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Pub population in Donegal down over 20% since 2005

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Pub population in Donegal down over 20% since 2005 WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme By News Highland – August 21, 2019 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic It’s been revealed that the pub population in Donegal is down 20.1% since 2005.New data from the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland shows that approximately 91 pubs in the county have shut their doors over the last 14 years.Meanwhile, the drinks and hospitality sector enable 7,443 jobs in Donegal and €168 million in tourism spend in the constituency.Padraig Cribben, DIGI member and CEO at Vintners’ Federation of Ireland says a number of factors are at play:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/crghjghjghjghjibben.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows center_img Google+ Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleCalls for Donegal to be prioritised in potential school bus schemeNext article21 people awaiting in-patient beds at LUH News Highland Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th last_img read more

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Michelle Knight’s triumph over captor Ariel Castro: ‘He doesn’t define who I am’

first_imgABC(NEW YORK) — Michelle Knight had known unimaginable hardship long before she was abducted in 2002 at the age of 21, then held captive and repeatedly raped and tortured for nearly 11 years by Ariel Castro, a school bus driver and local musician.She’d fought to overcome what she says was the trauma of sexual abuse by a male relative, living on the streets and later losing custody of her son. She survived still when she escaped Castro’s grip in 2013 and was told by doctors that she had only days to live. She continued fighting by facing her perpetrator in court. And, with time, she found love and created a new family to surround her. “You can overcome all obstacles that stand in your way,” Knight shared in an interview with ABC News. “Don’t let the darkness control your light in your life.”Knight and the two other women who were kidnapped by Castro as teens, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, shared their stories of survival with 20/20.Watch the full story on “20/20” Friday, Jan. 3, at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. Knight said she loved growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, but hated her life at home. “We didn’t have a couch to sit on. We didn’t have a stove,” she said. “Just to give us a hot warm meal, I had to cook on a space heater. It takes four hours for a hot dog to cook.” Knight said she was almost like a mother to her siblings. A brother, Edward Knight, told ABC News, “she has always been there to help us.” Knight described her life as “traumatic,” saying she suffered sexual and emotional abuse. “You name it, I went through it,” she said. “I got to the point where I said, ‘I’m more safer on the streets than I am living in my own home.’ So, I basically ran away.” She was only 14 at the time. “I didn’t really know where my next meal was going to come from or what was gonna happen next,” she said. “I lived in a garbage can. I took a blanket from somebody’s back porch. Cuddled up with it. … There was a bridge, where I can hear cars going past. The vibrations just, you know, helped me be calm.” She said she often sought refuge in a local Baptist church where she was given food, clothes and a place to bathe. “I [ended] up going there just because I heard beautiful music. And I was a little bit embarrassed because I didn’t smell too pretty,” she said. “I stood in the back and singing along with every hymn that they were singing.” A congregant saw her at the church one day and reported it to her father. He sent her back to school where she says she was bullied. She started seeing a boy from school, got pregnant and gave birth to her son Joey at 18. “I wanted to be the best mom. I wanted to be better than … my mom,” she said. “It was difficult because I didn’t have very much money.”In the spring of 2002, she said, her mother’s boyfriend got drunk and fractured Joey’s knee. Social services eventually put him in foster care. Knight was desperate to get her son back. On Aug. 23, 2002, she got lost on her way to a case management meeting and stopped at a store to ask for directions. “I was trying so desperately to get ahold of them. I tried to call them on a payphone. It didn’t work. So I felt like there’s no way I was gonna make it,” she said. Then a man offered to help her. She recognized him as the father of one of her friends. “He said, ‘I know where it’s at. I can take you straight to it. It’ll only take me … five minutes.’ And I’m like ‘OK. I’m gonna make it. This is gonna happen,’” she said. The man she trusted to help her was Ariel Castro.But instead of going to family court, he took her to his home, on the pretense of first picking his daughter and showing Michelle some puppies. But his daughter didn’t live with him, and there were no puppies. He ended up holding her captive in his house more than a decade. “He said, ‘You’re not gonna leave for a long time.’ And then he starts undressing himself,” she said. “I dropped to the floor begging him to let me go. Begging him, saying, ‘I need to get to my son. This can’t happen.’” “He ripped up my son’s picture right in front of me — the only picture I had — and said, ‘You will never see him.’ … That hurted so bad. The knife felt like it was going deeper and deeper into my chest,” she said. A decade of suffering trapped in Castro’s homeAt first, Knight was kept bound with an extension cord wrapped around her legs, arms and neck. He shoved a sock in her mouth to muffle her screams. Castro raped her multiple times a day and put on loud music to further mute her cries. “It was difficult. I had to go blank,” she said. “Any time he was doing anything to me, I had to put myself in a different place.”Even though Castro had Knight captive in his home, he still wasn’t satisfied. In April 2003, he kidnapped 16-year-old Amanda Berry as she was walking home from her job at Burger King. A year later, he abducted 14-year-old Gina DeJesus as she returned home from middle school. In each case, the girl got into his car because she knew him as her friend’s father. The disappearance of Berry and DeJesus alarmed the community, and their families were on the news constantly pleading for their return. But there was never any public mention of Knight, a fact she said Castro taunted her over “every single day.” “‘Your families don’t care about you. Ain’t you glad I took you?’” Knight remembered him telling her. “I felt like he hated me the most, because I was the one that stood my ground.” While Michelle’s family had initially filed a missing persons report with police, it was eventually presumed she had run away because she was an adult at the time of her disappearance. Cuyahoga County assistant prosecutor Anna Faraglia said Castro “was very abusive to Michelle ’cause Michelle spoke up the most.” Knight told authorities she got pregnant five times and each time, Castro used vicious and violent methods to end the pregnancy. “He’s the reason why I can’t have children now — and that’s the most suckiest feeling ever,” she said. “But he couldn’t break me.”On May 6, 2013, Knight’s life would change forever. Berry and her daughter, whom she’d given birth to while in captivity, were able to escape while Castro was out of the house. With the help of others in the neighborhood, Berry alerted authorities. “I hear noises in the hallway. ‘Police! Police!’ I pushed my head out,” Knight said. “I see a badge. … [I] ran up and jumped in their arms and said, ‘Never let me go!’” First responder Anthony Espada remembered, “I thought she was a child ’cause that’s, ’cause she was so tiny.” Knight had been held captive in Castro’s home for nearly 11 years. “It was just [an] amazing feeling,” Knight said. “The first thing that I did is I dropped to the ground. I didn’t care how dirty it was … I kissed that ground. I kissed that ground and thanked God that He helped us get out of there.” Recovery and building a new lifeIt didn’t take long before Castro was found driving nearby and was arrested. The women were taken to the hospital, where Knight was found to be in the worst condition of the three. “They couldn’t find out why I was bleeding, why I was having stomach issues. But they did different tests and they told me, ‘You only got two days to live,’” she said. “’It’s been too long and the antibiotics are not working on you.’” Still, she refused to be defeated. Knight remembered singing and dancing while receiving treatment. “I was trying to make the best of the life that I had left,” she said. “They put me on 14 different medications before I was actually better.”Castro told police that he treated the girls well and described the countless rapes he committed as “consensual.” He confirmed terminating Knight’s pregnancies but claimed it was a mutual decision. Castro pleaded guilty to 937 criminal counts of rape, kidnapping and aggravated murder and he was sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus a thousand years. “You took 11 years of my life away and I have got it back,” she said at Castro’s sentencing. “I spent 11 years in hell. Now your hell is just beginning. I will overcome all this that happened, but you will face hell for eternity. From this moment on, I will not let you define me or affect who I am.” “For as little as she is, she’s a big girl, man. I don’t know how she did it,” said Cleveland police officer Barbara Johnson. “I had to show him that he no longer has control over me,” Knight told 20/20. “That he doesn’t define who I am. I define who I am by everything I do in life.” Knight, Berry and DeJesus survived in Castro’s captivity together for a decade. But Castro only spent one month and one day in prison before killing himself. By then, Castro’s house had already been demolished. Knight watched as it was being torn down, handing out balloons to those in the neighborhood. “I wanted to show them that they’re not hated because they didn’t know,” Knight said. “That they are loved even though I was in a situation, who would know?”There was one other person for whom she showed compassion. “I chose to forgive [Castro], because I didn’t want the emotional chain of that situation,” Knight said. “I didn’t want it to hold me back or control my life anymore, so I had to break free.” At first, Knight didn’t have a support system to aid in her long recovery. She utilized equine therapy to help heal and over time created what she calls her “chosen family.” “I got my adopted dad, which his name is Jim [Taylor]. He’s such a sweetheart. He’s the one that showed me that men are not all the same,” she said.She met her husband, Miguel Rodriguez, who she says “is the love of my life … my other half. He showed me that life doesn’t have to be horrible and you don’t have to be alone.” “When I first came out of the house, I didn’t even know what love was. What a tender touch was. All I knew was abuse,” she said. She has since legally changed her name to Lily Rose Lee. “[I] wanted a new beginning to my new journey of life,” she said. And, she is now in the process of starting her own nonprofit called Lily’s Ray of Hope to support victims of child abuse, domestic violence and human trafficking. “Everybody in life that goes through a tragedy, that’s been in the dark for so long, needs to see the sunrise,” she said. “Just show the people that have harmed us that they don’t control us anymore.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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US OPEN: Kerber Gets Winning Start

