Nurse attacked by pensioner as she helped him outside Letterkenny hospital

first_imgA pensioner assaulted a nurse after she came to his aid after he collapsed outside a hospital.Charles Lynagh appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal charged with assaulting nurse Amanda Sweeney. Lynagh, aged 69, was found lying unconscious outside Letterkenny University Hospital at 1.10pm on June 20th, 2017.Nurse Sweeney tried to lift Lynagh and as she did so he struck out and struck her in the face.CCTV footage fo the attack was shown to Judge Paul Kelly in court.She had to see a hospital consultant and leave work after being bruised above her left eye.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client was drunk and he had no recollection of the attack.He paid tribute to nurse Sweeney who was back in work the day after the attack.“This was a very traumatic incident for nurse Sweeney but it is a testament of the character of the nurses in Letterkenny that she was back in the work the next day,” he said.The court heard that Lynagh, of Tirlaughlin, Carrigart, had 30 previous convictions, many of which for public order.Judge Kelly asked if Lynagh had apologised to nurse Sweeney and if he planned to make recompense to her.Mr Gallagher said his client had not apologised yet and that he was a man of very little means who had succumbed to alcohol in his life.Judge Kelly adjourned the case until January 7th for a community service and probation report.He thanked nurse Sweeney for coming to court and for her “approach to the matter.”Nurse attacked by pensioner as she helped him outside Letterkenny hospital was last modified: November 1st, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultCharles LynaghdonegalhospitalNURSElast_img read more

Fortuna boys soccer remains unbeaten in 2016 with 6-0 win at McKinleyville

first_imgMcKINLEYVILLE >> In their head coach’s own words, it took a little bit of time for the Fortuna boys soccer team to get settled in on Wednesday evening.But once Daniel Holmes’ Huskies shook off a bit of that rust that they had, though, it was full steam ahead.Fortuna continued its unbeaten start to the 2016 season, getting a pair of goals from both Julian Urbina and Luiz Baltazar in a 6-0 win over McKinleyville and extending its lead atop the Humboldt-Del Norte League as the midway point of …last_img read more

Liberty Holdings expands in Kenya

first_img“This transaction checks all three of those boxes and while the acquisition is small within the context of the overall group it provides a strategic platform which is expected to add significant value to shareholders into the future.” Hemphill said that the company’s intention was to enter markets that were benefitting from political and regulatory stability, where there is strong economic growth, and where there is potential for greater penetration on wealth products. CfC will be positioned to benefit from economies of scale, the extraction of synergies between the businesses and from greater capital efficiency, resulting in improved returns for all shareholders; and the restructured businesses will provide Liberty with a sound platform for organic and acquisitive growth in Kenya and elsewhere in the region. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Potential for wealth products “The acquisition provides us with the full range of wealth pillars and opens up further opportunities in East Africa, a region that is of strategic importance to Liberty,” said Humphill. Liberty expects the medium- to long- term benefits in acquiring control of the business to include: As a separate listed entity with Liberty as an anchor shareholder, CfC will benefit from greater focus and the value available from having a strategic shareholder with significant insurance expertise and access to funds for growth; “CfC is an ideal platform from which to achieve Liberty’s growth objectives of establishing a leading position in the life, health, short term and asset management wealth pillars in East Africa,” the statement read. South African wealth manager Liberty Holdings is to bolster its African footprint when its assumes an approximately 57% controlling share of CfC Insurance Holdings, a leading Kenyan life, health and general insurance group consisting of CfC Life Assurance and The Heritage Insurance Company. “Liberty has made clear its strategic intent to grow its business within Africa’s important economies, leveraging off Standard Bank’s presence, and specifically to develop a presence in East Africa,” said Liberty Holdings CEO Bruce Hemphill in a statement this week. 4 December 2009 “A combination of these factors provides an ideal opportunity to build critical mass in the region,” he explained. This follows the restructuring of the East African assets of Standard Bank, which controls Liberty Holdings through its 53.6% stake. CfC Life and Heritage are providers of life, health and short-term insurance products in both the Kenyan and Tanzanian markets. Acquisition benefitslast_img read more

