Shinya Aoki puts Eduard Folayang to sleep to take back ONE lightweight belt

first_imgFatherly instinct kicks in as Oliver Almadro rushes to Isa Molde’s side after injury Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs MOST READ Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption WHAT. A. FINALE! Japanese legend Shinya Aoki submits Eduard Folayang with a signature triangle choke at 2:34 of Round 1 to reclaim the ONE Lightweight World Title! @a_ok_i #WeAreONE #ANewEra #Tokyo #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/jbLmv9XsQl— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) March 31, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Aoki took down Folayang then, put the Filipino superstar to sleep with an arm triangle choke at the 2:34 mark of the opening round in the main event of ONE: A New Era.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart He needed less than three minutes to win it back. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Eduard Folayang locked in an arm triangle choke by Shinya Aoki. photo from ONE ChampionshipTOKYO, Japan–It took more than two years for Shinya Aoki to get his shot at regaining the ONE lightweight world title.Aoki had his chance on Sunday night in front of his hometown crowd at the iconic Ryogoku Kokugikan in a rematch against the man who took it from him in Eduard Folayang.ADVERTISEMENT P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US 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 View commentslast_img read more

DeMar DeRozan, Spurs prepared for pressure of Game 7 in Denver

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Game 1 of second round, 7:30 p.m. EDT, TNTNEED TO KNOW: The 76ers and Raptors met in the second round of the 2001 playoffs, with Philadelphia winning in seven games. … Toronto is 2-14 overall in Game 1 of a playoff series. …Toronto is 21-3 against Philly since the start of the 2013-14 season.INJURY WATCH: Philly forward Mike Scott’s status for Game 1 is still to be determined because of a bruised heel.KEEP AN EYE ON: Jimmy Butler. The Sixers guard/forward matched a career-high in field-goals made (15) against Toronto on Dec. 5. He also tied his career best in steals (six) on Oct. 24. Going way back, Butler had a career-most five blocked shots against Toronto on Dec. 22, 2014.PRESSURE IS ON: The Raptors. Kawhi Leonard’s teams are 13-0 when he plays against Philadelphia. He was 3-0 against the 76ers this season and averaged 30.3 points.NUGGETS AT SPURSSeries tied at 3. Game 7, 10 p.m. EDT, TNTNEED TO KNOW: The Nuggets are 1-2 in Game 7s. Their only win was in 1978 against Milwaukee. … Under Popovich, the Spurs have gone 3-3 in Game 7s.INJURY WATCH: Murray took a knee from Jakob Poeltl to the left thigh on a screen in Game 6.KEEP AN EYE ON: Gay. The veteran forward had his best performance of the series in Game 6 with 19 points. “I’ve been a scorer my whole career, man. I’m going to continue to shoot,” Gay said. “It’s been a gift and a curse for me.” Like Denver forward Paul Millsap , who last played in a Game 7 during the 2014 playoffs while with Atlanta. The Hawks lost the first-round series to Indiana.“You’ve got to play a perfect basketball game,” said Millsap, whose team would host the Trail Blazers with a win. “The team that comes out and executes more, the team that’s more physical, the team that’s more aggressive, I think they’re going to win the game.”Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic is coming off a monster game in which he had 43 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. He is averaging nearly a triple-double for the series.As for what he expects Saturday, he is not really sure.“It’s my first Game 7,” Jokic said. “It’s probably going to be even tougher than this one.”San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich facing Denver’s Michael Malone is another intriguing element in this game. Malone referred to his coaching counterpart as Bobby Fischer — the late chess prodigy — as they tried to outmaneuver each other. This is Malone’s first playoff series as a head coach. In contrast, Popovich has been to the postseason 22 straight seasons, with five titles.For his part, Millsap will try to keep his young teammates from feeling too many nerves.“All the pressure is on them,” Millsap said. “This is why we fought so hard for home-court advantage. No pressure on us.”Here’s a look at Saturday’s games:76ERS AT RAPTORS DeRozan’s point : It’s not his team playing a hostile crowd when the Spurs face the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center in the first-round series finale Saturday.Still, the second-seeded Nuggets went a league-best 34-7 at home in the regular season behind all that noise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Go out there and play free, play smart,” said DeRozan, whose team forced a winner-moves-on scenario with a 120-103 victory Thursday in San Antonio. “We can’t get caught up in the crowd.”The Spurs are packing enough outfits for a week’s worth of travel — just in case. Should they win, it’s off to Portland to start the Western Conference semifinals. Should they lose, the offseason begins. UAAP men’s volleyball: UST ends campaign on high note, La Salle trumps UP P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US “We’re not going to pack for no reason,” Spurs forward Rudy Gay said. “If I’m going to pack my clothes, I’m going to use them.”That’s the sort of swagger the Spurs bring to the court. DeRozan believes that experience will play a role against a youthful Nuggets team that is in the postseason for the first time since 2013. With an average age of 24.9, the Nuggets have the youngest squad in the West bracket. The Spurs check in at 27.2.And while Denver has proven a difficult place to play, the Spurs won in the Mile High City during Game 1 and had a 19-point lead in Game 2 before Jamal Murray rescued the Nuggets.“It’s literally win or go home. Simple as that,” said DeRozan, who played in two series that went to seven games in 2016 when he was with Toronto. “Once you understand the meaning of that going into the game, you understand that every single second on the court matters.“The guys that have been in a Game 7 understand what it’s like.”ADVERTISEMENT PRESSURE IS ON: The Nuggets. At home, Game 7. “With the season on the line, we’ve got to do whatever it takes to get a win and advance,” Will Barton said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) drives to the basket against Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap (4) and center Nikola Jokic (15) during the second half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 120-103. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)DENVER  — No stranger to the weight that accompanies Game 7s , DeMar DeRozan offered one overly basic reminder to his team.“Us versus them,” the San Antonio guard said.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Flag Day is big at The Flag Shop

