• That was the worst weekend so far for VAR – changes HAVE to be made

    first_imgTHAT was the worst weekend for VAR in the Premier League so far this season.Everyone was buzzing for the return of club football but now we’re back talking about dodgy decisions again.4 Liverpool felt hard done by when United’s first goal stoodCredit: Getty – Contributor4 Sadio Mane’s disallowed reply was an example of VAR workingCredit: PA:Press AssociationSaturday’s matches were a mess and then we had more issues at Old Trafford on Sunday.I do think Victor Lindelof fouled Divock Origi from behind in the build-up to Marcus Rashford’s goal for Manchester United, which was given after a long VAR check.But why didn’t the referee Martin Atkinson run over to have a look himself on the pitchside monitors?I know they said they want the referee to trust VAR — but what was the difference between Chris Wood’s goal for Burnley that was disallowed on Saturday and that?Just what is the point of the monitors if they aren’t being used? For God’s sake, go and have a look — just like they do in Spain, Germany and Italy.We don’t want refs going over to them four or five times in a match. But he could have looked at a few different angles and taken a call from there. The bar has been set too high.DEL OF A MESSThere’s no consistency either. Sadio Mane had a goal for Liverpool disallowed after he handled in the box, which is the law against attacking players in the box — even if it’s not deliberate.So, why was Dele Alli’s goal against Watford allowed to stand? If the ball hits you on the Premier League badge or below, it’s your arm and therefore a handball.We’re almost in November and no one seems any wiser to how VAR is being used.I want VAR technology to work, I really do. When it was brought in, we were told it would provide “minimum interference, maximum benefit”.They want trust between the ref and VAR but, come on, it’s just not being used properly.You will not see a clearer penalty than when Watford’s Gerard Deulofeu was brought down by Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen.4 Confusion reigned supreme with Alli’s goalCredit: Reuters4 Burnley were fuming when having a goal of their own ruled outCredit: Getty Images – GettyHow professional referees looking at that incident in real time, and then in slow-motion, don’t think that is a penalty is beyond me.The same goes for Manchester City, who should have been given one when Kevin De Bruyne was fouled by Wilfried Zaha at Crystal Palace. Again, it was a blatant penalty.There has not been a single spot-kick awarded by VAR in 89 matches so far this season.That is crazy when you consider how many incidents there are each weekend.latestSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleThere is no doubt some changes need to be made to how VAR is being used — and hopefully that comes soon.There is definitely a role for it in the game, if used effectively.But we need to ensure we’re not talking about these mistakes every weekend, instead of the actual football being played.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises referee for ‘letting things go’ following 1-1 draw with Liverpool rife with VAR controversylast_img read more

