claimed under such circumstance? He replied “yes, we did.”Furthered asked what his investigation realized? He again replied, “The allegation was false and only meant to mislead the investigation.”Asked how did he get to know that the allegation was false?Kun response, “We reconstructed the crime scene, talked to witnesses to include Mr. Bonfrer Adidee himself in our efforts to prove or to disprove said allegation.”Asked how was it proved? “It was establihsed that on the morning of the incident the only person on the crime scene were defendant Dahn and the victim Nettie.”“Both of them were the only occupants of the residence from 8 a.m., until information was disclosed that there was an alleged homicide on the premises.”According to him, they established that Adidee did not leave his work at the UNMIL’s Headquarters until he was requested by the investigator to come on the scene. “No witnesses provided testimony that Adidee was seeing entering or leaving the compound either by vehicle or on foot on the morning of the incident.  Apart from   the time he left for work at about 7:45 a.m.,” Kun alleged.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Parika labourer charged for attempted murder

first_imgLeroy Daniels, 51, was charged for unlawfully and maliciously wounding Dharmendra Persaud with intent to commit murder on December 23, 2017 at Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).Daniels denied the charge, and Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan was inclined to uphold the prosecution’s objection to bail notwithstanding the application of defence lawyer Tiffany Jeffrey.Though circumstances surrounding the incident are unclear, Guyana Times understands that the victim remains in an unconscious and critical state at the Georgetown Public Hospital.The father of four was remanded to prison until January 16, 2018, when he is expected to appear in the Leonora Magistrate’s Court on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD).last_img read more

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Judge gives HP’s Dunn a reprieve

first_imgHP’s investigation, which took place in 2005 and 2006, erupted into a national scandal after HP disclosed that detectives it had hired obtained the private phone records of directors, employees and journalists. The case made a household word out of “pretexting,” a shady tactic in which detectives use their targets’ Social Security numbers to fool telephone companies into divulging their detailed call logs. Dunn ordered the investigators to find the source of the leak after a board member gave company information to a reporter. But she said she didn’t know the detectives would go to such extremes. She resigned last September at the height of the scandal. “I have been strengthened by wonderful support during this difficult time – both from my dear friends and from people I have never met,” Dunn said in a statement Wednesday. “I have always had faith that the truth would win out and justice would be served – and it has been.” Dunn, Hunsaker and the two private investigators – Ronald DeLia and Matthew DePante – did not attend Wednesday’s hearing. Hunsaker and the two detectives pleaded no contest to fraudulent wire communications charges. But Judge Ray E. Cunningham did not immediately accept their pleas and said the charges against them would also be dropped in September after they complete 96 hours of community service and make restitution. Outside court, defense lawyers said the deal with prosecutors – which did not include an admission of guilt – was an appropriate resolution to the case. “This was a worthless case – this was never a criminal case,” said Thomas Nolan, one of Hunsaker’s lawyers. “All these people acted in good faith. They believed that what they were doing was right and legal.” The four were charged in October with four felony counts: use of false or fraudulent pretenses to obtain confidential information from a public utility; unauthorized access to computer data; identity theft; and conspiracy to commit each of those crimes. Each of the charges carried a fine of up to $10,000 and three years in prison. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN JOSE – A judge dropped all charges Wednesday against former Hewlett-Packard Co. board Chairwoman Patricia Dunn, who was accused of fraud in the boardroom spying scheme that rocked one of Silicon Valley’s most respected companies. Former HP ethics chief Kevin Hunsaker and two private investigators will also avoid jail time after their lawyers entered no contest pleas to misdemeanor charges in Santa Clara County Superior Court. All four defendants had initially been charged with felonies, including identity theft and fraud, for their roles in a scheme to unmask the source of boardroom leaks. Investigators’ tactics included “pretexting,” or pretending to be someone else, to obtain the calling records of directors, employees and journalists. The original charges carried hefty fines and prison terms. Prosecutors said Dunn’s health – she’s been undergoing treatment for advanced cervical cancer – played a role in the decision to drop the charges. “Based on (Dunn’s) level of involvement in the pretexting scheme, and her health condition, (Attorney General Jerry Brown) believed dismissal of her case was appropriate,” said Brown’s spokesman, Nathan Barankin. The other three defendants appeared to be more “directly and actively involved in the pretexting activities” than Dunn, he said. But some legal experts said the sudden end to the high-profile case may also indicate the evidence wasn’t very strong. “At some point the Attorney General’s Office knew that this case wasn’t going to hold a lot of water,” said James Post, a Boston University professor and expert on corporate governance and business ethics. “They could have settled with Dunn and Hunsaker at a much earlier time in a less punitive way.” last_img read more

