Recognizing Psychological Manipulation

first_imgManipulation is a form of abuse that may go unrecognized.  Abuse, whether it is emotional, sexual or physical, is a traumatic experience. This type of abuse is linked to gender based violence.There is an increased level of gender based violence in Liberia is likely to result to marital rape, suffering to women, deprivation of liberty, threats of violence – leading to physical harm such as battering, psychological harm and gender inequality.These risk factors may be a tough pill to swallow, however it must be made known.We Liberians have the tendency to overlook issues in our society. Somehow we think the problem will solve itself, or we say, “It is the next man’s problem”.  If we do not take a stand now, the next generation will ultimately fall prey to abuse or continue the cycle of abuse. It is within our power to address the matter, to render support and advice to our neighbors – to educate both women and men within our communities.The purpose of this article is to recognize the signs of abuse, what it involves, how to safely move on, how to manage the situation and key ways to handle a manipulative person.After conducting research on the subject matter, I discovered that most abusers gain power and control over their victims by using various manipulative tactics.Psychological manipulation is an attempt to indirectly influence the behavior and actions of someone else through mental distortion and emotional exploitation and to seize power, control, benefits and privileges of a victim. The manipulator can do so by detecting a weakness and consequently using that weakness against their victim.CHARACTERISTICS OF A MANIPULATOR* The manipulator will exploit your weaknesses and make you feel inadequate. You may blame yourself for not meeting their needs. Being manipulated to feel bad about yourself, will lead you to eventually surrender your power and rights.* Manipulators may be charismatic and often have a hypnotic hold over others.* Some manipulators go from being highly polite to one individual and completely rude to another – or totally helpless one moment and aggressive the next. The manipulator will frequently play the victim.* A psychological manipulator is also a bully and will try to intimidate, verbally abuse and humiliate their victim.* Manipulative people use guilt, shame, lies and trickery to get what they want. They can never admit to being in the wrong.HANDLING A MANIPULATIVE PERSON* Prioritise your work and social life* Keep your distance and create a healthy lifestyle* You have the right to say “no” without feeling guilty. Psychological manipulators will make requests or outrageous demands to make you go out of your way to meet their needs. Use time to your advantage by saying, “I will think about it”.  Some may demand immediately action or response. Remember you have a right to be respected. Say NO.* When dealing with verbal abuse, confront the abuser with a friend or relative. Create your boundary, be confident in your response to the abuse and down play their insults.* Express your feelings, opinions and wants.LEAVING AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP* Talk to a trusted person about the violence. * Change your daily routine, contact number and work route or hours (if possible).* Keep a journal of all violent incidences, noting the dates, events and threats made.* Identify a safe place to stay.* Set money aside. Ask a friend or family member to keep hold of the money.* Life is like a game of chess. To win you have to make a move. Knowing which move to make comes with INSIGHT and knowledge, and by learning the lessons that are accumulated along the way.“We become each and every piece within the game called life!”  – Allan RufusLiberian women have a natural ability to endure trying circumstances. We also possess great inner strength to overcome challenges.Knowledge along with awareness is a powerful tool; it is most useful in the handling of potential abusers and manipulative individuals. It promotes social change and will effectively decrease the number of cases being reported.Educating women on the main categories of abuse will encourage them to seek help; they will gain strength and courage in the process; it will empower them to help other women living with abuse .Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Opposition Parties Dissect Weah’s Annual Message

