This has meant that they have passed from being tenth in the classification to occupying the sixteenth place, just two points from the descent. The armored team is suffering greatly from scoring crisis of its two top scorers last season. Charles, who scored 14 goals, has only 5, and Sergi Enrich, who finished the season with 7 goals, has only managed to see the door once so far in the campaign. Quite a drama.Celta de Vigo – 1 more pointAnother of the historical records of the League that is in low hours. When Celta announced the signings of Rafinha, Denis Suárez or Santi Mina, among others, nobody expected that on matchday 27 the team from Vigo was only one point away from relegation. But that is the reality. The computer does not finish booting and, although he has had moments of good play, the results have not accompanied him and they reach the final phase of the season in serious trouble. Despite not being a large numerical difference, yes it is true that the current sensations are not the best. And it is that, while, at this point of last season, the team led then by Valverde had only conceded two defeats, this campaign already has five. Athletic, Granada, Levante, Valencia and Real Madrid have managed to beat the Catalans. A worrying fact, since the azulgrana finished the league with only three defeats.Your best player, Leo Messi has also lowered his contribution. Last season He had 26 goals, while now he has 19. Seven goals less than, although they serve to be the championship top scorer with some advantage, add to the list of problems of the club directed by Setién. Suárez’s injury and Griezmann’s low scoring contribution, his star signing last summer, as well as defensive weakness in some games, make this Barça’s numbers worse than those of a year ago.Real Madrid – 5 more pointsIf Barcelona, its maximum rival for the title, has left 5 points more than last season, the white team accumulates as many more points in its box. Total, reduces the difference with the Catalan frame by 10 points. Of course, his defeat against Real Betis on the last league game made them lose a leadership they attacked by defeating the Catalans 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabéu, just two weeks ago. While last year they had 8 losses in 27 games, this season is the least expired set, since only the three points have been left against three teams: Mallorca, Levante and Betis, the latter two in the last month of competition. Zidane has managed to give the team a defensive solidity that they lacked a year ago. 19 goals conceded in 27 games make Real Madrid the team with the fewest goals in the five major European leagues.Offensive production is his due. The Whites have 49 goals in their favor, far from the 63 that Barcelona has scored. To put it in context, the Madrid team carries only four goals more than Real Sociedad and five more than Villarreal. A rather discreet figure for a team that aspires to win the League.Seville – 7 more pointsJulen Lopetegui has managed to form a team that aspires to rub shoulders with the greatest next season. The Spanish club, which last year ranked sixth in the table at this point, is currently third, only behind the two ‘giants’. With seven more points in his bag, Sevilla has become a serious candidate to play in the Champions League in September. Not counting big names, Bordalás has built a team that competes in all matches, and that often does so with satisfactory results. Despite having one more point than last year, the azulones do not occupy the fourth place that they occupied at this point. If they are able to bear the extra effort involved in the Europa League, where they have to face Inter Milan in the second roundThey will surely be competing until the last moment to qualify for the maximum continental competition.Atlético de Madrid – 11 points lessIf the Real Sociedad stars in one of the largest growths in terms of points, the whole of Cholo Simeone is one of the ones that has fallen the most. From occupying the second position in the table a year ago they have dropped to sixth, with 11 fewer points. While last season they had 16 victories, today they have only managed 11, tying even more games (12) of those who have won. Although they remain one of the most reliable defensive teams in the championship, with only 21 goals conceded, the rojiblancos have goalscoring numbers that are more than worrying. His 31 goals in 27 games make him 9th least scoring team in the League. The loss of Griezmann, who scored 15 league goals last year, and the low offensive production of Joao Félix, with 4 goals, and Diego Costa, with 2, are the causes of this drop. Alone Morata, with 