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11 Oct

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Editor Saying Thank You People For 255,000 Views Over The Past Year

25 Sep

On September 28th 2010 this blog switched from My Space to WORDPRESS.com.

Within that 12 month period readers have viewed the blog a total of 255,000 times.

As editor I want to say “THANK YOU PEOPLE”.

The name and address of the blog has been now changed to:

https://drugsinfonewslineireland.wordpress.com/

J. P. Anderson. Editor:

Berlin: Police Appeal To Identify English-Speaking Teenage Boy Who Lived In Forest

18 Sep

NEWS UPDATE:

Interpol, the world’s largest police organisation, is investigating whether a teenager who emerged in Berlin saying he had been living in the woods for five years is listed as a missing British child.

The 17-year-old, called Ray, appeared at Berlin’s city hall on September 5 and was taken in by a youth emergency centre after explaining that his father had died two weeks earlier and he had buried him in the woods.

The boy, who says he does not remember where his family came from, said he followed his compass north to reach the city.

Found: Ray, the boy who lived in woods for five yearsFound: Ray, the boy who lived in woods for five years 

Living rough: Teenager claims he had been in the woodland in Germany for the last five years until his father diedLiving rough: Teenager claims he had been in the woodland in Germany for the last five years until his father died

Today, police chiefs said they had approached Interpol to see if the boy matches any missing person reports.

Officers will not know the results of the inquiry until Monday.

Claudia Elitok, of Berlin Police, said: ‘He speaks fluent English and a few words in German.He remembers his name but we are not releasing it.

‘He explained that the last five years were spent in the woods with his father, then his father died and he buried him. He was walking for two weeks before getting to Berlin.

‘He has said what happened to his mother but I can’t go into that information. He was found in good condition and is being taken care of by officials.’

Detectives are going over everything Ray has told them to establish a picture of his background and biography.

 
Mystery: Boy, 17, turned up at Berlin City Hall, pictured, and said he had followed his compass north after his father's death. An international effort was being made to work out who he isMystery: Boy, 17, turned up at Berlin City Hall, pictured, and said he had followed his compass north after his father’s death. An international effort was being made to work out who he is

t is not known if he will accompany police to the spot where he left his father and began his journey to the capital.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: “We are aware of these reports and we are looking into them.”

It is thought consular staff could begin liaising with the authorities in Berlin on Monday if the teenager proves to be British.

Detectives are going over everything Ray has told them to establish a picture of his background and biography.

It is not known if Ray will accompany police to the spot where he left his father and began his journey to the capital.

The teenager’s story is reminiscent of the Piano Man, German Andreas Grassl, who was found wandering the streets of Sheerness, Kent, in 2005.

Despite Europe-wide appeals, no-one knew who the 20-year-old was.

For months he remained uncommunicative except for showing his accomplished pianist skills.

Yesterday Police spokesman Michael Maass said: ‘He said that he had lived for the last five years wandering around with his father. We don’t know where.’

There were reports the boy had been sent to a youth detention centre while authorities try and work out who he is.

The boy told them he did not know where he was from – and said his father had told him to travel north to Berlin if anything ever happened to him.

Video: German Police Seek Identity Of Forest Boy 

Police in Germany are trying to identify an English-speaking teenager who claims he has spent the past five years living rough in woods.

The youth, apparently 17 years old, claims he has lost his memory.

He appeared on September 5 at Berlin‘s city hall and was then taken in by a youth emergency centre.

He told police his father took him to live in the forest following his mother’s death in a car crash and that they used tents and dug holes to sleep in.

The youth explained how he used a compass to get out of the woods after his father died in a fall two weeks ago.

The boy told authorities his father called him Ray but he did not recall his last name.

 He says he does not remember where the family came from and claims he followed his compass north, eventually arriving in Berlin.

Police spokesman Michael Maass said: “He said that he had lived for the last five years wandering around with his father.”

The teenager speaks fluent English and only a few words of German and appears to be in good health, Mr Maass said.

