2017-18 Women’s Basketball Season Begins Friday

first_imgFirst game – Friday vs. Texas Lutheran – 5 p.m. – Corpus Christi, TexasConference opener – Dec. 28 vs. Central Arkansas – 1 p.m. – Corpus Christi, Texas First game – Sunday vs. Southern-New Orleans – 2 p.m. – Lake Charles, La.Conference opener – Dec. 28 at UIW – 6 p.m. – San Antonio, Texas The Sugar Bears are coming off their second-straight championship season, capturing both the regular season and tournament titles in 2016 and 2017. UIW Cardinals – Preseason Ranking: 10 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 9-20 (7-11 SLC), T-8thThe Cardinals experienced a significant turnaround in 2017-18 under first-year head coach Christy Smith, finishing with seven league victories, equaling the number of conference wins in the previous three seasons combined. UIW is now eligible for Southland and NCAA postseason play after completing their Division I transition period. Freshman of the Year Imani Robinson returns for the Cardinals to lead a team that must replace graduated all-conference and all-defensive player Celia Garcia Paunero. UIW opens the season at Oklahoma State and will also travel to Utah, Weber State, Rice, Houston and Texas Tech for a loaded nonconference season. First game – Friday vs. Hendrix College – 6 p.m. – Conway, Ark.Conference opener – Dec. 28 at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – 1 p.m. – Corpus Christi, Texas First game – Friday vs. Alcorn State – 5 p.m. – Hammond, La.Conference opener – Dec. 28 at Stephen F. Austin – 7 p.m. – Nacogdoches, Texas First game – Friday at UL Lafayette – 7 p.m. – Lafayette, La.Conference opener – Dec. 28 at Abilene Christian – 7 p.m. – Abilene, TexasAbilene Christian Wildcats – Preseason Ranking: 5 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 23-9 (16-2 SLC), T-1stThe Wildcats lost their decorated senior class of Lizzy and Suzzy Dimba, Alexis Mason and Sydney Shelstead to graduation, and return just one starter and seven letterwinners from last season’s team that won its second consecutive Southland regular season title and reached the second round of the WNIT. Sophomore point guard Breanna Wright is the lone returning starter from 2016-17. The team’s nonconference schedule includes back-to-back road trips to SMU and Arkansas and a conference opener at home against New Orleans. Nicholls Colonels – Preseason Ranking: 9 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 10-20 (7-11 SLC), T-8thThe Colonels return with one of the best all-around players in the conference in junior guard Cassidy Barrios. The Raceland, La., native ranked in the top 10 in the Southland in scoring, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, rebounding and steals. Nicholls finished second in the nation last season with a 13.2 steal per game average. The Colonels have a loaded nonconference schedule, highlighted by a home contest against Baylor. Nicholls will also take on LSU and Iowa State on the road. First game – Friday at Arkansas – 10:30 a.m. – Fayetteville, Ark.Conference opener – Dec. 30 at Abilene Christian – 2 p.m. – Abilene, Texas Abilene Christian and Central Arkansas are the defending co-regular season champions, having both finished with 16-2 league records last season. The Wildcats completed their Division I transition and are now fully eligible for Southland and NCAA postseason play along with UIW. New Orleans Privateers – Preseason Ranking: 4 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 14-15 (9-9 SLC), 5thGuard Randi Brown returns for her senior season after garnering all-conference recognition last year and averaging 24.6 points per game to lead conferene play. The Privateers open their season with the Preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT), first facing UL Lafayette on the road. UNO’s nonconference slate features tough road tests at Miami, Missouri and Tulane before opening the Southland season at defending regular season champion Abilene Christian. Lamar Cardinals – Preseason Ranking: 1 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 22-8 (15-3 SLC), 3rdLamar returns all five starters from a squad that went 15-3 against Southland opponents last season, including three First Team Preseason All-Conference picks in graduate post player Kiandra Bowers and junior guard duo Moe Kinard and Chastadie Barrs. Bowers needs 58 points to reach the 1,000-point mark for her career. The Cardinals take on Baylor in Waco, Texas, to open their season and also have a Big Ten matchup on their slate, facing Purdue on Nov. 18. Lamar looks to secure a Southland tournament berth for the 13th consecutive season. First game – Friday vs. Southwest – 5:30 p.m. – Abilene, TexasConference opener – Dec. 28 vs. New Orleans – 2 p.m. – Abilene, TexasMcNeese Cowgirls – Preseason Ranking: 6 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 14-17 (8-10 SLC), T-6thThe Cowgirls return six letterwinners from last season’s Southland tournament team, plus a trio of redshirts. McNeese will play three games versus 2017 NCAA Tournament teams (Texas, Baylor, UCA) and five games against 2017 WNIT squads (Tulane, Grambling, Louisiana Tech, SMU, Abilene Christian). Second-year head coach Kacie Cryer led the Cowgirls to an 8-10 league record and an appearance in the Southland tournament in her first year at the helm. Houston Baptist Huskies – Preseason Ranking: 11 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 6-22 (4-14 SLC), 11thThe Huskies return 11 letterwinners from last season, including three starters. The team also gains the return of redshirt-sophomore point guard Bria Johnson who started the first eight games of the 2016-17 season before a season-ending injury. Other key returners include junior center