Scalpers turn to online after crackdown during UAAP Finals

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tickets have not been available from online portal since Saturday, a representative at the Araneta Coliseum told the Inquirer. General Admission and Upper A tickets were eventually put on sale a couple of hours before tipoff.For the other sections, a lot of tickets were resold online.“I got mine through a friend who asked me to deposit via mobile banking,” Ally, who asked for her name to be withheld, told the Inquirer. “The electronic tickets set me back by P800 each.” Both tickets were for upper box B seats.A die-hard fan who never missed a UP game, even during the Maroons’ doormat years, Ally revealed that she banked on the services of a scalper for Game 1 who sold her a ticket for a lower box seat amounting to P3,000.“Some of my friends were not as fortunate,” she added.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “There had been no reported cases [of scalping] yet,” Sangangbayan told the Inquirer in Filipino a couple of hours before tipoff.The Inquirer tried to purchase tickets from scalpers around the venue but there were no sellers present. Their absence came at the heels of a crackdown by police in Game 1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBut that doesn’t mean tickets weren’t sold at inflated prices–they were simply sold elsewhere.Admission rates hit a fever pitch Wednesday morning with patron seats being peddled at P7,500. Its original price was P450. View comments Magnolia Hotshots rout Alaska Aces in PBA Finals opener After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Some of the athletes weren’t, too.UP guard Paul Desiderio vented his frustration on Twitter Tuesday night, saying his family was unable to secure patron tickets for the match. A later development then revealed that a miscommunication transpired within the Maroons’ camp. The cager’s social media post has since been deleted.Gabbi Dario, brother of Maroons guard Diego Dario, also shared his experience on social media, saying his family had to queue up for tickets only to settle for General Admission tickets.“No we do not get tickets for free, [neither] does my brother hoard a lot to accommodate us,” he said. “Pare-pareho po tayong nagha-hanap. I don’t have extra!”Game 1 drew 21,608 spectators with seats virtually filled with a handful politicians also in attendance. The title-clincher attracted 23,471 fans.Around 270 members of the Quezon City Police District—some in uniform, others in plainclothes—were deployed around the Big Dome The UP crowd during the UAAP Finals Game 2. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPolice heightened its efforts against ticket scalping on the wake of reports that tickets were hard to come by, even for players competing in the UAAP Finals. Enterprising scalpers, however, still found a way to profit off their illegal activities: Going online.“Usually, we deploy around 50 members of the force,” police inspector Nolasco Sangangbayan said, but was quick to add that the number of cops was increased for Wednesday’s Game 2 between Ateneo and University of the Philippines was to ensure the safety of the spectators more than to clamp down on ticket scalping.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Poetry October 16, 2014