Police have issued a Europe-wide appeal to try and determine his identity.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: “We are aware of these reports and we are looking into them.”

In 2005 the Piano Man was found wandering through the streets of Sheerness, Kent.

For months he remained uncommunicative except for showing his accomplished pianist skills.

He was eventually identified as 20-year-old Andreas Grassl from Germany.

JADE ABRAMOV NCMC924471-Family Abduction (View Poster) DOB: Mar 14, 1997 Age: 14 Missing: Oct 26, 2001 Race: White

www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/​PubCaseSearchSe… – Cached

United Kingdom Missing Person Reports – As They Come … A DISTRAUGHT son appealed yesterday for people to look out for his missing father. … on 29 June 2006

someoneismissing.com/uk/index.htm – Cached

IRELAND:

Welcome to MissingPersons.ie “Our mission as a non-profit Organisation is to bring hope to families and friends of Missing Persons by providing resources and support.

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Official Website of An Garda Síochána – Ireland’s National Police Service

www.garda.ie/MissingPersons/​Default.aspx – Cached

Portlaoise: Three Thousand Year-Old Body Discovered In Bogland

11 Aug

Archaeologists say a body uncovered in a Portlaoise bog could be up to three thousand years old.

Bog body - Archaeologists believe the body could be up to 3,000 years old

Bog body – Archaeologists believe the body could be up to 3,000 years old

Discovery - The body was found by a Bord na Móna worker

Discovery – The body was found by a Bord na Móna worker

Remains - Tests will be carried out to determine the age and gender of the body

Remains – Tests will be carried out to determine the age and gender of the body

Workers - National Museum and Bord na Móna workers have spent the day working on the remains

Workers – National Museum and Bord na Móna workers have spent the day working on the remains Archaeologists believe a body uncovered in a Midlands bog could be up to three thousand years old.

Staff from the National Museum as well as Bord na Móna workers have spent the day working on the human remains, which were found partially buried in a leather bag in a bog just outside Portlaoise.

Ned Kelly, the head of antiquities at the National Museum, said it is possible the person could have been the victim of human sacrifice.

The body’s legs, which were not enclosed in the leather, have been preserved by the chemicals in the peat.

However it appears that the torso and head which were in the bag did not survive.

The body is the latest in a number of discoveries made in the same bog over the last number of years which includes bog butter, leather shoes and axe heads.

The remains will be removed from the site shortly and taken to the National Museum for analysis and preservation.

Radio carbon dating will be carried out on a sample taken from the body to determine the age of the person while it is also hoped the skeletal remains will show if the person was male or female.

The remains were found by a Bord na Móna worker late yesterday evening just seconds before the machine he was driving was due to pass over them and probably destroy them.

NEWS UPDATE: ADDITION:

VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian news agency has reported that police have found the remains of a man they believe went missing in the Alps 54 years ago.

Police have told the Austria Press Agency they located the partial skeleton Thursday after an alpinist gave them human bones and a hiking boot that he found near a glacier.

They say the find was made in the Tyrollean Alps, at a height of 2,500 meters — more than 8,200 feet.

Police believe the man is likely a climber from the town of Matrei, close to the foot of the peaks and near the border with Italy who was reported missing while hiking 54 years ago.

Waterford: Over 200,000 Attend Tall Ships Festival On Busiest Day

3 Jul

Over 200,000 people have attended the busiest day of the Tall Ships Festival in Waterford.

 
 Tall Ships - Last day of festival

Tall Ships – Last day of festival
 
 The organisation responsible for the international Tall Ships say the race will come back to Waterford in the not-too-distant future.

The confirmation comes on the last day of the record-breaking festival in the city.

When asked about the possibility of Waterford getting the Tall Ships race back in five years time, the head of Sail Training International, Knut Western, said the race will come back to Waterford in the not-too-distant-future but he could not confirm what year.

