Favour for friend ends with 20 year driving ban

first_imgLinkedin NewsLocal NewsFavour for friend ends with 20 year driving banBy admin – September 17, 2010 524 A 61-year-old man has been sentenced to a total of eight months in prison and banned from driving for 20 years, after he was caught driving in an intoxicated state for a third time.  Paddy McCarthy, of 34 Mullally Grove, Cappamore, was before Judge Tom O’Donnell after Garda Michael O’Shaughnessy arrested him while driving a relatives car.McCarthy had earlier been banned for driving on two occasions; a 10 year ban issued in 2008, and a 15 year ban issued in 2009, Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up as well as other penalties enforced for drink driving and no insurance convictions.The court heard that the accused was driving on Carey’s Road on February 21 last, and when gardai stopped him, he had a blood alcohol level reading of 156mg.John Devane, solicitor, told the court that McCarthy was driving a relatives car while intoxicated as the owner was not in a position to drive, and McCarthy felt that his relative could not afford to lose his licence. When the accused was apprehended by gardai, he said he thought he was doing good.Judge O’Donnell retorted by saying that it was clear that McCarthy acted in a “pre meditated fashion”, had an “appalling record,” and despite convictions and driving bans, continued to flout the road traffic laws.“All of this, Mr Devane, despite your client having prison sentences and two lengthy driving bans in place. It’s clear from this that Mr McCarthy has a total disregard for the laws and is in contempt of the orders of the court. It’s outrageous”.Mr Devane said that a plea was indicated at an early stage and that he asked for leniency for the accused.Judge O’Donnell gave credit for the early plea but said that it as still a “disgraceful performance”.For the section 49 charge of driving a car while under the influence of an intoxicant, McCarthy was convicted and sentenced to six months in prison and disqualified from driving for 20 years.For driving without insurance, he was sentenced to two months in prison and will serve that sentence consecutively to the first. He was also banned from driving for 20 years. Judge O’Donnell, however, ordered that prison warrant for the accused not be issued until September 21 next to facilitate a medical appointment, as McCarthy had been recently diagnosed with angina. Facebook Print WhatsAppcenter_img Advertisement Email Previous articleBaby passenger in stolen carNext articleFree catering workshop admin Twitterlast_img read more

Christmas message for our readers

first_imgBritish Baker would like to wish all our readers a very happy Christmas and prosperous new year.Over the festive period newsletters will not be sent until January 7, when our regular news service will begin again. Our next issue will be on your doorsteps in the new year on January 9.So, in the words of Shakin’ Stevens, Merry Christmas Everyone!last_img