first_imgThe Ebola RideBy Patrice JuahOn the Ebola ride,paranoia is the driver.It takes you on a highleaving your senses hanging in the wild.Fear is its deputy,and panic, the conductor.You never know which way the bus will go,but you are told that as long as you stay put, constantly wash your hands,and limit human contact; you’re in a “safe” place, at least for a while.You do your best, to secure your seat,making sure your loved ones are safely on board,but as the death news come in, you’re reminded that this isn’t a normal ride.You get a sudden kick, a silent voice asking why you’re still here;perhaps on a mission, or for a purpose, you think.Then suddenly humility takes over, the only calm you’ll feel in a while,as you give thanks for still being alive.And this is all happening on the Ebola ride.Still on the road, Pickups rush by with men dressed like aliens,either carrying or going to pick up fallen victims.And somewhere at a Containment Unit, a baby cries in horror,as his mother takes her last breath.As you peek through the window,crowded streets create the illusion of a normal life,but as alive as everything appears from the outside, fear is killing us slowly on the inside.Sometimes we wonder who’ll get off next.But that’s the Ebola ride: no traffic lights, no horns,no road signs, just us against an unseen enemy.The night brings relative calm, but we rarely sleep,as the nightmare of what’s to come the day ahead, haunts our dreams.If you’re a diehard patriot, you remain on the ride for the love of country.If you’re poor, the ride is your only choice.If your survivor is your priority, you’re left with more choices then one:to flee for dear life, with hope of returning when normal days are back?Well, in the midst of this chaos, no one can tell.And on the other side, the ocean wind sets the flames in the Crematorium ablaze,as our hearts leap, for the souls of the ones we loved so dearly.No last goodbyes, only memories, anguish, pain and grief.The road is too narrow, the ride long and bumpy.When will we arrive? No one really knows.We’re stuck on this ride, with tiny doses of hope.And though help arrives, we’re still in doubt,as they too are clueless about when the ride will end.So world, we’re here,on this hand washing, temperature taking,friends avoiding, hugs and handshakes prohibiting,nonstop Ebola ride. LIBERIA: OH, WHAT A SAD STORY!By Eric G. GbanlonCell #: 0886220513Oh, what a sad story!The angels of death are having tarry;The God of life no longer feels sorry;Sons and daughters are now so scary;As father and mothers are now being buried.Oh, what a sad story!Squirrels and Raccoons try to change the story;But monkeys and Bamboos say it’s time to merry;The pain and frustration, we are forced to carry;Because dishonesty and wickedness, we chose to marry;Oh, what a sad story!Till we remember day-one of our story;Correct our mistakes and make a right storyTill we give God the rest of our story;We will always have a sad story. Octopus at Ducor (In remembrance of Operation Octopus, October 15, 1992)By: Lekpele NyamalonMen were running amokSmoke rising to the skiesStirring it apart, tires blazing, children and women marching like an ant’s chariotThe walls were crashingHere comes the Octopus!Walking with tentacles from the breast of Mount BarclayTravelling beneath the rails of Bong Mines BridgeSeeping through the pores of bardnesvilleTearing apart the path of tomorrow’s worldWhere are ye mighty planners?Hiding behind the mask of bygones be bygones?History can’t shield you boysThy names are carved in stoneHistory shall read aloudHere comes the octopus!Woe! Ye planners of carnage!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)center_img EBOLA, YOU ‘RE DEFEATED!By: Edward N. BoakaiEbola, o you deadly Virus!Why plague us this way?By your wrath, you spare no one;Be you rich, poor, young or old.Ebola, O you dreadful virus!How ruthless you are? You claim an entire family;Leaving children orphans at random.Ebola, O you incompassionate virus!Why devastated our nation?Leaving husbands as widowers,And wives as helpless widows.Ebola, O you destructive virus!Why destroy the norms of our culture and tradition?Discriminating us against each other.And diffusing our custom and way of life.But in the Mighty name of Jesus,Ebola, O you tormenting virus;You are defeated heretofore,And hereby casted into the mighty lake of fire!last_img read more

GPS leads cops to stolen tools

first_imgHARBOR GATEWAY: Detectives make arrests, think construction-site thieves are involved. By Larry Altman STAFF WRITER Unaware that a load of stolen power tools contained a hidden satellite tracking system, two burglary suspects were arrested Monday as they unloaded the loot from a van in Harbor Gateway. Police tracked the men to A AAA Mini Storage at 1427 W. 228th St., where investigators recovered more than $60,000 worth of generators, jackhammers, nail guns and other tools, Los Angeles police Detective Lou Koven said. Later, detectives impounded a second van found parked at 77th Street and Central Avenue in Los Angeles. Koven said he believed it contained another $60,000 in stolen property. The arrests in Harbor Gateway surprised the burglars, who had no idea police were following them. Officers moved in as the men tried to unload the equipment into units at the storage facility. Koven said the van contained tools taken over the weekend from lockers at a construction site at 2250 E. 220th St. in Carson and another in Woodland Hills. The victims included the contractor and seven or eight subcontractors, including plumbing, air conditioning, elevator, drywall, window and door companies. Guy Yocom Construction employees discovered the crimes when they arrived for work Monday morning. They informed police that the equipment was fitted with a global positioning system tracking device. Detectives from the LAPD’s Commercial Crimes unit tracked the signal to 50th Street and Normandie Avenue, found the van and put it under surveillance, Koven said. They followed the van to the storage facility off Normandie and moved in. In addition to recovering the stolen tools inside the van, detectives discovered stolen property stored at the facility, including concrete vibrators, pumps, tampers, blowers, saws and other expensive tools. Mike Padilla, an employee of the Fontana-based contractor, said thieves strike at his company’s metal lockers at sites about four or five times a year. The thefts are a major problem for contractors throughout Southern California, driving up costs for their customers and their own insurance rates. “We probably get hit, I would say, at least once a month to some degree,” said Dave Wesser, purchasing agent for Daniel’s Electrical Construction Co. in Fontana. Burglars often take drill motors and copper wire, breaking into lockers with cordless saws or cutting torches, he said. The crimes cost the company about $20,000 a year, pushing up prices. A school remodeling job that would cost $50,000 ends up costing the customer about $55,000, he said. Koven said the stolen equipment is sold to unscrupulous contractors who are able to compete for customers by offering lower bids because their costs are less. Wesser, whose company might be among those victimized by the men arrested Monday, said he believes some of the property is sold cheaply in Mexico. He said he had never before received a telephone call saying anything stolen had been recovered. To guard against the crimes, Daniel’s Electrical workers do their best not to leave the tools at sites overnight. “We try to take home whatever the guys can take home in their company vehicles,” he said. Koven credited the Norco-based Guy Yocom firm with adding the tracking device to its equipment. The second van also included equipment containing a GPS device, allowing police to watch it all day. Koven suggested companies mark their tools with their company logos. “When we find it, I know right away who it belongs to,” Koven said. The burglary suspects were undergoing booking Monday afternoon. They were held on suspicion of receiving stolen property. In the days to come, detectives will work to identify victims of the property thefts. Koven said many victims often don’t report the crimes. People who believe they are victims of construction-site theft are urged to contact Los Angeles detectives at 213-485-2507. larry.altman@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Buying meaningful gifts is goal of business owners