first_imgUP Chairman Wilmot Paye (center) and other opposition leaders in response to President Weah’s 2019 annual message.Opposition political parties, including Liberty Party (LP), Alternative National Congress, former ruling Unity Party (UP) have termed as wasted time and deception the message delivered by President George M. Weah because his administration has produced tremendous hardships on the Liberian people as one of worst governments on the planet.President Weah yesterday delivered his annual message to the 54th Legislature as mandated by Article 58 of the 1986 Constitution. According to the four political parties, Weah, as expected, failed yet again to assure Liberians that he is committed to serving as president for all.According to chairman Wilmot Paye who read the parties’ statement, he said on January 22, 2018, President Weah pledged “to end corruption, be president for all Liberians, and change the unacceptable trend of Liberians being spectators in their own economy, and noted “what Liberians have endured in the last year is contrary to the pledge made on January 22, 2018.”He said from all indications, not only are Liberians spectators in their own economy but they are now also effectively bystanders in the affairs of their own country. The President, his cronies and a handful of foreigners are the main actors and participants in the Liberian economy, he said. “And even more appalling is that some of his foreign business partners have horrible criminal past in their countries,” he added, though he did not elaborate further.Mr. Paye said public corruption has galloped out of control and noted that the governance is characterized by skulduggery, bigotry, hypocrisy, falsehood, abuse, and misuse of public office and power. Violation of the Constitution and laws of Liberia has become commonplace and is pervasive throughout the administration. The President and his officials are above reproach, violating laws and tearing down systems and procedures with impunity, Paye said.He said despite his declaration in early 2018 that he inherited an “empty” treasury, a claim later refuted by his predecessor, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President Weah and his officials have only worsened Liberia’s woes.According to him, daylight robbery motivated by insatiable greed is on the rampage, stating “this has caused a total loss of confidence and trust in the governance system.”“Liberia is now a society balkanized into those “for” and “against” George Weah. Those perceived to be against Weah are viewed by senior members of the administration as “enemies of the state.” But in his message, the President ignored the deepening division that he has caused in the country. His message showed no indication that his administration is committed to reconciling Liberia. Nevertheless, the President tried to deceive the world that Liberia is either still the country it was when he assumed office more than one year ago,” he said.He said Liberians have waited in vain for a detailed explanation from the President on how the administration “infused” US$25 m into the economy in response to last year’s monetary crisis. There is no trace of how US$17m of this amount was used.“For the first time since Liberia returned to democratic governance, we have a President whose finance minister does not prepare quarterly or mid-term reports as required by Law, the 2018/19 budget is a classic example. Instead, the finance minister is like a parrot perched on the branch of an oak tree programmed to make noise. That is not the function of a finance minister,” he said.The President needed to provide satisfactory answers for questions surrounding the L$16bn (some say L$15 billion, L$10.5 billion) reported by his own Ministers of Justice and Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism to have gone “missing” last year. The message provided no such answers other than what the nation has already heard.He could not speak to these issues because of a previous position he had taken on this grave matter. “Where is the report from the investigation commissioned by the President? We are shocked that the biggest scandal that has plagued this government will be addressed by two lines in the President’s message. What an irony!!! It looks like the nation should brace itself for many more millions, if not billions, to go “missing” without a trace before the President leaves office.“We do not understand why the Legislature, a separate branch, has not shown interest in the grave issues that confront Liberia today,” he said.INCREASING LEVELS OF CORRUPTION“We urge the 54th Legislature to immediately proceed to cancel the fraudulent EBOMAF, ETON, and other dubious deals that have impugned on our nation’s reputation. More specifically, we encourage all opposition representatives and senators to demonstrate patriotism by pushing for cancellation of these and other criminal deals,” he said.The vast majority of Liberians hate corruption, but the President has gowned it and given it a top seat within his administration.“Do not take this year’s message seriously. Insofar as the President did not address your needs, concerns and the pains that you endure daily, his message lacked credibility. Remember that as you struggled to endure hardships imposed by bad governance fueled primarily by an unprecedented level of corruption, President Weah and his officials are busy enriching themselves. They are doing so at your expense. See what they have acquired for themselves in just one year despite the economy being in such a horrible state.“Besides, what you heard from the President fell far short of fulfilling the requirements stipulated in the Liberian Constitution. It answered no questions about how his administration intended to tackle corruption. It failed to speak directly to the fiscal indiscipline and other myriads of financial improprieties that the President and his administration have caused in just one year.“Even the Public Financial Management (PFM) and Budget Laws are violated with impunity. The President and his team do not believe in accountability and transparency. This is one way they can fund their meaningless globe-trotting adventures,” Paye said his strongly worded statement.He added “They are wastefully spending your money. At the same time, they profess to be “working for you” or “in your interest.” This is false! They are serving their own selfish interests. That is why they ignored your views and are trying to suppress dissent with acts of violence. They want you to cheer for them as they loot.“You are probably unaware that the administration has acquired a private aircraft to facilitate the President’s foreign travels. The same President who had lied that he “inherited an empty treasury” is the one flying in a private aircraft procured with your money. That aircraft is kept abroad to avoid any possible public backlash. They want you to believe the aircraft belongs to a friend.“This is false! There is no wealthy person anywhere in the world to be so “generous” as to allow the leader of any nation uses their aircraft for every travel. Who bears the cost of maintaining such an aircraft? The President may be thinking that you have no way of determining if the aircraft he flies in regularly was purchased last year. That was part of the criminal loan deals that the President struck last year against growing public outcries.“Besides, it makes no financial sense for George Weah to pretend to have “reduced” the salaries of public officials under the guise of instituting austerity measures while at the same time he has increased non-program expenditure by more than tenfold. This is criminal,” Paye said.“Also, the President tried to divert your attention from the alarming pace at which he and his officials have been accumulating real properties. This is in flagrant violation of the Liberian constitution and laws. This is the same President who declared before a US Court prior to the 2017 elections that he was insolvent.“He pleaded to pay US$160 a month for child support. In a single year, however, he has undertaken enormous private building projects for himself.