Tearful Murray: Australian Open could be his last tournament

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 31-year-old Murray said he practiced in the off-season with the main goal of making one last run at Wimbledon, where he ended the 77-year drought for British men with his title in 2013, but now wasn’t sure he’d make it that far.“I can still play to a level — not a level I’m happy playing at,” he said. “But also, it’s not just that. The pain is too much really.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I don’t want to continue playing that way. I tried pretty much everything that I could to get it right — that hasn’t worked.”The three-time Grand Slam champion is scheduled to open against No. 22-ranked Roberto Bautista Agut at Melbourne Park, where the season-opening major begins Monday. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Murray has been preparing for the 2019 season knowing that his career could be over within months. In his training program last month, he told his support group that the pain was becoming too much and that he needed to set a date for retirement.“I spoke to my team and I told them I can’t keep doing this, that I needed to have an end point because (I was) sort of playing with no idea when the pain was going to stop,” he told the news conference Friday. “I said to my team ‘I think I can get through to Wimbledon’ … that’s where I would like to stop — stop playing.”Murray added, becoming tearful again, “But I’m also not certain I’m able to do that.“I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for another four of five months.”Players and coaches around the world rallied around Murray . Juan Martin del Potro, who has struggled with injuries throughout his career, posted a message on Twitter expressing his support: “Andy, just watched your conference. Please don’t stop trying. Keep fighting … You deserve to retire on your own terms.”Commentator Darren Cahill praised his contribution to the sport , as did fellow playerGrigor Dimitrov.Murray said he’s considering another hip operation, more to improve his quality of life than as a way of returning to the top level in tennis.“I have the option to have another operation, which is a little bit more severe than what I’ve had before — having my hip resurfaced,” he said. “That’s something that I’m seriously considering right now. Some athletes have had that and have gone back to competing (but) the reason for having an operation like that is not to return to professional sports, you know, it’s just for a better quality of life.”Murray said he’d spoken extensively to long-time doubles star Bob Bryan about recovering from a similar operation, but couldn’t see himself recovering to be fit enough for singles and he wasn’t considering transitioning to doubles.“I have a severely damaged right hip,” he said. “Obviously you see me running around a tennis court, walking in between points, and obviously I know it doesn’t’ look good … look comfortable. 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Getting through the first round will be a major achievement in 2019 for the former No. 1-ranked Murray, who has slumped to No. 230 after playing just 12 matches last year following surgery on his right hip in January.He opened this season last week at the Brisbane International, where he won his opening match against James Duckworth but lost in the second round to Daniil Medvedev, showing visible signs of limping between points and struggling to move freely around court. He had an incomplete practice match against long-time friend and top-ranked Novak Djokovic on Thursday at Melbourne Park, but only won two games.Murray has had a celebrated career, breaking long Grand Slam droughts for British men when he won the U.S. Open in 2012 and at Wimbledon the following year — when he was the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win the prestigious lawn tennis title. He also became the only player to win consecutive singles gold medals at the Olympics when he won at London in 2012 and Rio in 2016.Long considered part of the so-called Big Four in men’s tennis with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Murray likely will be the youngest of them to retire after 20 months of trying to deal with his painful hip.At 37, Federer is in Australia attempting to win the title for the third consecutive year and for a seventh time overall. At 31, top-ranked Djokovic is at Melbourne Park also trying to win a seventh Australian title. The 32-year-old Nadal is ranked No. 2 and confident of extending his career for several years.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Dwyane Wade leads key spurt as Heat hold off Celtics Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Britain’s Andy Murray wipes tears from his face during a press conference at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. A tearful Murray says the Australian Open could be his last tournament because of a hip injury that has hampered him for almost two years.(AP Photo/Mark Baker)MELBOURNE, Australia — Andy Murray is still hoping to make it to one more Wimbledon tournament before his problematic hip forces him into retirement. For now, he’s only committing to the Australian Open.In an emotional news conference Friday, when a tearful Murray had to leave the room shortly after his first attempt to get it started, and needed to pause several times to compose himself once it had resumed, he confirmed he’d play his first-round match at the Australian Open next week but wasn’t sure how much longer he could continue beyond that.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Have Liberian Judges Turned the Blind Goddess of Justice into a Prostitute, Available to…

