SEX ABUSE SCANDAL: HUNDREDS OF KIDS COULD HAVE BEEN ABUSED – AFFAIR COULD KILL SUMMER SCHOOLS

first_imgTHE sister of a Donegal child sex abuse victim has warned that dozens of children from the North could have been abused by paedophile Michael Ferry over a 20 year period.And the scandal has the potential to kill off Irish colleges as parents fear for the their children.The horror warning came from a woman whose brother was Ferry’s first known victim – and who told of the chilling moment she saw Ferry with 40 children from Northern Ireland at a language course in Dunlewey just five years ago…. in 2006. Ferry, 56, from Carrickboyle, Gweedore, was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Monday, after pleading guilty to 38 sample charges against four young boys for offences that took place between 1991 and 2005.But he had also been convicted in 2002 of offences which took place at Ardscoil Mhuire in the mid-1980s.Despite this Colaiste Cholmcille continued to employ Ferry as an odd jobs man and bus driver for children from Northern Ireland despite the fact he was placed on the Republic’s sex offenders register.Now the full horror of that continued employment can be exposed for the first time today. The first victim’s sister recalled the chilling moment she realized that Ferry was back working with children.“I was driving through Dunlewey on Easter Sunday 2006. I remember the date so well because I was doing something that day and it stood out.“I stopped off at Roartys shop when I saw Micky Ferry coming out.“There were 30 to 40 kids from the North standing outside the college nearby and then to my horror I watched as Ferry walked over to the Colaiste Cholmcille minibus beside them.“The penny dropped. HE was with THEM! He was chatting and carrying on with those kids; I mean they were 12, 13 or 14 year olds. “I felt sick. This man who had abused my brother and drove him to try suicide was with children again.”The woman grabbed her young son who was with her and drove straight to the Garda station.The witness said she drove straight to Gaoth Dobhair Garda Station and reported the incident to gardai.She said a senior garda there called one of the language school’s directors to warn that Ferry was on the Sex Offenders Register. “That garda was furious with the director who said Ferry was supervised at all times. I listened as the garda warned him (the director) that Ferry was not allowed to be near children,” she recalled.She said she couldn’t believe that nothing was being done to stop the monster.The Co Donegal woman, who has since left Gweedore, urged anyone who had been molested by Ferry to contact gardai and she questioned the vetting procedures in place for hundreds of children who travelled to the county from all over Northern Ireland for Irish language courses.Meanwhile an associate of Ferry has admitted he was the subject of child sex allegations in Dublin in the mid-1990s.The man – who cannot be named for legal reasons – said: “I am not a paedophile. Allegations were made against me in the 1990s by five or six boys and they were not proven against me. No charges ever came to my door and I was exonerated by the Board of Management at the school.”Asked if he was insisting that boys at the school where he taught had made up the allegations against him, he said: “Yes. They were erroneous.”It’s understood some of the boys are planning to make fresh complaints to gardai.Meanwhile fears are growing that the affair could kill off one of the region’s stable industries – language colleges.One source admitted: “Colaiste Cholmcille is dead. It’s over. Unfortunately it could kill off courses for other organisations who run their courses properly.”* IMPORTANT NOTE: IF YOU WERE A VICTIM OF ABUSE, YOU DO NEED HELP. SOME NUMBERS ARE AVAILABLE BELOW. IF YOU WANT TO REPORT A CRIME, CONTACT YOUR NEAREST GARDA STATION. AS YET GARDAI HAVE NOT SET UP A SPECIAL HOTLINE NUMBER FOR VICTIMS.HSE North West Regional Counselling Service69 Ballyraine RoadLetterkennyCo Donegal Advertisement Tel:      074 9167250 071 91421611800 234 1199.15 am – 5.15 pm Advertisement Donegal Rape Crisis Centre Letterkenny Co Donegal Tel:      074 9128211 1800 448844 Email: rapecrisis@eircom.net Connect 1800 477 477 Wednesday – Sunday 6.00 pm – 10.00 pmSEX ABUSE SCANDAL: HUNDREDS OF KIDS COULD HAVE BEEN ABUSED – AFFAIR COULD KILL SUMMER SCHOOLS was last modified: July 23rd, 2011 by gregShare 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:abuserbus drivercolaiste cholmcilleDunleweyferrymichael ferry paedophilepervertlast_img read more

