Limerick Judge warns against violence as three walk free over assault

Posted On Jun 4 2021 by

first_imgFree admission to Desmond Castle TAGSJudge Tom O’Donnelllimerick circuit courtNewcastle West WhatsApp Linkedin Facebook Previous article#highlight – The Frank & Walters play Limerick this weekendNext articleLimerick councillors go at it Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter NewsLimerick Judge warns against violence as three walk free over assaultBy Staff Reporter – October 6, 2016 1043 Email No privacy for dying in Newcastle West hospital center_img Print Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THREE men walked free from Limerick Circuit Court on Wednesday after a judge said he wanted to send out a “strong message against violent acts and gratuitous assaults carried out by cowards and bully-boys”.Judge Tom O’Donnell made his remarks at the sentencing hearing of Cathal O’Brien (22), of The Cross, Ardagh; Shane Kelly (22), of Ballagh, Abbeyfeale and Deniss Permanickis (27) also of Ballagh, on charges of assault causing harm and violent disorder.The victim, James O’Donnell, was set upon by the three men after he spoke to Permanickis’ girlfriend at Club Mission in Newcastle West on July 12, 2014.The two had struck up a conversation about the girl’s plans to visit Australia when Permanickis and his friends became irate.James O’Donnell left the night club after he lost contact with his friends but was seen by his three attackers who kicked and beat him while he lay defenceless on the ground.In his victim impact statement, Mr O’Donnell said that he woke up in the back of an ambulance, beaten and bruised.He required hospitalisation for a broken jaw, a fractured cheek bone, broken teeth, cuts and bruising to his head and damage to a tear duct in his eye.The attack left serious psychological effects on the IT graduate who was unable to pursue a career in his field of study, had to give up sport, and was apprehensive when out on his own anywhere.Permanickis told Gardaí he thought Mr O’Donnell was trying to “chance” his girlfriend, despite O’Donnell saying said that he didn’t know they were together.At an earlier court hearing the three men, who all admitted their involvement to Gardaí, each offered €2,000 as “a sincere gesture of remorse”.Judge O’Donnell ordered that they add another €1,000 to the money already handed in to court.He said the attack was a “cowardly and vicious assault where the victim had no chance to defend himself. It was nothing more than bully-boy tactics.“I want to send out a strong message against violent acts and gratuitous assaults like this. This is unacceptable conduct”, Judge O’Donnell said.“However, given that the accused have no previous convictions and other mitigating factors, I will impose a three-year sentence on each of them for the assault, but suspend it for a period of three years”.He ordered that the €9,000 compensation be paid over to Mr O’Donnell immediately. Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Newcastle West Gardaí move Limerick Clubs in Munster Junior Cup action live up to expectations County Football Final Day the Pinnacle of a Well Run Championship Music, sweet music, with MGLC | Newcastle West featurelast_img read more


Blatter blasts Infantino over lack of respect

Posted On Aug 13 2020 by

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter accused his successor Gianni Infantino of showing a lack of respect for him in an interview with the BBC.The 80-year-old — who on Monday lost his appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over a six year ban from football for a two million Swiss franc ($2 million/1.8 million euro) payment to then UEFA boss Michel Platini — said Infantino had dropped by his house once since he was elected in February and Blatter had raised matters he thought should be dealt with.“I am definitely not a happy man (with) what happened with FIFA,” Blatter told the BBC.“I have never seen in any company that the new president… was not paying respect to the old president.“After his election we had a very good contact and he stopped at my house and we had a chat. I told him I have a list of questions that should be solved in Fifa which has not been solved before.“(Infantino) said ‘I will work on that’ and he never came back.”Blatter said Infantino, who was UEFA secretary-general under Platini, had not returned his phone calls since that meeting.“I have asked him, I have sent him a letter and I have his personal number and I was told that it’s still correct. Never never an answer – never,” said Blatter.Blatter, who served as FIFA president for 18 years but was subject to withering criticism during his tenure, claims he is too trusting and as a result he and his team never expected the FBI investigation that exposed massive corruption involving senior FIFA members. “I think people are good, and they are not good,” said Blatter.The Swiss, who served as the faithful secretary-general under his similarly disgraced predecessor as FIFA president the late Joao Havelange, also claims he came perilously close to death late last year.An unusually dishevelled and unshaven Blatter had alluded to this when he held a press conference last December but he went further with the BBC.“It was 1 November 2015. I was at the cemetery in my home village — where we have a family grave. And I was there… very, very weak, I couldn’t move,” he said.“They brought me immediately to a hospital in Zurich and they thought I was going to die in the next hours. Seriously.“It was a lady doctor there and she (asked) me: ‘Who should I phone?’ And I said: ‘No, no, no, I will go home tonight.’ And she said: ‘Oh no.’“They brought another doctor and he said: ‘OK calm down, calm down.’“I had time enough in the hospital to think that life is (more) than only football.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more


