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Follow the Trace: All’s well that ends well

first_img Time for the final The admission by the Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ) that they did consult with Portmore United and not Montego Bay United re the changes to the scheduling and the time for the final is one count. Count number two is the blatant double standard, in that Montego Bay United actually requested for a rescheduling of the final in previous seasons on the grounds that the MoBay fans had to travel to and from Kingston on a Monday night and his request was unequivocally denied. To have this year’s final shifted to Montego Bay and the start time adjusted that is a valid case of what being good for the goose not being good for the gander, which is most unjust.  Word from the Montego Bay United camp is that these specific cases are mere symptoms of wider issues the western club has been having overtime with the football authorities. One could argue that it is of their own doing, with Mr Powell’s eccentricity and his outspoken traits which make him not the easiest person to work with.  The principle, however, supersedes the individual and the communication amongst the stakeholders and the public was poor from the start. It was only last Friday, two days before the final and more than a week into the spiralling controversy,  that it was made public that the title sponsors had plans to broadcast the final to 24 countries around the world,  which understandably could have  had a major influence on the  date and time set for the final. Why then were these dynamics not communicated to ALL the stakeholders, including Montego Bay United, in a timely manner? All is well that ends well though. Montego Bay United weathered the swirling, emotional storm surrounding this game and fully deserve to be champions. Invaluable Controversy The publicity and hype created by the controversy were invaluable. It was perhaps not the best kind of publicity from a corporate perspective, but it was a great sell for the game itself, which attracted a large crowd. There has not been a Premier League final in recent history that generated this amount of drama, spectacle and interest leading into the game itself. As to whether or not we have all been befuddled by a brilliant stroke of marketing genius – ignited by these two weeks of uncut controversy – or there are genuine issues that need to be addressed, we might never know. But for sure, it worked out quite fine in the end. We look forward to next season and hope that it will, at least, be equally competitive, that will culminate in another dramatic and spectacular high profile climax. The league needs it,  football needs it. So after all, we did have an exciting final game and we do have a 2015-16 Red Stripe Premier League champion.  Congratulations are in order to Montego Bay United, who duly and spectacularly crowned themselves champions of local football amidst all the preceding controversy. The actual football action on the pitch will still have to compete with the theatrics of the two weeks leading into the final.  Montego Bay United president, Mr Orville Powell, voluntarily played the part of the maligned messenger, but amidst the quagmire of contentious and vitriolic outbursts he did deliver some poignant and relevant messages. It is quite clear that Mr Powell and Montego Bay United were indeed disrespected and treated unfairly.last_img read more

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Lawyer: Ronaldo rape accuser ’emotionally fragile’

