Jones, Hackett Named 2017 Cross Country Student-Athletes of the Year

first_img Keila Rodriguez UIW Gr. Brownsville, Texas 3.91 Optometry McNeese men lead with three total selections while UIW and Lamar both earned a pair of picks. Abilene Christian, Central Arkansas and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi all earned lone selections to the men’s second team. Hackett holds a 3.98 GPA in finance management. The graduate student out of Cranston, R.I., took the top finish at this year’s Southland race and capped her cross country career with a 107th-place finish out of 255 competitors at the NCAA Championships. Cormac Kelly Lamar Sr. Carlow, Ireland 3.60 Business Administration Taryn Surratt Stephen F. Austin So. Webster, Texas 4.00 Vocal Performance Enrique Soto* McNeese Sr. Dubberly, La. 3.13 Secondary Education Chris Winski UIW Jr. Katy, Texas 3.98 Biology Diana Garcia-Munoz* Abilene Christian Gr. Phoenix, Ariz. 3.82 Accounting Women’s Cross Country All-Academic First Team To be eligible for all-academic distinction, an athlete must hold a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average through the semester prior to the sport’s championship, completed at least one full academic year at the nominating school prior to the current season, and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competitions during the most recently completed season. Carnley Graham Abilene Christian Jr. Prosper, Texas 3.91 Environmental Sciences * Automatic selection; 2017 First Team All-Conference Name School Class Hometown GPA Major First Team All-Conference athletes (top five finishers at the Southland Cross Country Championships) who meet all-academic nomination criteria are automatically named First Team All-Academic. Name School Class Hometown GPA Major Women’s Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Year: Alexandria Hackett, Abilene Christian Freddie Gasbarri Lamar Sr. Chieti, Italy 4.00 Engineering Science Men’s Cross Country All-Academic First Team Jones, a senior from Rhyl, Wales, holds a perfect 4.00 grade point average with a major in health education. One of the top runners in the Southland Conference and the South Central Region, he placed second at the Southland championship meet to pace the Cowboys to a first-place tie on team points. He went on to earn NCAA All-South Central Region honors with a 10th-place individual finish, helping the Cowboys place fourth in the team standings. Nathan Jones* McNeese Sr. Rhyl, Wales 4.00 Health Education Garett Cortez* UIW Jr. Schertz, Texas 3.83 Business Administration Abilene Christian women lead with four honorees, including three on the first team. UIW women also earned two selections while Lamar, McNeese, Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin all earned one all-academic pick. Marek Spriestersbach A&M-Corpus Christi Jr. Obernisen, Germany 3.94 Mechanical Engineering Name School Class Hometown GPA Major Emily Wilson UIW Jr. New Braunfels, Texas 3.99 Biology Evelyn Chavez Lamar Sr. Porter, Texas 3.30 Nursing A total of three men and three women on the all-academic teams hold perfect 4.00 GPAs. FRISCO, Texas – McNeese senior Nathan Jones and Abilene Christian graduate student Alexandria Hackett are the 2017 Southland Conference Cross Country Student-Athletes of the Year, the league announced Monday along with the All-Academic First and Second Teams. Southland yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. Men’s Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Year: Nathan Jones, McNeese Michaela Hackett* Abilene Christian Gr. Cranston, R.I. 3.98 Finance Management Alexandria Hackett* Abilene Christian Gr. Cranston, R.I. 3.98 Finance Management Women’s Cross Country All-Academic Second Team Southland Conference All-Academic Teams are voted upon by a head coach, sports information director and academic/compliance staff member from each school. Student-Athletes of the Year are voted upon by an awards committee which consists of one administrator from each member school. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. Markus Schweikert Central Arkansas Jr. Spay, Germany 3.82 Marketing Ryan Cleary Abilene Christian Sr. Prosper, Texas 3.82 Accounting Kassandra Luna Sam Houston State Jr. Houston, Texas 4.00 Interdisciplinary Studies Katja Woelfl* McNeese Sr. Ellhofen, Germany 4.00 Business Administration Men’s Cross Country All-Academic Second Team Student-Athlete of the Year nominees must have hold at least a 3.20 GPA and have completed at least two years of athletic competition at the nominating school, including the current season. Name School Class Hometown GPA Major Oliver James McNeese Sr. Sunderland, England 4.00 Health & Human Performancelast_img read more

