Facebook Twitter By News Highland – August 2, 2019 Harps come back to win in Waterford Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows The former British paratrooper charged in respect of Bloody Sunday is due to appear at Derry Courthouse on September 18th for committal proceedings.The soldier, known only as Lance Corporal “F” is to be prosecuted for Murder, Attempted Murder and Wounding With Intent.Madden and Finucane Solicitors, who represent a number of the wounded and the families of those killed, say their clients have been formally notified of the date by a senior lawyer within the Public ProsecutionService.At this stage, they say it is not known if Lance Corporal “F” intends to challenge the prosecution evidence at Committal.____________________Statement in full -Madden & Finucane represent the following victims in respect of whom Lance Corporal “F”is to be prosecuted for Murder, Attempted Murder and Wounding With Intent: the family ofWilliam McKinney (deceased), the family of Patsy O’Donnell (wounded, now deceased), JoeFriel (wounded), Michael Quinn (wounded) and Joe Mahon (wounded). Lance Corporal F isalso charged with the murder of James Wray.Ciaran Shiels, solicitor, this morning confirmed:“Our clients have been formally notified by a senior lawyer within the Public ProsecutionService that the Committal proceedings in respect of the prosecution of Lance Corporal “F”now have a first listing date fixed for Wednesday 18th September 2019 at Bishop StreetCourthouse in Derry.“Outstanding material that was required from the PSNI to finalise the court papers has nowbeen received by the PPS.“We understand that those papers are now being finalised and will be served on the formersoldier’s defence lawyers.“At this stage it is not known if Lance Corporal “F” intends to challenge the prosecutionevidence at Committal.“We understand that there will be a further update from the PPS in this regard closer to thehearing.“We have been further advised that arrangements are in place to facilitate the attendance offamily members and victims by the NI court service.” Previous articleFallen walker rescued from Banba’s Crown, MalinNext articleSatellite clubs to help development of gymnastics in Donegal News Highland Twitter Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR “Soldier F” to appear in court on September 18th News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp
An appeal has been made following a criminal damage incident to a patrol car outside a local Garda station in Donegal. It is understood in the early hours of Saturday morning last, between 1:40am and 2:10am, considerable damaged was caused to a parked patrol vehicle outside Newtoncunningham’s Garda station.The car’s wing mirror was ripped off, causing serious damage to the driver’s door. Gardaí said one person, who has been recorded with CCTV, was involved in the incident.Anyone with information is asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 0749167100 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.Patrol car to be out of action following criminal damage incident in Newton was last modified: July 30th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Curry would love to captain Team Curry again in 2019 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Wigan Athletic fans celebrate at the end of the English FA Cup fifth round soccer match between Wigan Athletic and Manchester City at The DW Stadium, Wigan, England, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Wigan Athletic won the game 1-0. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)MANCHESTER, England — Sergio Aguero was involved in a confrontation with a Wigan fan as ugly scenes marred the end of the third-division side’s shock FA Cup win over Manchester City on Monday.Fans spilled on to the pitch at DW Stadium as the host celebrated its 1-0 fifth-round win against the runaway English Premier League leader.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Supporters from both clubs were involved in disturbances, while television pictures appeared to show a home supporter and striker Aguero involved in a physical exchange.Aguero appeared to hit the supporter after the fan said something to the player, and Aguero had to be held back by his City teammates.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAdvertising hoardings were also ripped out and thrown as a pitch invasion by Wigan fans got out of hand while the defeated City players were being escorted off the pitch.Footage also appeared to show objects, including an advertising board, being thrown at police officers by fans in the City end. LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers City manager Pep Guardiola said he was in the changing room and did not see the Aguero incident.“It’s safer when the fans are not there, but sometimes it happens,” he said.Wigan counterpart Paul Cook was also in his changing room at the time.“It’s not correct (pitch invasions), but I haven’t seen these incidents so I’d rather not give an opinion, but players’ safety is paramount for everyone.”ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Souness yet to be won over by Fabinhoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Graeme Souness is yet to be won over by Fabinho.Souness has questioned whether the Brazil midfielder is up to the standards Liverpool are seeking to reach.”Liverpool don’t have what I would call milky players,” he told the Sunday Times. “Before the season began they identified midfield as an area that needed strengthening and brought in Fabinho and Naby Keita. “I am yet to be fully convinced by Fabinho and wonder why it has taken such a long time for him to get up to speed.”He has played well since getting into the team but he still has a bit to go.”