first_imgThe statue of the “Justitia”, the Blind Goddess of Justice, at the entrance of the compound of the Temple of Justice, Capitol Hill, MonroviaAll Liberian lawyers see the Blind Goddess of Justice every time they traverse the main entrance to the Temple of Justice. To the ancient Romans, the Blind Goddess was known as Justitia. She is often portrayed evenly balancing both scales, having a sword, and wearing a blindfold.To the ancient Greeks, she was known as Themis, originally the organizer of the communal affairs of humans, particularly assemblies, and became known as the goddess of divine justice. To the ancient Egyptians, she was known as Ma’at and was often portrayed carrying a sword with an ostrich in her hair, to symbolize truth and justice.Our ancient forebears conceived justice as so sacred that it was attributed to the divine, which means heavenly, celestial or godly. Other synonyms of godly are godlike, great, delightful and lovely. Not being lawyers ourselves, but reporters only, we do not know whether our law students are taught anything about the Blind Goddess of Justice.Maybe such lofty ideals were imparted, through the apprenticeship method, to our earlier lawyers, such as Louis Arthur Grimes who, both as Attorney General and as Chief Justice, stuck to legal principles, unfettered by fear, favor or monetary gain. Remember how he ruled against the interest of the Liberian Head of State, President Edwin Barclay, in the landmark case Wolo versus Wolo?The Legislature had granted P.G. Wolo a divorce from his beautiful but unlettered wife, Juah Weeks Wolo, and she took the matter to the Supreme Court. Chief Justice Grimes delivered the Opinion of the Court and declared that divorce is a function NOT of the Legislature but exclusively the Judiciary and therefore ruled the Legislature’s action to be unconstitutional.In recent times in Liberia, can we say the same thing about our Supreme Court and lower courts, that in the recent past seemed to have operated under the cloud of an imperial presidency? Remember how two years ago our courts, upon the urging of the Executive, FREED Lebanese men who had been CONVICTED of raping Liberian women and of human trafficking and sent them back to Lebanon? And no one in the Liberian Judiciary—not even the Chief Justice—was able to arrest this travesty of justice.A prominent lawyer recently told the Daily Observer that no lawyer can get anything through the courts—not even the assignment of a case—unless big money is paid up front! And when the case is finally heard, the lawyer and his client better come up with more money—if they want a favorable ruling!So what happened to the “Blind Goddess of Justice,” who is still standing at the very entrance to our “Temple of Justice”? Is she for real, or have Liberian lawyers and judges transformed this sacred, historical, and divine lady into a prostitute, who should be ready and willing to prostrate herself before the highest bidder?Making society stable and peaceful depends on transparent justice and the rule of law. This is important and crucial to society’s stability and peace because it is from justice that a party hurt by the action of another may gain satisfaction and dignity, while the perpetrator, too, will come to the realization that infringing on the rights of others is wrong.Contrary to the true rationale of justice in the Liberian society, judges from the lower to the highest courts have been recorded for taking bribes, thereby robbing the entire Judiciary of dignity, strength, and capacity to be relied on for the dispensation of justice.We recall the speech of one of the judges, His Honor Roosevelt Z. Willie of Criminal Court ‘A’, who expressed, on behalf of his colleagues, their disapproval for deduction in salaries and benefits as proposed by President George Weah during his State of the Nation Address.Our Judicial Correspondent, Abednego Davis, reporting on the opening of the criminal courts’ February term of court, quoted Judge Willie as having said, “Salary and other benefits for judges and magistrates shall not be diminished without a national program enacted by the Legislature as enshrined in Article 72 of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia.”Judge Willie objected to President Weah’s suggestion that others working in government follow him by sacrificing to reduce salaries and benefits for the good of Liberia. By law, the President’s salary cannot be increased or decreased (Article 60, 1986 Constitution), which President Weah acknowledged in his speech, but on the basis of consensus building in the spirit of patriotism, he suggested that government employees should put the interest of the country above self to make such a sacrifice.The proper paying of judges is supposed to serve as a deterrent against corruption in the judiciary. These are judges who, regardless of abject poverty affecting most ordinary citizens, are paid huge salaries and benefits. Analysis by our Judicial Reporter indicates that Circuit Court Judges earn US$4,500 monthly while magistrates earn US$1,500.Judges receive US$5,000 each as allowance with unspecified number of scratch cards, gasoline, and medical and housing benefits. Associate Justices and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court earn as much as US$9,000 to $11,000 per month. These amounts do not include allowances, unspecified number of scratch cards, gasoline, medical and housing benefits, and expensive vehicles.Apart from being resistant to President Weah’s proposal, many judges engage in corruption, in total disregard to the Blind Goddess of Justice, who they pass each morning en route to court. As far as they are concerned, let her stand there with the veil of blindness over her face, instead of peeping at the scales and opening her legs to the highest bidder!The primary purpose of this Editorial is to urge all Liberians to pray that the good Lord will emancipate us from the hands of cowardly, greedy, selfish and unpatriotic judges, and give us men and women judges who will bestow honor and dignity to the sacred Blind Goddess of Justice, and make her presence felt in every legal decision they make.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GFC updates Linden stakeholders on Forest Law Enforcement Agreement

