76ers climb to 6th in East, beat Bucks

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Philadelphia was without its top two shooting guards. JJ Redick (cracked bone below his knee) is out at least a week and Jerryd Bayless (sore left wrist) didn’t dress.Luwawu-Cabarrot, a French guard in his second NBA season, stepped into the starting lineup and made 3 of 5 3-pointers. His 3 capped a 13-0 run early in the fourth as Philadelphia built a 97-82 lead.The Sixers showed good depth early. Nine players scored in the first quarter, and they built a 53-37 lead before halftime.After committing just three first-half turnovers, the Sixers threw it away 11 times in the third, and Middleton and Eric Bledsoe (14 points on 5-of-18 shooting) helped the Bucks rally to tie it.Embiid responded with a dunk and a block on Bledsoe and a three-point play to end the third and give the Sixers an 84-80 lead.ADVERTISEMENT PHILADELPHIA, PA -JANUARY 20: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers celebrates in front of John Henson #31 of the Milwaukee Bucks after scoring late in the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center on January 20, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFPPHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid had 29 points and nine rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers pulled away from the undermanned Milwaukee Bucks 116-94 on Saturday night for their seventh win in eight games.Ben Simmons added 16 points and nine assists, and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot added 16 points in a rare start as the Sixers (22-20) moved past Milwaukee (23-22) for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Khris Middleton had 23 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for the Bucks in their second straight loss. They were without top scorer Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was sitting out the first of two games to rest a sore right knee.Fellow starter Malcolm Brogdon (family matter) also wasn’t available. Tony Snell (15 points) and Sterling Brown (14 points) moved into the lineup, and the Bucks rallied from 16 points down to tie it before fading in the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAntetokounmpo practiced Friday, but the Bucks announced Saturday morning that the two-time All-Star would be out until Friday against Brooklyn to “manage” his ailment. Knee pain also kept Antetokounmpo sidelined on Nov. 22 and Dec. 23.“Hopefully, after missing these two games, he doesn’t have to miss any more,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. Back’s fine as Federer serves up warning to rivals TIP-INSBucks: Brogdon is expected back Monday. … Marshall Plumlee, signed to a two-way contact five days earlier, made an impact in his team debut. He had six points and six rebounds and started the fourth quarter … Milwaukee plays the Sixers three more times, including at Philadelphia on April 11 to end the regular season.76ers: Rookie G Markelle Fultz participated in shootaround as he tries to regain his shooting form following a right shoulder injury. The No. 1 overall pick has missed 38 straight games. … Simmons didn’t attempt a 3-pointer for the 12th time in 13 games. He’s 0 for 10 from long range. … With the game in hand, fans turned their attention to Sunday’s NFC championship game with several “Eagles” chants.UP NEXTBucks: Home vs. Phoenix on Monday night.76ers: At Memphis on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Drivers, Commuters Ponder Number of Occupants in Vehicle

