first_imgTwo young men who tied up and robbed a young woman after watching a movie have been remanded in jail by a judge to allow him time to consider their punishment.Letterkenny Court.Lee McLaughlin, and James Leedham, were part of a three man gang who terrorised two young women in a house robbery in Inishowen. The gang forced their way into the house at The Mullins in Carndonagh in broad daylight on September 29th, 2013.The men had their faces hidden and had also brought an imitation firearm to the house.Two young women in the house were watching television at around 1.45pm in the afternoon when the gang struck.One of the women Shannon Doherty managed to escape through a window but another woman, Danielle Doherty, who was 20, was held captive by the raiders.McLaughlin, 20, tied Ms Doherty’s hands with a cable-tie and put duct tape on her mouth to stop her from screaming.The gang tried to put her into a wardrobe but she refused to go into it.They eventually stole 36 packets of cigarettes, 6 packets of loose tobacco and €58 in cash which they put into a rucksack which they had brought with them.However the men were chased by some neighbours who had ben alerted to the robbery by Ms Doherty who had escaped earlier.They managed to flee through fields but were eventually apprehended by Gardai.The court heard the gang had planned the robbery after watching a video the previous night.One of the men, Lee McLaughlin of Station Road, Carndonagh, said he did not even smoke and did not know why he carried out the robbery.He knew Ms Doherty from a young age but could not remember her but said he was deeply sorry for what he had done to her.Barrister Charlotte Simpson told the court that McLaughlin had suffered at the hands of his father who had been very violent towards his, his other siblings and their mother.He had held a gun to their heads and had stubbed cigarettes out on them.Because his mother could not cope, he had been placed in foster care and had done quite well but did have mental health issues.James Leedham, 18, of Allendale Park, Buncrana, said he had been refused entry to the army on health grounds at he time of the robbery and was having serious issues accepting this.Leedham’s father Daryl gave evidence of how his son’s arrest for the crime was like being stabbed in the heart because he had never been in trouble before.He said he had relations in the UK in the hotel industry and his son was planning to get employment there if he got a second chance from the courts.Both Leedham and McLaughlin had pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and aggravated burglary.Another member of the gang, Jason Bonner of Aghilly, Buncrana, had been jailed for 30 months but had that sentence suspended for 3 years, when he appeared before Judge Matthew Deery.Victim Danielle Doherty told Letterkenny Circuit Court she was still suffering from the attack and had to lock all the doors in her house if she was home alone.Judge John O’Hagan said he was in disbelief at the men’s actions.His said the situation was ‘comical and ludicrous’ but did not take away from the fear suffered by Danielle Doherty.He added that the fact that the offenses carried carried a maximum sentence of life in prison reflected how serious they were.He said he would take time to read the reports on both men and said he would remand both men in prison until Friday to allow them to reflect on their actions.GANG WHO TIED UP AND ROBBED WOMAN AFTER WATCHING A MOVIE REMANDED IN JAIL was last modified: February 3rd, 2015 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:buncranaDanielle DohertydonegalInishowenJames LeedhamJUdge John O’HaganLee McLaughlinrobbedlast_img read more

Adam Jones haunts Giants, Bruce Bochy ejected in blowout loss

first_imgPHOENIX — The Giants had vacancies at both corner outfield positions this offseason and under new leadership in the front office, they had the freedom and financial flexibility to fill those spots as they pleased.President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi swung for the fences (and missed) with Bryce Harper, took a chance on Rule 5 draft choice Drew Ferguson and attempted to add depth with cost-effective minor league free agents in Gerardo Parra and Cameron Maybin.One outfielder the Giants …last_img read more

