Nelson Youth Soccer grads continue to shine on CIS university scene

first_imgThe Heat held a quick 2-0 lead against the third-place Bears before Alberta scored four times in 23 minutes to take control of the game, leading 4-2 at halftime.Stinson, working on a degree in Human Kinetics after transferring to UBCO following three seasons at U of C, assisted on a goal by Maddy Laranjo to give the Heat the two-goal advantage.“(Andrea) adds some experience to an otherwise fairly young squad,” Smith said.“Stinny plays in the heart of our midfield and brings a sense of energy and composure to our game model.”Wheeler, in her fourth year of a Arts Major, played with Stinson on Nelson Youth Soccer Rep teams as well as Kootenay Regional squads.“In addition to defending, Brittany provides consistent and accurate delivery of the ball to our attacking players when we are playing out of the back or attacking the goal,” Smith explained.Stinson and Wheeler are just a few Nelson Youth Soccer girls playing at the varsity level.At the University of Lethridge, three players are currently on the roster — defender Erica Augsten, forward Naomi Perkins and midfielder Tara Yowek.Lethbridge, 3-7-2 in the East Division of Canada West CIS, travels to BC to face Trinity Western and University of Fraser Valley.UBCO concludes the CIS regular season at home this weekend, hosing University of Saskatchewan Saturday and Regina Sunday.Both games are at Nonis Sports Field on the campus of UBCO.”Andrea Stinson and Brittany Wheeler are both key pieces to our 2016 Canada West Squad and are both incredible young women to work with,” the UBCO coaching staff said. Two Nelson Youth Soccer graduates have found their way back to their home province to play out their university careers.Brittany Wheeler and Andrea Stinson, teammates throughout youth soccer campaigns, landed on the roster of the University of Okanagan Heat after spending the early part of their respective CIS Women’s Soccer careers in Alberta.The two players transfered to UBCO after spending the early part of their university careers playing in Alberta — Stinson at the University of Calgary and Wheeler with University of Lethbridge.“It was identified in our first few days with the program that Andrea (Stinson) had a ton to offer and was without hesitation was brought on to help captain our team leading into the 2016 CIS season,” the Heat coaching staff said of the diminutive, but incredibly fast Stinson.As for Wheeler, a solid defender throughout her soccer career, the UBCO staff was happy to find an experienced player to solidify the Heat back line.“Brittany brings incredible spirit, heart and integrity to our program,” interim UBCO coach Craig Smith added when asked about 5’2″ Wheeler.“As a wide defender Britt continually stops the oppositions top attacking players with her dominating 1v1 defending ability.”The Heat, coming off a 5-2 loss Friday in Edmonton against the University of Alberta Bears and a 1-1 tie Sunday at home versus University of Northern BC Timberwolves, sit sixth in the West Division of the CIS with a 4-7-1 record as the season enters its final week of regular season play.last_img read more



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Hunt sparks Leafs to OT victory over Border Bruins

first_imgSawyer Hunt scored at the 3:30 mark of the second overtime to lift the Nelson Leafs to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Grand Forks Border Bruins in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night at the Jack Goddard Memorial Arena in the Boundary City.Hunt’s goal, an unassisted marker, came after Nelson forced overtime in the third period when Jack Karran scored this fourth goal in the past two games to tie the game at 2-2.Rilee Poffenroth gave Grand Forks a 1-0 lead after one period.The Bruins maintained the one-goal advantage after the teams exchanged second-period goals — Ryan Cooper for Nelson on the power play and Poffenroth with his second of the game. Poffenroth’s goal came despite the home side being outshot 23-6 by the Leafs.Nelson, continuing its shots advantage in the third 13-4, tied the game when Karran combined with David Sanchez and Zach Morey to beat Knute Loe in the Grand Forks nets.Loe, earning the Grand Forks Game Star honours, finished the game facing 58 shots.Josh Williams faced 25 shot to register his fourth win of the season.The win lifts Nelson into a tie for first place in the Murdoch Division with Grand Forks.Nelson has won three straight games and in unbeaten in five game to begin the KIJHL season.The Leafs return home to face Creston Valley Thunder Cats Saturday while the Bruins travel to Fruitvale to meet the defending KIJHL Champion Nitehawks.last_img read more