Veronika Kirienko, sophomore forward Lauren Calver, and junior guard Amanda Johnson. Kirienko played in 26 games, averaging 3.1 points and 3.2 rebounds a game. Johnson appeared in 28 games last season and averaged 5.1 points per game while Calver played in 26 games and averaged 4.8 points and 2.3 rebounds a game. First game – Friday at Oklahoma State – 11 a.m. – Stillwater, Okla.Conference opener – Dec. 28 vs. McNeese – 6 p.m. – San Antonio, Texascenter_img First game – Friday at Baylor – 7 p.m. – Waco, TexasConference opener – Dec. 28 at Houston Baptist – 7 p.m. – Houston, Texas Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders – Preseason Ranking: 7 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 14-18 (8-10 SLC), T-6thThe Islanders return in 2017-18 with all-time leading three-point scorer Brittany Mbamalu, looking to build off a semifinal run at the Southland Conference Tournament a year ago. A&M-Corpus Christi returns nine players from that squad. Seven newcomers dot sixth-year head coach Royce Chadwick’s roster, including Texas transfer Tasia Foman and Louisiana Tech transfer Tiara Davenport. The team’s November games include three straight road games at UTRGV, UTEP and New Mexico State plus matchups with Prairie View A&M and Florida A&M at the UTRGV Tournament. First game – Friday at Ole Miss – 5 p.m. – Oxford, Miss.Conference opener – Dec. 28 vs. Nicholls – 6:30 p.m. – Natchitoches, La. Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks – Preseason Ranking: 3 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 25-8 (14-4 SLC), 4thThe Ladyjacks return seven players who saw game action last season, including four players who started multiple games, led by redshirt senior Stevi Parker, who averaged 11.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, two assists and a steal per game last season while starting all 33 games. SFA is one of just eight Division I women’s basketball programs with 1,000 or more total wins. The Ladyjacks open the season at Kansas State and will feature nonconference matchups at home against South Dakota and on the road against Montana and Montana State. Sam Houston State Bearkats – Preseason Ranking: 13 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 3-25 (3-15 SLC), T-12thThe Bearkats return leading scorer Jenniffer Oramas (9.1 points per game), leading rebounder Lydia Baxter (6.6), leading three-point shooter Rachel Harrell (38) and leading blocker Kierra McKinney (38) to this year’s squad. In total, 10 of 13 players from last season’s roster return for 2017-18 as well as the addition of three freshmen newcomers. Sam Houston State plays the first game in Division I, opening with a 10:30 a.m. CT contest at Arkansas on Friday. The Kats also face Rice and LSU before opening conference play against defending regular-season champion Abilene Christian on Dec. 30. Central Arkansas Sugar Bears – Preseason Ranking: 2 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 26-5 (16-2 SLC), T-1stAfter winning their second consecutive Southland Conference Tournament in 2017, the Sugar Bears enter the 2017-18 season looking to become the first Southland program with three straight NCAA Tournament berths since Stephen F. Austin in 2000-02. Following the loss of all-conference guards Maggie Proffitt and Brianna Mullins, UCA faces the most challenging non-conference slate in program history with trips to a trio of programs with national championships to their credit in Baylor, Tennessee and Texas A&M, which have combined for 11 titles and 22 Final Four appearances. Southeastern Louisiana Lady Lions – Preseason Ranking: 12 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 5-24 (3-15 SLC), T-12th2017-18 marks the Lady Lions’ first season under head coach Ayla Guzzardo. The Hammond, Louisiana native took over her hometown university’s team and was named the seventh head coach in program history on April 3, 2017. Southeastern is led by senior guard Taylin Underwood, who was a Second Team All-Conference pick a season ago. The Livingston, La., native tied her own single-season school record with 73 three-point field goals a season ago and averaged 18.6 points per game – the highest season scoring average by a Lady Lions since the 1999-00 season. First game – Friday at SMU – 11:30 a.m. – Dallas, TexasConference opener – Dec. 28 at Northwestern State – 6:30 p.m. – Natchitoches, La. First game – Sunday at South Florida – 2 p.m. – Tampa, Fla.Conference opener – Dec. 28 vs. Lamar – 7 p.m. – Houston, Texas 2017-18 Southland Women’s Basketball Week 1 Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – The 2017-18 Southland Conference women’s basketball season gets underway Friday with 11 teams in opening-day action. Northwestern State Lady Demons – Preseason Ranking: 8 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 13-17 (7-11 SLC), T-8thDespite losing just two letterwinners, Northwestern State must replace 46.7 percent of its scoring and 78.1 percent of its made three-pointers from the 2016-17 season. Second-year head coach Jordan Dupuy enters 2017-18 with his first full recruiting class and aims to secure NSU’s sixth-straight Southland Conference Tournament appearance. The Lady Demons’ slate includes road games at Oklahoma State, Texas and TCU. They will be led by junior post player Cheyenne Brown, who needs 324 points to reach 1,000 for her career. The Southland Conference Basketball Tournament returns to the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas, for the 11th consecutive year in 2018. The women’s matchups take place from March 8-11. First game – Friday at Kansas State – 5:30 p.m. – Manhattan, Kan.Conference opener – Dec. 28 vs. Southeastern Louisiana – 7 p.m. – Nacogdoches, Texaslast_img read more

