Text pervert lived in Donegal

first_imgA man who sent sexually explicit text messages and images to at least 10 women has admitted harassment.Jeff Cheyne, aged 58, originally from the Shetland Islands but living in Schull at the time, pleaded guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to 10 sample counts of harassment of women on an indictment that contained 41 charges. Garda Martin Bohane said” “Initially five women contacted gardaí about receiving texts and picture messages of a sexual nature. The messages were all from one number that they did not recognise. Following an investigation, no name was connected to the phone which was pay-as-you-go.”Gda Bohane said that after the initial period of sexual texting, the offences died down for a while. Then more women came forward to complain that they had received similar messages of a sexual nature. He said that, after another lull, the messages started again and more women came forward with statements of complaint.Garda Anthony Roche became involved in the investigation and saw Cheyne on CCTV at a shop getting credit for the phone in question.Cheyne was living in Schull at the time. The address on the charge sheet was Loughtea, Ballina, Co Tipperary, and he has since moved to Co Clare, said his barrister, Ben Shorten.Gda Bohane said there was a total of 10 complainants referable to this accused in a period from 2014 to 2016.“These messages stopped once he was identified by gardaí,” said Gda Bohane. “Once the evidence was put to him he made full admissions. He is from the Shetland Islands.”The accused moved to Donegal in 2000 and lived for a time in Dingle before moving to Schull. He had no previous convictions.Siobhán Lankford, prosecution barrister, said the women were quite distressed by the content of the texts sent to them.There was no evidence about how he got the numbers of the women he was texting or of the precise messages or images that were sent other than that they were of a sexual nature.Mr Shorten said the accused was remorseful and apologetic to the women.“He spoke about the sheer stupidity of his actions,” said Mr ShortenThe barrister said Cheyne’s partner was in court to support him.Mr Shorten asked Judge Gerard O’Brien if he would consider a lengthy adjournment to allow the accused to undergo psychosexual counselling and take part in the Safer Lives programme. Judge O’Brien put sentencing back until October 25.Text pervert lived in Donegal was last modified: May 5th, 2018 by John2Share 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

Culture planes and poverty talks how federal politics touched us this week

first_imgOTTAWA – Parliament Hill was itchy and irritated this week as the high-stakes NAFTA talks stagnated and latent battles over abortion bubbled up from committee rooms.Large delegations of Mexican and U.S. negotiators were on edge for days, with no central place to stay or congregate as Ottawa hosted the third round of condensed talks to revamp NAFTA by the end of the year. Despite the yellow school buses brought in to carry them around and the sporadic, all-important cocktail parties that sprouted on Ottawa patios, there was little progress — and plenty of crankiness.Ill humour was pervasive in the corridors of the House of Commons too, as Conservatives put forward a pro-life MP to chair the status of women committee — prompting the Liberals to walk out, and then launch a fundraising campaign on Conservatives’ attitude towards women. The Tories fought back with acidity, calling up long-standing arguments for freedom of speech.Annoyed was the mood of the week, casting a grumpy pall over major developments tied to Canadian culture, Bombardier and its thousands of employees, and quiet talks to alleviate poverty.Here’s how politics affected Canadian lives this week:BAD LUCK FOR BOMBARDIERChicago-based Boeing Co. has won Round 1 in its bitter fight with Bombardier Inc., with the U.S. Commerce Department allowing an enormous 219 per cent tariff on the Montreal-based company’s CSeries passenger jets.The tariff, if it becomes a reality, would triple the cost of the jets and jeopardize thousands of jobs in Canada, the U.K. and elsewhere.Is this White House grandstanding to intimidate NAFTA negotiators who were holed up in an Ottawa building when news of the tariff came down? The aerospace industry, heavily subsidized around the world, is known for its gloves-off approach to trade remedies, and Boeing’s aggressive stance is not a Donald Trump invention. The trade action against Bombardier was started by Boeing, not Trump.But the size and timing of the tariff decision inspired many a conspiracy theory about the White House’s intentions. And the response from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggests the federal Liberals see the Boeing confrontation as political antagonism.Trudeau has threatened to abandon any plans to buy Super Hornet jets from Boeing and said he won’t “do business with a company that’s trying to sue us and put our aerospace workers out of business.” Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard has echoed that statement — much to the consternation of Manitoba, where Boeing employs 1,400.CANCON 2.0While Ottawa may be in a bitter jousting match with the U.S. on planes and NAFTA, it is locked in an embrace with U.S. industry on the culture front.Heritage Minister Melanie Joly rolled out a new cultural-policy road map on Thursday, the result of almost two years of consultation and contemplation. It is meant to redesign and modernize government supports for Canadian content — now called “creative industries.”The centrepiece of her presentation was a $500-million commitment from Netflix to invest in original productions in Canada, with hints of more investment to come from other U.S.-based digital giants. Critics were quick to pounce, pointing out a lack of detail in the Netflix announcement and a heavy reliance on foreign competitors to bolster Canadian industry.But it’s clear the government is not done. Joly said she would open up the Broadcasting Act, the Telecommunications Act, the Copyright Act as well as the mandates of the CBC and the CRTC, the broadcast regulator. There was nothing substantial to help the ailing news media, but neither was there an outright refusal to consider some options in the future.The pace of government, however, is no match for the pace of globalization and technology.TACKLING POVERTYSocial Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos is in the final stages of putting together a national housing strategy, which will be the cornerstone of a longer-term plan to tackle poverty across the country.But housing is a volatile business in Canada these days, and while all those involved see a need for the federal government to up its game in the realm of affordable housing, there is disagreement over how.For years, Ottawa supported mortgage payments for some low-income residences. Now, the federal government is moving towards taking that money and putting it towards a benefit that would be attached to the home-dweller rather than the building. The aim is to give the money directly to families so that they can have more freedom to move.But parts of Canada are in the throes of a housing crisis, where the supply of housing is tight and expensive. If Ottawa takes away its billions in support for those low-income units, critics inside and outside the government fear the housing supply will shrink at a time when it needs to expand, and the homes of tens of thousands of families would be in jeopardy.They need to reach a solution soon. The strategy is due this fall.last_img read more

