Rape survivor ‘still in a prison’ as attacker loses appeal

first_imgA young Letterkenny woman has said that she is living with a ‘life sentence’ after being raped in 2015.Dominique Meehan (26) said she is still suffering and living with the daily effects of a violent rape which took place as a gaming convention in Dublin. Her attacker, Keith Hearne (30) of Allenton Drive, Tallaght, lost his appeal against the severity of his 12-year prison sentence on Monday. Hearne’s sentence was upheld for the rape, oral rape and false imprisonment of Ms Meehan at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown on July 4, 2015.In her victim impact statement, Ms Meehan said that her mental health, her daily life and her career have been disrupted by the attack.She said that she admitted herself to the mental health unit after learning about Hearne’s appeal and struggles with suicidal thoughts.“I was off college for a month and had to have emergency appointments at my local rape crisis centre for counselling,” she said.Ms Meehan waived her right to anonymity so that Hearne could be named after his conviction. She said that she is proud of her campaign for rape survivors and women, but she has lost friends and family who did not understand her reasons for going public.“I have no social life to speak of in Letterkenny because I’m terrified of going outside at night. It takes everything I’ve got to get up in the morning and go to college. My self esteem is non-existent. I am living at home with my parents now so they can take care of me. This is a massive loss to my independence,” she said.Ms Meehan explained that her daily actions are impacted by the brutal rape.“I can’t lock doors, I can’t sleep on my right side, I’m a movie buff and I have to spoil movies on myself to make sure there’s no violence against women in them,” she said, adding that she has nightmares about being pregnant with Hearne’s baby and self-harmed in the months after the attack.Ms Meehan, who is studying to be a youth worker, said she is struggling to complete the course and considered dropping out due to the stress of the appeal.Four years on from the attack, Ms Meehan said that she and her family cannot celebrate her birthday or Christmas, as she lives with two dates in mind – the day Hearne was jailed and the date of her rape.She said: “I’m still in a prison he has created for me on the 4th of July 2015. And I will be feeling the effects for the rest of my life. “Every year that goes on, people look at me and think that I should be over this by now. This is a life sentence. Keith Hearne only has to serve twelve years, possibly less, and then it will all be forgotten about. You tell me how that’s fair.”If you have been affected by this article, support is available with the Donegal Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre – Freephone: 1800 44 88 44 www.donegalrapecrisis.ieFor information about Sexual Assault Treatment Units, visit: http://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/5/sexhealth/satu/Rape survivor ‘still in a prison’ as attacker loses appeal was last modified: May 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

The Emerging Era of Alert Services – For Almost Anything

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tracking shopping deals is the most immediate commercial application for alert services that go beyond ‘topics.’ Trackle offers a large selection of feeds to subscribe to, including coupons, product price drops,deals on Amazon (tracking when the price for a product falls within a price range you’re willing to pay), new product reviews, product recalls, daily deals, latest buzz in shopping, price protection(“…find out if the price of a recent purchase drops in time to apply for a rebate or partial refund.”).That selection from Trackle is impressive and will grow even more when data from sensors and RFID tags are added in the near future. Imagine for example getting notified, when you walk into a bookstore, that a book you have on your wishlist is available on special in that store. Or you’re doing your groceries and your phone alerts you to a deal in the store that day on blueberries, which you’ve marked as your favorite fruit and something that you want to track the price of. These kinds of scenarios could be achieved with a combination of services like Trackle, your smartphone, and RFID tags on product items. Those examples are just a starter for ten, we can expect more sophisticated alert systems to evolve once Internet of Things ramps up in retail stores and elsewhere.For now, let us know in the comments your favorite alert services! richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts As ever more data flows onto the Web, we need tools to track changes in that data and alert us to new data that we’re interested in. Examples of data that can be tracked include shopping deals, places, companies, home prices, sports scores, local events, even crime reports! Add to that emerging Internet of Things sources such as sensor data, RFID tags, proximity, and more. Last week we listed and categorized some of the leading topic-tracking tools on the Web (see also the follow-up post). The tools we listed were geared towards tracking news or media information on the Web. In this post, we look at a leading service that tracks more discrete, faster changing types of data.Trackle is an impressive alerts service that we first reviewed a year ago. Other similar services we’ve covered before are Yotify and Alerts.com. In our first review of Trackle, we were impressed by “the sheer quantity of alerts they’ve made available.” It’s expanded since then – you can see the current list here and in the screenshot below. Tags:#Internet of Things#Product Reviews#RSS & Feeds#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