Argentine Mountain Troops Take Part in Joint Exercise in Italy

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo September 21, 2016 Algun dia Chile y Argentina estaran unidas en paz en los estados unidos latinoamericanos.Es mas lo que nos une, que lo nos separa.unidos somos mas fuertes.Dejar de lado los nacionalismos extremos. From July 4th-8th, four Argentine Army officers participated in the “5 Torri 2016” international exercise on climbing techniques. The training takes place annually at the Cinque Torri (Five Towers) mountain complex in the Italian region of Veneto and is organized by the Italian Army’s Alpine Troops Command. This year, 700 personnel from 11 countries, including Chile and Argentina, participated in the “5 Torri.” “This is the first time that Argentina is participating in the exercise,” Argentine Army Lieutenant Colonel Gustavo Beretta, who serves at the Military Mountain School, told Diálogo. “Basically, members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Europe participate. For this edition, they also invited Argentina and Chile,” he added. Officers from the Army’s 6th and 8th Mountain Company “Cazadores de Montaña,” as well as the 5th Exploration Cavalry Regiment, were under the command of Lt. Col. Beretta. Techniques and Tactics The “5 Torri” exercise is divided into two parts. During the tactical exercise, carried out only by the Italian Army, various Italian brigades demonstrate their mountain combat capacities. During the technical exercise, military members from the guest countries show their mountaineering skills. “During the exercise, each country selected a different climbing route and showed its techniques and procedures, depending on the level of difficulty of each route,” said Lt. Col. Beretta. “What we did was rock climbing, placing protection devices with a rope. Other armies climbed with two ropes. There are various techniques that are used.” Participants also practiced mountain rescue of injured climbers with the support of UH-1H and CH-47 Chinook helicopters, as well as equipped new routes of various difficulties and installed semi-permanent climbing fixtures. Many of the techniques used are similar to the ones employed by civilian climbers. “When we are in a given place and there is a difficult obstacle that we have to get around, the only way to do that is to climb,” explains Lt. Col. Beretta. “That is why we don’t look at [mountaineering] as a sport, but rather as a means of getting past obstacles we may come across. The idea is for the ‘5 Torri’ guests to also be included in the tactical exercise in 2017,” he added. War scenario Located in the Dolomites mountain range in the Italian Alps, Cinque Torri is a small mountain complex with five rock outcroppings. The highest projection, called “Torre Grande,” has an elevation of 2,361 meters. During WWI, this striking rock formation became a theater of operations for combat between Italian and Austro-Hungarian troops. “To this day we can see the blockhouses and trenches built [by the Royal Italian Army],” said Lt. Col. Beretta. The participants were housed in a military unit in the city of Corvara and traveled to the five towers every day to practice climbing. Exchange with other militaries In addition to demonstrations on technique, the “5 Torri” exercise is an opportunity for integration between the different armed forces. “This experience has not only been interesting in terms of learning, but it has also helped reinforce bonds of friendship between the different participating countries,” said the website of Spain’s 66th Mountain Hunters Regiment “America,” which sent four troops to Italy. “The exchange is important so we can get to know how other countries work, interact with each other and foster good relationships with other armies,” said Lt. Col. Beretta, noting that Argentine mountain troops have permanent exchanges and courses with their counterparts in countries like Chile, Spain, and Italy. “Currently, there is a Chilean officer here at the Military Mountain School as an instructor of ours,” he said. “There are also Argentine officers in the Chilean Army.” Argentina is also the only Latin American country that belongs to the International Association of Military Mountain Schools (IAMMS), which promotes joint activities. After more than a decade as an observer member of the association, Argentina became a permanent member last February, when it organized the 50th Meeting of the IAMMS at the Military Mountain School in Bariloche. “The meeting showed a strong international spirit,” said Italian Army Brigadier General Simone Giannuzzi in a statement to the Argentine Army’s digital journal Soldados. “The generosity, the efforts and the great organization of the Military Mountain School stands out.”last_img read more

US Open 2019: Rafael Nadal beats Diego Schwartzman to reach US Open semi-finals

first_img Source: BBC Rafael Nadal remains the favourite to win the US Open and move within one on Roger Federer’s tally of 20 Grand Slams after a hard-fought quarter-final win over Diego Schwartzman.Spanish second seed Nadal won 6-4 7-5 6-2 against the Argentine 20th seed.But he was made to work as Schwartzman twice rallied from four-game deficits in a stuffy Arthur Ashe stadium.Nadal, 33, will next play Italy’s 24th seed Matteo Berrettini, who beat Gael Monfils in their last eight clash.Three of the men’s semi-finalists – Berrettini, Grigor Dimitrov and Daniil Medvedev – have never played in a Grand Slam final.Nadal’s golden opportunity to close on FedererNadal, who won his 18th Grand Slam with a 12th title at Roland Garros in June, has been considered one of the favourites in New York from the start of tournament, with the other two members of the ‘Big Three’ – Serbia’s world number one Novak Djokovic and Swiss great Federer – also tipped as the men to beat.That has been a familiar pattern over the past decade such has been the trio’s dominance, showing no signs of changing despite all three men entering their 30s.The past 11 Grand Slams have all been won by either Nadal, 32-year-old Djokovic or 38-year-old Federer.But the departure of 2018 champion Djokovic, who retired from his last-16 match against Stan Wawrinka with a shoulder injury, and Federer’s quarter-final exit against Bulgarian world number 78 Dimitrov, has given the opportunity for Nadal to make a serious move in the race to be considered as the greatest player of all time.If Nadal lifts his fourth title at Flushing Meadows he will move within one of Federer’s tally for the first time.Schwartzman falls short in late-night thrillerBefore thinking that far ahead, Nadal had to see off a courageous challenge from Schwartzman, who levelled from a double break down in each of the first two sets.A strange start saw Nadal race 4-0 ahead before the diminutive Schwartzman, backed by vociferous Argentine support on an atmospheric Ashe, hit back with four straight games of his own.Momentum continued with Schwartzman, who created two break points for a 5-4 lead before the Spaniard dug deep to hold and clinch the opener with another break.Remarkably the same pattern continued in the second set, Nadal moving a double break up before Schwartzman fought back from 5-1 – with a forehand winner after a desperate scramble leaving even his opponent clapping – to level at 5-5.Again Nadal’s nous proved the difference at the crucial moment, taking Schwartzman’s serve in the 12th game with his third set point.With the clock ticking past midnight, swathes of seats became empty in the early part of the third set as some spectators left for home.Luckily for those left Nadal wrapped things up quickly, breaking twice without reply to clinch victory in two hours and 46 minutes before embracing Schwartzman at the net.last_img read more