first_img On average, she sells more than 1,000 flags a year, at $14 to $37 each for the standard-sized flag. The shop also offers specialty flags, flags from other countries, California flags and flag paraphernalia. Mericle also has contracts with businesses across the country to provide and replace flags on a regular basis, and she sells her merchandise online. Mericle said the nation’s flag-buying frenzy in the post-9/11 months “impacted the industry like nothing before.” “Our business increased about 75 percent after 9/11,” she said. “It was mind-boggling, an absolutely overwhelming response.” She was selling as many as 50 American flags a day, a pace that soon led to six-month delays by manufacturers trying to keep up with demand. Since then, flag sales have “tapered off,” she said. “There’s a diminution of the pressure and emotion we felt then that kind of fades with time,” she added. WHITTIER – Today is Flag Day, and Jan Mericle is all smiles. Flag Day marks the mid-point of the busy season — between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July — for sales of the American flag, a period when Mericle makes most of her year’s income. While selling nothing but flags might seem too specialized a field to make a living, Mericle, who owns The Flag Shop in Uptown Whittier, has survived for 22 years in the business, after quitting her job as a registered nurse. Sales of American flags predictably soared immediately following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. And sales are still up slightly from “pre-9/11” averages by about 20 percent, Mericle said. After suffering burn-out from the demands of her former job as a nurse, Mericle said she wanted to try her hand at something completely different. “This opportunity found me, rather than me looking for it. So I decided to try it,” she said. To ensure customers follow the proper “flag etiquette,” Mericle’s flags include an instruction sheet. The federal Flag Code actually includes a list of rules for flag handling. Among other things, flags should never touch the ground, should be ceremoniously burned when no longer “fit to serve as a symbol of our country” and should never be used in advertising. Flag Day dates back to 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson officially named June 14 as Flag Day, because it marked the date in 1777 that the flag was officially adopted as the flag of the United States, according to Wikipedia. In 1945, Congress formally established Flag Day as a national observance.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Men’s top 25: St. John upsets Louisville

first_imgat St. John’s 68,17 Louisville 56 Eugene Lawrence matched his career high with 18 points for the Red Storm (9-6, 2-2 Big East). Lawrence scored St. John’s first 12 points of the game and he had 14 at halftime. at 5Texas 80, Texas Tech 46 Seton Hall 64 Randy Foye scored 19 points and Kyle Lowry added 14 points for the Wildcats (12-2, 3-1 Big East). Will Sheridan added 12 points and seven rebounds for Villanova. Donald Copeland’s 14 points led Seton Hall at 12 West Virginia 64, Providence 48 Kevin Pittsnogle had 16 points for the Mountaineers. It’s the school’s longest win streak since West Virginia won 22 in a row during the 1988-89 season. 21Boston College 63, at Holy Cross 53 Craig Smith scored 19 to surpass the 2,000-point milestone, and had a career-high 17 rebounds for the Eagles (13-4). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card LaMarcus Aldridge scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Longhorns. Brad Buckman recovered from his latest leg injury to add 16 points and nine rebounds for Texas (15-2, 3-0 Big 12). at 13!off Indiana 62, 7Illinois 60 Marco Killingsworth led the Hoosiers with 23 points and Roderick Wilmont added 17 points. Killingworth also added 12 rebounds, one assist and four blocks for Indiana (11-3, 3-1 Big 10). at 8 Villanova 73, last_img read more