first_imgTo put in the extra effort Amato speaks of does mean thinking and shopping early – as in, right now.“I don’t want to worry about the company I’m ordering from running out of anything,” Amato said.Kevin McLaughlin has relied on feedback from gift recipients to come up with what he believes to be the most appreciated gift: food.Not only do clients and vendors express their thanks, when staffers from his company visit the other firms, “we see our food in the break room and people going after it,” he said.McLaughlin, a principal of Princeton, N.J.-based Resound Marketing, recalled that one year, his firm was late getting the gifts out. NEW YORK – The boutique owners around the country who are Kristen Amato’s customers will be getting fluffy, monogrammed terry bathrobes for the holidays – there will be no mugs with her company’s name on them.“I hate that – I will never do that,” Amato said of the gift that so many small businesses give at the holidays. In the past, she’s given gift certificates for cooking classes and personalized stationery to customers.“Just putting that extra effort in shows the client or customer that you took the time out to appreciate them, not just sending something very simple,” said Amato, owner of K. Amato, a jewelry-manufacturing company based in Chicago.Amato’s approach to gift-giving is one that small-business owners take when they want a gift to be a meaningful part of a business relationship – not just some cookie-cutter knickknack that smacks of an owner just going through the motions. And one longtime client called to ask if the tower of cookies was going to arrive, since her employees were looking forward to getting it.And that’s the beauty of food gifts, McLaughlin said. It’s not just the owner or CEO of a company that will enjoy the gift; many employees will get to share in the gift, and that contributes to an even better relationship with a client or vendor.And the ubiquitous mug? “So many of these tchotchkes go to their kids, they go into the toy box, or they drop them off at Goodwill,” McLaughlin said.Still, many business owners like the idea of mugs because they are marketing tools, serving as reminders of a company. Or, they like T-shirts that become mobile ads when they’re worn (although so many are automatically turned out in size XL that they often end up as pajamas for a spouse or child).Ron Park, managing partner of Park Fowler & Co., a Corpus Christi, Texas-based accounting firm, recognizes the value of putting his company’s name on a gift. But he also is looking for something unique. So this year, he’ll be sending his 50 biggest clients flash drives, which are small computer-data-storage devices.Park got the idea because clients were sending in their tax information to his office not on paper, but on flash drives. Most said, “don’t lose it now, I have to have this back,” Park recalled.So this gift will be useful, memorable, help build his firm’s client relationships and help accomplish a little marketing as well.At Uproar, a Seattle-based public relations and marketing firm, the philosophy is that gifts should complement, but never supplant, the most important part of customer and client relations.“The best thing we can do for our clients is to be responsive, do great work, go the extra mile,” said Anita Lavine, a media-relations specialist at Uproar. Gifts are “for times when we want to just show our appreciation.”Like Amato, at Uproar “we try to select things that hit a personal note,” Lavine said.So gifts in the past have included flowering bonsai trees and flowering teapots. Or, if Uproar executives are aware that a particular client has been having a hard time, the gift could be a spa certificate.Many company owners hope that a gift will result in more business in the future – probably all the more reason to make a gift unique.But Lavine said her company isn’t counting on revenue growth from gifts. “I don’t think that we give gifts with that sort of intention; the purpose is to show appreciation,” she said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini breaks silence on Twitter team news leaks