  • Ramjattan must take full responsibility – Rohee

    first_imgPolice storming of Parliament…as President blames PPP for ruckusFormer Home Affairs Minister and Opposition Member of Parliament (MP), Clement Rohee, has cast blame on his successor Khemraj Ramjattan for allowing a matter that didn’t require the Police presence to be blown out of proportion in the Parliament Chambers on Monday.Rohee said as the Minister who has responsibility for the Guyana Police ForcePresident David Granger(GPF), Ramjattan may have been responsible for calling in the Police and he thinks the Minister should therefore bear full responsibility for the assault on both the male and female Opposition MPs.“As long as it was not a criminal offence, neither the Speaker nor the Clerk of the National Assembly have the authority to call on the Commissioner of Police(ag) to take action in a matter at the Chambers of the Parliament. The decision to call in the Police had to be taken at a political level in which the Minister of National Security must have been involved,” the former Minister alleged.Rohee argued only that Minister has the legal authority to give ‘general orders andFormer Home Affairs Minister Clement Roheedirections’ to the Commissioner of Police (ag) who in turn, given his ‘command of the Force’ would issue orders to the Commander ‘A’ Division of GPF to proceed to the Parliament to ‘deal’ with the situation therein.The Opposition MP said based on these theories, there is absolutely no mystery about how the Police got involved in the events on Monday at the Chambers of the Parliament.“It was Ramjattan’s call to the Commissioner of Police (ag) that gave rise to the arrival of Police ranks at the senior and junior levels at the Chambers of Parliament. In the circumstances, therefore it is Ramjattan who must take full responsibility for the gross, brutal and highly unprofessional assault by junior ranks of the GPF on the women parliamentarians of the Republic of Guyana,” he alleged.More importantly, Rohee claimed that it was blatantly obvious that the ranks wereChaos erupted in Parliament when Police storm the chambersunprepared, if not totally untrained to deal with the situation obtaining at that time in the Parliament Chambers. He observed that there were no female among the Police ranks present who allegedly assaulted the women MP’s in what he described as “brutish efforts” to extricate MP Edghill from his seat.“The orders given by a rank of the Force to attack the circle of both male and female MPs supporting MP Edghill is tantamount to gross misconduct and a breach of the Standing Orders of the GPF,” he added.The former Minister said the women MPs who were allegedly assaulted had sought medical attention and now has in their possession medicals from certified and registered physicians to prove their claims of physical assault and injuries caused by ranks of the GPF.“And whose presence can only be explained by the instructions issued to the Commissioner of Police (ag) by Ramjattan as the Minister who has responsibility for the Guyana Police Force and who in the final analysis must bear full responsibility,” the Opposition MP added.UnprecedentedProviding his view on what took place in the Parliament Chambers on Monday, President David Granger was quick to cast full responsibility on the Opposition without giving a full analysis of the issue.While he condemned the action, the President’s focus was only on Edghill whom he claimed displayed a vulgar behaviour. He said the Opposition Parliamentarians’ behaviour was also unprecedented. “It was a very poor display on the part of Mr Edghill and his colleagues to demonstrate to the public and to our children that the honourable House should be the scene of such a disorderly show,” he opined. Granger said the same respect given to him, or the Chancellor of the Judiciary, should also be given to the Speaker of the House who is the head of the legislative arm of the Government.“I can’t imagine that the Speaker should be faced with that type of vulgarity… the head of the legislative branch (of Government) must be treated with respect,” the President declared.However, the President did not address the other issues which saw Police ranks entering the Chambers of Parliament and attempting to arrest Opposition MP Juan Edghill.The President said he is opened to meeting with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo to address any concern that would address any issues that they might be facing as an Opposition.The Opposition has repeatedly stated it is disappointed with the manner in which the Speaker, Dr Barton Scotland, who is perceived to be bias, handled the matter.While the Speaker has denied calling in the Police to have the elected Opposition MP removed, it has been reported that the Speaker may have passed that instruction.The Opposition feels that even if its MP broke the Standing Order the issue could have been dealt with properly to avoid it to escalate to the point it did on Monday.Following the incident with Edghill on Monday, the MP was suspended for four days.last_img read more

  • Evidence-based policy decisions to minimise crime and violence in schools – Ramjattan

    first_imgPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan and Caricom Secretariat Crime and Security Programme Manager Sherwin StephensonEvidence-based policy decisions and a multi-sectoral approach to address youth crime, particularly in schools, were underscored by Guyana’s Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, when he addressed the official opening of the crime and violence prevention training, on Thursday.The consultation is an activity of the Crime and Violence Project component of the CARIFORUM–EU Crime and Security Programme under the 10th European Development Fund. This programme’s approach to tackling crime and security focuses on drug demand and supply reduction, crime prevention, social development, and capacity-building of law enforcement and security agencies.Setting the context for his remarks, Minister Ramjattan reiterated the concern of Caricom Heads of Government at their 28th Inter-Sessional Meeting in Guyana in 2017 and their resolve “to increase focus on the social determinants of crime”.He alluded to the 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting in Haiti in 2018 and to the decision of Heads of Government “to strengthen the relevant inter-sectoral systems at the national and regional levels to ensure efficient collaboration in planning and execution of relevant programmes to address the multifaceted issues with regard to crime and violence”.Referring to the various perspectives on the causes of crime and its facilitating factors, both individual and systemic, he cited the World Bank 2007 Report “Crime Violence and Development: Trends, Costs and Policy Options in the Caribbean”. He singled out issues such as the high rates of crime and violence and the short- and long-term direct effects on human welfare and the society’s economic growth and social development respectively, and called for interventions to be given the highest priority.“Violence related to gangs and organised crime constitutes an immediate and significant threat to the community and should be given the highest priority for development of the requisite interventions,” he said.He added, “It is clear that the multi-dimensional nature and impact of drug use on the economy, families, health and well-being, safety and security of the citizens necessitate the engagement of a number of sectors: health, education, justice and social welfare to effectively address problems associated with the use and addiction of illicit drugs and alcohol, particularly in schools”.The Minister referred to the crime and violence rapid research assessments on crime prevention in schools which were done in Guyana earlier in the year, and reminded the gathering of mostly officials in the education sector, that the overall “Action Plan and the type and design of the crime and violence prevention and mitigation training to be subsequently undertaken “… will be conducted in support of the findings of the assessments”. He noted that “comprehensive policies and programmers” are needed to promote pro-social, non-sexual and physically non-violent environments in classrooms and throughout schools.As he expressed his gratitude to the EU, Caricom Secretariat and “all young schoolchildren who were surveyed”, the Minister said that the evidence-based approach “will inform our policy decisions to minimise crime and violence in our schools”, which he described as “greatest institutional asset for our future”.The two-day consultation in Guyana is the fifth of five. Similar consultations were held in Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica, St Lucia and Suriname.last_img read more

