New Caledonia women dominate Day 3 swimming

first_imgFast swimmer Lara Grangeon set another new record in the 400m freestyle of 4:20:40 sec,  taking out gold.The previous record was 4:28:32 sec that was also set by Lara. This was the 19th record set in this Pacific Games.Charlotte Robin got the bronze in the 400m freestyle after clocking in at 4:41:97 sec behind silver medalist Matelita Buadromo of Fiji.Another Games record of 1:03:50 sec in the 100m backstroke was broken by Emma Terebo of New Caledonia. Emma set a new record of 1:02:60 in this event to win gold.Suzanne Afchain clocked in at 1:08:45 sec behind Emma to win silver for New Caledonia while Cheyenne Rova took out bronze for Fiji clocking a time of 1:08:59 sec.last_img read more

CONTENDER SERIES RETURNS WEDNESDAY

first_imgWray and Nephew’s popular, made for television Contender boxing series, will premier next Wednesday March 9, with a contest between Jamaica’s Richard Holmes and Xzaviar Ford from North Carolina, at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, Hope Road. The fight will be broadcast live on Television Jamaica (TVJ).The series, which is in its sixth year, will see a team of eight welterweight boxers from the Caribbean going up against a team from the USA, most of whom are from North Carolina. At an official launch on Thursday, the boxers named from the Caribbean are Jamaicans Tsetsi Davis, Richard Holmes, Ramel Lewis, Michael Gardener and Camion Goldson, along with Iwan Azore from Trinidad and Tobago, Miguel Antoine from Barbados and Revlon Lake from Guyana.The boxers from the USA in addition to Ford are, William Barber, Courtney McCleave, Kevin Reynolds, Jose Guzman, Anthony Woods, Rashid Stevens and Devonte Seay. The matchmaker from North Caronia Chris Joy was present at the launch.MIXTUREOFSKILLBoth teams have a mixture of experienced boxers and newcomers to the professional ranks. The new pros could face some major challenges in the later stages of the competition however. Jamaicans Gardener and Goldson for example are making their professional debuts, and if they are able to make it past the preliminary round, they will face more experienced boxers in the quarter finals.Several of the boxers from the USA do not have many professional fights on their records, but Joy told the Gleaner that he was confident that they would be able to hold their own against the Caribbean boxers, because of their previous amateur experience and the type of fights they have had so far as professionals.Ford, for example, who is 19, and goes up against Holmes in the opener, has a one win and three losses record. Joy is of the opinion however, that his boxer is young and talented, and had a good run as an amateur. These factors, he said, in addition to his speed, will be the attributes that Ford will bring to the contest, and will enable him to get the better of the more experience Holmes.There has been a change in the number of rounds in the early stages of competition. Instead of six rounds, the prelims and quarter finals will be over five rounds and the semi-finals over seven. This is designed to avoid as far as possible, a drawn fight. The final will however remain at 10 rounds.The winner of the series will take home $2-million, the runner up $500,000, third place $250,000 and fourth place $200,000.last_img read more