Berlin offer cheap tickets for female ref debut

Posted On Aug 13 2020 by

first_imgLast month, she bantered with Franck Ribery after the French winger cheekily untied her shoelaces while preparing for a free-kick when she officiated a German Cup first-round match.“For me and my referee colleagues, the fact that I am a woman hasn’t been an issue for a long time,” Steinhaus said on the Hertha website.“But we probably all need to accept and deal with the fact that it will continue to be considered a big deal in the media for now.” Hertha Berlin player in trainingBerlin, Germany | AFP | Hertha Berlin are offering women half-price tickets for Sunday’s German league match against Werder Bremen with Bibiana Steinhaus set to make history as the first female referee in a top European league.The German Football Association (DFB) have confirmed the 38-year-old will take charge of the Bundesliga clash at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium to become the first female ref in the German, English, French, Italian or Spanish leagues.Hertha are offering up to 500 “Bibi-Steinhaus-tickets”, only available to women, at half-price.“We want to offer all women the chance to experience this historic moment,” said a statement on the Hertha website.Steinhaus has been refereeing since 2007 and earned her right to whistle in Germany’s top flight after officiating the women’s Champions League final this year and the 2012 women’s Olympic tournament final in London.The police officer has already proven she can handle Bundesliga stars.As an assistant referee, she shrugged off an attempted hug by ex-Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola during a pitchside exchange in 2014. Steinhaus insists she has earned the chance to referee in Germany’s top tier on merit, but accepts she is now a role model.“I’m a Bundesliga referee because my performances have been good enough, not because I’m a woman,” she said“That’s a big difference.center_img “If, because of that, I am considered a role model for young girls or a pioneer for equality, then that makes me even happier.“I have a lot of experience now, which is an advantage in many situations.I have different ways of dealing with and reacting to certain situations in the game now.“On top of that, I have also overseen many games as a fourth official, in order to take in the pace of the Bundesliga.”Both Bremen and Berlin coaches welcomed Steinhaus’ debut.“She has earned it through very good performances, at the end of the day that is the main principle, whether you are a man or a woman,” said Bremen coach Alexander Nouri.Berlin coach Pal Dardai added: “If someone refs so well, it doesn’t matter if she is a man or a woman. She has already reffed in the second league and error-free, I believe, which is wonderful.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more


