first_imgA NUMBER of women argued and fought in a pub after watching Donegal win last year’s All-Ireland semi-final, a court has heard.The incident took place on August 26 last year as patrons of the Shamrock Bar in Ballybofey watched the game.Before Letterkenny District Court today Clarissa Cairns, from Townparks, Convoy, pleaded guilty to assault, being threatening and abusive in a public place and being drunk in a public place. Inspector Michael Harrison told the court that the entire incident was captured on CCTV images in the pub and involved a row between several women.He said the footage showed 19-year-old Cairns dancing in the vicinity of two other women on the dance floor of the pub.Cairns could then be seen running out to the smoking area of the bar where the offence took place.“The camera captures the defendant arguing with another female and a row develops. Miss Cairns is involved in that row,” said Inspector Harrison.“It involves a whole pile of girls fighting with each other; it seems to go on for quite a while,” he said.Defence solicitor Donagh Cleary said Ms Cairns made a statement to Gardai saying she was very drunk on the evening in question and later apologised to all concerned.“She apologised for stuff she wasn’t certain she did do,” said Mr Cleary.Inspector Harrison added: “There was a huge amount of alcohol taken.”Mr Cleary said his client deeply regretted the incident.She was hoping to embark on a career in healthcare and had just returned from a holiday in Seville, Spain, run by the Wider Horizons Project.Judge Paul Kelly said he would give Cairns “an opportunity” as this was her first offence.He told Cairns: “When you take part in this sort of behaviour you will find it difficult to travel to other countries in future.”He ordered her to make a €150 donation to charity.The Shamrock Bar has since closed.ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINAL BRAWL IN DONEGAL PUB LANDS WOMAN IN COURT was last modified: September 9th, 2013 by John2Share 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:All-Ireland semi-finalbrawlcastlefinndonegalShamrock Barlast_img read more

Nightmare! Look at these Prem clubs’ possible Champions League group stage draws

first_img Liverpool are aiming to reach the group stage, where it could get very tough indeed 1 Thanks to Manchester United’s Europa League final victory, there is the possibility of having five Premier League clubs in the Champions League group stage next season.Liverpool must face a qualifying round play-off to reach the group stage, where they would join United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City in the draw.For the group stages, teams are placed in four pots of eight clubs, with pot one containing the champions from the eight highest-ranked leagues.Pot two contains the eight highest ranked clubs – based on UEFA co-efficient scores – from the remaining teams, with the next best eight in pot three and the lowest ranked in pot four.Chelsea will therefore be in pot one, and Manchester City and United are guaranteed to be in pot two.Tottenham will be in pot three, where they will be joined by Liverpool if the Reds qualify.English clubs cannot be drawn against each other in the group stage, meaning the toughest and easiest group stage draws for the Premier League sides look like this…Possible nightmare draws for Tottenham and LiverpoolPot one club: Real MadridPot two club: Paris Saint-GermainPot three club: Tottenham or LiverpoolPot four club: RomaPot one: Bayern MunichPot two: BarcelonaPot three: Tottenham or LiverpoolPot four: RomaPot one: JuventusPot two: BarcelonaPot three: Tottenham or LiverpoolPot four: Feyenoord or Celtic (the Dutch club are guaranteed to be in the group stage and pot four, but Celtic must negotiate three qualifying rounds)Possible nightmare draw for ChelseaPot one: ChelseaPot two: BarcelonaPot three: NapoliPot four: Feyenoord or CelticPossible nightmare draw for Man United and Man CityPot one: Real MadridPot two: Manchester United or CityPot three: NapoliPot four: Feyenoord or CelticPossible dream draw for Tottenham and LiverpoolPot one: Spartak MoscowPot two: PortoPot three: Tottenham or LiverpoolPot four: FC Salzburg (Salzburg have to negotiate three qualifying rounds)Possible dream draw for ChelseaPot one: ChelseaPot two: PortoPot three: AnderlechtPot four: FC SalzburgPossible dream draw for Man United and CityPot one: Spartak MoscowPot two: Manchester United or CityPot three: AnderlechtPot four: FC Salzburglast_img read more