  • Alzheimer Society of BC looking to end stigma as part of January’s awareness campaign

    first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A campaign is coming to Northern British Columbia this January to help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer Society says the aim of the campaign is not to only raise awareness of this irreversible disease but to help end the stigma for those living with the disease. – Advertisement -According to a B.C. survey conducted by Insights West in 2018, more than 70 percent of respondents felt people living with dementia experience stigma. For more information, you can visit As part of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, throughout the month of January, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. is encouraging residents of Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John to take part in this awareness campaign. The Alzheimer Society of B.C. connects people living with dementia, their caregivers and family members to support and education at any point in the disease. last_img read more

  • Arsenal end year with a draw at West Brom

    first_imgBut his side were denied victory by Jay Rodriguez’s 89th-minute penalty, awarded for handball against Calum Chambers to the fury of Wenger and his players.Arsenal had taken the lead six minutes earlier after a deflected Alexis Sanchez free-kick found its way into the West Brom net via a deflection off James McClean.The Gunners had been frustrated for much of the game by a resolute Albion. Arsenal made the brighter start but might have found themselves trailing to the first chance of the game on six minutes.A weaving run down the right flank by Matt Phillips ended with a cross for Rodriguez, who leapt highest but headed too close to Petr Cech and the Arsenal goalkeeper made a solid save, diving to his left.Cech handed the Baggies another chance moments later when he spilled a high cross by Kieran Gibbs at the feet of Hal Robson-Kanu.The Wales striker’s effort was blocked and Arsenal then snuffed out Jake Livermore’s effort to keep the move alive.That sparked an Arsenal counter-attack as the Gunners worked the ball to the edge of the area, where Alexandre Lacazette hit a shot that deflected wide.And on 16 minutes a neat pass by Sanchez found Alex Iwobi, who wriggled away from Jonny Evans and bent a shot just past the angle of post and crossbar.West Brom continued to pass the ball neatly but the Gunners threatened on the break and a long-range effort by Granit Xhaka was saved comfortably by Ben Foster, who then turned another shot from distance from Iwobi behind for a corner.– West Brom pressure –The hosts began the second half on the front foot, with Rodriguez forcing Chambers into a desperate challenge.The visitors had failed to fire early in the second half but West Brom needed Foster to keep them at bay on the hour mark.The Albion goalkeeper made a smart, low save to keep out a shot from Lacazette, who had played a neat one-two with Iwobi before riding two challenges on the edge of the area.And moments later Lacazette poked a shot just wide after Sanchez had picked him out with a neat pass.Arsenal had increasingly run out of ideas and an ambitious, long-range shot from Iwobi that Foster held easily was a sure sign of the visitors’ frustration.The hosts threatened when Livermore arrived at the near post to meet a cross by substitute McClean but his effort was blocked by Cech. And Cech was then forced to beat away a shot from distance by Rodriguez.But with seven minutes remaining the Gunners claimed the lead when Sanchez won the decisive free-kick. He was tripped on the edge of the 18-yard box by a combination of Gareth Barry and Craig Dawson.The Chilean let fly with an effort that struck McClean’s leg and defeated Foster.But just minutes later Albion were level as Chambers was punished harshly for blocking a Kieran Gibbs cross with his arm and Rodriguez drilled the resulting penalty low past Cech.Wenger lost his cool on the touchline and was subjected to a lengthy lecture from the referee.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jay Rodriguez scored a late controversial penalty to hold Arsenal to a 1-0 draw at West Brom. Photo/COURTESYWEST BROMWICH, United Kingdom, Dec 31 – Arsene Wenger’s record-breaking day as Arsenal manager ended in frustration as his disjointed side were held to a controversial 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.The Frenchman took charge of his 811th Gunners league game, taking him past Alex Ferguson’s Premier League record of 810.last_img read more