8 goals, holds the numbers Cholo’s attack.Valencia – 3 more pointsDespite the dismissal of Marcelino, the coach of Valencia for the past two seasons, The Ché have not suffered in the ranking, quite the opposite. They add three points more than last year at this point. And that its results in the last weeks are worrying, since They have only won one of the last five league games. To this we must add the elimination in Cup at the hands of Granada and the win received in Champions against Atalanta. Masip’s good season and defensive line, who has conceded five goals less than a year ago and makes his team the less thrashed from the bottom, has not found a reflection in the attacking area. Sergi Guardiola, with 5 goals, is the team’s top scorer, exposing an evident lack of goal problem.Eibar – 8 points lessAnother team that has suffered a major downturn is the Eibar of Mendilibar. A team based on defensive reliability that has seen how not only concede more goals than last year (5)His goal-scoring performance has dropped dramatically. The Gunsmith Team He has seen the door 11 times less than a season ago. Taking Girona as a reference, Both Granada and Osasuna are in a better position than the Catalan team. The Andalusians have 38 points and are practically saved and even they dream of fighting for Europe. The Navarrese have 34 points and It doesn’t seem like they will have any trouble saving themselves, with El Sadar as a fort, where they are carrying out a great campaign. The explosion of Gerard Moreno, which already has four more goals than in the entire previous championship, and the great state of form of Cazorla, who are living their second youth, are two of the great culprits that Villarreal has grown so much from one year to the next. Calleja, who returned in January 2019 to rescue the team, is the other great architect. Last year he signed 28 of the last 33 points. If they manage to make a similar final straight, Villarreal will return to Europe next season.Athletic Club – 3 more pointsDespite having scored more points than last year, the people of Bilbao are still involved in a little positive cycle, at least in League. In recent campaigns, Athletic, one of the most successful clubs in Spain, does not manage to settle assiduously in the noble area of the table. With a discreet tenth place, three points higher than its records from a year ago, when it was in the twelfth position. FC Barcelona – 5 points lessThe current championship leader, FC Barcelona, it was also in first place last season at this point. After the dispute on Matchday 27, the Catalan team had 63 points to their credit after beating Rayo Vallecano 3-1 at the Camp Nou. There are five more points regarding the current situation of the Catalans. But its success is not only based on numerical data. The Basques are, today, the most attractive team in the League. The Odegaard, Merino, Oyarzabal and company, under the command of Imanol Alguacil, they are delighting the eyes of the neutral spectator, and their own fans, day after day.The realists, who they add five victories in the last seven league games, are the third highest scoring team, with 45 goals to his credit. If we were talking about Monchi before, Olabe is postulated as one of the great sporting directors of Spain. Remiro, Monreal, Odegaard Portu and Isak have made Gipuzkoans one of the best Spanish teams of the moment.Getafe – 1 more pointIf Getafe de Bordalás is characterized by anything, it is its regularity. The azulón box has become the ‘dentist’ of the League, the cotton test for each team. The people of Madrid are the third least goalscored team in the championship, which means they are tied on points with Real Sociedad, which they beat at Reale Arena. Despite the good numbers of some attackers, like Loren, who has 9 goals, Joaquín, with 8, or Fekir, who has 7 goalsDefense problems are condemning a more insecure group than normal in this regard. The 43 goals conceded make Betis the third most scored team of the championship, numbers that make it impossible to fight for higher levels.Levante – 3 more pointsGranotas are closer to salvation than a year ago. Specifically, three points closer. If last season they had the descent to 5 points, this time they look at it from afar with some tranquility. There are 8 points that separate them from the relegation zone. With 33 points to his credit, those of Paco López are only seven of the famous 40 points, which in principle claim to continue in First. The great season of Roger Martí, who has been uncovered with 11 goals as one of the top national scorers, together with the great performance of Aitor Fernández, who could even go to