first_imgThe government of Liberia’s policy on drivers to take not more than three passengers at the backseat of vehicles is said to be enjoyed by most of the drivers and commuters who are now indicating the regulation does not only promote passengers’ safety, but also protects vehicles.The government put the measure into place during the second quarter of the year when the Ebola virus was spreading like a wildfire in the country. The policy was criticized from the beginning, when it was first announced. Many people at the time complained that the government’s action was anti-poor, especially, in a country where most of the people are poor.Monrovia was taken by fire in the first week of the announcement, as some commuters even engaged each other in fist fights for a seat on the bus or taxi. The situation has changed and people are now said to be getting along well with the policy.A cross section of drivers and commuters are beginning to reevaluate their earlier positions,  asking the government to ensure that the measure remains in place even after the Ebola epidemic ends. “It saves the under carriage of my vehicle because I am not allowed to overload it any more as I did prior to the coming into force of this regulation,” said Mr. Omaru Bah.  “You know what? We [drivers] use to take four in the backseat and some of the people use to sit on one another’s laps.” Mr. Bah runs traffic on Bushrod Island, mainly from Duala to Broad Street. He is married with five children and resides on the island.“I enjoy running traffic now because I spend less on servicing  my vehicle now, compared to the past, even though the road is not too good for now.” The fare from Broad Street to Duala is L$45. It was L$30 prior to the announcement of the policy.The government says it took the measure in order to reduce congestion of commuters in vehicles and avoid people coming into physical contact  with each other, a situation it is  said, that could help curtail the spread of the Ebola virus. Coming in physical contacts with infected persons, the World Health Organization (WHO) says, is a major means of transmitting the Ebola virus disease (EVD). But many commuters are now enjoying their rides, especially in taxi cabs, where they admit sitting comfortably without being squeezed to the doors or against each other as they [commuters] did prior to the Ebola outbreak. “It was so good that the government took this decision allowing only three people to the backseat. Little did I know that this policy was in my very interest,” said Mr. Daniel Jackson. Mr. Jackson, a resident of Barnersville Estate, told our reporter that the new policy has helped many to enjoy their ride,  especially commuters travelling fairly long distances. Despite the increment in fare by the government as a result of its three-to-backseat policy, Mr. Jackson and a number of commuters told our Business Desk the increment is reasonable and fair enough to justify. “I don’t have much of a problem with the new fare structure, even though money it is difficult to get money. With God above all, I can afford to transport myself up and down and what is important is that I feel so comfortable when I ride a taxi cab nowadays, especially when I ride a brand new cab.” Even though Jackson and others are enjoying their town ride to town and back, others are feeling the pinch.“To spend also L$150 to and from Redlight everyday is not easy,” said Andrew Kollie, a resident of Crown Hill. Andrew told our reporter that he has his small business at Redlight.But he finds it extremely difficult spending nearly L$150 everyday just on transportation. “The government needs to step in,” he said. “Even though the taxi cabs are sweet to ride nowadays, the new fare structure is eating deep into my profit.”Whatever the case, it appears many people want the policy to remain, but they also want the government to subsidize petroleum products at the end of the Ebola crisis in order to  reduce fares.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Govt unleashes GRA against PPP/C members over budget exposé

