LATEST STORIES Pengilly, who is British, was one of only two IOC members who didn’t support the decision allowing Russians to compete in Pyeongchang in the wake of a massive doping scandal.Pressed to explain why the British official was expelled while other IOC members facing investigations are allowed to take part in activities in Pyeongchng, International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams on Friday said it was because the incident happened during the games and because Pengilly had acknowledged his behavior.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Because this involved … security during the games,” Adams said. “It’s obviously very important for the operations. All the other cases are in process, being discussed.”Adams repeatedly described the security guard involved as a volunteer, but officials later said it involved a paid security guard. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The IOC has been much slower to act on other ethics cases involving Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad as-Sabah of Kuwait and Alex Gilady of Israel.Sheikh Ahmad has been identified as a co-conspirator in a United States corruption investigation. He is also the subject of an investigation by FIFA, the international governing body for soccer.He has denied any wrongdoing.Sheikh Ahmad heads the powerful Association of Olympic Committees, a grouping of more than 200 national Olympic federations.Adams said “our ethics commission is aware of this case” but Adams added that Sheik Ahmad “hasn’t been charged.”Gilady has faced accusations of sexual harassment and assault. He denies the charges but has stepped away from business positions in Israel.Adams said “we are aware of that (Gilady) situation. We take note there is on-going legal action at the moment.”Adams said both cases were being investigated by the IOC’s chief ethics and compliance officer Paquerette Girard Zappelli, who handled the expulsion of Pengilly.At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, IOC member Patrick Hickey was arrested by Brazilian authorities on charges of ticket scalping. He denies the charges.Carlos Nuzman, the president of the Rio organizing committee, quit last year as an honorary IOC member after being charged by Brazilian prosecutors with corruption, money laundering, tax evasion and running a criminal organization. View comments Seoul footing record $2.5M tab for North Korea at 2018 Olympics He was held in prison for several weeks and is fighting the charges.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Pengilly, who competed in skeleton at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics, has apologized to the organizers and written an apology to the guard.The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation issued an apology to Pyeongchang officials for Pengilly’s behavior.While Pengilly has denied making physical contact with the guard, Adams and Pyeongchang spokesman Sung Baik-you said he did.Both men said they had not seen closed-circuit evidence of the incident, and that footage has not been made public.Adams said Bach made an “unreserved apology” to local South Korean organizers and had asked to meet with the guard.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award FILE – In this Feb. 28, 2009 file photo, Britain’s Adam Pengilly pumps his fist after finishing second in the men’s Skeleton World Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y. The International Olympic Committee says it is sending home Pengilly, who is one of its members, following an altercation with a security guard at the Pyeongchang Games. The IOC said Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, that Pengilly has apologized to the security guard and will leave the Olympics immediately. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan, File)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — An IOC member expelled from the Pyeongchang Olympics over a run-in with a security guard is also one of the only members openly critical of President Thomas Bach’s move to allow Russian athletes to compete at the games.Adam Pengilly, a vice president of the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, apologized and acknowledged running through the security checkpoint at his hotel and using course language on Thursday. 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− gears to meet future needsThe Board of Industrial Training (BIT), through its National Training Programme for Youth Empowerment (NTPYE), continues to churn out skilled persons, but to ensure the programme’s continued success, more resources are needed, BIT Chairman Clinton Williams said.Williams recently told the Government Information Agency (GINA) that resources were needed, especially with the advent of competency-based training. “The context and concept is to train to perform, and then give you the theory after. We need to get instructors that are competent enough to deliver this for us.”The Chairman said the BIT programmes were geared to meet the future needs of local industries.Clinton WilliamsWilliams pointed out that the programmes have been implemented with great success in all of the Administrative Regions except Region Eight. This Region, he said, will have a special programme to suit the skills needed in its mainly mining communities.“Mining communities require heavy equipment operators. A programme in that Region will start with that aspect of the training, and then we will go on to other things.”The Board Chairman dispelled the notion that vocational training was geared mainly towards those who have successfully completed a basic schooling (literacy) programme and attracts mainly males. One aspect of classes taught is the upgrading of literacy skills across the board. Williams told GINA that the ratio of females to males is 55:45 across the board for the approximately 20,000 youths trained thus far.The training offered is also centred on equipping youths with what the job market demands. Williams noted, “What is important now is what could get you a better job, with better benefits.”The training programme is expected to generate, according to Williams, approximately 1600 trained youths this year. This will bring the total number of skilled youths to around 22,000 since the programme began in 2006.On July 13, 182 youths graduated from the third NTPYE at the Upper Corentyne Industrial Training Centre. The programme saw participants trained in areas of engineering, information technology, automotive repairs, management, garment construction, carpentry and other skills.