the national team, are the two great news of Levante. The granota club, however, is missing the goalscoring contribution of its ‘Commander’. Morales, who finished the last championship with 12 goals, has only managed two so far.Deportivo Alavés – 9 points lessAlthough, today, they are relatively far from the decline, the situation of the babazorros has nothing to do with what they lived a year ago. El Alavés, who last season I was in fifth position by now, is in the lower area of the table, with 9 fewer points. The loss of important men, like his coach, Rubí; his top scorer, Borja Iglesias, or his best central defender, Mario Hermoso, together with the lack of success when it comes to signing their spare parts it has produced the current situation of the Catalans. Given the trajectory of the team, it is almost a miracle that they are saved, but if anyone can do it it’s Abelardo.Granada, Osasuna and Mallorca – They were in SecondBeing last year in the Second Division, it does not make sense to analyze the difference in points compared to last season. But there is something that can be analyzed, and it is the difference between the teams that dropped last season. If we consider Girona, which was the last team to descend, the Catalan team had 31 points to their credit. His bad final stretch of the season, where he only got 6 points, made them go to Segunda, accompanying Rayo and Huesca. Garitano, what signed last summer as Alaves coach to replace Abelardo, has not managed to consolidate the good role that Alavés did last season. The serious problem of the whole of Vitoria is that is not knowing how to capitalize on his goals. With one more goal in favor than last season, he has achieved nine fewer points.Real Valladolid – 3 more pointsWith better numbers than last season, Real Valladolid has not managed to escape from the low zone. The people from Valladolid have got three more points than a year ago, when they were only one point above the descent, while in the current season they have an income of four. The cucumbers currently have 23 points, far from the 33 with which they reached matchday 27 last season, and three points from salvation. En-Nesyri and Braithwaite’s march has done a lot of damage in the Madrid club, which clings to the good moment of Óscar Rodríguez as an argument to save himself. Being the least scoring team and without their two reference strikers they will have a difficult time.Espanyol – 14 points lessThe prize for the team with the worst evolution goes to Espanyol. The parakeet group, currently led by Abelardo, is in the last position with 20 points, 14 less than last year. An atrocity. The Catalans have gone from fighting for Europe, a prize they got on the last day, to see salvation as a chimera. They have 11 days without leaving the ‘red lantern’They are the team with the most goals and are six points from salvation. Despite having cut last year’s bleeding, when he had 45 conceded goals, and being one of the teams that receive the fewest goals from the bottom of the standings, with 34, his meager scoring output is taking its toll. His 22 goals in 27 games make the team from Vigo the second least goalscorer in the championship, just ahead of Leganés. Iago Aspas, with 9 goals, is still the nail to hold on to.Leganés – 10 points lessAfter comfortably achieving salvation last season, Mauricio Pellegrino dropped the team at the beginning of this campaign. The arrival of Aguirre, after passing through the bench of the interim Luis Cembranos, was an injection of positivism for Leganés, who he was last and practically evicted. Monchi’s return could not have been better for the Andalusians. The signing of Lopetegui, former Spanish coach, has been a success. But, in addition, the new players are giving an enormous performance. Players like Koundé, Diego Carlos, Fernando, Joan Jordán, En-Nesyri or Luuk de Jong they represent a large number of hits.Especially striking is the case of Lucas Ocampos. The Argentine winger came from Marseille for 15 million and has emerged as one of the great names in the League. His 10 goals and 2 assists have contributed to making Sevilla one of the best teams in the championship.Real Sociedad – 11 more pointsThe great winner of the seasonUntil now, it has its own name: the Royal Society. The group led by Imanol Alguacil carries a whopping 11 points more than a year ago, when it was ninth in the table. Today, the txuri-urdin occupy the fourth place, which, if they finished like this, would take them to play the Champions League next year, a competition that has not played since 2013. The Cup final, however, It is the biggest incentive for a team that has come