Bomi Stabilizing But for Two New Cases

first_imgThe chairman of the National Taskforce on Ebola and Superintendent of Bomi County, Samuel Foday Brown, has disclosed that the county continues to show stability in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.Speaking to the Daily Observer from the county yesterday, Supt. Brown said the national taskforce on Ebola has been robust in the fight against the epidemic, confirming that Bomi is no longer an epicenter.However two communities in the county have reported new cases of Ebola after two persons tested positive.  But he said the taskforce is currently working to ensure that the situation is put under control.  The new cases are from Tubmanburg City, he said.Supt. Brown disclosed that the county has some Ebola patients undergoing treatment, including the recent two cases in central Tubmanburg. “We have nine persons in the isolation treatment unit and they have good chances of recovery,” said the Bomi Superintendent.The taskforce is considering having the two communities quarantined to facilitate contact tracing and other means of containing the Ebola virus there.He said Tubman Avenue is the first case since the outbreak of the virus and the taskforce will do everything necessary to ensure that the situation is put to rest.  He said the taskforce will not relent in putting the area under a 21-day quarantine.” The chairman reported that, the taskforce is vigorously engaged in the two affected communities promoting awareness and contact tracing that will help to break any further transmission of the virus.The taskforce is also working persistently to minimize stigmatization of Ebola survivors in their various communities, he said, adding that “health reports have stated that these people cannot get re-infected by the virus but yet they continue to be stigmatized by people from the community.”The chairman said the county now accounts for 68 orphans since the outbreak of the disease in Bomi.  He expressed thanks and appreciation to Plan Liberia for the high level of support provided for the children.“We are beginning to win the fight against the deadly Ebola virus. We cannot rest until the virus is completely out of Liberia and not Bomi alone,” Supt. Brown declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Super computer reveals FINAL Premier League top seven!

first_img 6th place – Liverpool – 65 points – Click the arrow to see who are above them – If the super computer’s predictions come true, it will be too little too late for Liverpool. The Redmen are tipped to pick up another 23 points this season, but it will not be enough to help them crack the top four. They play five of the current top six before the end of the campaign. 1st place – Chelsea – 88 points – Given their almost unbeatable presence, it should come as no surprise that Chelsea are being predicted to run away with the title. The Blues may not be necessarily playing the best football, but their habit of grinding out results looks set to continue. A potentially tricky period at the end of April may stop them extending their gap to Man City further, but it is expected that they will at least keep their seven-point cushion. 3rd place – Arsenal – 72 points – Click the arrow to see who are runners-up – Those fearing for Arsenal’s place among the top four can rest easily if Bloomberg’s predictions are anything to go by. The Gunners are tipped to breeze into the top four eventually, despite their current precarious position. Arsenal’s inconsistency has been a cause for concern this season, but given a reasonably kind run of fixtures, they should be able to go on a good run. 5th place – Tottenham – 66 points – Click the arrow to see who makes the top four – It’s a similar outcome for Spurs as well, with the North Londoners’ inconsistent form looking like being costly in their pursuit for Champions League football. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have a very mixed run-in before the end of the season, and in the end, it is being predicted that they will finish some way off of the top four. 2nd place – Man City – 81 points – Click the arrow to see the predicted champions – Unfortunately for the reigning champions, the end of the season will spell disaster, with City unlikely to claw back their seven point deficit to top spot. City have a favourable run-in, but are predicted to pick up 29 out of a possible 39 points, leaving them adrift of the eventual champions. 7 7 7 If there is one thing we’ve all learned about the Premier League, it’s that nothing is ever decided until the final whistle on the final day of the season, and that doesn’t look like changing this year.As it stands there is a fierce battle raging for the top four spots, while right at the top of the table Man City are attempting to reel in a Chelsea side that – at the moment – look unstoppable.But how will it all turn out? The boffins at Bloomberg Sports have crunched the numbers on their infamous ‘super computer’ to predict the final table – and there are some pretty big surprises in store.We’ve condensed it down to a top seven, which starts off with Southampton, but how does the order look above them? Click the arrow to see.To see the final predicted Premier League table, visit bsports.com 7 4th place – Man United – 71 points – Click the arrow to see who is in third spot – It seems very touch and go, but according to Bloomberg’s algorithm, it will be mission accomplished for Man United, with the Red Devils predicted to finish in the top four, although only just. Louis van Gaal’s side have perhaps the kindest run-in of the contenders for a top four spot, and as such it is expected that they will pick up another 24 points this season. 7 7th place – Southampton – 64 points – Click the arrow to see who are above them – Saints are sitting pretty in fourth place at the time of writing, but according to the boffins at Bloomberg, they will pick up just 18 more points out of a possible 39 over the course of the rest of the season. Ronald Koeman’s side recently stumbled against West Ham, but interestingly do not have as hard a run-in as the rest of their top four counterparts. 7 7last_img read more