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college AP does not typically identify alleged victims of sexual assault, but Drohobyczer said Mayorga gave permission on Tuesday for her name to be used.“She’s not going to be interviewed,” the attorney said. “At this time she’s emotionally fragile.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe civil lawsuit filed in state court in Las Vegas alleges Ronaldo raped Mayorga, who was then 24, in his penthouse suite at a Las Vegas hotel and hired a team of what the document called “fixers” to shape the monetary settlement, obstruct a police criminal investigation and trick Mayorga into taking $375,000 to keep quiet.An attorney for Ronaldo, Christian Schertz in Berlin, did not immediately respond to emails from AP. It was not immediately clear if the player had an attorney representing him in the matter in the U.S. After the German magazine Der Spiegel reported about the lawsuit last week, Schertz threatened to sue, saying the article violated Ronaldo’s personal rights “in an exceptionally serious way.” Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Drohobyczer said Mayorga, now 34, became worried that her name would become public after a 2017 media report apparently referred to the June 2009 incident at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Mayorga was not a source for the article, Drohobyczer said.Her client also was influenced in recent months by the #MeToo movement of women making public allegations of prior sexual assault, the attorney said.Mayorga met Ronaldo at a nightclub, according to the lawsuit, and went with him and other people to his suite, where the alleged attack took place in a bedroom.“She came to us and we had concerns with what happened in 2009 … with the police investigation and the circumstances around the settlement and how the negotiations were conducted,” Drohobyczer told AP.“We don’t believe she had the capacity to enter an agreement at that time due to her emotional state,” Drohobyczer said. She characterized Mayorga in 2009 as emotionally damaged, fearful, depressed and humiliated after the alleged attack and pressure from Ronaldo’s representatives.“We asked police to reopen the investigation and they did,” Drohobyczer said.Officer Aden OcampoGomez, a Las Vegas police spokesman, said that because the investigation is open, the department would not make public a police report that Mayorga filed the day of the alleged attack. The lawsuit said Mayorga also went to a hospital, where a sexual assault medical examination was conducted.However, Mayorga refused to tell police the location of the alleged attack or to identify a suspect other than to say he was a European soccer player, OcampoGomez said.Ronaldo, 33, is a Portuguese citizen. He went from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009 for a then-record sum of 94 million euros, or about $130 million. He now plays for the Italian club Juventus.The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages of at least $200,000. It makes 11 accusations against Ronaldo or those working for him, including conspiracy, defamation, abusing a vulnerable person, battery, infliction of emotional distress, coercion and fraud, racketeering and conspiracy, breach of contract, abuse of process and negligence for allowing details of the confidential settlement to become public. FILE – In this Aug. 25, 2018 file photo Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo looks to the sky as he reacts during the Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Lazio at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy. Ronaldo is being sued by a Nevada woman who said he raped her in the penthouse suite of a Las Vegas hotel in 2009 and then dispatched a team of “fixers” to obstruct the criminal investigation and trick her into keeping quiet for $375,000. The suit filed Thursday asks the Clark County District Court to void the 2010 settlement and non-disclosure agreement, claiming the woman was so traumatized by the events that she was incapable of participating in negotiations. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, file)LAS VEGAS — A lawyer for a Nevada woman alleging that soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo raped her in Las Vegas in 2009 said Tuesday her client was “emotionally fragile” and agreed to an out-of-court financial settlement nine years ago because she never wanted her name made public.Kathryn Mayorga is out of the U.S. and is not speaking with media about the lawsuit she filed last week seeking monetary damages from Ronaldo, attorney Larissa Drohobyczer told The Associated Press. Drohobyczer didn’t say where Mayorga was. She lives in the Las Vegas-area city of Henderson.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lethal weapon In an Instagram video posted hours after the suit was filed, Ronaldo appears to deny the allegations.“Fake. Fake news,” said the five-time world player of the year. “You want to promote by my name. It’s normal. They want to be famous, to say my name. But it is part of the job. I am a happy man and all good.”Drohobyczer, who said she did not represent Mayorga in 2009 negotiations with Ronaldo’s representatives, acknowledged Mayorga accepted the settlement money.No court document was filed, and Drohobyczer declined to identify the lawyers who handled the case at that time for Mayorga and for Ronaldo.An attorney who may have represented Mayorga in 2009 did not respond Tuesday to messages from AP.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

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Parking meter oversight committee appointed