Unit wrongly tied Saddam, al-Qaida, Pentagon finds

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON (AP) – Some of the Pentagon’s prewar intelligence work, including a contention that the CIA underplayed the likelihood of al-Qaida connections to Saddam Hussein, was inappropriate but not illegal, a Defense Department investigation has concluded. In a report to be presented to Congress on Friday, the department’s inspector general said former Pentagon policy chief Douglas J. Feith had not engaged in illegal activities through the creation of special offices to review intelligence. Some Democrats also have contended that Feith misled Congress about the basis of the administration’s assertions on the threat posed by Iraq, but the Pentagon investigation did not support that. Two people familiar with the findings discussed the main points and some details Thursday on condition they not be identified. The Senate Armed Services Committee has scheduled a hearing Friday to receive the findings by Thomas F. Gimble, the Pentagon’s acting inspector general. The committee’s chairman, Carl Levin, D-Mich., has been a leading critic of Feith’s role in prewar intelligence activities and has accused him of deceiving Congress. Levin has asserted that President Bush took the country to war in Iraq based in part on intelligence assessments – some shaped by Feith’s office – that were off base and did not fully reflect the views of the intelligence community. In a telephone interview Thursday, Levin said the IG report is “very damning” and shows a Pentagon policy shop trying to shape intelligence to prove a link between al-Qaida and Saddam. “That was the argument that was used to make the sale to the American people about the need to go to war,” Levin said. “And the idea that this separate intelligence assessment, which was wrong, which was distorted, which was inappropriate for the reasons given here (by the IG) is something which is highly disturbing.” Levin also said it was a “red herring” to say that he or others in Congress claimed that any of Feith’s activities had been illegal. Feith has said the accusation that he misled Congress was, by definition, a claim that he had acted illegally. Levin in September 2005 asked the inspector general to determine whether Feith’s offices’ activities were appropriate. If deemed inappropriate, the inspector general should recommend remedial action, Levin said then. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., who was chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee at the time, separately asked the inspector general to decide on legality as well as appropriateness. The 2004 report from the Sept. 11 Commission found no evidence of a collaborative relationship between Saddam and Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida terror organization before the U.S. invasion. Asked to comment on the IG’s findings, Feith said in a telephone interview that he had not seen the report but was pleased to hear that it concluded his office’s activities were neither illegal nor unauthorized. He took strong issue, however, with the IG’s finding that some activities had been “inappropriate.” “The policy office has been smeared for years by allegations that its pre-Iraq-war work was somehow `unlawful’ or `unauthorized’ and that some information it gave to congressional committees was deceptive or misleading,” Feith said. Feith called “bizarre” the inspector general’s conclusion that some intelligence activities by the Office of Special Plans, which was created while Feith served as the undersecretary of defense for policy – the top policy position under Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld – were inappropriate but not unauthorized. “Clearly, the inspector general’s office was willing to challenge the policy office and even stretch some points to be able to criticize it,” Feith said, adding that he felt this amounted to subjective “quibbling” by the IG. Feith left his Pentagon post in August 2005 and now teaches at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He has maintained throughout the controversy over the role of the Office of Special Plans, as well as other small groups that were created after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, that their intelligence activities were prudent, authorized and useful in challenging some of the intelligence analysis of the CIA. At the center of the prewar intelligence controversy was the work of a small number of Pentagon officials from Feith’s office and the office of Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz who reviewed CIA intelligence analyses and put together their own report. When they briefed Rumsfeld on their report in August 2002 – a period when Vice President Dick Cheney and other administration officials were ratcheting up their warnings about the gravity of the Iraq threat – Rumsfeld directed them to also brief CIA Director George Tenet. Their presentation, which included assertions about links between al-Qaida and the Iraqi government, contained a criticism that the intelligence community was ignoring or underplaying its own raw reports on such potential links. The controversy has simmered for several years. The Senate Intelligence Committee included the Office of Special Plans in its investigation into the prewar intelligence on Iraq, but the committee did not finish that portion of its work when it released the first part of its findings in July 2004. In a dissenting view attached to the committee’s report, three Democratic senators, including Levin, said that Pentagon policymakers sought to undermine the analysis of the intelligence community by circumventing the CIA and briefing their own views directly to the White House. This was a particular problem when the spy agencies’ judgments did not conform to the administration’s dire views on Iraqi links to al-Qaida, the senators said. Later, two senators – Levin and Pat Roberts, R-Kan. – separately asked the Pentagon’s inspector general to review the role of Feith’s office. It was not immediately clear whether the intelligence committee would press ahead with its own investigation, or if the inspector general’s report would suffice. In a response last month to a draft of the IG’s report, Feith’s successor as undersecretary of defense for policy, Eric Edelman, wrote that the activity deemed by the IG to be “inappropriate” was actually “an exercise in alternative thinking” conducted at Wolfowitz’s direction. Edelman wrote that the IG had misinterpreted “what the (Pentagon’s) work actually was – namely, a critical assessment by OSD (Office of the Secretary of Defense) for policy purposes of IC (Intelligence Community) reporting and finished IC products on contacts between Iraq and al-Qaida.”last_img