MARINE FORECAST FOR THE BAHAMAS AND TCI 13TH JANUARY 2015

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWARNINGS: MARINERS AND BEACHGOERS SHOULD CONTINUE TO EXERCISE CAUTION FOR DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS AND ROUGH SURF CONDITIONS DUE TO MODERATE TO LARGE EASTERLY SWELLSGENEERAL SITUATION: A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE ACROSS THE AREA SHIFTS EASTWARDS AS A MID/UPPER LEVEL SHORTWAVE TROUGH OVER ESTERN GULF O F MEXICO CONTINUES TO MAKE STEADY EASTWARD PROGRESS WITH PLENTY OF DEEP MOISTURE PRODUCING CLUSTERS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS AHEAD OF A WEAK COLD FRONT OVER NORTHERN FLORIDANORTHWEST BAHAMASSMALL CRAFT SHOULD BE ALERT FOR GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMSWINDS: SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS BECOMING LIGHT AND VARIABLE BY AFTERNOON OVER OPEN WATERSSEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET SUBSIDING LESS THAN 3 FEET BY AFTERNOON OVER THE OCEANSWELLS: MODERATE TO LARGE EATERLY SWELLSWEATHER: SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THE CHANCE OF ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH TONIGHTCENTRAL BAHAMASSMALL CRAFT CAUTION REMAINS IN EFFECTWINDS: EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS BECOMING SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS LATE OVER OPEN WATERSSEAS: 4 TO 6 FEET SUBSIDING 2 TO 4 FEET LATER OVER THE OCEANSWELLS: MODERATE TO LARGE EASTERLYWEATHER: ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THE CHANCE OF ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH TONIGHTSOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOSSMALL CRAFT CAUTION REMAINS IN EFFECTWINDS: EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERSSEAS: 4 TO 6 FEET OVER THE OCEANSWELLS: MODERATE TO LARGE EASTERLY SWELLSWEATHER: CHANCE OF A FEW PASSING SHOWERS TODAYEXTENDED FORECAST: A WEAK COLD FRONT IS STILL EXPECTED TO CROSS THROUGH THE AREA AND DISSIPATE THROUGH WEDNESDAY WHILE ANOTHER COLD FRONT WILL APPROACH THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS BY THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAYFORECAST FOR WEDNESDAYSMALL CRAFT SHOULD BE ALERT FOR GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR SHOWERSWINDS: VARIABLE AT 10 KNOTS OR LESS IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS OVER OPEN WATERSSEAS: 3 FEET OR LESS IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND 2 TO 4 FEET IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS OVER THE OCEANSWELLS: MODERATE TO LARGE EASTERLY SWELLLSWEATHER: THE CHANCE OF A FEW PASSING SHOWERSFORECAST FOR THURSDAYSMALL CRAFT SHOULD BE ALERT FOR GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR SHOWERSWINDS: NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 10 KNOTS OR LESS OVER THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND VARIABLE AT 10 KNOTS OR LESSS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS OVER OPEN WATERSSEAS: 3 FEET OR LESS OVER THE OCEANSWELLS: MODERATE TO LARGE EASTERLY SWELLSWEATHER: CHANCE OF A FEW PASSING SHOWERS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Marine Forecast 18th August 2015 Recommended for you Bahamas Marine Forecast – 10th August 2015 Related Items:bahamas weather, turks and caicos weather Noon Bahamas Marine Forecastlast_img read more

