first_imgA Donegal Judge was hit in the chest by a chair thrown by the brother of Irish soccer star Richie Foran.Moville justice Sean McBride was left shocked and aching after the incident at Cavan District Court but did not have to be hospitalised.The attack happened after Judge McBride sentenced Patrick Foran, 34, jailed him on foot of a bench warrant. Dubliner Foran, who moved to Cavan several years ago, went berserk when Judge McBride put behind bars, and lashed out.He threw a chair towards a female court clerk but she managed to jump out of the way.Judge McBride, who practised as a solicitor in Donegal for many years, was not so lucky and the chair him straight in the chest after bouncing off his desk.Out-of-control Foran then had to be restrained by several Gardai using pepper spray.Foran, of Carnin, Ballyjamesduff, was then brought to Castlerea Prison where he is still being detained.Judge McBride is one of the most respected Judges on the District Court Circuit.His no-nonsense style has gained him notoriety as well as some receiving some negative comments.EndsDONEGAL JUDGE HIT BY CHAIR IN COURTROOM ATTACK was last modified: February 19th, 2011 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

College of the Redwoods pitcher Matt Becker signs on to play at Lewis-Clark State College

first_imgEureka >> Matt Becker has been a California kid his entire life.It doesn’t matter if it’s growing up and going to high school in Sonoma County or spending the past year in Humboldt County playing baseball, Becker has known nothing but what the West Coast has to offer.Come a few weeks from now, that will all soon change.Becker, who spent his sophomore season at College of the Redwoods and is currently playing for the Humboldt Crabs, signed a letter of intent on Thursday afternoon to play at …last_img read more

Hearing crying puppies trapped in a storm drain, A’s pitcher flies into action

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceIt’s 2 1/2 months before pitchers and catchers are due to report to spring training. A’s hurler Daniel Mengden already has nailed down his first save.Mengden was returning to his Houston home when he ran across a rescue in progress, reported. Two puppies were trapped in a storm drain.“It was just kind of dumb luck,” Mengden told “I noticed some people were outside their cars, kind of …last_img read more

Fortuna, Mack set for showdown

first_imgIt has been nearly five years, going back to the 2013-14 season, since the McKinleyville girls’ basketball team or Fortuna qualified for the yearly Niclai Tournament.Tonight, one will snap the streak and return at long last to the Niclai while the other will have to wait another season as the Huskies travel north to take on the Panthers in a matchup between two Big 5 Conference teams currently tied for third-place in the league’s standings. Only the top three teams in the Big 5 and Little 4 …last_img read more

Ramon Laureano taking at bats, running every other day as return date nears

first_imgKANSAS CITY — It’s been five weeks since Ramon Laureano fell on the 10-day IL with a stress reaction in his shin. Doctors told him back then he’d need a 4-to-6 week recovery period.It looks like Laureano could return to the lineup well within that frame. He’s taking at bats and running every other day, a routine that could be enough to prevent a trip to Stockton or Las Vegas for a rehab assignment.“We’d consider this the rehab assignment, facing pitchers,” manager Bob Melvin said. “They’re …last_img read more

Behind the rhythm of ‘DJ Matt Chapman’: A third base revolution for our eyes, ears

first_imgSchlepping gear is a rookie’s responsibility, passed down draft class to draft class. Carrying the music, though, became the privilege of one special rookie.Midway through the 2017 season, after hearing Matt Chapman’s all-encompassing musical selections blaring over the weight room speakers, veteran outfielder Matt Joyce knighted Chapman “DJ Rookie.”“But I didn’t mind it,” Chapman said. “Now it’s a blessing and a curse, because I’m still carrying the music.”Step into the A’s clubhouse on …last_img read more