first_img…”we will not be intimidated”—JagdeoThe coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Administration has unleashed the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) against senior members of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) hierarchy as part of its retaliatory action for exposing members of the incumbent Administration during the consideration of the 2017 Budgetary Estimates.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo delivered this charge on Thursday during an impromptu press engagement in the Committee Room of the National Assembly, even as the House continued considerations of the estimates for the 10 administrative regions.According to Jagdeo, at least five members of the PPP/C Executive have received letters from the GRA in relation to purported outstanding property taxes.Jagdeo told the media that the members he has spoken with thus far, have denied owing GRA any outstanding taxes.Finance Minister Winston JordanThose that the GRA had written to—even as the consideration of the estimates continued—are Dr Frank Anthony, Indra Chandarpal, Irfaan Ali, Joseph Hamilton and Bishop Juan Edghill.The letters were dispatched on Wednesday and Thursday.Lashing out at the move by the GRA, Jagdeo called the move an act of vindictiveness on the part of Government either as a collective or on the part of Finance Minister Winston Jordan.“They think by threatening investigations, to lock up people, that they will intimidate people,” Jagdeo charged as he defiantly declared “they are never gonna muzzle us.”According to the opposition leader, if the Government were to be judged by their own standards, half of the Cabinet would be placed in jail over the drug bond and D’Urban Park fiascos alone.Calling the move by Government a diversionary tactic, the Opposition Leader told the media that the PPP/C members written to, will be responding to GRA.He called the action by GRA a continuing trend on the part of Government, saying “every time we expose them, they then go after us.”A defiant Jagdeo has since challenged the Government to, “come after us, it is no problem, you should have done that already, it has been two years, do the worse that you can do.” According to Jagdeo, the Administration has been in office for close to two years and has completed a number of forensic audits which it has claimed, proves illegalities.Jagdeo, said to the Administration: “Charge who you have to charge, we will not be intimidated by Government.”Meanwhile the Opposition Leader also used the occasion to respond to both Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Finance Minster Jordan—both of whom would have rebutted his arguments during their presentations to the debate on the 2017 Estimates.According to Jagdeo, there isn’t much to respond to as it relates to Nagamootoo since his presentation was more of the same, true to form with a presentation 75 per cent about himself.He criticised Nagamootoo over the expenditure to be borne by the state on him, saying he was the person who preached about living the Cadillac lifestyle in a donkey cart economy in reference to the PPP/C Administration while in office.Jagdeo told the media that Nagamootoo is the same person who will be costing the treasury almost $12 million monthly.He said this is in addition to the almost $100 million that was spent to upgrade the facilities of his residence, purchase new furniture and a $22 million luxury ride.According to the former President, the annual upkeep of the Prime Minister alone is roughly equivalent to five per cent of the total wages of all of the workers in the employ of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).Turning his attention to the Finance Minister, Jagdeo said it is sad and pathetic that a significant part of the minister’s speech which should be in defence of the 2017 Budget, was in fact “spent on Jagdeo and praising himself…he went to best school, and was super finance minister all these years.”According to Jagdeo, for Minister Jordan to have to resort to such a presentation is illustrative of the fact that “either he doesn’t want to deal with issues at hand or insecure.”Responding to the Finance Minister’s assertion that his (Jagdeo’s) salary had in fact skyrocketed 500 per cent during his tenure in Office, Jagdeo said what the Minister failed to reveal is that Prime Minister Nagamootoo will get “$30 million more than I got and he was never President.”On the matter of Jordan’s character assassination of the former President, he told the media he has a different recollection of Jordan in the Ministry of Finance and maintains that he was never part of the policy aspect of a budget but was merely responsible for putting together various pieces of the document prepared by others, such as the Central Bank and Public Debt departments of the Ministry of Finance, “and thinking it was wonderful, technical work he was doing.”last_img read more