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Four years on, another World Cup ends in agony for Neymar and Brazil

first_img0Shares0000Neymar could not rescue Brazil against Belgium as his team bowed out in the World Cup quarter-finals © AFP / Luis AcostaKAZAN, Russian Federation, Jul 7 – Four years after the psychodrama of Neymar’s injury and a humiliating World Cup semi-final defeat as hosts, Brazil are forced to come to terms with the crushing disappointment of a failed mission in Russia.It was not meant to be like this, Tite’s side dumped out of the tournament in the quarter-finals at the hands of Belgium, losing 2-1 in Kazan. They had come to the World Cup determined to confirm their revival following the 7-1 humiliation at the hands of Germany in Belo Horizonte, and there were plenty of reasons for optimism.With Germany, Spain and Argentina out, and Italy not even at the party, the path looked to be clearing for Brazil to go and win their sixth title.But instead, Tite’s side came a cropper the first time they faced another of the contenders and it is Belgium who advance to a semi-final against France.In the four World Cups since the Selecao won the 2002 tournament in Japan and South Korea, they have been eliminated three times in the quarter-finals.Tite turned Brazil around after being appointed in 2016, but he was unable to lead the team to glory in Russia © AFP / Luis AcostaThe run to the semis last time around as hosts is the exception, but fans had been desperate for their team to make up for their disastrous collapse in 2014.When Neymar was cut down in the quarter-final win over Colombia in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza and stretchered off with a fractured vertebrae, the outlook was not good for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side.Yet nobody could have predicted exactly what would follow, with a stricken Neymar absent as Brazil dramatically capitulated to the eventual winners.They consoled themselves with the thought that, four years later, a fit Neymar would be at his peak to lead a new assault for the title on Russian soil.Now 26 and the world’s most expensive player, Neymar was fit here, but only just. Brazil’s build-up to the tournament was dominated by his battle to recover from an operation on a broken bone in his foot.He goes home after scoring just two goals, his greatest impact on this World Cup being his tears against Costa Rica and, above all, his theatrics.Neymar’s response to supposed rough treatment from opposition defenders has been met with ridicule in certain quarters, and sympathy may be in short supply.That even applies back home — “Sublime genius or pathetic farce?” read one headline, in weekly magazine Epoca.He goes the way of fellow superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, although he will still be just 30 by the time the next World Cup comes around in Qatar in 2022.– Tite falls short –In four years it may be a very different Brazil — after all, Neymar was one of only six survivors in the squad from 2014.A Brazil supporter in tears after their World Cup quarter-final defeat against Belgium © AFP / Manan VATSYAYANAAnd what of Tite? Such an impressive figure, his record since taking over following the disastrous showing at the 2016 Copa America should not simply be forgotten now.Under Dunga, Brazil had been knocked out on penalties by Paraguay at the quarter-final stage of the 2015 Copa America, then eliminated in the group stage the following year in the United States.It is scarcely an exaggeration to say they might not even have qualified for this World Cup had Tite not been appointed.Even before the tournament began, it was being reported that the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) were keen to tie Tite down for the next four years, through to the World Cup in Qatar.For now all that matters, for Neymar and the whole of a football-obsessed country, is the agony of another World Cup failure.Soon enough they may turn their thoughts to next year’s Copa America on home soil, but nothing compares to a World Cup for the Brazilians, and another one has just slipped away.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Leicester boss Puel says time to focus on football

