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The cold returns for Winter Games in mountainous Pyeongchang

first_imgRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson MOST READ LATEST STORIES “It’s cold, and it’s going to get colder. But what can we do?” says Ahn Young Ju, 36, a restaurant owner in the remote town of Nammyeon in Jeongseon county, which will host the downhill skiing events. “We were born here, so we try not to think too much about it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The wind is brutal, and it pounds the entire area, including the stadium and the rooftop, where the gusts rattling through the big AC units sound like a doomed bomber plummeting out of the sky in an old war movie.Despite the cold, organizers have done little to protect stadium visitors. Spectators will have to sit exposed for as long as five hours in the elements during the nighttime ceremonies. There are no built-in heating systems for the seats and the corridors, and it’s too late to build a roof and too expensive to install central heat, officials say.Many of the concertgoers last month where six were treated for hypothermia reportedly flocked to the arena’s toilets for a rare bit of respite from the cold.Organizers plan to provide each spectator at the Olympics ceremonies with a raincoat, a small blanket and heating pads — one to sit on, one for the hands and a pair for the feet. They also plan to install polycarbonate walls above the highest seats across the two northwest sides of the stadium to block the strongest winds. About 40 portable gas heaters will be placed in aisles between the rows of plastic seats, and lots of hot coffee and tea, fish sticks and heated buns will be on sale.Still, by the time the opening ceremony starts at around 8 p.m., the wind chill at the stadium could be minus 14 degrees Celsius (about 7 F). That is much colder than the wind chill at the ceremonies for the Vancouver and Sochi Games, which were 5 degrees and 4 degrees C, respectively, according to South Korean officials.When Associated Press journalists visited the area earlier this month, it was minus 18 degrees C (a little below zero F) midmorning at a resort near Olympic Stadium.Sochi temperatures soared at times. On Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, for instance, it was 16 degrees C (61 degrees F).The coastal areas of Gangneung, where skating and hockey will be held, are warmer than Pyeongchang. But it’s still cold. Tourists can be seen in thick quilted coats standing on piers and posing for pictures as huge, frigid blue-green waves crash behind them; they run and laugh, trying to dodge the spray.Locals often smirk when they see bundled up tourists waddle around Pyeongchang like penguins. Choi, after an interview, stands outside his restaurant, still in his short-sleeve shirt, smoking a cigarette while a well-layered-up reporter shivers nearby. “Sometimes I go out like this and the people in warm coats look at me like I’m crazy.”A drive into the mountains twists through isolated former mining towns and past frozen fields, frozen rivers, frozen forests and dramatic granite peaks that look in places like they’re sliding into the valleys. The sun sparkles on the brittle ice covering the landscape; the wind roars through the pine trees like traffic on the interstate. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina How cold is it?So cold that tears spring to the eyes. So cold the ink in a pen grows sluggish and fades as it scribbles over a page. So cold that South Korean men sometimes flash back to being posted for hours on the frozen frontline during mandatory military service. So cold at least six people were treated for hypothermia last month after a pop concert at the open-air Olympic Stadium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We all hope it will be better in February, but if it’s like it is now, there will be big trouble. It’s just too cold for outsiders,” says Choi Jong-sik, 64, smirking in his short-sleeve shirt as a visiting reporter removes layer after layer of thick outerwear for an interview at Choi’s Pyeongchang restaurant.Vancouver and Sochi, where ski jumpers were landing in puddles, got complaints for being too warm, as might Beijing in 2022, but the weather in Pyeongchang will likely dazzle spectators, and confound organizers and athletes, in its bitterness. Pyeongchang sits nearly half a mile above sea level in the northeastern corner of South Korea, not too far from the border with the North. It is one of the coldest parts of the country — wind chill in February is often in single digits (Fahrenheit) — and notorious for a powerful, biting wind that gathers force as it barrels down out of Siberia and the Manchurian Plain and then across the jagged granite peaks of North Korea.It can be hard to get people here to talk about, or even acknowledge, the cold. It is simply a fact of life, and stoicism is often the rule when confronted with outsiders’ weather-related questions.“The only thing foreigners can do is the same thing locals do: bundle up,” Nam Sun-woo, 60, a fishmonger in Pyeongchang, says. “Not many outsiders understand how cold it gets here. It’s not like where they’re from. This kind of cold is completely different.”The weather will be on display, and maybe a major nuisance, at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium in Hoenggye village. The much-criticized 35,000-seat open-air pentagon-shaped arena, which cost 118.4 billion won ($107 million), will be used only four times — during the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics — and then torn down.On a recent blustery day, from the top of a nearby 17-story building, the white angular stadium looks a little like a giant discarded Lego piece. It rises isolated on a wide, flat plain, muscular mountains cascading down behind it. It looks vulnerable and exposed — all those thousands of orange and pink seats laid bare below the wide dome of sky — but also slightly magical as the sun glitters off millions of tiny ice flakes blowing across the plain.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Olynyk scores career-high 32 for Heat in return to Boston Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conecenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense View comments Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In this file photo, Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium is seen in Pyeongchang, South Korea. After two straight balmy Olympics where some might have wondered if it was even winter, let alone the world’s pre-eminent freeze-dependent sporting event, athletes and visitors alike will finally experience a no-joke chill in their bones. Vancouver and Sochi got complaints for being too warm, as might Beijing in 2022, but the weather in Pyeongchang will likely dazzle spectators, and confound organizers and athletes, in its bitterness.PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The cold is back for the Winter Games.After two straight balmy Olympics where some might have wondered if it was even winter, let alone the world’s pre-eminent freeze-dependent sporting event, athletes and visitors alike will finally experience a serious chill in their bones during the games in mountainous Pyeongchang.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Vendors suffer losses as spending decreases