SA tackles climate change

first_img7 June 2007The goverment is finalising a greenhouse gas inventory which will inform South Africa’s first ever long-term national climate policy.“This process will outline the range of ambitious but realistic scenarios of future climate action, notably long-term emissions scenarios and their cost implications,” Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk told the National Assembly in Cape Town this week.The policy is expected to be published in 2008/09.Delivering his department’s budget vote, Van Schalkwyk said the policy recognised the need for integrated government planning, which was currently being carried out through a body called the national climate change committee.He added that various national departments, provinces and cities were refining their plans in line with the national climate change strategy, which would eventually culminate in a national adaptation plan.According to Van Schalkwyk, nature-based tourism and wildlife were cited as key attractions by about 30% of South Africa’s international visitors.“With tourism contributing just over 8% to our GDP [gross domestic product], the economic impact of climate change on tourism could be very large indeed,” he said.“Globally, by mid-century, 20% to 30% of plant and animal species are likely to be at increased risk of extinction as a result of climate change.”The intergovernmental panel of climate change has also indicated that between 25% and 40% of animal species in national parks in sub-Saharan Africa would become threatened.“South African fynbos and the succulent Karoo ecosystem seem particularly vulnerable, and for a mean global temperature increase of between 2º and 3ºC during this century, we stand to lose between 50% and 65% of our unique fynbos,” Van Schalkwyk said.“In order to conserve our magnificent heritage and key environmental assets, and ensure that these are passed on intact to the children and grandchildren of our nation, and indeed the world, we have to recognise that our knowledge base is incomplete.”He added that his department would focus on enhancing research on the impacts of climate change on key environmental assets and biodiversity management on land and in oceans.This would in turn inform ecosystem planning, biodiversity management, the management of marine resources, park management and climate change adaptive plans.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Absa centres to connect entrepreneurs

first_img25 November 2013Absa, the South African subsidiary of Barclays Africa Group, launched its flagship entrepreneurship centre in Newtown, Johannesburg, last week.With eight entrepreneurship centres now in operation across the country, the bank’s objective is to develop small businesses by not only training their owners in financial literacy, but also by mentoring them, providing them with networking opportunities, guiding them on business infrastructure and offering HR expertise.“The goal we have set ourselves in the SME sector requires us to be more than simply a financier of new start-ups,” Wendy Lucas-Bull, Barclays Africa chairperson, said in a statement accompanying Wednesday’s launch. “It requires us to play a meaningful role by supporting entrepreneurs beyond just their financial needs.“Funding is of course vitally important, hence our R250-million commitment this year to help SME businesses prosper that typically would not meet normal lending criteria,” Lucas-Bull added.According to the bank, one of the largest obstacles facing small businesses is not financial, but rather access to markets. The ability to penetrate existing markets, or create new ones, is the difficulty they face when having to compete with established businesses.The bank said it also recognises that the high failure rate among small businesses is because of a lack of business management skills, which is why its entrepreneurship centres also provide computers with internet access for processing business requirements quickly and efficiently.“Unique to these centres is that SMEs are offered Absa’s procurement portal, which is a virtual marketplace that links SME suppliers with blue-chip companies and government bodies, to encourage corporates to buy more services and products from SMEs,” Lucas-Bull said. “To date there are over 19 000 SMEs and 3 000 corporate buyers registered and actively using the portal.”Also speaking at the launch of the Newtown centre, Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau said it was important to “capitalise on Newtown’s history as the original business centre of Johannesburg and a hub of exchange”.Speaking at a recent gathering of Kenyan small business owners organised by Barclays Africa Group, Happy Ralinala, Absa’s head of business banking South Africa, reiterated the bank’s commitment to facilitating market access for small businesses across the continent.“Our intention is to connect the African continent and promote intra-Africa trade among SMEs,” Ralinala said. “While funding and skills development are key to helping SMEs succeed in running their small enterprises, creating connections and giving them access to markets, information and non-financial support is crucial to the success of these businesses.”The partners involved in Absa’s enterpreneurship initiative include the City of Johannesburg, Telkom, Microsoft, the South African Revenue Service, South African Breweries, the Gordon Institute of Business Science, auditing firm KPMG, cash and carry outlet MassCash, the SA Institute of Professional Accountants, the SA Bureau of Standards, the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Accelerator and Proudly South African.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

JD Equipment helping with Safety Town

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest JD Equipment continues its community involvement by donating $250 to the City of Hilliard Safety Town Program. Safety Town is a one-week course that focuses on teaching children safe practices both at school and at home. The curriculum includes: bicycle safety, pedestrian safety, school bus safety, fire safety, seat belt safety, 9-1-1 emergency calls, stranger danger and what to do if they find a gun. The children are instructed and practice how to cross the street safely. This program is geared to help children become comfortable around Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters.Safety Town utilizes a realistic, child-sized town designed to provide a complete hands-on safety education for children entering kindergarten in the fall. Working traffic signals, miniature buildings, cross walks, and traffic provided by the children on tricycles help give the children the experience they need before they take their final walk on a real street with real traffic and signals escorted by police officers.last_img read more