first_img…by-laws to be posted at public placesThe controversial parking meter project on Monday received an oversight committee, which will act to supervise the proper functioning of the project.The call for the appointment of the committee was made by Town Clerk Royston King, who is no stranger to advocacy for the project. “Since we have accepted and approved the by-laws, I’m now asking the Councillors of this meeting to accept and approve the appointment of this committee,” King stated.He went on to explain that the committee would bring a “local face and proper representation of this Council to the operational aspect of this project”. The Town Clerk in his bid for the appointment also cited the Municipal and District Councils Act Chapter 28:01, Section 60 which regulates the appointment of standing or special committees.The Act reads: “A council may appoint general or special committees for any such general or special purpose as in the opinion of the council would be better regulated or managed by means of a committee; and any such standing committees.“A council may appoint councillors to be the chairman and vice chairman of the committee.A committee of a council may include persons who are not councillors, but who because of their special skill or experience will, in the opinion of the council, be able to assist in the consideration of the work of the committee. Providing that (a) At least two thirds of the members of every committee shall be councillors, (b) no person other than a councillor shall be chairman or vice chairman of a committee.’Under this premise, Councillor Oscar Clarke explained that the five-member committee should have two councillors, two members from the project’s mother company and one independent member.The floor was opened subsequently and Councillors Noelle Chow-Chee, Akeem Peter and Bishram Kuppen were nominated. However, Councillor Kuppen declined the position. As a result, the remaining two Councillors were appointed to the oversight committee with Peter taking up the position of Chairman and Chow-Chee Vice Chairman.The Town Clerk also took the opportunity at Monday’s statutory meeting to announce that the municipality has taken the initiative to publicise the new parking meter by-laws by posting them at municipal buildings around the city, namely: Agricola Post Office, General Post Office, East Ruimveldt Market, Albouystown Market, Bourda Market, Stabroek Market, Festival City Clinic, the Mayor’s Office, the Offices of the Town Clerk and Chief Constable, the City Treasurer’s Department and the Dorothy Bailey Health Centre.“You can check at any of these locations, and you will find copies of the by-laws for the parking meter,” King affirmed. However, when Guyana Times visited a few of the named locations no copies of the by-laws could be found, nor were the City Constabulary departments aware of them being posted at their respective locations.The recently revised by-laws were approved last Wednesday by the City Councillors with 13 Councillors in agreement, two against and two in abstention. The parking meter project was initially launched in January of 2017, but received high levels of rejection and retaliation from the public. The lop-sided contract was contested by drivers and even Councillors of the municipality; this led to the suspension of the by-laws by Central Government. The revised by-laws saw the fees being reduced to $150 an hour and $800 for eight hours of parking.last_img read more

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Bangladesh fire kills dozens in historic district

first_imgA fast-moving fire has swept through a historic district of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, killing at least 60.The blaze broke out Wednesday evening in a multi-storey residential building with the ground floor reportedly used to store flammable chemicals.According to local media, the fire quickly spread to nearby buildings.Authorities have told the BBC on Thursday morning that the death toll stood at 60 but that the fire had been brought under control.The fire might have originated from a gas cylinder before quickly spreading through the building where chemicals were stored, the country’s fire service chief Ali Ahmed told AFP.The blaze raced through four adjoining buildings, he said.“There was a traffic jam when the fire broke out. It spread so quickly that people could not escape.”According to the Dhaka Tribune the building housed a plastics warehouse full of flammable material.The centuries-old Chawkbazar area of Dhaka characteristically has very narrow streets and residential buildings only inches apart.Victims also included people outside the buildings, some guests at a restaurant and members of a bridal party, deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Ibrahim Khan told AFP.Many of the victims were trapped in the buildings, according to reports, unable to escape the flames.Bangladesh has a persistent problem with building safety regulations not being followed.In 2013, more than 1,100 people died and thousands more were injured when a building housing garment factories called Rana Plaza in Dhaka collapsed. (BBC)last_img read more