Ja’s Newnham tops individual field

first_imgWestern Bureau:Despite shooting a three over par final round, Jamaica’s Jonathan Newnham nonetheless emerged as the top individual performer in the 2015 Caribbean Golf Championship Hoerman Cup, which concluded at the Half Moon Golf Course in Montego Bay yesterday.Newnham, who had one under-par round on Wednesday and Thursday, raised hopes that he would have had a brilliant final round but he was a little off colour yesterday. However, his combined score of 290 (73, 71,71 and 75) was good enough to put him ahead of the Dominican Republic’s Radhames Pena who finished two strokes behind the Jamaican.Besides Newnham, it was a disappointing day for Jamaica from an individual perspective and as a consequence, the Dominican Republic, which had a better all-round team performance, took the team title ahead of Jamaica.The next best Jamaican was Ian Facey, who shot a lame 78 yesterday, which landed him in 15th place with his scores in the previous three rounds (79, 75 and 78, giving him a combined score of 310. Owen Samuda, Sean Morris and William Knibb took the 18th, 19th and 20th slots.In addition to Pena, the Dominican Republic’s march to the team title which saw them edging Jamaica by two strokes, was also fuelled by decentfinishes by Lino Guerrero and Juan Jose Guerra, who ended sixth and tenth on the individual table.Dominican Republic had a final combined score of 1210 to Jamaica’s 1212 to clinch the team title and left the Jamaicans wondering how things could have been different had Newnham repeated his back to back 71s on Wednesday and Thursday.In the showdown for the George Teale title, which featured the women, the US Virgin Islands sparkled both individually and as team as they got the individual title through Amira Alexander and the team title with a score of 615, two strokes better than Puerto Rico.Individually, Madelyn Piccininni was the best Jamaica finisher, ending up in sixth place after shooting 78, which gave her a total score of 322. She shot 81, 85 and 78 in the previous three rounds. Jamaica finished fifth behind the US Virgin Island, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago and the Dominican Republic.last_img read more