Cavaliers expect Isaiah Thomas to play by January

first_imgView comments Thomas has begun running and doing on-court activities as he rehabilitates the injury, which prematurely ended his postseason with the Celtics. Cleveland acquired him in a trade that sent All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving to Boston, its biggest challenger in the East.Thomas doesn’t need surgery. While the Eastern Conference champions have been encouraged by his recovery, they will not rush him back. While he gets healthy, Derrick Rose, another summer acquisition, will start at point guard.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThomas averaged 28.9 points last season for the Celtics, who sent him along with forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round draft to Cleveland.The Cavaliers were concerned with Thomas’ injury, so the Celtics added a second-round pick to complete the deal. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad center_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Adamson coach unsure of Galanza’s availability for UAAP after brutal injury LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games When they introduced Thomas at a news conference, the Cavaliers were vague about a timeline for his return, mainly because they hadn’t yet worked with him. It’s now possible Thomas could be back and playing by Christmas, when the Cavs visit Golden State.Thomas is only under contract for the upcoming season and has said in the past he wants a maximum contract. INDEPENDENCE, OH – SEPTEMBER 7: Isaiah Thomas is introduced as a Cleveland Cavalier at Cleveland Clinic Courts on September 7, 2017 in Independence, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPINDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Isaiah Thomas could be running the point for Cleveland by the end of the year.The All-Star point guard, acquired from Boston this summer in a blockbuster trade, has made progress with his hip injury, and the Cavaliers expect him to be playing games by January.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

a month agoInter Milan boss Conte admits Lukaku and Brozovic clashed midweek

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan boss Conte admits Lukaku and Brozovic clashed midweekby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan boss Antonio Conte admits Romelu Lukaku and Marcelo Brozovic clashed in midweek.The pair scored in victory over AC Milan – just days after their clash at the end of their Champions League draw with Slavia Prague.Conte said: “Brozo and Lukaku are lovely lads and if anything, I get cross with them because they are too nice. They need to be more clinical on the field and not so naïve. If clashes happen, that’s welcome, because it means there’s blood in the veins and fire in there.“I’ve been a player, I’ve argued with teammates many times and then gone out to dinner with them afterwards. It’s not a big deal.” last_img read more

This Yellow USC Concept Helmet Is A Pretty Interesting Design

first_imgA general view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.LOS ANGELES – NOVEMBER 11: General view of action as the Oregon Ducks take on the USC Trojans on November 11, 2006 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The Trojans defeated the Ducks 35-10. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)When USC hits the field for the Holiday Bowl against Wisconsin on December 30, we expect the Trojans to wear their classic helmets. Going chrome with the current design is about the extend of what we see with alternate looks from the Trojans, but that doesn’t stop some of the internet’s top graphic designers from playing with some cool ideas for the program. Fresh Football Helmets and Deeyung Entertainment came up with a cool USC concept, that uses a yellow base with red details and logos.What do you think, Trojan fans?last_img read more

NDMC holds programme to promote Fit India Movement

first_imgNew Delhi: In a move to promote Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Fit India Movement, the New Delhi Municipal Council on Sunday evening held a “Yoga for Fit India” event at the Amphitheatre Central Park in Connaught Place here. Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament, RK Sinha was at the event and emphasised the importance of keeping a healthy diet and continuous exercise, including yoga in leading a fit and healthy life.NDMC Secretary Rashmi Singh said that the council strives to promote the mental and physical health of its citizens by organising such outreach events, adding that the Council will organise a series of such outreach programmes on “Fit India Movement” at different locations like parks, gardens and schools of New Delhi area with support of experts from different fields. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderA facial yoga practitioner, Mansi Gulati, was also at the event and explained the importance of “Face Yoga” while Acharya Vikramaditya from the Vivekananda Naturopathy Centre presented “Instant Yog” and connected the different positions with the daily routine of life. Underlining the importance of Fit India Movement, Sharad Tripathi, an Ex-Lok Sabha MP applauded the NDMC’s efforts to be the first civic body of the capital city to organise such events after the PM launched the initiative. Bihar MLA Rameshwar Chaurasia was also at the event along with eminent Punjabi singer, Daler Mehndi, who just earlier this year joined the BJP.last_img read more