Kenyan filmmaker takes on race and women

first_imgSkin-bleaching agents, weaves – these are the norm for many African women pressured into trying to fit a media stereotype of beauty. One female filmmaker decided to question this Western way of doing things in an animated documentary. Stories that include a local Kenyan hairdresser who can only afford enough beauty cream to bleach her hands and face, are documented in the film Yellow Fever. (Image: Screen grab via YouTube) • South Africa’s musos dish on being a woman in music • A need for roots drives passion for genealogy • South African foodies cooking up a storm • Powerful women shape Africa • Big screen treatment for queen of Katwe Melissa JavanWhen she was just a child Ng’endo Mukii realised that the pressure to look professional and presentable made her feel awkward. That’s one of the reasons the Kenyan embarked on a journey to make a documentary carrying the message that women needed an option of choice.Mukii, the director and editor of the animated documentary Yellow Fever, says the pressure to look professional meant having Western ideals in the world in which she grew up. These ideals included having long, straight hair and paler skin.The idea for her film developed as part of a dissertation she did at the Royal College of Art in London, United Kingdom. Yellow Fever focuses on the media’s perception of beauty and what impact it has had on African women.Yellow Fever has received awards all over the world, including Best Animation at the seventh Kenya International Film Festival in Nairobi in November 2012, Best Student Film at the Underexposed Film Festival in the United States in November 2013, and Best Short Film at the AfriKamera Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland in April 2014.The documentary features women from different generations talking about changing skin colour and styling hair. In one scene, a young black girl (Mukii’s niece) says she would love to be whiter. She says she knows she can change her skin colour with magic.The pressure to change yourselfMukii explains the need for choice. “If your industry only hires women with weaves and those who have a paler skin tone get more promotions and such, then you will be forced by this circumstance, to either find a new industry, or conform.“Many of us conform without realising that we have even done so,” she says. “In Kenya, people openly criticise and make fun of women who have bleached their skin, especially if they are in the limelight. I, however, feel that it’s hypocritical as a society to create these ideals and then criticise those that attempt to achieve them.”Online artist shop Domus explains that Mukii presented Yellow Fever as a means of showing how Africans – and Kenyans specifically – have absorbed the absolute truths presented about themselves over the years, to the point that their own media has become biased towards Western ideals of beauty.“In response, women and girls feel pressured to conform to these ideals that essentially go against the grain of our bodies. As a result, this has affected our own sense of self-image and we constantly use chemicals to straighten our hair and bleach our skin, in an attempt to emulate these ideals,” says Mukii.News portal Huffington Post says Mukii named her film after Fela Kuti’s 1970s song of the same title. “However, while Kuti’s lyrics lash out at the women who choose to use skin-bleaching products, Mukii wants to challenge those who create the ideals. In her words, ‘rather than alienating or attacking people who are victims of them, we should actively address the lack of celebration of women of all appearances.’”The filmmaker asks: “Why is there no acknowledgement of the pressure that exists to push Kenyan [and other] women to willingly poison their skin and bodies with various chemicals [mercury included] in an attempt to have a paler complexion? Why should any normal girl feel that she will be more beautiful and lead a happier life if she loses weight?” Ng’endo Mukii interviewed family members as a microcosm for Nairobi and the women who live in Kenya.The intervieweesMukii says at first she had wanted to interview a number of women and find out their histories and perspectives. “But I realised that within my own family I had a number of generations with whom I am already connected and intimate, and we have had very different experiences growing up.“So I interviewed my mother and my niece and included my own memories and narration to use my family as a microcosm for Nairobi and the women who live here,” she explains.Mukii told Design Indaba Conference 2015 that the people in her family did not want to be filmed, so she turned to animation for the characters: “I’m animating them because no-one wants to talk on camera,” she says.“Documentary animation is really changing Kenyan peoples’ perspective on documentaries,” Mukii says. “You don’t expect it to have animated Kenyan characters talking.”Her responsibility as an AfricanSpeaking about her craft, she explains that if she feels passionately about something, it becomes the focus of her film. “If it happens to be a social issue that I am concerned about, then yes, my work will reflect that.“I do sometimes feel that there is an expectation that, as an African director, I must focus on certain social issues deemed as ‘African’, and that other content beyond this scope is seen as not ‘African enough’.“I can understand why this pressure would exist, but I feel it limits our creativity and even our own understanding of ourselves as citizens in this urbanising and multifaceted context we call Africa.”Africans, she adds, have the opportunity to tell their own stories.Watch Yellow Fever on Vimeo here.last_img read more