first_img Pellegrini not fazed by ‘leaked’ team news rumours 2 2 The social media account has 50,600 followers, who are often told the starting line-up well in advance of it being officially published on the club’s channels. And the man behind the account came on talkSPORT and told Jim White he finds the accusations ‘ludicrous’.In the report, Pellegrini was said to be ‘increasingly frustrated’ at the continual leaks. But, in actual fact, the Chilean could not care less.Asked if he is angry about the repeated leaks, Pellegrini replied: “No. First of all the news is not true, because I’m not angry about that.“Normally in every team that I have managed, the day before the game, I work with set-pieces, so all the players know the day before who will play and who will not play. huge blow West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini insists he is not angry about the apparent ‘leaks’ which have been widely reported on Friday.Twitter account @ExWHUemployee was named in a report by The Times after successfully ‘predicting’ team line-ups before they were officially announced by the club. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury “So, many players can talk with other players. I’m not keeping the starting XI until three or four hours before the game.“There are a lot of ways or reasons why some people can know the team before it is released.”Pellegrini believes West Ham‘s opponents can gain little or no advantage from knowing his starting XI early, especially in the Premier League.Asked if he knows the source of the leaks, Pellegrini said: “I don’t have any idea, I’m not worried about that.“I’m worried about trying to win the points.” Four defeats from their opening four games sees the Hammers rooted to the foot of the table Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures silverware Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Latest Premier lEAGUE NEWS possible standings Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade no dice smart causal England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won shining And when quizzed on whether opponents stand to gain from the early information, Pellegrini continued: “I don’t think that is the most important thing.“Maybe if you’re going to play against Chelsea, Watford, against Liverpool, you are sure that it will be the starting XI from the last game and they’ll play exactly the same way.“So I don’t hide too much about the starting XI.”last_img read more