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Cavaliers send Thomas, Frye to Lakers for Clarkson, Nance

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Philly celebrates 1st Super Bowl title with parade Both Thomas and Frye have expiring contracts, as per the ESPN report.Nance, a Ohio native, is following the footsteps of his father Larry Sr., who had an illustrious 14-year career with the Cavaliers. He registered 8.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in three seasons with the Lakers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right trackcenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Isaiah Thomas #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers yells to a teammate during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Quicken Loans Arena on January 2, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Trail Blazers 127-110. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPThe Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. from the the Los Angeles Lakers just before the trade deadline, a report said.In a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavaliers are shipping away Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye and their 2018 first-round pick in exchange for Clarkson and Nance.ADVERTISEMENT This after Thomas, who was traded to Cleveland in a deal that sent  Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics, just said that he wanted to stay put for good.“I don’t [want to be traded],” Thomas said on the eve of the trade cutoff according to a separate ESPN report. “I’m tired of being traded. That’s not a good thing, but I just want to be where I’m wanted. I like it here. It hasn’t been as planned, but I definitely want to be here. We definitely have a real chance to win an NBA championship, and I want to be a part of that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt was only the diminutive guard’s 15th game with Cavaliers after a much-hyped return from a hip injury. He was averaging 14.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists before the trade.The younger and taller Clarkson, meanwhile,  is leaving the Lakers after four seasons where he averaged 14.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1 steal. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more



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BanKo-Perlas captures PVL bronze medal

first_imgTrump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team The Perlas Spikers outlasted the Lady Warriors,  23-25, 25-10, 25-14, 25-17, to tie the third-place series at 1-1, but didn’t need to play in the rubber match after Creamline completed a sweep of PayMaya in the later game.Pocari Sweat needed five sets to beat BanKo-Perlas last Sunday, 25-22, 17-25, 16-25, 26-24, 15-11.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’Perlas Spikers used an 8-0 run midway through the fourth set to pull away for good from the erstwhile champions Lady Warriors.Foreign players Lakia Bright and Jutarat Montripila led BanKo with 27 and 19 points, respectively. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Despite Pocari’s early exit, Myla Pablo happy to win PVL MVP plum Madeline Palmer had 14 for the Lady Warriors. Justin Robert ValenciaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil BanKo-Perlas captured the bronze medal after a win over Pocari Air Force and the championship-clincher from Creamline in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference on Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWscenter_img 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 MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more



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Mayor to pursue cutbacks, but no new tax increases

first_imgChick said she has been working with the mayor to find savings in city operations. Among the areas she has targeted for the year ahead are city payouts for workers’ compensation – estimated at $127 million this year – and legal settlements, expected to total $47 million. Villaraigosa said one of the keys to his spending plan will be the success of negotiations with city employee unions, with which new contracts for some 13,000 workers are pending. “They are not going to find a more pro-labor mayor than me, but at the same time, we have to be fiscally prudent,” he said. “We are going to open our books to the unions and lay everything on the table so they can see where we stand.” The city’s financial squeeze is due to a soft real-estate market and an increase in the number of foreclosures that have led to a drop in property tax revenue, he said. If city officials are successful in shaving $100 million off the budget’s structural deficit – the gap between revenue and spending – Villaraigosa said the city will have cut the deficit in half. “We had to borrow from our savings account, our reserve fund, to keep the city going,” he said. “There is only so long you can do that before you go broke.” rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Wednesday he will not seek new taxes to help fund Los Angeles’ budget next year as he pushes an aggressive belt-tightening plan to cut the city’s deficit by $100 million. But just weeks before unveiling his second annual budget, Villaraigosa said economic uncertainties facing the region require the city to rein in spending in its expected budget of about $6.7 billion. “This is a time for us to exercise fiscal discipline,” he said at a City Hall news conference with Controller Laura Chick. While revenues have continued to grow about 5.4 percent a year, Villaraigosa said spending has risen nearly 8 percent a year. “You can only afford that for so long before there is no money left,” he said. The mayor said he has asked all department heads to reduce spending by 5 percent and is looking for efficiencies and improvements to achieve up to $35 million in savings. “If we do this right, no one in the public will see any reduction in services,” Villaraigosa said. The only area where he has said he will increase spending is in the Police Department, which has a goal of hiring 1,000 more officers by 2009. That expansion is being funded through an increase approved last year in the trash collection fee. “Even at that, it will not be enough officers,” Villaraigosa said. “We will still be underpriced.” last_img read more



