Posted On May 31 2020 by

first_imgEIGHT RINGS, COLLUSION ILLUSION & EXPRESS TRAIN HEAD FRIDAY’S GRADE I, $300,000 AMERICAN PHAROAH STAKES FOR 2-YEAR-OLDS AT 1 1/16 MILESRACE IS A BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE RACE QUALIFIERARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 24, 2019)–Bob Baffert’s Eight Rings, Mark Glatt’s Collusion Illusion, John Shirreffs’ Express Train and Steve Asmussen’s Shoplifted head a strong field of nine juveniles in Friday’s Grade I, $300,000 American Pharoah Stakes, to be run at a mile and one sixteenth over Santa Anita’s main track.A Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race qualifier, the winner of the American Pharoah will earn a fees-paid berth into the Grade I, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on Nov. 1.EIGHT RINGSOwner:  SF Racing LLC, Starlight Racing or Madaket Stables LLC, et alTrainer:  Bob BaffertA runaway 6 ¼ length first-out maiden winner going 5 ½ furlongs Aug. 4 at Del Mar, this colt by Empire Maker was off as the prohibitive 1-2 favorite in the Grade I, seven furlong Del Mar Futurity Sept. 2, but ducked in at the break, unseating jockey Drayden Van Dyke.  With Van Dyke’s status uncertain until recently, Baffert has opted to bring Hall of Famer John Velazquez in to ride on Friday.COLLUSION ILLUSIONOwner:  Dan Agnew, Rodney Orr, Jerry Schneider & John XitcoTrainer:  Mark GlattA Florida-bred colt by Twirling Candy, he’s done little wrong in two starts.  A first out half length maiden winner going five furlongs on July 21, Collusion Illusion made an impressive late run in taking the Grade II, six furlong Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar by 1 ¼ lengths on Aug. 10.  Joe Talamo rides back as Collusion Illusion bids for his third straight win.EXPRESS TRAINOwner:  C R K Stable LLCTrainer:  John ShirreffsSecond, beaten 6 ¼ lengths by Eight Rings going 5 ½ furlongs Aug. 4, this Union Rags colt stretched out to mile in his second start, winning by 14 ¼ lengths as the 3-5 favorite.  A $500,000 Keeneland Sept. yearling, he’ll be ridden back by Mike Smith.SHOPLIFTEDOwner:  Grandview Equine, Cheyenne Stables LLC and LNJ FoxwoodsTrainer:  Steve AsmussenAn $800,000 March 2-year-old in training sale purchase, this Into Mischief colt was an impressive 4 ½ length first-out maiden winner going 5 ½ furlongs at Saratoga July 27 and came back to run second over a sloppy track in the Grade I Hopeful Stakes going seven furlongs on Sept. 2. Top gun Joel Rosario will ship in from New York to ride.NUCKYOwner:  Rockingham RanchTrainer:  Peter MillerA 10 ½ length maiden $100,000 claiming winner at odds of 1-2 on Aug. 21, this Ghostzapper colt was dismissed as a 35-1 longshot in the Del Mar Futurity, which was his fifth career start.  Breaking from post position seven, he avoided any trouble that may have been caused by favored Eight Rings, who broke from post position two.  With Norberto Arroyo, Jr., up, Nucky pressed the pace and went on to post a 2 ¾ length win while earning a modest 68 Beyer Speed figure.THE GRADE I AMERICAN PHAROAH WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9 Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PTAmerican Theorem–Tiago Pereira–122Fore Left–Mario Gutierrez–122Eight Rings–John Velazquez–122Express Train–Mike Smith-122Storm the Court–Flavien Prat–122Defense Wins–Rafael Bejarano–122Shoplifted–Joel Rosario–122Nucky–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–122Collusion Illusion–Joe Talamo–122First post time for a nine-race program on opening day, Friday, is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Injured Romeo goes into fan mode cheering for Castro, Gilas