first_imgDouble Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat Jelena Ostapenko 7-5, 6-3 while former world number one and two-time US Open runner-up Caroline Wozniacki downed US qualifier Taylor Townsend 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Angelique Kerber needed just over 30 minutes to get her pursuit of a first US Open off to a winning start Monday as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal prepared to make their bow late monday.Second seed and Australian Open champion Kerber was leading Polona Hercog 6-0, 1-0 when the Slovenian called it quits, clearly wilting in the crushing 33-degree heat, having won just nine points.“It´s not the way I wanted to win, but I am playing well and feeling good,” said the German star.Hercog, ranked at 120, needed a lengthy medical timeout after five games of the opening set with a doctor and trainer called.Kerber, who next faces either Alize Cornet of France or Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia, insisted she will not be distracted by possibly dethroning Serena Williams as world number one by the end of the tournament.last_img read more

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Team FA’s Michael Whittle takes the Tipster Challenge at Ffos Las

first_img Submit Share ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles RankTipsterRace WinsPoints Better Collective secures esports vision by acquiring HLTV.org for €35m February 28, 2020 Michael Whittle has become the latest industry expert to take the Tipster Challenge. Whittle, the Product Manager at Team FA, has provided tips for today’s six races at Ffos Las.Formerly of Betfred, he is now responsible for overseeing all channels and development at Team FA, a company formed after the success of the Footy Accumulators brand which started in 2012.Whittle will be going up against sixth placed Timeform, and Stephen Harris of bettingexpert, who remains in eighth despite an improved performance at Wetherby last time out.____________________________________1:20bettingexpert: Lisheen PrinceShaped well on his seasonal debut at Huntingdon in a strong race won by Apasionado, and he will improve on that now over 4f further.Timeform: Lisheen PrinceThere was plenty to like about his hurdling debut second at Huntingdon earlier this month and he’s taken to go one better now under Richard Johnson.Team FA: Lisheen PrinceStrong reappearance when second after a long lay off. Should come on for that run now back up in distance, and get the champion jockey off to a good start.____________________________________1:50bettingexpert: KelseyFeatures on a generous mark and comes here freshened up after a four-month break.Timeform: Babeny BridgeVery lightly raced under Rules, but has shaped with promise nonetheless. A runner up in a novice event at Worcester in May.Team FA: KelseyA chance is taken with the well supported Kelsey, who also returns after a lay off. Running off bottom weight, this gelding goes well fresh and would welcome any forecasted dig in the ground.____________________________________2:20bettingexpert: Call The CopsWas a classy hurdler, and is sure to be well prepared for this chasing debut.Timeform: Join The ClanShaped encouragingly when second over fences at Fakenham two weeks ago, but ultimately seemed undone by the tactical nature of the race.Team FA: Join The ClanPast festival winner, Call The Cops, has to be respected based on his hurdling form. However, JPs other runner made a solid chase debut going down a close 2nd last time out, and can take the spoils here.____________________________________2:50bettingexpert: SouthportLooks well treated in handicaps and can continue the terrific form of the Twiston-Davies stable.Timeform: Super SamThe ‘bounce’ factor is a concern, but he won with plenty in hand after a 23-month absence at Hereford last week, and this lightly-raced 7-y-o will prove hard to beat under a penalty if in the same form.Team FA: In On The ActMuch of the focus will be on the top two in the market, however the course winner should give them plenty to think about. A staying on third last time out, this gelding looks nicely weighted on its best form and could go close with the promising Conor Orr claiming seven.