THREE POSSIBLE SOURCES OF HORRIFIC HOUSE FIRE WHICH KILLED DONEGAL SISTERS – EXPERT

first_imgJody Brogan died later in hospitalTHERE were three possible sources of a house fire which tragically took the lives of sisters Jolene and Anngeline Brogan, an inquest heard today.The close-knit and loving sisters – there was just 14 months between them in age – died on January 3 last year in the fire at 8 Ceannan View in Letterkenny. Jolene – who was 28 and known as Jody – and Anngeline, who was 27 and known as Anngie, were found in an upstairs bedroom of the semi-detached house.A garda forensic officers who later examined the scene said the fire had started in or around the bed in which the girls had been sleeping.Garda Noel Keaveney said the fire could have been caused by one of three possible sources – cigarettes in an ashtray on a beside locker, three wax candles on top of a cabinet or an electric fan heater which was in the ‘on’ position and plugged in.He said the fire had burnt a hole in the wooden bedroom floor into the living room below. This hole, he said, measured approximately six feet by three feet.Fire officer Martin Bond said he and a colleague faced thick black smoke when they entered the house which was so bad they had zero visibility.As colleagues tackled the flames from outside, he went into the bedroom and quickly located the body of Anngie close to a radiator.Realising she was dead, they prioritised finding her sister and located her inside an en-suite bathroom and quickly removed her to a waiting ambulance. She was still alive but died 45 minutes later in hospital.Gda Robert Carey told coroner John Cannon he was called to the scene at 11.15am and was met by a friend of the girls Dean Kelly who was distraught and shouting the girls’ names.Mr Kelly said he had woken to the smell of smoke but had fallen asleep again. He woke again shortly afterwards and the smoke alarms were going off.He ran to the front bedroom but when he opened the door there was “a huge explosion”.He was blown back and ran to a neighbour to raise the alarm. He grabbed a jumper, wetted it on the road outside and wrapped it around himself and ran back inside the house to try to save the girls.“I couldn’t get in. The smoke was so thick I couldn’t breathe,” he said.Mr Kelly said he and the girls had bought beer, vodka and Baileys at 5pm the evening before and they had enjoyed the evening chatting and listening to music. They had all gone to bed at 2am and he was invited to stay in the back upstairs bedroom whilst Anngie and Jodie shared a double bed at the front of the house.A shop assistant from a Centra store at Mountain Top told the inquest that Anngie had entered the shop with an unknown man between 3.30am and 4am. She had complained a cash machine wasn’t working and they left without purchasing anything.Pathologist Dr Hajnalka Gyorffy said she had found Anngie had died from soot inhalation, carbon monoxide poisoning and fourth degree burns. She had also found a toxic level of alcohol.In relation to Jodie she found she had suffered first and second degree burns, carbon monoxide poisoning and soot inhalation. She also found toxic levels of alcohol, cocaine and sleeping tablets.Mr Cannon recorded their deaths as having been caused as set out in the pathology report.He told parents Frank and Mary Brogan that the deaths were “heart-wrenching” and he passed his sympathy to the family.He also praised the emergency services for their work on the day of the fire.Sgt Eunan Walsh thanked the Brogan family for the way they had helped gardai with their inquiries and she he hoped that now the inquests were over the extended family could begin to find some closure.THREE POSSIBLE SOURCES OF HORRIFIC HOUSE FIRE WHICH KILLED DONEGAL SISTERS – EXPERT was last modified: February 12th, 2015 by John2Share 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:anngeline broganhouse firejody broganLetterkenny Donegallast_img read more

Anti-Aids momentum ‘must not be lost’