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Waterford: Tall Ships Festival A Delight For All To See

2 Jul

 

WATERFORD was a sea of colour yesterday (Thursday) as crowds arrived in large numbers into the oldest city in the country for one of the biggest outdoor festivals in the land.

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A communal mosaic production, a dizzying array of foods and the city’s own international illusionist and mentalist predicting where Enda might be going on his summer holidays set the ball rolling.

Legendary crooner — it’s safe to call him that now — Bryan Ferry — held more than 12,000 people in the palm of his charming hand at the Bolton St car park for the close of day one of the Tall Ships Races 2011 festival.

And oh, of course there were also some tall ships.

Revellers on the quay soon began mingling with the boat crews. Columbian sailors from tall ship, Gloria, had little English but loads of obvious charm as they got to know the natives.

On the William Vincent Wallace Plaza opposite, 250 adults and children from Festival Choir 2011 practised Come the Sails.

“There’s very little needlework taught in schools nowadays — it’s an awful pity,” said the woman who was heavily engaged in patchworking at the Irish Craft Village in Greyfriars. She explained, however, that patchwork “is coming back”.

Shortly after 3pm, Wild Swan and then Pogonia sailed past as the crowds waited for Taoiseach Enda Kenny, local councillors, as well as Dáil deputies, Paudie Coffey, Ciara Conway, John Halligan, Senator Maurice Cummins and MEP Sean Kelly.

Bishop of Waterford and Lismore Dr William Lee was also present.

Mr Kenny said Waterford, particularly with the new Viking Triangle developments in the city, is “re-discovering its own history at present”. The presence of the tall ships in the city celebrated that history, he said.

“The Tall Ships races are a celebration of international friendship and they provide participants with a wonderful opportunity not only to learn much about themselves but also the real value of teamwork.”

Dublin: Retirement Shouldn’t Mean That Older People Are Dumped On The Scrapheap

14 Apr

OLDER people have been urged by Dr Martin McAleese to look at how they view themselves.

“There is a tendency for older people to reduce their activities and expectations to sitting down and becoming an observer of other people’s lives,” Dr McAleese said.

Retirement shouldn’t mean that older people retire to the subs’ bench.”

People wanted to live full lives all their lives and were entitled to do so, he told the 23,000-member Active Retirement Ireland (ARI) annual meeting yesterday.

Retired people should challenge the view that older people had to become observers of other people’s lives, said Dr McAleese, who has recently turned 60.

Addressing 400 people at the meeting in the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney, he said retired and older men, especially, were at risk of becoming isolated and inactive unless they took part in hands-on activities.

He referred to the situation faced by many rural men and welcomed the GAA’s Social Initiative as a means of dealing with that situation.

All people needed human contact and company, he said, but such a need is not always available in today’s world.

“The disappearance of the corner shop and of the person getting off their bike to have a chat on the roadside and many other opportunities for human interaction have disappeared.

“Ways of keeping people in touch with others have to be found,” he remarked.

Dr McAleese, who helped found the GAA initiative to take older people out of isolation, in 2009, said phase two would offer optional programmes on health care and information technology such as mobile phones and computing.

During a visit to China with President Mary McAleese, he had observed benches in public parks for older people.

“These were exercise benches — the view here would be that benches were for seating older people,” he said.

The McAleeses will be leaving Áras an Uachtaráin after 14 years, on November 10 next, and Dr McAleese said he would be making no plans for his retirement until after that date, but he promised that he would be active.

“I have no fear of change. There’s a certain buzz about the uncertainty of change,” he said.

ARI chief executive Maureen Kavanagh said research in Ireland and the western world had found men were less likely than women to remain active in society once they had retired.

“Many men’s social spheres revolve entirely around the workplace and when they retire, these social spheres often aren’t replaced. The loss of a partner or spouse can also contribute to isolation, especially among rural men,” Ms Kavanagh said.

She said the more practical and hands-on the activity, the more attractive it was to men. Bowling, walking and other sporting activities are a huge draw. as are gardening and do-it-yourself activities.