Islam Does Not Permit Aggression or Terror

first_imgAssociate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh has described as hypocrites terrorists who are causing global chaos yet perceive themselves to be Muslims.Forcefully condemning terrorism and suicide he said Islam does not permit aggression or terror in any form.Associate Justice Ja’neh made these assertions as guest lecturer at a workshop held last Saturday for Imams from across the country.The event was held in observance of the 20th anniversary of the National Imams Council of Liberia (NICL).“Why are these terrorists labeled Islamic terrorists when in fact Muslims themselves are the very victims of these terrorist attacks?” he asked.“The fact that these terrorists carry what appears to be the Muslims’ creed is no justification for such inhumane acts. Labeling these people as Islamist terrorists is unreasonable and unfair,” Associate Justice Ja’neh contended. And yet it is not the world or the media that describes these perpetrators as Islamic terrorists, but the terrorists themselves.  For usually, after shooting people indiscriminately, the terrorists flee, often on motorbikes, announcing, “Allah is great!”Mr. Ja’neh called on NICL to come out regularly and condemn these heinous acts perpetrated by terrorists in the name of Islam.“We need to make our position on these issues known, so you need to come out and speak against these acts whenever they happen,” the Supreme Court Justice declared. He challenged Imams to learn the English language because, according to him, effective communication in English by Imams in the country will help to bridge the gaps of misunderstanding and foster better communication.Meanwhile, Justice Ja’neh, who is also a Muslim, has decried the high level of corruption in the Muslim community in Liberia, especially among Imams who are the spiritual heads of the Islamic faith.Giving an example of the corrupt activities carried out by Imams without mentioning any name, he said a prominent Imam, a few years ago, collected over US$13,000 from Muslims who were desirous of travelling to Saudi Arabia on a holy journey.“He collected the people’s money and is yet to account for it. The people were unable to make the journey. The money has not reached the National Hajj Committee of which I am a member. Unfortunately, since the incident, no Imam has spoken on this blatant community betrayal on the part of the Imam,” Justice Ja’neh charged.There is an accountability problem among Muslims, most notably Imams, who are often entrusted with community funds, said Justice Ja’neh, challenging  the NICL to rise up to confront and address such ills perpetrated by their colleagues because the Quran speaks strongly against those wrongs.The revelation by Justice Ja’neh may come as a shock to many, especially non-Muslims, because of their perception of imams being more upright than their counterparts from other religions. The perceived harmony and unity in the Muslim Ummah (community) in the country is also because internal fights are kept out of the public domain.Justice Ja’neh’s revelation, however, suggests that all is not peaceful as it appears on the outside, a member of the Ummah said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