  • Refugee influx strains U.S. aid groups

    first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – The modest apartment where Van Tin Lian Zathang, his wife, Biak, and their two daughters live sits in a tidy, sprawling complex of brick town houses that other refugees from Myanmar also call home. Zathang gets a lift to his job at a pharmaceutical warehouse because he doesn’t speak enough English to pass a driver’s license exam. His ethnic Chin family picks through donated clothes in the basement of a Catholic church. “It is not easy,” Zathang said through an interpreter. “Although we get some support, it’s not enough.” The number of Myanmar refugees settling in the U.S. has grown exponentially this year, threatening to overwhelm local aid groups and government services. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The deluge has inundated local health departments who screen the thousands of arrivals for the growing problem of tuberculosis and other ailments. It also has flooded schools that must overcome language barriers, and public and private aid agencies that house, feed and clothe the newcomers. Resettlement agency Exodus Refugee has doubled its Indianapolis staff to eight people over the past 11 months but still can’t keep up, job specialist Zach Tennant said recently while handing out envelopes with $25 spending money to each adult refugee arriving at Indianapolis International Airport. “We’re still way behind. It’s a hurricane,” he said. The Rev. Thlaawr Bawihrin of Zophei Christian Church says his Chin congregation – one of four clustered on the south side of Indianapolis – has doubled to more than 200 members in five months. Since many refugees speak little English and lack driver’s licenses, Bawihrin – who has been in the U.S. since 1996 – shuttles them to jobs, doctors’ appointments, welfare offices and other errands. “I love my people. I love my community, so I must be available whenever they need me,” Bawihrin said earlier this month. The Zathangs’ living room is furnished with second-hand items. On a wall, there are four single-spaced, typed pages of Chin contacts they can call for help. Their daughters, ages 8 and 6, attend Perry Township schools, where the number of students who need English lessons has risen by 150 this school year to more than 1,000, program coordinator Marsha Manning said. The district has hired five Chin to ease the transition and help teachers. Two hours northeast of Indianapolis along Interstate 69, Fort Wayne is home to some 3,000 expatriate Myanmar, one of the largest communities in the U.S. The arrival of 70 refugees in one week, and 559 over the first nine months of this year, prompted the head of the local Catholic Charities agency to turn to Congress for help. “We are receiving complaints on many levels within the community,” Debbie Schmidt wrote Rep. Mark Souder, R-Ind., on Sept. 13. “… Health has become a serious issue in this community because a large percentage of the arriving refugees are testing positive for tuberculosis.” Souder, in a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, warned of a backlash from host communities toward the legal refugees at a time when the nation already is hotly debating illegal immigration. The State Department admitted 13,896 Myanmar refugees during the federal fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, a more than sevenfold increase from 1,612 in 2006. Nearly 5,000 arrived in September alone, sometimes with as little as 10 days notice. State Department spokesman Curtis Cooper said Myanmar expatriates resettling in the U.S. spiked this year at the request of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. The Department has waived provisions of the Patriot Act that barred 9,300 ethnic Karen from entering the U.S. because of their association with Myanmar rebels. It also lifted material support restrictions for certain ethnic groups such as the Karen and Chin. Also, this is the first full year for a refugee processing center in Thailand run by the International Rescue Committee under contract with the State Department, said Christine Petrie, the committee’s U.S. resettlement director. The refugees were not among those in Myanmar who joined Buddhist monks in pro-democracy demonstrations last month, prompting a crackdown by the ruling junta. Those arriving in the U.S., many of whom are Christians, fled their southeast Asian homeland years ago and resettled in camps along the Thai border and elsewhere. Besides Indiana, the pressure also is felt in St. Paul, Minn., and Utica, N.Y., both home to large Karen populations. The Rev. William Englund, pastor of St. Paul’s First Baptist Church, said he has been welcoming six to eight families into his congregation each month. Their welcome baskets used to include rice cookers, but the parish no longer can afford them. In Utica, the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees has received 300 people over the past 11 weeks, including 109 one week, before the end of the federal fiscal year brought a respite. Director Peter Vogelaar said the biggest challenge is finding them safe, clean homes and jobs. He’s finding work for 30 to 40 refugees per month. “Refugees are survivors and they are incredibly resilient,” Vogelaar said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