North Carolina Town Scuttles New Solar Farm

first_imgThe solar panels will “suck up all the energy from the sun”Bobby Mann said that the solar farms were “killing” the town. “All the young people are going to move out,” he told the council. Solar farms, he said, would “suck up all the energy from the sun” and convince business not to move into town, the newspaper said.Strata did its best to convince the council otherwise. “There are no negative impacts,” said Strata’s Beth Trahos. “A solar farm is a wonderful use for a property like this.” Brent Niemann told town residents that solar panels would not “draw additional sunlight” and were not toxic.Their arguments weren’t enough. The Woodland, North Carolina, town council voted to block a zoning change that would have permitted development of a new photovoltaic (PV) facility after some local residents expressed fears the solar panels would absorb too much sunlight and prevent nearby plants from growing. According to an article published in the Roanoke-Cowan News-Herald, the 3-1 vote blocked development of a PV facility that would have been constructed by the Strata Solar Company.Three other solar farms have already been approved. Strata had proposed using 48 acres of a 207-acre lot for PV arrays, but it needed a zoning change to move ahead with the project. Instead, the council voted against the rezoning plan, and later in the meeting voted for a complete moratorium on solar farms, the newspaper said.Cecil Harkey, the only councilor who voted in favor of the zoning change, said that his research suggested the solar panels wouldn’t pose any threats to people or nearby vegetation, but that’s not how some Woodland residents saw it.“There was a lot of discussion,” he said by telephone. “There was a large crowd there that night. One lady had gone around with a petition, and probably half the adults in town had signed the petition. That was taken into consideration.“Scared — they were just scared of the pollution,” he continued, “that it was going to cut out the rays of the sun in the surrounding area to where vegetation would not grow. Some of those living close to the [solar] farm, their property would be affected and kill their trees and flowers. These were some of their concerns and expressions that were made.”Residents also were concerned the new solar farm proposed by Strata would be an eyesore. “That would be one of the first things you’d see coming into town,” Harkey said. “They were going to buffer that with trees and shrubs and I don’t think that would have been a big problem, but that’s just my opinion.”The Woodland town office referred questions to the mayor, Kenneth Manual, but he was not available to discuss either the Strata proposal or the solar farms that have already been approved. Strata representatives who attended the town council meeting did not return phone calls. Lower property values also a worryA nearby electrical substation makes Woodland attractive to solar developers because the PV panels can be hooked up to the grid easily.But at least one resident said that her home was now surrounded by solar farms, and that the facilities had lowered the value of the property, the News-Herald reported. Jean Barnes, who had circulated the petition before the council’s vote, asked the council to put any solar farm proposals in the future out to referendum.Objections also came from Bobby and Jane Mann. Jane Mann, identified as a retired science teacher, said she was concerned the panels would interfere with photosynthesis and keep nearby plants from growing. She also was concerned by the high number of cancer deaths in the area, and said no one could assure her solar panels were not the cause.“I want to know what’s going to happen,” she said. “I want information. Enough is enough. I don’t see the profit for the town.”last_img read more

10 months agoAC Milan striker Cutrone: I’ve apologised to Gattuso

first_imgAC Milan striker Cutrone: I’ve apologised to Gattusoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan striker Patrick Cutrone has apologised to coach Rino Gattuso for his strop during the stalemate with Bologna.Cutrone admits his reaction was wrong to being substituted.“It was all over in a flash. I know I was wrong, so I explained to the Coach that it was a misunderstanding,” Cutrone told Calciomercato.com.“I have already apologised to him and the whole squad. I was hurt and there was a misunderstanding with the bench over whether I was able to continue or not.“I take the blame, but every player wants to be out there and my desire was to give a bigger contribution to the team.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Urban Meyer Ohio State focused on Wisconsin amid hopes of undefeated season

With a trip to Wisconsin looming on Saturday, Ohio State wide receiver Jake Stoneburner is well-aware of the challenge that is keeping alive an undefeated season for the Buckeyes football team. The reality of it all, though, might be simple. “10-0 is great but if you lose your last two, what’s 10-0 for ya?” Stoneburner said. “We want to end the season without a loss.” The latter of the redshirt senior’s comments are, obviously, easier said than done. OSU – which finished 6-7 in 2011 – is eight days from its first undefeated season since 2002. A chance at perfection, however, was dashed the last time the Buckeyes played at Camp Randall Stadium. In 2010, the then No. 1-ranked Buckeyes were overpowered, 31-18, at the hands of Wisconsin, effectively ending OSU’s chances at an unblemished record and national championship. Now, more than wo years later, the Buckeyes find themselves one of four undefeated teams remaining in major college football (Kansas State, Notre Dame, and Oregon are the others) and No. 6 in the Associated Press‘ top 25 poll. Still, Stoneburner said, OSU is getting the Rodney Dangerfield treatment. Are the Buckeyes getting the respect they deserve? “No, not really,” Stoneburner said bluntly. “You know, they talk about (other) teams that are 10-0 or even one-loss teams before they talk about us. I don’t know if that’s because we have a bowl ban or we’re not in the BCS rankings, we’re only in one rankings.” The Dublin, Ohio, native said he thinks a lot of it has to do with OSU’s bowl ban, which was handed down to the university following NCAA violations stemming from 2010. “I think if we were playing in a bowl game, we’d maybe get talked about a little more,” he said. “For being 10-0, I kind of think we’re getting the short end of the stick.” A perceived lack of respect, though, on the national stage likely isn’t something coach Urban Meyer is concerned with. The former Florida coach said Wednesday he hasn’t even had a chance to look back on the season yet, nor would he describe the grind of the season as “fun.” “I don’t know if fun’s the appropriate word. You don’t have the time to really enjoy it until you have a chance to sit back,” Meyer said. “When I do, I enjoy it, I guess (that) is more of a proper word. I enjoy being around these players and these coaches and obviously representing Ohio State.” Meyer said this week’s focus remains squarely on the Badgers. The Buckeyes, according to Meyer, need to be “gap sound” in order to handle the different formations that Wisconsin will almost certainly present on Saturday. “There’s a time there’s four (or) there’s six linemen in the game, and there’s four or five to one side and two to the other,” Meyer said regarding the Badgers’ offensive line. “There’s six on one side, two on the other at one time. Six linemen on the right, two on the left. And that’s fine if you get lined up. If you don’t get lined up you get embarrassed.” Meyer said OSU can do two things to try to neutralize Wisconsin’s offensive formations, though. “You got to get lined up first and No. 2, you gotta tackle,” he said. “It’s crazy the formations that you’ll see.” OSU is scheduled to face the Badgers at 3:30 p.m. at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis. read more