SA to ensure new visa rules don’t harm tourism

first_img27 June 2014 South Africa’s new immigration regulations are being scrutinised by the Department of Tourism to ensure that they do not negatively influence tourist arrivals, Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said in a statement on Wednesday. The department had received representations from tourism stakeholders on the possible “unintended consequences” of some of the provisions brought into effect by the new Immigration Act signed into law on 2 June, the minister said. Hanekom said that while the regulation of immigration matters was the constitutional responsibility of the Department of Home Affairs, “any matter that could have a detrimental impact on international tourist arrivals” to South Africa was a concern. Industry representatives say they are concerned about two specific provisions in the new regulations: the requirement for minors to travel with unabridged birth certificates, and the collection of biometric data (fingerprints and photographs) – which must be done in person at visa offices. Industry stakeholders told Hanekom they believed these measures could influence the competitiveness of South Africa as a tourism destination. Hanekom acknowledged that while the new regulations reflected South Africa’s commitment to combating child trafficking, that the prospect of “unforeseen and unintended negative consequences” should be taken seriously. “Like many other destinations, we have a dual imperative: we have to combat child trafficking by aligning our approach to global efforts, while limiting damage to our competitiveness as a tourism destination.” The minister said his department and industry stakeholders were studying global best practice on these broader policy challenges as well as on the practicalities of implementing such measures. Officials from the Department of Tourism were in “urgent discussions” with their counterparts in Home Affairs to clarify any misperceptions and to find appropriate solutions. Hanekom said he would meet Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba to follow up on these discussions if required. “I want to assure our trade partners and other industry stakeholders that as government, we understand the value of travel and tourism, which has grown so impressively over the past few years. “We will carefully consider any negative impacts of well-intentioned measures on international tourist arrivals and the attractiveness of our destination.” Source: read more

Tewari approaches Election Commission

first_imgSenior Congress leader Manish Tewari lodged a complaint with the Election Commission, seeking action against those indulging in “false and malicious” propaganda against him and his family on social media. In a video clip that was attached with Mr. Tewari’s tweet, it was alleged that his father, late Professor V.N. Tewari, was involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi and petrol was supplied from his filling station to “burn Sikhs”. ‘Gutter, despicable’ Describing the propaganda against him as “gutter and despicable”, the former Union MMr. inister, who is contesting from Anandpur Sahib in Punjab, said his family never owned a petrol pump anywhere in the country and his father was assassinated by militants on April 3, 1984, six months before the riots. “My mother was a Jat Sikh. My father was an academic at Panjab University, Chandigarh, and my mother retired as the Dean of the PGI. Our family has never owned a petrol pump ever in our lives anywhere in India. We have complained to the returning officer, Ropar SSP and the CEC. They need to act against the miscreants as soon as possible,” he tweeted.‘Outrageous lies’ “Those who failed in trying to raise the outside bogey against me have now stooped too low to malign me and my family with outrageous lies,” Mr. Tewari said on Thursday. The Congress leader is locked in a four-way contest against sitting Member of Parliament and Shiromani Akali Dal leader Prem Singh Chandumajra, Aam Aadmi Party candidate Narinder Shergill and Punjab Democratic Alliance nominee Bir Devinder Singh. Voting in Punjab will take place in the last phase of the Lok Sabha election on May 19.last_img read more

Manitoba civil servant policy says booze OK marijuana not at office parties

first_imgWINNIPEG – Manitoba civil servants will be able to swig a beer at office parties, but smoking a joint will still be a no-no after recreational cannabis is legalized, says a draft policy obtained by The Canadian Press.It’s an issue that many employers, both public and private, will have to deal with once marijuana becomes legal this year.“Alcohol is ingrained in our ways of doing business. Marijuana isn’t,” said Sean MacDonald, who teaches business administration at the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business“Particularly within corporate Canada, there is still a long distance in terms of both education and cultural transformation before they’re going to view (alcohol and marijuana) on the same level.”The five-page draft policy from Manitoba’s civil service commission, to take effect once recreational pot is legal, says booze will still be OK at some functions, but pot won’t be.“Consumption of alcohol may be acceptable when in conjunction with a workplace event or social function where consumption has been authorized by the appropriate employing authority,” the document states.“The use of cannabis is prohibited at all times in relation to working hours … and work-related events or social functions, unless it has been prescribed (medically).”There will also be different rules for buying liquor and cannabis on a lunch break under the draft policy.“Employees who purchase alcohol during a rest period or meal break may store the alcohol, unopened, in a discreet location in the workplace until the end of that work day,” the policy states.“The possession and/or storage of cannabis in the workplace is prohibited at all times, unless it has been prescribed.”MacDonald said many employers will initially be cautious when it comes to cannabis and set down strict rules.“I am sure over time they will evolve and probably loosen up to some degree.”The Manitoba civil service commission would not comment on the draft policy, other than to say it is still a work in progress.“An updated policy on workplace impairment is being drafted and will be made available publicly once finalized,” the commission said in a brief written statement.last_img read more