“As he does this, prices of commodities have gone through the roof. The Liberian economy is bleeding profusely. There are no recovery efforts in sight. Where is the President getting the millions from to fund his private ventures? As expected, his message avoided this question.”he said urgent actions need to be taken to curtail the unending wave of corruption and bring to bear the full weight of the law on those culpable of looting state resources at the detriment of the people and the country,” according to Chairman Paye.VIOLATIONS OF THE CONSTITUTION & LAWS; NATIONAL SECURITY; GOVERNANCE AND RECONCILIATION“The first year has been a disaster. Most Liberians expected the President to apologize for the countless laws and provisions of the constitution that he and his officials have already breached since January 2018. Even though these violations are grave and warrant impeachment proceedings too, he does not care. He has no interest in promoting the rule of law and good governance during his tenure. This is an assault on our democracy.You waited for one year for the president to speak to issues of concern to you. You expected to hear his position on the frequent attacks on the fundamental freedoms and rights guaranteed by the Liberian Constitution but which are today violated with impunity.“Liberians are today denied their basic rights, which include the right to life, freedom of speech, freedom of press and expression, academic freedom, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion and the pursuit of happiness.“These rights and principles form the basis of our national policies and are no gift from any President. They are immutable. Their implementation or enforcement does not depend on whether or not a President deems it necessary. President Weah has no choice but to show respect for them and ensure their unhindered implementation or enforcement.“For those Liberians who might have anticipated genuine transformation during this era, events of the past one year are sufficient to make you rethink. You need a rude awakening. You need to realize that our governance system has now reached a crisis level.“Last year’s violence against the residents of Montserrado County’s District #13 during a by-election was not mentioned yesterday. In that by-election, marauding bands of thugs brandishing deadly weapons disrupted a peaceful rally organized in support of Candidate Cornelia Kruah-Togba. That incident left many innocent citizens wounded.“Even though the President was in the district campaigning for his party’s candidate when the attack took place, he ignored it.“So, it doesn’t matter to this President if scores of Liberians perished under his watch. As long as that is done in his name and against critics and political opponents, it does not matter. He will never bother to speak about it. He won’t as long as it does not serve his purpose. He has relegated the presidency to be an instrument for pursuing his narrow interests,” Paye noted.He said, “Rep. Kolubah himself later informed Liberians and the world that his residence had come under gunfire during the early hours of January 21, 2019. According to him, the Liberian National Police simply stood by. In a country that had undergone nearly two decades of institutionalized mayhem, this is worrisome.“Yet, yesterday’s message was not to address an issue as grave and life-threatening as this and other acts of violence. You probably expected that a reasonable reaction from any serious leader would have been to apologize to parents whose kids were wounded as a result of that assistant minister’s barbarity and bring that idiot to face the full weight of the law. This was never done.“What the President presented (yesterday) was a compilation far removed from the harsh reality that you face. What he said was simple. You can cry and cry and cry and cry, but you will eventually get exhausted and capitulate to my whims and caprices. So, it is up to you. This is further evidence of arrogance and callous insensitivity.“For one year, this has been the hallmark of his administration. It shows that his administration will continue to downplay your pains and plight. This spells danger for Liberia. Such an attitude is reminiscent of the days of anarchy. This is why we must put aside our ego, sectional, tribal, partisan and other parochial interests to unite in one accord. We must insist on an immediate and unconditional return to the rule of law. We cannot detour to lawlessness.“We must never forget that more than 200,000 of our fellow citizens were slaughtered for the peace and democracy that the President and his administration are taking for granted. The human sacrifice was enormous. We have journeyed too far to be pulled back. It does not matter who is at the helm of political power in Liberia. Let wrongs be recognized as wrongs. They never mutate. Only the perpetrators change from time to time.“Additionally, there has to be an immediate end to the deliberate destruction of integrity systems and institutions. These integrity systems were designed to improve governance. They are the only civilized way whereby we can hold public officials accountable.“Through these means, we had regained our reputation as a respectable member within the comity of nations. Yet, within a single year, that reputation has vanished! Liberia has once more become an example of a country with bad governance.“The President does not honor our commitment under the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). Procedures, laws, and systems for Public Procurement and Concession have been breached. His refusal last year to declare his assets was to pave the way for his personal projects and private financial ventures. The situation in the country is troubling. The 54th Legislature should disprove growing suspicion among Liberians that it has now become an auxiliary organ of the presidency.“The serious and decent members of this Branch need to promptly investigate all acts of violence and the many grave issues confronting the country but which the Executive Branch is downplaying. The 54th Legislature cannot join the President’s cheering squads. As we say here in Liberia, “Small shame is better than big shame”. So, you can redeem your image now!“The culture of impunity must stop now! This must stop before the 2020 senatorial election! Liberians have already suffered too much from violence and can tolerate it no further. Violence, as history has shown, will only beget violence. You must join us to save Liberia from its new predators.“Liberians, you will note that President Weah made no mention of serious governance and other structural reforms in government. He was more concerned with seeking to repeal Laws that grant tenured positions to institutions of government that should promote good governance and integrity in the public service. Towards this end, we the four Collaborating Political Parties commit to mount pressure on the government and constructively engage our foreign partners to help institute the necessary reforms in our Electoral System to ensure Free, Fair and Transparent elections in 2020, 2023 and onward.”SEPARATION OF RELIGION AND STATEContinuing, Chairman Paye said “Last week the President and his officials celebrated one year in office. What were they celebrating? They were celebrating their successful looting of Liberia. They celebrated their unlawful acquisition of properties at your expense. Indeed, they had to celebrate.“They celebrated your suffering. They are glad that you are enduring excruciating hardships while they enjoy your resources. They celebrated the violence that their thugs and fanatics unleash against innocent citizens, which is now a routine. They will continue to celebrate a further dismemberment of the economy. They have nothing to offer you.“They do not care if your children drop out of school because you cannot afford to pay their fees. They do not care if hospitals and clinics are empty of medicines and have therefore become temporary funeral homes rather than being treatment centers. They just do not and will not care.“While they were celebrating their looting of Liberia in disregard for the sufferings you have endured under his watch, one of the President’s spiritual advisors chose to insult your intelligence and abuse the moral sanctity of the nation. There are many genuine Christian preachers. They are on bended knees praying for Liberia.“The Liberian clergy has always spoken out against societal ills. We value their courage to stand for the truth and with the suffering masses, as the Bible demands of them. Religious leaders of every faith have never at any time forsaken the people. They see their sufferings and empathize with them,” concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police Force promotes 355 junior ranks