House Democrats promise new bill if veto override fails

first_imgBy The Associated Press WASHINGTON – House Democratic leaders said Sunday they were working to gather votes to override a veto on a popular children’s health program, but pledged to find a way to cover millions without insurance should their effort fail. At the same time, the White House sought to chide the Democratic-controlled Congress as the obstructionists in reauthorizing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. It said Democrats were the ones who had shown unwillingness to compromise. Deputy press secretary Tony Fratto quoted President Bush as saying he is “willing to work with members of both parties from both houses” on the issue. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In talk show interviews, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer did not dispute claims by Republican leaders that the GOP will have enough votes to sustain Bush’s veto when the House holds its override vote on Thursday. Pelosi and Hoyer promised to pass another bipartisan bill if needed. “Isn’t that sad for America’s children?” said Pelosi, D-Calif., when asked about the GOP’s assurances the override vote will fail. “It doesn’t mean we aren’t working hard throughout the country: governors, mayors, people who deal with children on a regular basis. “We’ll try very hard to override it. But one thing’s for sure: We won’t rest until those 10million children have health care,” she said in an interview broadcast Sunday. Hoyer, D-Md., declined to predict Thursday’s vote. “This is a defining moment for the Republican Party, in my opinion,” Hoyer said before adding later: The program is “not going to die.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GOLF: ROSAPENNA GOLF CLUB NEWS