first_imgThe Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) recently engaged small concession owners and other stakeholders of Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), in an exercise intended to update the forestry sector in Guyana on the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Agreement.During that engagement, which was hosted at the Watooka Complex, the stakeholders were treated to presentations delivered by Deputy Forest Commissioner Gavin Agard and Technical Officer of the FLEGT Secretariat, Ruslin Richards.Richards in her address, noted that the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) is a key element of the European Union’s (EU’s) Forest Law and Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan. She explained that a VPA with the EU would facilitate increased market access for Guyana’s timber into the lucrative EU market, and she outlined requirements that would make stakeholders FLEGT compliant.“We need to meet social, environmental and fiscal requirements which everybody is already familiar with but, truthfully, everybody isn’t up-to-date with. So some of the social requirements include ensuring that we meet those requirements set out by our labour laws, our occupational safety laws, and so on. Like wearing protective wear, paying at or above minimum wage, ensuring we are complying with NIS (National Insurance Scheme),” she told stakeholders.Richards added that while many stakeholders are struggling to meet requirements, strides have been made, and the GFC is prepared to aid stakeholders in ensuring that they are compliant.Deputy Forest Commissioner Gavin Agard updated the attendees on the progress of the National Forest Inventory. “A National Forest Inventory is a big undertaking, and it’s going to take at least four years (to be completed). We have started some preliminary works, and by the end of this year we will have a design, a methodology, a print-out showing where we plan to do the samples….. For the people in Kwakwani, one of the big areas where the inventory will take place is possibly Whykoken Concession,” he said.This inventory, he said, would clearly indicate what tree species and diameter classes are available in each concession allotted. Agard pointed out that the Timber Grading Rules have been revised, and training will commence soon to update all GFC Officers and stakeholders.He said Government has approved the realisation of a Consolidated Stockyard where logs and lumber will be purchased and resold at a fair price. However, talks are still ongoing in regard to how soon this will be implemented.Outreaches similar to this one held in Linden were conducted during the week in areas such as Kwakwani and Ituni in Region 10; Anna Regina and Charity in Region Two; Bartica in Region Seven; Corriverton and Canje in Region Six; and Georgetown in Region Four.last_img read more

Fort Nelson gets Telus 4G LTE coverage

first_imgTelus says 4G LTE is a more advanced and faster wireless technology, and it has already been rolled out to nearly 90 per cent of the province.  “Telus’ expansion of our 4G LTE network to Fort Nelson will bring Internet speeds as fast as what customers experience at home to their cell phone, tablet or Internet key while on the move,” says Lance MacDonald, General Manager for Northern British Columbia. “Our 4G LTE network will cover the downtown city core of Fort Nelson and the gas fields, allowing residents to stay connected to the online world with the latest smartphones.”More cities are planned for expansion by the end of the year.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Former Liverpool star turns his back on Premier League return to stay in Spain

first_imgJavier Mascherano has committed his future to Barcelona by signing a new four-year contract with the club, ending talk of a return to the Premier League.The former Liverpool man has excelled since moving to Spain in the summer of 2010 but, with contract talks reportedly at an impasse, there were rumours the Argentine was keen to return to England.Instead, however, the 30-year-old has signed a new deal with the club, effectively committing the remainder of his top-level career to the Catalan side.“I’m committed to this club until the final day of the contract,” he said. “I hope I can live up to the expectations of the club.” Javier Mascherano 1last_img read more