Oscar and the photo of the witness

first_img“We would never consciously undermine our own efforts over the past ten years.” From the eNCA apology (Image: eNCA) • Pistorius trial: open justice or trial by media? • A media guide to the Oscar Pistorius trial •The media and open justice • South Africa’s justice system • Laureus honour for Blade RunnerSulaiman PhilipWinning the right to broadcast the Oscar Pistorius trial came with clearly defined restrictions, one of which prevented the media from showing the faces or publishing photographs of witnesses who had not consented to being filmed.Judge Dunstan Mlambo’s ruling was hailed as a balancing act between press freedom and individuals’ rights by some, and as censorship by others.On the second day of the trial that ruling was put to the test. Patrick Conroy, head of news at eNCA, had checked with the court clerk for permission to use a photo of witness Michelle Burger that had appeared in two Afrikaans newspapers. The argument Conroy and eNCA put forward was that showing a picture of Burger with the caption – “On the stand: Michelle Burger, Pistorius’s neighbour” – to accompany the audio feed as she testified was not a violation of the judge’s order.But a fuming Gerrie Nel, the prosecutor, reminded Conroy that the state interpreted the ruling to mean that any image of a witness, no matter the source, would breach the spirit and intent of the earlier ruling. Nel told the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper that eNCA originally wanted to use a photograph of Burger taken outside the court. “The court said no. They still went ahead and did it using a photo they found somewhere else.”Attorney Pamela Stein does not read the ruling as narrowly. A media specialist and partner at the firm Webber Wentzel, as well as a co-author of the newly released Practical Guide to Media Law Handbook, says: “If I were advising eNCA I would have told them to go ahead and publish the photo. The picture was not taken while the witness was on the stand. The court’s control extends only as far as the door of the court.”Confusion around the interpretation of Judge Mlambo’s ruling comes from the wording used – no images of witnesses if they did not provide permission. The newspapers, Beeld and Die Burger, and eNCA argued that his ruling forbade images taken inside the court while testimony was being given. This is a longstanding concession between the media and the justice system.Conroy argued that the legal advice the news group got was in line with this understanding, before conceding in an apology on the channel’s website: “But, on reflection, this was a bad judgement call on our part and we accept that it did not accord with the spirit of the court order.”Trial judge Thokozile Masipa strengthened the ruling by saying any image of a witness who did not want their face shown, was now off limits. She went on to warn the media: “If you do not behave, you will not be treated with soft gloves.”In an editorial, South Africa’s The Times newspaper said: “At the heart of yesterday’s controversy was the weakness of the Mlambo judgment. The judge shied away from either opening the courtroom to broadcasters or keeping them out altogether. By choosing a middle route, he has opened the way for confusion and, as occurred yesterday, unwise rulings that threaten media freedoms and extend the procedural authority of judges beyond courtrooms and on to the streets.”This is not the first time that photographs have caused an uproar in the matter. A year ago, crime scene photos from Pistorius’s Silver Lakes home were leaked. At the time, the original investigating officer told the English newspaper Sunday People that he knew of police officers who were being offered large sums of money for photographs taking in the house.Even Blade Nzimande, the general secretary of the South African Communist Party, waded into the controversy. He wrote in Umsebenzi, the SACP magazine: “Even worse, the sentiment coming across is that it is Pistorius’s rights that have been violated and not those of the Steenkamp family and of Reeva, whose blood is literally splashed in that footage! Sanef [South African National Editors’ Forum] is dead silent on these matters. And it is also the rights of a man that are elevated above those of a woman. In fact, this patriarchal and elitist message has come to characterise the voluminous media coverage of this matter, especially by eNCA on 4 June 2013 and before that!”The intent of eNCA at the beginning of the trial, in the words of journalist Karen Maughan, was to give clear-headed insights into the workings of the South African judiciary. The channel’s top legal reporter wrote: “coverage so far has been tainted by inaccuracy and sensation. The good and the bad of our justice system in South Africa will be on display. We will cover this trial honestly, calmly and fairly.”With 80 accredited journalist filling the courtroom and the overflow area, and another 200 filling a room outside the court, all looking for exclusive content, it was inevitable that the line of what was permissible was going to be tested.As blogger Akanyang Africa wrote in his blog: “Of course I know that this [Judge Mlambo’s restrictions] would have been seen by many as being the worst censorship in as far as press freedom is concerned. But rights have limitations too and by putting this condition in place, Judge Mlambo would have exercised and limited that right correctly.”The law is fluid, a living thing, especially in a democracy as young as South Africa. There will be a continuous give and take as the citizenry and the government and its institutions find a comfortable space to co-exist. The scrutiny given to this trial is proving to be the perfect vehicle for the media and the justice system to redefine the margins of what is, and what is not permissible.last_img read more

