Man accidentally struck young woman in nightclub after being set upon

first_imgA man who accidentally assaulted a young woman in a Donegal nightclub was only trying to defend himself after being set upon by other people.Jorge Carlin Pereda pleaded guilty to the charge arising from an incident at Voodoo, Lower Main Street in Letterkenny on April 22, last year. Full evidence was heard at a sitting of Letterkenny District Court on June 10 and had been adjourned until this week for finalisation.Sgt Jim Collins said Gardai were called to Voodoo nightclub after a male had been ejected for allegedly causing an assault inside.Garda McFadden found Carlin Pereda, of 51 Main Street, Ballybay, Monaghan, had a cut above his right eye.On viewing CCTV footage, the court heard that there was an altercation on the dance floor and the defendant could been seen attempting to strike another male, as he did so, he hit inadvertently hit the injured party who was sitting at the bar nearby.CCTV footage also showed that another male bumped into the defendant causing his glass to fly out of his hand.Solicitor for Carlin Pereda, Mr Frank Dorrian outlined that his client is a Spanish national who works in a managerial role for a meat factory and had been in Letterkenny for some time at the time of this incident.“He tells me that he was being provoked, jostled, insulted and made fun of all for reasons he did not understand. He went to strike the guy who pushed him and it actually looks like the elbow of the person he struck is what hit the young lady in the face.”In a statement to gardai, the defendant said he was deeply apologetic for what happened and said: “I’m so sorry for that, I did not mean that. I was defending myself.”This week, Mr Dorrian re-iterated what he had said at the previous hearing and added that his client has treated this matter with “great seriousness”.He added: “It can be seen on CCTV that my client’s assailant meets this matter with great hilarity. The contact was accidental. My client is not of a violent disposition and is as contrite as can be. He had no malice or ill will toward the injured party. His recklessness was borne out of panic and fear. It was a strange, bizarre situation.”Judge Kelly said that under the circumstances he would apply the Probation Act, meaning a conviction will not be recorded against the defendant.Man accidentally struck young woman in nightclub after being set upon was last modified: September 10th, 2019 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)last_img read more

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Assorted Signals from the Green Building Market

first_imgEven if they are not entirely clear about its potential benefits or what it should cost, more consumers than ever seem to think green building is a good idea. That’s one of the broad conclusions of two National Association of Home Builders Research Center surveys conducted for Habitat for Humanity and Whirlpool Corporation. One survey, conducted in August, queried consumers; the other, conducted in July and August, focused on builders.More specifically, the majority of consumers surveyed agreed that a green home would be affordable to live in and maintain. The respondents supporting that view came from three income categories: high (67%), upper-middle (65%), and middle (59%). Among low-income respondents, 48% agreed with that perspective. One of the key takeaways in the survey, though, is that only the high-income respondents – 71% of those questioned – agreed that a completely green home would be affordable to purchase.So there is a disconnect, as the researchers put it, between what most consumers believe a green home can offer and their perception of whether or not it is affordable. Among the builders surveyed – all of whom are members of the NAHB Research Center’s Online Builder Panel – 87% indicated they believe green homes are affordable for middle-income families to live in, while 30% felt green homes were too expensive for that segment to purchase or build. For low-income families, 70% of homebuilders believe green homes are affordable to live in, while almost 60% thought green homes were too expensive for that segment to purchase or build.In a press release summarizing the survey results, however, Habitat for Humanity emphasizes that it has introduced a relatively high level of energy efficiency performance into many of its projects, all of which must meet relatively stringent standards of affordability. The release also includes a comment from Larry Gluth, senior vice president of U.S. and Canada for Habitat for Humanity International, intended to drive home the point. “Under Habitat’s nonprofit construction model,” he notes, “Habitat affiliates across the United States are incorporating sustainable materials and energy-efficient products in Habitat homes, as this is both a responsible building practice and it improves the affordability of homes for Habitat partner homeowners.”Passive House expertise spreadsIf the NAHB surveys highlight challenges in bringing more clarity to perceptions about green building and its costs and potential benefits, a brief posted this week by Architectural Record magazine offered an encouraging perspective on professional interest in the Passive House performance standard.The Record item, pegged to the 5th North American Passive House Conference held earlier this month in Portland, Oregon, includes a short Passive House backgrounder, but also points to increased interest in the standard among builders, architects, designers, and energy efficiency specialists. For example, the conference, which drew only a few people to its inaugural meeting, attracted about 350 to the event in Portland. Just as important, Mike Kernagis, program director for Passive House Institute US, told the magazine that the number of certified Passive House consultants went from 15 in 2008 to 200 in 2010.“This is the first conference,” he said, “where we’ve really reaped the benefits of having the consultants come back and show their first projects.”Also well represented at the conference: Habitat for Humanity, whose representatives highlighted the group’s Passive House projects in Vermont, Kentucky, and Washington, D.C. A Map of Passive House Consultants View Certified Passive House Consultants in a larger maplast_img read more

