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first_imgPakistan beat West Indies for T20 series win DUBAI, UAE (CMC): West Indies suffered their second batting meltdown in the space of 48 hours as they slumped to a 16-run defeat to Pakistan in the second Twenty20 International here yesterday to meekly surrender the three-match series. Scores: Pakistan 160 for four off 20 overs (Sarfraz Ahmed 46 not out, Khalid Latif 40, Shoaib Malik 37; Samuel Badree 1-24). West Indies 144 for nine off 20 overs (Sunil Narine 39, Andre Fletcher 29; Sohail Tanvir 3-13, Hasan Ali 3-49). Cuba clip Under-17s Jamaica Under-17 footballers were clipped 1-0 by Cuba in the semi-finals of the Caribbean Football Union’s championship on Friday in Trinidad and Tobago. Brian Savigne netted the game’s only goal in the 59th minute. The Cubans and Haiti will meet in the decider today. The Haitians turned back Curacao 3-1 in the other semi-final. Jamaica and Curacao will clash in a third-place play-off. All four semi-finalists, along with best third-place finisher Suriname, qualified for next year’s CONCACAF final round.last_img read more

Iceland crash out of World Cup after Croatia loss

first_img0Shares0000Badelj (left) put his side ahead after Ivan Perisic’s first-time cross from the left was deflected into his path. Photo ReutersROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia, June 26 – Croatia secured first place in Group D on Tuesday after a hard-fought 2-1 win over gallant Iceland in Rostov, setting up a last-16 tie with Denmark.While most eyes were on Argentina and their do-or-die match with Nigeria in Saint Petersburg, Croatia wrapped up top spot in Group D in Rostov-on-Don thanks to a slick second-half volley by Milan Badelj and a late strike by Ivan Perisic, sandwiching a penalty equaliser by Gylfi Sigurdsson. Croatia were already through to the last 16 and coach Zlatko Dalic rested most of the side that thumped Argentina 3-0, with only captain Luka Modric and the winger Perisic keeping their places.Needing a point to make certain of top spot, Croatia dominated early on, with Real Madrid pair Modric and Mateo Kovacic dictating the tempo without creating clear chances.Midway through the period it was the Nordic side, who had beaten Croatia in qualifying for Russia, who took control, threatening from set-pieces and interceptions.On 25 minutes a trademark long throw from Iceland captain Aron Gunnarsson was headed dangerously across the goalmouth by the industrious Magnusson.Everton’s Sigurdsson tested Lovre Kalinic from a free-kick, while Birkir Bjarnason, who suffered a nosebleed early on, had shots blocked in quick succession.Just before the break, a drive by Alfred Finnbogasson whistled past the post. Then on the stroke of half-time Gunnarsson forced an acrobatic save from Kalinic.Ten minutes into the second period the match turned when Fiorentina striker Milan Badelj first clipped the bar with a long-range drive, then made no mistake a minute later.The 29-year-old got his right foot over a deflected cross and fired a superb volley wide of Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson to give Croatia the lead.Iceland had to claim their first ever World Cup victory to have a chance of advancing and, urged on by fans chanting their famous Viking thunderclap, almost equalised within minutes.First, a flick-on from another Gunnarsson long throw found Sverrir Ingason whose header was tipped over by Kalinic.Moments later Ingason, who plays for Rostov, went even closer but his header hit the crossbar.On 73 minutes Bjarnason fluffed a close-range opportunity but Iceland’s lifeline arrived a minute later when Dejan Lovren handled a cross by Sigurdsson in the penalty area.Sigurdsson had ballooned a penalty over the bar against Nigeria, but this time dispatched his shot into the roof of the net with Kalinic diving the wrong way.But as Iceland strained for the winner and a berth in the last 16 it was Croatia who threatened, free-kicks by Perisic and Rakitic worrying Halldorsson.Then on 90 minutes, Perisic delivered the final blow.Sent into space on the left of the area the Inter Milan winger blasted a shot that ended both the game and Iceland’s World Cup and put Croatia through to a match against the Danes in Nizhny Novogrod on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man who crashed hire car into telegraph pole banned from driving and fined