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Credit demands discipline

first_imgA: About 85 million Americans, or nearly 60 percent of all card users, carry a balance, according to recent industry estimates. Many end up paying thousands of dollars in interest they could have avoided with more self-discipline. Used properly, however, credit cards are not just convenient but also save you money. Although card reward programs have been scaled back, last year my wife, Georgina, and I still got more than $750 cash back on purchases we would have made anyway, most at the supermarket and drugstore. (Web sites such as www.CardWeb.com and www.Cardratings.com let you search for the best card deals). Rather than not use credit cards, I suggest: 1. Use just one card or two at most, not the four or five the average America cardholder carries (I have only two). But do not cancel unused cards right away. Doing so may lower your credit rating by making whatever amount you charge a higher percentage of your total available credit. 2. Sign up as I have to have the full balance on your card paid on the due date by electronic funds transfer from your checking account. This will be a powerful deterrent not to charge more than you can afford. 3. To make sure you have enough money in the bank on the due date, every time you charge a purchase, record the amount in your checking account checkbook. Q: While going to college, I am working for a small accounting firm and have saved as much as possible. I was hoping you could suggest where to invest my savings. I am not well-acquainted with stocks and bonds. A: There are many ways to start investing, and reputable financial advisers will come up with different recommendations. The one I like best: Build a simple portfolio of a few widely diversified, low-cost no-load mutual funds, and keep adding money to them. Among my favorite low-cost funds are index funds, which seek to match the performance of a market benchmark. For beginning investors, I prefer funds that track broad indexes, such as the entire U.S. stock or bond market, or a geographically diversified international stock index. Over the years, low-cost, broadly diversified index funds have outperformed most others. Leading no-load mutual fund companies such as Vanguard, Fidelity and T. Rowe Price offer low-cost funds with superior long-term records, including index funds. Their Web sites ( www.vanguard.com, www.fidelity.com and www.troweprice.com, respectively) provide excellent educational materials to help you build a simple but well-diversified portfolio. Q: We have used a financial planner for years. His annual fee based on the amount of money we invest is now several thousand dollars. Should we dump the planner and purchase index funds instead? We don’t have time to monitor our investments day to day. A: As much as I like index funds, it is not an either/or question between using them or a financial planner. Many fee-only planners (those who are paid a fee rather than commissions on products) use low-cost index funds for their clients’ portfolios. These planners’ job is to recommend and monitor the asset allocation, based on each client’s goals and risk tolerance. Also, besides offering investment advice, good planners help clients with a host of financial decisions, including budgeting and cash flow management, and tax, retirement and estate planning. And planners more than earn their keep when they help investors stick to a disciplined long-term plan during market declines. In addition to the Web sites mentioned earlier, index fund fans can get valuable information at www.indexfunds.com. Investors who prefer having an adviser can search among fee-only planners belonging to the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors ( www.napfa.org ). Humberto Cruz offers personal-finance advice. Write him at AskHumberto@aol.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Checking reader mail: Q: Most people shouldn’t have credit cards. They allow you to spend money you don’t have. Supposedly they are good for emergencies, but what is an emergency? That plasma TV is on sale and you don’t have the money? About a year ago, I paid off all credit card debt and now use only a debit card. I am much more aware of how much I spend and think twice about unnecessary purchases. Before, I got in the expensive habit of carrying a balance. last_img read more

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ARRANMORE ISLANDERS’ OUTRAGE OVER EIRCOM ‘SNUB’ ON BROADBAND

first_imgCommunications provider Eircom has been criticised by Arranmore Island Community Council for what has been suggested is a deliberate snub to the island community.Arranmore Island.The comments come following the news that many telephone exchanges across Donegal are to be upgraded to eFiber broadband providing many areas with high speed internet access.The telephone exchange on Arranmore Island however is not to be included in these upgrades which are to take place from April through to June 2015. Arranmore Island Community Council was set up under the guidance of Muintir Na Tire and consists of fifteen elected councillors which were voted in by the islands community in June 2014, an election which seen an unprecedented 85% turnout.The council now represent the people of Arranmore and work to bring improved services, development and jobs to the community.Arranmore Island is currently served with wireless broadband set up under the rural broadband scheme which has now been wound up and islanders say their broadband service is at best extremely intermittent and very slow when it is working. This they say makes it all but impossible to use as a reliable service especially with regards to business users.Spokesman for the island council Mr Jerry Early has said Eircom and the government have questions to answer with regards to their commitment on job creation. “Despite Eircoms claims that they are committed to ensuring everyone has access to superfast broadband their plans certainly don’t seem to mirror those claims” Mr Early said. “Indeed the government continue to make claims that they are for growth and job creation and yet their lack of commitment, and that of Eircom, to the Arranmore community of improving internet connection equal to that promised to most other communities in Donegal is stifling job creation.“We already know of one successful businessman who is ready to relocate his business from London to Arranmore Island, as well as a number of others who have also expressed an interest in relocating their businesses to the island from other countries, and the only thing preventing them is a lack of high-speed broadband.“Eircom and the government might well try to suggest that there is some logistical difficulties in providing such a service but the simple fact of the matter is that such provision is completely doable, the only thing lacking is will on their part. So a question needs to be asked of just how committed the government and those they work with such as Eircom are to creating jobs. For every month our connection to high-speed broadband moves further away so too do sustainable locally based jobs.”Speaking of the governments National Digital Strategy the spokesman for the Arranmore Island Community Council said the government are certainly not living up to their promises and would like the government to reaffirm the commitments made during a visit by Minister Pat Rabbitte TD to the island in June 2014.“Mr Rabbitte was on the island last year as part of the rollout of the National Digital Strategy and Action for Jobs last year which commits to seeing 2000 businesses trading online by the end of 2015. We think it is quite ironic that the very place he came to to make such claims is being put to the very back of the queue when it comes to a rollout of high-speed broadband. “It would seem the government see island communities such as Arranmore and Tory and indeed many other islands around the Irish coast as second class when they will use them as a PR stunt and then renege on their promises for job creation. Yet we have firm commitment of job creation here on Arranmore Island simply waiting to be acted upon on delivery of a service most other communities will be receiving this year whether there will be jobs for them or not.“As it stands we have been told that it could be the end of the decade before Arranmore Island receives the upgrade it needs under the current plan which is totally unacceptable. So we call upon the government and indeed Eircom to live up to their claims of digital infrastructure improvement and job creation and revisit theirs plans for Arranmore immediately, or we will be losing jobs, not creating them.”ARRANMORE ISLANDERS’ OUTRAGE OVER EIRCOM ‘SNUB’ ON BROADBAND was last modified: January 5th, 2015 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:Arranmore IslanddonegaleFibreEircomlast_img read more