Maradona drama is a problem for Argentina and Messi

first_imgBut all those cameras not positioned in Messi’s corner of the Saint Petersburg Stadium quickly turned their gaze upwards and slightly to the right.Diego Maradona, with his arms grappling his own chest, was grimacing towards the sky, a crazed look in his eyes of ecstasy, relief and delirium.This was the duopoly of Argentina’s 2-1 win over Nigeria on Tuesday.Not Messi and Marcos Rojo, the scorer of the winning goal in the 86th minute, nor even Messi and Jorge Sampaoli, the team’s estranged coach.But Messi and Maradona. On the pitch, off the pitch, present and past. One trying to win the trophy that has eluded him in an otherwise extraordinary career, the other watching on, having had his own story defined by it.– Inspiration or distraction? –There is no telling how the hysteria that surrounds Maradona really affects the team, whether his increasingly deranged presence is a force for inspiration, sympathy or discomfort.But as Argentina rallied to escape Group D, one of the game’s most magical players, perhaps its greatest ever icon, was in the stands, only prevented from toppling over by two of his entourage next to him.As Lionel Messi celebrated his goal, the TV cameras turned towards Maradona in the stands © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVHe sat slumped in his seat, seemingly dozing off, and then later upright, frazzled with nerves, his hands clawing his face.When Rojo’s volley hit the net, the performance was completed by two raised middle fingers and a shouted obscene insult, the intended target apparently anyone that would look.Broadcasters are expected to treat Maradona with more sensitivity during Saturday’s quarter-final against France. Accompanying every meaningful action with a shot of the 57-year-old perhaps made for compelling viewing, but his health cannot be taken lightly.After the match, video emerged of him being helped into the dining area of his VIP box, seemingly unwell. Photos showed medical staff attending to him, with one appearing to take his pulse.On Wednesday, Maradona wrote on Instagram: “I want to tell everyone that I am fine, that I am not and was not hospitalised.”Claudio Tapia, the president of the Argentinian FA, may be wondering though if Maradona’s histrionics are detrimental to the team, and Messi, as well as himself.– Constant comparisons –Whenever the World Cup comes around, Messi is encircled by Maradona’s shadow.Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona are intertwined in Argentina’s football legend © AFP / Giuseppe CACACEThirty-two years after one Argentinian striker hoisted the trophy, another is expected to do the same.“We say that if Messi does not win the World Cup, he will not be superior to Maradona,” Tapia said, shortly after the Albiceleste arrived in Russia.“But I believe that these are comparisons that should be left out.”When Maradona took aim at Sergio Ramos last week, calling him inferior to Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin, the Spain defender retaliated with an insult he clearly felt would cut deep.“In Argentina they know Maradona is light years away from the best Argentine player in history which, for me, is Lionel Messi,” Ramos said.Between Messi and Maradona themselves, there has been nothing but reverence.Messi has described Maradona as his “inspiration” while only this week Maradona directed a personal message to Messi, saying: “Nothing is your fault. I love you and I respect you as always.”But for the quiet, unassuming genius of Messi, this current circus of Maradona must feel more encroaching than ever, more even than when Maradona was Argentina’s coach in 2010.Then they were both on the same team, each on the inside, but now Maradona is the former favourite looking in.“The Argentines’ stereotype of Argentinian is a discreet person, who does not talk too much, and that’s the big difference with Maradona. He likes to grab attention,” said Alexandre Juillard, author of ‘Insubmersible Messi’.“In Argentina they have an expression, ‘Pecho Frio’, which means when you need to be hot, you have to be cold, and that’s Maradona’s problem.”Argentina’s win over Nigeria may only, in the end, prolong their stay at the World Cup by a matter of days. But for as long as they are here, Maradona’s problem is Messi’s problem too.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Diego Maradona became increasingly agitated during Argentina’s 2-1 win over Nigeria that saved their World Cup © AFP / Giuseppe CACACESAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 27 – When Lionel Messi ran to the corner and sank to his knees, the enduring image of Argentina scrambling into the World Cup’s last 16 was set.Their number 10, in the blue and white stripes, his head tilted and fingers vertical, about to be swamped moments later by adoring team-mates.last_img read more

