Quantity surveyor downed five drinks before head-on crash with five women

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first_imgA quantity surveyor downed five drinks before fleeing from Gardai and crashing into a car with five young women in it.James O’Reilly appeared before Letterkenny District Court facing five charges of dangerous driving and endangerment. The court heard O’Reilly, who didn’t even like rallying, had been attending the Donegal International Rally with friends on June 17th last year.The 25-year-old was spotted by Gardai driving his Seat Leon leaving Ballyraine in Letterkenny just after midnight.They followed the car and O’Reilly decided to try and escape.He overtook vehicles at speed, went the wrong way around two roundabouts before colliding head-on with another car on the wrong side of the road.The car, which contained five young ladies, was damaged and at least one of the woman was injured.The charge read that O’Reilly “drove his vehicle at high speed in an aggressive and dangerous manner, overtook vehicles on approach to roundabout, entering roundabout against the flow of traffic and colliding head-on into an oncoming vehicle.”Letterkenny Court.O’Reilly, with an address at Darkley Road in Co Armagh, but who now lives in Monaghan, fled from his car.He tried to escape on foot but Garda Michael Kilcoyne gave chase and eventually caught him and arrested him.O’Reilly failed to provide a specimen of breath when arrested and taken to Letterkenny Garda station.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Frank Dorrian, said his client was a senior quantity surveyor who came from a very respectable family and had ben accompanied to court by his mother.Mr Dorrian said his mother was not an apologist for her son but said he was the eldest of a family of four and that none of the other siblings had been in trouble.Judge Paul Kelly ordered a probation and community service report on O’Reilly.However, he warned “It is clearly a matter which suggests a sentence be given under the circumstances.“However, I note the plea and the fact that he has no previous convictions. I will fully explore all the options but I will not limit myself to those options.”He adjourned the case until December 9th.Quantity surveyor downed five drinks before head-on crash with five women was last modified: September 12th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Helping SA’s child-headed households

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first_imgMadonsela said the department had entered into the partnership with KfW for the implementation of a care and support project for child- and youth-headed households. The agreement follows a relationship between the two parties that began in 2007 with the commissioning of a study on child-headed households in South Africa. It will also be used to benefit recipients through skills development programmes, he said. Partnership Kloppenburg said that the financial contribution would be used exclusively for refurbishments, construction, equipment and extensions of community care centres. “We will equip them with life skills and ensure access to improved services offered by refurbished and adequately equipped community care centres,” Madonsela said. “We really appreciate the generosity of KfW, and hope to see our relationship grow further.” The agreement was signed on Wednesday by the department’s director-general, Vusi Madonsela, and Norbert Kloppenburg, an executive of the German Development Bank, known as the KfW Banking Group. Source: BuaNews Skills development The programme will be implemented over a period of three years in the Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal provinces. The Department of Social Development and the German Development Bank have signed a R76-million deal to improve the living conditions of child- and youth-headed households in South Africa. 13 November 2009 The purpose of the study was to assess the needs of child-headed households and to identify services and additional resources that might be used to support them.last_img read more

Colour festival to brighten South Africa

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first_imgDuring Holi, coloured powders thrown with abandon into the air symbolise the colours of life.(Image: Holi One) The trend these days is to make the coloured powders, as far as possible, from natural ingredients.(Image: Colours of India)MEDIA CONTACTS • Mike PocockHoli One SA PR manager+27 21 462 0016Tiisetso TlelimaIt is only fitting that the newest instalment of the biggest colour festival on the planet – Holi One – be held in South Africa, the Rainbow Nation and home to many different cultures and races.The Holi One colour festival is a fun-filled day where people from different backgrounds come together to celebrate diversity through music, dance and performance arts, with the element of colour being the primary focus of the day.Inspired by an ancient tradition in India, the first global Holi One colour festival took place in Germany in 2011 and the concept has since captivated crowds across the world, gaining popularity in places such as Munich, Hannover, New York, Tokyo, Istanbul and Singapore.The open-air festival is now to take place annually in South Africa. It kicks off in March 2013 in three cities – Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.Cape Town will be the first city to host the festival on 2 March. It will take place on the Grand Parade from 12h00 to 20h00. Durban and Johannesburg dates have yet to be confirmed. The South African Holi One colour festival series will be organised by Seed Experiences, the event management company behind the Rocking the Daisies music and lifestyle festival.Thousands of South Africans, dressed in white, will come together to experience a wide array of electronic dance music and perform the traditional dispersal of coloured powder into the air, celebrating the festival’s core message ‘We Are All One’.In Hindu culture the festival marked the beginning of spring and was established to commemorate good harvests. It was a time to enjoy spring’s abundant colours and say farewell to winter.The event also had a religious purpose, commemorating various events present in Hindu mythology, such as the divine love of the deities Radha and Krishna, and the defeat of the demoness Holika. During this event, participants would start a bonfire and throw coloured powder at each other.Promoting a spirit of togethernessThe global Holi One festival is not directly linked to the original Holi Festival, or with its religious aspects, but is inspired by it and shares the same values – a day steeped in the old Indian tradition of bringing people together in love and peace, a tradition that transcends backgrounds and cultures.“We will carry this ethos throughout all of our planning, promoting a spirit of camaraderie and togetherness in the ‘We Are All One’ philosophy – something that we feel is very relevant and necessary in the South African context, explained Seed Experiences MD Brian Little.“The aim of the festival is for people to celebrate the diversity of life through music, dance and colour.”By throwing the powder in the air and at each other revellers feel a great sense of unity, freedom, fun and solidarity.Available in five different colours, the powder that will be used during the festival is produced locally and is traditionally called Gulal powder. It’s made from corn flour and is an eco-friendly, completely water soluble and non-toxic product.However, say organisers, people with a history of asthma or similar conditions should wear protective gear.Gulal is the only powder that will be allowed at the festival and it will only be available to purchase at the festival on the day, or as an online presale with the festival ticket.The countdown to throw the powder will take place on the day, on the hour, every hour starting at 14h00.Tickets, which include the five powders, can be purchased on www.webtickets.co.za at R290, and at R190 for the non-powder version.Celebrating local talentThe South African instalment of the Holi One festival will include performances by a wide range of electronic dance music acts.Although the line-up has not been confirmed yet, festival goers can expect an entertaining mix of local artists, according to the organisers.“The hype around the event is already massive and we are confident that the Holi One colour festival will become one of the country’s biggest and most differentiated annual events,” said Little.South Africans are already excited about this unique festival which is evident in the more than 4 000 followers the event has attracted on its social media platforms since its official launch on 5 December.last_img read more

2013 Champions League

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first_imgThis is your last chance to nominate your team for the inaugural Touch Football Australia Champions League event, which will be held in conjunction with the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships in Caloundra in September. Club-based sides from across Australia are invited to compete in the event to determine who are the best club teams across the nation.Imagine the 2012 NSW State Cup and Vawdon Cup winning Women’s Premier League champions, Easts Roosters taking on the Cobras Cup winning side, Dodgers, or the 2013 WA State Championships Men’s winners, the Wanneroo Lions battling it out against 2012 ACT Super League winners, the Woden Eagles.For more information, please click on the following attachments. Related Filesnyc_memo_-_17-6-2013_01-pdfteam_nomination_form_-_2013_cl__indicative_-xls_01-xlsxRelated LinksChampions Leaguelast_img read more