first_img0Shares0000Leicester City manager Claude Puel (centre) says his players must now focus on football after the death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 22 – Leicester City manager Claude Puel says the team must now look to the future following last month’s helicopter crash that cost the life of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.Vichai died with four others when his helicopter came down following a 1-1 home draw with West Ham on October 27. Heartfelt tributes were paid at the club’s away match against Cardiff a week after the tragedy before Puel and many of the squad and senior staff flew to Bangkok to attend Vichai’s funeral.They returned for the goalless draw against Burnley at the King Power Stadium on November 10.The players are now back at the club after the international break ahead of Saturday’s trip to Brighton and, however hard it will be, Puel wants to focus on the football.“It’s important to have the good concentration on football to continue to improve,” he said. “Our tributes for the chairman are in our minds but now it is important to speak about football.“During the last two weeks, the players can forget a little and have their minds on other thoughts.“The international players came back with a smile and are happy to come back and see their teammates. The others worked a lot with quality and focus and it was a good thing.”Forward Jamie Vardy is a major doubt for Leicester’s trip to the south coast, battling a groin injury he sustained in the draw against Burnley.“I hope he can be available for the weekend, we will see tomorrow,” said Puel. “He had a groin injury. We have to manage step-by-step (for him) to come back in training.”The former Premier League champions are currently 10th in the table.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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CONTRACT FOR EXTENSION TO DEELE COLLEGE SIGNED

first_imgThe “The Signing of the Contract” for the extension to Deele College, Raphoe took place earlier this afternoon.The successful contractor, Glebe Builders, Donegal Town, will commence construction of the new 2,000m2 approx. school extension in the coming weeks at the existing School Site at Meetinghouse Street, Raphoe.The contract duration will be approximately 10 months. This is a particularly significant event for the staff, students and parents of Deele College, past and present, as well as the wider local community. Donegal Education and Training Board are most grateful to the Minister for Education and Skills together with her predecessors in the Department as well as its Officials in the School Building unit for authorising this project to proceed to construction stage.Donegal ETB would like to convey thanks to all those who have brought this Project to fruition, including:• Mr Joe Boyle, Principal and former Principal, Mr P.J. Mc Gowan (recently retired),• The staff, past and present of the College, • Past and present Chairpersons and members of the School’s Board of Management/Parents Association• Past and present Chairpersons and members of Donegal Education and Training Board• Mr Shaun Purcell, Chief Executive, Donegal ETB CONTRACT FOR EXTENSION TO DEELE COLLEGE SIGNED was last modified: December 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS BEATEN BY NAOMH COLMCILLE

