An Inishowen man, charged with rape and sexual assault, has been denied access to his passport to travel for a family wedding later this year.The man appeared before Buncrana District Court to apply to the court for the return of his passport, which he earlier surrendered due to strict bail conditions imposed. The man, who cannot be named due to a publication order imposed by the court, is charged with raping and sexually assaulting a woman at an address in Inishowen on a date in February 2017.He appeared before Buncrana District Court and applied to have his passport returned to him to allow to attend two weddings in Poland in the summer.His solicitor Frank Dorrian said he understands that the charges against his client are ‘very serious and significant’ and he knows the stakes in the case are very high in terms of the bail conditions.But he said the man has lived in Inishowen for the past 13 years and has strong ties to the community.He said he appeared before court on every occasion and fully co-operated with the Gardaí and would like to be able to travel to Poland on two separate occasions during the summer.Mr. Dorrian said he knows when the charges are so serious the risk of evasion are higher, but he hoped his client’s co-operation and engagement with the court process might counter that risk a little.However Garda Inspector Seamus McGonigle said this was a different level.“These are serious offences,” he told the court.“And this application is a different level there is just too much risk. I accept there might a be family occasion but with respect that doesn’t matter – he is a flight risk.”Mr. Dorrian said he knows that they are on a ‘thin wedge’ but added that the man, despite not being married or having any children, had family connections in Inishowen.However, Judge Paul Kelly said it was ‘somewhat a stretch’ to give the man his passport back and refused the application.Meanwhile Insp. McGonigle said he was applying to the court for some extra time for preparing the Book of Evidence in the case.He said Gardaí needed an extra month to prepare the Book. Judge Kelly agreed and adjourned the case until June 13.Man on rape charge denied passport for family wedding was last modified: May 15th, 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:buncranacourtdonegalpassport
MSNBC and Fox News report that a search is being planned July 15 to inspect an object that, seen from a satellite, bears some resemblance to remains of Noah’s ark high up the slopes of Mt. Ararat. The expedition, led by Daniel McGivern, wants to get a closer look and take photographs. National Geographic took note of the news, adding that the satellite image was taken by Digital Globe, a commercial satellite imaging company. Although McGivern is 98% certain it is the Ark of Noah, and claims he can even identify wooden beams in the images, another veteran Ark explorer, Rex Geissler, is skeptical.The object is too indistinct to draw any conclusions. Tantalizing as these images are when they appear from time to time, we should always take a default position that they are not Ark-eological till proven otherwise. Embarrassing retractions have been made before by overzealous explorers; a different box-shaped object in the 1990s looked very different up close. It is certainly worth checking out claims like this, but it is also highly unlikely a wood ship would survive thousands of years of weathering and landslides even under the best of conditions. Only extraordinary evidence will be able to substantiate the extraordinary claim. Better to understate the potential than have to backtrack later. Yet a long string of alleged sightings keeps the explorers motivated. There are many reasons why the search is extremely difficult. The ice pack only melts for short periods in dry years, the mountain is extremely difficult to climb, and it has long been in a dangerous political zone near the Turkish-Russian-Iranian border. Armed gunmen roaming the slopes add to the hazard, and many otherwise hopeful searches in past years have waited in vain for permits from capricious local officials, only to be denied at the last minute. Best wishes to the explorers, but till they bring back unquestionable evidence that would convince skeptics, definitive proof Noah’s Ark has survived on Mt. Ararat is, so far, lacking. Whether the Ark existed and the Flood occurred are separate inquiries that, while they would be enhanced by this evidence, do not require it.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Skipper Michael Klinger and Daniel Harris produced a 124-run opening partnership to help South Australia inflict a humiliating eight-wicket defeat on Royal Challengers Bangalore and qualify for the Champions League Twenty20 semifinal, in Durban on Friday.South Australia first came out with a disciplined bowling display to restrict the Bangalore side to 154 in 19.5 overs on a slightly slow Kingsmead pitch and then achieved the target with nine balls to spare in the Group B encounter.Klinger scored an unconquered 69 off 57 balls with the help of nine fours and a six, while Harris came out with a brilliant 57 off 38 balls.South Australia scored 155 for two in 18.3 overs, with Callum Ferguson (21 off 14) giving company to Klinger.Chasing 155 to win, both the openers started on an attacking note.Neither Klinger nor Harris faced any problem in tackling the Bangalore bowling attack and kept sending the ball to the fence in regular intervals.Klinger cracked a four in the second ball of the innings off medium pacer Praveen Kumar, while Harris cracked three fours in the sixth over off Dillon du Preez to add to the frustration of RCB skipper Anil Kumble.Kumble tried out five bowlers, including himself, but all his efforts went in vain as the bowlers, including pacer Dale Steyn, proved quite ineffective and expensive on the Kingsmead pitch.South Australia reached 50-run mark in the sixth over and then riding on the rampaging form of the two openers they crossed 100-run mark in the 12th over.To the end of the match, the Australian side lost two quick wickets in the form of Harris, who adorned his innings with seven fours and two sixes, and Graham Manou (0).advertisementHarris returned after a misunderstanding with his skipper while Manou feel to Kumble after facing three balls but that could not stop them from registering their third successive win in the tournament.Earlier, Preez and Ross Taylor scored an identical 46 to help Bangalore overcome a mid-innings slump and post 154 after Kumble opted to bat.Taylor, who cracked eight fours and a huge six during his 28-ball stay, steadied the RCB innings in middle overs while Preez capitalised on his home condition when the team was struggling at 76 for five in 10.5 overs.Preez struck one four and four sixes during his 25-ball innings and with Cameron White (25) produced a crucial 58-run partnership to pull the team out of the pit. RCB was folded for 154 in 19.5 overs, with Daniel Christian scalping four late wickets for 23 runs.The Bangalore team, which missed the service of star South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis, were off to a wobbly start as they lost two wickets in the first couple of overs.Tait struck in the fifth ball of the match by removing Manish Pandey (4) cheaply.Pandey cracked a four off the fifth delivery off Tait but the fast bowler took revenge in the next ball when the batsman failed to tackle a rising delivery and Harris pouched a well-judged catch.Medium pacer Gary Putland then inflicted the second loss by dismissing Robin Uthappa, who could not contribute anything, in the second delivery of the next over.Uthappa chased a ball outside off stump and cracked a slightly uppish drive but Callum Ferguson dived at cover-point region to lay hand on the fence-bound ball.Rahul Dravid (4) then got the company of New Zealander Taylor and the duo added quick 46 runs to give the RCB some recovery before Dravid fell prey to left-arm spinner Aaron O’Brien in the seventh over.White then stepped in to pair up with Taylor and started on a cautious note.But Tait soon scalped in-form Taylor for his second wicket after the duo had added only 16 runs. The Kiwi went after a delivery that wasn’t too wide to play a cut and got an edge straight to wicketkeeper Graham Manou who did not make any mistake.Virat Kohli (3) then returned to the dug out in the 11th over, leaving RCB tottering at 76 for five.However, Preez then paired up with White to give a timely recovery. But after Preez’s departure in the 17th over, when RCB was 134 for six, they lost some quick wickets and was folded for 154.For South Australia, Tait (2/23) and Putland (2/37) bagged two wickets each.