RESULTS FROM THE TIR CHONAILL AC 5K SPRING SERIES

first_imgTír Chonaill Spring 5k Spring SeriesFriday Evening 5th April 2013Race 2 on Sat morning 13th April 10am start – venue Donegal Town Race 1 ResultsPlace Time No. FirstName Surname Category Club1 17.24 371 David Wilson M40+ Tír Chonaill AC 2 18.42 412 PJ Boyce M40+ Cranford AC3 19.24 448 Richard McCarthy M50+ Tír Chonaill AC4 19.42 382 Raymond Doherty M40+ Individual5 20.11 437 Conrad Golden SM Individual6 20.21 370 Donal Haughey M50+ Tír Chonaill AC7 20.28 426 Liam Marley M50+ Cranf…ord AC 8 20.32 376 Sean O’Leary M50+ Finn Valley9 20.33 390 Stephen Travers M40+ Individual10 20.50 378 Adrian McHugh SM Individual11 21.17 418 Gillian Marley JW Milford A C 12 21.28 402 Julie McMullin W40+ Tír Chonaill AC13 21.47 398 Stephen Foy JM Individual14 21.51 384 Brian McMullin M40+ Tír Chonaill AC15 21.54 373 James S McBride M60+ Individual16 21.59 375 Linda Ward W40+ Tír Chonaill AC17 22.04 439 Cathal McGinley SM Individual18 22.08 380 Kevin McGlynn M40+ Tír Chonaill AC19 22.08 372 Rodney Irwin SM Individual20 22.14 383 Sharon Meehan SW Tír Chonaill AC21 22.39 432 Eoin Slevin JM Individual22 22.41 440 James Boyle SM Individual23 22.57 413 Vera Haughey W50+ Tír Chonaill AC24 23.18 459 Gregory O’Loughlin M40+ Individual25 23.22 428 Denis Slevin M40+ Tír Chonaill AC26 23.28 438 Ronan Doherty SM Individual27 23.31 379 Caroline McNulty SW Finn Valley28 24.26 435 Orla Shovlin-Doogan W40+ Tír Chonaill AC29 24.33 451 Claire Battles JW Individual30 24.42 436 Sean Kennedy SM Individ31 25.25 461 Mary Boyle W40+ Individual32 26.17 393 Mary Rice W40+ Individual33 27.09 433 Diego Taramona JM Individual34 27.21 444 Dermot Slevin JM Individual35 27.23 446 Calum Stewart JM Individual36 27.36 453 Frances Spencer SW Individual37 28.08 463 Jane Flannery SW Individual38 28.40 452 Alison Murray SW Individual39 29.17 456 Hugh McNulty SW Individual40 29.20 454 Grannia McElhinney SW Individual41 29.31 401 Sarah McGroary W40+ Individual42 30.16 462 Catherine Coughlan W40+ Individual43 30.49 458 Mags McNulty SW Individual44 31.50 449 Caroline Ward SW Individual45 32.30 450 Majella Cunningham SW Individual46 33.31 467 Aine Byrne JW Individual47 33.35 466 Pauric Meehan JM Individual48 33.37 464 Bried Meehan W40+ Individual49 34.31 443 Conor Slevin JM Individual50 34.31 434 David Pena JM Individual51 34.48 427 Kieran Murphy M50+ Individual52 34.48 457 Paddy Muldoon M50+ Tír Chonaill AC53 34.48 445 Barbara McGroary W40+ Individual54 42.48 465 Jennifer McClay W40+ Individual55 42.49 460 Breege Haughey W40+ Individual56 43.37 455 Siobhan Gallagher W40+ Individual57 43.37 442 Aoife Slevin JW IndividualRESULTS FROM THE TIR CHONAILL AC 5K SPRING SERIES was last modified: April 6th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:RESULTS FROM THE TIR CHONAILL AC 5K SPRING SERIESlast_img read more

Bulldog Top 10 of 2016-17: No. 6 — Lizzy Wendell Leaves a Legacy at Drake

first_imgIn 2016-17, Wendell was chosen to the All-MVC First Team for the fourth-consecutive season, an accomplishment only six other MVC players have been able to claim. Wendell was also named the 2017 Jackie Stiles Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year. She is the first MVC player to lead the league in scoring (averaging 21.0 points per game) in three-straight seasons since Jackie Stiles led the league four-straight seasons from 1998-2001. Wendell was named MVC Player of the Week an impressive 14 times in her stellar career, a total that ranks only behind Stiles (18) for the most in MVC history.  No. 7 – Student Athletes Receive Academic Honors After the season, Wendell was the first Bulldog to earn Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention accolades since Rachael Hackbarth in 2012. Wendell’s other postseason awards also included earning 2016-17 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America honorable mention accolades and being named to the NCAA Division I women’s basketball Senior CLASS Award All-America First Team. She was earlier selected as a WBCA All-Region nominee.Wendell finished her career with 2,551 points, a total that ranks third all-time at Drake and in the MVC.  In her senior season along with leading the league in scoring, she handed out 98 assists (3.0 per game) to rank fifth in the league and was second in the MVC in steals with a total of 88 (2.7 per game) to go with 4.5 rebounds per game while shooting 50.2 percent from the floor. No. 10 – Football Finishes the 2016 Season Strong No. 9 – Men’s Basketball Defeats Missouri State Check back on July 13 as the No. 5 moment of 2016-17 is unveiled. Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Story Links The No. 6 moment of the 2016-17 season comes from Lizzy Wendell’s hard work and dedication on the women’s basketball team earning her a number of titles and honors during her career. Especially her impressive final year at Drake. The 2016-17 season featured many thrilling moments and accomplishments for Drake athletics. From conference titles, outstanding team and individual accomplishments, postseason appearances and significant regular season victories, the Bulldogs had plenty to celebrate as they look forward to the upcoming season. Before embarking on 2017-18, www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com will take a look back at the top 10 moments of the 2016-17 throughout the months of June and July. No. 8 – MacLeod Becomes All-Time Leader in Drake Men’s Soccer History last_img read more

