DES MOINES — New data from the hospitality industry indicates total revenue for Iowa bar and restaurant owners has declined 80% since the governor ordered their businesses to close March 17th to prevent the spread of COVID-19.During a weekend appearance on “Iowa Press” on Iowa PBS, Iowa Restaurant Association president and CEO Jessica Dunker said the industry is “absolutely in crisis.”“If we reopen on May 1st, as we expect, 10 percent won’t open. If that moves to June 1st, we’re expecting 18 percent not to open,” Dunker said. “And if that’s pushed out to July 1st, we expect 25 percent will not reopen.”The governor’s current proclamation on bar and restaurant closures is set to expire April 30 and Reynolds has not yet indicated if that may be extended. Carry-out and drive thru food and beverage service has been allowed, including the sale of alcoholic beverages, but Dunker indicated 70% of the state’s bars are completely closed.“If we were to reopen today, only 45 percent of our restaurants and bars would be able to rehire everyone that they have furloughed,” Dunker said. “Over 90 percent of our bars and restaurants have furloughed people and the unemployment claims in our sector are tremendous.”About 40,000 of the Iowans who’ve filed for unemployment had jobs in Iowa restaurants and bars. Dunker said part-timers and high schoolers are not counted in that tally, so the total number of laid off workers is approaching 75,000.“We’re just continuing to be hopeful with social distancing, we might be able to have some level of openings May 1st,” Dunker said.Dunker’s organization is lobbying federal officials for changes in the “Paycheck Protection Program” which turns the loan into a grant if the business uses the money on payroll. Dunker said that’s just unrealistic for bars and restaurants that were ordered to close.“And so while restaurants and bars will have the ability to apply for those PPP loans, we won’t get them forgiven,” Dunker said. “We are going to be taking on debt as an industry in a time when we are least able to repay it.”There were nearly 63-hundred restaurants and drinking establishments operating in Iowa before the closures ordered on St. Patrick’s Day, according to the Iowa Restaurant Association’s website.
However, Oso Negro gave the champs everything they could handle, rallying from a 2-1 deficit to force overtime.After two 10-minute extra time periods settled nothing, the teams took to the dot shot for penalties to decide the championship squad.In the Men’s Masters final, Jackson’s Hole used their experience to shut down the high-flying Bia Boro squad.Jackson’s scored early to grab a 1-0 lead.A mix up in communication in the Jackson’s defence gift-wrapped the tying goal for Bia Boro.The game remained tied through halftime intermission and well into the second half before Jackson’s Hole scored the winner.The goal came after Jackson’s keeper Tad Lake stopped a penalty shot after a Bia Boro player was hauled down in the penalty area.Bia Boro made a final push to find the equalizer, however, the Jackson’s Hole defence stood tall to secure the upset victory. There was plenty of drama at the Lakeside Pitch this weekend as the Nelson Adult Soccer Leagues decided the top teams to conclude the outdoor season.Red Dog concluded a wire-to-wire season Sunday by edging Yom Chi Ninjas 4-1 to capture the Nelson Star Ladies League.Meanwhile, Hume Innkeepers needed penalties to outlast Oso Negro Saturday evening in the Mallard’s Men’s Open League.In the Jackson’s Hole Men’s Masters League, Jackson’s Hole scored the upset, knocking off regular season champion Bia Boro 2-1 to capture bragging rights Sunday afternoon at Lakeside.Red Dog entered the playoffs after finishing in top spot during the regular season.Red Dog then defeated Wink Wink Wild Cats 3-0 in the semi-finals before knocking off second-place Yom Chi Ninjas.In the Mallard’s Men’s Open, the Innkeepers completed the season without a loss as the defending champs edged out third-place finishers Oso Negro.