Livingston hurt in Clips’ win

first_imgBut the loss of Livingston and the ugly scene of his unnatural-looking fall overshadowed the Clippers’ win. With 8:18 left in the first quarter, Livingston tried to convert a fast-break layup and missed. When he landed on his left leg, the knee buckled and twisted out of place. Just when the Clippers may have been turning around their season, they were pounded with their biggest blow: Shaun Livingston dislocated his left knee in a fall and is out for the season. The Clippers went on to defeat the Charlotte Bobcats 100-93 Monday night at Staples Center to move into a tie with New Orleans for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Two seasons ago, Livingston missed 52 games of his rookie season because of injuries. He was on the injured list for 39games because of a dislocated right knee cap. “That’s a different injury – less serious,” said Shimoyama, an orthopedic surgeon who has been with the Clippers for seven seasons. Cassell said: “Some guys don’t get any breaks in this league. Some guys get all the breaks. You can’t question injuries. You waste your time if you sit there and say, `Why did this happen to me?’ You waste your time doing that. He’s young, and he’ll bounce back.” Usually, one ligament or more are torn when a knee is dislocated. Shimoyama said it was possible that no ligaments were torn with Livingston, and even said it was possible that he could return by the end of the season, or within seven weeks. But that scenario looks highly unlikely. When the point guard had the less serious injury two years ago of a dislocated knee cap, he missed 39 games. Only 26 games are left this season. joe.stevens@presstelegram.com (562) 499-1338 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The grotesque way the knee turned caused the Clippers’ reserves to stand up and yell for help. “Hopefully, things are better than they look,” Sam Cassell said. “It was tough to absorb. I saw it, when he went up for the layup, and when he came down, I saw his knee pop out.” He paused, shook his head and said, “Wow.” While players, Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy and Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff, walked to Livingston while he was down, Dr. Steven Shimoyama popped Livingston’s knee back into place and wrapped it. The 21-year-old player was taken off the court on a stretcher with not a pained look, but a perturbed look. last_img

Kerr pleased with brilliant team spirit at Gor

first_img“I am really proud of these players and what has been achieved over the past two weeks. There has been a great sense of togetherness and the team spirit is impressive. There is no division like one group not talking to another. It is one close knit family,” the tactician said.The club has been hit with the departure of two key players skipper Musa Mohammed and midfielder Kenneth Muguna who will be joining Albanian second tier side KF Tirana but they have duly replaced them.Among the high profile faces which have joined the team include winger Samuel Onyango from Ulinzi Stars, midfielders Cersidy Okeyo and Humphrey Mieno from Tusker, defender Charles Momanyi from Kakamega Homeboyz and Lawrence Juma from Nzoia Sugar among others.Kerr says the new boys have shown great hunger and have integrated well with the rest of the squad.AFC Leopards defender Salim ‘Shittu’ Abdallah wins the ball against Ulinzi Stars forward Samuel Onyango during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 5, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy Olobul“We have made some very good progress at this camp but there is still so much to do. This is the third week of pre-season and we have one more week before we play AFC Leopards. We will look to fine tune on a few areas when we get back to Nairobi and we will be ready,” the tactician added.K’Ogalo will have their sternest pre-season test yet when they face Ugandan champions Kampala City Council Authority in a friendly match at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Saturday. The Ugandans arrived in the country on Friday evening.Kerr has disclosed this match will be key in setting the season’s agenda, including finding the right balance on his best eleven as well as trying out different technical and tactical aspects of his side’s readiness for the season.He has also intimated that he will give all players a chance to prove themselves.After the KCCA match on Saturday, the team will travel back to Nairobi to prepare for their season-opening Super Cup match against arch rivals AFC Leopards on January 28 before playing their final pre-season friendly against Sudan’s Al Hilal Omdurman on January 31.Meanwhile, KCCA who are preparing for the CAF Champions League will play former champions Tusker FC on Monday in Nairobi travelling to Nairobi then proceed to play AFC Leopards in Machakos on Wednesday and finally Sofapaka in Narok on Friday.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr smiles on the touchline in a previous Kenyan Premier League match. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 19- Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has praised his players’ attitude and team spirit as they near conclusion of their two-week training camp in Egerton, the outskirts of Kenya’s fourth largest city Nakuru.Kerr says the rate at which the new players have integrated into the team has surpassed his expectation and believes they are getting into brilliant shape ahead of the new season.last_img read more