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It’s never too late to participate!

first_imgFurther information will be provided upon receipt of your expression of interest. We look forward to seeing you at Coffs Harbour, March 2017 for the 21st edition of our major national event!Related LinksJoin our Men’s 60s Division! All logistics associated with attendance will be centrally managed by TFA in 2017. All participants at the NTL must be full financial members of TFA or in the case of international teams, full financial members of FIT.Participants to register as a team; individuals will be placed within a team if not registered otherwise. Teams do not need to be aligned to an NTL entity and can be a club/affiliate or new team. For more information, please refer to the 2017 NTL Conditions of EntryThe indicative player levy for the Men’s 60s division is $1,000 inclusive of above event program features (inc. GST).To register your expression of interest and feature in another chapter of the NTL’s gloried history, please email TFA Events Coordinator, Zoe Zinetti ([email protected] ) by COB Friday, 27 January, 2017 with the following details: It’s never too late to participate!Touch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce the introduction of a new division for older players at the 2017 National Touch League (NTL) event: the inaugural Men’s 60s Division!The exciting new Men’s 60’s format caters for a very important demographic and category and will be a key part of the event’s 21st birthday celebrations in 2017.The new division, tailored for players born in or before 1957, provides for a more social and suitable division for our older, more seasoned participants. The advent of the Men’s 60’s comes also a direct response to our research findings that emphasise the social and fun attributes of our sport, the longevity of our players (particularly male) and the large proportion of Masters’ players at the NTL event in recent years.Unlike other divisions at the 2017 NTL, the proposed Men’s 60s program will focus on the social elements of participation and off-field event celebrations; rather than strictly on-field success and performance. Which might still pose a challenge for some! The proposed format features: A maximum of three x 20 minute games per day, commencing Wednesday and concluding Saturday of event week.A rest day on Friday, 10 March, 2016, including participation in the TFA Partners’ Golf Day at the award winning Bonville International Golf Course (18 holes, cart hire and lunch provided).Functions throughout the week celebrating our sport, the 21st anniversary of the NTL…and our most senior participants!Accommodation and ground transport.On Field playing uniforms (optional). Full Name:Date of Birth:Contact Phone Number:Registration Type (i.e. registering a team or registering as an individual):Do you require team uniform? (if yes, please provide sizes and playing numbers required):last_img read more

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a month agoChelsea No1 Kepa: I don’t bother with nerves

first_imgChelsea No1 Kepa: I don’t bother with nervesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea No1 Kepa Arrizabalaga admits nerves do not affect him.Kepa says he rarely feels pressure ahead of a match, whatever the stage and whoever the opponents, instead focusing on his love of the game in the moments building up to kick-off.”I’m not really a person that is prone to anxiety, or feeling nervous,” he told chelseafc.com. “I generally don’t feel that way before a game. What I always think is, at the end of the day, it’s football – that’s what it is – and football is what we do, it’s what we like, and it’s what we enjoy.”Of course, when there are really important games there is a bit more tension, a bit more adrenaline, but I wouldn’t call it nervousness.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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EU court rules annuls regulator move to block UPSTNT merger

first_imgBRUSSELS — The European Union’s top court says a decision by anti-trust regulators to block a merger between U.S. delivery giant UPS and Dutch firm TNT must be annulled.The European Court of Justice confirmed Wednesday a lower court finding that UPS’s rights to defence were infringed by the European Commission, which polices competition issues.The Luxembourg-based ECJ says the blocking decision should be annulled if UPS can show that “it would have had the opportunity better to defend itself” if it had full access to Commission analysis of the merger.The Commission said the planned merger would restrict express deliveries of small packages in Europe by reducing the number of players in the market, and so drive up prices.But the EU’s General Court annulled that decision last March.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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No Federal funding included in Budget to help the Oil and Gas