Sunderland set to offer Emmanuel Eboue a short-term deal

first_img Emmanuel Eboue, 32, has been on trial on Wearside 1 Former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue could have a part to play in Sunderland’s relegation fight as he closes in on a short-term contract.Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce has confirmed that he hopes to clinch a deal soon which will keep the 32-year-old full-back at the Stadium of Light for the remainder of the season after a successful trial on Wearside.Allardyce said of the Ivory Coast international: “We will try to sign him by the end of the week if we can negotiate a contract until the end of the season.“It would be wrong of me to turn down a player with such great experience of the Premier League, Champions League, international football, not to think that he could play a part for us in our fight against relegation this season.“He’s a terrific guy, a very, very good talker as well as a good player. Hopefully when the test comes, he is fit enough to cope.“I think that’s probably the only reason you would be concerned, has he still got the capabilities physically to cope with the Premier League? Because he has certainly got the experience and the talent, there’s no question about that, so we will look forward to him signing on to the end of the season, hopefully.”Eboue, who made 216 senior appearances for the Gunners, is a free agent after being released by Turkish club Galatasaray.last_img read more

No end in sight for this ‘Cold Case’

first_imgSunday night marked the 100th episode of the CBS crime drama “Cold Case,” a top-20 hit since its debut back in the fall of 2003. Danny Pino has been there from the very beginning as Detective Scotty Vallens. Danny and Kathryn Morris, who plays Lilly Rush, are a formidable pair of Philadelphia police detectives working unsolved cold cases for the department’s homicide squad. The show also usually features music from the year the unsolved homicide took place. It is one of the many scripted TV hits that face a shortened season if the writers strike that began Monday stretches over several months. “Our writers are pretty incredible,” Danny told me last week at an event at the Television Academy in North Hollywood. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “They come up with so many imaginative ways to make an investigation interesting and at the very end, to deliver the emotional impact of an untimely death and how people have had to deal with – either their loved one dying, or being a person who killed a victim and having to hold it for so many years and finally being able to give that up. “That guilt sometimes eats away at them. It’s a fascinating balance that the writers find and I’m constantly in awe of what they’re able to do.” Prior to the series, Danny had already made quite an impression on FX’s “The Shield” in which he had a recurring role as notorious drug lord, rapist and gang leader Armadillo Quintero. He had just come off portraying Desi Arnaz in a television movie, “Lucy,” when “Cold Case” began its run of five seasons and counting. “I don’t think you ever think, `This is gonna be a huge hit.’ I think you think, `Well, we’ll give this a shot and hopefully it does well and we’ll see how it goes,” he said. “And thankfully, it’s turned out in our favor. You don’t hear of shows being successful too often anymore and so to be one now is definitely something that makes me feel very lucky and very grateful.” Oprah talks to abused girls I watched the emotional press conference Oprah Winfrey gave Monday where she, for the first time, talked about allegations of abuse at the hands of a dormitory matron who works at her girls academy in South Africa and who was arraigned in court that morning. “When I first heard about it, I spent about a half-hour going around my house crying,” Oprah said via satellite from Chicago to South Africa. Oprah said after she learned of the allegations, “I spoke to all the girls personally and encouraged whoever had been harmed to come forward. I told them that although they had been living in an atmosphere that oppressed their voices, this was (time) to take their voices back. … “As a result of their conversation, five other brave girls came forward. … The following weekend … I met with the parents and their daughters, I apologized for the circumstance and promised to institute changes.” Barbara Walters can’t let it be Barbara Walters usually tries to be oh so diplomatic on “The View,” the voice of experience, calm and reason. But she confessed that when the ladies were discussing the bizarre actions of Heather Mills last week, she desperately wanted to call in (she was off that day) and give her two cents. So she did it Monday and really took the gloves off. Barbara said she had done two interviews with Mills, currently going through a bitter divorce battle with Paul McCartney. She said that during the first interview, “I was very touched by her.” But the second time, after she was with McCartney, Barbara said “she was so impossible with our producers” and at one point complained that a glass of water brought to her was “not at room temperature.” “All we thought was that this is not a very nice woman,” Walters told her riveted co-hosts. “This picture of her being `poor little me’ is something we did not feel.” To read more celebrity news, go to Greg Hernandez’s blog Hollywood Joe at blogs.dailynews.com/hollywoodjoe160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Sharon outlook is grim