down in recent years. The possibility of obtaining the cupbearer title more than 30 years later keeps the flame of illusion alive in Bilbao. Garitano’s duty, however, will be to try to temporarily forget that final and fight, via League, to get into Europe.Real Betis – 6 points lessThe hiring of Rubí, who replaces Quique Setién and who came from having a great season with Espanyol, and the signings of Fekir and Borja Iglesias heralded a very different season who is living in the Benito Villamarín. The verdiblancos have gone from eighth to twelfth place in the ranking, worsening last year’s records by six points. Looking at the classification, everything seems to be the same or better. The Valencian club is seventh, just as it was last season, and is located four points from the Champions League. But the background is troubling. Celades’ men have received 16 more goals than last year. They have gone from being one of the least scored teams to being the sixth most goals.Last season, after a start with many doubts, they signed a commendable final sprint: they got 22 of the last 33 points in the contest, going back to qualify for Champions, and they won the Copa del Rey against FC Barcelona in a memorable final. Everything points to the fact that this year the end of the season will not be so beautiful.Villarreal – 12 more pointsHis season does not stand out as much as that of Real Sociedad, but their growth has been even higher than that of the txuri-urdin. The ‘Submarino’ has achieved 12 points more than last season. If last year they had 5 wins and 11 draws, this season they have turned it around and have turned 6 of those draws into wins, totaling 11. The one that does have it more complicated is Mallorca. The vermilion outfit has only got 25 points, six fewer than those that Girona got until matchday 27. Looking at it this way, there are reasons to worry. Especially if we consider that they are the second most scored team. But, based also on the precedents, also Celta had 25 points at this point and ended up saving with four margin points. Villarreal and Valladolid, who had 26 points, ended up saving with seven and four points margin, respectively. So, there are reasons to be worried, but also to dream.
Owayne Gordon performed the Moses act of leading his team to the promised land of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) final but, like the biblical character, he will not set foot in it this year, at least. Gordon, the 24-year-old attacker and a shoo-in for this season’s golden boot after a haul of 20 goals, including one in the first-leg semi-final, left the island yesterday morning to take up a contract with United States Soccer League team INDY11. The former Anchovy High School player, who had a stint with Arnett Gardens in the RSPL, was Montego Bay United’s most consistent player this season. While not scoring in Sunday night’s 2-2 second leg semi-final draw, he played a major part over the two legs and scored the first to give them a 2-1 win in Montego Bay. This is despite knowing that he would not be around to physically lift the cup if they should win. “I told my team from minute one of the semi-final that I am going to be the one who puts you guys in the final, so I want when I get there, I hear good things,” Gordon said of his mindset going into his final two games of the season for Montego Bay United. Despite his psychological preparation, Gordon confessed that it was still hard not being part of the big occasion. “It is bittersweet. I am definitely sad about it because after playing so well throughout the tournament, not playing a part in the final is a bit hard. It really means a lot, but I will not be here in physical presence, but my spirit will be here. “On the other hand, it is a big plus for me and my team, as I am moving on to a bigger stage. It is good for my team, too, as it shows the work that we are putting in that someone recognises that and has given me the chance to play in a different environment. Honestly, I am very pleased about that,” explained Gordon, who said he made a pledge last season to climb to the top. Having had his first professional break outside the country, the St James resident said his approach will be the same. “This opportunity is a big thing for me because it is my first signing to a club outside of Jamaica. My plan is to go there and do as well as I have done here in our Premier League, go there and score some goals. “I went to Vietnam once and it was OK. I did not play for the club. I just went on a trial, but didn’t get a contract. I have a contract now to show what I am really made of, so I will go out there and do my best,” he promised.