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Ten forest fires could have been caused by Arson

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Conservation Officer Service is investigating 10 forest fires to determine if they were caused by arson.According to the Province of B.C., 10 fires have been handed over to the Conservation Officer Service for arson investigations.  The B.C. Wildfire service is currently responding to 55 wildfires in the Prince George Fire Centre (which includes all of Northeast B.C.).  Of the 55 fires, 49 are in the Peace Region.Compared to the 10 year average, the Prince George Fire Centre has had nearly three times the amount of fires normally seen at this time of year with over seven times the amount of hectares burned.- Advertisement -The majority of the fires have been caused due to open burning.  The public is urged to follow open burning prohibitions to help prevent human-caused fires. Category 2 open fires are prohibited throughout the entire Prince George Fire Centre. Category 3 open fires are also prohibited in the Fort St. John, Fort Nelson and Dawson Creek natural resource districts.The Prince George Fire Centre has been able to keep the majority of recent fire starts small and in the initial attack stages. This has largely been due to prompt reports from the public. The BC Wildfire Service thanks the public for their continued help reporting wildfires and illegal open burning by calling 1 800 663-5555 or *5555 on a cell phone.Advertisementlast_img read more



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DOLE FIGURES DROP BY 17% IN DONEGAL AS TD PLEADS FOR JOBLESS TO BE PATIENT

first_imgThe Donegal Live Register has dropped by 17.04% according to the latest figures released.Dole queues are dropping in Donegal.Dinny McGinley TD has welcomed the news that the Live Register has fallen for the 33rd consecutive month with a drop of 17.04% in the number of people signing on in Donegal.And he said that while he understands that not everyone is felling it quite yet, the Government does has a plan for major economic recovery. “Today’s CSO figures show that the Live Register in Donegal has dropped by 17.04% since the launch of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs in February 2012. The economic recovery has really taken hold now, and is starting to be felt in Donegal.“I know not everyone is feeling it quite yet, and that not everybody has regained the job they lost in the crisis, but the Government has a comprehensive plan to achieve full employment by 2018.“With the success of Minister Richard Bruton’s Action Plan for Jobs so far, I am sure we can achieve this target and that Donegal will really feel the benefits.“What is really promising in this month’s CSO figures is the fact that over the last year, the number of under 25’s signing on the Live Register has dropped by 20.1%. While we’ll always have a number of young people who want to go away to experience new cultures and opportunities, it is so important that we are providing opportunities for young people here in Ireland, so that the majority of them have the choice to stay here and make a good life for themselves close to their families. “Regional job creation is a key focus of the Action Plan for Jobs 2015 and the Regional Enterprise Strategy, is well underway, exploring the ways that communities all around Ireland can see the fruits of the economic recovery.”DOLE FIGURES DROP BY 17% IN DONEGAL AS TD PLEADS FOR JOBLESS TO BE PATIENT was last modified: April 2nd, 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:DEPUTY DINNY MCGINLEYdoledonegalGovernmentJOBLESSlast_img read more