22 and through: Indians’ AL record win streak stopped at 22

first_imgCleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor sits near second base after being forced out in a double play in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians can return to clinching their division and playoff preparations.Their historic winning streak is, well, history.ADVERTISEMENT The Indians, who are already assured a playoff spot, not only broke the previous AL record of 20 held by the 2002 “Moneyball” Oakland Athletics, but they served notice that they well could be the team to beat in the postseason as they attempt to get back to the World Series and perhaps end their 68-year title drought after the Chicago Cubs halted their 108-year dryspell at Cleveland’s expense in 2016.With one last chance in the ninth, the Indians put the tying run on base before Royals reliever Mike Minor struck out the side for his first pro save, fanning Lindor on a pitch in the dirt for the final out.It was Lindor on Thursday night who had prolonged the streak with a two-out, two-strike RBI double in the ninth inning before Bruce doubled home the winning run in the 10th to give Cleveland win No. 22.That touched off a wild celebration, which shook Progressive Field and gave Cleveland fans a chance to get ready for bigger games to come.“I think it was appropriate. We haven’t lost a game in three weeks. We played a good game,” Cleveland outfielder Jay Bruce said. “It wasn’t like we got just blown out or anything. I think (it was important) to have a bit of a light-hearted attitude about it all, and not take it too hard, obviously, because we’re in a great position.“We just did something that, depending on who you ask, one or no teams have ever done. So, it’s one of those deals where we understand what the situation is, and this is not something that would happen very often.”For the better part of a month, the Indians had no equals.“What they did over there was amazing. I mean, it’s utterly amazing,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “It’s just unfathomable for me that you can go three weeks without losing a game. I mean, it was a tremendous accomplishment.”“I mean, we’ve got a runner on first, two outs, two strikes on Lindor, and I told Jirsch (third base coach Mike Jirschele), ‘man, we’ve been here before.’ Luckily we got through it tonight,” he said.On their way to making AL history, the Indians romped through the league like no team has before. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Cleveland had its AL record run stopped at 22 straight games on Friday night as the Indians were beaten 4-3 by the Kansas City Royals, who became the first team to conquer the defending league champions since Aug. 23.Jason Vargas (16-10) pitched into the sixth and Brandon Moss homered off Trevor Bauer (16-9) as the Royals, who were beaten five times by Cleveland over the past few weeks, ended baseball’s longest win streak in 101 years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Indians set a new league mark and came within four of matching the overall record held by the 1916 New York Giants, a 26-game string that included one tie.Despite the loss, Cleveland’s magic number for clinching the AL Central dropped to two following Minnesota’s loss to Toronto. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Jay-Z dedicates song to Colin Kaepernick at NYC concert They outscored opponents 145-41, led in all but 12 of 207 innings, hit 42 homers and captured the attention of baseball fans fixated on the hot-then-cold Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros and seeing how far Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge could hit homers.Francona kept his players focused throughout the streak, mindful that it could become too big. They’ll likely wrap it up this weekend and can start looking ahead to a postseason where the only streak that will matter is winning the last game they play.TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: C Salvador Perez sat out with a pulled muscle in his side and is considered day-to-day. He was injured taking a swing Thursday. … RHP Joakim Soria is expected to join the team Saturday after returning to Arizona for the birth of his son.Indians: OF Lonnie Chisenall had his calf re-examined by the medical staff after leaving with tightness on Thursday night. The club is hoping the injury is nothing serious after Chisenhall missed more than two months with a calf injury. … OF Jason Kipnis is expected to play five innings in center field on Sunday when he’s activated after his second DL stint with a calf injury. The Indians are lacking outfield depth following injuries to Chisenhall and rookie Bradley Zimmer (broken hand).UP NEXTRHP Carlos Carrasco tries get the Indians to their ninth division title since 1995 on Saturday, when he faces Royals RHP Jason Hammel.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Following a magical, walk-off win in extra innings on Thursday night, the Indians couldn’t muster another late rally.When Francisco Lindor struck out with a runner on first to end it, the sellout crowd of 34,025 gave the Indians a prolonged standing ovation. Manager Terry Francona brought Cleveland’s players out of the dugout to salute their fans, whose cheering grew louder and louder.This was something they’ll likely never see again in their lifetimes and both the Indians and their fans wanted to savor every second of an accomplishment while looking forward to October, when the games become more meaningful.“They’ve been so supportive,” Francona said of the crowd. “The atmosphere around here is incredible and I think our players wanted to show their appreciation. It’s by no means the last game of the year or anything like that, it’s just been pretty incredible how they’ve reacted and we just wanted to show our appreciation because we don’t take it for granted.“I don’t think anything is over.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

2012 NT Titles

first_imgTeams will travel from many areas across the Territory to compete in the event, including East Arnhem, Alice Springs, Nhulunbuy, Ramingining and from around Darwin to battle it out for the title of Mixed under 18, Mixed over 35’s, Men’s and Women’s Open champions. Under 18 teams include; Taminimin, Katherine High School, NPGA ST Johns, Alice Springs, Team Deadly, East Arnhem and the Red Dragons. This year will see the introduction of the Mixed over 35’s division and will see the Darwin Legends, the Mixtures, the Uni Titans and Gove all challenge for the title.In the Women’s Open division, seven teams will be competing in Darwin with Alice Springs, Gove, the Scorpions, Hoops 4 Health, the Prospects, the Titans and Ramingining all vying to be the Territory’s number one side.The Men’s Open division will see six teams competing with the AIRSNT Tigers, Alice Springs, the BOC Dodgers, Ramingining Warriors, the Bears and the Prospects all being represented in the premier division.This year’s titles will see Alice Springs in the Under 18’s, the BOC Dodgers in the Men’s Open and Hoops 4 Health in the Women’s Open divisions returning to defend their 2011 titles. The grand finals will be played out on Sunday afternoon with the Under 18’s game kicking proceedings off at 3.30pm, with the Men’s Open’s concluding the event with a 6.00pm final. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2012 NT Titles, please click on the link below:www.ntstatechamps.mytouchfooty.comLive updates of the scores during the finals will also be broadcast on TFA’s official Facebook page. To stay up to date with finals scores, please join us at 3.30pm on Sunday via:http://www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralialast_img read more