Chelsea player ratings: How Blues stars scored in the 3-0 victory over Leicester

first_img David Luiz, centre-back – 8 – The Brazilian defender played well at the back after previous criticism. He was nearly on the score sheet in the first half with a superb free-kick which hit the woodwork, with Kasper Schmeichel beaten. He nearly scored an own goal when he hit the post, as a result of making a brilliant outstretched challenge to prevent Jamie Vardy from scoring. Victor Moses, right wing-back – 7 – Starting in an unusual position. The Nigerian international should have scored on 56 minutes following a break, shooting early and Kasper Schmeichel saved well. He deserved his goal on 80 minutes after a good performance going forward down the right-hand side. He was soon replaced to a standing ovation. 12 12 Pedro, left-forward – 7 – Came into the side in Willian’s absence and played well. Got a fortunate assist for Hazard’s goal with a neat flick out of nothing. Lively throughout with great movement before being replaced by Nathaniel Chalobah on 68 minutes. 12 12 12 Nemanja Matic, midfield – 7 – One of his better games by far this season. Also came close to scoring with a mazy run into the box on 78 minutes but Kasper Schmeichel saved well. 12 N’golo Kante, midfield – 7 – A good performance against his former club in the middle of the park. After a difficult start, Conte now knows where to play the Frenchman. He nearly scored against his old teammates, with Wes Morgan making a vital block in the box to prevent his shot going in. Chelsea cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Leicester City at Stamford Bridge, LIVE on talkSPORT.It was the 2015 Premier League champions v the 2016 champions, but the former came out on top.Influential captain John Terry returned to contention after injury but Antonio Conte only made room on the bench for the 35-year-old.The Italian boss, whose Blues had lost two of their last three league outings, changed his formation for the visit of the champions, fielding his side in a 3-4-3 set-up. Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Gary Cahill were the centre-backs, with Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses playing the role of flying full-backs. Willian was unavailable duo to the passing of his mother and Pedro came into the side in his absence.Diego Costa opened the scoring inside ten minutes before Eden Hazard doubled their advantage later in the first half. Victor Moses scored in the final quarter of the game to round off a good but relatively easy performance for Chelsea – READ THE REPORT HERE.How did the Chelsea players score in talkSPORT’s live commentary? Click the right arrow, above, to see our match ratings out of ten and comment with your thoughts below… Marcos Alonso, left wing-back – 7 – Excellent going forward – impressing Blues fans – and comfortably performed his defensive duties. Diego Costa, forward – 8 – At the heart of everything good about the Blues’ play on Saturday afternoon. Took his goal brilliantly early on after evading Wes Morgan and made it a difficult 90 minutes for the Foxes defenders. Avoided a booking, which would have led to suspension in the game v Manchester United. 12 12 Gary Cahill, centre-back – 6 – After a worrying couple of games for club and country, a comfortable performance for Cahill and a much-needed clean sheet. 12 12 Eden Hazard, right-forward – 8 – Took his goal well, a composed finish past Kasper Schmeichel. Like Costa, the Belgian dedicated his goal to teammate Willian, following the passing of his mother. He looked sharp for the remainder of the game. Cesar Azpilicueta, centre-back – 6 – Played well in a three-man defence. Another clean sheet and is Mr Consistent for Chelsea, but rarely troubled. 12 Thibaut Courtois, goalkeeper – 6/10 – click the right arrow, above, to see how other Chelsea players scored in the win over Leicester – Had very little to do against a poor Leicester side. 12 SUBS: Nathaniel Chalobah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ola Aina – 6 – Good to see Antonio Conte putting his trust in three academy graduates. They put in solid performances when they came on but it was already game over.last_img read more