first_imgRosapenna roll on into Jimmy Bruen Ulster Semi FinalsRosapenna’s Jimmy Bruen team led by John Casey & Sean Boyce overcame Tandragee Golf Club the2010 Ulster winners and 2011 Ulster finalists in a tightly contested match in Newtownstewart Golf Club last Friday night. The race to 3 points was made easier when Peadar Boyce & Kieran Logue secured an early 3&2 victory,they were followed by Johnny Sweeney & Shane Sweeney winning by a 3&1 margin to give Rosapenna a 2-1 lead.In a mainly youthful team, it was experience that shone through in the end as Shaun Boyce holed a 30 foot puttacross the 18th green to keep him & partner Marty Carlin in the match halving the last to remain all square. It was Marty’s turn for glory on the 19th however as he produced an excellent wedge shot from 80 yards towithin just six inches to set up a match winning birdie three.The last pairing of Pete McBride Jnr & Brendan Roache were all square on the 17th tee when called in.Rosapenna will now play Killymoon Golf Club at Strabane G.C in the Ulster Semi Final on or before Monday July 30th.Shandon Park Golf Club play Killkeel Golf Club in the other semi final at Trandragee G.C. The Mulroy Cup was played for last Sunday the 8th of July over theOld Tom Morris Links and the winner with 40 pts was young Lorcan Connor.Runner up was Sean Boyce with 38 pts.On Saturday the 7th there was a Charity Day in aid of the Irish Cancer Society and The Luke & Zack Foundation over theSandy Hills Links.Gents Section1st Damien McClafferty 16 with 42 pts.2nd Eddie McGroddy 10 with 40 pts.Gross Seimi Connor 5 with 32 gross pts.3rd Stephen Loughery 25 with 38 pts.4th Mick Gallagher Jnr 7 with 37 pts bot.5th Mike Brown 8 with 37 pts.1st Nine Hughie McClafferty 13 with 20 pts bot.2nd Nine Peter Smyth 12 with 19 pts bot.Ladies Section1st Mary Devlin 27 with 46 pts.2nd Madge Kelly 17 with 26 pts.Our Ulster Cup team travelled to Cairndhu Golf Club in Ballygalley inCo. Antrim last Sunday and won 1 match from 7 (17 holes down)in the first leg of the fourth round tie.The home leg will take place this Sunday the 15thover the Old Tom Morris Links from 1.00pm.Home support is welcome.Our Donegal League team were in action away to Gweedore Golf Clublast Thursday claiming 2 matches from 5 and are just one holedown. The return leg with take place next Tuesday the 17th over theOld Tom Morris Links at 4.30pm, home support on the night is welcome.Our Junior Scratch Matchplay team played Buncrana G.Cin the county semi final with the first leg away and claimedan impressive 3 matches from 7 on Tuesday night last.The return leg will take place next week.The Minor League team won 3-2 at home to Portsalon G.C last Fridaythe 6th of July. The return leg will take place in Portsalon on Fridaythe 13th of July.Rosapenna will play North-West Golf Club in Letterkenny in thelast 16 in Ulster in the Irish Mixed Foursomes on Mondaythe 16th of July. Good luck to all involved.The Rosapenna Senior Scratch Matchplay team will travelto Ballyliffin Golf Club on Sunday the 22nd of July for the returnleg of the first round tie. They lead 5-2 from the home leg.Good luck to our Donegal Over 50’s team who take on Ballybofey/Sat home this Wednesday the 11th over the Old Tom Morris Links.The Terry Casey Memorial will take place over theSandy Hills Links this Saturday the 14th withthe top 12 cards playing a further 9 holes in the Valleyfrom 6.00pm in score order.Last cards out on the Sandy Hills Links at 1.00pm.There will be a club presentation that night at 9.30pm andall outstanding prizes will also be presented and all prizewinners are encouraged to attend.There will be a club competition on Sunday the 15th,22nd & 29th of July over the Old Tom Morris Links.All Sunday club competitions are now 6e entry per player.Rounds 3 & 4 of the All Ireland Barton Shield will takeplace over the Sandy Hills Links this Sunday the 15th of July.In round 3 Ballyliffin play Foyle and Moyola Park playPortstewart with the winners of each match contesting round4 in the afternoon.The draw for the 2012 Ulster Senior Cup Semi Final has been made withRosapenna facing Warrenpoint (9.40am) and Dunmurry playing Moyola Park (9.00am).The semi final (am) and final (pm) will both take place at Portstewart Golf Clubon Sunday the 19th of August.The Club Captain Mr Edward McGroddy will hold this Captains Dayon Saturday the 21st of July over the Old Tom Morris Links.There will be an open draw for tee times and all players must put their name onthe sheet provided in the members room before Friday the 20th at 6.00pm.On Friday the 20th there will be a Ladies & Gents singles 9 hole three clubchallenge with all proceeds in aid of the Downings Play-school.This will take place over the Strand Nine (front nine) from 5.00pm withentries in the members room.The Catherwood Trophy (Open Mixed Foursomes) will now be playedon Saturday the 28th of July with the Generations Cups moving to adate in September.The third round of the club doubles matchplaymust be played by Monday the 25th of July.The draw for the 2012 Singles Matchplay hasbeen made and posted on the board in the members room.All first round matches must be completed by Monday the 25th of July.The Pavilion Restaurant is open from Wednesday 11th – Monday the16th July inclusive with our new menu served from 5.00-8.00pm.Contact 074-915-5000 for reservations.PGA Professional Noel Callan is available for lessons at the Rosapenna Practice Groundby appointment, all enquires can be made by contacting Noel directly on 0044-7789-157654.The Practice Ground is open seven days with the ball dispenser in operation and new super range golf balls in use.GOLF: ROSAPENNA GOLF CLUB NEWS was last modified: July 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GOLF: ROSAPENNA GOLF CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

