Four Masters Under 12’s attend tournamentThe Four Masters Under 12 boys put in quite a performance when they attended their first GAA tournament on Saturday 23rd August in Strabane.The Under 12’s were pitted against some of the best Clubs in Ulster, Ballinascreen, St. Enda’s and Aghyaran and they weren’t found wanting. They defeated St. Enda’s and drew with Ballinascreen, in a controversial match which saw 3 scores from Four Masters being ruled as wides.The final match was against Aghayaran and after the intensity of the previous two games, the energy of the Donegal Town boys was sapped, although they still fought hard to keep it a tight match.Jim McLaughlin, Under 12 manager, said, “This was a great first outing for the boys at this high level and we’re very proud of them.“Their progression and development as individuals and as a team since March has been fantastic. The main focus for us has been to concentrate on skill development and team work. “As a management team we feel strongly that underage development is key to the future of any club and its ability to produce great players for the county.“The organization of the tournament in Strabane was first class and it really highlighted the great work being done across the locality with the level of quality football on display.Under 12 boys football training continues every Tuesday from 6pm -7.30pm in Tir Conaill Park. For further information contact 087 9730539.GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS U12’S PERFORM WELL AT GAA BLITZ IN STRABANE was last modified: August 25th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:four mastersGAANoticesSport
Home NewsWatch National News Doctor accused of raping two may have victimized more than 12 others Investigators have received more than 50 calls since they announced the arrest of Dr. Grant William Robicheaux, 38, and his purported girlfriend, Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said in a press conference Friday. National NewsNewsWatch Doctor accused of raping two may have victimized more than 12 others By Daniella HankeySep 22, 2018, 09:40 am 332 0 Google+ The crimes may have taken place over the last two decades — some outside the state of California, Rackauckas said. Next PostFirst test of nationwide ‘Presidential Alert’ system for cellphones set for Oct. 3 Mail Some of the women who have come forward indicated to prosecutors that they felt the need to support the the two women Robicheaux is accused of raping, Rackauckas said. (ABC NEWS)- California authorities are investigating the possibility of at least a dozen more victims who may have been sexually assaulted by an orthopedic surgeon already being accused of drugging and raping two women. Tumblr “Ladies, please be careful when you meet people on these kinds of apps,” he said. “You don’t know what’s behind that — what appears to be a perfect smile.” Robicheaux met potential victims in person at bars and restaurants but may have also targeted them through dating apps, Rackauckas said, cautioning dating app users to be careful when meeting people online. Rackauckas thanked the people who “reported what happened to them,” saying it “must be difficult” to relive the events, as well as the media for circulating the story.He also asked other potential victims to come forward, promising that their identities will be safeguarded.“They didn’t ask to have this happen to them,” the district attorney said.(MORE: Prominent doctor allegedly drugged, raped women; officials fear ‘many’ more victims)The couple was arrested on Sept. 12 at Robicheaux’s home and each face multiple felony charges in California, including rape by use of drugs, oral sex using a controlled substance, assault with intent to commit a sexual offense and possession of controlled substances.Women were at risk up until the arrest, Rackauckas said.Robicheaux was also charged with possession of an assault weapon and faces a sentencing enhancement related to that weapon possession. Riley will face a sentencing enhancement for being knowingly vicariously armed with a firearm.While the couple could face additional charges, it is unclear whether they will be re-arrested, Rackauckas said. They are currently free on a $100,000 bond each.Their attorneys released a statement Tuesday, “unequivocally” denying all allegations of non-consensual sex.“They have been aware of these accusations for a number of months, and each of them will formally deny the truth of these allegations at their first opportunity in court. Dr. Robicheaux and Ms. Riley believe that such allegations do a disservice to, and dangerously undermine, the true victims of sexual assault, and they are eager to have the proper spotlight shed on this case in a public trial,” the statement read. “It must be noted that none of the allegations in this matter relate to or concern Dr. Robicheaux’s medical practice or patients in any way. They both thank their families and friends for their continued support.”(MORE: Beverly Hills anesthesiologist charged with murder in patient’s overdose death)On Friday, Robicheaux and Riley’s attorneys held a press conference, saying the police had been investigating the case for some time, and if they felt the public needed protection, they would have taken action.Defense attorney Phillip Cohen said the couple’s home was searched in January, with a number of items taken, and there had been no allegations or info regarding victims of rape.The couple has not fled or gone into hiding since then, Cohen said, adding that Robicheaux even left the country twice and returned voluntarily during that time.The couple used their “good looks and charm” to disarm the victims, and traveled to festivals like Burning Man in Nevada and events in Palm Springs, California, Rackauckas said.Robicheaux appeared on the Bravo series “Online Dating Rituals of the American Male” in the past.Investigators are currently combing through “thousands” of videos on Robicheaux’s phone that allegedly show women who “appear to be highly intoxicated, beyond the ability to consent or resists,” Rackauckas told reporters earlier this week.Robicheaux and Riley are expected in court next month. Twitter Pinterest Facebook Previous PostBluefield Police Needs Your Help Identifying A Vehicle Linkedin Daniella Hankey