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Roberto Martinez wanted by Spain? Former Everton boss brushes off links

first_img 2 Roberto Martinez gives out instructions to the Belgium squad ahead of the World Cup clash with Brazil Roberto Martinez has led Belgium to the last eight of the World Cup But Martinez insists he is only focused on Belgium’s World Cup quarter-final against Brazil – live on talkSPORT – and is not taking any notice of the speculation.Belgium face the five-time world champions for a place in the last four in Russia on Friday.Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Martinez said: “I understand the question but I think now the only thing that matters is the quarter-finals of the World Cup.” Roberto Martinez has brushed off rumours linking him with the Spain national job.The Belgium boss is reportedly under consideration to replace Julen Lopetegui, who was sacked on the eve of the World Cup. 2 Spain are to a appoint a new full-time boss after sacking Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament.Fernando Hierro took over for the duration of the competition, but Spain were knocked out in the last 16 by hosts Russia.Former Everton and Wigan boss Martinez, a Spaniard, has emerged as a candidate after guiding Belgium to the last eight, but he is not looking beyond the Brazil clash in Kazan.He said: “If you look for a game you want to play in the World Cup is Brazil. Brazil deserve every single adjective you want to find in world football, in terms of excitement, quality and winning mentality. So, the only thing that matters is Brazil and trying to perform as well as we can.”Belgium have some renowned attacking players and Martinez is confident they can make an impact, but he insists his side are firm underdogs.He said: “The two sides are very similar in terms of qualities. The difference is we haven’t won a World Cup. Simple as that.“When you go into a tournament if you don’t have that know-how of winning one you can’t have an advantage on the opponent.”And Martinez hopes his players can flourish on the big stage.He said: “We shouldn’t play Brazil, we shouldn’t be in awe of the opportunity we have. We need to enjoy our game, be ourselves. When we do that our talent shows.”Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku, who will lead the line for Belgium, also feels Brazil are the favouritesAsked if the Brazilians had any weaknesses, the Manchester United forward said: “Weaknesses? Brazil? Not really.“But we always have to play with pressure, even when the underdogs. Tomorrow we have to savour the occasion, try to win and continue in the World Cup.”Listen to live commentary of Brazil vs Belgium on talkSPORT on Friday, kick-off 7pmlast_img read more



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WE MUST ALLOW TERMINATIONS TO SAVE THE LIVES OF WOMEN, SAYS DONEGAL TD

first_imgSpeaking during tonight’s Dáil debate, Sinn Féin TD for Donegal North East Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn called for the introduction of legislation for the X case to allow for abortion in cases where there is a risk to the life of a pregnant woman.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said: “I should not be making this speech tonight. The thousands of people who took to the streets in the freezing cold on Saturday to demand this Government introduce legislation for X should not have had to be there.“The people have spoken and it is time for this government to introduce legislation for the X Case. The Government amendment to our motion simply notes that the Expert Group is examining the matter, and it will propose a range of options as to how the Government should respond to the “complex and sensitive issues.” “Convening the Expert Group was a cop out on the government’s behalf. They have known since 1992 that legislation is needed when the Supreme Court judgment in X was handed down. This was reiterated by the European Court of Human Rights in 2010 when they delivered their judgment in the ABC v Ireland case.“It is a scandal that for twenty years, seven governments have failed in their duties towards women on this issue. I was a teenager when the X case took place. Never did I think that I would be standing here, at nearly 40 years of age as an elected member of the Dáil seeking legislation on that very issue.“Women should know that if there life is in danger they will be saved – and doctors should know that if a woman’s life is in danger, they can treat them appropriately. It is time now, finally, for legislation to protect the rights of women as decided by the Supreme Court in 1992. This should be done in a reasoned, tolerant and considered manner and with maximum cross party consensus.”  WE MUST ALLOW TERMINATIONS TO SAVE THE LIVES OF WOMEN, SAYS DONEGAL TD was last modified: November 21st, 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:SAYS DONEGAL TDWE MUST ALLOW TERMINATIONS TO SAVE THE LIVES OF WOMENlast_img read more



