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first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Clarendon College edged closer to gaining a berth in the inter-zone round of the 2015 ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup as Group H winners, following a 1-1 draw at Lennon High yesterday.After seven matches, the defending champions are on 15 points and yet to lose a game. They are two points in front of a resurgent Edwin Allen High, while the faltering Lennon have 11 points from six matches.The Paul Davis-coached Clarendon College have racked up 30 goals and only four against to dominate the group, and with the return match against second-from-bottom Thompson Town to come on October 10, they are in pole position to be amongst the teams to participate in the cash-rich FLOW Super Cup, which will have its launch today in Montego Bay.Over in Group D, former winners Godfrey Stewart High defeated The Manning’s School 1-0 in the Savanna-la-Mar derby to jump into the lead on 11 points. Previous leaders Petersfield (10 pts) were idle and can retake the lead when they clash with Little London tomorrow.Manning’s remain third in the group with nine points and will have a tough time amassing enough points to keep either Godfrey Stewart or Petersfield from advancing.Knox College’s 1-0 win over Bellefield left Group G in a bind, as apart from leaders Holmwood, who tagged Alston 3-1 for their 14th point of the campaign, four of the remaining teams are locked on 11 points.Knox, Spalding, Alston, and Christiana are neck and neck in the race to advance – along with favourites Holmwood – from the group.last_img read more

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first_imgWASHINGTON – Under federal law, the Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho should have been prohibited from buying a gun after a Virginia court declared him to be a danger to himself in late 2005 and sent him for psychiatric treatment, a state official and several legal experts said Friday. Federal law prohibits anyone who has been “adjudicated as a mental defective,” as well as those who have been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility, from purchasing a gun. A special justice’s order in late 2005 that directed Cho to seek outpatient treatment and declared him to be mentally ill and an imminent danger to himself fits the federal criteria and should have immediately disqualified him, said Richard J. Bonnie, chairman of the Virginia Supreme Court’s Commission on Mental Health Law Reform. A spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also said that if found mentally defective by a court, Cho should have been denied a gun. The federal law defines adjudication as a mental defective to include “determination by a court, board, commission or other lawful authority” that as a result of mental illness, the person is a “danger to himself or others.” Cho’s ability to buy two guns despite his history has cast new attention on the adequacy of background checks that scrutinize potential gun purchasers. And since federal gun laws depend on states for enforcement, the failure of Virginia to flag Cho highlights the often-incomplete information provided by states to federal authorities. Only 22 states submit any mental health records to the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the FBI said in a statement on Thursday. Virginia is the leading state in reporting disqualifications based on mental health criteria for the NICS system, the statement said. But Virginia state law on mental health disqualifications to firearms purchases is worded slightly differently from the federal statute. So the form that Virginia courts use to notify state police about a mental health disqualification only addresses the state criteria, which lists two potential categories that would warrant notification to the state police – someone who was “involuntarily committed” or ruled mentally “incapacitated.” “It’s clear we have an imperfect connection between state law and the application of the federal prohibition,” Bonnie said. The commission he leads was created by the state last year to examine the state’s mental health laws. Bonnie, the director of the University of Virginia Institute on Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy, said his panel would look into the matter: “We are going to fix this.” Bonnie said he believed similar problems exist elsewhere in the country: “I’m sure that the misfit exists in states across the country and the underreporting exists.” After two female students complained about his behavior in 2005, Cho was sent to a psychiatric unit for evaluation and then ordered to undergo outpatient treatment, which would not qualify as an involuntary commitment under Virginia law, Bonnie said. “What they did was use the terms that fit Virginia law,” he said. “They weren’t thinking about the federal. I suspect nobody even knew about these federal regulations.” But Christopher Slobogin, a law professor at the University of Florida who is an expert on mental health, said that under his reading of Virginia law, outpatient treatment could also qualify as involuntary commitment, meaning Virginia law should have barred him from buying a weapon as well, an interpretation that Bonnie said he and the state’s attorney general disagree with. Slobogin added that the federal statute “on the plain face of the language, it would definitely apply to Cho.” A spokesman for the Virginia state attorney general’s office declined to comment Friday, saying only that various agencies were “reviewing this situation.” Richard Marianos, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said Friday that federal and state officials were looking into the question, studying the court proceedings and testimony. But he added: “If he was adjudicated as a mental defective by a court, he should have been disqualified.” Dennis Henigan, legal director at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said the oversight on the federal law in Virginia has probably been occurring for some time. “They may have been doing this for years, just basically assuming, if the guy’s not disqualified under state law, then we don’t have to send anything to the state police,” Henigan said. “It’s a failure to recognize the independent obligation to the federal law.” Most states do not follow the letter of the federal law when it comes to the mental health provisions, said Ron Honberg, legal director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an advocacy group. “I suspect if we look at all the requirements that exist for the states, there’s probably a whole lot of them that don’t implement them,” Honberg said, explaining that the gap often comes from a lack of resources but also because no one is enforcing the requirements. “When something like this happens, then people start to pay attention to this,” he said. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., has been pushing a bill to require states to automate their criminal-history records so that computer databases used to conduct background checks on gun buyers would be more complete. The bill would also require states to submit their mental health records to their background check systems and give them money to allow them to do so. According to gun control advocates, however, the mental health information submitted to the NICS is often spotty and incomplete, something McCarthy’s bill is designed to address. Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., a former member of the National Rifle Association’s board of directors, is co-sponsoring the bill, which has twice passed the House only to stall in the Senate. According to congressional aides, he is negotiating with pro-gun groups to develop language acceptable to them. “The NRA doesn’t have objections,” Dingell said in an interview. “There are other gun organizations on this that are problems.” A spokesman for the NRA declined to comment Friday on the legislation, but Dingell said the measure could prevent future tragedies: “It resolves some serious problems in terms of preventing the wrong people from getting firearms.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgEXCLUSIVE INVESTIGATION LATEST: DOZENS OF investors in an illegal Donegal investment scheme fear they may never get their money back – though one of those who sold investments insists everyone will get their cash.The scheme is similar to one employed by notorious American crook Bernard Madoff (pictured right). His son Mark Madoff committed suicide in the US last night.In these sort of schemes, many people do get returns. But many others do not. The get-rich-quick scheme however is illegal and Garda sources have confirmed that even if all investors get their cash back, they will seek a number of prosecutions.The Garda Fraud Squad investigation into the mafia scam centres on an ex-prisoner foreign national. However we can reveal tha at least one well-known Donegal man has defended his role in the scheme, insisting it is a legitimate business, that his boss is in the clear and that everyone will get their money back.In a conversation relayed to donegaldaily.com the well-known Donegal man initially denied Gardai were investigating the scheme. When it was pointed out that his boss’s premises had in fact been raided by the cops, he then admitted there is an investigation but that he believed the investment scheme was and is legitimate. He said he hasn’t seen his boss ‘for several weeks’.Friends believe that he too has been taken in by the scam too – and that he thought he was selling legitimate investments. Donegaldaily.com has interviewed a number of people around the county throughout the day. These included people who did invest in the scheme and did make substantial returns. A number of other investors said they had been told they will get their cash back in the next few days.One of those told us last night: “I know people think we were mad investing in this scheme but it was presented very well and by people I knew very well.“I have to believe I will get my money back because I simply can’t afford to lose it. I don’t care at this stage if I don’t make any money on it. I have been told that I will get my money in the next couple of days but I don’t know if I will or not. I can only hope I will.“To be honest I’m just sickened by it all. I can’t even think about Christmas at the moment.”The so-called Ponzi Scheme was a fraudulent operation that paid returns to separate investors from their own money or money paid by subsequent investors, rather than from any actual profit earned. The Ponzi scheme usually entices new investors by offering returns other investments cannot guarantee, in the form of short-term returns that are either abnormally high or unusually consistent.They always collapse, with some of those behind them making off with the cash.The Donegal scheme involved the scamsters telling investors that they could get between 10% and 40% on their cash investments in just TWO MONTHS.The elaborate ‘get rich quick’ con involved false claims that people were investing in a company approved by Lloyds of London and Deloittes which bought liquidated stock, which was then sold at huge profit. Neither company was actually involved. One investor was told that the company had bought four luxury Bentley cars for just €10k each and re-sold them to wealthy Arabs for ten times that figure. No such transactions ever took place. The cars didn’t exist.Another investor told us that he was told the money was used to buy cheap airline tickets in bulk which were then sold off at huge profit.However he told us today: “I suppose if it was that easy to get 20% return on an investment, everyone would be doing it. The government could save the country if it was that easy – and the banks would be in better shape. But I got my money back – and more.”Yesterday, Friday, we reported how several premises have been raided in several towns in the county as part of a complicated Garda inquiry. Fraud Squad officers have spent a huge amount of time in undercover vehicles and premises in Ballybofey.We can now reveal that a considerable number of leading business personalities have been interviewed as part of the investigation. Some are extremely well known in the county and beyond.Gardai began their inquiry after a tip-off from the German police which had closed down a similar scheme run by the same convicted fraudster.As a result of the scam, many innocent local people are set to lose fortunes after investing in schemes which have collapsed. Some of the victims are pensioners – others are ordinary workers who were sucked into the scam by professional fraudsters aided by scamsters here in Donegal.Donegaldaily.com understands that the some investors have received their money back without the high returns promised.However we know of one person owed €1.8M and another owed €200k. One man did get his €70k back last week after revealing to one of the crooks that he carried a legally-held firearm!Others however have been promised their money back this weekend, but we are told a €10M account has been ’emptied’. Regardless of those claims, the ‘scheme’ was illegal.Computers and paperwork were removed from several different premises for examination as part of the probe by detectives from the Garda Fraud Squad.However it is not believed any arrests have been made at this stage.A Garda source revealed the investigation is a part of an international inquiry and that offices at businesses in Germany have also been visited and police in Estonia are also helping the inquiry. Police in France and the UK have also been contacted.The PSNI are closing in on a former bank employee in the North who is also linked to the scam.Last night a well-placed source aware of the scheme told us: “I warned several friends to stay well away from this. If it sounds too good to be true, then it is too good to be true.