Twichell on song ahead of Midmar Mile

first_img6 February 2014Defending women’s champion Ashley Twichell is going to be tough to beat at South Africa’s Midmar Mile this coming weekend, having just proved her form by winning the Swim the Swan 10km open water event at the Aquatic Super Series in Perth, Australia.Twichell blew away the competition this past weekend to record a convincing victory in 2:03.51.27, comfortably clear of 5km world champion and fellow American Haley Anderson, with Australian 15-year-old Chelsea Gubecka in third. Her reward for winning was $17 000.‘For me, it’s a pretty short distanceInterviewed by Abi Ray on East Coast Radio on Wednesday, Twichell said of the Midmar Mile: “For me, it’s a pretty short distance. I’m used to a 10km or maybe a 5km swim, so a mile is pretty short. I just try to get going from the beginning and try to stay strong throughout the whole thing.“It is basically a sprint for me, unfortunately, because a 16 to 18 minute sprint is a really long time,” she added. “For me, it is easier to go out hard and try and maintain that, rather than trying to build my speed throughout. I’m just trying to get that speed right from the beginning.”Two-time winner of the men’s title at the Midmar Mile and double Olympian Troyden Prinsloo finished 18 seconds behind the winner Jarrod Poort in a time of 1:54.34.82.Dark horseHe will have his work cut out to beat four-time defending champion Chad Ho for the men’s title on Sunday, 9 February, while a dark horse that will bear watching is Myles Brown, whose performances in 2013 included defeating Tunisian legend Oussama Melloulli over 1 500 metres and breaking Ryk Neethling’s South African record for the distance by three seconds.Brown is a previous winner of the boys’ 13-and-under title at the Midmar Mile and has plenty of experience of the event. There is no doubt that he has the pedigree to win, but open water swimming throws up many different challenges to swimming in the pool and in recent years Ho has been by far the best at managing them.Swimming for charityTwichell is unlikely to face a serious challenge from seven-time champion Keri-anne Payne for the women’s title. The two-time 10km world champion is swimming for charity this time around, and that means being part of the Eight Mile Club in which swimmers swim every one of the eight mile events that make up the Midmar Mile to raise funds.Payne will be joined by American Lexie Kelly, who finished seventh in the Fina Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Series in 2013, and Sean Conway, the first and only man to swim the length of Great Britain, in raising money to save the rhino.Leading South AfricanMichelle Weber, the top South African in 2013 with a third place finish behind Twichell and Payne, will be in action after undergoing minor heart surgery after the Fina Aquatics Championships in Barcelona last year. While admitting that she is not in peak form, the 2012 youth world champion over 5 kilometres said she should be in the running for a top five position.Another massive field is expected for the world’s largest open water swimming field. Interestingly, about half of the entries come from Gauteng, with KwaZulu-Natal swimmers making up about 43 percent of the field.With entries for the seeding events up by 15 percent on the previous year, it appears possible that the event could once again attract a record entry.RegistrationRegistration for the 2014 aQuelle Midmar Mile takes place at the GC Jolliffe Pool in Pine Street, Pietermaritzburg. It began on on Wednesday and runs through to Friday. The hours of registration are 10:00 to 16:00 daily. Late entries will also be processed at the Midmar Dam on Saturday and Sunday.Entry confirmation and information about registration is available on the website, along with links to the Midmar Mile on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.The aQuelle Midmar Mile takes place on 8 and 9 February. A significant fund-raiser for charities, it is an event for everyone and participants include swimmers with multiple disabilities through to Olympic champions and world record holders.SAinfo reporter and aQuelle Midmar Milelast_img read more

Stink bug damage in soybean fields

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Stink bug damage is becoming a greater concern in Eastern Corn Belt soybean fields, especially with the presence of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), a species that has moved into our sales footprint in recent years. While other stink bugs cause damage, the BMSB is of special concern because it is an invasive species from Asia that was introduced into the United States within the last 15 years.First discovered in Allentown PA in 2001, the BMSB has continued to move west. Over the last few years, university experts and company agronomists have heard more reports of stink bug damage to soybeans. Pictured left is damage that was found by Seed Consultant’s seedsmen in a central Ohio field, Growers scouting their soybean fields around harvest time may have seen some pods that were shriveled and/or soybean seed that was very small or appeared to be missing. This damage may have been a result of stink bug feeding. Stink bugs prefer to feed on reproductive tissues, they have piercing mouthparts that allow them to feed on soybean seed in the pods of plants. As the presence of the BMSB grows, this damage may become more common in parts of the Eastern Corn Belt.For more information on the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug check out these Penn State and Ohio State resources.last_img read more

Erring Belga fined, suspended

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’ PLAY LIST 02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games It was already Belga’s sixth flagrant foul and seventh technical foul for this season.The Sorsogon native will serve his suspension on the Elasto Painters’ game against TNT on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRain or Shine center Beau Belga has been slapped a P17,500 fine and a one-game suspension following his ejection on Sunday.Already charged with a technical foul early in the game, the burly big man was whistled with a flagrant foul penalty one after a skirmish with Kia center Jason Ballesteros midway through the third quarter which led to his ouster.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES NCAA: Perpetual Help extends Arellano’s slide Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READlast_img read more