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GAA club has bar license renewed despite claims of underage drinking and unauthorised gambling

first_imgA leading Donegal GAA club has had its bar license renewed despite claims of underage drinking and unauthorised gambling taking place there by a local person. Malin GAA Club had their bar licence renewed after objections from a local resident were dismissed following a lengthy hearing at Carndonagh District Court last Wednesday. Objections raised by Carol Conway included allegations of under-age drinking, unauthorised gambling and out of hours drinking.These were dismissed, as were technical objections based on the club’s correct address as included on the licensing application, and the alleged procurement of alcohol from the UK.Counsel and officials from Malin GAA claimed that Ms Conway’s allegations against the club were borne out of personal disputes involving her now deceased husband, something she strongly rejected.An Garda Síochána had no objection to the renewal of the club licence.Carol Conway, of Carrowmore, Malin, objected to Malin GAA Club renewing their bar licence at the club’s clubhouse, also situated at Carrowmore, Malin, on five different grounds.Ms. Conway claimed that children were in the premises after 9pm when members of the club were drinking alcohol. She also alleged that club regularly had unlicensed drinking after hours and that they were buying their alcohol from Northern Ireland, without paying the duty on it.Finally, Ms. Conway raised concerns with the address of the club. She said the clubhouse is registered as Millbrook Terrace, Malin, a residential area where Ms. Conway told the court she grew up.However, she said when they were applying to build a clubhouse and provide a bar they used the address of Carrowmore, Malin. She claimed this would give the illusion that the clubhouse would not be situated in an residential estate.Barrister for Malin GAA Ivan Toner argued against each of the points, creating at times, a tense and emotional atmosphere due to exchanges with the objector, Ms. Conway.Giving evidence she said that her children, aged 13 and 15 at the time, were ‘encouraged’ by the club to attend pool competitions every Sunday night. She claimed they were in the premises where alcohol was being served and would often be there until after 11pm at night.Mr. Toner argued that ‘as a mother’ would this not be an issue for her. But she said she was unaware that there was a bar on the premises and when she learned this they were no longer permitted to attend.She claimed that the club ‘were trying to lure’ her children into ‘an alcoholic den’, adding that she had photographs of her son in the presence of the club chairman when he was drinking alcohol, however she could not produce them in court.Mr. Toner said there was a pool competition held in the clubhouse on a Sunday night, but it was held in a different room to the bar area and was in an unlicensed area of the building.He suggested to Ms. Conway that if she had a problem with the club then perhaps it would be an idea to withdraw her children from Malin GAA Club.However taking offence to the suggestion, Ms. Conway asked if they was what they ‘expected her to do?’ She said the fact her children play football for Malin shouldn’t have anything to do with alcohol or drinking.Ms. Conway also claimed that the Gardaí attended the premises on July 8 to close the premises after she contacted them at 12.30am. She claimed there is ‘regularly’ unlicensed drinking on the premises.She also raised concerns that the Garda that attended the premises was the brother of the club chairperson.Club secretary Elaine McColgan denied that the Gardaí attended the premises that night and closed the place down.Mr. Toner said it was a ‘matter of fact’ that Malin had no convictions for serving after hours and the Gardaí were not objecting to their application.However Ms. Conway claimed this was because of the close relationship they have with the guards.“There is no law and order in the place,” she told the court.“And because the chairman’s brother is a guard that is not going to change. It is a disgrace the way they are running the place.”However, Mr. Toner refuted this. He argued that true basis of Ms. Conway’s objection was a personal one, confirming with Ms. McColgan that there had been ongoing issues with the late Mr. Conway.Ms. McColgan told the court that Mr. Conway had been barred from all GAA grounds in Donegal following an alleged incident which they witnessed on their grounds.Taking grave offence, Ms. Conway said this was ‘nothing to do with her husband’. She said she objected to his name being brought up, adding that he was not ‘cold in his grave’.The court heard that Mr. Conway passed away unexpectedly at the end of October last year.Standing up and clearly emotional Ms. Conway said: “I’m not going to let them use my husband’s name, this has nothing to do with him.