Thomas Tuchel refuses to discuss rumours linking N’golo Kante to PSG

first_img Kante won the World Cup with France in the summer Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM IN DEMAND 1 LATEST RANKED targets There has even been talk that a deal could go through for the Frenchman that would be worth around £100m.However, when quizzed on the matter at a press conference in Singapore, PSG boss Tuchel refused to comment on the speculation.“It is not fair and I do not like, and I do not like it if other coaches talk about situations of players who are playing for other clubs,” Tuchel said.“So there is no comment on N’Golo Kante, of course, not for the transfer window.” Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel has refused to be drawn on speculation linking the club with a move for Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante.The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to the French champions this summer after another impressive season in England. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland moving on targets Latest Transfer News Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father REVEALED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

Nine-man Rangers battle to Europa League group stages at FC Ufa’s expense

first_img possible standings Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack gameday impact Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures smart causal Latest Football News Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more center_img Gerrard is still yet to taste defeat as Rangers boss highlights 1 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade silverware 📸 @Ejaria opening the scoring in Russia. An important second half fast approaching as the Gers look to hold on to the 2-1 aggregate advantage. pic.twitter.com/RxsRK0sD6Y— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 30, 2018Alfredo Morelos’ moment of madness put Rangers under the cosh after collecting two quick-fire bookings and was followed down the tunnel by Jon Flanagan when the defender was also dismissed after the break.But try as the hosts might, Gers refused to buckle and got the result which secured a 2-1 aggregate triumph and qualification to the Europa League groups stages.Ejaria’s goal was just the start Rangers were looking for.Morelos robbed Jamal Tabidze before Gers worked the ball to the left flank for Flanagan. The full-back’s cross was only half-cleared by Ionut Nedelcearu and Ejaria made him pay as he swept a stunning finish into the corner. Rangers have reached the main phase of a European competition for the first time since 2010 following a 1-1 draw in Ufa in a game which saw Gers finish with nine men.Ovie Ejaria’s stunning strike gave Steven Gerrard’s men the perfect start, but Dmitri Sysuev’s equaliser levelled the game. MONEY There was still eight minutes left of the half and Ufa sensed blood, coming close twice before the break as Sysuev flashed wide before teeing up Sylvester Igboun for a back-post header the Nigerian should have converted.Ryan Kent almost fired Rangers back in front but Ufa keeper Aleksandr Belenov produced a stunning stop to deny the winger after a mazy run.Ufa, though, were still giving Rangers cause for panic. Dmitri Zhivoglyadov fired over, Igboun again headed wide while Ivan Oblyakov somehow failed to hit the target when clean through on goal.The task of keeping the Russians at bay grew even harder as Flanagan got his marching orders with 24 minutes left. The former Liverpool man had already been booked for a foul in the first half and looked stunned as he was given a second for a tame collision with the same man. Ufa still needed two goals but McGregor was in defiant mood – brilliantly saving an Igboun header with a flying save – as was Gerrard’s back four as they put their bodies on the line time after time.There was time for a couple of late scares as Vyacheslav Krotov flicked a header against a post while Tabidze did find the net only to see his header ruled out after a barge on Ejaria, but Gers stood firm through four nervous minutes of stoppage time. ☑️ Macedonia☑️ Croatia☑️ Slovenia ☑️ Russia➡️ @EuropaLeague Group Stages – #WeAreOnOurWay pic.twitter.com/9JH7dNKlRC— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 30, 2018Ufa initially looked shell-shocked but soon recovered.Connor Goldson was forced to produce a last-ditch block on Sysuev on the half-hour mark – but two minutes later there was no denying the frontman.Rangers’ defence had stepped up but Sysuev did not hang about for a flag and raced in to slot past Allan McGregor as the visitors appealed in vain for offside.Gers boss Steven Gerrard needed his team to remain calm – but instead saw Morelos lose his head, first booting the ball away after giving away a foul. He then aimed a verbal blast at the linesman before completing his meltdown by giving referee Tobias Stieler a dismissive wave.The German official already had a yellow card in his hand for the Colombian’s first offence and immediately flashed it a second time to leave Rangers stunned.last_img read more