In other words, all those freebies are taxable. If it’s worth more than a bouquet of flowers, it belongs on your tax return. As a result of the IRS effort, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced in August that it would end its longtime tradition of thanking superstar Oscar presenters with plush booty baskets (reportedly worth nearly $100,000) and pay taxes on gift bags already given. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association followed, stopping its goody-bag giveaway with last year’s Golden Globes. But fear not, swag-seeking stars. The fountain of freebies is far from dry. Businesses large and small can’t wait to give their products to celebrities, who can turn an unknown item into a must-have with the quick click of a paparazzo’s camera. Companies clamor for inclusion in gift bags and gift suites, often paying a fee to be featured. Whether it’s an awards show, film festival or other entertainment event, where there are stars there are gift suites – typically hotel rooms transformed into shopping centers where almost everything is free. Show-sponsored suites are a way to entice presenters and performers to come to rehearsals and thank them for participating. Other gift rooms are just to thank the stars for being stars and get products into their hands. There was one official gift lounge attached to this year’s Golden Globes – and seven unofficial ones. Last month’s Sundance Film Festival had no official gifting spots, yet photos of stars and their swag filled the pages of People and Us Weekly magazines. Despite the much-publicized IRS crackdown on celebrity freebies, the swag-tastic star treatment hasn’t slowed a bit. Just look at the gift-strewn lead-up to Sunday’s Grammy Awards: there’s the Grammy Style Studio, where nominees select designer duds to wear to the show; the backstage Talent Lounge, which invites stars to pick from a selection that includes Gibson guitars and Gucci sunglasses; and the Grammy gift bag, packed with cosmetics, clothing, concert tickets and gift certificates galore. Spawned by the increasing visibility and unceasing popularity of celebrity gifting, the Internal Revenue Service launched an outreach program last year to remind stars that, in Uncle Sam’s eyes, swag counts as taxable income. “There’s been a great emergence of gifting and gifting suites, and fairly extravagant values associated with the gift bags and gift boxes,” said IRS spokeswoman Beth Tucker. “We’re reminding folks about the taxability of the gift bags, the gift suites, the swag.” “None of our events are official,” said Lorena Bendinskas, co-founder of The Silver Spoon Entertainment Marketing, which sponsors gifting “buffets” around awards shows throughout the year. Celebrities don’t even have to leave home to gather the goods. Many manufacturers send their wares straight to stars, Bendinskas says: “For celebrities, every company wants to personally gift them with something. It’s a birthday gift, so hopefully they won’t be taxed on that.” They probably will, says Tucker of the IRS. Almost any corporate gift for the famous is taxable. “Taxability is driven by intent,” Tucker said. “With entertainment-related gifting, it’s typically given for an appearance or some other participation” with the company or event, not out of unfettered affection and admiration. Lash Fary, founder of entertainment marketing firm Distinctive Assets, says the IRS initiative hasn’t had an impact on the number of celebrities accepting gifts nor the number of companies offering them. “The individuals we serve in the gifting world don’t really live their lives based on tax implications,” he said. “If it costs a few extra dollars at the end of the year when they’re already paying millions in taxes, it’s not a big concern.” Fary’s firm, which is producing the Grammy gift lounge and gift bag, includes tax paperwork with its freebies, he says. His company, he estimates, “easily gives out at least $100 million in gifts” each year. “We’re busier than we’ve ever been,” he said. “As long as celebrities continue to grace the covers of magazines, people will continue to want to align their products with them.” The payoff for companies is practically instantaneous. As soon as a product shows up in a celebrity photo, the phones start ringing, says Harris Theophanous, spokesman for Brown Shoe, which comprises various brands, including Dr. Scholls and Via Spiga. “If we get a placement in Us Weekly or In Touch, that’s a free placement without us paying for an ad,” he said. “With these gifting suites, it’s a great return for what we invest.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Manchester City have suffered a huge blow with news star striker Sergio Aguero is set to miss their must-win Champions League clash against Roma through injury.The in-form Argentine suffered knee ligament damage just five minutes into City’s 1-0 Premier League victory over Everton on Saturday evening.Manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed the news following the win, but admitted the club will discover the full extent of the problem when the player goes for a scan on Sunday.Aguero is the Premier League’s top scorer with 14 goals from the opening 15 games of the season, and his absence will come as a major setback for City ahead of Wednesday’s final Group E tie.The Blues are locked on five points with Roma and CSKA Moscow in a battle for the second last-16 qualification spot behind group winners Bayern Munich.To progress, City need to win and hope CSKA do not beat Bayern, or get a score draw and hope CSKA lose.They are already without Yaya Toure through suspension, while Vincent Kompany and David Silva are battling to prove their fitness. Stevan Jovetic and Fernandinho also sat out the Everton game to rest knocks, so the sidelining of Aguero is an added dent in the side’s hopes.