State Visit: A Time to Reflect

first_imgNow the long awaited State visit to the UK by President Zuma has taken place, John Battersby reflects on the historic occasion. Visit Reconnect Africa to read more.Gallery: Zuma’s UK state visitlast_img

An early start to turkey season

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After bumping into a fellow hunter in the pre-dawn darkness as we both attempted to set up operations in anticipation of that morning’s gobbler season opener, I vowed to start the pre-season process a little earlier than opening morning this year. That we had both selected the same private-land meadow to monitor for toms to target and were about to set up some 20 yards from each other was incentive enough to make sure the same thing didn’t happen this April.Starting “early” last year, in that I was in my blind 20 minutes before the other camo-clad hunter sauntered past on the way to his blind, may have qualified me to claim first dibs on the spot. However, some might argue that since his blind had actually been up before mine, placed nearby but unbeknownst to me the day before, that he had rights to the hunting spot. To his credit, just before the sky began to color in the east, the tardy-by-20-minutes hunter conceded the contested space and ambled over the hill to set up elsewhere. I was conflicted about the outcome and started feeling especially guilty when it began to rain and I knew he was out in the open while I enjoyed the overhead protection of my blind while his sat idle down the treeline.I got over it with the first gobble that boomed out of the adjacent woodlot. But I never forgot the dilemma and dedicated a late-March weekend to catching up with the fellow hunter, who I recognized and knew where he lived. After several tries I caught him at home, thanked him for bowing out last season and explained my intention to set up in the same area — where I have hunted every opening week for a decade — and asked if that conflicted with his own plans.As luck would have it, they did not, as he had plans to hunt elsewhere. That means I can look forward to having the meadow to myself this season, barring the arrival of any other walk-ins on land that the good-hearted owner simply has a hard time denying anyone permission to hunt.Ohio spring turkey hunting season opens statewide on Monday, April 18, and continues through sunset Sunday, May 15. Youths got a jump on things with their special two-day gobbler season on Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17.Many young hunters found success during Ohio’s 2016 youth spring wild turkey season after 1,564 birds were harvested, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Hunters age 17 and under were eligible to participate in the two-day season. The total harvest was a slight decrease from 2015, when 1,589 wild turkeys were checked.All participants were required to possess a valid Ohio youth hunting license, a spring turkey permit and be accompanied by a non-hunting adult. The youth turkey season was open statewide, with the exception of Lake La Su An State Wildlife Area in Williams County, which required a special hunting permit.The youth spring turkey season is one of four special youth-only hunting seasons designed by the ODNR Division of Wildlife to offer a safe and productive early hunting experience for young hunters. Special seasons are also set aside for upland game, white-tailed deer and waterfowl hunting opportunities.last_img read more