Phil penalty shot sends Meralco back on top

first_imgPhil Younghusband struck from the penalty spot and FC Meralco Manila came away with a gutsy 1-0 victory over Ilocos United as the Sparks regained top spot in the Philippines Football League on Saturday at Quirino Stadium in Vigan.Under a heavy downpour, Younghusband cooly sent his spot kick past Ilocos goalkeeper Baba Sampana in the 54th minute for his fifth goal of the season after a handball infraction on Ilocos inside the box as the Sparks upped their haul to 20 points from eight matches.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The Sparks also got a superb effort from goalkeeper Jun Badelic, who stopped Josh Reyes’ effort in the 84th minute, preserving the victory for Meralco.The victory puts the Sparks two points clear of JPV Marikina, which can regain top spot with a win over Davao Aguilas in a match scheduled Sunday night at Rizal Memorial Stadium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsOver at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City, Ceres Negros whipped Stallion Laguna, 5-2, for its third straight victory.Flaunting their attacking firepower, the Busmen had five different players scoring in front of the home crowd with Stephan Schrock setting the tone for the rout with his 12th minute strike. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Goals from Jeffrey Christiaens, Iain Ramsay, OJ Porteria and Bienvenido Maranon highlighted a strong performance by coach Risto Vidakovic’s men.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 SMB dynasty in the offing Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ What ‘missteps’? Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool legend Souness yet to be won over by Fabinho

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Souness yet to be won over by Fabinhoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Graeme Souness is yet to be won over by Fabinho.Souness has questioned whether the Brazil midfielder is up to the standards Liverpool are seeking to reach.”Liverpool don’t have what I would call milky players,” he told the Sunday Times. “Before the season began they identified midfield as an area that needed strengthening and brought in Fabinho and Naby Keita. “I am yet to be fully convinced by Fabinho and wonder why it has taken such a long time for him to get up to speed.”He has played well since getting into the team but he still has a bit to go.” last_img read more

15 days agoLiverpool ‘can’t complain’ about Adrian signing says Achterberg

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool ‘can’t complain’ about Adrian signing says Achterbergby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper coach John Achterberg says the club should be delighted with the signing of Adrian.The Reds have won every game this season with Adrian in goals following an injury to Alisson in the opening day win over Norwich City.Achterberg told the Liverpool Echo of Adrian: “He had to come in from West Ham and he had to settle quickly.”Everything he has done so far has been really good, we have not been able to complain much at all. It’s a different style of play, with West Ham he had to kick the ball long 90 per cent of the time, but we ask him to be calm on the ball and play out from the back.”To be fair, he has picked it up really quickly. He has adapted fast, even though he had a lot of experience playing in the Premier League.”It has helped him a lot to settle quickly. He is a calm and confident guy but also a really good guy. He fits in well, I would say. Big credit to him and what he has done. It has been really good, so we cannot complain.” last_img read more

Michigan Football: Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh Had “Hail To The Victors” Played As He Walked To Field At Satellite Camp In Alabama

first_imgJim Harbaugh at Satellite camp in Alabama.Jim Harbaugh Hail To The VictorsHow many times has Michigan’s “Hail To The Victors” fight song been played in the state of Alabama? At lease once. The Wolverines’ football program is currently having a satellite camp in Prattville, Ala. When Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh walked to the field this morning, he had his school’s fight song played. When was the last time Hail to the Victors played in Alabama? Harbaugh walks to field for satellite camp to the fight song— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) June 5, 2015Just a few players here for Michigan satellite camp in Prattville— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) June 5, 2015Greetings from Prattville where Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan staff are holding their second satellite camp.— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) June 5, 2015That’s a bold move, Jim.last_img read more

Latest College Football Playoff Rankings Revealed By Selection Committee

first_imgCollege Football Playoff bracket.College Football Playoff BracketThe top quartet from last week’s College Football Playoff rankings — Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and Iowa — all won over the weekend, so not much change was expected at the top of this week’s list. However, with No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 7 Baylor and No. 10 Michigan losing to No. 9 Stanford, No. 19 TCU and No. 8 Ohio State respectively, some shake-up beyond the top group was inevitable. The major story line of tonight’s rankings unveiling? Which teams sitting outside of the top four are most likely to benefit from any chaos this coming Saturday. The selection committee just debuted its fifth rankings of the year on ESPN. Here’s the full Top 25:1. Clemson— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 20152. Alabama— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 20153. Oklahoma— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 20154. Iowa— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 20155. Michigan State 6. Ohio State— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 20157. Stanford 8. Notre Dame 9. Florida State 10. North Carolina— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 201511. TCU 12. Baylor 13. Mississippi 14. Northwestern 15. Michigan— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 201516. Oregon 17. Oklahoma State 18. Florida 19. Houston 20. Southern California— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 201521. LSU 22. Temple 23. Navy 24. Utah 25. Tennessee— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 2015What do you think, college football fans? Did they get it right?last_img read more