AfDB to Complete 3 Rural Water Projects in May

first_imgThe management of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) has assured the public that three rural water and sanitation projects being funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) at a cost of US$40 million, are expected to be completed by May this year.The projects are in Kakata, Margibi County, Buchanan, Grand Bassa County and Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County.LWSC Managing Director, N. Humbo Tulay, last weekend led a team of engineers to assess progress on the projects. At the Kakata project site, Resident Engineer Samuel Yoyowah briefed Messrs. Tulay and Sandikie with technical details on the progress and challenges facing the project.Mr. Sandikie said the distribution of water in Margibi County has on the basis of institutional chambers been expanded to serve private, public and business establishments.He added that one new well has been drilled, two old ones rehabilitated and the main degraded water distribution tower upgraded to its prewar status in Kakata City. Mr. Sandikie further disclosed that when the Kakata City water project is completed, the distribution of pipe-borne water will cater to 3,000 customers and that customers’ chambers have been constructed. He also said that in Kakata City alone, 10 de-sludge latrines have been constructed under the same UWSSP project intended to provide the public with safe modern latrines as part of the sanitation component.For his part, the UWSSP Project Engineer Samuel Yoyowah said due to the expansion component of the project, new areas of Kakata City have been connected with pipe-borne water.Prior to the new water project, Mr. Yoyowah said a majority of the residents in Kakata got water from shallow wells.He said to date there are 30 institutional chamber connections in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County.Previous land occupied by LWSC in Buchanan has been reacquired and construction work is ongoing.To deter residents from encroaching on the LWSC facilities, Mr. Sandikie recommended the fencing and full demarcation of all LWSC facilities.At the end of the tour, LWSC Managing Director Tulay assured residents that the project will be completed in the stipulated timeframe.Mr. Tulay added that when the water and sanitation projects are completed, 67 percent of the population will have access to pipe-borne water in Kakata, Zwedru and Buchanan cities respectively.He also explained that prior to the civil conflict Kakata, Zwedru and Buchanan had access to pipe-borne water.In 2008, Tulay said the LWSC management revamped its facilities in Kakata City to 50 percent capacity.For the Zwedru City water system, Mr. Tulay said the facilities were restored to 40 percent.The objective of the three city water projects is to restore 100 percent water supply and some expansion and distribution networks in the three cities.“What I have seen today of the projects impressed me so much that engineers of the UWSSP have supervised the works well and our hired consultant has performed to our expectations,” Director Tulay noted. Mr. Tulay added that from the documents received and the level of work done, 60 percent of the projects’ implementation plans have been completed.As for the sanitation in Kakata, 50 percent has been completed, while in Buchanan, 50 to 55 percent of sanitation has also been completed.Mr. Tulay said by July 2016, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and a team of government officials will commission the facilities at one of the water project sites. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Portsmouth part company with manager

first_imgPortsmouth have parted company with manager Andy Awford with four games left of another disappointing season.Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Morecambe was the final straw for the Fratton Park board, with Pompey having won just twice in their last 10 Sky Bet League Two matches.Portsmouth say the decision was made by mutual consent, and that the 42-year-old former Pompey defender could yet stay on at the club in another capacity.Awford’s assistant Gary Waddock has been placed in caretaker charge until the end of the season.A club statement read: “Portsmouth Football Club announce that Andy Awford has left his role as first-team manager by mutual consent.“After a meeting on Monday morning with chairman Iain McInnes and chief executive Mark Catlin, the decision was taken for him to step down with immediate effect.“The club would like to place on record their sincere thanks for Andy’s efforts – his service to Pompey is immeasurable.“All parties have agreed that, after a natural break, further conversations will take place about the potential of Andy playing a further role within the football club.”Portsmouth were among the pre-season promotion favourites again but are currently 14th and destined to spend a third year in the basement division.Awford was appointed permanent Pompey manager in May last year after a successful spell as caretaker boss following Richie Barker’s dismissal – he won his first five matches in charge to guide the club away from relegation trouble.But this season has not gone to plan and Awford has paid the price, with Waddock set to take charge for the first time when Pompey head to Stevenage on Tuesday night. 1 Former Portsmouth boss Andy Awford last_img read more

Program helps college hopefuls

first_img“We pick them up and make sure they do what they need to do to make things work for them.” Students had to apply to participate in the Puente Project, which attracted students with grade-point averages ranging from 2.0 to 4.0, Martinez said. She met with all the students and their parents to get a commitment from them for the so-called “A-G requirements” – the classes a high-schooler must complete in order to be considered for admission to University of California and California State University campuses. “Even though they hear `A-G,’ we’re making them understand what that means – and that means not only taking the algebra/geometry/algebra II series of classes, but also getting a B or better in them,” Martinez said. “We’re taking them beyond the average.” Pioneer is the third school in the Whittier Union High School District to participate in the Puente Project, which is co-sponsored by the UC Office of the President and California Community Colleges. Whittier and other California high schools also participate in the program. “Puente gave me a light, like now maybe I have a better chance to go to college,” said Pioneer High freshman Matthew Villasenor. “I would be the first in my family to go.” By the time this school year is done, Puente students will have visited Cal State Long Beach, Whittier College, Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine. “We want them to make that connection when they’re freshmen and sophomores, that it’s possible, but you’ve got to put work into it,” Martinez said. “We want them to be able to compete,” she added. “And we know how rigorous the competition is now for four-year colleges.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST WHITTIER – Most kids in high school, if they’re asked, will say they want to go to college once they’ve cleared graduation, says Pioneer High School counselor Yolanda Martinez. They talk the good talk, Martinez says, but when it comes down to working hard in class in preparation for higher education – that is where their desire starts to wither. That is also where Pioneer High’s new Puente Project steps in. The Puente Project is a statewide college-bound program that aims to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged students who enroll in four-year colleges, earn degrees and then return to their communities as mentors. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonNamed after the Spanish word for bridge, the Puente Project serves thousands of California students in 56 community colleges and 36 high schools, officials said. At Pioneer High – where most of the 1,500-student population is Latino – officials got the go-ahead to start the program last fall with a group of 39 freshmen who will get extra counseling services and be monitored to make sure they stay on track through their senior year. They’ll have the same English teacher, Sully Garcia, this year and next year, with a curriculum that includes Chicano literature and prepares them to take honors or advanced placement classes in their final two years. They’ll also get progress reports every three to four weeks – instead of five weeks – as well as field trips to several colleges and a conference in the spring at UC Riverside to teach them leadership skills. “We take them where they not only talk the talk, but they walk the walk,” Martinez said. “It’s easy for them to say they want to go to colleges, but we hold them accountable. last_img