BARGAIN BUY OSCAR DOMINGUEZ READY FOR SAN MARCOS 2nd Peter Miller37 27% 15% Brian J. Koriner24 17 (Current Through Friday, January 31, 2020 Inclusive) COME FOR THE RACES AND STAY FOR BIG GAME SUNDAY AT 11:30 AM 3rd $1,254,974 12 $861,170 7 $689,654 WITH SIX ENTERED, BAFFERT TWO WINS AWAY FROM 3,000 1st 14 3rd Abel Cedillo124 5 CHIEFS OR 49ers? HORSEMEN AREN’T PUNTING 20 64% 13 49% 12 $833,612 $1,043,692 29% 2nd 11 5 16 Bob Baffert35 65% Flavien Prat72 48% 20% SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 17% 18 22 TrainerSts ITM% Win% LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES: XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on February 1st, 2020Quick Questions With Assistant Starter Huey BarnesWORKOUTS:Caressa (Sadler) 1-31-20Zucchera (Baltas) 1-31-20Collusion Illusion (Glatt) 1-31-20Authentic (Baffert) 1-30-20McKinzie (Outside) and McKale (Baffert) 1-30-20Roadster (Outside) and Heck Yeah (Baffert) 1-26-20Clivetty (Outside) and Instagrand (Chatlos) 1-25-20 1st 9 Money Won Richard Baltas55 $263,182 30% JockeyMts 17 Joel Rosario83 $811,621 ITM% SANTA ANITA HOSTS LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY EVENT TODAY ‘OVERACHIEVER’ OSCAR DOMINGUEZ SET FOR TODAY’S SAN MARCOSFrom a $40,000 claiming purchase seven starts back on Feb. 7, 2019, to a Grade II Stakes winner Dec. 1, Irish-bred Oscar Dominguez has by any accounting exceeded all expectations for trainer Richard Baltas.“He’s been an overachiever, no question,” said Baltas on a picture perfect Saturday morning at Clockers’ Corner. “We’ve got him at San Luis Rey Downs and he’s done really well down there. He’s stayed sound and that’s the most important thing.”Last after the first half mile in a field of 10 in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at 1 ½ miles over the Del Mar turf Dec. 1, “Oscar,” a 7-year-old gelding by Zoffany, demonstrated a tremendous turn of foot at odds of 11-1 under John Velazquez.With leading man Joel Rosario in the irons for today’s Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos at a mile and one quarter on turf, does Baltas think his prize purchase will have the same closing kick shortening up a quarter mile?“Obviously, it depends on the pace,” said Baltas. “I’m glad we’ve got Joel. He’s a great judge of pace and a powerful finisher.”SANTA ANITA HOSTS LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY EVENT TODAYSanta Anita will host a fundraiser to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s fight against cancer in the East Paddock Gardens. Trainer Craig Dollase’s daughter, Alyssa, and her classmate Kimberly Cabral, are heading the effort as both are candidates for the Society’s Student of the Year program.Fans are encouraged to stop by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s tent today. The first 500 fans to donate will each receive a free 2020 Santa Anita Park wall calendar. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com/events.BIG GAME SUNDAY AT SANTA ANITA STARTS AT 11:30 A.MCome for the races and stay for the Big Game. That’s the plan this Sunday at Santa Anita, as racegoers will be treated to a seven-race program that gets underway at 11:30 a.m. with free General Admission, drink specials and a free $3,000 Football Contest.With the decision to go with a seven-race card, Santa Anita officials opted to move post time back 30 minutes, from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in order to accommodate those that intend to stay for the game which is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. PT.Fans are also encouraged to visit Santa Anita’s spacious Infield Area with free General Admission and parking offered each weekend via Gate 6 off of Colorado Place.For additional information regarding Big Game Sunday at Santa Anita, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.HORSEMEN EAGER TO WEIGH IN ON SUPER BOWL 54Although intimate knowledge may be in short supply, Santa Anita horsemen were again eager to weigh in on the Big Game this Sunday pitting the San Francisco 49ers versus the Kansas City Chiefs:Richard Mandella, HOF trainer–“CHIEFS, I LIKE THAT QUARTERBACK.”Gary Mandella, trainer–“CHIEFS.”Hector Palma, trainer–“KANSAS CITY.”Aidan Butler, racing exec.–“I’LL GO 49ers.”Vince DeGregory, agent–“I LIKE KANSAS CITY.”Michael McCarthy, trainer–“I LOVE MAHOMES, BUT I THINK THE 49ers ARE PRETTY GOOD.”Phil D’Amato, trainer–“49ers.”Iggy Puglisi, jockey–“WHO’S PLAYING?”David Bernstein, trainer–“GONNA PICK THE CALIFORNIA TEAM.”Tim Yakteen, trainer–“49ers.”Millie Ball, XBTV–“I’LL HAVE TO CHECK WITH KURT HOOVER.”