January The burglar who broke into a care home and sexually assaulted a woman in her 90s A man who sexually assaulted a woman in her 90s after breaking into a care home was jailed. Police said ‘shameless’ Jake Morris, 24, had ‘no place in society’ after he was caged for the shocking attack on the pensioner, who has dementia. He denied sexually assaulting her at the Leigh facility when interviewed by officers. During the court case Morris changed his plea and finally admitted his sickening crime. Morris, of no fixed abode, also pleaded guilty to burglary and assault and was jailed for six years and four months. The ‘dangerous predator’ who posed as taxi driver to rape woman on her way home from night out A ‘dangerous predator’ who posed as a taxi driver to rape a woman on her way home from a night out was jailed. Marius Dolhascanu targeted his 30-year-old victim in Wigan in 2016. After the terrifying ordeal Dolhascanu, of Hey Street, … [Read more...] about 668 people who were put behind bars in Greater Manchester in 2018
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By Cate McCurryControversy over the alleged shoot-to-kill policy in the North had grave implications for cross-border co-operation, while Anglo-Irish relations suffered a “serious setback”, newly released state files reveal.Then Minister for Justice Gerard Collins told a special meeting of the Anglo-Irish Intergovernmental Conference, in February 1988, that it was “impossible to exaggerate the seriousness of the shoot-to-kill policy”.Mr Collins said the special meeting, at Stormont Castle, in Belfast, was called in response to “very serious concerns”, shared by all sides of political opinion.The meeting came after the British attorney general made a public statement about the Stalker inquiry.“This statement, which admits evidence of obstruction of justice, amounts to a declaration that, in Northern Ireland, at any rate, the rule of law takes second, or possibly third place, to non-defined public interest and matters of national security,” … [Read more...] about State papers 1988: ‘Shoot-to-kill policy’ threatened cross-border relations
By Seán McCárthaighIn 1988, the then Minister for Finance, Ray MacSharry, claimed that a proposed Industrial Development Authority (IDA) grant of more than £660,000, for the Apple Computers plant in Cork City was “unwarranted” due to the company’s own enormous financial resources.State papers released under the 30-year rule show that Mr MacSharry opposed plans by the IDA — which were supported by his cabinet colleague, Albert Reynolds, the Minister for Industry and Commerce — to provide a grant of £661,500 to the US computer firm.He also objected to a proposal by the IDA to give four acres of land, worth £60,000, to Apple for free.The company wanted to expand its factory at Holyhill, Cork, and establish a European Repair Centre. It estimated that the expansion would create 60 jobs.The proposed IDA grant would be a 35% contribution to the £1.89m cost of the expansion.A memorandum for government showed Mr MacSharry had remarked: … [Read more...] about State papers 1988: £660k grant for Apple expansion ‘unwarranted’
Kelly Tyko USA TODAY Published 4:48 PM EST Dec 24, 2018 The thoughts that creep up moments after opening an unwanted gift might go something like this: How do I get rid of it? Darn, no gift receipt. What time do stores open Wednesday? Is there anyone I can regift this to? Sometimes a gift doesn’t fit in more ways than one. However, instead of settling for a duplicate gift or the ugly sweater you'll never wear, you can return, exchange or sell your unwanted holiday gifts. The annual return-a-thon kicks off early Wednesday as retailers start after-Christmas sales aiming to unload more merchandise. According to the National Retail Federation's annual December survey, 50 percent of consumers plan to take advantage of after-Christmas sales in stores and 45 percent plan to do the same online. The survey showed 17 percent plan to hit stores to return or exchange unwanted gifts and 27 percent will go to use gift cards they received. To avoid the … [Read more...] about Christmas gift returns: Tips for exchanging unwanted holiday presents
Christmas is a time for giving, a time for showering your loved ones with carefully picked gifts to show them just how much they mean to you. But while you might put your all into painstakingly choosing a well-intended gift, the truth is that they don't always hit the right spot. New research carried out for the charity Send a Cow by YouGov found that almost 60 million Christmas presents will be exchanged this year with 57 per cent of those questioned receiving at least one undesirable gift every year. While a recent poll by VoucherCodes.co.uk established that we'll spend almost £1 billion on the wrong presents in the UK alone. So what do we do with them? We try to exchange them for money, of course. Research by eBay in 2016 predicted that the site would see a sharp rise in new listings on December 29 and the Royal Mail dubbed the first Monday of January as 'Mail-back Monday', with online returns jumping by 50 per cent. Katharina … [Read more...] about It’s the day after Christmas … so what do you do with all those unwanted gifts?