REVEALED! Jamie Vardy and Ruud van Nistelrooy – but who else holds Premier League clubs’ goalscoring records?

first_img getty Swansea City: Michu – 4 games in a row – Danny Graham and Bafetimbi Gomis also scored in four consecutive games 20 Thierry Henry holds the Arsenal Premier League record for scoring in consecutive matches, netting 7 games in a row for the Gunners – find out what your club’s record is in the Premier League era by clicking the arrow above – Ian Wright and Emmanuel Adebayor also scored for seven successive games Aston Villa: Dion Dublin – 5 games in a row 20 Liverpool: Daniel Sturridge – 8 games in a row 20 Stoke City: Ricardo Fuller – 3 games in a row – Peter Crouch and three others also scored in 3 consecutive games In case you’ve been living under a rock, Jamie Vardy equalled Ruud van Nistelrooy’s Premier League goalscoring record for consecutive games at the weekend.Vardy’s goal in Leicester’s 3-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday extended his scoring run to ten league games in a row, taking him level with Manchester United’s great Dutch finisher.The 28-year-old striker’s meteoric rise through the English league pyramid makes the achievement all the more astonishing, and as fate would have it his and Leicester’s next opponents are Man United on Saturday evening.But who has the longest scoring streak for the 20 current top-flight sides in the Premier League era?talkSPORT takes a look in alphabetical order – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see who features.Statistics correct on 24 November 2015 20 Chelsea: Mark Stein – 7 games in a row Manchester United: Ruud van Nistelrooy – 10 games in a row 20 Leicester City: Jamie Vardy – 10 games in a row 20 Sunderland: Darren Bent – 5 games in a row – Steven Fletcher also scored for five successive games 20 20 West Brom: Peter Odemwingie – 5 games in a row 20 20center_img 20 Southampton: James Beattie – 6 games in a row Newcastle United: Alan Shearer – 7 games in a row Tottenham: Gareth Bale – 5 games in a row – Robbie Keane (three times), Rafael van der Vaart and Teddy Sheringham also scored for five games in succession 20 20 20 20 Bournemouth: Callum Wilson – 2 games in a row – Glenn Murray also scored for two consecutive games 20 20 Manchester City: Sergio Aguero – 5 games in a row (3 times) 20 Crystal Palace: Neil Shipperley – 5 games in a row 20 Watford: Michael Ngonge – 3 games in a row – Allan Smart also scored for 3 successive games Norwich City: Grant Holt – 3 games in a row (twice) – Chris Sutton (four times), Dean Ashton and Steve Morison also managed to score in 3 successive games Everton: Duncan Ferguson – 5 games in a row 20 West Ham: Diafra Sakho – 6 games in a rowlast_img read more

ASTRONAUT CHRIS HADFIELD TO BEAM INTO DONEGAL IN MASSIVE TOURISM BOOST

first_imgCanadian Astronaut Chris HadfieldBY RACHEL McLAUGHLIN: The Canadian astronaut who tweeted ‘as Gaeilge’ from space last year will visit Donegal to brush up on his language skills.As part of a nationwide holiday, Col. Chris Hadfield will travel to Inishowen and visit a Buncrana school to learn a ‘cúpla focal’ from the local pupils on Friday.Chris will also attend a traditional music session and see the spectacular Inishowen Peninsula, the starting point of the Wild Atlantic Way. Indeed many eyebrows were raised when Buncrana Town councillor Ciaran McLaughlin officially invited the astronaut to Donegal but it now appears that the idea certainly was ‘out of this world.’­­­­­The astronaut tweeted a photo of Donegal from the International Space Station last March:“Donegal, one of the many famous places I’ve only seen from space.”Donegal from space – Photo taken by Col. Chris HadfieldHe also tweeted a few words in Irish: “Tá Éire fíorálainn! Land of green hills & dark beer. With capital Dublin glowing in the Irish night.”Soon Chris and his wife Helene will get to experience the county at ground-level. His visit to Ireland will be documented in three short films featuring different themes like our spectacular scenery, Irish culture and traditions, as well as major visitor attractions.The films will be shared online and will surely put Inishowen and Donegal on the map as a top tourist destination, highlighting the many great things to see and do here on holiday. Top international travel and lifestyle media will also see the footage through the Tourism Ireland publicity campaign.Chris will also be tweeting his experiences during the five-day ambassador tour, inspiring his more than one million Twitter followers to begin planning their own holiday to Donegal and Ireland this year.CEO of Tourism Ireland Niall Gibbons said: “We are delighted to welcome Chris Hadfield to Inishowen and the North West. I would like to personally thank him for his tremendous generosity in agreeing to help us promote Ireland around the world. “Of course, he already began promoting Ireland last year, with the dramatic photos he tweeted from the International Space Station to his huge Twitter fanbase.“Chris is an enormously popular, global figure and I am confident that our films of his visit to Inishowen and Ireland will be seen and shared by millions of potential holidaymakers around the world – inspiring them to come and sample the destination for themselves.”ASTRONAUT CHRIS HADFIELD TO BEAM INTO DONEGAL IN MASSIVE TOURISM BOOST was last modified: January 10th, 2014 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:astronautbuncranaChris HadfieldInishowenlast_img read more

