Dana Rosemary Scallan’s statement in full on ‘despicable’ allegations

first_img Dana Rosemary Scallan’s statement in full on ‘despicable’ allegations 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – October 14, 2011 Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Previous articleDana to stay in presidential race despite allegations ‘of a sexual nature’Next articleTwo Letterkenny clubs take part in “EU Night Without Accident” initative News Highland Following an earlier TV appearance, Dana released the following statement:A most despicable and malicious campaign of hatred is currently being directed at myself and my family.I brought this into the public domain for the following reason; last week I was falsely accused of being a part of a deceptive cover-up regarding my Irish/ US dual citizenship, which I subsequently proved to be untrue on presentation of my  citizenship certificate. Before I produced the citizenship certificate, I received a malicious email which began ‘HAHAHAHAHAH – The bitch finally gets what she deserves’.  I will not repeat further details of the email which goes on to threaten the release of further malicious and untrue allegations  and also attempts to implicate me.Following on from this, prior to the Prime Time debate on Wednesday, a free-lance journalist contacted me claiming that he was going to run two page stories dealing with a malicious allegation against one of my family members and attempting to implicate me. I felt it best to confront this head on and after legal advice I made my statement in the Prime Time debate. I knew by the tone of the threatening email I had received that the writer was determined to ‘out’ this malicious accusation.  This false accusation first surfaced in a family dispute court case approx. 5 years ago and was denied. No further action was taken. It now conveniently surfaces again during my Presidential campaign. In fact in an alleged period of over 30 years there has never been a complaint lodged.I am appalled that person or persons would seek to do this to my family. I have never knowingly done harm to any person and while some may not agree with my political, religious or social positions on certain matters, no family deserves to be the subject of such a malicious campaign. My family and I have agreed that to walk away now from the Presidential campaign would be to give support to the orchestrated campaign that I believe is being peddled from a specific source and I will not let this happen.My sincere thanks to all those who have sent messages of support in these difficult times to myself and my family. I look forward to the next two weeks of campaigning and a Presidential result that will finally reflect the true will of the People. WhatsApp Twitter Google+center_img Pinterest Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Newsx Adverts Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

OULC launch #2015hours campaign for upcoming election

first_imgThe Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) have kick-started this General Election year with a pledge to put in 2015 campaigning hours on the doorstep. On Monday night, about fifty OULC members gathered in Corpus Christi for a drinks event to mark the start of the campaign. In attendance were Andrew Smith, MP for Oxford East and former Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Work and Pension Secretary, as well as Victoria Groulef, the Labour candidate in the party’s target seat of Reading West. OULC announced they would be out in Oxford East every Sunday this term, as well as travelling three times to Reading West. Campaigning would include leafleting, canvassing, and doorstep encounters with voters. Hannah Lovell, co-Chair of OULC, told Cherwell, ‘‘OULC are really excited to announce our #2015hours campaign. The election coming up is one of the most important in a generation, and only a Labour government can protect and support students and young people.’’ Lovell encouraged students to register to vote at the event, reminding OULC members it was only “15 weeks and counting”. Groulef also spoke at the event, thanking OULC for their support over the past two and a half years. She commended Andrew Smith as “the best campaigning MP in the country” but argued this will be an essentially local election, fought over local issues. Given that the national Labour Students group aims to deliver 10,000 campaigning hours, OULC’s campaigning would constitute over a fifth of its doorstep activities. The OULC termcard shows that former Chancellor and Chair of the Better Together campaign Alistair Darling will be visiting the club on Saturday as part of the election campaign pledge. Members of both the Oxford University Conservative Association (OUCA) and the Oxford University Liberal Democrats (OULD) have responded to the news.“We’ve a full campaigning termcard in place for Hilary. This does not frighten us,” an OULD member remarked. One member of OUCA suggested OULC’s pledge would be dwarfed by the Conservatives’ Team2015 campaign. Conservative campaign leaders said, “Team2015 volunteers are working together to win a Conservative majority at the next election.”Reportedly, students consumed alcohol at this drinks event.center_img In a speech at the gathering, Andrew Smith MP lambasted the Coalition government for bringing about “food bank Britain”, introducing “the wicked bedroom tax” and implementing ‘“cuts to council support”. He urged assembled members to campaign with “purpose, principle and passion”. Speaking to Cherwell he stressed, “There’s everything to campaign for, and OULC have a vital role to play. The more people we talk to the more people will vote for us.” The MP reminded OULC campaigners, “Never take a vote for granted”, but emphasised their record of speaking to between 30,000 and 40,000 voters a year as exemplary.last_img read more