“Jungle Jim” Giannone, agent–“TAKE KANSAS CITY.”Christina Blacker, TVG–“KANSAS CITY, ONE OF DAN’S CLIENTS IS A BIG FAN.”Dan Blacker, trainer–“KANSAS CITY.”Zoe Cadman, XBTV–“KANSAS CITY.”Art Sisson, owner/player–“I THINK IT’S A TOSS-UP.”Marcel Polanco, trainer–“49ers.”Dave Randall–owner/trainer–“49ers.”Asa Espinoza, jockey–“I ALWAYS WANT TO RIDE THE FAVORITE, KANSAS CITY.”Craig Stephen, agent–“KANSAS CITY.”Steve Miyadi, trainer–“49ers.”Victor Garcia, trainer–“KANSAS CITY.”Steve Byk–radio host–“CHIEFS.”Nate Newby, racing exec.–“CHIEFS.”Steve Andersen, DRF–“CHIEFS.”Jeff Metz, trainer–“49ers.”Zoe Metz, photographer–“WHO’S PLAYING?”Derek Lawson, agent–“CHIEFS.”Matt Nakatani, agent–“49ers.”Alex Solis II, racing manager–“I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHO’S PLAYING.”Gary Young, clocker–“NINERS.”Carla Gaines, trainer–“NINERS.”Kurt Hoover, TVG–“CHIEFS.”FINISH LINES: … Golden Gate Fields is closed this weekend due to repairs of the track’s hot water system…Notable works among a total of 197 this morning: Countdown to 3k–Bob Baffert, who has six horses entered today, is just two wins shy of 3,000 in his incredible Hall of Fame career…Ashleyluvssugar, 48.40, Starr of Quality, 50.60, Ward ‘n Jerry, 48.80, Dr. Dorr, 1:00 flat, Frontier Market, 1:15 flat, Gidgetta, 49.00, Mucho Unusual, 1:01.40, Ohio, 49.80, St. Joe Bay, 59.60, Taishan, 59.80 and Storm the Hill (training track), 1:01.20…Leading rider Joel Rosario, who registered a hat trick yesterday, has been suspended three racing days, Feb. 6, 7 & 8, for a disqualification which came aboard Ghoul, who was moved from second to fifth in last Sunday’s Clockers’ Corner Stakes…Santa Anita offers $2 beer and $6 specialty cocktails each Friday at designated locations throughout the track. Specialty cocktails include a Baldwin Buck, Margarita and other selected cocktails. There is also free Club House and General Admission each Friday . . . FIRST POST ON BIG GAME SUNDAY, FEB. 2., IS EARLY AT 11:30 A.M. COME FOR THE RACES AND STAY FOR THE BIG GAME! 4 2 $783,934 Drayden Van Dyke64 15 10 4 40% 29% 74% 9 58% 13 7 49% 3 Win% 25% Money Won
PVL: FEU takes no. 1 after quick win over San Sebastian Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West MOST READ 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 comments “Right now, the fight against Bibiano is imminent and I’m just waiting for ONE to tell me when it is so I can prepare properly,” said Belingon.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “To my friend Bibiano, I respect him as a champion and we’re in the same weight class,” said Belingon. “I’m a top contender, there’s no escape my friend. I hope you recover fast so we can fight this year.”READ: GALLERY: ONE Championship: Reign of KingsBelingon (19-5) said he still has a lot of tricks left in his bag and the performance he showed against Nguyen (11-3), who is still the featherweight and lightweight champion, and he’ll happily show it all when he eventually fights Fernandes.“There will be surprises so you guys should look forward for it when I face Bibi,” said Belingon, who is on a six-fight winning streak, in Filipino.Belingon’s last loss was more than two years ago and it was against Fernandes.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Kevin Belingon and Bibiano Fernandes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKevin Belingon finally got his own title belt in ONE Championship after he beat Martin Nguyen to become the interim bantamweight champion.Team Lakay’s “Silencer,” however, knows there’s still a person standing in his way to becoming the true king of the bantamweight division and that is undisputed champion Bibiano Fernandes.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Belingon, however, didn’t need to wait long to challenge Fernades for a unification bout as the two shared the cage at the end of the ONE: Reign of Kings card at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: Belingon dominates Nguyen for ONE interim bantamweight belt FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Decked out in a sharp dark blue suit, Fernandes, belt in tow, congratulated Belingon.“He did a good job today, but I’m still the champion,” said Fernandes who is nursing an injury.