first_imgA company director, who crashed a hire car, was fined for no insurance and banned from driving, after the car hire company voided his insurance policy. Mark Gill, 37, of Annagh, Clonmany, was charged with no insurance and failing to produce his insurance following a single vehicle collision at Carrickafoden, Carn, on December 14, 2015. Mr. Gill was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident and failing to report the accident before Carn Court last Tuesday week.However, Judge Paul Kelly dismissed these charges after the court heard that Gill contacted the car hire company and moved the car just 50 yards from the scene of the original collision.The Clonmany man was not present, however the case proceeded in his absence, with his solicitor contesting the charges.Garda Paul Lyons told the court gardaí received a report that a vehicle collided with a ditch and a telegraph pole at Carrickafoden, Carn on December 14, 2015, at 2am. He said they were told that wires from the telegraph pole were hanging low on the road.Gda. Lyons said they went to the scene and found the telegraph pole broken in half. He said the wires had been tied back into the ditch at that stage. He also found the suspected vehicle involved 50 yards away at the side of the road.‘I saw a black Mercedes Benz about 50 yards down the road, parked on a private lane,” said Gda. Lyons.“It was missing a wheel – this indicated it was quite a violent collision. There was extensive damage to the front passenger side of the vehicle, but we were unable to locate anyone from the vehicle. We removed it from the scene at 4.20am.”Gda. Lyons said he carried out enquiries and learned that the vehicle was a hire vehicle from a Budget Car Hire in Belfast. He said he contacted Mark Hill on December 23 and asked him to make a statement about the road traffic collision.“He told me his mother was in hospital but he would attend the garda station after he visited her, but he failed to appear at the station.“On January 11, 2016, I spoke with Mr. Gill again and asked him to come to the station but he said he was in England working and wouldn’t return until January 22. I asked him to produce his insurance on this date. When I contacted him again on January 22, I couldn’t get an answer. I contacted him several times over that weekend but he didn’t answer.”Hannah Carlin, Manager of Budget Avis Car Hire in Belfast told the court that Mr. Gill contacted her company to tell her about the accident.She said Mr. Gill hired the car, a black Mercedes Benz A Class, from Belfast Airport on December 10.“He said he was driving the car and was in an accident. He said he didn’t know what happened but that he hit a telegraph pole. He said there was a passenger who was badly hurt but at the end of the conversation he stated that there may not have been a passenger on with him after all,” explained Ms. Carlin.“He didn’t make a huge amount of sense. He said he was back at work in England. I told him the vehicle was not to be taken out of Northern Ireland. He told me he was living in Strabane and would come back to me with an address. I tried to contact him by phone again but to no avail.”Defence solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn asked Ms. Carlin if his client, Mr. Gill, was insured when he left Belfast. She told the court he had purchases collision damage and theft protection waiver from them but that this only covered him within Northern Ireland.“He invalidated the terms of the rental agreement by taking the car out of Northern Ireland. Cross Border travel is subject to an extra fee and you must get permission,” Ms. Carlin told the court.“If he had the accident in Northern Ireland he would have been covered but he invalidated that.”Mr. MacLochlainn argued that there was no evidence that his client was driving the car. He also said that 50 yards down the road did not count for leaving the scene, adding that he contacted the hire company the following day.Garda Inspector David Murphy said he believed if the car had not lost a wheel in the collision Mr. Gill ‘wouldn’t have been seen for dust’.He said the Clonmany man was continually evasive and ‘never made himself available’ for Gardaí.“Everyone knows when you are involved in a road traffic collision there is an onus on you to report it to gardaí,” said Insp. Murphy.“Every opportunity was given to him to speak with gardaí but Garda Lyons was met with a lack of co-operation every time.”Judge Paul Kelly said he believed there was ‘overwhelming circumstantial evidence’that unmistakingly gives rise to the conclusion that Mr. Gill was driving the vehicle.“He had a conversation with Ms. Carlin about the collision, he had an opportunity to give evidence and refute what she says but he’s not here,” said Judge Kelly.Judge Kelly said he would dismiss the failing to remain at the scene as the car was only 50 yards away and the failing to report the accident charge.“He did contact the hire company the following day, although not in an entirely satisfactory way, but I will dismiss that charge – that just leaves the no insurance charge.”Mr. MacLochlainn argued that this insurance policy was not voided when his client crossed the border, however Judge Kelly disagreed.“I disagree entirely. I’m satisfied that the charge has been proven based on Ms. Carlin’s evidence,” he added.Insp. Murphy then told the court that Mr. Gill had previous convictions for having no licence, no insurance and no tax in 2008 and more for having no insurance displayed and no tax in 2011.Mr. MacLochlainn said he was told that his client, who is a company director of a plant hire business in Scotland with two children, had no previous convictions.Judge Kelly fined Gill €500 and banned him from driving for two years given that his last conviction for no insurance was nine years ago.Normally a second no insurance conviction is an automatic four year driving ban, however if the previous conviction is more than three years ago a Judge has discretion to reduce the length of the ban.Man who crashed hire car into telegraph pole banned from driving and fined was last modified: July 6th, 2017 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:clonmanycourtcrashdonegalhire carInishowenlast_img read more