Donegal Women’s Centre speaks out following rugby rape trial verdict

first_imgDonegal 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 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: 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 oldinglast_img read more

If anyone had any doubt about the potential for go

first_imgIf anyone had any doubt about the potential for going IPO as a modern enterprise software company, the last two days should have removed that doubt completely from their minds. Hortonworks and New Relic are both dominating the markets right now, rising quickly and looking to be poised for an even higher rise over the next few months. Considering that both were initially priced at least 30% below what the market thought they were worth, you can probably expect a lot more moves to the market in 2015.If I had to throw some darts and guess about what companies would be moving onto NASDAQ in 2015, I’d put Cloudera, Unity, and any of the numerous APM companies out there at the top of my list. When Facebook went public, it took a dive in the weeks after trading began, and other technology IPOs headed for the hills. We should see a flood of new offerings next year, particularly in the Big Data and application monitoring worlds. This is quite a change from the investment climate for software IPOs over the past decade.Facebook had looked overpriced initially, and was seemingly the victim of conspiracies inside the company and its investment banks to inflate the IPO price to get more money. At the time, this was a really big deal, but today it’s completely forgotten. Why? Facebook is worth double what it IPO’d for, and almost 4x what it sank to in the first weeks of trading.Clearly, the market is no longer skeptical of software company IPOs. In 2000, they were like junk bonds or barnacles: everywhere and worthless. But today, investing in IPO tech companies is just about the only way to find a good upside, considering that so many companies are worth so much already.Congrats to everyone at New Relic and Hortonworks. We expect great things from all this investment capital!last_img read more

DeployHubs open source and hosted release featur

first_img“DeployHub’s open source and hosted release features are a perfect fit for integration with CircleCI,” said Tracy Ragan, CEO of DeployHub. “DeployHub brings deployment details into CircleCI, including the ability to catalog and publish microservices. And because DeployHub is open source, CircleCI users can start performing advanced release automation without the heavy cost of ARA tools.”Twilio completes its acquisition of SendGridTwilio has completed its acquisition of email API platform SendGrid. According to Twilio, the transaction was valued at $3 billion and was completed in meetings of both companies on January 30.SendGrid will continue to be led by its current CEO Sameer Dholakia, who will report to Twilio CEO, Jeff Lawson, and will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary.“Effective customer engagement is a strategic imperative for every company. With SendGrid now a part of Twilio, our goal is to provide a complete platform for every form of customer engagement,” said Jeff Lawson, Twilio co-founder and CEO. “Through our mutual developer-first approach, we empower the builders of the world to create magical customer experiences unique to every interaction.” Presto Software has announced that is launching a non-profit organization to advance the open-source Presto SQL query engine. The Presto Software Foundation will work to ensure the project remains open, collaborative, and independent.“From the beginning, we stressed the importance of code quality, architectural extensibility and open collaboration with the community,” said Martin Traverso, co-creator of Presto and co-founder of the Presto Software Foundation. “With the rapid expansion of both the Presto user base and Presto developer community over the last several years, establishing a non-profit to institutionalize these values is the next logical step to ensure that this project stands the test of time.”Facebook challenges researchers to teach AI systems to learn language like childrenIn collaboration with Paris Sciences & Lettres Universes and Microsoft Research, Facebook AI Research is leading a challenge for researcher to teach AI systems to learn like children. The ZeroSpeech 2019 will challenge them to create a speech synthesizer using only audio inputs.According to Facebook, this practice will have many uses for improving AI tasks related to languages that have limited linguistic or textual resources.DeployHub partners with CircleCIDeployHub has announced that it is partnering with CircleCI in order to make it easier to publish microservices and automate the release process. According to DeployHub, the partnership with CircleCI will create a completely repeatable deployment process for all states in the delivery pipeline.last_img read more