Lascelles motivates Newcastle for ‘six-pointer’ with Brightonby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles has branded Saturday’s clash with Brighton as a “six-pointer”.Both clubs are expected to fight to stay in the Premier League at the tail-end of the season.The 25-year-old said: “We’ve had another tough run to the start of the season. Playing Liverpool, Tottenham, and Arsenal is a tough start for anyone.”We’ve played some good football, and now against Brighton we need to be really pushing to get the three points out of that game.”These games are six-pointers. At home to Brighton, we’ve definitely got to fancy ourselves.”They could be competition for us, so anyone who’s going to be in and around us, we need to be taking points from. Saturday is the right time to do that.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Kolkata: The CBI on Monday interrogated painter Shuvaprasanna in connection with the multi-crore Saradha ponzi scam which left thousands of investors in the lurch. Sources in the investigating agency said that the painter had been asked to appear before its officials to ascertain his role in the scam. The artist was questioned by CBI in 2014 for selling a non-operational TV channel to Saradha Group chief Sudipta Sen. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had also quizzed him on certain financial transactions with the Saradha Group through his bank account with regard to buying the television channel. Saradha had collected money from common investors without having the sanction of either RBI or SEBI promising higher returns to them. Both CBI and ED are probing the Saradha scam. The final chargesheets were yet to be filed.
WASHINGTON – American military contractors operating in Iraq are accusing Baghdad of employing strong-arm tactics to make them pay exorbitant income taxes, a practice they’ve warned the Trump administration is hampering the fight against Islamic State extremists.To force payment of the taxes, which the companies say are haphazardly calculated and can total millions of dollars, Iraqi authorities have held up — and even threatened to stop altogether — delivery of essential supplies, including food, fuel and water, bound for U.S. and coalition forces, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Associated Press.Iraqi government officials also have refused to issue, or have delayed, the delivery of work visas to employees of companies that won’t hand over the money.A senior executive at a U.S. company that supports American troops in Iraq said contractor vehicles are stopped at checkpoints frequently and ordered to produce documents that certify they’ve paid the taxes or prove their company has received an extension from Iraq’s tax commission. The executive spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid retaliation from the Iraqi government for speaking out publicly.He said the Iraqis typically calculate the tax bills by first determining the total value of the contract and then charging 20 per cent of what they estimate the company’s gross revenue would be. That can lead to eye-popping yet wildly inaccurate totals as high as $20 million. The big number is really aimed at getting the company to agree on a smaller yet still substantial amount, the executive said.Najiha Abbas Habib, director general of Iraq’s tax authority, rejected the allegation U.S. contractors are being gouged. American companies working in Iraq are not exempt from taxation, she said, adding that Iraq’s tax rates are actually lower than other Middle East countries.“Many foreign companies operate in Iraq without paying any taxes at all,” Habib said.Robert Mearkle, a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, denied the tax demands have undercut the counterterrorism mission. “Iraqi enforcement of tax laws has not disrupted U.S. efforts to defeat ISIS,” he said in an emailed statement, using an alternative acronym for the militant group that in 2014 burst into western and northern Iraq from Syria.But a trade group representing a number of the contractors told Secretary of State Rex Tillerson several months ago that the tactics present a “direct threat to the U.S. government’s mission in Iraq.” The Professional Services Council also said in the previously undisclosed May 1 letter to Tillerson that the arbitrary way the Iraqis are collecting the taxes heightens the potential for fraud and waste in a country that already ranks as one of the most corrupt in the world.David Berteau, president of the Professional Services Council, estimated in an AP interview that the Pentagon spent about $1 billion in just the last year on contracts with about 20 U.S. companies for support in Iraq. The work ranges from supplying U.S. and coalition bases to construction and weapon system maintenance.Berteau said the companies either seek reimbursement from the U.S. government for the taxes or build the expense into the price they charge on the contract.“Either way, U.S. taxpayers eventually foot the bill,” Berteau said.But the Trump administration hasn’t confronted senior Iraqi officials over the matter. Tillerson, in a brief response he sent the organization in early July, said a diplomatic note between the two countries approved in 2014 during the Obama administration gave U.S. government personnel but not contractors protections from Iraqi law.Tillerson said the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad routinely engages with the Iraqi government “to ensure fair treatment” of the U.S. contractors working there. But he also said it’s “always important that U.S. companies follow local laws,” which include the payment of taxes.And Tillerson gave no indication the Trump administration would pursue what U.S. companies with overseas contracts really want: an agreement with the Iraqi government that gives them exemptions from the taxes and other legal protections to shield them from being prosecuted in Iraqi courts.Iraq’s push for the taxes has coincided with a sustained drop in oil prices. Oil revenue makes up nearly 95 per cent of Iraq’s budget, but the country has been reeling under an economic crisis since 2014, when prices began falling from a high of above $100 a barrel.The seizure of territory across Iraq by the Islamic State group in 2014, including the fall of Mosul, worsened the situation. Badly needed resources have been diverted from productive investment to fight a long and costly insurgency.U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in Iraq, referred questions to the State Department. The command declined to provide a list of the U.S. companies in Iraq with Defence Department contracts.Among the companies operating in Iraq are General Dynamics Land Systems and DynCorp International. General Dynamics, which is based in Michigan, received a $65 million contract late last year to support Iraq’s fleet of M1A1 battle tanks. DynCorp, located in McLean, Virginia, won a contract in 2015 with a potential value of $139 million to school Iraqi troops in vehicle maintenance and repair. Neither company responded to requests for comment about whether they’d paid taxes to the Iraqi government.Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the Senate’s No. 2 Republican, has thrown his support to the U.S. companies, telling Tillerson and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis that he’s concerned the income tax demands could lead American contractors to avoid Iraq altogether.Cornyn wrote in early August that Iraq is “the only unstable conflict zone in the world where U.S. contractors and their employees have no legal tax protections.”___Associated Press writers Susannah George and Qassim Abdul-Zahra in Baghdad contributed to this report.___Follow Richard Lardner on Twitter at http://twitter.com/rplardner
TORONTO — Realtor Ash Alles wanted to throw an open house to remember.So, he catered a food truck.“Food is what drives people in,” said Alles, a real estate agent at Sutton Group Summit Realty in Mississauga, Ont. “We’re trying to make it an event, as opposed to a traditional open house.”The open house at the townhouse in Burlington, Ont., west of Toronto, last May drew in more than 200 people over four hours on a sunny Sunday afternoon. There were free tacos, music, and people were encouraged to bring their babies and dogs along.Although the eventual buyer wasn’t at the open house, billed as a “Cinco de Mayo Neighbourhood Fiesta,” Alles still considered the party a success.So much so that since the spring, he has hired a food truck for five other open houses.Alles spends about $5,000 out of pocket each time for the food truck, much higher than the typical $250 a realtor usually spends to run an open house.“I want my listings to stand out. We want buyers to come to our listings. We want to sell our listings,” he said. “Whatever we can do to drive traffic is worth doing. Yes you have to spend a little more money but that is what marketing is and that is what is going to get the house sold at the end of the day.”From food trucks to iPad giveaways to private wine and cheese nights, realtors are upping their game in a bid to lure potential homebuyers to an open house, a feat that may become more difficult with real estate markets across the country continuing to show signs of softening.“There has been an evolution of what an open house can look like,” says Ryan Hartlen, a Halifax broker who’s been in the business for 15 years.“Back in the day, you put a sign out, advertise in the paper and see who shows up.”Nowadays, those who attend open houses can expect anything from cookies and charcuterie boards to colouring books for the children to giveaways of foodie baskets.Although the eventual homebuyer may not be the nosy neighbour down the street or the dogwalker who decided to pop in to the open house, most realtors see it as an opportunity to showcase the property to as many people as possible.But if you ask Brett Starke, a sales rep with PSR Brokerage in downtown Toronto, he has a different strategy to running an open house.“I don’t do water or coffee or anything like that,” said Starke, who specializes in sales of downtown condominiums and homes in west Toronto. “I just do straight information (about the property).”He says it’s more important to him to get the right kind of person into a client’s open house, one that is serious about the property, rather than aim to attract anybody off the street.“There is a difference between drawing people in and drawing in a buyer,” said Starke.To him, a successful open house is getting six to 10 people and being able to give them individual attention and answer all their questions.“We want to spend the right time with the right people,” he said. “You’re not going to buy a condo or house because someone gave you a $20 bottle of wine, or the people who come for the free food, they’re not going to be one ones who buy the house.”Starke says agents who employ these “gimmicky” tactics are doing a disservice to their clients, when the extra money spent on the open house could instead be put towards research and marketing directly to the right demographic of buyers.And what about those nosy neighbours often seen at open houses? His tip is to hold a VIP event before the public open house so they don’t distract actual potential buyers.“Open houses have almost become like a Saturday or Sunday social event where people think, ‘Why not go see beautiful properties in the neighbourhood, get design inspiration and spy on our neighbours?,’ he said.“We don’t want the tire kickers in there, complaining about things, when the real buyer could be there too.”Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.Linda Nguyen , The Canadian Press
Banda (UP): Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Wednesday termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “Pradhan Prachar Mantri” and accused the BJP of “wasting drinking water” to clean roads in Banda, an arid town in Uttar Pradesh’s Budelkhand region. Priyanka Gandhi’s comments drew a sharp reaction from Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who said her statements show that the fear of defeat has gripped the Congress. The Congress’s attack on Modi and the BJP came a day ahead of the prime minister’s visit here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Water from tankers were being used to clean roads to “welcome our Pradhan Prachar Mantri (chief publicity minister)”, she claimed. This is happening at a time when “the entire Bundelkhand, the men and women living there, school going children, crops, birds and animals are facing the spectre of drought,” the Congress general secretary said. In a tweet, Priyanka Gandhi said, “Is he a ‘chowkidar’ (watchman) or a ‘shahnshah’ (emperor) coming from Delhi.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The prime minister is schedule to address an election rally here on Thursday. Rebutting allegations, Adityanath said, “The fear of defeat has gripped the Congress so much that it can be proved from the fact that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has termed an 11 seconds of washing of keechad (mud), as the washing of an entire road.” In a tweet, he said, “The Congress is a factory of lies. Even after tendering an apology in the Supreme Court, these Congressmen are not mending their ways.’ His reference was to Congress president Rahul Gandhi expressing regret in the Supreme Court on Monday over his remark “chowkidar (watchman) Narendra Modi chor hain” in connection with the Rafale judgment.