first_imgThe Guyana Police Force (GPF) has announced its much-anticipated annual promotions, elevating some 355 junior ranks this year. The announcement was made by Police Commissioner Leslie James in his 2020 New Year message on Wednesday.Police Commissioner Leslie JamesAccording to the Top Cop, promotion is a reward for hard work, invaluable dedication, conscientiousness and selfless attitude.“It is the demonstration of the understanding of your roles, purposes and responsibilities. It is and must be seen as a reward for the unconditional serving and maintenance of zealously guarding our ideals,” he noted.Commissioner James pointed out to the promoted ranks that their stellar performances have merited their achievements to embrace the gold standard and as such, they must never retreat from challenging themselves.“We have worked assiduously during the past year to advance our organisation by maintaining public security, public safety, trust and confidence. We must continue to win the respect and trust among the citizenry through exemplary conduct and professionalism,” the Police Chief asserted.The Top Cop went on to note that the Force is not monolithic and has gone through various processes and stages of development since its establishment in 1839. In fact, he pointed out that it has completed the first year of the current Strategic Management Plan as well as established a Police Reform Change Board (PRCB) to coordinate the Strategic Plan.Additionally, he noted that while the Force has managed to keep serious crimes down, road fatalities continue to climb with an eight per cent increase.On this note, Commissioner James posited that ‘Operation Safe Roads’ is still in effect countrywide. He added that the crime strategies with Temporal and Spatial Analysis approaches have also been implemented.Among the promotions approved by the Police Service Commission (PSC) are three Superintendents to Senior Superintendents, three Deputy Superintendents as Superintendents and three Assistant Superintendents to Deputy Superintendents.Meanwhile, 14 Inspectors, including two Women Chief Inspectors, were elevated to the post of Assistant Superintendent, while nine Inspectors were promoted to Chief Inspector. A further 25 Sergeants were promoted to the rank of Inspector.Elevated to the rank of Sergeant were 81 Corporals and one Lance Corporal. Additionally, 125 Constables and Lance Corporals were promoted to the rank of Corporal. Another 35 Constables were elevated to the rank of Lance Corporal.Under Special Constabulary, 13 Corporals received promotions to the rank of Sergeant, while a total of 21, inclusive of 13 Lance Corporals and eight Constables, were elevated to Corporal. In addition, 14 Special Constables were also promoted to Lance Corporals.Meanwhile, Guystac Special Constabulary saw a total of eight promotions this year. These include three Corporals to the rank of Sergeant, one Lance Corporal and one Constable to Corporal, and three Constables to the rank of Lance Corporal.Last year, the Police Force promoted over 500 ranks.last_img read more

