MALAYSIA: A vulnerable Franco-Irish teen who disappeared from a Malaysian rainforest resort likely starved and died of internal bleeding, with no immediate sign of foul play, police said Thursday. Nora Quoirin, 15, is thought to have died two or three days ago after a week in the jungle, and there was no indication she was abducted or assaulted, police said, citing the results of an autopsy. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us Her unclothed body was discovered Tuesday in a ravine in the dense jungle following a 10-day hunt involving hundreds of people, helicopters and sniffer dogs. She went missing from the Dusun Resort, not far from Kuala Lumpur, on August 4, a day after checking in for a holiday with her London-based family. Her family believed the teen, who had learning difficulties, had been abducted but police classified her disappearance as a missing person case. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Speaking after the post-mortem examination, Negeri Sembilan state police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop told reporters the teen suffered “bleeding in her intestines due to not eating” as well as “extreme stress”. “For the time being, there is no suspicion of foul play,” he said. She had some scratches on her body after days in the jungle but there was no indication she was sexually assaulted or kidnapped, he added. Advertise With Us Her body was airlifted by helicopter out of the ravine — about 2.5 kilometres (1.5 miles) from the resort — and transported to a hospital in Seremban town where her relatives identified it. Medics conducted a long autopsy Wednesday, starting in the morning and only finishing late at night, as a media pack waited outside the hospital for news. ‘Unbearable’ loss In a statement released Wednesday by The Lucie Blackman Trust, a charity that supports relatives of British people missing overseas, her relatives said she was the “heart” of the family. “She is the truest, most precious girl and we love her infinitely. The cruelty of her being taken away is unbearable. Our hearts are broken. “We will always love our Nora.” While insisting it was a missing person case, police vowed to investigate every angle. They questioned witnesses and investigated witness accounts of a truck heard early on the morning the girl disappeared. A group of volunteers who were part of the search and rescue team found the body after being tipped off by a member of the public. It was discovered in the official search zone, in an area that the team had previously covered. On Monday, the family had offered a 50,000 ringgit (USD 11,900) reward, donated by a Belfast business, for information that could lead to her return. The five-hectare (12-acre) resort where the teenager disappeared is next to a patch of thick jungle and in the foothills of a mountain range. Her family had said it was extremely unlikely the reserved youngster would have wandered off on her own. She had a condition known as holoprosencephaly, where the brain fails to develop normally. She had limited verbal communication and could only write a few words. She attended a school for young people with learning and communication difficulties.
Local election candidate John Watson has expressed his concern about the future of smaller protestant schools and small schools in general.John Watson (third from left) at his campaign launch.He states the fact that many schools are being reduced from two teachers to one teacher is leaving the future for these schools in a vulnerable position.“The fact that one teacher could be teaching a class of eighteen children from age 4 to age 12 on their own is unsustainable. Under welfare regulations the children must be supervised by a suitably trained person at all times. “How is this to happen in a one teacher school where the teacher will find themselves on their own for 7 hours a day with no opportunity for a break.“One parent highlighted a potential situation where an accident might happen at school and the teacher is on their own to deal with the incident and still be responsible for the other children,” he said.Fianna Fail candidate Watson has been informed that the number of schools being affected nationally will rise from 8 this year this could be 60 in September.“As protestant schools tend to be smaller they will be disproportionally affected. In most cases there will not be a situation where for example one church of Ireland school can amalgamate with another as there may not be one within a reasonable distance”. The fact that there are only 200 protestant schools out of a total of 3200 further highlights the need to protect these schools, he added.“I feel we must work together to protect these smaller schools. We must protect the parent`s choice to have their children educated in whatever ethos they choose. The closure of a school is much like losing a garda station or post office, it is an attack on our rural community.“We are seeing minister Quinn forcing boards of management into the unfair situation where they will have to close or amalgamate schools. One teacher has informed me that the provision of a classroom assistant would resolve the issue in most cases.“I am calling on our government TDs and the teacher unions to again highlight the damage this decision will do and have it reversed before the next school term.”ELECTION 2014: WATSON EXPRESSES HIS CONCERN OVER SMALL SHOOLS was last modified: April 13th, 2014 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) Tags:JOhn Watsonschools
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Fall 2018 Dates:October 18 – Philadelphia, PA —Tower TheaterOctober 19 – Philadelphia, PA —Tower TheaterOctober 20 – Washington, DC — The AnthemNovember 8 – Los Angeles, CA —The WilternNovember 9 – Los Angeles, CA —The WilternNovember 10 – Oakland, CA — Fox TheatreNovember 11 – Oakland, CA — Fox TheatreView Fall Tour Dates Just a few days after wrapping up an exciting two-night run during Jazz Fest in New Orleans, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead have announced a series of seven fall tour dates in four different cities.JRAD’s fall tour will get started when the band heads to Philadelphia for back-to-back shows at the Tower Theater on October 18th and 19th. The following night—on October 20th—the group will take over The Anthem in Washington, DC. The group will swing through California a few weeks later, with two nights at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on November 8th and 9th and two nights at the Fox Theatre in Oakland on November 10th and 11th.As previously reported, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead just wrapped up their fourth-annual Jazz Fest run in New Orleans. This year’s two-night heater took place at the Mardi Gras World Ballroom and featured sit-ins from violinist Katie Jacoby and Cage The Elephant guitarist Nick Bockrath.Tickets for all seven shows will go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 11th. A Facebook pre-sale will take place on Wednesday, May 9th. For more information, or to check out a full list of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s upcoming tour dates, head tot he band’s website.