Popular businessman Leonard is new President of Letterkenny Chamber

first_imgWell-known businessman Leonard Watson has been eelcted as the new President of Letterkenny Chamber.Mr Watson, who runs Watson’s Menswear, was a popular choice at the organisation’s AGM which was held last night.He takes over from outgoing President, Gerard McCormick of Magees Pharmacy. Leonard has had a trying year which seen him bounce back from a major chalenge to his business after it was damaged as a result of a nearby fire.However, Leonard closed and reopened a number of weeks later to bring customers a bigger and better store on the town’s Main Street.Some of the Letterkenny Chamber members at the Letterkenny Chamber AGM on Tuesday night last. Photo Clive WassonPopular businessman Leonard is new President of Letterkenny Chamber was last modified: December 13th, 2017 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:Leonard WatsonletterkennyLetterkenny ChamberPRESIDENTlast_img read more

Mayhem on the dancefloor – Man to pay victim €1,500 after nightclub attack

first_imgA young man, who knocked another a man out after punching him in the face in a nightclub, will have to pay €1,500 in compensation before he is sentenced.Oran Cregan, 20, of Bolin, Iskaheen, Muff was accused of assault causing harm to Christopher McLaughlin at Tul na Rí, Carndonagh, on June 6, 2016. He appeared before Carndonagh District Court where he pleaded guilty to the charge against him.Garda Inspector David Murphy told the court that the victim, Mr. McLaughlin from Malin Head, had to have surgery to repair his nose and had his left front tooth chipped in the attack.He said Mr. McLaughlin is still in pain since the procedure and is still on pain relief medication. He also had to take time off work following the attack.The court heard that the Malin Head man had been enjoying a night out in Carndonagh and dancing on the dance floor when a man, he didn’t know, hit him twice on the arm.‘After the second time, Mr. McLaughlin asked him what his problem was,’ Insp. Murphy explained.‘But the man [Cregan] punched him with one punch in the head. Mr. McLaughlin fell to the floor and he believes he temporarily lost consciousness because when he came round he was in the toilets being cleaned up.’Insp. Murphy said Mr. McLaughlin was taken to Nowdoc to receive treatment to his face.The court heard that the bouncer in Tul na Rí was on the scene within three seconds and Cregan was escorted from the nightclub. Insp. Murphy said Cregan was identified as the culprit to Gardaí.The Buncrana Garda said Oran Cregan was arrested on November 24 and taken to Buncrana Garda Station.‘During the course of his interview with the investigating gardaí the majority of Mr. Cregan’s approach was to answer no comment when questions were put to him,’ Insp. Murphy added.A victim impact statement and photographs of Mr. McLaughlin were handed into Judge Paul Kelly, but there were no details on the cost of his medical expenses.Judge Kelly handed the victim impact statement and photographs to Mr. Cregan and ordered him to examine them before briefly adjourning the hearing.Defence solicitor Ray Lannon said his client had no previous convictions and had been out with friends from Muff and had too much to drink on the night in question. He said after reading the victim impact statement, Cregan had an even greater insight into the damage he caused Mr. McLaughlin.Mr. Lannon said his young client left school after his Junior Cert and had worked in the construction industry locally, in Scotland and in Australia, but he returned to deal with his charge.The defence solicitor said on the night in question Mr. Cregan said he was being pushed about a couple of times on the dance floor and this annoyed him.‘He accepts that his behaviour was out of order but it was out of character,’ Mr. Lannon said.