first_imgThe uncertainty and fear associated with the imminent closure of the Wales Estate has led persons in the surrounding environs to reduce their spending in local business places. This is according to vendors of a small market in Patentia, West Bank Demerara (WBD) who related that they too have been encountering hardships since the closure was announced earlier this year. When Guyana Times visited the area on Saturday morning, business appeared to be slow while some of the vendors had already left.“Some people hear bout de estate closing and they reduce buying but whatever little you get, you thankful for,” a vendor who identified herself only as “Angel” expressed.“People spending less money and workers get lay off,” another vendor told this publication. These comments come in light of the recent reports of workers being laid off after they gave notice to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) for them to be paid severance packages.One of the other fears abound is that the educational attainment of children in the community will be hindered as parents will not have money to send their offspring to school. At vigils recently held under the theme ‘Save Wales Estate’, it was noted that children stand to suffer greatly, especially with the rising costs of text books and other expenses associated with assignments and schools projects.Meanwhile, GuySuCo is maintaining that it is restrained from paying some 106 workers their desired severance packages due to a High Court interim injunction granted in favour of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE). However, at the court hearing regarding the matter on Tuesday, the Sugar Corporation was unable to defend its position as lawyers for the GuySuCo were missing in action.While the Sugar Corporation refuses to give the 106 workers employment, the Union said “nothing in the injunction” bars GuySuCo from giving workers severance payments.In late March, the 106 workers attached to Wales gave GuySuCo their one month’s notice of their intention to receive severance and they were promised that they would be paid by May 6. However, as the injunction was filed, the Sugar Corporation opted not to pay the severance packages.Government later announced that the Wales Sugar Estate is to be converted to into factory that will process dairy products and fruit juices, among other products.However, Finance Minister Winston Jordan in a press briefing cautioned that any plans for diversification must be realistic, stating “Diversification of sugar was attempted in the 1970s but we have to do more than attempt, we have to be realistic.”Meanwhile, the Government through its relevant agencies is yet to make known the direct measures that will be implemented to facilitate the conversion of Wales Estate as wells as what would be done to ensure that farmers and workmen are trained to operate the relevant staff in the new and diverse sectors.last_img read more