“Ungrateful English,” read the headline on the front page of Friday’s edition of Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy, Ranieri’s native country. Look deeper, though, and there was a sense of inevitability about the ruthless decision made by Leicester’s Thai owners. Ranieri is simply the latest manager to be toppled by player power. In short, his players had stopped playing for him. Only last weekend, Ranieri accused his team of lacking “heart and desire” in a 1-0 loss to third-tier club Millwall in the FA Cup. The virtues that carried them to the most unlikely title triumph in the history of English football – notably team spirit, organisation and hard work – had vanished. yesterday, sections of the British media reported that senior players told Leicester’s owners in a meeting after the Sevilla game that things were not working with Ranieri. Player power isn’t a new phenomenon in the Premier League. In December 2015, Jose Mourinho was fired by Chelsea seven months after guiding the London team to the Premier League title. Days before he was fired, Mourinho said after a 2-1 loss at Leicester that he felt his work was “betrayed” by his players. In May 2013, Roberto Mancini was fired by Manchester City, less than a year after winning the Premier League. “It’s not right that the players decide if the manager must be sacked or not,” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said yesterday. “If this happens, it means the club is poor, without power. I don’t believe this. I don’t trust this. I don’t want to listen to these types of stories because it’s frustrating for a manager to imagine that the players can decide your destiny.” “CHAMPION OF ENGLAND and FIFA MANAGER of THE YEAR. Sacked,” read a post on Mourinho’s Instagram account late Thursday. “That’s the new football Claudio. Keep smiling.” Ungrateful English For many, Claudio Ranieri deserved a job for life at Leicester. What he achieved last season, turning a bunch of mostly journeymen and cast-offs into Premier League champions, was the stuff of dreams and comic books. Ranieri had made the impossible possible, bringing a touch of romanticism back to a sport that has become a cold, hard, money-driven industry in so many ways. It meant that there was an outpouring of dismay and incredulity when Ranieri’s firing was announced on Thursday evening. He was informed of his departure by Leicester’s board immediately after his return to England after the Champions League match at Sevilla, where Leicester lost 2-1 on Wednesday. The general opinion was that he deserved so much better. “Unforgivable,” tweeted Gary Lineker, the former Leicester and England striker.
Tetra Tech DPK has trained scores of security officers from the Liberia National Police (LNP), Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) assigned in Nimba in another phase of training as a means of strengthening their capacity in discharging their duties.The training workshop, held on November 6th brought together over 40 security officers from across Nimba especially those assigned within a communities where there have been reports of land crisis.William Thompson, III, Component 3 leader of Tetra Tech DPK said, “This training is an effort to complement government’s efforts in the Security Sector Reform process of Liberia.”Tetra Tech DPK’s Mitigating Land Disputes in Liberia (MLDL) program, taking into consideration one of its mandates, which is to enhance the capacity of law enforcement agencies in responding to community security concerns through improved investigation and crime scene management conducted a three-day training workshop for four law enforcement agenciesLNP, BIN, NBI and DEA. The training is funded by the Narcotic Law Enforcement/INL, a unit in the US Department of State.The training, held under the theme, “Enhancing Law Enforcement Personnel Responsiveness to Community Security Concerns,” is part of the Tetra Tech DPK’s mandate that calls for building of the capacity of law enforcement officers, especially the police.Speaking at the opening of the training, the Superintendent of Nimba County, Ms. Christina Dagadu, urged the trainees to put into practice they were taught so that they can discharge their duties in a much more improved manner in the county.Supt. Dagadu commended Tetra Tech for building the skills of the security in Nimba, adding: “It is Tetra Tech, which has broadened my knowledge on security.”“The training workshop was held under various topics including; implementing the concept of community policing, principles of mediation for handling disputes, intelligence and information gathering, criminal investigation and crime scene management investigation as well as conflict resolution.Tetra Tech DPK is presently operating in Lofa and Nimba Counties as a pilot project same last year under the Mitigating Land Dispute in Liberia Program.Since last year, Tetra Tech has been establishing county security council, district security council as well as a community forum in districts of the two counties.The community forum, which is mostly civilians discuss and report issues that have that might lead to insecurity in the community to district security council, which comprises of all the security apparatus and if it cannot be resolved it then go to the county security county, which is headed by the superintendent.It can be recalled that at the launch of the Bain Garr Security Council last year in Ganta, the police detail commander of Ganta praised Tetra Tech DPK for helping to reduce the land tension in Ganta.Meanwhile, the Chief of Team of Tetra Tech, Dr. Alfred Fofie, had vowed to provide some logistics (motorbikes) to enhance the work of the security.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
