Donegal woman describes her horror of Christchurch mosque attack

first_imgA Letterkenny woman has spoken of her horror as her workplace went into lockdown as an attack on two crowded mosques in Christchurch during afternoon prayers left 49 people dead. Mary Dunne from in Illistrin in Letterkenny works as a teacher near where the attack happened.The Masjid al Noor in central Christchurch was filled with worshippers when the attack happened, as was the second mosque in suburban Linwood. Forty-one people were killed at the Al Noor mosque, seven at a mosque in the Linwood neighbourhood and one died in hospital, police said.Speaking following the ordeal, Ms. Dunne said: “Myself and all the specialists, psychologists and the teachers all had to stay in the school for about two hours after the attack.“We had to lock up the gates of the property, we locked all the doors, we had to pull all the blinds and we were in basic darkness and we just had to sit there and wait it out.”Police said three people were in custody including one man in his late 20s who had been charged with murder. The Irish embassy in New Zealand says it’s monitoring the situation and says any Irish people in Christchurch can contact them.The Irish Ambassador for New Zealand Peter Ryan said the resilience of the Irish nurses and doctors working in the aftermath of the atrocity in Christchurch is “inspiring”.In a statement, the President offered the sympathy of the Irish people to the families of the victims and expressed the solidarity of the people of Ireland with the people of New Zealand.President Higgins said: “This attack on innocent lives at places of worship for a religious community will be condemned by all those who believe in freedom and democratic values.”Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has described the attack as “horrific, harrowing news” and encouraged “tolerance and openness” over “hate”. He said: “Irish people share a deep affinity with the people of New Zealand, whether it’s through rugby, travel or pride in our culture as small island nations.“New Zealand and its people are open, tolerant and welcoming. We join them today, united in our condemnation of this appalling attack and determined in our resolve that hate will not triumph.“I will be writing to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to express sincere sympathies and support. I would also like to pay tribute to the valiant work of Christchurch’s emergency services.”Donegal woman describes her horror of Christchurch mosque attack was last modified: March 18th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:An Taoiseach Leo VaradkarChristchurch attackIrish Presidentletterkennylast_img read more

Parliament to redraft Rental Housing Bill

first_imgHowever, Dambuza said the committee noticed that the rights and obligations of landlords and tenants were not clearly spelled out and that some of the public comments raised during the department’s public hearings were not accommodated in the proposed amendment bill. Rental Housing Tribunals Dambuza said the Rental Housing Amendment Act had gaps which could lead to people’s exploitation. “Complaints… suggested that there are lot of problems in the rental sector and we hope that redrafting this bill will minimise those challenges. She said she decided to revert the bill to the committee and not the department because of the proposed amendments. Last year, the department sought to amend the Rental Housing Act to make MECs responsible for establishing Rental Housing Tribunals and to extend the powers of tribunals so that they could withdraw or vary any rulings. The committee decided to redraft the amendment bill so that it covered aspects raised by the department of human settlements and addressed the loopholes and ambiguities identified in the Rental Housing Act and the Rental Housing Amendment Act. The proposed redraft obliged landlords to: reimburse rental deposit with accrued interest, provide regular maintenance to tenants’ properties or rooms and written agreements and receipts for every payment made, reserve the right to recover money owed to them, and terminate leases on grounds that did not constitute unfair practice and were specified in the lease. 26 January 2012 “In our view, the redraft provides a balanced view of how challenges faced by landlords as well as tenants should be addressed,” said Dambuza. The Parliamentary portfolio committee on human settlements has decided to redraft the proposed Rental Housing Amendment Bill, committee chairwoman Nomhle Dambuza said on Wednesday. “Applying for a redraft of this amendment bill requires that another set of public hearings be held and we believe that this will give an opportunity to the parties who did not comment during the first round,” Dambuza said in a statement. Sapalast_img read more

PBA: Almazan, Camson ejected after trading punches

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Almazan retaliated, gracing Camson with an elbow to the face then punches were thrown before players Ronald Tubid, Don Trollano and the referees helped pacify the situation.Both were ejected after getting slapped with a flagrant foul penalty 2.The two met while being escorted by security on their way to their dugouts on opposite ends of the Cuneta Astrosome hallway and got into a heated verbal exchange.Rain or Shine leads, 44-40, at the half as of posting.ADVERTISEMENT #KicksStalker: Levi’s Jordan IV is classic rock and rap combined Almazan and Camson got tangled near basket while fighting for positioning during a rebound play. Camson appeared to hit first with an elbow that triggered the scuffle. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraqcenter_img 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Read Next View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding WARNING: This video contains strong language.Heated hallway exchange between Almazan, Camson after getting ejected. #PBA2018 | @MarkGiongcoINQ pic.twitter.com/O3DARcXY6b— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) January 20, 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe game between Rain or Shine and Kia turned ugly after Elasto Painters center Raymond Almazan and Picanto big man Eric Camson traded blows late in the second quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more