– working conditions, rights, safety of workers main focusIn order to improve occupational health and safety by 2020, the Social Protection Ministry has officially launched a new Occupational Health and Safety policy that is to be implemented country-wide.This is according to Permanent Secretary of the Social Protection Ministry, Lorene Baird, who stated that the aim of this policy is to protect all workers from health and safety hazards while they are at their respective jobs.“It sets out duties for all workplace parties, rights for workers, establishes procedures for dealing with workplace hazards…it provides for enforcement of laws where compliance has not been achieved voluntarily. The continued improvement of such a policy is important as workplace health and safety procedures are important for the wellbeing of the employees given that human loss is immeasurable and intolerable.”She pointed out that looking after health and safety makes good business sense as workplaces that neglect health and safety risks prosecution, may lose staff, and may face increased costs and reduced profitability due to more accidents and downtime.“Therefore, we all have a duty. We all have a moral responsibility towards employees’ protection which can only be achieved through such policies…policies which devote resources to deliberating and strategising about safety precautions.”Meanwhile, representative of the Consultative Association of Guyanese Industry (CAGI), Earl Morris pointed out that health and safety measures are not expensive and that contrary to public opinion, systematically applying well-planned safety and health measures have proven to give good returns on investments at the company level.“Apart from reducing costs…and related to absenteeism, accident and disease reduction, Occupational Safety and Health measures help to improve a companies’ image, their position in the labour market and customers’ appreciation. Academic research also shows that high-quality working conditions that trigger job satisfaction may indirectly influence workers’ health and improve job satisfaction over time,” Morris said.He explained that while there is no statistical evidence that economies with poor safety and health measures are more competitive, research by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) suggests that countries where working conditions are among the poorest have greatly reduced competitiveness.“This Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) policy is contributing towards ILO’s objective to achieving decent work. A healthy workforce and a safe working environment are the ideal combining factors that will contribute towards higher output and sustain development. Therefore, adopting a safe and healthy approach at work create benefits for workers, employers, as well as the country.”According to Morris, Guyana must continue to invest in the quality of work, since all workers have the right to work in decent, safe and healthy work environments.“The national OHS policy is being launched at a time when our country is embarking a new frontier, the oil and gas as well as the green industry. Our safety and health measures are definitely going to be tested. This OHS policy is, therefore, timely since it places obligations on various stakeholders in managing those challenges from the traditional industries as well as the newer ones as we face them.”Similar sentiments were made by General Secretary of the Federation of Independent Trades Union of Guyana (FITUG), Dawchan Nagar, who pointed out that considering the changes that have taken place in the country and also changes that are occurring presently, there must be continuous consideration of development at the local, regional and international levels.“National development and advancement have changed our outlook on circumstances since the Occupational Health and Safety Act came into being. For instance, the oil and gas…industry was absent from our national landscape at that time. The construction industry since then has adopted new methods and is reaching new heights, literally and figuratively. Those realities among several others have emerged over the years and have also brought focus and the necessity of Occupational Safety and Health giving the occupational risks that our workers are facing in the jobs of 2019.” (Kristen Macklingam)