1 Louis van Gaal admitted Manchester United were fortunate to escape the Britannia Stadium with their unbeaten run still intact.United have still yet to taste defeat since November after Radamel Falcao cancelled out Ryan Shawcross’ early opener to earn them a point against Stoke, but Van Gaal was less than impressed by his side’s performance as they began 2015 with a whimper.“I think Stoke deserved more the victory, but at the end the draw is good,” said the Dutchman, whose side remain third in the Premier League table.“I cannot say we were the better team today. I have said that many times, but today I cannot say this.“I think Stoke were closer to the victory. They had two major chances and we did not create so much in spite of the time and space.“We had a lot of time and space, we could pass the ball quicker I think, but our crosses were not so good and the last pass of our midfielders were not so good.“We knew before the game it would be a tough game because we had seen already in the home match [when United won 2-1] that it is difficult to beat Stoke City.“They a well-organised team that play with long balls with Crouch and Diouf and Walters, and also today Arnautovic played a very good game.“We knew it would be difficult to defend and you have seen that today.” Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal
Everton utility man Bryan Oviedo’s recent impressive performances have been rewarded with a new three-and-a-half-year contract.The Costa Rica international has signed the deal after showing this season he is back to his best following an horrific double fracture of his leg two years ago.“I am really happy to commit my future to Everton because this is a special club and, for me, a second home,” said Oviedo, who joined from Copenhagen in the summer of 2012 and has kept Leighton Baines out of the side in the last two matches.“When I experienced some really tough times, the toughest of my career, everybody was behind me – the manager, the staff, the players and the fans and that support helped me through and made me stronger, as a person and as a player.“I feel that I am in the best moment of my career. I am experienced now and I have greater confidence and I have a real ambition to win a trophy for Everton.“We have clear goals as a team. We want to win a cup and we want to continue building ourselves into a top Premier League team.“The manager is clear that he wants to build a winning team and I want to play my part in this because he has helped me to progress my career by believing in me.“Everton is an incredible club and the people here are fantastic. Every day is a joy to come to work and to try to improve as an individual and as a team.“I’m really happy to be a part of this and my ambition is that we are successful in the years to come.” Bryan Oviedo 1
As part of her probation, Rankins was ordered to pay the restitution to the best of her ability, but in the ensuing three-plus years made just $2,500 in payments, Hope said. In addition to buying the house in Lancaster valued at between $700,000 and $800,000, Rankins also paid for $10,000 in concrete work and $11,500 in window coverings, Hope said. Rankins also owned a home in Palmdale. She also leased a 2006 BMW valued at $121,295, Hope said. Rankins told a deputy probation officer she was running the loan mortgage business, but as a convicted felon she cannot become a licensed broker, Hope said. As part of her probation, Rankins was ordered to only use the name of Alvina Rankins, but used the name Alvina Mitchell on loan and other documents. She was ordered not to apply for any kind of aid, but evidence showed she applied for aid for her three children for free lunches, Hope said. Rankins, who was convicted of arson, auto theft and receiving stolen property in 1988, 1992 and 1995, respectively, lost her child-care license in November 1999. She was accused of fraudulently receiving the Medi-Cal benefits from November 1995 to February 1999. In the welfare fraud case, Rankins was accused of wrongfully collecting $20,549 in welfare payments from 1996 to 1998. She went off welfare in 1998 after her child-care income increased to an estimated $10,000 to $12,000 a month, prosecutors said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “She seems to write her own rules and doesn’t take into account limitations put on her by the court,” Hope said. “She was ordered to obey a handful of rules and failed to do so.” Attorneys for Rankins did not respond to requests for comment. Rankins was arrested Nov. 16 on suspicion of violating her probation after probation officers and sheriff’s deputies searched her home. She has been in custody since then without bail and paid up the remaining restitution Dec. 23, Hope said. Paperwork found at her home prompted detectives to initiate an investigation into possible real estate fraud. The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed. Rankins, who before her fraud conviction provided child care under a county contract despite having a criminal record, was given a suspended three-year prison sentence in 2002 and sentenced to a year in jail for illegally receiving welfare and MediCal aid while doing child care. A Palmdale woman convicted of welfare fraud in 2001 was sent to prison after she bought a house valued at more than $700,000, spent $44,800 on a pool, and bought an SUV for herself and a motorcycle for her boyfriend while paying only $2,500 toward her court-ordered $30,000 restitution. Alvina Rankins, 41, whose three-year prison sentence had been suspended after her fraud conviction, also tried while on probation to get free school lunches for her three children and apparently had been running a loan mortgage business without a license, prosecutors said. “Here was a woman who already obtained $30,000 in welfare aid she was not legally entitled to but continued to thumb her nose at the legal system,” Deputy District Attorney Tamia Hope said. At the conclusion of a probation violation hearing Wednesday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ann Jones found that Rankins had violated the terms and conditions of her probation, was not amenable to another grant of probation, and sentenced her to three years in prison.