Our Take A Number is looking at problems around the world — and people trying to solve them — through the lens of a single number.In Huntington, W.Va., the number is 10. As in, the rate of babies born with a drug dependency there is 10 times the national average.It’s a number that shows the magnitude of the opioid crisis in this blue collar city. It’s also one of the numbers that has prompted two very different people in this community to say, “Enough.”Each in their own way, has set out to get heroin addicts into recovery. Their methods are unorthodox. One uses brown-bag lunches and the Bible. The other, an old black hearse and a casket.Let’s start with Dwayne Wood. And his hearse.A black, 1988 Buick hearse with the words “Inject Heroin. Reject life,” stenciled on the side. On the back, it says “Heroin kills. Is this your last ride?”It’s an ominous sight, parked in a rundown neighborhood where there have been a number of drug busts. Huntington native Dwayne Wood drives the hearse thousands of miles through nearby Ohio and Kentucky to raise awareness about the dangers of heroin.”There’s nothing around quite like this that I’m aware of,” he says with pride. “But I wish they were on every corner.”Wood originally bought the hearse to carry his motorcycle. “I love my Harley. How cool would that be to see those ape hangers stickin’ out the roof of a hearse goin’ down the road,” he says.Ape hangers, as in handlebars. When he bought the hearse he’d planned to cut a hole in the roof to make room for them, but scrapped those plans on the drive home.”Radio airwaves once again filled with overdose and death,” Wood recalls, shaking his head. “And that’s when I knew the true calling of the car. The car that was designed to haul death was revamped to give life.”Revamped with strobe lights, a Bluetooth player and speakers that sometimes blare a vintage sounding siren.Wood says the hearse is “a photo magnet.” Images of it have spread online. He started the Heroin Hearse Facebook page, which now has more than 7,000 followers. He organizes fundraisers for treatment centers and talks to addicts directly.”Dwayne’s actually the one that got us into rehab and here we are today,” says Thomas. “Six months clean,” his wife, Sarah, chimes in. For privacy reasons, we’re omitting Thomas and Sarah’s last names.In 2016, police raided their home. They were charged with “maintaining a drug dwelling” and “child abuse.” Child Protective Services took their two children. After serving jail time, they started using again. A neighbor suggested they talk to Dwayne Wood.I met Thomas and Sarah in a two story building that was once a small grocery store. Wood is trying to turn it into a community center for recovering addicts. Sarah says she was still using when she first met Wood. “When I walked in here he already had my Facebook page pulled up and pictures of my daughters,” she says. “The first thing I seen facing me was my daughters.”Wood’s office looks like it belongs in a haunted house. With black walls, a mock jail cell with iron bars and a shiny black casket donated by a local funeral home, the effect is intentional. “This is where you’ll make your choice of life or death,” says Wood without without a hint of irony.The son of a truck driver who makes his living building motorcycles, painting and other odd jobs, Wood uses a combination of compassion and fear to get through to addicts.It worked on Sarah. “Walking into that office, you know, will slap you in the face because he has that casket and he’s not afraid to open it for you neither,” she says. Wood even adjusted the casket to fit her and her husband’s bodies.”My first thought was ‘Is he going to put me in this casket?’ ” she recalls. “Because I don’t think I could do it. Thankfully he didn’t and all it took was for me to see it.”There isn’t much research on the best way to get an addict into treatment. It’s not clear that using fear works. And with his garish black hearse, Dwayne Wood has his critics.But in a town like Huntington, where resources to fight the addiction are scarce, everyone needs to take ownership, says Mayor Steve Williams.”When I hear people, they come and say one of two things. Either ‘Somebody needs to do something.’ And I’ll say ‘Look in the mirror,’ ” Williams says.”Most people come and say ‘What can I do?’ ” the mayor adds. “That’s heartwarming.”It’s also “heart-wrenching,” he adds, “because many of the people who say ‘what can I do?’ have either fought addiction themselves or lost someone to the disease.”Dwayne Wood figures, in the last year, he’s helped get 43 addicts into treatment. Some went to programs that included medication to beat cravings. Others went to abstinence programs.Medication Assisted Treatment has a higher rate of success, but Wood says any treatment is hard to find in the area. He doesn’t know if the people he’s helped are still in recovery.As a recovering alcoholic himself, he says he’s compelled to help addicts because he relates to them: “They had dope sickness. I had alcohol sickness. Same symptoms they’ve had — when their legs were shaking and their stomach was tied in knots and everything else that goes along with it. I’ve been there. I’ve been beside them.”Huntington is a mid-sized city on the Ohio River, where