Parking Meter scandal– says respondents would be in breach if project continuesIn spite of an ‘order nisi certiorari’ being issued by Chief Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards against them, Mayor Patricia Chase-Green and Town Clerk Royston King have committed to ensuring that paid parking is re-implemented in Georgetown from today. This announcement has raised eyebrows among legal experts and stakeholders alike, and according to former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, that ‘order nisi certiorari’ has placed a hold on paid parking until the High Court hearing, scheduled for February 27, before Justice Brassington Reynolds.In an interview on Sunday, the Attorney noted that if the city were to continue implementing the project or force anyone to pay for parking before the hearing, this would be tantamount to violating a court order.“A writ of certiorari is one of the prerogative remedies which is granted to quash decisions made by public officers, public authorities or statutory tribunals. The order is granted, firstly by an order nisi being issued calling upon the other side to show cause why a particular decision should not be quashed.”“When that order nisi is issued, it puts that particular decision, which it imputes, upon hold until the (respondents) show or does not show cause. If the other side succeeds in showing cause why the order should not be made absolute, then the order nisi is discharged.”From left: Public Relations consultant Kit Nascimento, Town Clerk Royston King, Mayor Patricia Chase Green and Head of Smart City Solutions Amir Oren during the press briefing at National Communications Network obn FridayHe noted that if the respondents do fail to show cause, then the order nisi is upheld and made absolute, thus quashing the decision.“What that means, therefore, is that until the case is concluded, the decision (in this case) the parking meter contract and its implementation has been put on hold by the order nisi.”In violationNandlall observed that if vehicular clamping were to resume today, then they would be violating a court order. Flouting a High Court order, Nandlall observed, was a serious matter.“And therefore, the Chief Justice should be requested to summon (respondents) before her to answer for violating the court order. Because a court order (would) be violated and that is not a matter that should be treated lightly.”The High Court order was granted on Thursday last after an application for judicial review was made by Attorney Kamal Ramkarran, on behalf of Mohendra Arjune. Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green, Town Clerk Royston King and unspecified City Councillors were named as the respondents.The writ had stated that, “an order nisi of certiorari be and is hereby granted to quash the decision of the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown to enter into an agreement on or around 13 May, 2016”.In addition, the order prohibited the respondents from making “any amendments thereto for the establishment of parking meters in Georgetown with (Smart City Solutions – SCSI) and all acts and things thereafter which flowed from that decision”.The order also curtails the power of the Town Clerk. According to the High Court order, “this court orders that an order nisi of certiorari be and is hereby granted to quash the decision of the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown and the Town Clerk empowering and authorising the Town Clerk to sign and operationalise contracts with (SCSI) for the establishment of parking meters in Georgetown and all acts and things done or caused to be done thereafter flowing from that decision”.It also revoked “the decision of the Mayor and Councillors and anyone acting by or through them or under their directions or instructions or on their behalf to exempt persons or categories of persons from paying fees for parking in the City of Georgetown and being subject to penalties for parking in Georgetown”.The respondents also have to show cause against all the orders made by the Chief Justice to quash their decision to enter into the contract, which has already caused weekly mass protests in front of City Hall.Their day in court is set for February 27, 2017, before Justice Brassington Reynolds. Should they fail to comply, the document noted, they will be held in contempt of court.UnfazedSince the implementation of the order, however, the Mayor and Town Clerk have remained unfazed.During a pre-recorded press conference at National Communications Network (NCN) on Saturday, Mayor Chase Green was quoted as saying that “as of Monday next, we will resume the implementation of the parking meter project.”The statements have been heavily criticised, with lawyers from the lobby group Movement Against Parking Meters expressing consternation during a town hall meeting on Saturday.The issue is a hot topic among citizens, in particular on social media platforms. Already, there have been weekly mass protests outside of City Hall.There is another court order concerning the parking meters in the High Court, scheduled to be deliberated on by Justice Reynolds today . This one, which was brought by New Building Society (NBS), features the Town Clerk and Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan as respondents.In that writ, the respondents have to “show cause why a writ of certiorari should not be issued to quash his approval/decision to approve the Parking Meter By-Laws made under the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01 made on or about the 23rd day of January, 2017, in that the said approval or decision to approve was of no legal effect and was made unlawfully and in breach of statute.”