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Oilpatch observers say there is nothing in the new federal budget to deal with Canada’s competitive disadvantage with the United States in oil and gas.Statistics Canada says capital spending to extract oil and gas will fall for a fourth straight year, with the biggest declines projected to be in the oilsands sector.Hardest hit will be Alberta, but spending will also be down in Newfoundland and Labrador, B.C. and Saskatchewan. CIBC economist Avery Shenfeld says the numbers are falling because big projects are wrapping up and not being replaced.He says companies are seeing bottlenecks in the ability to get a product to the market and a lighter regulatory environment in the U.S.Ottawa says more analysis is necessary before considering tax cuts to match the U-S, which announced in December it would drop its federal corporate tax rate to 21 percent from 35 percent.University of Calgary tax expert Jack Mintz says Canada had a tax advantage over the U-S until recently but that has evaporated.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

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2 held with 52 illegal firearms in Rohini

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police Special Cell arrested two persons with 52 illegal firearms in Sector-15, Rohini, police said on Wednesday.Police identified the accused Amarikan (25) and Sheetal Singh (22) both from Badwani in Madhya Pradesh. The duo was arrested after a brief chase on March 31 in Sector-15, Rohini. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Sanjeev Kumar Yadav said that accused are indulged in manufacturing and supplying of illegal firearms for more than 10 years. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccused Amarikan disclosed that he himself used to send the consignments of illegal firearms to Delhi, UP, MP, Maharashtra. “Amarikan and Sheetal Singh have the expertise to prepare any weapon including sophisticated pistols. They sell these pistols in bulk. Pistols supplied by them in Delhi/NCR finally reaches to dreaded criminals/gangsters of Delhi and adjoining states,” said DCP Yadav. DCP further said that this is their ancestral profession, probably more than 80 years old, which they continued for want of livelihood. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsMost of the village families are indulged in this illegal trade of manufacturing and supplying of firearms in various parts of the country including Delhi. Police said that the Special Cell of Delhi Police is persistently after the notorious arms syndicates active in Delhi/NCR areas. In this crusade, the discreet surveillance transpired that illegal weapons are pumped into Delhi mainly from the areas of Khargaon, Dhar & Burhanpur in M.P and from Munger in Bihar. Concerted efforts made so far, yielded in busting several interstate firearm syndicates in recent past too.last_img read more

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Cameron Heyward cant sneak and see where hell be selected in the

There are several Ohio State Buckeyes who have a chance to be drafted in the 2011 NFL draft — but, realistically, only one can expect to be drafted in the first round tonight: Cameron Heyward. Because of last year’s format change, the draft will take place over three days, with the first round set to begin at 8 p.m., the second and third rounds Friday and the remaining rounds Saturday. This year’s draft takes place during a complicated legal battle between the NFL Players Association and the NFL owners, in which the future of the NFL is still in question. While the U.S. District Court ruled in favor of the players Monday, the outlook for the 2011 season is still questionable. The day before what some consider the biggest night of his life, Heyward tweeted from his Twitter account, @camheyward, about his excitement for the day. “Day before Christmas!! only problem is there no way to sneak and see what I got for tomorrow lol,” Heyward tweeted at about 1 p.m. Wednesday. Heyward, who is rated No. 29 on Scout Inc.’s top 32, is projected by many draft analysts to be a late first-round pick. A dominating force on the Buckeyes’ defensive line, Heyward said he would be spending the draft weekend at his house in Atlanta. “I would like to just stay at home with my family. … I want to be around my family and friends that have helped me accomplish so much so far, and share the moment with them as well,” Heyward said March 30 after a workout. In his latest mock draft April 6, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. projected that Heyward will be drafted by the New York Jets with the 30th pick in the first round. Heyward said he does not care which team drafts him. “Whatever team that takes me, I think I can play any position you put me at,” Heyward said March 30. The New York Jets have two former OSU players on their starting roster, wide reciever Santonio Holmes and center Nick Mangold. Mangold was drafted by the Jets in 2006, and Holmes, drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the same year, was acquired by the Jets through a trade with the Steelers in 2010. In 2008, the Jets drafted Vernon Gholston, also a former OSU defensive end. Many consider Gholston a major bust for the Jets. The Jets took Gholston with the sixth overall pick in the draft that year. Gholston was expected by many to start, but he rarely saw much playing time outside of special teams. In his three years on the team, Gholston recorded just 42 tackles and zero sacks, after which the Jets released him at the beginning of March. Heyward spoke about Gholston at the NFL combine. “We’re two totally different players. Vern, they had him dropping at linebacker. … Me, I can play all over the line,” Heyward said. “We are two different players. We had the privilege of going to The Ohio State, but we’re not the same player. I’m never going to compare myself to him, and I don’t think he’ll ever do the same.” NFL.com draft analyst Brian Baldinger projects that Heyward will not be available when the Jets’ 30th pick rolls around. Baldinger projects Heyward to be drafted by the New England Patriots with the 17th pick. The Patriots possess two picks in the first round of this year’s draft, and NFL.com draft analysts Steve Wyche and Pat Kirwan project Heyward will be selected by the Patriots with their second pick of the first round, 28th overall. Whichever team selects Heyward will be investing in a 6-foot-5 defensive force. Heyward has proven he has the ability to clog up the line and dominate against the run. In his four years at OSU, Heyward recorded 15.5 sacks and 37.5 tackles for loss. Weighing in at 295 pounds, Heyward will try to continue the legacy of his late father, former NFL running back Craig “Ironhead” Heyward. Cameron was present on the sidelines during OSU’s Spring Game on Saturday, and said he was excited for the draft. “(I’m) just waiting right now and continuing to work out,” he said, “and just looking to hear my name.” read more