Diabetes Walk needs to attract right people Testing today

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 14, 2016 – Diabetes is greatly impacting the quality of life for islanders and too many do not even know it, too many are not actively working to be aware or to be healthier.Once the scores of runners and walkers were back to the start point of the Wrightfully Fit Charity Walk & Run yesterday evening, we got to speak to some of the experts on site.  John Wright, fitness man and founder of the eight year old event which supports the Diabetes Association said the fundraiser is not a money making venture for him, it is a fitness awareness function for islanders to live healthier, happier lives – he said not enough of those people are coming out.“There’s a full moon, the stars are out, people are out supporting this, the only people who aren’t here, are the people who should be here, people who have diabetes,people who have type 2 diabetes, childhood obesity, people who have kids who are overweight, they’re not here.  There’s a big expat community here, there’s a big tourist community here participating, the people who should be here, are not here.” – John WrightPresident of the TCI Diabetes Association, Elaine Clare shared a similar perspective and said that is why her team will be at all Grace Bay Pharmacies, Flamingo Pharmacy, Family Care Pharmacy and at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center giving free glucose testing, handing out monitors and providing pamphlets, because people are unaware.   “Very very prevalent, and it is heartbreaking, to know the numbers that we have here.  And a lot of people are walking around with high blood sugars, and they don’t know that they have high blood sugars and that they are diabetics.”Dr. Sam Slattery said it boils down to diet and exercise and the biggest enemy of our islands, of our world – SUGAR.  “Sugar snuck into our diet all over the world and it’s not unique to the Turks and Caicos.  Here’s what I tell all my patients, firstly don’t give your children sugar.  You want to look at all the processed foods that you’re eating because it’s almost guaranteed to have high fructose corn syrup in it, and I’ll be happy to say it’s a poisonous substance, definitely leads to diabetes.”Today is World Diabetes Day, free testing at the sites starts at 10am; you should go so that you know. Related Items:last_img read more

PM Minnis Promotes Bahamian Experience at Baha Mar

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 20, 2017 – Nassau – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis Friday urged officials at Baha Mar to ensure that additional ways are found to further weave Bahamian art and culture and the Bahamian experience into the resort experience.  He was addressing the Official Opening of SLS Baha Mar.SLS is a signature, world-class destination that will welcome luxury travellers to The Bahamas and adds to the collection of global brands at Baha Mar including Grand Hyatt and Rosewood, in addition to 30 luxury retail outlets.“Even as SLS brings its signature vision and principles to The Bahamas, I trust that the company may also appreciate what The Bahamas may impart to, and add to their brand,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“I note, for example, the rich collection of Bahamian art at Baha Mar. This artistry represents some of the spirit of the Bahamian and Caribbean Imagination, helping visitors to experience some of our cultural heritage.“I imagine this collection will continue to grow, including at SLS, helping to feature the extraordinary talent and diversity of Bahamian artists at home and abroad,” Prime Minister Minnis added.Managing the art collection throughout the resort is noted Bahamian artist, Creative Art Director John Cox.   Prime Minister Minnis encouraged a similar pattern in the area of the resort’s culinary arts, nightlife and entertainment sectors.“I am sure that Bahamian talent is also being showcased in the Culinary Arts and in the nightlife and entertainment at all hotels at Baha Mar,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“A Bahamian visitor to one of the Cafés at Baha Mar was delighted to discover guava duff ice cream and sky juice ice cream. These added touches help to highlight the food heritage of The Bahamas,” Prime Minister Minnis added.The Prime Minister urged officials at the Resort to provide opportunities for their guests to get a taste of the Bahamian experience outside of their doors, even as they move to create a Bahamian experience within.“Even as visitors experience the delights of Baha Mar, there should be opportunities to venture beyond the resort to experience our culture and heritage including through heritage tours.”This, Prime Minister Minnis said, would produce opportunities for tour drivers and local shopping.The call is part of Prime Minister Minnis’ push to take advantage of all opportunities for wealth and job creation in all areas of business and industry for Bahamians both at home and across the Bahamian Diaspora.   It is a further goal of the Minnis Administration to ensure that Bahamians of various skill levels have the opportunity to benefit from the “multiple dimensions of tourism” as administration officials further believe that there is even more “extraordinary diversification” that can still be gained within tourism industry, and have designed a number of plans to drive the Bahamian economy through tourism-related initiatives.Prime Minister Minnis has said that tourism is the platform from which the country can boost and launch a network of inter-related businesses.By: Matt Maura (BIS)Photo caption:  Prime Minister Minnis addresses the Official Opening of SLS Baha Mar, November 17, 2017.(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more