____________________________________3:20bettingexpert: Twenty Eight GunsImproved to win on his latest start and will appreciate the drying ground here.Timeform: Copper BirchProduced his best effort for some time when winning at Hereford last week and should make a bold bid for the hat-trick off the same mark.Team FA: Copper BirchBids to land quick-fire hat trick after dominant display last time out. Escapes penalty for that win and will go close off the same mark.____________________________________3:55bettingexpert: Mulcahys HillComes from a yard with an excellent record in bumpers and seems sure to be fit and readied for this Rules debut.Timeform: Mulcahys HillWarren Greatrex does well in this sphere and Mulcahys Hill, who cost connections £61,000 after winning a point on debut in February, is taken to make a winning start under Rules also.Team FA: Mulcahys HillAn interesting bumper to finish the card which can go to the favourite. Unbeaten on his sole start in a point to point, the third has since franked the form suggesting there’s more to come.____________________________________Tipster Challenge 2016/17 Leaderboard Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 1Alan Alger – Betway311.41 2Phillip Anderson – Before The Off36.17 3Ciaran O’Brien – William Hill35.29 4John Hill – Coral24.25 5Michael Shinners – Sky Bet24.00 6Timeform1.752.97 7Charlie McCann – BetVictor11.75 8bettingexpert0.881.58 9John Cruces – Dafabet11.25 10Ed Nicholson – Unibet10.73last_img read more

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Richard Flint – Racing is a ‘critical friend’ of betting in tackling its regulatory predicaments

first_img StumbleUpon Share UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Ending his 17-year tenure at Sky Betting & Gaming (Sky Bet), industry figurehead Richard Flint has called for betting and racing leaders to work in partnership, tackling an ‘existential threat’ facing all betting stakeholders.Speaking to the Racing Post, Richard Flint the former Executive Chairman of Sky Bet, warned UK racing leaders not to be complacent in believing that their sport is immune to betting’s current regulatory predicaments.In his warning, Flint acknowledges the growing profile of gambling industry sceptics, ‘that is way higher now’, stating that negative perspectives are becoming ‘influential among policymakers’.“That’s why I think it’s a dangerous moment for the betting industry and by extension for the racing industry because there are more politicians with a very negative view of the industry than there are with a positive view,” Flint said.With the UK government having enforced its FOBTs £2 wagering reduction last April, Flint warns that campaigners and politicians have turned their attention to scrutinising betting’s links with sports.A stricter regulatory agenda could lead to a blanket ban on betting-sports advertising and sponsorship damaging racing indefinitely.“If all advertising was banned that would take racing off the terrestrial TV, it would stop race sponsorships, it would do vast harm to racing’s finances,” Flint said.Describing racing as a ‘critical friend’ of the betting, Flint calls for sector leaders to take heed of warnings, and work together in partnership.Issuing a response, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) acknowledged Flint’s concerns, reaffirming that it wouldcontinue to promote socially responsible betting as core mandate, as well as emphasising the importance of the sector to the sport to politicians. Related Articles Share Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

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