Dungy speech not statement on gay rights

first_imgThe institute, which is affiliated with Focus on the Family, plans to honor Dungy on March20 with its “Friend of the Family” award. Kathy Sarris, president of the Indiana Equality Education Fund, a gay rights advocacy group, told The Indianapolis Star: “I am a little disappointed in that I would think he would want to stay out of the political arena, and the Family Institute is a political organization.” Raiders add fullback: The Oakland Raiders added another running back to their roster, agreeing to a $3.8 million, three-year contract with free agent fullback Justin Griffith. The deal with Griffith comes a day after Oakland signed running back Dominic Rhodes to a $7.5 million, two-year deal to team with LaMont Jordan as the team’s featured runners. Griffith had spent his four-year career as a blocking back in Atlanta, where he helped the Falcons lead the NFL in rushing the past threeseasons. Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and offensive line coach Tom Cable worked with Griffith in Atlanta. Signings: Free-agent linebacker Donnie Edwards is returning to Kansas City, where he spent the first six years of his career. Edwards, 33, agreed to a three-year deal after San Diego didn’t try to re-sign him. … Free agent running back T.J. Duckett, a former Michigan State star, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions. The 6-foot, 254-pound Duckett played last season with Washington. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy’s acceptance of an invitation to speak to a conservative Christian group should not be construed as an endorsement of the group’s opposition to same-sex marriage, the head of the Indiana Family Institute said Saturday. Some local and national gay rights groups have questioned Dungy’s decision to appear at a fundraising banquet this month for the institute, which has been a leading supporter of a proposed state constitutional amendment defining marriage as only between one man and one woman. center_img Institute president Curt Smith said the invitation was based on Dungy’s pro-family activities. “We’re very pleased coach Dungy is coming, and I don’t pretend to know his views on some of the public policy issues we work on,” Smith said. last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN BEHIND INVESTMENT SCHEME JAILED FOR 18 MONTHS

first_imgTHE BALLYBOFEY businessman behind a get-rich-scheme which has left Donegal investors more than €20 million out of pocket has been jailed for 18 months.The High Court in Belfast this afternoon sent Francois de Dietrich to prison for 18 months today for failing to disclose his worldwide assets.Judge Deeney slammed the businessman and held him in contempt of an order to reveal his financial affairs in full. Although the Frenchman was not present for the hearing, Mr Justice Deeny issued a warrant for his immediate arrest.He said: “I’m satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that this was a deliberate contempt on the part of the first defendant (de Dietrich) who is seeking to evade his obligation to obey an order of the court and indeed his statutory obligation to respond to legitimate requests for information from the Financial Services Authority.“There are very large sums of money involved. The current freezing order of the court exceeds £20 million.”Dozens of people on both sides of the Irish border fear they may have lost millions of pounds in investments they made in liquidated stock through de Dietrich.Members of the business community, sporting figures and even travellers are thought to have been handed over money.Court proceedings launched by the FSA led to an injunction banning de Dietrich and his company ETIC Solutions from taking any more deposits.The regulatory body also obtained an initial order freezing £6.8m in assets linked to the businessman and later increased in £20.2m.But lawyers for the FSA argued that he had only revealed details of assets held in the UK, Republic of Ireland and Estonia.Mr Justice Deeny found that de Dietrich had acted unlawfully and failed to meet requirements for full disclosure of his assets.“He has taken deposits from persons in the United Kingdom, and quite clearly a neighbouring jurisdiction of the Republic of Ireland as well, when he had no licence to do so.Although he made no ruling on the issue of fraud, the judge stated: “The court has a reasonable apprehension that many people have been defrauded of large sums of money here.”He rejected complaints by the businessman about alleged leaks, adding that even if there had been any disclosures it would not justify his failure to provide the information requested.“He had full opportunity to provide details of his business. It does not seem to be it would have been difficult to do that,” Mr Justice Deeny said.“The claim on his behalf was that he had a bona fide business buying goods from insolvency practitioners on an international basis and then selling them on at a profit.”They held that an earlier injunction against de Dietrich was proper and should not be discharged.“It seems to me whatever about any single request, an overall picture emerges of somebody avoiding their obligations under the Financial Services Act and seeking to avoid compliance with an order of this court.”De Dietrich’s solicitor, Peter Madden, stressed that his client denied any fraudulent activity.He also argued: “If the FSA’s stated obligation is to protect consumers I don’t see how consumers could be protected if Mr de Dietrich is committed to prison.”Following the decision to have him jailed for contempt the lawyer confirmed plans to appeal the ruling.* MORE EXCLUSIVE REVELATIONS LATER THIS EVENINGEndsEXCLUSIVE: DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN BEHIND INVESTMENT SCHEME JAILED FOR 18 MONTHS was last modified: January 28th, 2011 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more