Why You Hate Your Sales Force Automation (and what to do about it)

first_imgThis post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet.Recently I dropped into a salesperson’s sales force automation to look at a couple of opportunities. What I found was disappointing.The first deal had five stakeholders attached to it. I was inspired. But other than names and contact information, there was nothing useful there. There was a record of the dates and times of meetings and phone conversation, but not a word regarding the content of those calls. The salesperson lost the opportunity the last time they competed for it, and what I found in the sales force automation was less than helpful in understanding what happened or why.The second opportunity was worse. There was only one stakeholder on the deal, and that one was from outside of the company. There wasn’t single note, but there was an attachment. That attachment was the pricing they emailed the prospective client. Uninspiring.You hate your sales force automation because you believe it only serves management and their forecasts, and you’re mostly right. You hate it because you think it is unnecessary data entry work, and you couldn’t be more wrong.How To Use Your Sales Force AutomationIn that first deal, I wanted to know what each of the stakeholders wanted or needed, what were their individual preferences, who was engaged, who had influence, who had authority, at what stage of the buying cycle they were in, what were their challenges, what would motivate them to buy, what would keep them from supporting us, the questions they asked in meetings, and any email correspondence (which could have easily been forwarded to the software).I would want to know who won the deal last time, why they won, and any communication that occurred with the company between the date the salesperson lost the deal and the day I popped in to look at it.Your sales force automation is a record of your relationships. As you sell, you gather tons of information, information that may later prove useful, information that may later help you appear as if you have command of the details, information that gives you context for future discussions.Don’t be lazy. Don’t be short-sighted. Use your sales force automation to help you sell better. You’ll soon discover that management buys it for the forecasts, you use it to help you manage your relationships and win deals.QuestionsDo you use your system like it belongs to you or your management?Who made the decision to use it that way? Is it serving you?What records would keep? Where should you keep them?No matter how good you believe your memory is, it’s not better than a computer.last_img read more

a month agoChelsea attacker Willian wanted by Juventus

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea attacker Willian wanted by Juventusby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea attacker Willian is wanted by Juventus.The Telegraph say the Turin club intends to move for the Brazilian next summer, when his contract with the Londoners expires.Willian’s agreement with Chelsea expires in the summer of 2020 – and so far negotiations for its extension have not been successful .The 31-year-old striker moved to Chelsea in 2013 from Anzhi. During his time with Chelsea, Willian has played 203 matches in the Premier League and scored 28 goals. last_img read more

Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes Refuses To Talk About Kentucky, Cites What Happened To West Virginia’s Daxter Miles

first_imgNigel Hayes won't discuss Kentucky during press conference.Nigel Hayes is a smart young man. Following Wisconsin’s Elite Eight victory against Arizona, the Badgers’ sophomore forward was asked about Kentucky, his team’s potential opponent in the Final Four. Hayes, who scored eight points in the West Region final, refused to say anything about the undefeated Wildcats. He cited what happened to West Virginia and victory-guaranteeing Daxter Miles as the reason for his decision to keep quiet. Does Nigel Hayes want Kentucky? “I’m not going to go down that road. A young man tried that a couple days ago, and it didn’t work too well.”— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) March 29, 2015Hayes knows not to poke the bear. The bear is currently in a dogfight against Notre Dame, though. The Wildcats and the Fighting Irish are tied at halftime, 31-31. The game is being televised on TBS.last_img read more