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Man United to pay £100m for Lukaku, Chelsea turn to Llorente and more GOSSIP!

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Manchester United have agreed a world-record £100million deal with Everton for Romelu Lukaku that includes the sale of Wayne Rooney, who is valued at about £10million. (The Times)Paul Pogba is understood to have played a key role in persuading Lukaku to abandon a return to Chelsea and instead link up with him and Jose Mourinho at United. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea are making a new move for Fernando Llorente after failing to persuade Swansea to let him join on loan in January. (London Evening Standard)Swansea City are braced for a revised £32million bid from Everton for Gylfi Sigurdsson. The Welsh club are understood to have already rejected around £27m from Everton for Sigurdsson. (Daily Mail)Barcelona are furious with legendary former club captain Carles Puyol after a player he represents, Eric Garcia, decided to walk away from the club to join Manchester City. Garcia, a 16-year-old central defender who was considered one of La Masia’s best young talents, has been seduced by a three-year deal on offer in England. (Independent)Marseille believe they are in pole position to sign France striker Olivier Giroud from Arsenal. Everton, West Ham and Lyon have also been heavily linked with Giroud but Marseille are increasingly confident of getting a deal worth around €28 million (£24.7m), plus add-ons, over the line. (Daily Telegraph)Demarai Gray wants assurances from Leicester about his first team prospects amid growing interest in the starlet. Gray is in demand by several of City’s Premier League rivals such as Liverpooland Spurs after impressing for England U21s this summer. (Daily Mirror)Stoke boss Mark Hughes wants to bring in Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph on loan, writes the Stoke Sentinel. Delph has made only two appearances for City since Pep Guardiola took over as manager and Hughes is keen to add to his midfield for the new season. (Stoke Sentinel)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Everton have NOT reached an agreement with Manchester United over Romelu Lukaku, talkSPORT understandsGarry Monk has told talkSPORT he is impressed by Middlesbrough’s squad after starting work at the Riverside and won’t be rushed into making signings this summerDanny Murphy has backed Manchester United’s move for Romelu Lukaku, claiming the prolific striker is only going to get better at Old TraffordDanny Murphy has told Arsenal to bow to Alexis Sanchez’s wage demands and give him a new bumper contract – because it’ll be CHEAPER than finding a replacementAlex Neil believes his Preston North End side can challenge for promotion to the Premier League next season despite the club’s small budgetLeicester are making progress on a deal to sign Manchester City striker Kelechi IheanachoInter Milan have left former Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City target Gabriel Barbosa out of their pre-season squad as he attempts to seal a loan move away from the San SiroArsenal are set reignite their interest in Udinese star Jakub Jankto, according to reports in Italylast_img read more