LARGE CROWDS TURN OUT IN LETTERKENNY FOR SWITCHING-ON OF CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

first_imgCrowds enjoy the atmosphere at Market Square in LetterkennyLarge crowds gathered at Letterkenny’s Market Square this evening for the official switching-on of the town’s Christmas lights.There was a real festive atmosphere as families gathered to officially mark the countdown to Christmas.Letterkenny Chamber and local businesses should be congratulated for what turned out to be a hugely enjoyable evening. Santa even made an appearance in LetterkennyLocal business owners set out stalls in front of their shops with many handing out free mulled wine and mince pies.Children were also given free goodie bags.Lord Mayor of Letterkenny Dessie Larkin said he was delighted to see so many families had made the effort to come out on what was a very cold night.President of Letterkenny Chamber John Watson congratulated and thanked all local businesses for their efforts. And there was even an appearance by a certain man with a white beard and a red suit.He told children that they now had the chance to be good before he sees them again on Christmas Day.And with that it was home for a night in front of the fire to watch the Late Late Toy Show! LARGE CROWDS TURN OUT IN LETTERKENNY FOR SWITCHING-ON OF CHRISTMAS LIGHTS was last modified: December 1st, 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) Tags:Christmas lightletterkennyLetterkenny ChamberMayor Dessie Larkinlast_img read more

MOVILLE GAA CLUB HOST BRILLIANT XMAS CUP FOR UNDERAGE PLAYERS

first_imgMoville GAA News:Moville Minor girls played Lurgan ladies Co Cavan Minor Champions in the Ulster Semi Final in Moville today. Having put in a massive effort in the first half Moville went in behind at half time and had a lot to do to turn this game around.A terrific second half took place with Moville setting the tone early on that they weren’t going to go down without a fight. As the well-known saying goes Goals win games and Moville got six of them in the second half. Scores came from Sarah-Jane McDonald 2-2, Sinead McGuiness 1-2, Ciara Harkin 1-0, Nicole McDermott 1-2, Carrigh McGuiness 1-1, Aisleen McGuiness 0-1, Bronagh McGuiness 0-1.  Our now Annual Xmas cup took place on Saturday. The weather was not in our favour to say the least but all the action was moved to the Community Centre in Greencastle. Over 100 kids took part in the fun filled day & the Main man Santa Claus arrived as proceedings came to a close. A great day was had by all thanks to all the coaches & Parents for making it a great day. Saturday Morning Underage training will now resume in the New Year. Our Annual club dinner dance ran successfully at the Redcastle Hotel at the end of November with over 170 in attendance. Senior player of the year went to Pearce Parkinson, Senior Reserve player of the year went to Seamus Bovaird and Senior Ladies player of the year was Caroline McIntrye. A special thanks to Rory Kavanagh who was our special guest. Scores came from: Eimear McLaughlin(Pat) 1-4, Nicole McDerrmott 0-2, Emma Doherty 1-0, Carrigh McGuinness, Aisleen McGuinness, Sarah Jane McDonald, Niamh McDonald and Michelle Louge all 0-1 eachLast week’s lotto numbers were 4,12,17,23 and the €50 runner up was William Gillespie. Next week’s Jackpot is €4,300.Thanks for your continued support.  The annual AGM will take place Friday December 11th at 8pm. All member are encouraged to attend.MOVILLE GAA CLUB HOST BRILLIANT XMAS CUP FOR UNDERAGE PLAYERS was last modified: December 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Sportlast_img read more