first_imgJERUSALEM – Doctors removed nearly 2 feet of Ariel Sharon’s large intestine Saturday during emergency surgery, his seventh operation since suffering a debilitating stroke last month. Surgeons managed to stabilize the comatose Israeli prime minister after initially fearing for his life, but the latest complication makes it even more unlikely he will recover. Israelis closely followed their 77-year-old leader’s latest ordeal, with TV stations repeatedly breaking into regular programming for updates, but the country already has come to terms with his departure from politics. Sharon’s political heir, Ehud Olmert, quickly took the reins as acting prime minister after Sharon’s Jan. 4 stroke and appears poised to lead Sharon’s centrist Kadima Party to victory in March 28 elections. President George W. Bush is being kept informed of Sharon’s condition by his staff, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Saturday. “Prime Minister Sharon remains in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” McClellan said. Dr. R. Sean Morrison, a professor of geriatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, said “long-term comatose patients typically die of complications like this,” referring to necrosis. Morrison said Sharon’s prognosis was grave even before the latest complication, and his chances for survival are now “extremely small, almost zero.” In recent months, the obese Sharon had repeatedly brushed aside questions about his health, but his condition became an issue after he suffered a mild stroke Dec. 18. At the time, Sharon was at the height of his popularity, after last summer’s successful pullout from the Gaza Strip and his break with the hard-line Likud Party. Voters widely expected Sharon to draw Israel’s final borders, with or without the Palestinians, if elected for a third term. Polls suggested Kadima would become by far the largest party in parliament. Sharon, a war hero, had for years opposed concessions to the Palestinians. He came to accept the idea of giving land to the Palestinians and allowing them to form a state only during his most recent term as prime minister, which began in 2003. After his mild stroke, aides played down his health problems. Doctors treated him with anti-clotting agents and scheduled a minor heart procedure for Jan. 5 to close a hole believed to have contributed to that first stroke. Hours before the scheduled procedure, Sharon suffered a massive stroke, including heavy bleeding in the brain, and slipped into a coma. After being admitted to Hadassah on Jan. 4, Sharon underwent three back-to-back brain surgeries. These were followed by three smaller procedures, including insertions of feeding and breathing tubes – a sign that doctors were preparing for a long-term coma. Throughout the past five weeks, he had been in critical but stable condition. Before dawn Saturday, Sharon’s condition deteriorated sharply and his life was in danger, hospital officials said. Doctors decided to operate after consulting with Sharon’s sons, Omri and Gilad, Mor-Yosef said. Experts have concluded that Sharon apparently suffered severe brain damage and is unlikely to regain consciousness. If he does awaken, most say, the chances of his regaining meaningful cognition or activity are slim. Sharon’s stroke jolted Israel, but the transition period has been surprisingly smooth. Kadima has held steady in the polls, which predict the party will win at least 40 of the 120 seats in parliament. This means Olmert would form the next government, likely in a coalition with the dovish Labor Party. 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 Sharon was rushed to surgery Saturday morning after doctors, who had noticed abdominal swelling, conducted a CT scan and a laparoscopy, or insertion of a small camera through the abdominal wall. Surgeons detected necrotic – or dead – tissue in the bowels and removed 20 inches of his large intestine, Hadassah Hospital director Dr. Shlomo Mor-Yosef said. The necrosis was caused either by infection or a drop in the blood supply to the intestines, something common in comatose patients, the hospital director said. Mor-Yosef said doctors did not find blocked blood vessels. Mor-Yosef said Saturday’s surgery was relatively simple, and that Sharon’s main medical problem continues to be the coma. Asked whether Sharon could come out of the coma, Mor-Yosef said: “All possibilities remain open, but with each passing day, the chances are lower.” Since the stroke, Sharon has been hooked up to feeding and breathing tubes. last_img read more