Son shot, father beaten as bandits invade Corentyne business

first_imgA father and son are now hospitalised after three armed bandits attacked their Corentyne, Berbice, business, terrorising them.The incident occurred at about 18:00h at the Lot 6 Cromarty Farm property, where the family operates a grocery shop that is attached to their house.Injured are 52-year-old Dhirah Kumar and his 22-year-old son, Balram, who was shot to his jaw.Guyana Times understands that three men – one masked, one carrying a gun and the other a cutlass – entered the grocery store, which Kumar and his son operate.According to the businessman’s wife, 48-year-old Asha Kumar, at the time of the attack, she was preparing dinner for the family when she heard her husbandThe business place which bandits invade and terrorised the victimsscreaming.“When I run, I see a man with his head covered up. So when I see the bandit, I run and go in the backyard and hide. While hiding, I could hear when they beating my husband – every lash he was hollering and he was telling them “don’t, beat meh, I gon give y’all everything! Y’all don’t beat me, don’t beat meh son”,” the still traumatised woman recalled.The woman continued that she then heard her husband telling the perpetrators that he would give them all the money they had at the business. Guyana Times was told that the elder Kumar handed over $280,000 to the bandits.However, not satisfied, the bandits continued beating and terrorising the businessman and his son, asking for more money.“They tell he, “Y’all get more [money]” and they beat my son more, asking “where is the gold”. My son said we nah get gold and he tell them take a silver band he had on so they pull off the band and ask “silver y’all does wear, y’all nah get gold” and my son tell he no,” Asha Kumar related. The younger Kumar during the ordeal put up a fight and was shot to the left side of his face.Mrs Kumar went on to say that the perpetrators still continued to beat her husband and son, stamping and kicking them before going to the upper flat of the two storey house and ransacked the rooms. Asha could not say, however, if the men took anything for upstairs. The woman’s husband and son remain hospitalised at a private medical institution and are in stable condition.Meanwhile, the Police have since detained a person for questioning as investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

Grande Prairie man charged after month-long prostitution investigation

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – A man in Grande Prairie has been charged with several offences following a month-long RCMP investigation.Back in late June, allegations were brought forward to police that a man was targeting vulnerable and high risk teenage boys in the Grande Prairie area in an attempt to have them participate in the sex trade. On Sunday, July 24th, police were conducting surveillance on the suspect when they observed what they believed was going to result in the victimization of a teenager. Police intervened and rescued the young man, while also arresting the suspect without incident.56 year-old Irving Tobias Oldford has been charged with three counts of procuring prostitution of someone under the age of 18, and one count of sexual assault.- Advertisement -Oldford has been released from police custody, but is subject to several conditions and is not to have contact with anyone under the age of 18 unless accompanied by another adult. He is scheduled to appear in a Grande Prairie provincial court on August 3rd.Police say that they are making attempts to identify any additional victims and would like anyone who has had contact with or has information about Oldford to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at (780) 830-5701. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS).last_img read more

Ibrahimovic in talks over return to Old Trafford

first_imgHis rehabilitation has continued at the club’s Carrington training complex, with Jose Mourinho saying in July that he could resume at United despite Romelu Lukaku’s arrival. “Why not wait for such a good player that gave us so much?” he said.And with the latest news from Italy, it would seem United are stepping up their efforts to secure a return for the player who shone in his first season in the Premier League, scoring 28 goals in 46 appearances before injury struck.Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola told Sky in May there had been offers from “many leagues” for the former PSG and Barcelona striker and that he would “remain in Europe 100 per cent”, adding he still had “one more year, maybe two” left in his career.AC Milan have been the latest side to be interested in Ibrahimovic as they continue to overhaul their squad in a summer that has seen several Serie A sides make big statements in the transfer market.Atletico Madrid were also linked, while LA Galaxy president said their doors were “always open” for a player they had an “incredible relationship” with.Ibrahimovic would also be welcomed by his former team-mates. Paul Pogba said earlier in August: “He’s still a big leader because he’s still in the team, even he’s not playing he’s a leader outside of the pitch.”United get their Premier League season under way on Sunday when they host West Ham, live on Sky Sports Premier League.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic pictured during the club’s Europa League quarter-final first leg against Anderlecht at the Constant Vanden Stock stadium in Brussels on April 13, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 9 – Manchester United have started talks over a new deal to bring back striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, according to Sky in Italy.The 35-year-old Swede is a free agent following his release from Old Trafford at the end of last season and is battling back to fitness after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury in April.last_img read more

River Forecast Centre issues Level One High Streamflow Advisory for Fort St. John and area

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the recent amounts of rain, the British Columbia River Forecast Centre has issued a Level One High Streamflow Advisory for Fort St. John and surrounding area.According to the River Centre, river levels are rising or expected to increase rapidly, but no major flooding is expected.They also say that minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.- Advertisement -Rivers under the High Streamflow Advisory include the Peace River, Beatton River, and Halfway River, along with associated tributaries.Remember to use caution around rivers with a high volume of water and to stay away from fast-moving water as you could be pulled in and drown.For up-to-date river warnings and advisories, you can visit the River Forecast Centre’s website.Advertisementlast_img read more