Video: No. 9 Notre Dame Avoided The Upset Against Virginia On A Stunning Last-Second TD

first_imgWill Fuler sprints past Virginia defender on his way to the end zone.Will FulerNo. 9 Notre Dame used some luck of the Irish to pull out a 34-27 victory over Virginia on the road. With starting quarterback Malik Zaire out of the game with what appeared to be a serious ankle injury, and his team trailing 27-26, back-up QB DeShone Kizer took the team downfield in the final minutes, tossing the game winning touchdown to wide receiver Will Fuller with 12 seconds remaining. Fuller’s game-winning score stunned the upset-minded Cavalier faithful.  pic.twitter.com/o92NxfHftl— Luke Zimmermann (@lukezim) September 12, 2015Wow. What a gut-wrenching loss for Mike London and the Cavs, and what an escape for Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish.last_img read more

Jamaicans Encouraged To Engender Greater Love of Family, Community and Country

first_img Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, is encouraging Jamaicans to engender greater love of the family and community. According to Ms. Grange, it is love of family, home, community and country that inspired the nation’s forefathers to engage in the struggles leading to Jamaica’s Emancipation from slavery 180 years ago. Story Highlights “Let us say thanks to our people of all ages and eras who have been motivated by love of family to make their contribution to the development of Jamaica, Land We Love,” she added. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, is encouraging Jamaicans to engender greater love of the family and community.She said that it is love of the immediate family that will prompt love of the community and, ultimately, country.Ms. Grange was speaking at Sunday’s (August 5) National Emancipation and Independence Thanksgiving Service at the Constant Spring Road Church of God, Kingston, which was held under the theme, ‘Jamaica 56: One Love…One Family’.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, headed the dignitaries attending, who included South West St. Andrew Member of Parliament, Dr. Angela Brown Burke, who represented Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips. Both read Old and New Testament scriptures during the service.According to Ms. Grange, it is love of family, home, community and country that inspired the nation’s forefathers to engage in the struggles leading to Jamaica’s Emancipation from slavery 180 years ago.“It was that same love of family, in the broadest sense, that led to the efforts that resulted in Independence for Jamaica from Britain ,which we mark for the 56th time on Monday, August 6. It is the love of family that underlines the deeds of our National Heroes and the sacrifices that they made, which were, in some cases, the ultimate sacrifice,” the Minister added.Ms. Grange thanked Jamaicans who are serving the nation in various ways and giving of their best “continuously and selflessly for the good of all of us”.“Let us say thanks to our people of all ages and eras who have been motivated by love of family to make their contribution to the development of Jamaica, Land We Love,” she added.last_img read more

Ishaan Ananya Panday to star in Khaali Peeli

first_imgMumbai: Newcomers Ishaan and Ananya Panday are teaming up for the movie “Khaali Peeli”, backed by filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar. Ali, best known for directing blockbusters such as “Sultan”, “Tiger Zinda Hai” and “Bharat”, has joined hands with Zee Studios to co-produce the film. Ishaan, who has dropped his surname Khattar, made his Bollywood debut with “Dhadak”, while Ananya entered the industry with “Student of the Year 2” this year. Directed by Maqbool Khan, “Khaali Peeli” is set in Mumbai and promises to be a “young, edgy roller-coaster ride that kick-starts one night, when a boy meets a girl,” the makers said in a statement. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “‘Khaali Peeli’ process has been organic. Maqbool, Himanshu Kishan Mehra and I worked on the script for almost a year and when we thought it was completely baked, we took it to this enthusiastic young cast. “I am happy that Zee Studios is producing this film with us, apart from the other massive film we are working on. We will announce our next big collaboration soon as well,” Ali said. Ace music composers Vishal-Shekhar will give music for the film, which will go on floors on September 11 this year. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna “We at Zee Studios are delighted to partner with Ali as he commences his journey as a producer. This is the first of many! It’s such an exciting script with tremendously promising talent attached to the film. Exciting times ahead,” Shariq Patel, CEO, Zee Studios said. Maqbool said he cannot wait to “start this ride with this young talent”. “Khaali Peeli” is scheduled to release on June 12, 2020.last_img read more