New Delhi: Delhi Capitals qualified for the IPL play-offs for the first time since 2012 after a convincing 16-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore here on Sunday. Entertaining knocks from captain Shreyas Iyer (52 off 37) and Shikhar Dhawan (50 off 37) helped Delhi put up a daunting 187 for five before the bowlers delivered once again to stop the RCB at 171 for seven. It was Delhi’s eighth win in 12 games, giving them the 16 points needed to seal a top-four berth. Chennai Super Kings were the first team to quality for the play-offs. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuOn the other hand, it is all but over for the Virat Kohli-led RCB, following their eighth loss in 12 games. With 62 needed off the last five overs, the Delhi bowling attack, led by spinners Amit Mishra (2/29) and Axar Patel (1/26), produced another commendable performance after RCB made a promising start. RCB opener Parthiv Patel initially resisted the Delhi attack with aplomb, hitting a belligerent 39 off 20 balls with five boundaries and a six while Kohli seemed happy to play spectator at the non-striker’s end. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersAlthough it was Delhi’s home game but when Kohli survived a caught behind call on 4, it seemed most of the fans had turned up to cheer for the Indian skipper, who did not disappoint and hit the very next ball for a towering six. The Delhi bowlers replied strongly to the onslaught by the openers by dismissing the duo in quick succession, Kagiso Rabada scalped the wicket off Parthiv while Axar Patel accounted for Kohli (23 off 17), who was caught by Rutherford in the deep. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals for RCB as their batsmen failed to make an impact. Patel took a stunning catch at the boundary to dismiss AB de Villiers (17 off 19) in the 12th over and South African Heinrich Klaasen (3) soon followed him into the dressing room. Shivam Dube (24), who was dropped on 3, was then caught by Dhawan, eliciting the trade-mark thigh-slap celebration from the Indian opener. RCB seemed to be leading towards victory when Marcus Stoinis (32 not out off 24)and Gurkeerat Singh (27 off 19) were in the middle of a blistering stand but the total proved to be too much in the end. Earlier, half centuries by Dhawan and Iyer coupled with late cameos from Sherfane Rutherford and Axar Patel had powered Delhi to a strong total. Keeping in mind the extremely dry nature of the wicket, Iyer opted to bat first. The openers began the Delhi innings on a steady note. Dhawan sliced Umesh Yadav over cover point to hit the first boundary for his team. Shaw also hit four boundaries and looked in dangerous form but couldn’t capitalise on his good start and perished for 18 in the fourth over with Yadav providing the first breakthrough for the visitors. Skipper Iyer edged the first ball he faced to the boundary. His innings of 52 was laced with two fours and three sixes. On the other end, Dhawan continued hitting boundaries at regular intervals to the packed crowd’s delight. The home team reached to 88/1 at the halfway mark. The duo shared a 68-run stand and looked to set a huge target. However, there was a shift in momentum as Yuzvendra Chahal, who was the pick of the bowlers, dismissed Dhawan as he tried to reach out and sweep the ball in the 13th over. The spinner than dismissed danger man Rishabh Pant for 7 in his next over. Delhi then lost wickets of Iyer and Colin Ingram (11) in quick succession. Delhi were struggling at 141 for 5 when Rutherford ( 28 off 13 balls) and Patel (16 off 9) walked in to share a 46-run partnership with 20 runs coming off the last over.