first_imgTFA Chief Executive Officer Mr. Colm Maguire was full of praise for BMTA’s efforts towards attainment of “Super Six” status.“BMTA were one of the first affiliates to complete an ASET agreement and have been extremely proactive in accessing and adopting products, services, and ideals that underpin the ASET program. The Australian Sports Commission endorses the ASET Program as best practice method for sports delivery, and the tailored support that TFA has been able to offer BMTA has ensured positive outcomes for all, particularly affiliated members, ” Mr. Maguire said. BMTA General Manager Matt Hall is extremely proud of the recognition BMTA has received with the “Super Six” status.“It’s fantastic to see Touch Football progressing to incorporate best practice business policies and practices and to know that we are working with the sport to achieve positive and productive outcomes is another indicator of the growth we are having.” Mr. Hall said. The official presentation of the “Super Six” Award to BMTA will occur at 7.15pm at the BMTA Clubhouse at the Whites Hill Complex. Planning AusTouch Interaction/Compliance Junior Pathways/Senior Pathwayscenter_img Sporting Pulse Refereeing Infrastructure Opening night of the PowerAde Isotonic South East Queensland Touch League (SEQTL) will coincide with a presentation of the “Super Six” Award to the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association (BMTA) by Touch Football Queensland Branch Manager, Mr. Jeremy Sorensen.BMTA is the first of a number of affiliates around Queensland who will be granted “Super Six” status in the near future. The “Super Six” status acknowledges excellence in the delivery of services to members and allows eligibility for the Touch Football Australia (TFA) Grant Scheme and the Affiliate of the Year Award.The “Super Six” status is linked to the strategic outcomes of TFA via the benchmarking ASET program that requires affiliates to complete a Needs Analysis and then a Service Agreement to work in unison with TFA to deliver outcomes to their members across thirteen different streams.To be eligible for Super Six status, affiliates must demonstrate that they meet the Super Six Criteria below:last_img read more


first_imgTasmania, one of Touch Football’s growth States, will be out to impress at the 18 Years National Championships in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, from 17 – 20 September, 2007. Tasmania’s best young players have been plucked from around the State to form the Boys and Girls teams that will contest the premier event on the National junior calendar. The teams will be mentored by two of the most experienced coaches in Tasmania, John Dowling (Boys) and Deb Button (Girls). Mr. Dowling, who has coached at representative level for 12 years, and socially for more than 20, has been in charge of the Tasmanian 18 Years Boys team for the past four years.He said he was satisfied with the team that has been picked, but said the key to a successful campaign was not to be overconfident. “You’re goals have to be realistic, and we should realistically be aiming to play on the Saturday, which is finals day,” Dowling said.  In 2004, Dowling’s first year in charge, Tasmania defeated Victoria and South Australia.“That was a magnificent result for us because everyone expected us to finish at the bottom of the table,” Dowling said.Unfortunately the team couldn’t repeat the positive result, finishing near the bottom in 2005. Last year Tasmania drew with the Gold Coast and defeated the Crusaders and Northern Territory.Dowling was looking to 2007 for better results from his charges.“Our main goal is to play on finals day because in 2005 we didn’t win a game and we actually finished up on the Friday, which wasn’t pleasant.” Mr. Dowling said.The standard of Touch Football in Australia’s island state has improved markedly over the last five years.This is largely due to the introduction of a development program from under-12s to opens, as well as an increase in the amount of people qualified in technical areas of the game.The three major affiliates, the Southern, Devonport, and the Launceston Touch Associations, have provided all players in both the selected sides. Training sessions will rotate between the affiliates to offset the tyranny of distance and minimize the costs of travelling for all. Some players will have to travel as far as 300km to attend some of the sessions. The Girls’ first training camp will be this weekend 16 – 17 June, with the Boys meeting the following weekend. “I’ve got some parameters that I would like the team to achieve. I’ve got a vision for the team as to what I expect, and I’ll actually give the players, in partnership with myself and the other officials, some team goals,” Mr. Dowling said. Dowling will also be constructing individual training programs for each of his players. One of the main objectives of the team will be to gain respect. “We certainly want to finish as high as we possibly can. We’re not going to make the top four or five, that’s an unrealistic expectation, but I’d be confident that we could make the playoffs for the plate or shield finals. I want the opposition to think of us as being highly skilled and disciplined. We’ll play with a high level of intensity and meet all the challenges thrown at us and hopefully earn the respect of our opponents,” he said.  The Boys’ side will feature four players that played in the National Touch League Under-20s division in 2006. There will also be a number of experienced players that have progressed from the Under-15 ranks. One of the strike weapons for the Tasmanian Boys team will be newcomer Trent Gutteridge, who has only been playing Touch Football for about 18 months but has plenty of potential. “He’s still learning the game, but he’s exceptionally quick. We’ll be looking to develop him further through our training program,” Dowling said. The girls will be similarly strong. Last year the team aimed to finish in the top 15, and achieved its goal. This year they will be trying to improve on the result.One of the stars of the girls’ team will be 2006 TFA National 18 Years Youth Development Squad member Emily Hudson.  This year’s event will be the bubbly Hudson’s third tournament. In 2005, aged 15 and in just her first year of Touch Football, Hudson participated in her first Under-18 National Championships. She, along with current National Youth training squad member Emma Haines impressed all and sundry who attended the Inaugural National Youth Development Training Camp at Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast in 2006.The two “Tassie devils” competed well with their more experienced squad mates from NSW and Queensland, and showed great talent and determination at the Youth Camp to stamp themselves as players of the future. This year Emily is looking forward to taking on more of a leadership role. She said she was excited about the upcoming tournament. “For me the best thing will be seeing the other talent, especially in the NSW and QLD teams. You learn heaps from playing against quality players.  For the team it will definitely be about progression for the next two years because we’ve got a pretty young team this year,” Hudson said.  Hudson believed the Tasmanian side was definitely on the improve. “We’re a very quick side this year. Even though we’re a young group, we’ve all been playing for five or six years, so we know the game pretty well.” Both the boys and girls’ teams will be busy in preparation for September. When the 18 Years National Championships role around, keep an eye out for the Tasmanian teams and let’s hope they get their wish and extend their tournament into Finals day.last_img read more