Elton Gallegly to seek re-election

first_imgGallegly’s decision to now seek re-election comes after he met for 45 minutes last night with California’s Republican delegation in the office of Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora.Members of the delegation said before the announcement today that they urged Gallegly to stay in the race and were hopeful that would happen.Delegation members said Gallegly did not divulge details of his health condition, only telling them that it was not life threatening.“I’m encouraging him to, first and foremost, concentrate on his health,” Dreier said before Gallegly’s announcement. `”If his health is A-OK, I very much want to see him run for re-election.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88“The only reason I did what I did last week was that there was some uncertainty about (his health condition),” he said.He said that in announcing Friday that he wouldn’t run, he was being overly cautious.“These have been the most difficult four or five days of my political life,” he said.He said he spoke numerous times today with his doctors, who have given him a clean bill of health, “nothing that would prevent me from doing the job,” he said.Gallegly’s Friday announcement came on the final day to file for the June primary election. And Ventura County election officials said it was too late to remove Gallegly’s name from the ballot or extend the filing deadline for his 24th Congressional District seat. Republican Congressman Elton Gallegly reversed his controversial decision last week to not seek re-election, saying today that he will now vigorously campaign for the seat.If elected, Gallegly said he will serve the full two-year term, which he said would be his last.Gallegly had stunned officials Friday in announcing that because of health issues he would bow out of the race.In an afternoon press conference today, Gallegly _ who has represented the Ventura County area for the past 20 years _ declined to say specifically what those health issues are.last_img

GARRY JENNINGS IS CROWNED DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY CHAMPION