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: SIX MONTHS JAIL FOR THUG WHO ATTACKED GALWAY MAN ‘FOR BEING UP HERE TAKING OUR JOBS’

first_imgA THUG who threw a sneaky punch at a totally innocent man, leaving his victim with a broken jaw, has been jailed for six months.Shane Diver, whose address was given to the court as Glencar Park, Letterkenny, was also fined €1,000 for the attacks outside the Station House Hotel in June 2011. The 29-year-old had denied three assault chargesConor McGowan, (pictured) who is 22 and from Windyhall, Letterkenny, was also found guilty of three assaults and will be sentenced at a later date. The case has been heard over several days – with one victim giving evidence via Skype videolink from Perth in Australia and two others flying in from Spain.The court heard the attack happened after comments were made to the Galway victims about them ‘up here taking our jobs.’ All three had been in Letterkenny carrying out work on a local shop and the comments were made in Voodoo.Judge Paul Kelly, convicting both local men, said Diver’s single punch attack on Ballinasloe man Mark Smyth was “particularly reprehensible.”Mr Smyth had suffered a broken jaw and lost a tooth in the incident.“Diver was seen a matter of seconds standing before he threw the punch standing beside Mr Smyth who had his hand on Diver’s back in a friendly gesture and seconds later he was in receipt of an unexpected blow which led to a broken jaw and losing a tooth. It was entirely unprovoked and unexpected,” said Judge Kelly.He jailed Diver for six months for the Section 3 attack on Mr Smyth. He also fined him €500 for two Section 2 assaults on John Kelly and Enda Carty, also from Co Galway. Diver, who denied the attack, is to appeal the conviction.The court heard that CCTV footage led Gardai to arrest Patrick Boyce as being at the scene. He was not charged with any offence but did give a statement to gardai identifying Diver and McGowan as being at the scene.State witness Mr Boyce was treated today as a hostile witness in the case after failing in court to clearly identify Diver and McGowan on CCTV footage despite having done so in his witness statement to Gardai.Mr Boyce, from Booragh, Ramelton, had to be threatened with arrest for failing to turn up at a previous hearing in the case against his two friends.At a previous hearing – held at 8am to facilitate Mr Smyth who now lives in Perth, Australia – Garda Sean Duffy said that on the 1st of July 2011 at Letterkenny Garda station at 2pm three males reported that they had been assaulted at the station house hotel on the 29 June.They were John Kelly, Mark Smyth and Enda Carthy from Ballinasloe.They had been working in Letterkenny for a week as carpenters by trade.At 8.30pm on June 28th they left the Station House Hotel where they had been staying and went to the Brewery Bar for food and a pint.Then they proceeded to the Voodoo bar for more drink. While there got speaking to a male of thin build about 6ft tall wearing a blue t- shirt and a gold and silver chain around his neck.This person talked to Mark Smyth, Smyth couldn’t understand his accent so asked his friend Enda Carty to engage in conversation with him. The conversation was about work.They continued socialising and went to the ink nightclub upstairs in the voodoo. Enda Carty met the man again upstairs in the nightclub and they bought each other a drink each.Enda Carty then left Voodoo early and returned to the hotel. But he had forgotten his key and walked back towards Voodoo to meet his two friends.He met up with them and they made their way to the Station House. John Kelly walking slightly ahead of two other Galway men turned around noticed three males running a bit of a distance away.Suddenly Enda Carty got a fist in the back of the head. A stand off ensued and an argument began.The three injured parties tried to reason with the other males, said the Garda, asking the the male in the blue t-shirt and gold chain that had been drinking with Enda Carty why their friend had hit him.Then another male landed on the scene and there was possibly another male in a car nearby. This all took place around 3.40 am on the Pearse Road beside the Station House Hotel.Mark Smyth, after a short period of time trying to talk to the males, received a strike to the right hand side of his face on his jaw.The next thing Smyth remembered was going into the Station House. His memory was hazy after receiving the blow, he said.John Kelly received two punches from two separate males. Enda Carty received the initial punch in the back of the head while walking to the hotel, the court heard.Mr Kelly and Mr Carty gave evidence in the afternoon.Each recalled finishing work for the evening, going to the Brewery Bar for dinner and a pint before going to Voodoo where they entered a pub quiz and then went on to the nightclub after winning free tickets for the venue.The witnesses described how one man at Voodoo had made a remark about how Galway men were able to come to Donegal to work when “we can’t get work.”As the men were returning to the hotel, a number of men followed them.Mr Carty said he was punched in the back of the head. As Mr Smyth and Mr Kelly tried to reason with the men, Mr Smyth was punched in the face sustaining the serious injury which later required surgery at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.Garda Sean Duffy played CCTV from the Station House Hotel to the court. In one scene, a man with his back to the camera could be seen chatting to Mr Smyth for around 20 seconds before suddenly punching him.The force of the punch sent Mr Smyth to the ground and out of view of the cameras.Several other punches were then thrown at Mr Kelly and Mr Carty in the horrific CCTV footage.Mr Kieran O’Gorman, solicitor for one of the accused men, remarked during that hearing that he hadn’t seen any assaults having watched the footage three times.Judge Paul Kelly remarked: “You should have gone to SpecSavers.”The footage was shown again today.It showed several punches being thrown – including the ‘sneaky’ punch thrown by Diver at Mr Smyth.CAUGHT ON CAMERA: SIX MONTHS JAIL FOR THUG WHO ATTACKED GALWAY MAN ‘FOR BEING UP HERE TAKING OUR JOBS’ was last modified: April 30th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:Assault caseBallinasloeGalwayletterkennyStation House Hotellast_img read more

Jim Ferry confirms his candidacy for 2019 local elections

first_imgFormer Donegal waste contractor Jim Ferry has formally announced his candidacy for the upcoming local elections.Mr Ferry will stand as an Independent candidate in the Glenties electoral area.A native of Derryreel in Falcarragh, Mr Ferry confirmed on social media that he will stand in the May 24 elections. “If elected I will be a strong voice to represent you at Council level in Lifford,” Mr Ferry wrote.“I will represent you like you have never been represented before with your interest at heart, I have a good understanding of the needs of the people.“I am asking you to give me your number one vote and follow me on facebook to keep up with the drama of the campaign.”The businessman is facing an ongoing battle with the High Court over dumping on his lands at Rossbrcken outside Letterkenny as well as an investigation into his finances. He is now engaged in full-time farming and said recently that a number of issues affecting the industry will feature on his campaign trail. Jim Ferry confirms his candidacy for 2019 local elections was last modified: April 17th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 local electionsDonegal County CouncilFalcarraghFerry’s Refuse CollectionGlenties Electoral Areajim ferrylast_img read more