first_imgSenior MenDivision Three ReserveThe cross lads were the better side in the first half but were very wasteful in front of goal kicking eight wides before the break. They went in 06 to 0-3 up but there should have been more daylight between the sides. The home team scored the first point of the second half to go four up but that was to be their final score of the match. The men from Newton powered to victory scoring 2-5 unanswered. The final score was Red Hughs 0-7 Naomh Colmcille 2-8Division Three Senior This was one of the most anticipated encounters of the weekend with Naomh Colmcille the visitors to the Cross looking to get one over on their ex-manager Stephen Friel.The visitors scored the first point of the game after only 30 seconds on the clock when their midfield man struck from distance. They struck again five minutes later to go two up. The Reds got to grips with the visitors and scored two points of their own to level the game up with two frees from Damien Brown. The visitors were strong in the middle of the park and were winning the lions share of possession they went one up again in the thirteenth minute when their centre half forward kicked over another long distance effort before Brown equalised with another free. It was a close hard battle with hard tackles flying in from the visitors who used their physicality to their advantage. The Newton men scored one more before Brown struck another two before the break to leave the Reds one up at half time. The Half Time score Red Hughs 0-5 Naomg Colmcille 0-4The visitors started the second half as they did the first scoring a point in the first few seconds. The Reds then sparked to life and upped the tempo moving the ball a lot faster than they had in the first half and the visitors struggled to get possession. A sweeping move from the back line seen the ball tapped over the bar from the young Johnny Carlin to finish off a great move. From the kick out the Naomh Colmcille side scored another point to tie the match up once again. Two minutes later in an almost carbon copy move of Carlin’s point, this time seen Calvin Bradley rattling the net with a well taken goal. The Reds were a goal up but failed to put the visitors away and they rallied with three unanswered points to again put them level. It was a rip roaring contest with both sides going for it. With the game now in the last minute and both sides frantically looking for the winning point Red Hughs broke up the pitch with speed Cathal Doherty delivered a fine pass inside to Bradley who rounded the defender a goal chance was on but he took the sensible option to tap it over to put them one up with the game now in injury time. From the resulting kick out the visitors got the break in the middle of the park and went on the attack. Their number eight tried his luck from distance to try and level proceedings again but it was drifting wide before their corner back somehow got his fist to the ball catching everyone unaware and Reds keeper Luke Kelly was unable to stop it from ending up in the net. Time was up and the ref called a halt to the game from the kick out. It was a victory that Naomh Colmcille wanted badly and celebrated like they had just won the championship but that was just measure of what it meant to them.The final score was Red Hughs 1-9 Noamh Colmcille 1-10Next Game is at home to Maomh Brid this Saturday Reserve Throw in 6pm Senior 7.30pmTraining continues on Tuesday & Thursday at 7.30pm for seniors and minors.Senior Ladies The ladies training continues as usual on Monday and Thursday at 7.30pm The league will be resuming shortly after the exam break.Minor BoardThe under 10 boys and girls playing in blitz in Mc Cumhaills on Saturday morning. Bus is leaving the pitch at 10.15am bring €2 for the busThe under 12 boys played St Eunans on Monday evening in Letterkenny. They started slowly and found themselves well behind before they got going. They put in a mighty second half but were unable to claw back enough scores to get in front. The final score was Red Hughs 5-6 St Eunans 7-11 They play Glenfin next Monday the 23rd at home Throw in 6.30 The under 14 boys are playing Burt in the semi final of division 3 championship shield. The game was postponed on Saturday and will be rescheduled this coming week.The minors are playing Letterkenny Gaels on Wednesday evening in Letterkenny in a friendly to restart their season after the league campaign and exam break.Local LeagueThe local league will take place earlier this year kicking off in the first week of July. Ther will be a slightly different structure this year with the teams being split up more on a evenly matched basis. There for we are having a local league registration night next Monday the 23rd in the clubhouse from 7-8pm registration is imperative so that we can pick the teams evenly. Registration is €2 per child.Minor board meeting next Monday in the clubhouse at 8pm all managers please attend.Other NewsGood luck to the Dromore N.S. girls team who are playing Falcarragh in the County Final on Wednesday in O Donnell Park Letterkenny at 11.30amGAA NEWS: RED HUGHS BEATEN BY NAOMH COLMCILLE was last modified: June 16th, 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:donegalGAANotesRED HUGHS.last_img read more

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BBC TO SHOW 25-MINUTE RECONSTRUCTION OF MADELEINE DISAPPEARANCE – PIX OF SUSPECTS TO BE SHOWN