first_imgResults for Donegal International Rally, 2012Garry Jennings has been crowned the 2012 Topaz International champion after 22 stage event.The Subaru driver and his navigator Neil Doherty led the rally from the start and kept his cool despite the challenge of Darragh O’Riordain in the early stages.There was some good news for Donegal when Glenties driver Declan Boyle won the national category.Results for the International categoryO/ACarDriver/CodriverMakeClassPosSS22RoadTotalDiff 1stDiff Prev13Garry Jennings/Neil DohertySubaru Impreza6O/A7:28.80:002:25:05.628Seamus Leonard/John McCaffertySubaru Impreza6O/A7:23.20:002:26:26.71:21.11:21.135Derek McGarrity/Paul KielySubaru Impreza6O/A7:20.80:002:28:01.32:55.71:34.647Donagh Kelly/Kevin FlanaganSubaru Impreza617:20.80:002:28:17.13:11.50:15.851Darren Gass/Enda SherrySubaru Impreza627:33.62:452:29:03.13:57.50:46.0617Sam Moffett/James O’ReillyMitsubishi Evo 9417:42.10:002:34:04.78:59.15:01.67133Josh Moffett/Jason McKennaMitsubishi Evo 9427:45.50:002:34:22.29:16.60:17.58139Martin Doherty/Damien McCauleyMitsubishi Evo 9438:07.00:002:37:51.912:46.33:29.7941Kevin O’Connor/Gerard ConwayCitroen C2218:16.60:002:42:35.417:29.84:43.51047Pj McDermott/Paul GoodmanMitsubishi Evo 9448:08.40:002:42:52.717:47.10:17.31140Joseph McGonigle/Ciaran GeaneyRenault Clio318:10.70:002:43:14.618:09.00:21.91243Kieran Daly/Keith MoriartyCitroen C2228:21.10:002:43:43.318:37.70:28.71367Gary Cooney/Rory McBrideMitsubishi Evo 8.5638:17.40:002:47:33.622:28.03:50.31471Tony Jardine/Maurice HamiltonMitsubishi Evo 9458:26.30:002:49:18.124:12.51:44.515135Stephan Bradley/Sarah WhelanHonda Civic118:49.70:002:49:24.024:18.40:05.916116Paddy McDaid/Oliver DohertyHonda Civic128:38.90:002:50:43.425:37.81:19.41744Steve Wood/Johnny BairdCitroen C2238:57.30:002:50:50.225:44.60:06.818150Mark Ewing/Rachel McConnellHonda Civic138:41.20:002:51:20.026:14.40:29.819103Sean Agnew/Peter DeeryCitroen C2248:46.20:002:53:50.128:44.52:30.12096Paddy Walker/John SweeneyPeugeot 206259:03.00:002:57:55.132:49.54:05.02142David Carney/Ray FitzpatrickCitroen C2268:26.01:003:01:51.136:45.53:56.022118Brian Quigley/Conal DohertyHonda Civic149:06.80:003:04:09.839:04.22:18.723121Alistar Glenn/Niall McDaidPeugeot 206279:45.00:003:06:01.240:55.61:51.424115Glenda Boyle/Kylie BoyleHonda Civic158:44.70:003:06:12.741:07.10:11.52565Martin O’Donnell/John O’DonnellHonda Civic168:24.41:153:08:10.243:04.61:57.526129Johnny Wilhare/Cahir WilhareHonda Civic179:46.30:003:12:49.447:43.84:39.227114Peter O’Kane/Mark O’ConnorHonda Civic188:44.30:003:20:38.955:33.37:49.52895Shane Orr/Kevin ConnorsHonda Civic199:02.80:003:28:54.71:03:49.18:15.8Results for the National categoryO/ACarDriver/CodriverMakeClassPosSS22RoadTotalDiff 1stDiff Prev112Declan Boyle/Brian BoyleFord Escort Mk214O/A7:30.70:002:32:21.0214Manus Kelly/Donal BarrettFord Escort Mk214O/A7:34.10:002:32:25.80:04.80:04.8322Martin McGee/Denis O’MahonyFord Escort Mk214O/A8:18.70:002:34:48.12:27.12:22.3416Brian Brogan/Damien McGettiganFord Escort Mk21417:49.30:002:37:05.54:44.52:17.4526Paul Barrett/John McElhinneyFord Escort Mk21428:09.00:002:37:37.65:16.60:32.16146Ed O’Callaghan/Raymond ScottFord Escort Mk21317:57.40:002:38:19.85:58.80:42.2731Samuel Kelso/Mac WalshFord Escort Mk21327:57.90:002:40:28.68:07.62:08.8830Daniel Conaghan/Terence MageeFord Escort Mk21338:03.60:002:41:15.48:54.40:46.8928Robbie Peoples/Keith StewartFord Escort Mk21437:57.30:002:41:40.19:19.10:24.71054William McFadden/Francie DevineFord Escort G31348:02.20:002:41:46.49:25.40:06.31123Geoffrey Dolan/Conor MurphyFord Escort Mk21447:57.70:002:42:29.510:08.50:43.11246Jp Logue/James LogueHonda Civic1358:15.20:002:45:05.412:44.42:35.91352Patrick McHugh/Pauric O’DonnellFord Escort Mk21368:10.70:002:45:30.413:09.40:25.01445Columba Heena/Declan Big FrancieToyota Corolla1377:53.30:002:45:32.913:11.90:02.51561Kevin Bradley/Siobhan BradleyFord Escort Mk21118:11.80:002:46:06.213:45.20:33.31656Peter Greene/Conor ComackFord Escort Mk21388:21.10:002:46:29.514:08.50:23.31773Oran Donnelly/Paul HughesFord Escort Mk21218:22.10:002:46:34.714:13.70:05.218107Paul Carron/Andrew BrowneToyota Corolla1128:25.20:002:47:06.214:45.20:31.51929Callum Duffy/Iain DuffyFord Escort Mk21457:53.30:002:47:20.114:59.10:13.920145Alan Sweeney/James GallagherFord Escort Mk21138:29.70:002:47:55.715:34.70:35.62138Vivian Hamill/Greame HendersonFord Escort Mk21468:06.70:002:48:18.015:57.00:22.322141Liam Doherty/Kyle McGettiganToyota Corolla1148:24.10:002:48:37.216:16.20:19.22350Shaun Murphy/Gerard McGinleyFord Escort Mk21398:17.30:002:48:39.316:18.30:02.12448Gary McElhinney/Paddy McCruddenFord Escort Mk213108:26.60:002:49:10.216:49.20:30.92574Kevin Kelly/Paul HegartyFord Escort Mk213118:26.20:002:49:33.817:12.80:23.62697Barry Wash McGill/Derek Tae HeenaFord Escort Mk2918:22.40:002:50:13.417:52.40:39.62792Daniel Lucey/Derry HealyFord Escort Mk213128:34.20:002:50:36.418:15.40:23.02853Dermot Cannon/Alvin AlcornToyota Corolla13138:30.70:002:51:15.618:54.60:39.22990Brendan Friel/John Paul BoyleToyota Corolla1158:56.70:002:51:35.519:14.50:19.93066John Dolan/Joe DolanFord Escort