“Sergio has a problem in his ligament, in his knee,” Pellegrini said of the forward’s injury.“We will see tomorrow how serious it is but it’s not good news, I don’t think he will be able to play next week.“We must wait for the doctor but the important thing is he will not be playing against Roma and it’s a very important game for us.“But we have other players and we will rearrange if he does not play.”Having previously admitted Aguero was irreplaceable at the club, Pellegrini must now make a decision on who to rely on taking the Argentina international’s place in the cruch tie.Spanish youngster Jose Pozo, 18, was the man chosen ahead of Edin Dzeko to replace Aguero against Everton, before later giving way to the Bosnian, who has been suffering with a calf injury.And Pellegrini explained: “Edin was not able to play 70 or 80 minutes, he could play a maximum of 35 minutes.”Midfielder James Milner, who was voted man-of-the-match for a familiar dogged display against the Toffees, added: “Sergio is a top player and losing him disrupts the plans a little but I think Jose [Pozo] did a good job in the time he was on.“It’s not easy replacing Sergio Aguero.”
“It’s a tough balancing act,” said Baker, who says 1,100 of SanDisk’s 2,800 employees work here. And their median salary – before benefits and options – is “well over $100,000.” Not surprisingly, however, most of SanDisk’s remaining 1,700 employees work at low-cost manufacturing sites in Asia to help keep MP3 players around $250 and flash memory cards around $25. “There is a relentless pressure to drive down costs in our category,” Baker said. SanDisk’s situation encapsulates an ongoing shift in the U.S. economy away from manufacturing and toward a service-based economy. And given that manufacturing wages in the U.S. are, on average, substantially higher than service-sector paychecks, there is considerable debate about whether the shifting economic tides will create enough good-paying service-sector jobs to offset the manufacturing losses and keep Americans living at the standard to which they have become accustomed. Economists disagree on these big-picture questions, but there is a consensus about what people should do to secure their own futures – keep their skills current. There is no doubt about the basic fact that manufacturing jobs by and large pay better salaries than the average service-sector position, as a data analysis by Matthew Kazmierczak, research vice president for the American Electronics Association, makes clear. Looking back at the last five years of federal data, Kazmierczak calculated that the U.S. lost about 1.1 million manufacturing jobs between 2002 and 2006. The 14.1million Americans who still had factory jobs last year earned an average of $51,425. During those same five years, U.S. employers created nearly 5 million service-sector jobs. The 84 million Americans working in the service sector in 2006 earned an average of $40,544. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Tom Abate SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE At SanDisk Corp. headquarters in Milpitas, human resources chief Tom Baker wrestles with a conundrum that ripples through the U.S. economy. SanDisk’s employees want hefty paychecks, and the company has to pay them to get the best engineers, product managers and marketers. But its customers demand low prices for the MP3 players and flash memory that made SanDisk a $3.3 billion company in 2006.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. FRIDAY Open house, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. at Martin & Coy, CPAs, 28494 Westinghouse Place, No. 105, Valencia. Call Colleen at (661) 295-9070. Used Book Sale for members of the Friends of the Libraries only, 5-7 p.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Membership can be purchased prior to the sale. Call Dorothy Anderson at (661) 252-3980. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Used Book Sale to benefit the Friends of the Libraries of the Santa Clarita Valley, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call Dorothy Anderson at (661) 252-3980. Story time, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Local Authors Day will feature local authors signing and discussing their books, noon-3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Animal show, 1 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Free. Call (661) 259-7721. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Trail Team will meet to repair damaged trails, 9 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Classics Book Group will discuss “The Good Earth” by Pearl S. Buck, 10:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Reptile Club for kids ages 7 to 17 will meet, 1-2 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Music jam session, 2 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Local musicians welcome. Call (661) 252-6885. MONDAY Advisory Council of the SCV Senior Center will meet, 9:30 a.m. in Room 1 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. New members are invited to attend. Call (661) 259-9444. Martin Luther King Jr. community observance, 7 p.m. at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Lunchtime Torah discussion, noon at Congregation Beth Shalom, 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Call Rabbi Steve Conn at (661) 254-2411. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Santa Clarita Republican Women will meet, 10 a.m. at Republican Headquarters, 24267 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-3422. Hart School District focus group meetings, 10 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Library at West Ranch High School, 26255 W. Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 259-0033 or visit www.hartdistrict.org. Teen writing workshop, 6 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Rubberstamping workshop with Alexa Joy, 6:30-8 p.m. at Timeless Memories, 24922 Anza Drive, Suite B, Valencia. Call (661) 755-3452. American Association of University Women will host speaker Heidi Novaes at its dinner meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 24021 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Cost: $17. Call Teresa Leonard at (661) 296-3049. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Boating safety class, titled “Basic and Advanced Coastal Navigation,” will meet, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 268-0143. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-10 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Hart School District focus group meetings, 10 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Tanner Hall at Placerita Junior High, 25015 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-0033 or visit www.hartdistrict.org. Movie Day will feature “Free Willy,” 3:30 p.m. at the Newhall Library, 22704 W. 9th St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-0750. Free seminar on financial education, 6:30 p.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. Artists Helping Artists (Aha!) will meet, 7:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call Trish Lester at (661) 254-1242 or e-mail AHA@TrishLester.com. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. at the Sierra Hills clubhouse, 28616 Kenroy Ave., Canyon Country. Call Desiree Nascimento at (800) 858-4749, Ext. 114. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Basic & Advanced Coastal Navigation class, 7-9 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 298-8725 or (661) 259-7201. SCV Underwater Hockey group will play, 8-9 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Cost: $3. Call Ben Jarvis at (661) 510-2665. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TODAY Development Brainstorming session for nonprofits, 9-10:30 a.m. at the SCV Resource Center in the Activities Center at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Cost: $10. Call (661) 250-3720. Moms mixer, 7-9 p.m. at a private home in Valencia. Call Liz Hodson for information and directions. Boating Safety course, titled “The ABCs of Boating,” 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-7201. Sierra Club will meet, 7:30 p.m. in the upper classroom at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 24901 Orchard Village Road, Valencia. Call Dave Morrow at (661) 254-5245.
A Donegal woman has claimed she was raped in the home of a US embassy official more than 35 years ago after a drug was put into her drink in the embassy bar.Ailish Nic Phaidín has sued the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the State arising from the alleged handling of matters by the Department of Foreign Affairs following her dismissal or forced resignation from the US embassy in Dublin, in 1987.Ms Nic Phaidín, 60, is originally from Rathmullan but now lives in Palm Bay, Florida. She claims that while working for the US embassy, she was interrogated for two hours before being told she could be fired or resign. She was later escorted out by a US marine.During her 11-year employment in the embassy, she claims she was pinned to a wall and assaulted on one occasion.She alleges on another occasion a drug was put into her drink when she was in the basement bar of the embassy and she woke up in the home of an embassy official where, she claims, she was raped.Ms Nic Phaidín was giving evidence in the first day of her action before the president of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, arising from losing her job at the embassy.Now a PR consultant, Ms Nic Phaidin claims she sought assistance from the Department of Foreign Affairs in the settlement of her employment dispute with the US embassy.She alleges the department breached its duty of care to her and acted negligently in not conveying an offer of €200,000 from the embassy in 1996.She claims she was advised by a department official to initiate legal proceedings in the US against the embassy which were later struck out on a jurisdictional point. The department, she alleges, failed to fulfil its duties in relation to her dealings with the US embassy.The Minister denies the claims of breach of duty of care and pleads the department acted as an intermediary and attempted to bring her situation to the attention of the embassy. While there was discussion in 1996 on some kind of an offer, no offer was in fact ever made, it contends. The State claims it had no duty of care to Ms Nic Phaidín and pleads at all times the department did its best for her.In evidence, Ms Nic Phaidín said she started work at the US embassy in 1976. In 1986 she got a salary increase and a form of loyalty certificate in recognition of her 10 years’ service, she said.She said she was having a drink in the embassy basement in October 1976 when a man – referred to as Mr Y – put a drug in her drink. She said she awoke in his house in south Dublin and was raped but did not go to the Garda as the man had diplomatic status. She said in a 1985 incident, another man, Mr X, pinned her against a wall in the embassy basement and assaulted her. She said he had said: “I heard all about you.”She said in February 1987 she was called to the security officer and interrogated on whether she was an IRA or Communist Party member, had visited an eastern bloc country or knew spies or terrorists. She said she was brought to Mr X’s office and told her security clearance had been withdrawn and she could be fired or resign.DONEGAL WOMAN SAYS SHE WAS RAPED IN HOME OF US EMBASSY OFFICIAL was last modified: July 25th, 2012 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) Tags:drugsHIGH COURTrapeUS Embassy