LETTERKENNY GAELS OVERCOME GALLANT EUNANS IN U12 HURLING FINAL

first_imgTh successful Letterkenny Gaels U12 hurling team.U-12 Hurling Championship County Final. St. Eunan’s 2-02Letterkenny Gaels 4-02Letterkenny Gaels U-12 hurlers pictured with managers Tom Murray and Ray Winters after winning the U-12 County ‘c’ Hurling Championship. On Thursday evening Letterkenny Gaels U-12 hurlers made the short journey to the O’Donnell Park to take on neighbours St Eunan’s in the U-12 County Final.In a very tight physical but sporting game Letterkenny Gaels showed great initiative and took an early lead. The Gaels pressed on and maintained a comfortable margin to the end of the 1st half.Playing with the wind in the second half St Eunans mounted a come back and narrowed a two goal lead to a single goal. With just a puck of the sliotar between the teams Gaels rallied again and pressed home the advantage winning by 4-02 to 2-02.Most pleasing for the Gaels management team was the commitment given by every player, giving their all for their team and club while Eunans just never gave up. A great display of honest hurling by both sides.Team: Niall O Baoighill, Jack Brady, Conal Boyle, Matthew Winters, Eoghan Keenan, Sergey Alcorn, Caolan Boyle, Jack McGinty, Dallon Davis, Joseph Patton, Finn Doherty, Jamie Callaghan, Niall ó Muireadhaigh Cian Page, Alex Wylde, Antón ó Baoill.Managers: Tom Murray & Ray Winters.Celebrating after a famous win!LETTERKENNY GAELS OVERCOME GALLANT EUNANS IN U12 HURLING FINAL was last modified: September 3rd, 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:HURLINGLetterkenny GaelsSt EunansUNDER 12last_img read more

SHAY PLEADS WITH PEOPLE TO GET A TEAM FOR ‘RELAY FOR LIFE’

first_imgShay Given has urged anyone thinking about registering a team for Relay for Life Donegal 2014 to “make the commitment today”.Shay shows his support for Relay for LifeThe former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper said being a member of any team can be a memorable and rewarding experience.But he added “Being a Relay for Life Donegal team member takes memorable and rewarding to a whole new/different level”. The Lifford man said people he knows who have participated at the events over the past two years who have told him about their fulfillment at taking part.Shay said “Surely to experience this first hand must be truly incredible?”Astonishingly, according to the successful goalkeeper, “20 people each week are diagnosed with cancer; that’s why the Relay for Life Donegal committee believes there are 1000 reasons to Relay”.Shay asks everyone reading this article to consider their reasons to Relay. “If you feel you have at least one reason to Relay, then contact Nicola Mc Bride or any committee member in order to get registered today. With so many people being diagnosed with cancer in Donegal, it is essential to have funding in place that will ensure delivery of key services when required”.Last year Relay for Life Donegal raised a staggering €320,728 for research.In addition, €328,225 was spent by The Irish Cancer Society on cancer services in Donegal.Without assistance The Irish Cancer Society would find it impossible to provide vital services; such as care to drive, nursing services, financial aid, helpline calls, counselling, survivors supporting survivors, youth programmes, cancer support centres, booklets and leaflets, etc.Shay highlights that “all proceeds raised from Relay for Life Donegal 2014, will be spent on providing vital cancer services in Donegal” and urges the public to “please call Nicola on 086 8880399 or email nicolamcbride@ymail.com, email relayforlifedonegalapplications@yahoo.com, or contact any committee member”. SHAY PLEADS WITH PEOPLE TO GET A TEAM FOR ‘RELAY FOR LIFE’ was last modified: April 18th, 2014 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:donegalRelay for LifeShay GivenTeamslast_img read more