  • Premier League clubs in the Champions League: all nine reps ranked by points won

    first_img 9 9 4. Liverpool – 145 points – P:87 W:40 L:22 D:25 Win Percentage: 45.9%. Best result: 2004/05 winners 9 9 9 5. Manchester City – 53 points – P:37 W:15 L:14 D:8 Win Percentage: 40.5%. Best result: 2015/16 quarter-finals (still in the competition at time of writing) 9 9 9 6. Leeds United – 23 points – P:16 W:6 L:5 D:5 Win Percentage: 37.5%. Best result: 2000/01 semi-finals 7. Newcastle United – 23 points – P:18 W:7 L:9 D:2 Win Percentage: 38.8%. Best result: 2002/03 second group stage 9. Blackburn Rovers have won four Champions League points* (click the arrow, right, to see who is at number one!) – P:6 W:1 L:4 D:1 Win Percentage: 16.6%. Best result: 1994/95 Group stage. *Three points awarded for a win, one for a draw, in all Champions League games (group stage and knockout matches in the tournament from 1992; NB. neither qualifying rounds, nor pre-Champions League rounds from 1992 and 1993, included). 3. Chelsea – 264 points – P:148 W:74 L:32 D:42 Win Percentage: 50%. Best result: 2011/12 winners 1. Manchester United – 381 points – P:206 W:109 L:43 D:54 Win Percentage: 52.9%. Best result: 1998/99 and 2007/08 winners 9 8. Tottenham Hotspur – 15 points – P:10 W:4 L:3 D:3 Win Percentage: 40%. Best result: 2010/11 quarter-finals Leicester City became the first English team to confirm their qualification for next season’s Champions League following the results last weekend.Should the Foxes carry on their form and lift the Premier League title, they will be among the top seeds for next year’s competition, so will expect to do better by avoiding some of the bigger sides.They will be England’s tenth representatives in the competition since the European Cup was revamped and rebranded as the Champions League in 1993.But how do the previous nine participants from England rank with their performances in the tournament?talkSPORT worked out the points total for each side if every win (including knockout games) counted as three points and every draw as a point.Only games from the Champions League group stages and further were counted, so that rules out Everton’s involvement as they crashed out in the qualifying and thus didn’t make the actual tournament.Click the arrow above, right, to see who is at number one and each team’s win percentage!All statistics correct up to and including Manchester City’s 2-2 away draw v Paris Saint-Germain in the 2015/16 quarter-finals. 2. Arsenal – 276 points – P:169 W:79 L:51 D:39 Win Percentage: 46.7%. Best result: 2005/06 runners up last_img read more


    first_imgHe came, he saw and he muscled in!A Carndonagh man has lifted one of the most prestigious body-building titles.Ronan Doherty was among many top bodybuilders who arrived at the Charter Hall in Colchester to do battle for the title of Mr Hercules Olympia 2013. The Hercules Olympia is one of the UK’s most elite bodybuilding competitions having been held for a number of years.Ronan was Ireland’s hop Ireland’s hope in the ‘Super Tall Class’ and on the day he didn’t disappoint.Ronan said it was a long tiring day starting early morning with getting his tan applied before downing his high carbohydrate intake breakfast of oatmeal and brown rice along with some solid protein source of turkey.Having won his class, Ronan just missed out on the overall champion award. “As we all lined up on stage I was one of the tallest and heaviest athletes on the stage and I felt I could win this title.“I posed with every bit of energy I had. I want just to thank all the help and support I got along the way from friends and family. Now I can relax for a while,” said Ronan.RONAN ‘MUSCLES’ HIS WAY TO GOLD FOR IRELAND was last modified: May 12th, 2013 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:bodybuildingCarndonaghRonan Dohertylast_img read more