Professional Education Must Improve Development

first_imgOnly through professional education and the use of the knowledge to advance personal and national development can Liberia change for the better, Youth and Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe has said.He made the assertion when he served as keynote speaker during the induction of officials of Professional Distinct Friends (PDF) Matrix yesterday, in Monrovia.He said there is the need to help the youth focus on their educational pursuits that might change many of the depressing issues, such as the unimpressive literacy rate in the country.He challenged members of the organization to give back to society by nurturing young people to follow their dreams.“Liberia lacks professionally trained people, so when I see a core of educated men coming together and recognizing that with their education and from diversity of professional background, they can make the required impact, then I know that our country is on the right direction,” Minister Nagbe stated.Mr. Ledgehood Rennie, Director of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) performed the induction ceremony and advised the young professionals to respect their leaders who.He then called on the members to support their elected officials, because most often when officials are elected, those who elected them do not support them.The chairman of the PDF Matrix, D. Nya Twayen, Jr., promised his colleagues that he and his co-officials would discharge their duties with dignity and respect.He called on others to join the organization, because they are here to make the difference in the lives of Liberian professionals.Those inducted are Nya D. Twayen, Chairman Urias Goll, Vice Chairman, Bill McGill Jone, Secretary General and Francis Kpadeh, Financial Secretary.The association was established by 48 men from diverse backgrounds, including environmentalists, economists, petroleum geologists, and public finance/economists, etc, who taught it wise to form an association that could help provide consultancy and guide others in their career path. It was established in March, 2013. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2 Wounded Peacekeepers Arrive Home from Bamako

first_img– Advertisement – Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai says the situation with the wounded soldiers was pathetic Two of the three Liberian soldiers recently wounded in a rocket attack in Timbuktu, Mali arrived home yesterday aboard Air Cote d’Ivoire at the Roberts International Airport in Lower Margibi County.The two soldiers are Corporal Titus Lahai and Private First Class (Pfc) Beyan Gboloson.Shortly after touching down, the two soldiers were transported aboard an AFL Ambulance to the Edward Beyan Kesselly (EBK) Health Post, near former Camp Schieffelin on the ELWA/RIA Highway for observation.It may be recalled that three of the nine soldiers from a platoon of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) assigned under the Nigerian contingent in a peacekeeping mission were wounded in a rocket attack.The remains of Cpl. Ousmane were recently brought home under United Nations arrangements and buried in Voinjama, Lofa County with befitting military honors.Assistant Defense Minister for Public Affairs David K. Dahn at the time told the Daily Observer via mobile phone that the three wounded soldiers were in ‘critical condition,’ while the rest were being treated in Mali.Before they were airlifted to Senegal, the soldiers were evacuated from Timbuktu to Bamako, the capital of Mali.On June 23, 2013, Liberia deployed its first platoon of soldiers to the United Nations Mission in Mali, with the second and third deployed on June 25, 2015 and September 2, 2016 respectively.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PPP Commissioners walk out of GECOM meeting