Unai Emery tried to sign Arsenal forward while he was in charge of PSG

first_img MONEY no dice Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move getty 2 2 “But for example, when I arrived at PSG we were thinking to sign Lacazette.“His quality and his characteristics also we liked at PSG. Also, the people who were working there, they said to us, ‘This player has the quality to play for PSG’ when we were there.“He was at Lyon and it wasn’t easy to have the conversation or to sign a player from Lyon or from PSG for Lyon. He was an option for us.”Despite being a fan of Lacazette, Emery is calling for further improvement from the forward now he has adapted to English football.“We are speaking together with Laca,” he added. “For him, last year, his first year in the Premier League, it was a different league than the French league also and the position also, the rhythm also, not the mentality because he has a very good mentality and he has very good chances usually to score. He is very efficient.“But he needs to continue his adaptation for us, for the Premier League, for the rhythm. This year we are looking at him one step more in this level.“We are very happy but my message to him is: ‘Every day, don’t stop’.“Don’t stop in training, don’t stop in matches, carry on to find his best performance. Not even just in matches but in each minute of the 90 minutes and he is doing that.” RANKED ADVICE Emery coached Mbappe at PSG REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade center_img Lacazette has been in fine goalscoring form Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Lacazette moved to the Emirates Stadium in the summer of 2017 and is expected to make his 50th appearance for the club when they host Leicester on Monday night.The 27-year-old joined from Lyon having scored 60 times in his last two campaigns in France – form that attracted the attention of Emery, who was then in charge of rivals PSG.Emery was working with the likes of Edinson Cavani and Neymar at the Parc des Princes – with Kylian Mbappe also moving to the French capital last year.But the Arsenal manager, who is enjoying a nine-match winning run, refused to compare the forwards – revealing Lacazette was a target ahead of his move to Arsenal.“They are different players, it is very difficult to compare,” Emery said. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS BEST OF Arsenal boss Unai Emery admits he tried to sign Alexandre Lacazette while he was in charge of Paris Saint-Germain.The Gunners striker has made an excellent start to the season, with 5 goals already, featuring a brace in the 5-1 thrashing of Fulham before the international break.last_img read more