Mk213148:52.00:002:52:18.119:57.10:42.63193Tommy O’Connell/Sean MageeFord Escort Mk213158:54.70:002:53:12.120:51.10:54.03284Garry Gallagher/Lee CullenToyota Corolla1168:34.60:002:54:22.122:01.11:10.03391Rob Alderman/Paula AldermanFord Escort Mk213168:36.60:002:54:33.622:12.60:11.534109Kevin McHugh/Evin HughesFord Escort Mk213178:28.80:002:56:35.124:14.12:01.53510Daniel McKenna/Arthur KieransFord Escort Mk21477:38.60:002:56:54.824:33.80:19.736137Thomas McCreesh/Sean BrutonToyota Starlet1178:30.24:452:57:01.424:40.40:06.637148Daniel McCanny/Martin GallogleyFord Escort Mk213188:38.60:002:57:07.724:46.70:06.338122David Smyth/Mark DeeryToyota Corolla1188:37.60:002:57:43.225:22.20:35.53970Martin Howley/Shaun LaffertyMitsubishi Evo 91519:52.90:002:58:02.225:41.20:19.04099James Greenan/Jonathan TreanorOpel Corsa928:50.30:002:59:05.126:44.11:02.941104Joe Gallagher/Geard MullanMitsubishi Evo 91619:28.80:003:00:13.727:52.71:08.64289Darragh Doherty/Damian McElhinneyToyota Corolla1199:17.90:003:01:25.529:04.51:11.84387Thomas McGlinchey/Tony CurranFord Escort Mk213198:51.60:003:02:12.829:51.80:47.34498Damian O’Reilly/Damien McCabeFord Escort Mk2938:33.20:003:03:20.430:59.41:07.645112Hugh Martin Toye/Breeda ToyeHonda Civic13208:52.65:003:03:24.231:03.20:03.846123David Baird/Chris BairdVauxhall Astra1019:31.10:003:07:37.735:16.74:13.54739Alan Nesbitt/Quentin ParkFord Escort Mk21488:21.70:003:09:56.437:35.42:18.748130Sean Heraghty/Jonathan EdwardsVauxhall Nova949:20.00:003:10:42.238:21.20:45.849111Declan Hall/Chris CorrToyota Corolla11108:44.20:453:10:50.838:29.80:08.65088William Kenneally/Finbar FogartyFord Escort Mk211118:44.80:003:12:56.340:35.32:05.551124Mark Glackin/Micheal GlackinToyota Corolla11128:50.70:003:15:00.442:39.42:04.152132Ivan Warwick/Evelyn WarwickAudi Coupe1529:49.40:153:16:29.444:08.41:29.053126Eamonn McLaughlin/Sean ToppingVauxhall Nova959:35.30:003:18:50.246:29.22:20.85478Paul Corcoran/Liam McIntyreFord Escort Mk21228:37.70:003:20:10.247:49.21:20.05551J Browne/Brendan McElhinneyFord Escort Mk213218:25.90:003:21:49.949:28.91:39.756149Ivor Scott/Brendan PeoplesFord Escort Mk21238:49.50:003:22:49.850:28.80:59.957101Steward Rankin/William CoyleHonda Civic1629:00.90:003:30:12.357:51.37:22.558128Terence Diver/Evin HendersonFord Escort Mk211138:48.20:003:30:18.057:57.00:05.759105Andrew Stewart/Tony GallagherMitsubishi Evo 41539:09.92:003:30:18.257:57.20:00.260120Gavin McMenamin/Kevin FrielToyota Corolla11148:48.30:003:30:52.958:31.90:34.761134Declan McGettigan/Jonathan GallagherHonda Civic11158:17.81:003:31:54.859:33.81:01.962119Danny Cannon/Eamonn RussellHonda Civic11169:33.12:153:41:31.01:09:10.09:36.2Results for the Historic categoryO/ACarDriver/CodriverMakeClassPosSS22RoadTotalDiff 1stDiff Prev1H3Andy Johnson/Jim McSherryVauxhall ChevetteD518:25.60:002:03:54.22H2John Keatley/James McKeefreyFord EscortK18:29.40:002:04:01.10:06.90:06.93H10Stephen McFerran/Ellen McFerranFord EscortD528:46.80:002:08:34.24:40.04:33.14H18James McDermott/Paul McDermottVauxhall ChevetteH418:44.10:002:09:19.75:25.50:45.55H8Alan Courtney/Paul SoutarPorsche 928D418:42.50:002:10:14.46:20.20:54.76H5Alan Jardine/Raymond KnoxFord Escort Mk1C318:56.80:002:10:17.56:23.30:03.17H17James Harkin/Patrick GallagherTalbot SunbeamD218:59.80:002:13:54.810:00.63:37.38H11Brian Crawford/Finian HanniganTalbot SunbeamD228:56.70:002:14:12.910:18.70:18.19H15William Todd/Aaron JohnsonAustin Mini CooperB2110:01.90:002:19:30.215:36.05:17.310H7Andrew Harvey/Darren HarveyTalbot SunbeamD2310:07.20:002:23:26.019:31.83:55.811H12Declan Jackson/Barry McCarneyFord EscortD318:49.90:002:40:02.636:08.416:36.6GARRY JENNINGS IS CROWNED DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY CHAMPION was last modified: June 17th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new 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GARDAI AWAIT POST MORTEM RESULTS AFTER DISCOVERY OF BODY IN CONVOY

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: Gardai are awaiting the results of a post mortem after the discovery of a young woman’s body in Convoy.The body of the woman, who was in her 30s, was found at a house in the village this morning.Garda forensic teams spent most of today at the terraced house carrying out their investigations. However the technical team left the house this afternoon and the body of the woman was removed.A spokesman for the Garda press office said that a full post mortem has been carried out on the woman’s body.“There was a body of a female in her 30s discovered this morning in Convoy.“We are awaiting post mortem results, but at this point, we are not treating it as suspicious,” said the spokesman. The woman lived at the house in the village with her partner.A neighbour said “She was not originally from around here but her partner was. There was Gardai coming and going all day.“Nobody really knows what happened but it looks like it just could have been a tragic accident.”GARDAI AWAIT POST MORTEM RESULTS AFTER DISCOVERY OF BODY IN CONVOY was last modified: August 10th, 2011 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)last_img read more