‘He took it out on Mr. McLaughlin and he apologises but it wasn’t premeditated he had too much to drink. He’s asked me to point out his remorse and he understands the injuries he has caused but he has hopes for the future and his future career.He would like to travel in the future and he knows also that living around here he will most likely have to travel to gain work.’The Carn solicitor opened a number of number of references to the court, including statements from the Muff Parish Priest Fr. John Farren and Thomas McColgan, Butcher.In his statement Fr. Farren said Cregan’s parents were hard working people and held in high esteem in the local community. He said Oran is kind and helpful towards his elderly grandparents, who live nearby, and the charge against him is out of nature.Similarly Mr. McColgan said Oran is not known as someone who resolves problems in this manner. He said Oran is the son of a family friend and has helped him out in the butchers on a number of occasions, adding that he is a ‘peaceful and respectful’ young man.Judge Kelly said he accepted that and had read over the references but he said this didn’t change the fact that Cregan had caused Mr. McLaughlin to suffer grievously as a result of his actions.Mr. Lannon said his client was offering Mr. McLaughlin €1,500 in cash, which he had with in court thanks to help he had received from the family support, as a gesture.Judge Kelly said what Cregan did was ‘not at all acceptable’, describing it as thuggish behaviour.‘Whatever jostling was going on on the dance floor was one thing, but your response was to hit someone in the face,’ Judge Kelly said.‘It is not at all acceptable and is nothing more than thuggish behaviour – it’s not on.’However he did give Cregan credit for ‘putting his hands up’ and dealing with the case with a degree of remorse.He put the case back until February 20 for Mr. McLaughlin’s medical expenses to be produced in court.‘I accept what you have said about your client and I give him credit for the way he has met the case so far,’ added Judge Kelly before adjourning sentencing until February 20.Mayhem on the dancefloor – Man to pay victim €1,500 after nightclub attack was last modified: January 24th, 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:attackCarndonaghdancefloordonegalOran CreganTul na Rilast_img read more


first_imgDonegal Senator Jimmy Harte is to undergo a series of tests tomorrow in a bid to establish the extent of his injuries.Senator Jimmy Harte is to undergo tests tomorrow but is still in an induced coma.The Labour party politician remains in an induced coma as doctors decide how best to tackle his condition.The father-of-four, 55, was found unconscious after a freak accident in which he is understood to have fallen in Dublin city centre in the early hours of Saturday morning. Senator Harte has suffered blackouts in the past and it is thought this could have led to his fall.It is believed he suffered a number of injuries including a fractured skull and severe head injuries.A family member said he remains in a critical condition at Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital.“All we can do is to take it one day at a time and hope and pray for the best. “He is still in an induced coma and will undergo a series of tests on Wednesday.”Good wishes have been flowing in for the affable Letterkenny-based politician since his tragic fall on Saturday.His wife Mary and the couple’s children have been at their father’s bedside as have many of his extended family.Politicians from across the political divide in Donegal have also been sending messages of support in for the former Letterkenny Town and Donegal County councillor. SENATOR HARTE TO UNDERGO CRUCIAL TESTS TOMORROW was last modified: November 19th, 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:blackoutsfallinduced comalabourSenator Jimmy Hartetestslast_img read more


first_imgMotorists have been warned of traffic delays around Letterkenny General Hospital following a crash nearby.The scene of this morning’s crash close to Letterkenny General Hospital.The crash between a lorry and a people carrier, happened just before 12.30pm.It is not understood that anybody has been seriously hurt in the crash.  TRAFFIC DELAYS EXPECTED AT HOSPITAL FOLLOWING CRASH was last modified: September 16th, 2014 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:crashLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more