first_img1 December 2011It has taken 10 years of sustained effort and investment for the world to achieve its current momentum in the fight against HIV/Aids, creating the “very real possibility of getting ahead of the epidemic” – but only if the momentum is not lost, says the United Nations.Growing access to HIV/Aids treatment and prevention services has resulted in a 15 percent decline in new infections over the past decade and a 22 percent drop in Aids-related deaths in the past five years, the United Nations (UN) said on the eve of World Aids Day on Wednesday.“There is now a very real possibility of getting ahead of the epidemic,” the World Health Organisation’s Gottfried Hirnschall said when releasing a report on the global response to the pandemic. “But this can only be achieved by both sustaining and accelerating this momentum over the next decade and beyond.”New science, technologies, approachesAccording to the report, advances in HIV science and programme innovations over the past year have raised hope for further progress in the future.It is crucial that new science, technologies and approaches be applied to improve the efficacy of HIV programmes, especially during the current global economic uncertainty and related austerity measures, said the report.Some of the successes include improved access to HIV testing services, evident in the fact that 61 percent of pregnant women in eastern and southern Africa now receive testing and counselling for HIV, up from 14 percent in 2005.An estimated 48 percent of pregnant women in need of effective medicines to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV received them last year.Antiretroviral therapies (ART), which improve the health and well-being of those infected and stop further HIV transmission, are available now for 6.65-million people in low- and middle-income countries, which account for 47 percent of the 14.2-million people eligible to receive them.Treatment costs outweighed by economic gainsThe report also argues that investment in HIV services could lead to total gains of up to US$34-billion by 2020 in increased economic activity and productivity, more than offsetting the costs of ART programmes, as healthier people are better able to engage in financially gainful activities.Despite the progress, more than half of all infected people in need of antiretroviral therapies in low- and middle-income countries are still unable to access them. Many do not even know that they are infected.Some countries are still not tailoring their programmes to meet the needs of those most at risk or in need. In many cases, vulnerable groups – including adolescent girls, people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, prisoners and migrants – remain unable to access HIV prevention and treatment services, the report notes.Paul De Lay, deputy executive director of UNAids, cautioned that funding shortfalls could undermine efforts to roll back the disease. “To reach these targets, we estimate we need between $22-billion and $24-billion per year by the year 2015,” De Lay said.“Today we are falling short by $7-billion. Now, more than ever, ending Aids requires a unified approach of governments, multilateral agencies, NGOs, foundations, the private sector and individuals.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Making the Most of Your Tax Return

first_imgBy Leigh Guth with Molly C. HerndonPalms get itchy this time of year with folks anticipating their tax refund. All too quickly the refund is here and gone again, spent as quickly as it came. It is important to remember, especially this time of year, that a tax refund is not “free money” – rather it is the return of earned income. PFMs, this year, help others develop a plan for saving the bulk of their refund. For example, by taking a small amount – perhaps 20% – to use that for a fun purchase or a vacation. But, by saving the remaining 80% of the refund, taxpayers can begin improve their family’s financial situation. Here are some considerations to share with your clients:Look at your financial health and consider the year ahead. What debts are you paying off? Do you have a high interest credit card or loan? Check out PowerPay.org to see how much money you would save in interest by paying a lump sum toward your debt. Power Pay will show you which loan you should target and how much quicker you will pay off your debt by using your refund as a debt payment.What crisis could come along? Do you have six months’ worth of living expenses saved for an emergency? What if you were to lose your job? What if you need to repair your car, replace your washing machine, or have a major medical expense? Could you pay for those things without resorting to your credit card? A tax refund is a great way to start an emergency fund that would help handle any of these events.What big events are planned this year?Is there a wedding, summer trip or a graduation in the future? Use your tax refund to open a savings account for this purpose. With a lump sum to start you on your way, adding a small monthly amount can make saving for a special occasion a cinch.Are you saving for your retirement or your child’s education? This tax refund could make a great impact toward any savings goal and can have a positive effect on your taxes for next year.As discussed in a recent post, by using direct deposit for your tax refund, you are already taking a step toward success! Directly deposited refunds arrive faster than a mailed check. By using an IRS Form 8888, you can assign your refund to up to three different bank accounts. So, you could send 20% of your tax refund amount to a checking account reserved for discretionary purchases, then, send the remaining amount to a retirement account or savings account. You can also use this form to purchase up to $5,000 of U.S. savings bonds to add to your retirement or education savings. Now, you are already on your way to improving your financial health in 2012!last_img read more

