The High Court in London has ruled that Donegal man John Downey was responsible for the 1982 Hyde Park bombing which killed four British soldiers.Downey (67), who has an address in Creeslough, was found to be an “active participant” in the IRA attack on military members. Relatives of the four Royal Household Cavalrymen who died in the July 1982 blast have won a civil action against Downey, which was brought to court following the collapse of a criminal case in 2014.Mrs Justice Yip ruled on Wednesday that the Hyde Park bombing was “a deliberate, carefully planned attack on members of the military.“I have found that the defendant was an active participant in the concerted plan to detonate the bomb, with the intent to kill or at least to cause serious harm to members of the Household Cavalry.”Squadron Quartermaster Cpl Roy Bright, aged 36, Lt Dennis Daly, aged 23, Trooper Simon Tipper, aged 19, and L/Cpl Jeffrey Young, aged 19 were killed by a car bomb packed with nails as they rode past on their way to the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.Downey, who did not appear in the London court, filed a defence denying any involvement in the attack.Downey is currently in custody facing other charges for the murder of two UDR soldiers in an IRA bomb attack in Enniskillen in 1972.High Court rules John Downey was responsible for IRA bombing was last modified: December 20th, 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)
Raheem Sterling fears for his future at Manchester City, the Daily Mirror claims.The 21-year-old from Harlesden, who joined City from Liverpool only last summer in a £47m deal, is said to be suffering from a crisis of confidence.It is suggested Sterling feels his natural game has been stifled by manager Manuel Pellegrini’s accent on two-touch football, which is likely to become even more pronounced under successor Pep Guardiola.Sterling, left, was a QPR player until moving to Liverpool in 2010Sterling, who was with QPR between the ages of nine and 16, is “privately struggling for self-belief”, the Mirror believes.He scored 11 goals in 42 appearances in his debut season at City, and is likely to win his 22nd cap for England in Friday’s friendly with Australia.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The theme for the year, Getting to Zero, will run until 2015 and the UNAIDS has listed 10 goals to be achieved by 2015, and they all focus on reducing HIV transmission, AIDS-related deaths and gender-based violence towards women and girls; and increasing access to ARVs for people living with HIV, developing effective responses in countries with punitive laws that marginalise people living with HIV and establishing equal rights for all.In line with the UNAIDS goals for 2015, the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign is not only about curbing physical and emotional abuse but also about taking accountability for how we relate with one another.Through the years there have been numerous theories on how society can help reduce HIV transmission and new infections; however the key to any priority is encouraging active citizenship.Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa, says the solution to addressing socio-economic challenges is not about placing the responsibility on the shoulders of those with money, political and business power, or with a louder voice but about every citizen being accountable to their community, family and the greater human race.“It has been shown time and time again that we can no longer just sit on the side-lines hoping that policies, legislation and governments will decide the best course to take in addressing HIV and AIDS. We all need to adopt and develop an attitude of respect towards the rights of others – especially those who are vulnerable; and to encourage collective effort and tolerance towards those who are marginalised and victimised in our communities because they are different,” says Matola.“HIV affects us all and we cannot continue to look away with the attitude that HIV is not our problem. It affects us all. It impacts our working and labour force, compromises our health system’s capability and cheats our industries out of skills and human resources.”In order to meet the UNAIDS goals by 2015, to stop gender-based violence and the abuse of society’s most vulnerable and to build a healthier and prosperous world, we all need to work together to get to the point of zero: zero abuse, zero discrimination, zero new infections and zero AIDS related deaths.How can you play your part and help your country and the world get to the point of zero?endsBrand South Africa’s Play Your Part is a social movement to get all South Africans to actively think about and begin doing something positive; and to recognise and celebrate those who are already doing something; big or small. It is aimed at all South Africans, including civil society, government, corporate and non-governmental organisations, etc. It has been created by the Brand South Africa to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship. All South Africans have access to resources that can contribute to a better future for all including time, money, skills or goods.For more info, visit www.playyourpart.co.zaBrand South Africa, previously known as the International Marketing Council of South Africa, officially changed its name to best align with its mandate of building South Africa’s nation brand reputation in order to improve its global competitiveness.
Messi: Ronaldo has improved Juventusby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona ace Leo Messi has no doubts Cristiano Ronaldo has improved Juventus.Ronaldo left Real Madrid for Juve in August.“Being in the same League as him and competing with his team to win everything was very nice,” Messi told Marca.“Cristiano was a great player for La Liga and Real Madrid. Our clashes with them were very beautiful, but I always aim to win with my team.“Any team would miss Cristiano because he always scores lots of goals and gives you many other things on the field, but Real Madrid are still a great club with excellent players.“Juventus are a very good team. They already were before and with the arrival of Cristiano they’re much more so. They’re a great candidate for the Champions League.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Karim Benzema: Real Madrid gradually improvingby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKarim Benzema has been named the Mahou Cinco Estrellas winner for being Real Madrid’s Player of the Month.The striker has scored six goals in Los Blancos’ first 10 games of the season, of which he has played nine.”Receiving an award from the supporters is always different because it’s your fans and you play for them, so I feel very happy,” Benzema said.”I’m doing very well right now, like the whole team.”Gradually we are going to reach a very high level where we are able to win all of our matches.”