first_imgThe timeline and accepted version of events surrounding Madeleine McCann’s disappearance have “significantly changed”, British police have told the BBC.The Metropolitan Police said a BBC Crimewatch appeal to be aired on Monday would feature “the most detailed reconstruction” of the case yet.It will also broadcast e-fits of a number of men police want to find, the BBC is reporting today. The McCanns Donegal relatives will be watching anxiously, hoping this could be a massive breakthrough in the case. Madeleine visited Donegal with her parents Gerry and Kate just a few weeks before she disappeared in Portugal in May 2007.Portuguese authorities dropped their investigation into the case in 2008, but Scotland Yard started a review in May 2011.The BBC says the purpose of the Crimewatch appeal, which police are describing as the “most complex and detailed” so far in the case, is to try to identify a number of computer-generated images, or e-fits, of men who were sighted in and around Praia da Luz on or before Thursday 3 May 2007.As part of that effort, a reconstruction – almost 25 minutes long – of events leading up to and surrounding Madeleine’s disappearance will be shown. Det Ch Insp Andy Redwood, who is heading the investigation, said: “The timeline we have now established has given new significance to sightings and movements of people in and around Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine’s disappearancel“Our work to date has significantly changed the timeline and the accepted version of events that has been in the public domain to date.“It has allowed us to work with Crimewatch to build the most detailed reconstruction as yet, and highlight very specific appeal points.“I hope that when the public see our investigative strands drawn together within the overall context of that appeal, it will bring in new information that moves our investigation forward.”DCI Redwood said that police had sought to “try and draw everything back to zero… take everything back to the beginning and then reanalyse and reassess everything, accepting nothing”. He added: “The careful and critical analysis of the timeline has been absolutely key. Primarily, we are focused on the area between 8.30pm and 10pm.“We know that at 8.30, that was the time that Mr and Mrs McCann went down to the tapas area for their dinner, and we know that at around 10pm, that was when Mrs McCann found that Madeleine was missing.”Madeleine’s parents will make a live appeal in the studio during the programme and, ahead of the broadcast, they told the BBC how much they still miss her.“When it’s a special occasion, when you should be at your happiest, and Madeleine’s not there, that’s when it really hits home,” Mr McCann said. Mrs McCann added: “It’s when you have the big family occasions… and you haven’t got your complete family.”Earlier this month, police said phone records may be key to the case after it emerged officers were analysing data from phones belonging to people who were in Praia da Luz when Madeleine vanished.The Crimewatch appeal, which will be shown in the UK on BBC One on Monday from 2100 BST, will also be broadcast in the Netherlands and Germany.Madeleine in Donegal, pictured second from left in April 2007. She disappeared in Portugal two weeks later.BBC TO SHOW 25-MINUTE RECONSTRUCTION OF MADELEINE DISAPPEARANCE – PIX OF SUSPECTS TO BE SHOWN was last modified: October 13th, 2013 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:BBC appealCrimeWatchdonegalmadeleine mccannlast_img read more

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Council send file on Cllr John O’Donnell affair to Standards In Public Office

first_imgDonegal County Council has sent a file to the Standards In Public Office concerning the behaviour of Cllr John O’Donnell.Cllr O’Donnell was filmed by an RTE Investigates Programme allegedly asking for money to help a bogus wind farm operator set up in Co Donegal.Cllr O’Donnell has always denied the claims and has commenced legal proceedings against RTE. A spokesperson for Donegal County Council has now confirmed that a file on Cllr O’Donnell has been referred to the Standards In Public Office.The contents of the file have not been disclosed.The Garda fraud squad has also has launched a full investigation into the allegations.The programme showed two county councillors allegedly asking for money to help a wind farm operator. The Garda fraud bureau decided to proceed with an investigation after assessing the RTE footage to see whether the allegations they contained merited a full-scale inquiry.Detectives have been viewing footage of the programme and a number of people have been interviewed.The programme by the RTE Investigates team, broadcast last year, generated huge public debate over standards in public office. The programme featured a journalist posing as a wind farm investor who spoke to three local councillors.The three politicians appeared to offer to lobby on behalf of a wind farm company – two of them allegedly in exchange for money.Kilmacrennan councillor O’Donnell, was filmed allegedly requesting that the money be routed through a third party. “Politically there would be a backlash,” he said on the programme. Cllr O’Donnell has also consistently denied any wrongdoing.In a statement after the broadcast, he accused RTE of “entrapping” him during the investigation and said he was seeking legal advice on what he called the “sting operation”.At the time, RTE said it was very careful to act with integrity at all times during the filming.A statement said “The RTÉ Investigations Unit was very careful to act with integrity at all times in the production of this programme. RTÉ’s legal affairs department has scrutinised the conversations carefully and, both legally and editorially, RTÉ is entirely satisfied that we acted appropriately and in the public interest. “This programme performs an important public service to the people of Donegal and the people of Ireland in revealing the conflicts of interest that Councillor O’Donnell and others are willing to entertain in the performance of their public duties.”Council send file on Cllr John O’Donnell affair to Standards In Public Office was last modified: October 6th, 2016 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)last_img read more

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