West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky meet. It is home to Marshall University, several healthcare facilities and an Amazon call center. A number of factors have contributed to the city’s opioid crisis, including the loss of factory jobs and a depressed economy. The mayor’s office calls the city “a prime location for drug distribution.”Meet Necia FreemanNecia Freeman and Dwayne Wood don’t know each other. Freeman’s a Realtor, and she sees the personal struggles of Huntington residents every day.”We are all just one bad choice away from being who we’re helping,” she says. “One bad choice.”Freeman has taken a much different approach to helping heroin addicts — specifically, prostitutes working to feed their addiction.Freeman grew up just outside of Huntington. Her dad worked in a glass factory for 38 years before it shut down.Driving around the city in her SUV, Freeman points out evidence of Huntington’s opioid crisis. We pass a small building with the sign, Lily’s Place, on the front.”That place is specifically for babies born to addiction that aren’t able to come home,” she explains. “Our neonatal unit is so full that we’ve had to open up a whole new facility called Lily’s Place.”Freeman is a devout Christian. About eight years ago she started “Back Pack and Brown Bag Ministries.” With help from her church, she delivers brown bag lunches and backpacks to poor children in local schools.And that’s partly what inspired her to work with women who are heroin addicts.One day she read a short item in the local paper. Just a couple of lines.The body of a known prostitute had been discovered in a corn field near Huntington. She’d been shot.The cursory nature of the article angered Freeman: “It bothered me that that was the end of the story. So I was burdened for this woman I didn’t even know. And then, come to find a couple days later, she was the mother of one of my backpack kids.”The revelation made her want to reach out to prostitutes. So now, one evening every week, she delivers brown bag meals and scripture on the streets where they do business.It took Freeman many years of trying before she got Heather into treatment (again, we’re only using Heather’s first name to protect her privacy). Like any new parent, Heather hasn’t slept much.”I’m forgetful,” she says, “I cried yesterday because I felt like a bad person because I forgot his bottle.”This is Heather’s fourth pregnancy, but only the first child she’s been able to keep since coming out of rehab.Others in her family are also addicts. She says the first person “to put a needle” in her arm was her father.In the seven years since Necia Freeman has been trying to help her, Heather has been in and out of jail and relapsed after more than one treatment program.Heather says she couldn’t believe Freeman kept trying to help her, even while she was in jail.”She was trying to help me get into rehab while I was incarcerated,” she says. “They thought she was trying to help me escape or something.”The two share a dark sense of humor that seems to come with the territory. But, in all seriousness, Heather believes Freeman is the reason she’s alive.Freeman jokes that when she first started reaching out to addicted prostitutes eight years ago, she thought getting them into rehab would be easy.”I’m just gonna give ’em a brown bag lunch and a gospel tract,” she thought to herself. “It hasn’t happened that way. Not even close.”But, in a town where so many people need help, doing nothing is not an option for Necia Freeman. 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The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and network operator Arqiva have agreed to invest £125 million (€142 million) over five years to accelerate UK digital terrestrial platform Freeview’s transition to “a fully hybrid platform”.The four Digital UK shareholders said they aim to further develop Freeview Play, the DTT platform that marries free-to-view terrestrial TV and catch-up services in a range of TVs and set-top boxes.The Digital UK-led plans include a new mobile app that will allow viewers to access live and on-demand content on a range of smartphones and tablets. This is slated to launch later this year.Other key developments include a restart functionality that will allow viewers to click catch-up links within the Freeview Play TV guide to start a show from the beginning, improved voice search navigation and a “further evolution” of the Freeview Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) on TVs.“As the UK’s TV landscape becomes increasingly impacted by global players, this new commitment from our shareholders is a major boost for UK viewers,” said Digital UK CEO, Jonathan Thompson.“Building on this spirit of collaboration, we will not only safeguard free-to-view TV but reinvent it for a new age of viewing.”Digital UK will take the lead on implementing the new strategy and said it will work closely with Freeview on a “refreshed marketing approach and brand positioning”.It added that investment will help Freeview adjust to changing viewing habits and “exploit the trend towards cord cutting” as viewers look to build their own TV bundles by combining free-to-view TV with low-cost streaming services.Digital UK is the company that manages strategy, policy and service development for digital terrestrial television in the UK. It provides day-to-day technical management of the Freeview Electronic Programme Guide, led the development of Freeview Play and is owned by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Arqiva.Freeview claims that since it launched Freeview Play launched in 2015 more than 3.5 million of these devices have been sold in the UK from brands including Panasonic, LG, Sony, and Toshiba, accounting for 60% of smart TV sales.