Ridge Road Run To Raise Funds, Awareness For Suicide Prevention

Posted On Aug 4 2020 by

first_imgFrom tragedy, Sourlis and his classmates gained understanding and perspective about the topics of suicide and mental health that had been unexpectedly thrust into their lives.“I think it helped us realize that things aren’t always what they appear on the outside,” said Sourlis. “Pierce was a great friend, a prominent lacrosse player, a good student at our school, but there was more going on inside than anyone knew. It brought attention to the fact that we need to be there for each other in other ways.” With that mission in mind, the Ridge Road Run was conceived – an outing scheduled for Sunday, April 15 on the campus of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School that will feature a 5K run starting at 9 a.m., as well as a one-mile race and kiddie dashes with start times to be announced.“One of the things we hear all the time as administrators is how this generation of kids isn’t passionate; that they’re self-centered and self-serving,” said Risa Clay, Red Bank Regional High School principal. “But this event and the work these students are doing shows how passionate a community of kids can be when it’s a cause that hits close to home,” she said of the student organizers who are seeking volunteers, monetary donations and sponsorships at RidgeRoadRun.org.Clay went on to speak of the immense pressure her students feel to achieve more, reaching for marks on an intangible measuring stick that perpetually appear out of reach and overshadow their accomplishments in and out of the classroom.It’s a circumstance that has led RBR to institute mental health education as part of their curriculum, while providing an on-campus clinic dedicated to counseling students and their parents about how to cope with the stresses of life. These types of curriculum additions and school-based offerings align with the goals of the Ridge Road Run, which are to put school rivalries aside for a unifying effort that hopes to open lines of communication between students, peers, parents, teachers and administrators, as well as to raise awareness about suicide, and funds to support both the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention and the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County.“I’m impressed with the students’ initiative to bring this topic to the forefront,” said Kathy Booth Red Bank Catholic student assistant coordinator. “We have our rivalries, and they’re all in good fun, but to lose these young people is a loss we all share. This is a subject that can’t be hushed anymore. We need more awareness and more communication. And I believe this event will go a long way toward achieving that.” This past football season provided a platform for longtime rivals like Red Bank Regional High School (RBR) and Red Bank Catholic (RBC) to join together with their heartbroken peers in Rumson in a sign of solidarity, as the student bodies came together during their respective games and wore the same color T-shirts in homage to Jarck.Developing from this display of camaraderie was the idea for something more impactful, an event that would reach beyond their schoolyards and playing fields and deeper into the greater Ridge Road community. Story and photo by Chris Rotolo “I think it’s going to be bigger than they ever expected,” Booth said.The Ridge Road Run has been organized by RBR students Michael Eulner, Claudia Kelly and Thomas Lloyd; Ellie Gibney and Teddy Sourlis from RFH; and Courtney Carroll and Lily Salcedo from RBC.For more information on the Ridge Road Run visit ridgeroadrun.org. RUMSON – Shock, despair and disbelief.It was these distinct emotions that flooded the hallways this past October at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH), when a beloved friend, teammate and student named Pierce Jarck tragically took his own life at the age of 16.Teddy Sourlis, a former classmate of Jarck’s, can still recall the over whelming anxiety that gripped him when he was forced to face the news of his friend’s passing.“As a community it hit us hard,” said Sourlis, a member of the Bulldogs basketball program. “We were still processing losing another friend of ours, Jack Moore, the year prior, and out of the blue, so suddenly, we heard the news about Pierce. And I think it really opened our eyes as a community of teens.”last_img read more


Bolt, Fraser-Pryce aiming at more success this year

Posted On Feb 10 2020 by

first_img Pushing myself Newly crowned RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of 2015, Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, say winning the prestigious title means a lot to them, adding they will be looking to represent Jamaica well, and seek more global success this year. The RJR Sports Foundation’s annual awards ceremony was held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel last Friday night. Bolt won his sixth Sportsman of the Year award, after copping titles in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, while Fraser-Pryce, who also won in 2012 and 2013, lifted her third Sportswoman of the Year title. Last year, Bolt returned from an injury-plagued start to the season to dominate the men’s sprints at the IAAF World Championships. He won gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m in Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium where he had previously set world records in the 100 and 200 metres. “Six-time athlete of the year in Jamaica is always an honour,” Bolt told reporters. He pointed out that he is looking forward to a stress-free year, but was mindful of the demands ahead. “It’s just about trying to stay focused this year and staying on top of things and making sure everything runs smoothly … pushing myself, but also being aware of everything that is going on around me,” he added. Meanwhile, Fraser-Pryce, the three-time Sportswoman of the Year, also received the Sagicor Iconic Award at the function. The MVP Track Club star won gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m at last year’s World Championships in Beijing, China, as well as copping the Diamond League 100m title. “I am feeling blessed and I am feeling honoured,” she said. “For me winning an award is a signal that you did something right in 2015, and I am really honoured and blessed and grateful to be able to collect a third Sportswoman of the Year Award here,” Fraser-Pryce said. She added: “I am looking forward to an exciting 2016.” Shot-putter O’Dayne Richards, who twice hit a national record – 21.69m – on his way to winning Pan American gold and a historic World Championships bronze, was presented with the runner-up to the Sportsman of the Year Award. World Championships 100m hurdles gold-medal winner Danielle Williams who clocked a personal best 12.57 for gold in the event in Beijing last summer was runner-up to the Sportswoman of the Year. The People’s Choice Award for Performance of the Year went to Jamaica’s senior women’s 4x400m relay team. Novlene Williams-Mills, who anchored Jamaica to the gold medal in the World Championships 4x400m and who has successfully fought off breast cancer, was recognised with the Chairman’s Award. Former Netball Jamaica president Marva Bernard was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Personal bestlast_img read more


