first_imgA KERRY legend has been caught – spying on Donegal!An All Ireland winner was spotted sneaking into the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny, a hotel often used by Jim McGuinness and his players before big games.And it was no ordinary All-Ireland winner – it was Mick Galwey, the gaelic football and Irish rugby legend. Galwey won his All Ireland medal while playing for Kerry in the 1986 final.He then turned his attention to rugby, played 130 times for Munster, and 41 times for Ireland before retiring from international rugby in 2002.He was also selected for the 1993 Lions tour to New Zealand.Galwey is part of the Cross Rugby Legends tour in aid of cancer research – 180 of them spending the night at the Mount Errigal Hotel. Hotel boss Terry McEniff was quick to spot the Kerryman and challenged him over the spying mission.With the game up, Galwey then whipped a Kerry flag….out of his back pocket!“We believe he was planning to put the flag up outside the Mount Errigal, but we’ve brought in extra security to make sure that doesn’t happen,” said Terry.Thankfully the Donegal team have been moved under the cover of darkness to Co Fermanagh.The rugby legends staying in Letterkenny tonight include Wallace Brothers as well as Paddy Johns, Phil Kearns, Simon Best & John Smit of South Africa to name a few. They are completing a cycle to Malin tomorrow to raise money for cancer.More details are here HIM! KERRY LEGEND CAUGHT SPYING AT DONEGAL HOTEL! was last modified: September 12th, 2014 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:letterkennyMick GalweyMount Errigal HotelTerry McEnifflast_img read more

Suspended sentence for man who aided and abetted Carrigans grow house

first_imgA 59-year-old Derryman has been given a one-year suspended sentence for aiding and abetting the cultivation of cannabis at a grow house in east Donegal.Over 100 marijuana plants were found when Gardaí raided a property at The Haw, Carrigans on October 23, 2015. Officers found two grow tents, each containing ten mature plants, while numerous other plants or cuttings were found along with incubators under fluorescent lighting. Detective Sergeant Joseph Kealy told Letterkenny Circuit Court that Gardaí had the property under observation.Detective Sergeant Kealy and colleagues went to the premises on October 23, 2015 and found a male inside. The male was subsequently arrested and charged with possession of a controlled drug and cultivation of cannabis without a licence.Other detectives remained at the house to preserve the scene when they heard a key turn and a male entered the property, where he shouted to ask who had turned off the radio. Officers altered the man to their presence and he dropped the key on the floor.Edward McDermott (59) of 11 Abbotswalk, Bogside, Derry was arrested and charged with aiding and abetting the cultivation McDermott told Gardaí that the owner of the property was living in Dubai and he had been asked to check on the house.Barrister for McDermott, Mr Moriarty, said his client, who has no previous convictions, had suffered ‘a veritable constellation of medical difficulties’.“A black dog has had a firm hold for the majority of his life,” Mr Moriarty said.“He showed signs of mental fragility from an early age and he has been in poor health for a long time.“This was not an operation for profit and not one described as being on an industrial scale.”McDermott’s co-accused, Christopher McDaid, received a one-year suspended sentence at Letterkenny Circuit Court in February 2017, having said that he was growing the plants to treat his then ten-year-old son who suffered from ataxia-telangiectasia, a rare genetic disorder which has no cure. Judge John Aylmer said he couldn’t countenance making findings different and inconsistent to Judge Nolan. “I have to deal with it as being one where it has already been established that this was a not-for-profit operation,” Judge Aylmer said. “His co-accused was doing this for a particular medicinal purpose. Mr McDermott is before me having pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the operation He is a person who is obviously vulnerable and prone to being in an operation such as this and being taken advantage of to some extent.”Judge Aylmer said the offence could merit a sentence of 18 months for McDermott. However, Judge Aylmer reduced that to one year and suspended the sentence. He directed that McDermott enter into a bond of €100 to keep the peace and be of good behaviour. Suspended sentence for man who aided and abetted Carrigans grow house was last modified: November 10th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:cannabisCarrigansDetective Sergeant Joseph KealyEdward McDermottJudge John AylmerletterkennyLetterkenny Circuit Courtlast_img read more

Crabs fall despite Butler’s dominate day

first_imgDavonte Butler pitched a no-hitter through seven innings but it wasn’t enough for the Humboldt Crabs as its offense never got going in a 2-1 loss to the visiting Seattle Studs, Saturday night at the Arcata Ball Park.Despite an eight-strikeout, four-walk no-hitter through seven innings from Butler the Crabs couldn’t keep the Studs off the board as a pair of errors — two pass balls which escaped Crabs catcher Aidan Morris — advanced the Studs’ Antonio Henrickson to third base with one out.A few …last_img