7 days agoMan Utd chief Woodward: Solskjaer job secure

first_imgMan Utd chief Woodward: Solskjaer job secureby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEd Woodward says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will remain Manchester United manager no matter what happens against Liverpool on Sunday.Supporters are growing restless after United’s spluttering start which sees them in 12th with nine points from eight games.But Woodward insists the club have a long-term plan that includes Solskjaer at the helm.”Ole has also instilled the discipline back into an environment where we may have lacked it in recent years,” said Woodward in an address to staff at Old Trafford. “He is building a squad that respects the club’s history, in which players work hard and respect their team-mates.”No one is bigger than the club. The changes we saw over the summer have resulted in a very young squad. But it’s also a squad, with the players and the culture, that provides a base camp for us to build and grow from as we start our new journey.”He added: “Ole’s vision maps exactly to the core three football objectives we have: we must win trophies, we must play attacking football, and we must give youth its chance,” said Woodward.”The middle section of last season, after Ole’s arrival, feels most relevant to what we want to achieve and where we want to be, we saw a team playing fast, fluid football, with a clear representation of the style and philosophy the manager wants.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Dalvin Cook’s Little Brother Meets Ole Miss’ Football Team

first_imgDalvin Cook celebrating with his helmet off.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 30: MVP Dalvin Cook #4 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates their 33 to 32 win over the Michigan Wolverines during the Capitol One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on December 30, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)Deandre Burnett is a guard on the Ole Miss basketball team. He’s also the brother of Dalvin Cook, Florida State’s top player.Ole Miss and Florida State will hit the field Monday night to open the 2016 season in the Camping World Kickoff. The Seminoles’ best player, running back Dalvin Cook, has a unique connection to Ole Miss: his brother plays basketball for the Rebels.Cook’s brother, Deandre Burnett, will be eligible to play guard for Ole Miss this season after sitting out last year. He’s a transfer from the University of Miami.In this hilarious video released today by Ole Miss basketball, Burnett meets Rebels quarterback Chad Kelly and members of the Ole Miss defense. When he is introduced to the latter, things get interesting.? Our dynamic new guard Deandre Burnett, brother of FSU’s Dalvin Cook, meets Chad Kelly & the @OleMissFB team ??? pic.twitter.com/uGZNdN4y4m— Ole Miss Basketball (@OleMissMBB) September 1, 2016That’s fantastic social media work by Ole Miss. Well-done.Florida State and Ole Miss kickoff at 8:00 p.m. ET Monday night from Camping World Stadium in Orlando. ABC will have the broadcast.last_img read more