first_img…after Commission puts house-to-house registration on agendaThe three PPP Commissioners at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) walked out of a meeting held at the Commission on Tuesday after realising that the matters on the agenda for the statutory meeting had nothing to do with Regional and General Elections but rather, house-to-house registration.Moments after walking out of the meeting, PPP Commissioner Sase Gunraj told the media that the house-to-house registration is a policy that was taken from time to time by GECOM while the requirement to hold general elections is mandated by the Constitution of Guyana.“I say that to say that the necessity to hold elections obviously trumps the need for house-to-house registration and we are not being pushed in the direction that house-to-house registration has to be held before the holding of national elections as is mandated by law. No discussions, no discussions are being put forward at this Commission in relation to the holding of elections. All that is being spoken about is the conduct of some house-to-house registration and the Commission seems hell bent on pushing forward on that agenda,” Gunraj explained.He stated that he, along with the other PPP Commissioners, could not “sit there and suborn the violation of the Constitution” by engaging in any discussion that does not countenance the holding of elections in the constitutionally mandated timeline.“There is absolutely no discussion on that and as a consequence we are forced to take this step again because we will not be held hostage to sit in these meetings and discuss anything that does not cater for the holding of elections as is contemplated by the Commission and instead to discuss something that is determined by policy that is now being trumped to the holding of elections,” he added.Meanwhile, another PPP Commissioner at GECOM, Robeson Benn, stated that he requested that GECOM cease and desist from undertakings relating to house-to-house registration and to take account of the constitutional imperatives based on the no-confidence motion passed in the National Assembly on December 21, 2018.“There were responses, or the main response from the other side, which only suggests that there is…a malignant spirit, and in GECOM, in certain places, which do not want us to follow the dictates of our Constitution. We could not sit there and allow the overriding purpose and intent of the Constitution [to] be completely ignored at GECOM. That is why we agreed to the position, we could not sit there at GECOM, which is subordinate to the Constitution that it will ignore or be made to ignore or force to ignore the dictates of Guyana’s Constitution,” Benn argued.Additionally, he noted that the Chairman of GECOM, Justice James Patterson, has in his secretariat, skilled and knowledgeable persons as well as legal recourse that are able to advise him on this matter and that they need to reconsider the option of pursuing house-to-house registration instead of focusing on general elections.“Here it is that the person (Justice Patterson) who has been appointed out of an interest in his legal background for whatever worth it is, is avoiding the interrogation and the following of the Constitution in a simple constitutional matter and duty of a constitutional agency. So there is no way we can sit down and be a party to that so we left,” Benn also said.The PPP Commissioners stated that the only way of “going forward” would be to have all Commissioners at GECOM commence discussions on the pressing issue of Regional and General Elections in Guyana as is constitutionally mandated.On December 21, 2018, the no-confidence motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP/C) against the Government succeeded when former AFC Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud broke ranks and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.Since its toppling, the David Granger Administration has not been moving with much urgency with regard to holding elections before the constitutional deadline of March 21.Instead, their respective GECOM Commissioners, including the Chair, have been advocating for house-to-house registration to sanitise the voters’ list, a process which would go well beyond the constitutional deadline.last_img read more

Video from July 1st EnCana Attack

first_imgThe video shows a crucial step in the well control operation.* First the crews are lighting a super-hot, long-reach blow torch they will use to cut off the steel wellhead.* They hand it to the three workers in the pit.* Two workers are holding fire shields to protect the torch operator cutting the pipe. * The torch is inserted between the shields to cut the steel pipe and remove the wellhead. * You can see that this has plenty of risks and this requires considerable effort to complete.Once the wellhead was cut off, a new valve was lowered over the exposed pipe and fixed in place. The valve was closed and the leak and the fire stopped.It took four days of preparation and work before the well was brought under control on Sunday July 5th. Scroll down to see a photo of the wellhead after the repairs were complete.Advertisement People with information regarding the attacks, or the threat letters are asked to contact their local police department, CrimeStoppers, or to call the dedicated tip line at 1-866-994-7473 or submit a tip online at www.dawsoncreekbombings.com. – Advertisement -This video was taken by crews at the sweet natural gas well site bombed July 1, about eight kilometres south of Dawson Creek.The bomb was set at surface, at the base of the wellhead on July 1, 2009. It damaged the pipe at ground level. The bomb did not ignite the gas. The gas was just venting to the atmosphere.Highly-trained specialists in well control tried to pump water down the wellhead to stop the gas flow, but the pipe was too damaged. So they went to the second plan which you will see here in the video.As a safety measure, the crew light the gas intentionally, if this is not done there is the danger of an explosion.To stop the gas leak they need to cut off the wellhead and clamp a new valve on to the undamaged pipe. Before they did that, they lit the well, then dug down with a backhoe around the wellhead creating a pit where crews could work safely to reach an undamaged section of pipe.Advertisementlast_img read more

Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Managing Director to speak at next Chamber Luncheon

first_imgFort St. John Chamber of Commerce members, and those interested in joining, are invited to attend the next Chamber luncheon on December 8th at the Pomeroy Hotel — for a chance to hear from Brian Lee Crowley, the Managing Director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is an ‘independent non-partisan public policy think tank,’ based in Ottawa.Crowley is described as ‘one of Canada’s leading commentators on the hottest issues in the natural resource economy as well as for major proponents in any field today.’- Advertisement -Doors open at 11:45, and Lunch begins at 12:00 PM. Crowley is scheduled to speak from 12:15 PM until 1:30 PM. This luncheon runs slightly longer to accommodate a Q&A period.Tickets are $25 for members, and $35 for potential members. Registration must be received by December 4th.last_img read more