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Drunk driver who killed pals says he wishes he could take back what he did

first_imgA drunk-driver who killed two women after a drink and drugs binge said he would do anything to take back what he did.Pals Kiara Baird, aged 19, and Maria Wallis, aged 38, died when Dermot Dowd lost control of his car outside Ballybofey in Co Donegal on September 21st, 2016. Dowd initially tried to claim that Ms Wallis, a mother-of-three, was driving the Citroën C3 car which crashed at Glenfin Road.The 24-year-old later admitted drinking for hours in a local bar with the two women before getting behind the wheel.Ms Baird died at the scene while Ms Wallis died a short time later in hospital after both had been thrown out of the car during the horrific crash.Dowd pleaded guilty before Letterkenny Circuit Court to dangerous driving causing death and last February he was jailed to five years in prison and banned from driving for fifteen years by Judge John Aylmer.He again appeared at Letterkenny Courthouse today to face the relatives of the dead women during the victims’ inquests.Dermot Dowd leaving Letterkenny Circuit Court. (North West Newspix)The Dubliner, with an address at Donegal Road, Ballybofey, told how he met Maria and Kiara at Bonner’s Bar in Ballybofey earlier that morning.Both women were drinking and he said he drank a number of pints, as well as vodka and whiskey as well as having some weed and that everyone was in good form.They decided to go to Maria’s house and the women asked Dowd to drive Maria’s Citreon car as they did not want to.They called into the local Centra Supermarket where they purchased two crates of Budweiser beer.Dowd said that none of the three of them were wearing seatbelts while in the car.He then said he slowed up towards a bend while on the way to Maria’s house but the car started to slide and then he suddenly heard a bang.He said he looked around and the women were gone and that it all happened so fast.He added, “I’m sorry and I would do anything to change what happened.”The day on which the women were killed was the official ‘European Day Without a Road Death’, an initiative organised by TISPOL, the Traffic Police network in Europe, and its aim is that nobody would die on the roads of Europe on that day.Witness Karl Gallen said he was working in the area at the time and saw a small blue car ‘shot straight out’ in front of him in Ballybofey.“I had to slam on the brakes so not to hit him. I was very lucky he didn’t hit me,” said Mr Gallen.Ms Lou Ann Glacken said she had just collected her daughter Tory from St Columba’s School just after 4pm and was driving home.She said she saw a small blue car close to her house and it was “like a rocket.”Bot herself and her daughter took in a sharp breath as they realised the car was not going to take a bend in the road.“I was scared for myself and Tory. It did not make the corner and it collided with either a pole or a trailer. The car was airborne, it was nearly the height of a trailer. It was spinning in the air and I could see debris flying off it. The car then went out of sight. It was like it was blown up,” she said.She said she was speechless but eventually managed to tell her sist-in-law to call the emergency services.Garda Michelle Kelly said she had been on patrol in the area at the time of the crash and was flagged down by another driver to say there had been a crashShe outlined the horrific carnage which she came across when she arrived on the scene of the crash.She said she saw two young women lying on the ground parallel to eachother and that a man was keeling down holding one of the women.She said Kiara Baird had a substantial amount of blood coming from her nose and was not breathing. Gardai delivered CPR as well as chest compressions and they eventually got a defibrillator but did not deliver a shock.She was eventually pronounced dd at the scene a short time later.Maria Wallis was then taken from the scene by ambulance but was announced dead at Letterkenny University Hospital at 5.50pm despite the best efforts of consultant Gerry Lane and his medical team.Garda Forensic Collision Investigator, Gerry McCauley, said he could not give an exact speed the car was traveling at but confirmed it was “considerably over the speed limit.”He revealed that the car hit a lamppost and was then thrown 109 feet into the layby of a nearby yard.Earlier Garda evidence revealed how the car in which the three were in was in a good serviceable pre-accident condition.A pathology report on Ms Wallis said death was due to head injuries as a result of a road traffic accident.Meanwhile, a pathology report on Ms Baird showed that she also died as a result of head injuries as a result of a road traffic accident.The jury of three women and seven men found the cause of both women’s deaths was due to a head injury as a result of a road traffic collision and the verdict was per the verdict in the previous circuit court case.Coroner Dr Denis McCauley offered his sympathy to both families and said it was simply “an awful tragedy.”The mother of the late Kiara Baird, Tracey Baird addressed the court and said she wanted to thank Mr Dowd for staying with her daughter after the accident.“After the accident, there was a lot of horrible rumours especially about Mr Dowd and today we got a few answers. Thank you for that. We now realise he helped Kiara in her last hours and we want to thank him for holding her and being there,” she said.Drunk driver who killed pals says he wishes he could take back what he did was last modified: December 10th, 2018 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:BallybofeycourtcrashDermot DowdinquestKiara BiardMaria Wallacelast_img read more