Needy kids need a good education

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesOn May 1, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings wrote to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell and asked him to take action. But the Los Angeles Unified School District and Compton stonewalled. LAUSD Superintendent Roy Romer claimed that his district had a “massive program of transfers throughout this district,” while failing to explain why, of the 250,000 eligible students in the district, only 527 have actually succeeded in transferring. He also complained that “You can’t turn around one of these things in a month, a year or five years. It takes 10 or 12 years to do it.” In July, the national Alliance for School Choice released a poll of 409 parents whose children attended failing schools in the Los Angeles and Compton school districts. Fully 63 percent of those eligible parents said they wanted to transfer out of their districts to better schools. And, although the No Child Left Behind Act requires parents to receive written notification if one of their children is enrolled in a school identified by the state as a persistent failure, only nine of the 409 parents with children trapped in a failed school reported receiving such a notification. The U.S. Department of Education has given California until today to come up with a plan that would allow students in failing schools throughout the state to transfer to a better school this fall – a deadline the state is certain to miss. Once the deadline has passed, the U.S. Department of Education may withhold part of the $700 million in federal funds that are earmarked for high-poverty schools. With California’s high-school dropout rate hovering around 33 percent, had all of the teenagers who should be graduating this year been given the test, the failure rate would not have been 9.1 percent, but more than 40 percent. And, had these kids been given a 12th-grade exit examination rather than an eighth-grade exam, the failure rate would have been upward of 80 percent – an absolute catastrophe for our once-Golden State. How much longer will it be before we give a hand to the disadvantaged kids who most need one, and declare an education to be not a privilege but a fundamental human right? Alan Bonsteel, M.D., is president of California Parents for Educational Choice, an ally of the Alliance for School Choice, www.allianceforschoolchoice.org.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IN ruling that 20,000 students who failed an eighth-grade-level “exit exam” can be denied high-school diplomas, a state appeals court has found that although all California children should have access to high-quality education, California’s public schools have fallen far short. This brings to three the number of state courts recently finding that there is no reason to believe all of our schoolchildren have had the opportunity to learn what they need to know to pass an extremely simple exit examination – and no one is arguing to the contrary. Dysfunctional public schools are a huge problem throughout California, but nowhere more so than in the Los Angeles and Compton school districts. Back in March, disadvantaged minority families supported by the national Alliance for School Choice announced that they were taking legal action against these districts, demanding immediate relief from failed schools in the form of transfers to quality schools. The federal No Child Left Behind Act mandates such alternatives to families trapped in persistently failing schools. Most of the transfers would be expected to enroll in our rapidly expanding charter schools, the public schools of choice that are California’s greatest educational success story. last_img read more

It is payback time for “Million Little Pieces” author who lied

first_imgAuthor James Frey and publisher settle suit over lies in best-selling memoir It’s pay back time for disgraced memoirist James Frey and his publisher, Random House Inc. Under a tentative legal settlement, readers who said they were defrauded by Frey’s best seller, “A Million Little Pieces,” can claim refunds, an agreement called unprecedented and understandable by a leading publishing attorney. “I can confirm that we have an agreement in principle,” David Drake, a spokesman for the Random House imprint Doubleday, said today. “However, it requires court approval and may take several weeks and even months.” Allan Adler, vice president for legal and government affairs for the Association of American Publishers, noted that memoirs often cause allegations of defamation or invasion of privacy, but said he knew of no other case involving consumer fraud. He doubted whether the plaintiffs would have prevailed, but called the settlement sensible. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts. “I think when the lawsuits were first announced, most lawyers were somewhat skeptical whether there was a legal foundation,” Adler said. “But it’s not surprising that the folks involved in the publication of the book would seek to address consumer concerns and ultimately put an end to the issue.” Readers who bought “A Million Little Pieces” on or before Jan. 26, the day Frey and his publisher acknowledged that he had made up parts of the book, would be eligible for a refund of the full suggested retail price, regardless of discounts or special sales. Details about the settlement came from a person familiar with the deal who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because court approval was still pending. Under terms of the agreement, neither Frey nor the publisher have admitted any wrongdoing. “We continue to believe these are very weak cases, but in the interest of moving on, a resolution on the terms agreed to became a viable option,” Frey’s lawyer, Derek Meyer, said today.. Lawsuits against Frey proliferated around the country in the weeks after the scandal emerged and U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Holwell consolidated the cases in June. Lawyers for 10 of the 12 proposed representatives for the class action suits have accepted terms of the settlement, which call on Frey and Random House to pay out no more than a total of $2.35 million. That sum covers the refund to consumers, plaintiffs’ lawyers’ fees and an unspecified donation to charity. Reports of an imminent settlement first appeared on www.radaronline.com, a pop culture Web site. To receive refunds $23.95 for the hardcover, $14.95 for paperback consumers will have to submit a receipt or some other proof of purchase: for the hardcover, page 163; for the paperback, the front cover. They will also need to sign a sworn statement that they bought the book because they believed it was a memoir. “A Million Little Pieces” was a sensation after Oprah Winfrey chose it for her book club last fall, but in early January the Web site The Smoking Gun revealed that Frey’s memoir of addiction and recovery contained numerous fabrications. Winfrey initially defended Frey, but soon changed her mind and berated him in person on her TV show. Even so, the book remained on best seller lists for months. Frey has also acknowledged extensive falsifications in a second memoir, “My Friend Leonard,” published by Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA, which reportedly dropped him earlier this year.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