Morata hits hat-trick as Chelsea sink Stoke

first_imgThey brushed aside an under-strength Potters side, who paid for some costly defensive errors as Morata scored early and then twice late on to take his season’s tally to seven goals in six games for club and country.Having scored his first three goals for his new club with his head, the £60 million ($81 million, 68 million euros) signing from Real Madrid netted all three goals with his feet in the Potteries and he might have added to his total from two late chances.It was a chastening afternoon for Stoke, who went into the game with just one senior centre-back available in Bruno Martins Indi.Chelsea led after just 81 seconds as Stoke’s makeshift back three were undone by a straightforward long pass.It was played from the Chelsea defence by Cesar Azpilicueta and collected by Morata after a simple run between Glen Johnson and Bruno Martins Indi. He composed himself before beating Jack Butland low to his left.The champions doubled their lead on the half-hour thanks in no small part to an error by Darren Fletcher.The former Manchester United man tried to chest down a high header from Erik Pieters but only succeeded in guiding it into the path of Pedro, who skipped away from Martins Indi and rifled a superb, right-footed shot past Butland for his first league goal of the season.Stoke went close two minutes before the break when Joe Allen found space wide on the right and crossed for Mame Diouf, who sent an overhead kick just wide at the far post.– Tempers fray –The second half began with tempers frayed. Xherdan Shaqiri was booked for a foul and Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso cautioned for tripping Allen moments after being caught by a stray arm from Diouf.Then Alonso was late into a challenge on Diouf, leaving home fans screaming for a second yellow card and the inevitable red.But the Spanish wing-back escaped with a final warning from referee Mike Dean. Conte responded by replacing Alonso with Gary Cahill on 58 minutes to spare him further punishment.Stoke threatened briefly through Shaqiri but he fired straight at Thibaut Courtois after cutting in from the right. And they went closer when Johnson’s lofted pass was headed down by substitute Peter Crouch to Diouf, who lifted a shot over the bar.Play was then halted when Courtois landed awkwardly on his neck following a collision with Crouch but the goalkeeper was able to continue.Fletcher’s miserable afternoon continued when he missed a superb chance to halve Chelsea’s lead. He arrived to meet a Shaqiri free-kick but failed to make clean contact with either his head or foot and bundled the ball wide.Chelsea wrapped up victory with 12 minutes remaining thanks to more dreadful Stoke defending and another fine Morata finish.Bakayoko charged down a Johnson pass, the rebound broke for Morata and he raced away from makeshift centre-back Fletcher before finishing from a tight angle.And 10 minutes later Morata completed his treble when he tapped home from close range after Azpilicueta had chested down a pass from substitute Cesc Fabregas.Morata then missed two chances to add to Stoke’s misery, firing wide from eight yards then failing to force a Willian cross over the line.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s striker Alvaro Morata celebrates scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between against Stoke City September 23, 2017 © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 23 – Alvaro Morata bagged a classy hat-trick as Chelsea made short work of beating Stoke 4-0 to keep up the pressure on the Premier League leaders on Saturday.Pedro also scored for Antonio Conte’s side, who remained just three points off the top of the table with their title defence gathering steam.last_img read more