Lacazette Arsenal should have scored more goals

first_imgAlexandre Lacazette feels that more goals were possible for Arsenal in their 2-1 win at Huddersfield Town on Saturday.The French striker found the net at the Kirklees Stadium for his 10th Premier League goal of the season after neatly finishing off Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ cross just before half-time to double Arsenal’s lead after Alex Iwobi had put them ahead.Despite a stoppage-time own goal from Saed Kolasinac, the Gunners held on to claim a 2-1 win and move to within a point of fourth-placed Manchester United in the Premier League table.But Lacazette, who squandered chances for more goals along with Iwobi in the second-half, admits that a tense Arsenal side could have done better in front of goal.“Yes, I think we should have had more situations to score more goals but we played against a strong team today in the second half. We were in a difficult moment so these three points are good for us,” said Lacazette on Arsenal.com.“We knew that, because the first game at the Emirates [in November] was the same – we only scored one goal at the end.“We knew today was going to be hard but we are happy with the three points in the race at the top of the table.”The result also marked Arsenal’s first away win since November 25, where they defeated Bournemouth 2-1 on the day.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Yes [it’s been on our minds] a little bit but we knew we had the quality to win today, it’s about us and we did that,” added Lacazette.Arsenal will next take a trip to Belarus for the first leg of their Round of 32 Europa League tie against BATE Borisov on Thursday.The Belarusian champions will then arrive at the Emirates Stadium for the return leg a week later to decide who progresses to the Round of 16 in the tournament.Gameweek 26 – ✅12 more big @PremierLeague matches ahead 👊We’re still in this, let’s keep pulling in the same direction 🔴#HUDARS pic.twitter.com/L7JBUFQJxM— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 9, 2019last_img read more

Draxler welcomes Pogba suspension for Man Utd PSGs return leg

first_imgJulian Draxler believes Paul Pogba’s suspension for Manchester United will give Paris Saint-Germain an advantage in the return leg of their last-16 clash.Pogba was sent-off towards the end of the game at Old Trafford on Tuesday night for a second yellow card following a challenge on Dani Alves as United lost the first leg 2-0 to PSG.Second half goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe were what secured PSG the win, who will next host United for the second leg at the Parc Des Princes on March 6.But the Ligue 1 champions have also received a big boost in the news that Pogba will be suspended for the clash.And PSG star Draxler believes this could be critical given that he rates the French midfielder as United’s best player.“For me, Paul is the best player of Manchester United,” said Draxler, according to OneFootball.“He’s a very important player for the team and you could see he is fantastic [on Tuesday].“That is why we are very happy he will not play the second leg.“I think they started very well so the pressure was not easy for us, but in the second half we were more confident and the pressure of Man United was a little bit less.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“That helped us to improve our game so we found some space on the pitch and we used that very well and that is why we deserved to win.”PSG, who became the first French team to beat United at their home ground in the Champions League, will now turn their attention back to Ligue 1 for Sunday’s trip to St-Etienne.Thomas Tuchel’s side currently lead the French league by 10 points from nearest challengers Lille OSC, who have played two more games than them, and have only lost once in their 22 matches this season.⚽️🏟️🏡 #MUPSGHalfway there… 👊🔴🔵 #AllezParis pic.twitter.com/nhgEYrWU1W— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) February 13, 2019last_img read more

Pep urges Mendy to learn from Fernandinho

first_imgPep Guardiola has adviced Benjamin Mendy to learn from fellow teammate Fernandinho in the bid to overcome his injury setbacks.The France international missed eight months last season and is partway through a three-month injury lay-off with a knee injury.“He needs to know what it is to be strong, that has to be his target – to play every three days – like Fernandinho who is so strong and is never injured,” Pep told the club’s media.“I think Mendy is a good professional. When he is there on pitch and locker room, he does what he has to do.“I can’t deny that last season he had a big injury and this season he has another… Mendy’s potential is so good, but it’s a pity for him and us that he hasn’t played much because of those injuries.”norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…Pep equally praised the team’s defensive effort but urged his players not to rest on their laurels and says they can always be better.“They are good stats but when people say: ‘we are so good’, the next game it is going to happen!“That’s good so far, five goals conceded so far which is good.“The last game against Lyon, we conceded chances and need to look what happened there.”last_img read more