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Commentary Ohio State mens basketballs affinity for defense keeping Final Four dreams

Hey, you! Yes, you, right there, Joe/Jane Buckeye fan. You go here because of the football team, right? I know, I know, we all do. It’s OK. School is secondary. And, let me guess, since you go to Ohio State because of Buckeye football, you probably have a special affinity for defense. Brutal, violent, aggressive, stingy defense. Beautiful defense. And, let me surmise, you look at the basketball team, with its inconsistent offense and those four losses and think: “Hey, it’s only, like, eight months until Urban Meyer unleashes his freshly non-bowl banned OSU football team on the rest of the country.” Stop it right now. It’s not August yet. It’s basketball season. It’s Big Ten basketball season. And your Buckeyes are playing a brand of basketball I know you can appreciate. They’re playing basketball with a football mentality. They’re playing brutal, violent, aggressive, stingy defense. Beautiful defense. Football defense. Jared Sullinger is gone. William Buford is gone. The Buckeyes’ elite offensive abilities are gone too, and it’s showing. Against elite teams, OSU’s offense has sputtered for long stretches. The Buckeyes have made 3-point shooting look as difficult as solving a Rubik’s cube in less than 30 seconds (if only junior guard Aaron Craft could do the former as well as the latter) and they lack a go-to second scorer (Craft? Sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross? Junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr.? Brutus Buckeye?) behind the offensive genius that is junior forward Deshaun Thomas. Where would OSU be without Thomas? Hint: somewhere losing a lot of games by 20.5 points. But guess what? It doesn’t matter that OSU is trying to set offensive basketball back to the peach basket days of Dr. James Naismith, the game’s creator. The team’s defense is good. Like, Final Four good. Don’t give up on them. Craft is and has been the NCAA’s preeminent perimeter defender since he stepped on campus in 2010. He smothers guards. His scalp list the last three years reads like a “Who’s Who” of college basketball: Trey Burke, Jordan Taylor, Dion Waiters, Scoop Jardine, Tyshawn Taylor, Brandon Knight, Seth Curry, Erving Walker and the list goes on. Point blank, he’s OSU redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby in sneakers. His competitors know by pregame they’re going to wear a Craft coat for the next 40 minutes. Craft’s partner-in-crime, sophomore guard Shannon Scott, averages a hair under two steals per game and plays passing lanes like a seasoned veteran. Smith Jr., is a hulking 6-foot-4 menace who can physically overpower smaller foes. Sophomore forward Sam Thompson is a weak-side shot-blocking terror with staggering athleticism and a 476-foot vertical leap (approximately). If someone manages to penetrate the lane against OSU’s guards, 6-foot-11 sophomore center Amir Williams lurks in the paint ready to send any shot all the way back to his hometown in Detroit. Any way you slice it, the Buckeyes’ top-20 scoring defense (out of 345 teams) gives them a chance to win any game, despite the offense’s struggles. Hmmm, actually that sounds familiar. Wait, are we sure Jim Tressel isn’t coaching basketball? Don’t write off this season just yet. Sure, the offense might not be Sweet 16 worthy (or outside of Thomas, even RPAC worthy) but the defense is Final Four caliber. It might not be pretty, but the basketball Buckeyes are taking a page out of Woody Hayes’ playbook and embracing a new, defense-first identity. As football fans, it shouldn’t be hard for us to do the same. read more

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