Posted On Jan 19 2020 by

first_imgFIFA advisers: ‘Danger’ for gay fans at World Cup in Russia “I expected it from them. I know they’re always ready and they have the experience. So I wasn’t worried because I know they’ll step up and they have the talent,” he said.Still, Romeo gave all the praise to Castro, whom he described as “one of a kind.””The Blur is on a different level. No one replace a Jayson Castro,” said Romeo, who is pegged as the heir apparent to Castro’s throne as the lead guard for Gilas Pilipinas. “I can say that I can try, and I’ll be fortunate if I can match him or even just get close to his level, but there’s only one Jayson Castro.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Photo from Fiba.comTerrence Romeo couldn’t be more grateful that Jayson Castro postponed his impending retirement from the national team.“I’m so thankful that kuya Jayson didn’t retire from Gilas,” Romeo said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ “I had a flashback to my younger days when I was watching my idols. I couldn’t help but stand from my seat, wave at them. It’s a great feeling and at the same time, I’m just so proud of them,” Romeo said.“I’m so excited for everything kuya Jayson did. Every time he scored, I was cheering him. Imagine that, he was my roommate and my teammate and I really learned a lot from him. And now that I’m watching him, I’m just so thankful that I know kuya Jayson.”Romeo missed the first window of the Asian qualifiers due to a knee contusion, leaving much of the scoring load on Castro.But though he wasn’t in uniform, the former Far Eastern University standout  made sure that he was one with the 11,444-strong crowd cheering Gilas at Smart Araneta Coliseum as the Philippines went 2-0 in their Group B assignments.Romeo was apologetic for his absence but said that he wasn’t worried at all knowing how talented other Gilas guards are, especially with Roger Pogoy and Kiefer Ravena living up to expectations.ADVERTISEMENT Castro first called it a career back in July last year following the Philippines’ failed campaign in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes, though, wooed Castro back to the team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCastro continued his sensational play in the international stage, leading Gilas in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers, averaging a team-best 20.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 5.0 assists as he further validated his position as the country’s best guard.Romeo was left in awe watching Castro in the Philippines’ 90-83 victory over Chinese Taipei. LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more

Kevin Alas feeling like ‘rookie again’ in his first game back from ACL injury

Posted On Jan 18 2020 by

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra “Of course Poy is one the best bigs in the country but we have to work on our chemistry because that’s important for a team,” said Alas.The Road Warriors’ lack of cohesiveness allowed Rain or Shine to let loose in the 50-50 balls establishing a 53-38 disparity in overall rebounds and a 20-7 edge under the offensive glass.Rain or Shine’s relentless rebounding allowed them to score 21 second chance points, 14 more than what NLEX mustered.“I think we lacked the effort because we were outrebounded, outhustled, and at the same time we have to improve on our on-court chemistry,” said Alas.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Kevin Alas back from injury. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Kevin Alas’ painstaking recovery process from his injury left him off the basketball floor for almost a year, and now that the furlough is over the NLEX guard feels he’s starting life anew.“I was so excited last night that I couldn’t sleep at all and I think I was a rookie again,” said Alas in his first game back in the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.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 Boogie Cousins overcomes nerves in 1st game with Warriors Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college His return, however, didn’t end in a fairy tale finish after NLEX dropped to Rain or Shine, 96-87.This was Alas’ first competitive game since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in March of 2018 during the fifth game of NLEX’ semfinals series against Magnolia in the Philippine Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It was also disappointing because I wanted to win the game but Rain or Shine was the better team,” said Alas who had 12 points and four assists in his return.Apart from his personal return, the Road Warriors are also in the first stages of acclimating star big man Poy Erram into the system after they acquired the 6-foot-7 center from Blackwater in the offseason. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View commentslast_img read more

Launch of Montserrado Inter-High School Debate

Posted On Jan 14 2020 by

first_imgDevine Events and Consultancy (DEC), an institution established to help the Ministry of Education to improve the educational sector by coming up with specific events that will positively impact the educational system, has officially launched another edition of the Montserrado Inter High School Debate Competition. The competition will feature 80 schools from across the county.“This super Friday thing was creeping into our society, breaking the fabric of our country. Many of our future leaders we look up to were greatly turning into social giants,” said Alex Devine, founder and CEO of DEC.He said the education system has been plagued by many negative events, and that it is the responsibility of young people to design programs that will help government and its international partners to improve the sector.“The fight to advance Liberia’s education sector does not only rest on the shoulders of the MOE, but it requires consolidated efforts to make that happen, and we intend to be a part of that,” he said. “We initiated this inter-high school debate to get rid of this whole super Friday thing by turning it into academic Friday. Our second objective is to make sure that we inspire academic excellence for students to go beyond the normal classroom activities to do research,” he added.Devine said that the DEC is providing a platform for students to discuss national issues with logic, and to build up their intellectual capacities.“If young people are to take over the leadership in the near future, we should prepare them academically,” he said.The program commenced last academic year with 16 schools participating. With the upcoming debate tournament, Devine said the DEC has divided Montserrado County into four structures, making it different from the first tournament.This year’s competition will kick off on December 18 with the grand final slated for April, 2016. The competition is co-sponsored by Samba Juice, a production of Corina Hotel and Sam’s Barbeque in Sinkor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tottenham sign Belgian star