JURY TO DECIDE ON GARDA MCCALLION MANSLAUGHTER TRIAL TODAY

first_imgThe jury in the trial of a Kerrykeel man charged with the manslaughter of tragic Garda Robbie McCallion will decide today if he is innocent or guilty.Jamie McGrenaghan, 19, has admitted dangerous driving causing the death of the Letterkenny-based Garda on April 7th, 2009 but has denied the charge of manslaughter.For the past two days a jury or twelve men and women have heard evidence about the night which led to the horrific chain of events. After bieng given direction by Judge John O’Hagan later this morning, they must then decide if McGrenaghan is guilty beyond all reasonable doubt.Yesterday McGrenaghan of Gortnathraw, Cashel, Kerrykeel claimed he never meant to dleiberately hit Garda McCallion.He said on the night Gardai tried to block his exit from Tara Court he spotted a gap when Gardai tried to block his escape route and “went for it.”McGrenaghan, 19, struck Garda McCallion, 29, in the early hours of March 26th, 2009, after he and another man had stolen a car at Tara Court on the outskirts of the town.The Garda, a talented footballer who played with his native Mayo, died in Beaumont Hospital in Dublin a few days later on April 7th.McGrenaghan’s defence team argued that Mr.McGrenaghan panicked on the night of the tragedy and was merely trying to escape.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard how McGrenaghan and friend Cathal Dunleavy had been drinking in several pubs in the Fanad and Kerrykeel areas before driving to Letterkenny.They went to see a car which was for sale at Tara Court but while there spotted another car, a white Toyota Corolla, which Dunleavy decided to steal.The men returned later at 4am in McGrenaghan’s Peugeot car and took the Totota Corolla car.However as they tried to leave the housing estate, they were met by three Gardai.The Gardai noticed the door of the Corolla car was damaged and went to block the road.McGrenaghan, who was behind the Corolla in his own car, immediately reversed back up the road and began revving is engine.He then drove at the patrol car but veered to the left hitting the patrol car, the Corrola and sent Garda McCallion through the air and into a nearby garden.He tried to run away but was caught by Garda Shane Lavelle.After being arrested McGrenaghan admitted he had run down Garda McCallion but said he did not mean it.He initially denied remembering hitting Garda McCallion at all but later admitted he did.“I was panicking away and went to left hand side to get past,” he claimed.He said he was very sorry after later hearing that Garda McCallion had been seriously injured as a result.“I’m sorry for what happened to the officers and I hope he recovers quickly,” he said.He also claimed he was drunk but it was later shown that when he was tested, he was not over the limit.Mr Alex Owens, for the prosecution, said the Gardai had to run for their lives when McGrenaghan was approaching them.“You (the jury) have to ask yourselves if he was driving at them to escape. They feared for their lives. You have to decide how dangerous that was.“He was using the car as a missile. It may have only been going 30 mph but all the evidence is that it was accelerating.“This is a car that hit a wall and demolished a fair lump of it and that gives you an indication of force flown into the direction of the Gardai,” he said.However barrister for the defence Mr.Denis Vaughan-Buckley said the fact that the victim was a Garda should not sway the jury.He also claimed that McGrenaghan was led by Cathal Dunleavy who had 45 previous convictions including burglary, drink-driving, assault and escaping from custody.“Manslaughter is a different and serious matter. It means gross negligence – it is very, very serious. Is unusual to have a charge of manslaughter along with dangerous diving causing death.“If he wasn’t a Garda would there be a charge of manslaughter? That’s a matter for you. But you might think it’s being heavy-handed.“The evidence you have heard does not amount to gross negligence and so not guilty of manslaughter,” he said.State Pathologist Marie Cassidy carried out a post mortem on Garda McCallion and said the cause of death was as a result of a head injury due to vehicular impact.The late Garda McCallion’s family were in court including his father and mother Bob and Nancy as well as his brother John, sisters Deidre and Noirin and girlfriend Marie O’Donnell.A number of the tragic Garda’s colleagues including Superintendent Vincent O’Brien and Sgt.Christy Gallagan were also in court.EndsJURY TO DECIDE ON GARDA MCCALLION MANSLAUGHTER TRIAL TODAY was last modified: February 3rd, 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