CONVOY TEXT ALERT SCHEME TO BE LAUNCHED TONIGHT

first_imgThe official launch of the Convoy Text Alert Scheme takes place at the Black Memorial Hall, Convoy, 8pm tonight (Mon).The scheme, which has been set up with the support of Muintir Na Tíre an An Garda Síochána aims to reduce and prevent the level of crime around the area.It has a particular emphasis on older and more vulnerable people in the rural community. With over 300 homes signing up to the scheme, a text message will be sent out, making the public aware of any suspicious activity in the area.The Convoy Text Alert has been set up to coincide with the existing Convoy Community Alert. All are welcome to tonight’s event and if you see anything suspicious in the Convoy area please ring the Gardai on 074 9167100.CONVOY TEXT ALERT SCHEME TO BE LAUNCHED TONIGHT was last modified: March 23rd, 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:convoydonegaltext alertlast_img read more

BROTHER AND SISTER CLAIM THEY WERE ASSAULTED IN ROW OVER WREATH ON FATHER’S GRAVE

first_imgA brother and sister have accused eachother of assault after a wreath on their father’s grave was moved.Noeleen McLaughlin leaving court today. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Kieran Kavanagh and Noeleen McLaughlin appeared in court today charged with assault after a bizarre altercation at the grave of their father at Murlog Cemetery in Lifford. Both denied that they had assaulted eachother at the graveside on October 22nd, 2013.Mrs McLaughlin claims that while she was visiting her father’s grave she was viciously attacked by her brother Kieran.She claimed that she was in the middle of moving her wreath back into the centre of her father’s grave after it had been moved away to the side of it when she was attacked.She claimed Mr Kavanagh punched her in the side, struck her in the face with his open hand, stood on on her when she fell and verbally abused by her.Mrs McLaughlin claimed claimed in Letterkenny District Court “He arrived and I could hear him starting to shout and curse “What are you at you b******d?” He was shouting – you’re a whore, a f*****r and you’re a thieving b*****d” I was just going to leave him standing and shouting. I just felt him grabbing my coat by the collar and he grabbed the skin of my neck. Then I could feel him punch into my left side and I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it.”She then claimed that he gave her a shove and knocked her over and she fell on top of her father’s grave.“When I was getting up I could feel his foot coming down crashing down on my foot. He put his right arm on top of my shoulder – put his hand down forcing my hand into the sharp stones. He was still shouting obscenities at me,” added Mrs McLaughlin.The court was told that two graveyard workers who were at the scene refused to give statements on the matter.Solicitor for Mr Kavanagh, of 7 Medaowhill, Raphoe, Mr Frank Dorrian said he found it bizarre that rather than come to the aid of his wife during an alleged attack, that her husband would take pictures of the incident.“I cannot speak for what my husband did,” replied Mrs McLaughlin of Cluain Laoi, Lifford.A number of photographs were produced in court which were taken by Mrs McLaughlin’s husband Frank of the alleged incident.The photographs showed alleged injuries to Mrs McLaughlin’s face which she claimed were inflicted but her brother Kieran.However all the allegations made by Mrs McLaughlin were denied by Mr Kavanagh’s solicitor Frank Dorrian.He said his client and other witnesses would give evidence that Mrs McLaughlin’s bloodshot eye was witnessed at the family’s father’s anniversary mass three days prior to the alleged assault in the graveyard.Mr Dorrian said he also had at least two witnesses who had been close to the graveyard but who did not see Mr Kavanagh striking Mrs McLaughlin.Judge Paul Kelly interrupted the case to make an appeal to both solicitors, Frank Dorrian and Cormac Hartnett, to speak to their clients to try and find a resolution to the matter.He said it was a very sensitive case and while he had no problem hearing it, he would prefer if the families found a way forward.After discussing the situation, both solicitors said they had agreed a number of points which they would adhere to.They agreed to avoid any physical contact and where they had to meet that they would be civil. They also agreed to avoid any comments between each other about history between each other.An agreement was also undertaken not to communicate by written or electronic forms and that any disagreement would go through the offices of their solicitors.Judge Kelly said he was happy that both sides had used their common sense to reach a conclusion and dismissed both cases.BROTHER AND SISTER CLAIM THEY WERE ASSAULTED IN ROW OVER WREATH ON FATHER’S GRAVE was last modified: March 31st, 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)last_img read more