Posted On Jan 3 2020 by

first_img Toby Alderweireld in action for Southampton 1 Tottenham have signed Atletico Madrid star Toby Alderweireld.The Belgian defender will move to White Hart Lane, after spending last season on loan at Premier League rivals Southampton.It’s understood a fee of around £11.5m has been agreed between the two sides and the 26-year-old has agreed a five-year deal.Southampton were interested in signing the former Ajax star, but Spurs have stolen a march on their rivals and landed the stopper.“I’m very proud to be a #THFC player. I’m happy to be here & hope to have a wonderful time with this team,” Alderweireld said on the north London club’s twitter site.last_img read more

WATCH: Robin van Persie sings R Kelly song in utterly bizarre video

Posted On Dec 30 2019 by

first_imgRobin van Persie has enjoyed an impressive football career – but he definitely doesn’t have the X Factor.The former Arsenal and Manchester United star, currently playing in Turkey for Fenerbahce, has released a rather bizarre video of him signing along to an R Kelly song.It’s as terrible as you can imagine, although you can’t fault the Dutchman’s enthusiasm! Check it out above…last_img

NFL hopes flickering out

Posted On Dec 29 2019 by
first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson From the standpoint of the City Council majority, the NFL killed the deal by taking more out of the financial terms than it put in and refusing to budge on a stadium redesign that made the Rose Bowl a bloated image of itself. From the standpoint of residents around the Rose Bowl, and preservationists interested in maintaining the stadium, the whole thing was a bad idea, and it only got uglier as each new detail trickled out. On one side are those politicians and business people who believe the City Council ducked out of negotiations too soon, killing the makings of a historic deal to secure the financial future of the Rose Bowl. The spokesman for the cause is Councilman Chris Holden, who has embarked on a campaign to put the NFL deal directly before the voters. “We certainly are in the race,” Holden said in a recent interview. He is heading a signature drive to put an NFL referendum on a citywide ballot. “At the end of the day, the benefit to Pasadena has not changed. … It is just the road to getting there is a little bit more challenging because of some of the actions of the council.” On the other side are neighborhood activists, Arroyo Seco recreationists, preservationists and some politicians, who have organized to stomp out the last vestiges of the NFL movement. PASADENA – Over the past several years, the National Football League and the Pasadena City Council were engaged in a strange, ritualistic mating dance that held out the promise of a $500 million consummation that would simultaneously modernize the aging Rose Bowl and bring pro football back to Los Angeles after a 10-year absence. Now, as college fans await Wednesday’s NCAA championship in the fabled stadium, things on the professional level have fallen apart. When and where it all went wrong is open to a fair amount of interpretation. From the standpoint of the league, negotiations soured about the time a majority of the Pasadena City Council voted to move ahead with stadium-renovation plans that specifically excluded consideration of an NFL franchise playing at the Rose Bowl. “The NFL is moving farther and farther away from Pasadena and closer to the Coliseum,” said Carolyn Naber, who helped form Pasadena First, a consortium of NFL opponents she says runs the gamut of Pasadena interests. “I honestly don’t know what is fueling the push for the initiative. I just see evidence of it deflating everywhere.” Already, Pasadena First has filed a pre-election challenge to the initiative, arguing it is constitutionally flawed. And while Holden continues to push ahead, questions remain on whether the NFL would be willing to come to Pasadena considering the animus coming from some of the city’s popular leaders, including Mayor Bill Bogaard, who beat Holden in a mayoral contest in 1999. “Last year, I believed that the NFL was dealing in good faith. I believed we had an opportunity to piece together a package that would benefit Pasadena and bring a long-term tenant to the Rose Bowl,” said Councilman Victor Gordo, a key vote in the NFL’s failing bid. He had implored the league to make concessions to show the Rose Bowl was a serious contender among the three proposed stadium sites. The other two are the Coliseum and Anaheim. “When the NFL didn’t respond, the message was clear,” Gordo said. “They are business people. They know how to make a deal happen, and they know how to kill a deal. Since Thanksgiving \, mostly through inaction, they killed the deal.” Holden counters that the NFL could easily kill the deal by saying Pasadena is out of the hunt. But the league has made no such pronouncement. Moreover, he and others point to a survey conducted in 2004 that shows a majority of Pasadena’s registered voters favored continuing talks, and they expect more support if all the facts are laid out on the table. “All of these people who are saying `no, no, no,’ what are they saying yes to?” Holden asked. The NFL opponents slough off this criticism, saying they support a “Plan B” for the stadium – the non-NFL option referenced by the City Council. “I don’t think anybody is saying the Rose Bowl couldn’t use some rehabilitation,” said Mike Vogler, a member of the West Pasadena Residents Association, a group that threatened to recall Councilman Steve Madison if he did not oppose the league. “But there is a difference between rehab for a college team and local use, and the NFL coming in and virtually destroying the stadium and using it for a regional purpose.” gary.scott@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4458160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