SA joins “Earth Hour” campaign

first_imgMillions of people around the world willmark ‘Earth Hour’ by switching off their lights in a bid to highlight the need to conserve energy. (Image: Earth Hour) Khanyi MagubaneSouth Africa will be joining 1 189 cities and towns across the world to mark Earth Hour, when all participating households and businesses will switch off the lights for an hour on 28 March. Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch are part of 39 cities and towns that will be celebrating Earth Hour in South Africa, which will start from 8:30pm and last until 9:30pm.Organised by the conservation group World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the event has already far exceeded the ambitious target of 1 000 cities in 25 time zones set out by the organisation.Morné Du Plessis, the Chief Executive Officer of WWF South Africa says he’s excited by South Africa’s involvement in the campaign,“There’s a palpable excitement about this event. Not just because it’s a massive global undertaking involving millions of people, but because it deals with a very important issue, namely the need for global action on climate change.”To mark this historic event, millions of people across the globe will gather in parks, streets, town squares and homes to watch the lights going out on iconic landmarks and city skyscrapers.Popular landmarks around the world such as Cape Town’s Table Mountain, Australia’s Sydney Opera House, the Wat Arun Buddhist temple in Bangkok, the Coliseum in Rome, Stockholm’s Royal Castle, London’s City Hall, New York’s Empire State Building, Sears Tower in Chicago and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco will all shut down for an hour.Influential companies have also jumped on the bandwagon and are now encouraging their clients to join in this campaign.Internet search engine Google will also switch off for on hour in solidarity with the campaign.Users of the blackberry mobile business phone have also been asked to turn off their phones for an hour.Fighting global warmingThe first Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2-million homes and businesses switched off their lights for a full 60 minutes.In 2008, the story of the event grew into a global one, when 50-million switched off their lights. This is the first time however, that that the campaign is now spread across the world in all continents.People of all ages, nationalities, race and background, will now have the ability to use something as simple as their light switch, to vote for saving the earth, instead of voting for global warming.It is hoped by WWF that every person who switches off their lights will be “vote earth” and each vote will be counted towards petition target of one billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen later this year. At this meeting, official government policies to be used to take action against global warming will be determined. These will replace the Kyoto Protocol.To spread the message, a vigorous marketing campaign, mostly carried out by the media and through social networks such Facebook and Twitter, was carried out.Eskom going greenIn keeping in line with the global event, South Africa’s electricity utility Eskom has called all South Africans to participate in the worldwide climate change awareness programme.The parastatal says the national “switch off” event will form part of a tangible way of demonstrating solidarity and support for the Earth Hour global awareness campaign.“This will by far surpass the 2008 event, when people in 35 countries participated,” said Eskom corporate services Managing Director Steve Lennon in a statement released by the company.“As part of its support for the campaign, Eskom will be measuring the reduction of electricity used during the hour against typical consumption for this time on an average Saturday evening,” he said. According to Lennon, turning off the lights for an hour in South Africa, will benefit the country, as hundreds of tons of coal will be saved from burning to produce electricity.Lennon said that every kilowatt-hour of electricity saved amounts to a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of one kilogram.In a bid to decrease its carbon footprint, the electricity utility has adopted a six-point climate change plan that commits it to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in South Africa.The plan will concentrate on using lower carbon-emitting technologies; adopting energy efficiency measures to reduce demand for electricity as well as greenhouse gases and other emissions.The plan will also adapt to the impacts of climate change; innovating changes through research, demonstration and development; investing in carbon credit market mechanisms, and making progress in climate change mechanisms through advocacy, partnerships and collaboration.“As South Africa’s primary supplier of electricity, we believe Earth Hour is an initiative we must support as it underlines our key role as a supplier of electricity and the active role that all South Africans can play in reducing demand for electricity,” Lennon concluded.South Africa joining the worldTo celebrate Earth Hour, a free “Concert in the Dark” will take place at the popular V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.The event will coincide with the Mother City’s iconic landmark, Table Mountain having its lights turned off for an hour.The concert, sponsored by Philips Lighting SA, will include boast a performance by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO), which will play for free, in support of Earth Hour.A marimba group Ethnic Rhythm will also supply music on that night.Speaking on its involvement in the campaign, CEO of the Cape Philharmonic Louis Heyneman said, “It is an honour for the CPO to make its contribution to a global initiative like Earth Hour, and to present the power of music in a different light.”The orchestra will play a repertoire including a number of light classics such as, Von Suppe’s Light Cavalry Overture, Johan Strauss II’s Blue Danube Waltz, and Johannes Brahms’s Hungarian Waltz No 5.Do you have comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at [email protected] Related articlesGreenpeace takes on Africa Green lifestyle magazine for SA Climate park to cool off animals Power from the South African sun Green airline goes greener Useful linksEarth Hour –Earth Hour – South AfricaWWF – South AfricaCape Philharmonic Orchestralast_img read more

The breeding ground

first_imgWrestler Anita celebrates after winning gold.Over a dozen of the gold medals India won at the 19th Commonwealth Games came from athletes from Haryana which has made sports an attractive career option by offering a viable support system to sportspersons. The Bhupinder Singh Hooda Government has, in the past two,Wrestler Anita celebrates after winning gold.Over a dozen of the gold medals India won at the 19th Commonwealth Games came from athletes from Haryana which has made sports an attractive career option by offering a viable support system to sportspersons. The Bhupinder Singh Hooda Government has, in the past two years, directly appointed 11 deputy superintendent and inspector level officers in the state police from the pool of sportspersons who have done well at international stage.The latest is wrestler Sushil Kumar who won gold at the World Wrestling Championship in Moscow this year. The Government’s cash prizes are not only for athletes but also for coaches. Apart from this, various academies and specialised training venues have been developed.Wrestler Geeta celebrates after winning gold.”We have developed 171 rural stadiums in Haryana,” says Hooda as he watches from the gallery an all-Jat women discus team do a clean sweep. Arjun Awardees from the state also get a monthly pension of Rs 5,000.It is, of course, ironic, that in a largely feudal social system, fathers encourage their daughters to take up sports, like the 55-kg freestyle wrestling gold medalist Geeta who along with her sister, was mentored by their father. Jawaharlal Nehru University sociology professor Surinder S. Jodhka feels that the sporting culture is not alien to rural India and tribal areas.Krishna Poonia and Harwant KaurSports like archery are age-old traditions among the tribes in Jharkhand while akharas are ideal training ground for budding wrestlers in Haryana. Greater connectivity, television and phones have ensured that rural youth, both boys and girls, are at the heart of this change.Talent is all around and regional universities play a great role in harvesting them. “If we can integrate local activities with national level sports, the take-off point will soon be reached in Indian sports history,” says Jodhka.advertisementlast_img read more