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Astronaut encourages kids to soar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA MIRADA – Astronaut Wendy Lawrence believes that men and women will return to the moon and go to Mars. Speaking to about 340 students from La Mirada Heights Christian School in two sessions Tuesday, Lawrence told them that it could be one of them who will one day stand on the moon or Mars. Lawrence was one of seven astronauts who flew in last summer’s Discovery space shuttle mission to the International Space Station. “We’re going to build a new space ship to take astronauts back to the moon,” said Lawrence, a captain in the U.S. Navy. “We’re going to learn how to live on the moon. Once we figure out how to live on the moon, we’re going to go to Mars so we can figure out how to live there.” Some of the youngsters took seriously Lawrence’s call to go to the moon and Mars. “It must have been awesome to be in space and to experience that,” said Matthew Wilson, 11, of La Mirada, who wants to travel to the moon. Lawrence said it’s important that the United States keeps up the effort to go to the moon and Mars. “I think Congress will see it’s very important if we want to maintain our position in the world,” she said. “It’s important for us to continue to invest in technology.” Lawrence spoke for 45 minutes, telling the students why she became an astronaut, what the job is like, and about her latest mission. “When I was 10, the first man walked on the moon,” she said. “My mom made us sit down and watch it. She said, `This is history.’ Something about that moment made me decide that I wanted to be an astronaut.” Lawrence also gave some inside tips on being an astronaut. “The best food to play with is M&M’s,” she said. “There’s no upside down or right side up.” And she likes sleeping in space better than down on Earth. Lawrence has served on four shuttle flights, but said the Discovery mission will be her last. Last summer’s mission might also have been the most notable. It was the first mission since February 2003, when the space shuttle Columbia exploded as it was making its way back to Earth. All seven astronauts aboard were killed. Lawrence said she wasn’t worried about her mission. “We weren’t nervous,” she said. “I’ve done it three times before. … The crew was very involved in the decision-making about what we would do on the return flight and what safety measures we would take.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022last_img
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Woman to be turned over to mental health officials

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Hutchings called police about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, reporting a disturbance at her apartment in the 10400 block of Parr Avenue, LAPD Sgt. Catherine Plows said. Two officers from the Foothill Division – Peter Doomanis, 40, and Wilcur Godoy, 30 – arrived and found Hutchings in the carport behind the apartment holding a reproduction of a blue-steel revolver. “She had her hand behind her back,” Plows said. “When they tried to start talking to her, that’s when she pulled the gun. It was a fairly quick interaction.” Both officers, who have been on the force for less than three years, fired their guns. The officers fired a total of four shots, officials said. Family members said Hutchings had recently broken up with her boyfriend and suffered from depression and alcoholism. Police said she also had a history of mental illness. She will not be arrested, Plows said, but she will be turned over to the state Department of Mental Health for evaluation. Doomanis and Godoy will be assigned to administrative duty until they are cleared for field duty by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Behavioral Sciences section, Plows said. Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A 43-year-old Sunland woman shot by police on Christmas while holding a toy gun will be turned over to state mental health officials when she is released from the hospital, authorities said Tuesday. Robin Hutchings is recovering at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center from a gunshot wound, Los Angeles police said. The LAPD said the bullet entered her front left thigh and exited her buttocks, but Hutchings’ family claims she suffered three bullet wounds. “There are three entry wounds from the back,” said Gina Ardizone, Hutchings’ sister. “She’s in a lot of pain, and we don’t know the extent of her injuries.” Ardizone said the family hired an attorney, but would not say if they planned to sue police. last_img read more

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