December retail sales respectable, not robust

Posted On Dec 29 2019 by

first_imgNEW YORK – Retailers faced an uncertain 2006 Thursday after December’s modest sales gains showed that the holiday shopping season, while overall respectable, was disappointing for some of the nation’s most prominent merchants. As expected, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was one of the stragglers, falling short of Wall Street’s expectations and warning about its fourth-quarter profits. It was clear as stores released their monthly sales figures that consumers, mindful of the rising costs of energy and borrowing money, were particularly cautious during the holidays. Winning retailers included Target Corp., Costco Wholesale Corp., upscale stores such as Nordstrom Inc., and teen retailers such as Abercrombie & Fitch Co. Gap Inc., Sears Holdings Corp. and Kohl’s Corp. were among the other disappointments. That means November-December sales were up 3.5 percent, the high end of Niemira’s forecast, but a bit below the 3.7 percent pace for the entire fiscal year. Niemira expects the sales pace could average a more modest 3 percent this year. After an uneven start to the holiday season, many retailers struggled in December as shoppers appeared to procrastinate even more than in the past. The exceptions were those selling hot consumer electronics items such as Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 and digital music players, all of which were snapped up by shoppers early in the season. A variety of factors created more angst for merchants. They included a late Hanukkah and the New York City transit strike, which occurred in the critical final days before Christmas, hurting retailers in Manhattan. Another factor that depressed December figures was robust online spending, which is excluded from retailers’ same-store sales. According to comScore Networks, online holiday spending excluding travel rose a better-than-expected 25 percent to $19.6 billion, compared with a year ago. Gift card sales also pushed December business into January or even later; gift card sales are only recorded when they are redeemed. Niemira expects same-store sales to rise anywhere from 3 percent to 3.5 percent in January, boosted by gift card redemption. But how and when customers use their gift cards will determine the strength of fourth-quarter profits. According to Hastings, profits look “like they held up,” as stores generally kept to their planned discounting strategy. But merchants who rushed in spring merchandise and new winter clothing the day after Christmas are counting on gift card holders to pay regular price. Wal-Mart warned that its profits would be disappointing, at the low end of expectations. The company reported a slim 2.2 percent same-store sales gain for December. The results – the weakest December performance since 2000 – missed the 2.4 percent estimate from analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial. Hastings attributed the weakness to two factors: sales of low-margin food that outpaced demand for general merchandise and a modest performance at the company’s Sam’s Club, which sells high-ticket items. Rival Target, which had a slow start to the holiday season, rebounded with a 4.7 percent same-store sales gain in December, better than the 4.6 percent estimate. Kohl’s posted a 4.6 percent gain in same-store sales, below the 5.4 percent estimate. The company reduced its fourth-quarter outlook. Sears Holdings said same-store sales tumbled 11.9 percent at its Sears stores for the nine-week period ended Dec. 31 because of a lack of special promotions. Meanwhile, same-store sales at its Mart stores rose 1 percent. Costco posted a 7 percent gain in same-store sales, beating the 6 percent estimate. Luxury retailers had a strong December following an unusually slow November. Nordstrom reported a 7.7 percent gain in same-store sales, much better than the 3.8 percent forecast. Federated Department Stores Inc.’s same-store sales rose 3.4 percent, better than the 2.1 percent forecast. J.C. Penney Co. Inc had a 2.2 percent same-store sales gain in its department store group, missing the 2.5 percent analyst estimate. Gap posted a 9 percent decline in same-store sales, worse than the 3.8 percent drop analysts expected. Abercrombie & Fitch had a 29 percent gain in same-store sales, beating the 18.2 percent estimate from Wall Street. On Wednesday, American Eagle Outfitters Inc. announced a 9.8 percent same-store sales gain, exceeding the 3.5 percent estimate. 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “This is not a great showing, but not a poor showing. It is somewhere in between,” said Michael P. Niemira, chief economist at the International Council of Shopping Centers. “Consumers are not splurging everywhere. It is a little here and there. The consumer is very selective.” Niemira noted that retailers will face a tougher environment over the next few months as higher heating bills, a weakening housing market and rising interest rates will probably curb consumer spending. One potential bright spot is a steadily improving job market, which helped boost consumer confidence last month. The Labor Department reported Thursday that the number of newly laid-off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in more than five years. “As long as people can find the right merchandise, have a job and borrow a little bit, they are going to go shopping,” said Richard Hastings, an analyst at Bernard Sands LLC, who was more upbeat. “Overall, the holiday season was good. Retailers who had it all nailed down were the winners.” The UBS-International Council of Shopping Centers retail sales tally posted a modest 3.2 percent sales gain, at the midpoint of the 3 percent to 3.5 percent growth forecast for the month. The tally is based on same-store sales or sales at stores open at least a year, considered the best indicator of a retailer’s health. last_img read more