Adrian: The Scouse link which landed Liverpool dealby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAdrian admits an ex-teammate – and Scouser – at West Ham United helped secure him a move to Liverpool.Merseysider Aaron Cresswell, formerly of Tranmere Rovers, urged Reds goalkeeper coach John Achterberg to go for Adrian after Alisson broke down at the start of the season.Cresswell knows Achterberg from their time together at Prenton Park.Adrian told the Telegraph: “I only knew it after I signed. “So thank you Cress for having had a good word for me.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Roy Williams DabWhen you beat your rival on the road and clinch the seventh ACC regular season title in your tenure as head coach, there’s only one thing you can do: dab. North Carolina head coach Roy Williams did his best Cam Newton impression and broke out his dab in the post-game locker room tonight, much to the delight of his players. Not bad, Roy. That’s one thing we can’t see coach K doing.
Ashroan Fraser strongly believes in the philosophy that success is not determined by where one begins in life, but is instead influenced by how well an individual moves on from where they started. It is this mindset that motivates this young man, who is one of the 2012 Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH) tertiary scholarship recipients. Born and raised in Truro,Westmoreland, the aspiring neurosurgeon says he is grateful for the tremendous support received from PATH over the years, including the recent scholarship that he was awarded, for outstanding academic performance at the secondary level. “Having received the scholarship, valued at $1million, is truly a heart-warming feeling. It has opened up new doors for me to pursue my studies in the field of medicine,” he says. He tells JIS news that before receiving the scholarship, he often wondered how his parents would fund his tertiary education at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona. Committed to succeed, he managed to obtain nine Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations, and 10 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exams (CAPE), at Monroe College, which allowed him to pursue his studies in the field of medicine at UWI. Because of his exemplary performance at the CAPE level, he was awarded top science student for 2011, which he considers a major achievement. The scholar says his passion for the sciences developed in his first year at Monroe College, and he then decided to pursue medicine at the tertiary level. “I believe that going into this field will actually put me in the position, to make a difference in my community, because most of the residents there normally resort to herbal doctors and medicines, so my aim is to educate them about acquiring proper health care,” he says. Ashroan recalled that while growing up, he faced some challenging times, because his parents were unable to provide for him effectively, particularly his high school education. “I remember the days when I had to walk to school, which was about seven miles away from home. I did this because I didn’t have the required textbooks to facilitate my studies, so I would save my bus fare, in order to purchase my books, because I was determined to pass my exams,” he says. He tells JIS News that he was enrolled in PATH in 2005, when he started high school, which helped him tremendously. Ashroan says he benefitted from the school feeding programme during that time, which provided him with lunch three days per week, and to a large extent, eased some of the financial burdens he faced. He adds that as a result of his circumstance, he became stronger, and was more determined to succeed, because he realised that he had to successfully complete his secondary education, which was the key to pursuing his dreams. “I was contented with what I had, because I knew that I would rise above my circumstance, despite the struggles faced. I am from a very humble beginning, and I knew that my parents weren’t in the position to provide for me in many ways, so I just accepted that fact,” he says. The youngster says the hard times he faced helped him to realize that education was the only vehicle to drive him out of poverty, so he became more committed to academic success. The Monroe College past student says, during secondary school, he was engaged in a number of social activities, which contributed to his overall development. “I am the founder and former president of the mathematics club; a former member of the inter-school Christian Fellowship and Science Clubs at Munroe College. I also tutored 5th form students at Frome Technical High School, in a number of subject areas, including mathematics, biology, physics and chemistry on Saturdays,”he informs. Reflecting on how PATH has impacted his life positively, he encourages beneficiaries to be proud of such a programme that has touched so many lives. He urges beneficiaries to accept where they are in life, and use their situation as a driving force to move forward, and excel in their academic endeavors. “I am imploring beneficiaries at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels to feel good about themselves, and make the best of the programme, given the fact that it is the only social security programme that caters for the most vulnerable in Jamaica,” he notes. He is especially encouraging boys at the secondary level to complete their high school education, which will prevent them from becoming unattached youth in society, and will therefore break the inter-generational cycle of poverty. Ashroan however points out that there are certain aspects of the programme that needs to be improved, such as customer service, and how information is transmitted to the public regarding the programme. He adds that most persons in the rural areas are unaware of some of the benefits that currently exist, such as available grants and scholarships. In concluding, he advises youngsters to choose a career path that they are passionate about, so that they can give of their utmost best throughout their school life, and when they enter the world of work. Ashroan Fraser is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery(MBBS) at the UWI, Mona, with an emphasis in pediatric neurosurgery.