Chavez denounces propaganda critiques

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “The observers accuse me of having an excessive presence on television and radio. Do they want me to remain quiet?” Chavez said. “I never called on people to vote for anyone; I called for participation.” He spoke on Venezuela’s state-run TV channel from Montevideo, Uruguay, where South America’s Mercosur nations formally put Venezuela on track to full membership in the trade bloc. Chavez supporters won all 167 seats in the National Assembly amid a boycott by Venezuela’s five main opposition parties, which said they did not trust the electoral system. Voter turnout was 25 percent, compared with 50 percent and 60 percent in Venezuela’s two previous congressional elections. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Friday denounced reports by international observers who oversaw recent congressional elections, rejecting criticism of his government’s use of media resources. Chavez accused the observers from the European Union and the Organization of American States of being part of a U.S.-backed plan “to destabilize” Venezuela, saying they belonged to “parties of the extreme right” and their reports contained “lies.” Although the EU and OAS missions declared Sunday’s vote fair and transparent, the EU noted that Chavez’s government used television and radio broadcasts as “an excessive resource” during the election campaign. The OAS delegation observed “political propaganda from high-level public officials, including federal, state and municipal officials.” Chavez defended his right to appear on TV – something he does almost daily – and denied that he urged Venezuelans to vote for pro-government candidates. last_img read more

MAN LEFT WITH LIFELONG EPILEPSY AFTER HORRIFIC SINGLE-PUNCH ATTACK

first_imgRyan Gormley: JailedA young Co Donegal man was left with a brain injury and developed epilepsy which he will have for life after being hit with a single punch, a court has heard.The victim, Denis Keenan, was struck in a completely unprovoked attack outside the Four Lanterns in Letterkenny in December, 2011. He fell to the ground and struck his head and had to spend 15 days in hospital where he was treated for multiple cuts and an internal brain injury.Mr Keenan’s attacker appeared before Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday.Ryan Gormley, 25, from Ballyarr, Ramelton pleaded guilty to a Section 3 assault.The victim said his life had completely changed as a result of the horrific assault as he had been diagnosed with epilepsy.“I also appear to be forgetful with every day events which is very frustrating,” said the victim in an impact statement read to the court.“I’ve lost the use my taste buds and I have no sense of smell; I have been unable to get a full night’s sleep since the attack,” he said.The court heard that in April 2012, four months after the attack, Mr Keenan was out with friends playing a game of pool when he suffered a seizure. His friends were able to put him in the recovery position and get him treated.Since that Mr Keenan has been unable to socialise with friends, fearing he may suffer another seizure.Garda Harvey Maughan said CCTV had showed the moment that had changed the 30 year old victim’s life forever.“He never got up again,” said Gda Maughan.The garda said the footage had shown how Gormley had tried to start a fight with another innocent bystander just moments before he struck Mr Keenan, from Ballaghdearg, Mountain Top, Letterkenny.Sean Mac Aodh, counsel for Gormley, said his client had just one previous conviction for dangerous driving in 2010.He had stopped drinking and was very remorseful for the horrible injuries inflicted on Mr Keenan.He realised what he’d done, he said.Gormley took to the witness box to personally apologise to Mr Keenan. He said the incident should never have happened.Mr Mac Aodh said his client was involved in cycling, raising thousands of euro for charity. He worked for part-time for a vegetable wholesaler and hoped to work there full-time.Judge Keenan Johnson said he had to weigh all the mitigating factors with all the aggravating factors of the case.He said Gormley was “fortunate” he hadn’t been charged with the more serious Section 4 assault charge, which has a maximum life sentence.However he said he would not let that colour his views on the Section 3 assault charge which was before him.Judge Johnson said Gormley’s guilty plea and remorse, which was genuine, was in his favour.But he had to balance that with devastating consequences of Gormley’s actions on Mr Keenan.The Judge offered his sympathies to Mr Keenan who sat at the back of the court and said he hoped the case could bring some sort of closure.He then jailed Gormley for three years, suspending the last 18 months of the sentence.He also ordered the attacker to pay his victim €10,000 in compensation within three years and bound him over to keep the peace for seven years.Judge Johnson said the attack on Mr Keenan was “all too common” these days.“People should be able to go out for the night without fear of being attacked like this,” said the judge.The Judge also criticised the State’s criminal injury compensation scheme describing saying it was wholly inadequate when it came to compensating victims like Mr Keenan.MAN LEFT WITH LIFELONG EPILEPSY AFTER HORRIFIC SINGLE-PUNCH ATTACK was last modified: March 4th, 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:BallaghdeargballyaredonegalLetterkenny Circuit CourtRyan GormleySection 3 assaultlast_img read more