    first_imgThe Silver Tassie Hotel has won the coveted “Ulster Wedding Venue Of The Year” at the 2015 RSVP Awards. This highly coveted award is a reflection of the quality and commitment that the hotel and its professional team provide to ensure that all brides and grooms achieve their dream wedding day. Set just outside Letterkenny along the stunning Wild Atlantic Way, overlooking the beautiful Lough Swilly, the Silver Tassie Hotel is the perfect wedding venue.With landscaped gardens, traditional décor and stunning architecture this truly majestic venue creates a spectacular backdrop for all weddings.Weddings are the hotel’s speciality, with over 20 years of experience, weather you wish for an intimate or large celebration.The hotel’s magnificent Woodlands Suite has opulent surroundings with dazzling chandeliers and for intimate weddings the hotels offers a range of additional banqueting suites not to mention the stunning landscaped garden. The Silver Tassie Hotel is also a licensed venue for Civil Ceremonies allowing you to host your full day within the beautiful award winning surroundings.Guests can enjoy pampering treatments at the hotels stunning Seascape Spa or relax with a visit to the on-site Atomic Hair Design.As Ulster’s top Wedding Venue, allow their accomplished management team to make your wedding dreams really come true.Choose from our wide range of all inclusive wedding packages or create your own personalised menu from the extensive range of options which can be tailored to each specific requirement and budget, allowing a truly unique wedding for each couple.The Blaney family has been hosting weddings for over 20 years, and have seen many changes in that time to both the industry and the Hotel but responding to those changes and the every changing need of their customer is what makes them go from strength to strength.Proprietors Ciaran & Rose Blaney were delighted to receive recognition both for the Hotel & their team on their recent win. For more information or to visit the hotel for a show-around, telephone John or Ciaran + 353 (0) 7 4 912 5619 or email Silver Tassie Hotel & SpaRamelton Road, Letterkenny, Co. DonegalTel: 074 91 256 19 Email: Web: www.silvertassiehotel.ieSILVER TASSIE HOTEL NAMED AS THE ULSTER WEDDING VENUE OF THE YEAR was last modified: September 4th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more


    first_imgA man stole two buses and caused massive damage to a village green has escaped a jail sentence.Anthony Cavanagh leaving court in Carndonagh. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Anthony Cavanagh, now 23, and another accomplice stole the buses and drove them to Malin Town in Inishowen. Locals in the town, which had won Ireland’s Tidy Town’s competition in 1970 and 1991, had carried out extensive works trying to regain their crown in 2012.But days before the judging Cavanagh, now 23, and another man caused massive destruction to the area which forced the postponement of the judging.Cavanagh, of Glack, Carndonagh, appeared at Carndonagh District Court charged with the unauthorised taking of the two buses and also causing criminal damage on June 13th, 2012.The damage to the Lough Swilly buses amounted to €9,113.27 and the company has since gone out of business.Inspector David Murphy said that at 7.15am on the date, Gardai called to the Glebe, Carndonagh where two buses – a 95DL and a 94DL – had been abandoned.Garda enquiries established one bus had been parked the night before in Carndonagh and the other in Moville.Malin GreenIt also emerged that the two buses had earlier been driven on to Malin Green, causing extensive damage.Cavanagh was arrested on June 14th and told Gardai under interview that he and another person started the engine on the 94 bus and he had driven it with the other person driving behind in his car.The joyriders headed towards Moville and then they got there, saw another bus parked up on the Greencastle road, which they also started.Cavanagh and the other man then drove the buses towards Culdaff and on to Malin.Inspector Murphy said the men had planned to leave the buses on the green but drove around the green area a number of times and then travelled to Carndonagh.The court heard the damage to the green caused great local anger given Malin’s pride in its tidy towns status.Defence solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn said Cavanagh and another gentleman got involved in the incident as a “prank of the highest order.”He said one of the men took responsibility for the damage at Malin Green and had paid compensation. He added the duo didn’t intend to “damage or keep the buses.”Cavanagh told the court the debacle “wasn’t planned” and “was a bad joke that got out of hand.”He also added that he did not mean to do any harm to the village green.Passing sentence, Judge Paul Kelly labeled the incident as “an absolute disgrace” and noted the company had now gone out of business.He sentenced Cavanagh to 80 hours community service for the unauthorised of the first bus, another 80 hours for the second bus and a further 40 hours for the criminal damage caused to the town’s green.MAN WHO STOLE TWO BUSES AND WRECKED VILLAGE GREEN ESCAPES JAIL was last modified: April 23rd, 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:Anthony CavanaghCarndonaghdonegalInishowen busesLough SwillyMalin Townlast_img read more