DD LOCAL – DUNKINEELY IS READY TO GET IN BLOOM

first_imgDunkineely/Killaghtee/Bruckless local notesWALKING GROUP – meets every Tuesday morning at 10:00 am for a walk or stroll of about 30-40 minutes with a cuppa afterwards if you want. All are welcome to join this group. Contact Marie Hutchinson or the DCL office if you are interested: 087 3421922.DUNKINEELY IN BLOOM – Dunkineely Community Ltd are having run a Dunkineely in Bloom competition in May, to brighten up the town and surrounding area. We’ll be looking for winners of categories such as: Best Business, Best mall town garden, Best Church, Best school, Best vegetable plot, Best large garden, Best container garden etc.But the main winners will be the community of Dunkineely, Bruckless and Killaghtee area. We will be having workshops on planting up containers/hanging baskets and vegetable growing plus a few freebies to get going. So start thinking now and start sowing as soon as the good weather is with us. If you are interested contact DCL office 087 3421922 if you’d like to help organise it, or be involved. Entry forms are now available from the DCL office. “A great Community event!”BUS TOUR EXCURSION – Conneely Travel and JIW Tours have organised a one day excursion to North Leitrim and Sligo on Saturday 24th May. This is a fun, social bus tour outing, with some gentle strolls and visits to Glencar Waterfall, the Lake Isle of Innisfree and Sligo.For further info, cost and bookings ring Keith on: 087-9213200 or email journeyinwonder@gmail.com You can also look up their webpage by clicking on this link: http://www.jiw-tours.com/FLORA MINI MARATHON – is Taking place on Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd June 2014. We ask you to please support Alison, Carmel, Majella, Sharon & Jacinta who are running in this Marathon for a great cause. Details of how to donate are on the DCL facebook page.CASTLE MURRAY HOUSE HOTEL – is having a coffee morning on Saturday 7th June from 12 – 2pm. All “donations” on the day will be going to the services provided by Cancer Care West and their Co. Donegal residential home “Inis Aoibhinn”. The team at Castle Murray House will be all volunteering their time & services on the day. For more information please contact Castle Murray House Hotel 087 3421922.THE POINT 10k CHARITY FUN/RUN/WALK – Taking place in Dunkineely on Saturday 16th August 2014 at 11:00am (Same route as last year). The chosen charities for this year’s event are Billy’s World Ireland and Clara House Killybegs – (Day Centre for Intellectual Disabilities). Everyone welcome! Contact Pauric McNern for further information.DCL has a library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature. (Roald Dhal’s Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone & The Goblet of Fire), Classics (J.R.R. Tolkien to Marian Keyes), Horror, Comedy, Booker-Prize etc. Rent a book from just 20c or perhaps DVD’s, Lego Batman or The Patience Stone from just 50c per night. Come into the office weekday mornings from 9:30-12:30 pm and use the Internet (20c per half hour) or Print Documents (20c per page).Please note that the DCL office has changed it’s number to 087 3421922.DD LOCAL – DUNKINEELY IS READY TO GET IN BLOOM was last modified: May 12th, 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:BrucklessDunkineelylocal noteslast_img read more

DONEGAL MAN TELLS ABUSE INQUIRY: “IT WAS LIKE BEING BROUGHT UP BY THE TALIBAN’

first_imgA Donegal man sent to live with nuns at a Derry children’s home has said being brought up there was like “being reared by the Taliban.”The man, now aged 65, was giving evidence at the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA) which is investigating abuse claims against children’s residential institutions from 1922 to 1995.The inquiry is currently focusing on claims against two homes run by the Sisters of Nazareth in Derry – Nazareth House Children’s Home in Bishop Street and St Joseph’s Home, Termonbacca at Southway ajdacent to the city’s Creggan estate. The witness, who stayed in Termonbacca during the 1950s told the inquiry – being held in Banbridge in Co Down and chaired by retired High Court judge Sir Anthony Hart – he  witnessed  a 10-year-old boy being raped and an eight-year-old boy being sexually abused.He said to avoid sexual abuse he lay at night soaked in urine.The Donegal man said he ran away from the home on many occasions and every time he was brought back “the beatings would start.”He said when he complained about the abuse to a priest after leaving the home, he was told he was the “product of an evil and satanic relationship.” The added: ”That was the day I left the Catholic Church.”The witness said by telling the truth was “setting me free.”He added: “I have come here to tell the truth and as I am reaching out, I am reaching out in healing and trying to forgive, but at this moment I cannot.“I have waited 65 years to say this. When I was reared by the Sisters of the Congregation of Nazareth it was equivalent to being reared by the Taliban, such was their sadism, their lack of empathy, their fundamentalism, their lack of dignity to the little helpless boy.”He said he later discovered he had five sisters – all sent to stay with nuns in Bishop Street in Derry, just over a mile away. He didn’t know they were there. DONEGAL MAN TELLS ABUSE INQUIRY: “IT WAS LIKE BEING BROUGHT UP BY THE TALIBAN’ was last modified: January 29th, 2014 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:abusepaedophilesSisters of NazarethTermonbaccalast_img read more