Beware of back stabbers: Yogi Adityanath

first_imgVirar: Launching a direct attack against its ally Shiv Sena, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yogi Adityanath said on Wednesday that late Bal Thackeray would have been hurt seeing the way his party has indulged in backstabbing. “I have immense respect for Balasaheb Thackeray. But his soul would have been hurt today seeing the behaviour of Shiv Sena. He never backstabbed his friends. He fought from the front,” said the UP CM addressing a public rally in Virar to campaign for the BJP’s candidate Rajendra Gavit for the May 28 Palghar Lok Sabha bypoll. Claims on candidateThe Shiv Sena is contesting the bypoll independently and has fielded late BJP MP Chintaman Wanga’s son Shrinivas Wanga. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has said earlier that he had informed the Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray of his party’s decision to field a member of the Wanga family, despite which Sena acted in this manner. Mr. Adityanath said on Wednesday, “I ask people to have no sympathy for those who take Shivaji Maharaj’s name but work like Afzal,” he said, without naming the Shiv Sena. Mr. Adityanath said the example of Congress is there for everyone to see. It is a sign of God that Congress is out of the equation, he said. “Whoever opposed the BJP’s vision of development and good governance was reduced to dust. The people will ensure that whoever opposes the BJP will meet with the same fate,” he added. Wooing the northWith Wednesday’s rally, the BJP hopes to make an impact on the sizeable north Indian community in the urban areas of Palghar constituency such as Nalasopara, Vasai and Virar. Incidentally, Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) which won three out of the six Assembly segments in the Palghar LS seat had garnered maximum votes from this area last time.The UP CM appealed to people from north India to vote for BJP to counter lawlessness and goondaism, and ensure development. BJP has decided to deploy leaders from Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and Rajasthan in Palghar till May 28. Former Congress leader and now a minister in the U.P. cabinet, Rita Bahuguna-Joshi, was among those who were present at the rally today. Nine MLAs from UP are permanently stationed in here to ensure north Indian votes. Others who addressed the rally today included MLAs Sushil Singh, Avadhesh Singh, and minister Anil Rajbhar.Smriti to campaignOn Thursday, Union minister Smriti Irani is scheduled to campaign in Dahanu. A team of BJP officials is stationed in Palghar to coordinate the election campaign. Corporators from Mumbai, and neighbouring Mira-Bhayander are being given specific responsibilities and have been asked to handle particular set of voters. While concentrating on urban area, the BJP has lured Vivek Pandit of Shramajivi Sanghatana to work on tribal voters.last_img read more

Crops worth ₹150 crore destroyed in Maharashtra floods

first_imgThe loss of crops due to floods in the State has been put at ₹125 crore, according to preliminary assessment by the government. Even as the exact extent of the damage will be known only after flood waters have fully receded, senior officials said around 27,468 hectare of agriculture land has been completely destroyed. This could even cross one lakh hectares when the panchnama is complete, senior officials said. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Saturday that the total length of road damaged is 484 km, while 2,615 transformers were damaged partially or fully. The destruction to agriculture land will cross over 1.5 lakh hectares, state Minister of Employment Guarantee and Horticulture of Maharashtra, Jaydutt Kshirsagar said on Saturday. Chief Secretary of the state Ajoy Mehta too has confirmed that crops across one lakh hectares could be affected. The State horticulture department has said they are drawing up the estimates with the help of satellite images, and the panchnama has been started with the help of Department of Revenue and Agriculture. “We expect major damage of agriculture crop to spread across 11 districts, while the centre of the destruction is Kolhapur where 30% of this damaged crop is located,” said an official of the Department of Revenue and Agriculture.Mr. Fadnavis said the government will not only compensate damaged crops but also help in removing silt from the farms, and provide assistance of ₹13,000 per hectare to the farmers. The work will be assisted by many organisations like Art of Living, Siddhivinayak temple, and Pandharpur temple, who have promised to come forward to help, he said.last_img read more

Sensex rallies over 300 pts Nifty reclaims 11300

first_imgMumbai: Domestic equity benchmark BSE Sensex rallied over 300 points in early trade on Thursday tracking gains in HDFC twins and Infosys ahead of July derivatives expiry, amid positive global cues. The 30-share index was trading 309.16 points or 0.82 per cent higher at 38,156.81 at 0945 hours; and the broader Nifty also surged 81.15 points or 0.72 per cent to 11,352.45.In the previous session, the 30-share index tumbled 135.09 points or 0.36 per cent to close at an over two-month low of 37,847.65. Similarly, the Nifty dropped 59.75 points or 0.53 per cent to 11,271.30. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn early trade, IndusInd Bank, HDFC Bank, Sun Pharma, Vedanta, HDFC, Axis Bank, Infosys and Maruti led the gains on Sensex, rising up to 2.35 per cent.On the other hand, Tata Motors, Kotak Bank, Yes Bank, Asian Paints, ONGC and M&M fell up to 2.28 per cent.According to traders, besides tracking firm global cues, benchmark indices rallied on gains in index heavyweight HDFC and HDFC Bank stocks. Investors are also upbeat ahead of the expiry of July futures and derivatives contracts, they said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostOn a net basis, foreign institutional investors sold equities worth Rs 1,393.71 crore, while domestic institutional investors purchased shares to the tune of Rs 2,140.26 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed on Wednesday.Elsewhere in Asia, Shanghai Composite Index, Hang Seng, Nikkei and Kospi were trading in the green in their respective early sessions.Equities on Wall Street too ended on a positive note on Wednesday.Meanwhile, the Indian rupee appreciated marginally to 68.96 against the US dollar (intra-day).The global oil benchmark Brent crude futures were trading 0.17 per cent higher at 63.29 per barrel.last_img read more