“He is dead and I’m not here to discuss my dead husband’s affairs. It was a different case and there was nothing proved against him. It is out of order as he isn’t here to respond to these claims. I am not happy about it and I will keep objecting to his name being used.”Judge Paul Kelly told Ms. Conway that Mr. Toner and Malin GAA were entitled to question the motivation behind her complaint, however he warned the barrister to ‘stread carefully’.He also warned Mr. Toner and Ms. Conway that they were not permitted to shout over the top of each other.In relation to the claims of unauthorised gambling, Mr. Toner explained that this was a one off charity Texas Hold’em event. Ms. Conway said they were advertising the event on Facebook and were offering a €30 buy in fee, with a €20 top up.Mr Toner said it was not against the law to hold a night such as this as long as there was a cover charge and there were no paying stakes as the night went on. He said this was a charity event run by a number of local students who were going to Honduras to carry out charity work through their university.Judge Kelly raised concerns regarding the ‘top up’ option. He said the law permitted poker nights in the case of a one off payment, he said this meant ‘top ups’ were not allowed.Club Treasurer John Byrne, who was present on the night and who played poker, said the event was ‘very poorly attended’ with many people not arriving on the premises until much later. He said there were no top ups purchased and patrons bought in for €30 only. He said half of the overall pot went to the charity while the other half was given out as prizes.Ms. Conway said she didn’t accept that all of these private functions were fundraising events. She said she had been informed by the GAA that the bar in the clubhouse was to support the club only and not to hold private functions. She said the night she contacted Gardaí on July 8 that there was a 50th wedding anniversary taking place.The court heard that this was also a fundraiser but Ms. Conway didn’t accept this.“I don’t accept that every time they have a function it is a fundraiser for charity – that’s how they’re covering up what they’re doing,” she added.“The 50th birthday party was supposed to be for the Alzheimer’s Association in Carn, but that doesn’t exist,” she claimed.Club secretary Ms. McColgan said the club received no money from these events and the clubhouse was there for the use of club members.Meanwhile in relation to the other two objections, Mr. Toner handed documents into court proving that the court address was Carrowmore, Malin and was not listed as Millbrook Terrace. He also argued that Ms. Conway had no evidence that the club bought their alcohol in the UK, with Ms. McColgan saying they could prove where they got all their drink.Ms. Conway admitted that she had been told this by someone who previously worked in the bar and had never been inside the premises to see the alcohol for herself.Judge Kelly said he acknowledged that Ms. Conway had ‘very strong feelings’ about her objections and he sympathised with her on the death of her husband during the proceedings. However he dismissed all her objections. He said in relation to children being on the premises after hours, there no evidence that the children were in areas where drinking was taken place. He said Ms. McColgan told the court that the children were in areas that were not licensed and that was not challenged so he accepted her evidence.Regarding the allegation about serving after hours on July 8, 2017, Judge Kelly said usual licensing laws permitted Malin GAA Club to serve until 12.30am on a Friday night/Saturday morning anyway. He also disregarded the claims of UK alcohol being served as there was no evidence to suggest that and the queries over the address as the documents clearly showed the address on their documents and planning permission as Carrowmore, Malin.Finally, the claims that unauthorised gambling was taking place were up for debate. While Judge Kelly did raise concerns about the ‘proposed top up’ at the Texas Poker night, he accepted the unchallenged evidence of Mr. Byrne that the top up option was not available. He said the club ‘didn’t appear to run foul of the law’ by simply offering patrons a one off pay in of €30, but if they had offered more than one charge it could have been against the law.“The law seems to prohibit a second charge but we have heard that it didn’t happen here so I will disallow [Ms. Conway’s] objection on that basis,” Judge Kelly said, renewing the club’s annual drink licence.However Judge Kelly asked Mr. Toner and the club solicitor, Catherine O’Doherty, to have a discussion with the club officials and address some of the issues raised in court that day.He said the Gardaí were also aware of some issues and that they should ensure that licensing laws are upheld at Malin GAA Club, and indeed every GAA club in the county.GAA club has bar license renewed despite claims of underage drinking and unauthorised gambling was last modified: February 9th, 2018 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:barMALIN GAA CLUBlast_img read more



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