Ochaya, Iguma join camp

first_img Tags: 2019 AFCON QualifiersDenis IgumaJoseph OchayatopUganda Cranes Some of the Uganda Cranes players during training at Lugogo2019 AFCON Qualifier-Group LUganda Vs Cape VerdeMandela National Stadium, NambooleSaturday, 17-11-2018 @4:00pmLUGOGO – On Saturday, two more foreign based players joined the Uganda Cranes team training ahead of the AFCON qualifier game against Cape Verde.Denis Iguma and Joseph Ochaya are the foreign players that joined the team in the morning training session at Lugogo.This was the team’s second training session before they enter residential camp on Monday.The session involved ball work, body stretching drills under head coach Sebastian Desabre, his assistant Mathias Lule and and trainer Gerome D’Antonio.Speaking to the press after training Kazma Sporting club’s Denis Iguuma said that the players are in good shape and ready to play Cape Verde come Saturday 17th.“All the players are in good shape and we are all prepared to take on Cape Verde, Iguma said.He also added that his dream is to see Uganda qualify for AFCON come next year.“We are yearning to represent our country in next years’ AFCON , so we are going to do the possible” Iguma added.Team captain Denis Onyango and other players are expected to jet into the country before Tuesday next week.Players who attended the second training on Saturday:Goalkeepers:Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC, Uganda) Nicholas Sebwato.Defenders:Murushid Juuko (Simba SC, Tanzania), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam FC, Tanzania), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (El Geish, Egypt), Isaac Isinde (Kirinya Jinja SS, Uganda), Timothy Denis Awanyi (KCCA FC, Uganda), Yayo Lutimba (Vipers SC), Filbert Obenchan (KCCA, Uganda)Denis Iguma.Midfielders:Moses Waiswa (Vipers Sc, Uganda), Ibrahim Sadam Juma (KCCA FC, Uganda), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC, Uganda), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA, Uganda), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC Uganda), Ambrose Kirya SC Villa), Joseph Ochaya.(TP Mazembe, Congo).Forward:Patrick Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda), Viane Sekajugo (Onduparaka FC, Uganda), Dan Sserunkuma (Vipers SC, Uganda).Comments last_img read more

Jail for thief who stole over €5,000 from ill brother’s credit card

first_imgA Donegal man who stole over €5,000 from his seriously ill brother’s credit card has been jailed for two years, with the last 12 months suspended.Gerald Griffin (53) of Ballylast, Castlefin, pleaded guilty to 22 counts of theft between January 18, 2016 and March 20, 2016. Griffin used his brother’s credit card for withdrawals in Ballybofey, County Donegal, and in Strabane, County Tyrone.The complainant in the case, Kenneth Griffin, of Ard McCool in Stranorlar, who suffers from Parkinson’s, returned from a ‘holiday of a lifetime’ in Australia to find the entire contents had been taken from the account.At the hearing for the case last month, Garda McCready said that Gerald Griffin, a father of two, admitted taking the card, but had ‘no recollection’ how he had spent the money other than ‘the clothes he was wearing and a George Foreman grill that he bought’.A victim impact statement, read on behalf of Kenneth Griffin, said: “He is a cold, heartless thief and he doesn’t care about anyone other than himself.”Previously, Gerald Griffin has served a five-month prison sentence in Northern Ireland relating to the use of the card in Strabane, where amounts totally €1,840 were withdrawn.At Buncrana Circuit Court, an employer, Paul McLaughlin from Strabane, said he knew the accused for 15 years and described him as a ‘kind-natured man who would walk bare-footed to Cork and back for you’.Mr McLaughlin said he would give Gerald Griffin 10-15 hours employment per week, on minimum wage. Barrister for the accused, Damien Crawford, asked the court to consider ‘exceptional circumstances’ and said the money, totalling €5,070, could be repaid in 6-9 months.Gerald Griffin, who has a previous conviction for theft from Stranorlar Chapel dating back to 1997, faced a maximum ten years imprisonment.“It was stupid and it was infantile,” Judge John O’Hagan said.“The money remains outstanding to this day. He kept going until the pot was dry.“The probation report has said that he is deemed suitable for community service, but this is a crime which has to attract a custodial sentence.”Jail for thief who stole over €5,000 from ill brother’s credit card was last modified: July 14th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:buncranaBuncrana Circuit Courtcredit cardGerald GriffinJUdge John O’HaganKenneth Griffinlast_img read more