Tariffs are bait and switch economics paid by consumers

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Christopher R. GibbsSometimes those teachable moments just fall right into your lap. I recently watched with pride while my son and his young family signed a purchase contract on their first piece of brand new farm equipment. A shiny new aluminum livestock trailer ready for service in their cattle business. Trying not to hover, I milled around the showroom and caught a glimpse of the television hanging on the wall. It was the Saturday afternoon when the president was speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Although the sound was muted, the FOX chyron at the bottom of the screen boasted, “President Trump: Billions of dollars are pouring into the treasury from China.” Say what? He really didn’t say or imply that did he? He can’t really be making trade policy supported by a fake alternate fact like that can he? The raucous crowd can’t be that gullible can they? Oy vey! Say it ain’t so!In a moment that I could only describe as “you can’t make this stuff up,” I headed back to the sales manager’s table where my son was literally signing his name to that $17,000 contract.“So,” I said, “How much did the Trump aluminum tariffs just cost my son?”Without hesitation and without even looking up he curtly informed, “10%.” I responded to the salesman for the benefit of my son.“So, before the Trump tariffs, this same trailer would have cost him about $15,500”?The one word explanation was short and to the point: “Yup.”A year ago, the president levied punitive tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum claiming a national security concern under the Trade Expansion Act. In the full year hence I’ve railed against this populist protectionist trade policy and its devastating effect on American agriculture from both the tariffs imposed and the retaliation which followed. When farmers buy, they buy equipment made of aluminum and steel. We have skin in the game. Through the period I’ve tested folks knowledge on how the Trump tariff mathematics work and how they cost U.S. agriculture and U.S. consumers. Eight in 10 believe that China, the European Union, Mexico, and Canada are paying the Trump tariffs as their country’s goods enter the U.S. The president knows this is an untruth, but the perennial narrative of “everyone is treating us unfairly” (insert whine here) works better if farmers and the rest of the American public are led to believe that importing countries are pouring their Yuan, Euro, Peso and Canadian dollars into the U.S. treasury in the form of tariffs.Please don’t get the wrong impression thinking this is an “oh woe is me” story about my son’s checkbook. Better, let me focus your attention on your own personal finances to explain how the president has replenished your wallet with his left hand while taking from your pocketbook with his right in an insidious multibillion dollar bait and switch. First, the left hand giveth…In 2017 the president signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which provided tax relief for businesses and individuals. Those cuts became effective in 2018 and put more money in U.S. consumer’s wallets by starving the U.S. treasury. Predictably, U.S. consumer balance sheets went up while the U.S. treasury balance sheet went down. While we were all celebrating, in March of 2018 the president and his trade advisors saw this as an opportunity to drive a giant Mac tariff truck right through our own personal finances. Thence the right hand taketh…Goods being imported to the United States from foreign countries are purchased from overseas companies by a U.S. manufacturer, retailer, or wholesaler. That importer most likely has a U.S. factory and certainly employs U.S. labor, pays U.S. utilities, pays U.S. taxes, and most importantly is a U.S. citizen. It’s an American company. Maybe that importer paints an American flag on the import. Maybe they weld something to it and change its substance, or maybe they simply wholesale it to Walmart for a direct no value added retail sale. Regardless of the variables in the supply chain, one cold hard fact is constant. American companies pay all of the Trump import tariffs. And those import tax dollars go directly to the U.S. treasury. The importer then passes the import tariff tax on to the American consumer as an increase in the costs of goods sold. In the aluminum livestock trailer business, it’s apparently a direct 10%. Some industries a little more, others a little less. When you shop on-line at Amazon, visit Walmart, or buy a car part at your local auto supply store you pay the increased cost of the Trump tariffs. No alternative fact or fake news here, just pure bait and switch economics.Tax reform resulted in your wallet getting fatter while the U.S. treasury went on a diet. That allowed room in the U.S. economy for the Trump tariffs to give the U.S. treasury a bulking up by taxing U.S. importers while at the same time consumer wallets were thinned down by increased costs for purchases. Personal balance sheets are back to where they started and the American consumer is no better off, but by golly we’re all suppose to be happy about it! Class dismissed. The writer and his family own and operate 600 acres in Shelby, Logan and Auglaize counties. They raise corn, soybeans, hay, and cattle.last_img read more