FROM JOHN SMITHSON IN READING: A DONEGAL man who has admitted battering a man to death with a hammer had no motive for killing him, his trial has been told.Shaleem Amar died from head injuries after being epeatedly hit with hammers at his home near Ascot, England on November 17 last year.Donegal Town man Robert ‘Derek’ Johnston, his two sons Tom and Ben and his friend Shaun Matthews, all from Cambridgeshire, deny murdering Mr Amar, 33. Johnston, 57, was Mr Amar’s business partner and has already told the trial here at Reading Crown Court that he hit him with a hammer in self-defence after a row over money.The trial has also heard how police found Mr Amar covered in 50kgs of sand in the back of Mr Johnston’s van. He later died of his injuries.Martin Heslop QC, defending Johnston’s 25-year-old son Tom, said no motive had been found for the killing.In fact, he said, emails between them before the killing had “demonstrated affection” for him.“Let’s be realistic, if you may, members of the jury. People don’t go and kill somebody else in a premeditated operation without some reason for doing so,” said the defence lawyer.“If it was premeditated to go and kill him, then why didn’t they do so? Why didn’t they kill him?“Why did they move a man who’s alive into the van? Why attack him at his house?“If they were going to kill him, why did they wait so long? You’d expect them to be in and out as quickly as possible in order to prevent them being caught.”He said Tom Johnston’s “mere presence” in the van and at the time of the attack “do not in themselves prove anything”.The court has previously heard how Derek Johnston had bought three hammers, four pairs of gloves, bags, a wheelbarrow, torch and bags of sand on the day before the killing.This was not a sign of guilt, said Mr Heslop. It was unlikely the defendant would purchase such items for a premeditated killing from a shop where he was a regular customer for 20 years.The trial continues.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.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comHAMMER HORROR MURDER: ‘DONEGAL MAN HAD NO MOTIVE FOR KILLING’ was last modified: December 9th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Oireachtas members and other local Donegal public representatives have described a meeting with HSE staff as “constructive.”THE NEW MEDICAL WING AT LKGHThe meeting was held with management at Letterkenny General Hospital this afternoon.Top of the agenda was the proposal to either move or downgrade the gynae ward at the hospital to cater for the opening of the hospital new wing in the coming weeks. MEETING ON FUTURE OF GYNAE WARD DESCRIBED AS ‘CONSTRUCTIVE” was last modified: August 30th, 2012 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)
Spraoi Le Cheile Childcare Facility are hosting a fundraising event – Ladies Night on Sat 6th Oct in Ostan na Rosann Dungloe.Starting at 7.30pm. Champagne reception on arrival. Complimentary treatments ranging from Nails, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology.There will also be opportunity to browse products from businesses such as ‘I Love Candy’, ‘ Mad About House’, ‘Off Your Head Fascinators’, “AOWeddings’, Stairway to Beauty’, John Raffery Photography to name only a few. Followed by a fashion show supplied by McElhinneys, Tokyo Letterkenny & Lulu at the Cope Dungloe.Draw to win a signed Donegal Jersey & lots of great raffle prizes on the night.This event is supported by donegaldaily.com LADIES ONLY CHARITY NIGHT IN DUNGLOE was last modified: October 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LADIES ONLY CHARITY NIGHT IN DUNGLOE