During a recent visit to the corporate head office of Banks DIH Limited, Russian Ambassador to Guyana, Alexander Kurmaz and the beverage company’s Chairman and Managing Director, Clifford Reis were engaged in fruitful discussions as they officially met for the first time.From right: Banks Chairman and Managing Director Clifford Reis in discussion with Ambassador Alexander Kurmaz in the Rotunda at Thirst Park as Mrs Kurmaz looks onThe Russian delegation comprised the Ambassador’s wife and third secretary of the Embassy of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Kornilov.Opportunities of mutual benefit were among some of the topics discussed, during a simple lunch attended by the company’s Operations Director Michael Pereira, Human Resources Director Andrew Carto and Engineering Services Director Shabir Hussain.Ambassador Kurmaz was also taken on a guided tour of the company’s rum factory and soft drink plant by the executives.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A man who won $1 million in the lottery shortly after finding out he had terminal cancer has died. Wayne Schenk died Monday at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Syracuse, according to the Baird-Moore Funeral Home. He was 51. “He is in a better place now. He was starting to suffer, and we didn’t want that,” friend Nick Pascazi told The Daily Messenger of Canandaigua. On Jan. 12, Schenk won $1 million playing a $5 scratch-off ticket in the New York State Lottery’s High Stakes Blackjack. Five weeks earlier, he had found out that he had less than a year to live because of inoperable lung cancer. Schenk had tried to get the lottery to give him a lump sum so he could enter a hospital that specialized in treating advanced cancer. His prize pays out in $50,000 annual installments over 20 years. Lottery officials said they were sympathetic but couldn’t break the rules to give him a lump sum. He had received just $34,000 of his win by the time of his death. In an interview with The Associated Press in January, Schenk said he was trying to take each day in stride. “I haven’t given up, but it’s getting right down there where time is of the essence,” he said. “There’s only one way to go, and that’s up. I’ve already been down.” Schenk was a lifelong smoker whose parents died of lung cancer in the 1990s. He served on a troop ship off Lebanon during a stint in the Army from 1976 to 1980.
Donegal Women’s Centre has reached out to survivors following the announcement of the ‘not guilty’ verdict at the rugby rape trial yesterday. The four men, two of them rugby stars, were acquitted of all charges following a high-profile nine week trial.Paddy Jackson was found not guilty of rape and sexual assault.Stuart Olding was found not guilty of rape.Blane McIlroy was found not guilty of exposure.Rory Harrison was found not guilty of perverting the course of justice and withholding information. Following the announcement of the verdict, #IBelieveHer began trending on Twitter.Solidarity rallies are also being held across the country today, with many donating to charities that work with survivors of sexual assault.A solidarity rally is taking place at Market Square, Letterkenny, today, between 12:30pm and 1:30pm.On the event page, the organiser for the Letterkenny rally says: “A gathering at the bandstand to show our support for the victim in response to the recent Belfast rape trial.” Speaking after the announcement yesterday, Donegal Women’s Centre released a statement saying: “If you have been affected by today’s outcome of the trial in Belfast, we are here to support you.“If you would like to talk with one of our Listeners in a safe & confidential space, just call us on 074 9124985. You are not on your own, we are here to support you.“Donegal Women’s Centre provides a listening service with trained Listeners for women to be heard in a safe, confidential and understanding space. Our Listeners are trained around any concerns or issues you may wish to bring.“This service is for women who want to talk over any problem or difficulty in their lives. Nothing that troubles you is considered “trivial” or “silly” – our listeners are here for you to talk to in confidence.“To make an appointment or for more information on this free service, contact the Centre on 074 9124985.” The Rape Crisis Network has also vowed to support those who have been affected by sexual assault.“We want to say today to survivors of sexual crime that when you need us or are ready to talk about what happened to you we in Rape Crisis will be there for you, we believe you, and we will support you.“We have a range of supports available for both survivors and their supporters. This includes a free accompaniment service for survivors who wish to report or even have a conversation with a Garda about reporting and if the case does proceed to every court date. Please contact your local rape crisis centre to ask about this service.”You can find all the information you need on www.rapecrisishelp.ie You can also get in touch with Donegal Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre – Freephone: 1800 44 88 44 www.donegalrapecrisis.ieFor information about Sexual Assault Treatment Units, visit: http://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/5/sexhealth/satu/Donegal Women’s Centre speaks out following rugby rape trial verdict was last modified: March 29th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:donegal women’s centrepaddy jacksonrugby rape trialstuart olding