Suresh Kalmadi can’t attend Olympics

Posted On Nov 28 2019 by

UST pride: Cherry Rondina is UAAP Season 81 MVP, Eya Laure is Rookie of Year

Posted On Nov 27 2019 by

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Another Lady Eagle is going to take home an individual award with Kat Tolentino getting the nod as the Best Opposite Hitter.READ: Kat Tolentino comes alive to lead Lady Eagles rallyThe Lady Bulldogs’ Princess Robles will be named Best Server after tallying a league-best 26 service aces, tied with Far Eastern University’s Kyle Negrito, and averaged .48 ace a set.University of the East’s duo of Kath Arado and Lai Bendong will be named Best Libero and Best Setter, respectively.This was the first time in the collegiate tournament that the league changed its awards format to conform to international standards set by the FIVB, volleyball’s world governing body, and AVC.ADVERTISEMENT Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss NBA commissioner Silver wants more female refs—and coaches It is also format being used in the NCAA, Philippine Super Liga, Premier Volleyball League, and even the UAAP Girls’ Division.The UAAP used to follow previous skills-based awards that named the Best Attacker, Best Scorer, Best Server, Best Blocker, Best Digger, Best Receiver, and Best Setter.NU’s Bryan Bagunas is the UAAP men’s volleyball MVP. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIn the men’s side of things, NU’s Bryan Bagunas will be named MVP, first Best Outside Hitter, Best Scorer, and Best Server.Bagunas amassed 285 total points and had a league-best 21 service aces of 0.47 per set.READ: NU thrashes Adamson, advances to 7th straight UAAP finalsThe Tamaraws’ Jude Garcia and John Paul Bugaoan will take home the second Best second Best Outside Hitter, and first Best Middle Blocker trophies.Ateneo’s Chumason Njigha is the league’s second Best Middle Blocker while his teammates Lawrence Magadia and Manuel Sumanguid are the Best Setter and Best Libero, respectively.The Bulldogs’ Angelo Almendras will be the league’s Rookie of the Year. MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte READ: Finals-bound Sisi Rondina, UST far from doneRondina also takes home the Best Scorer and second Best Outside Hitter award while Laure is recognized as the first Best Outside Hitter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsUST superstar Cherry Rondina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUST’s pair was the league’s top scorers throughout the season with Rondina finishing atop with 259 total points while Laure came in at second at 230 points.National University’s Roselyn Doria is the league’s first Best Middle Blocker while Ateneo’s Maddie Madayag is second Best Middle Blocker. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments Cherry Rondina, left, and Eya Laure celebrate a point. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas’ high-scoring duo of Cherry Rondina and Eya Laure are set to receive the highest individual honors in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.Rondina will be named Season MVP while Laure will take home the Rookie of the Year plum in the awarding ceremonies before Game 2 of the Finals after leading the Golden Tigresses to a 10-4 record and a spot in this year’s finals.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


ALL NATIONS SENIOR COACHES APPOINTED

Posted On Nov 7 2019 by

first_imgThe ATA would like to announce that the following people have been appointed as the Seniors coaches for the 2005 All Nations tournament in New Zealand this October. Their sides will be selected at the 2005 National Touch League, happening in Coffs Harbour over the next two weeks. Mens 30s: David Collins Mens 35s: Michael McDonald Mens 40s: Dennis Coffey Mens 45s: Harry Appo Womens 30s: John Collins Womens 35s: Sue Salter Senior Mixed: Phil Dawson Congratulations to the above people and we wish you all the best as you lead your side against the world’s leading Touch nations.last_img read more


Gigi Gorgeous The Canadian transgender star who took over Sundance

Posted On Oct 15 2019 by

first_imgAdvertisement Feb-13-17 at 7:55 pm Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment It was the first time Gigi saw This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous, which chronicles her transition from closeted Canadian teenage diving sensation to openly gay online sensation Gregory Gorgeous to the transgender activist, actress, model and all-around sensation she’s known as today. It’s a raw and unflinching exploration of the road to self-acceptance — one that brought a much-needed jolt of empowerment to a film festival set under the dark cloud of a certain presidential inauguration. Advertisement Login/Register With: In December 2013, Gigi Gorgeous sat in her Toronto bedroom and came out as transgender in a YouTube video that would turn her into a millennial icon. The video — motivated by the tragic death of her ultra-supportive mother — has since received over 3.6 million views and was the public genesis of a woman who, three years later, just witnessed her story be told on the big screen at the Sundance Film Festival in a biopic directed by two-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple and executive produced by Adam Wescott and Scott Fisher of SelectNext.“It truly is everything and does live up to the name, I think,” Gigi said as she took the stage to intense applause for a post-screening Q&A earlier this week, before turning to its director. “Barbara, I loved it. Love, love, love.”center_img […] Gigi Gorgeous: The Canadian Transgender Star Who Took Over Sundance… EBoss Canada […] Log in to leave a comment Twitter “This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous” Available Everywhere – Select Management Group & SelectNext Advertisement 1 COMMENTlast_img read more