A woman drove almost 20 metres with a customs officer clinging to the bonnet of her car with her child in the back after failing to stop at a checkpoint.Caroline Duggan overtook a school bus and several cars on a continuous white line while trying to avoid an initial checkpoint.But the mother-of-three was then waved down by another customs officer while driving her illegally-registered BMW in October 2011. Duggan, 33, of Hawthorn Hill in Manorcunningham, then drove at speed at the checkpoint to try and avoid it.One of the officers was pushed onto the bonnet and Mrs Duggan roared at him to “get the f*** off my car.”The officer was uninjured and Mrs Duggan refused to get out of the Northern-Ireland registered 5 series BMW car.Mrs Duggan appeared for sentencing at Letterkenny District Court after being found guilty of motoring offences.The court heard that Ms Duggan had been stopped just days before the incident at another customs checkpoint and had given her name as Caroline Martin and a different address.Judge Paul Kelly had told an earlier sitting of Letterkenny District Court he could think of few things more dangerous than someone driving at speed at another person.“There is little more frightening than being approached by a car at any speed, not to mention having a three year old in it.“She knew what she was doing as she had been stopped two days earlier. It was entirely brought about by her own behaviour,” he said.He then sent Ms Duggan on a four week driving course and adjourned the case until yesterday.Ms Duggan had since sold the car to raise the €1,000 penalty after the car was seized.At yesterday’s sitting solicitor Kieran Dillon pleaded with Judge Paul Kelly to be lenient with his client.“She deeply regrets what she allowed herself to do on the day in question,” said the solicitor.Judge Kelly responded: “This was entirely self-inflicted. It is widely know, particularly in this part of the country, it you are not permitted to drive a UK-registered vehicle and that’s what has given rise to this incident. Thankfully the Customs officer involved was not injured.”Fining her €350 for careless driving Judge Paul Kelly said: “This is the most extraordinary case. She has hopefully learned from this experience and she had better implement everything she has learned on this court or she will be put off the road.”MUM DROVE WITH CUSTOMS OFFICER ON BONNET OF CAR AND CHILD IN BACKSEAT was last modified: January 18th, 2013 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) Tags:BMWCaroline Duggancustoms officersJudge Paul Kellymanorcunninghampatrol
Claremont limited the Chargers to 55 yards in the first half and finished with six sacks, three by Ifeyani Ojukwu. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CLAREMONT — Sophomore quarterback Drew Carreon threw three second-half touchdown passes Friday night to lead visiting Charter Oak High School past Claremont High 21-7 in the final nonleague game for both schools. Carreon’s performance drew praise from Chargers coach Lou Farrar following the win. “He’s only a sophomore,’ Farrar said. “He’s got a good head on his shoulders. We told him just to have a little faith in what we’re trying to do and good things will happen. And that’s what he did.’ As well as the young quarterback played in the second half, the Chargers’ defense was equally as impressive throughout the game. The defensive unit came up with four turnovers three interceptions and one fumble recovery and limited the Wolfpack’s offensive weapons to 130 yards in the pivotal second half. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Chargers running back Brian Hunter also enjoyed a big game, carrying the ball 18 times for 182 yards. He set up all three second-half touchdowns with long runs. Hunter took the first handoff of the second half and raced 63 yards to the Wolfpack 17-yard line to set up the first score. Carreon found Matt Austin for a 21-yard touchdown on the first of the tandem’s two jump-ball scoring connections for the 7-0 lead. The Chargers scored a second touchdown in the third quarter when receiver Michael Johnson wrestled a Carreon pass away from a Claremont defender on a fourth- down conversion for a 30-yard touchdown that gave the Chargers a little breathing room. Carreon’s third touchdown pass of the night was a 9-yard lob to Austin for the 21-0 lead. The connection followed a fake punt in which the up man, Steve Carillo, took the direct snap and hit Chris Hernandez for a 23-yard pass and a first-and-goal inside the Wolfpack 10. The Wolfpack’s lone bright spot was a first-half defensive effort that had Carreon on the run early.
Arcata >> Junior Davis’ final start in a Humboldt Crabs jersey didn’t start off on the right foot. His control was off kilter and he was trailing 1-0 after all of two batters into the game. It wasn’t what he — or the large contingent from the Hoopa Valley sitting behind home plate — were hoping for. But when it clicked, it was the kind of showing that so many at the Arcata Ball Park had been accustomed over the last two summers.Davis recovered from his rocky start to go seven strong innings …