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The BC Government, as well as Canadian Government announced today that they are putting $33.02 million into Northern Lights College that will provide opportunities for those who want to start a career in trades to get the proper skills as well as training in a new state-of-the-art facility.The announcement was made by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and the Honourable Mike Bernier, B.C. Minister of Education and MLA for Peace River South, on behalf of the Honourable Andrew Wilkinson, B.C. Minister of Advanced Education.The new building will replace the current World War II-era structure. The Canadian Government is giving $14.57 million, while the BC Government is giving $15.06 million towards the project.- Advertisement -Northern Lights College and private partners will contribute $3.39 million. Private partners contributing to the new building include: Canbriam Energy Inc., Encana Services Company, Shell Canada and TransCanada Pipelines.Construction is expected to start in Summer of 2016 and be ready for occupancy by early 2018. The project itself will create 133 direct and 102 indirect jobs during development.“Our government wants B.C. students to be first in line for the almost one million jobs expected by 2025. A new trades training facility in Dawson Creek benefits students, instructors and future employers in a range of sectors throughout northern B.C.” – The Honourable Mike Bernier, B.C. Minister of Education and MLA for Peace River South on behalf of the Honourable Andrew Wilkinson, B.C. Minister of Advanced Education.Advertisement
The Canadian Press CALGARY — The Canada Energy Regulator says it has approved an application from Chevron Canada for a 40-year licence to export natural gas from the proposed Kitimat LNG project despite environmental opposition. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 5, 2019. Chevron has previously stated the increase in scope is designed to improve the project’s “cost of supply competitiveness” compared with other LNG projects around the world. It has not said when a final investment decision will be made, although its application envisions commissioning of the facility by 2029.Advertisement The application filed last spring to the National Energy Board, the CER’s predecessor, aimed to double the previously approved export licence duration and nearly double the potential output of the facility to 997 billion cubic feet of natural gas per year. It also rejected his argument an adequate natural gas supply hadn’t been proven, despite a Chevron expert’s estimate of Canadian and North American natural gas resources of 1,000 trillion cubic feet and 4,000 Tcf, respectively. – Advertisement -In its decision letter, the CER notes that it rejected an application from B.C. environmentalist Michael Sawyer to restart the regulatory process and hold a public hearing. In the fall of 2018, the Shell Canada-led LNG Canada consortium announced it would proceed with its $40-billion, 14-million-tonne-per-year project, also to be built near Kitimat. It’s expected to be in service by 2024. That’s the equivalent of about 18 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas, a substantial increase over the previous 10-million-tonne, 20-year licence which is set to expire at the end of this year.
A Donegal teenager who helped bag turf for three days claims he was sexually assaulted by an older man he had met while working in a bog.The youth, who was 15 at the time of the alleged attack, claims he was assaulted after being asked to fix a wardrobe at the man’s home.The accused, who is aged 43 and lives in West Donegal, denies the claims during a trial which opened at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday (TUES). The teenager, now 17, claims the accused called him and asked him to come to his home and fix a wardrobe and that he would pay him.When he got to the house on April 30th, 2009, the accused man’s mother and friend were leaving to go and get groceries.When the teenager went to the bedroom to try and fix the wardrobe, he heard somebody breathing behind him.He then claims the man pulled down his trousers and pushed him onto the bed.After he landed on the bed, the alleged attacker then pulled down his own trousers and tried to anally rape the teenager.“He tried to stick it in my bum cheeks. I was trying to get him off me but he was too strong for me,” said the youth.He then claims the 43 year old man then turned him around on the bed and performed oral sex on him for a short time.The teenager, who gave evidence by videolink, then claimed he broke free and went outside the man’s house and punched his fist against the wallHe later told a guest of the accused what had happened.He said he had to report the matter to the Gardai but the accused said he didn’t want to and just wanted it all to go away.The man said “I knew by the look of him that something had happened. He was like a rabbit in the headlights.”The teenager eventually told his father and the man said he was very relived.However barrister for the accused, Peter Nolan, said was it not the case that the incident had simply snowballed and that he had made it all up.He alleged that the teenager was actually caught by the accused masturbating in his hallway and was left feeling very embarrassed.He also referred to different doctor’s reports which completely contradicted the evidence given by the alleged victim.The trial before Judge John O’Hagan is expected to conclude today (WED).AT HEARING© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.* Donegaldaily.com – keeping you in touch with all that’s happening in the courts.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyDONEGAL TEENAGER CLAIMS HE WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED AFTER BAGGING TURF was last modified: November 9th, 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) Tags:Letterkenny Circuit Courtsexual assault
GAA Group 3St. Michaels march onGlenfin 1-08St Michaels 2-07 Having shown tremendous fighting spirit to take victory against Cloughaneely last weekend, Glenfin showed they weren’t going to just make up the numbers against the much-fancied St. Michael’s this afternoon.The visitors started without Martin McElhinney who had impressed in last weekend’s big win against Four Masters and they were made to fight all the way against a Glenfin side who saw Kevin McGlynn find the net.In the end only two points separated the sides after goals from Colm McFadden and Andrew Kelly edged St. Michael’s over the line.CHAMPIONSHIP: ST MICHAEL’S MARCH ON DESPITE GREAT FIGHT BY GLENFIN was last modified: August 30th, 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:glenfinSt Michaels