“A lot of people have invested huge sums. The way the Ponzi scheme works, there will always be those at the top who get their money back with interest, but there is never enough for everyone at the end and many people will lose out.“Let’s put it this way – if people are still waiting on their money, I’d be surprised if they ever see it now.”A Garda source said: “A number of premises were visited and different people were spoken to on an informal basis.“Those who were spoken to may not have even been aware that they were involved in anything illegal.“The investigation is part of a wider international investigation but we can’t say too much more about it at this stage,” said the source.It’s understood Gardai are carrying out the inquiry with the help of a number of other international police forces.Today a well-placed source told us: “We are looking at figures between €10M and €20M. And a lot of Donegal people will have lost a fortune in the elaborate money-laundering and investment scam.”The foreign national behind the Donegal con could not be contacted tonight.Many of the con’s records taken by cops appear to show huge takings at a legimitate food establishment – compared to exaggerated lodgements from the same business. Gardai believe large amounts of cash lodged in the name of the apparently legitimate business could not have come from it.For example a Wednesday lunchtime trade involving just six diners apparently led to the lodgement of more than €10k!* Bernard Madoff – the American scamster – is serving 150 years in jail for his part in ripping people off for $18 Billion.* Our investigation is continuing and we hope to expose more details in the next few hours. If you have been a victim, contact us in complete confidence using the contact form on our home page. Several victims already have. We never reveal sources and never use the names of our sources or reveal those sources to anyone.* Please note that several Authorities have informed us that the scheme was ENTIRELY ILLEGAL. However an amnesty may be available for whistleblowers.* This story/investigation is the subject of Copyright Laws and Action will be taken against any newspaper/website taking this story in whole or in part without prior Consent. Copyright donegaldaily.com‘PEOPLE WILL GET THEIR MONEY BACK’ SAYS DONEGAL INVESTMENT MAN – BUT NO SIGN OF HIS ELUSIVE BOSS was last modified: December 12th, 2010 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

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first_imgPOSTERS TO AN Irish-American website have reacted to a story on increase emigration from Donegal – by suggesting we cure our economic ills with brothels and casinos!The outrageous suggestions are debated on the Irish Central website following a report on how people from this county are being forced to travel to the USA and other countries for work.The reaction is set to cause a storm of protest – especially as the poster also described tourists with carvans at Rossnowlagh as ‘knackers’. The post was still online this morning. One blogger reacted to the Donegal economic crisis like this: “Nobody to be left there but the Clannad crowd and the gay, Irish language poet,Cathal O Searcaigh of Fairytale of Kathmandu fame.“Anyone familiar with the song “The Hills of Donegal”? The lyrics talk about building a wall to keep the people out of Donegal; better yet, building it would keep them in.“The real solution to unemployment in Donegal might be in the words of the chorus: Casinos, chicken ranches, I’d legalize them all We’d have our own Las Vegas in the hills of Donegal Yeah, Las Vegas in the hills of Donegal.“Think about the boost to tourism: jobs, new restaurants and hotels, A veritable Monte Carlo, unfortunately with lousy weather. Wait a second, John Gormley of the Greens could get the EU to concentrate all global warming in Donegal. “Rossnowlagh Beach could be the Malibu of Ireland, once you cleared out the knackers in the caravans. Just think of the possibilities.”Another poster to the site reacts: “That’s good…..Their could be legalized brothels (tho that would give jobs to Africans and Russians–not Irish). Gambling, too, though I don’t think there’s a single race track in the entire county.“Still, they could have slots, blackjack etc. And they could bus in punters from across the border. I’ve been in places like Reno, Vegas, Atlantic City. Donegal can match them. Plus, since that’s an indoor lifestyle, it wouldn’t matter if it was howling rain outside, just like it doesn’t matter if it’s 110 on the street outside the joints in Vegas. And maybe an Irish language casino sa Ghaeltacht. You’re on to something.”EndsOUTRAGE AT ‘BROTHELS & CASINOS’ CURE FOR DONEGAL RECESSION was last modified: December 12th, 2010 by gregShare 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

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first_imgA NUMBER OF Donegal’s best-loved pubs and clubs aren’t letting the recent weather get them down – they’re bringing back Christmas in the middle of January!The Orchard Inn complex in Letterkenny will be laying on festive music, turkey and ham dinners and all the trimmings for anyone who missed out during the Big Chill.The so-called ‘Christmas Party Weekend’ kicks off next Friday night, January 7 – and continues the following night. The festive four course meal costs €19.95 per person and includes free entry to the Vibe Nightclub! (The Christmas Party hotline number is 91 21112 if you fancy more stuffing!).They’re not the only ones keeping the festive spirit alive however.The Silver Tassie Hotel have also set aside two extra Christmas Party nights – on Saturday January 8th and Friday January 14th.A candlelit drinks reception, four course dinner and music by Hudson Blue is on offer for €29.95 per person (tel 91 25619). DONEGAL PLANS CHRISTMAS PARTY – RIGHT INTO JANUARY! was last modified: December 27th, 2010 by gregShare 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

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