Alcohol-fueled fight in Reseda leaves man unconscious, arrest made

first_imgRESEDA – A 26-year-old man was in critical but stable condition today after being knocked unconscious and getting his eye knocked out of his socket in an alcohol-fueled fight outside an apartment complex in Reseda, police said. Doctors saved David Roldan’s eye and he was recovering fine today at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, said Los Angeles Police Detective Joel Price. Roldan, an employee of an auto body business, and as many as four other co-workers and a friend were hanging out drinking before 2 p.m. Friday outside an apartment complex in the 18500 block of Reseda Boulevard when an argument broke out, Price said. The argument escalated to a fight and Roldan was knocked unconscious. Witnesses led police to identify a suspect, Jerson Vasquez, 23, who was charged today with attempted murder and an enhancement that the act caused great bodily injury, Price said. Vasquez was being held at the Los Angeles County Jail. His bail was set at $500,000. “He threw the first punch,” Price said. As to what might have led to the fight, Price said, “it was people who had too much beer. Honest-to-goodness, I have no idea what the atrument was about.” ——————————– For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 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

MAN DROVE EXCESSIVELY THROUGH HOUSING ESTATE AFTER HIGH-SPEED CHASE WITH GARDAÍ

first_imgCOURTS: A judge has blasted the irresponsible and dangerous driving of a man who failed to stop for Gardaí, after he sped through a built up housing estate where children were playing to get away from them.Haroon Mirza, 35, with an address of 21 Ashfield, Letterkenny appeared at Letterkenny District Court in relation to the incident which occurred on the 6th, January, 2016. The court heard how Mr Mirza failed to stop for Gardaí when signalled to do so – and attempted to speed away from them which could’ve caused a fatal accident.Inspector Goretti Sheridan told the court, “On the 6th, January of this year, Garda Elaine Gordon signalled for the driver of a maroon Honda Civic vehicle to pull over.“However, he failed to do and gained speed in an effort to get away from the Gardaí, at one point he dangerously drove right across the road which forced a vehicle to brake to a halt.“He continued his attempts to speed away from Gardaí and drove into a housing estate at high speeds.“He sped around a corner where a mother and her small child were walking, and at no point attempted to slow down.“He flew around another corner and narrowly avoided a man who was out walking his dog.“He then exited the vehicle and attempted to get into his home, but he was apprehended by Gardaí.“The car had no tax, or NCT, and Mr Mirza was already disqualified from driving and had no license or insurance.Solicitor for the defendant Patsy Gallagher said his client apologies profusely for his actions – but added that a family emergency had forced Mr Mirza to occupy the vehicle on the day in question.Mr Gallagher said, “My client deeply regrets his actions and apologies to the court profusely for his irresponsible actions.“It’s remarkable given his previous convictions that he finds himself in this position, but as I’ve said he is very, very apologetic for his actions, and accepts he was totally wrong.“He’s a married man with one child, and he works as a Computer Analyst for a International company based here locally.“He’s actually going to the USA, for a refresher course for his new company in the next few weeks.“The reason he got behind the wheel was because his child was ill, and went to the chemist to get medicine.“His wife who owns the vehicle didn’t want to leave the child, but they now accept what happened was wrong, but that’s why he drove the vehicle.“My client fully accepts that his license is gone, and as I’ve told him he shouldn’t be allowed to drive a lawnmower, never mind a car.“I’m in the hands of the court, but I’d like to stress to the court that he’s the sole breadwinner for his family.“I would hope the courts could fashion a sentence that punishes him appropriately, but still gives him leeway with his life going forward, and gives him a chance to continue to provide for his family.Judge Paul Kelly said, “I’m not accepting that for one second, that’s utter nonsense, if he needed to go to the chemist for his child, he could’ve got a taxi.“He knew he should never have drove that vehicle, and then when he did his driving could’ve caused a fatal accident.“He was fully aware he was being pursued by Gardaí and he didn’t stop, instead he endangered lives of pedestrians and children in a housing estate.“It could’ve been fatal, an he’s lucky to be even allowed to go to the USA – considering his previous convictions.“I’ll adjourn the matter to June 13th, and I request a probation report to be prepared on the defendant.“However, I’m not excluding the prospect of a custodial sentence in this matter, your client is very much in peril here Mr Gallagher.MAN DROVE EXCESSIVELY THROUGH HOUSING ESTATE AFTER HIGH-SPEED CHASE WITH GARDAÍ was last modified: April 11th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:AngerchasecourtsdisqualifieddrivingGardaiJudge Paul Kellynewslast_img read more