Posted On Dec 28 2019 by

first_imgA 39-year-old man from Killygordon has appeared at a special sitting of the Special Criminal Court this evening charged with possessing three assault rifles and membership of the dissident IRA.Shane Rowan from Forest Park in Killygordon faced charges of having a a Zastava M70 rifle, a Chinese Type 56 rifle and a Romanian PM63 rifle.He was also charged with having three magazines suitable for use in each rifle, at Tuiterath, Balrath, Slane, County Meath on Wednesday past. He was also charged with possession of 75 rounds of assorted manufactured 7.62 by 39mm calibre ammunition at the same place on the same date.The Donegal man was also charged with membership of an unlawful organization styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA, last Wednesday.Special Detective Unit sergeant Padraig Boyce told the three-judge non-jury court that he arrested Rowan under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act in Drogheda today.Rowan had made no reply, said DS Boyce.Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding alongside Judge Martin Nolan and Judge William Hamill, remanded Mr Rowan in custody until March 16th, when his case is listed for mention again.Barrister Peter Nolan, for Rowan, consented to the remand order.KILLYGORDON MAN CHARGED WITH HAVING ASSAULT RIFLES AND MEMBERSHIP OF THE REAL IRA was last modified: March 12th, 2016 by John2Share 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:Killygordonrifles chargesShane Rowanlast_img read more

Letterkenny resident charged with trafficking man at carwash

Posted On Dec 27 2019 by

first_imgThe trial of a Letterkenny resident charged with trafficking a Romanian man for exploitation to work in a car wash in Sligo town has heard that the man was just getting €4 a day to buy food.Sorin Cirpaci of Fortwell Court, Letterkenny and Augustin Covaci of Cartron, Sligo both deny the charge of coercing the man into working at the car wash on Pearse Road on a date unknown between 28 May 2015 and 9 September 2015. It is alleged that the accused men, who are brothers-in-law, retained the man’s passport and deceived him regarding payment by failing to pay him as agreed or not at all.Retired Detective Garda Michael Carr told Sligo Circuit Court that he organised a search of the car wash premises after receiving information that there was a victim of human trafficking there.He brought the National Employment Rights Authority on board and when they visited the site, they found five men working there.Mr Carr said the alleged victim told him that Mr Covaci had his passport and he was not happy with the situation there.He said it emerged the man had reversed a car into an Audi which was there for valeting and after that his passport was taken from him and he was only given €4 a day.When he left the premises with gardaí, Mr Carr said the man had a small bag with a loaf of bread and a tin of beans in it, and said he was only getting €4 every evening to feed himself with.Speaking through an interpreter, the alleged victim said he came to Ireland in May 2015 to make a better life for his family.He believed he was going to be paid €500 monthly but never saw that money, he only got a small amount and sent it home.The alleged victim said he had worked previously in a car wash in England and at other jobs in Romania.However Colm Smyth, counsel for Mr Cirpaci, disputed his claims and said that according to records obtained by gardaí, he had been serving lengthy prison terms for serious offences when he claimed to be working in Romania.The man confirmed he had served sentences but asked about the dates concerned, he said he did not have a good memory.The alleged victim said he was told he had to work for free for four months to pay for the damage he had caused to a car he had “bumped” and that his passport was taken from him.Mr Smyth put it to him that he was free to leave Mr Sorin’s employment and go back to Romania prior to the damage being done to the car, but the man said that he did not have the financial capacity to leave.The case is the first prosecution under updated human trafficking legislation which increases the maximum penalty on conviction from 14 years to life imprisonment.Letterkenny resident charged with trafficking man at carwash was last modified: November 16th, 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:carwashcourtdonegalhuman traffickingsligoSorin Circacilast_img read more