Trump Says Feds Developing New Guidelines For Virus Risk

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Myles Cullen / White HouseWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says that federal officials are developing guidelines to rate counties by risk of virus spread, as he aims to begin to ease nationwide guidelines meant to stem the coronavirus outbreak.In a letter to the nation’s governors, Trump said the new guidelines are meant to enable state and local leaders to make “decisions about maintaining, increasing, or relaxing social distancing and other measures they have put in place.” States and municipalities would still retain authority to set whatever restrictions deem necessary.“I think we can start by opening up certain parts of the country: you know, the farm belt, certain parts of the Midwest, other places,” Trump said Thursday in an interview with Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity. “I think we can open up sections, quadrants, and then just keep them going until the whole country is opened up.”The president has been trying for days to determine how to contain the economic fallout of the guidelines issued by his administration as well as local leaders to slow the tide of infections. “Every day that we stay out it gets harder to bring it back very quickly,” Trump said during a Thursday press conference.Last week Trump unveiled a 15-day program advising against large gatherings and calling for many Americans to remain at home. The guidelines, issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are voluntary, but many state and local leaders have issued mandatory restrictions in line with, or even tighter than, those issued by the CDC.The White House was still developing the new guidelines and gathering the data to back them up, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coordinator for coronavirus response, told reporters Thurday.“What we are trying to do is utilize a very laser-focused approach rather than an generic horizontal approach,” she said.Birx acknowledged concerns that people could simply move between areas with different infection risks — and potentially different restrictions on movement and gathering amid the outbreak.“Part of this will be the need to have highly responsible behavior between counties,” she said, saying the administration would provide additional guidance to states next week, once the new plan is finalized.Two administration officials said it would not involve any restrictions on travel between hotspots and those with lower rates of infection.Trump announced Thursday that he would visit Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday to see off the USNS Comfort, the 1,000-bed hospital ship heading to assist New York in responding to the virus.Still, he dismissed desperate calls from governors, including New York’s Andrew Cuomo, who have pleaded for additional ventilators to help treat patients with COVID-19.“I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators,” Trump said, referencing New York’s request of the federal government.On a conference call with governors Thursday, Trump stressed the need to reopen businesses and to recognize regional differences in the virus’ impact.“We all have to get smart,” Trump said on the call, audio of which was obtained by The Associated Press. “We have to open up our country, I’m sorry.”Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves, who has not ordered business closures or limits on social behavior, thanked Trump for recognizing that the virus has affected states differently and “one size does not fit all.”“I appreciate you realizing that,” Reeves said.The announcement of the forthcoming new guidelines comes days after Trump said he hoped to “reopen” the country by Easter.“I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” he said Tuesday during a Fox News virtual town hall. Easter is just over two weeks away — Apr. 12.Health experts have made clear that unless Americans continue to dramatically limit social interaction — staying home from work and isolating themselves — the number of infections will overwhelm the health care system, as it has in parts of Italy, leading to many more deaths.And scientists, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, have cautioned against artificial timetables.“And you’ve got to understand that you don’t make the timeline, the virus makes the timeline,” Fauci told CNN Wednesday. “So you’ve got to respond, in what you see happen.”White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Trump developed the Easter date as a goal to give people “hope.”“I think, Easter, the president was giving people a lot of hope and basically telling us it won’t last forever, and we’ll see what happens over time,” she told reporters Thursday.While the worst outbreaks are concentrated in certain parts of the country, most significantly in New York, experts warn that the highly infectious disease is certain to spread.Trump said the rollout of additional testing will enable more nuanced recommendations that would allow some lesser-impacted parts of the country to regain a sense of normalcy sooner.“Our expanded testing capabilities will quickly enable us to publish criteria, developed in close coordination with the Nation’s public health officials and scientists, to help classify counties with respect to continued risks posed by the virus,” Trump said.Trump, appearing to allude to the forthcoming guidelines, promised that there would be new favorable “statistics” and “facts” coming from the federal government in the next two days.“Some good statistics are coming out which will make your lives easier,” Trump said.last_img read more

Bank of Japan upholds policies as economy slowly revives

first_imgIt said in a statement it would closely monitor the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the world’s third-largest economy, “and will not hesitate to take additional measures if necessary”.The bank was slightly more upbeat in its evaluation of the economy’s health than in July, although it warned that the overall outlook was rocky.”Japan’s economy has started to pick up with economic activity resuming gradually, although it has remained in a severe situation due to the impact of the novel coronavirus at home and abroad,” it said.While there has been a slow rise in consumption, “the pace of improvement is expected to be only moderate while the impact of COVID-19 remains worldwide”, it warned.In its July quarterly report, the bank said Japan’s economy will contract 4.7 percent in the year to March 2021, projecting a recovery the following year but adding that deep uncertainty remains.The economy shrank 7.9 percent in the second quarter of this year – the worst figure since comparable data became available in 1980.It was in recession even before the coronavirus hit owing to damage from a powerful typhoon last year, and a sales tax hike in October.Topics : Japan’s central bank on Thursday said it would maintain its ultra-loose monetary policy as the virus-hit economy gradually picks up, with no big changes announced the day after new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga took office.Suga has pledged to continue the policies of former leader Shinzo Abe, whose signature “Abenomics” programme included vast government spending, massive monetary easing and the cutting of red tape.The Bank of Japan kept its negative interest rate of 0.1 percent on bank deposits, as well as its policy of unlimited purchases of Japanese government bonds, to ensure their 10-year yields remain around zero percent.last_img read more