Pizzeria owner who blew stolen €16,000 on gambling escapes jail

Posted On Dec 21 2019 by

first_imgA pizzeria owner who stole more than €16,000 from his ex-girlfriend and bet the cash on two horses has escaped going to prison.Raul Andrei spent more than €70,000 opening up a franchise of Apache Pizza in Letterkenny, which he operated successfully for a number of months. However, Letterkenny District Court heard the 46-year-old developed a gambling habit after visiting a local casino.On October 14th last year while his partner was visiting friends in Dublin he gained access to the former house he shared with Oana Grigore at The Green, Ballymacool, Letterkenny.He stole the money and then went to his local branch of BoyleSport Bookmakers.He placed €10,000 on one horse and €6,720 on another on two different horses at two different race meetings but both lost.The court heard Andrei lost a considerable amount of money the previous day and was trying to win the money back.The accused told a friend that he had lost the money and was feeling suicidal and also telephoned his ex-partner and told her what had happened.The stolen money had come from the business and he had given it to his ex-partner but she had hidden the money as she was aware of the accused man’s gambling habit.Andrei was very remorseful and attended Gambler’s Anonymous and was also attending church meetings and no longer gambles.The couple have one child together and Andrei still pays his child’s creche fees and sees the child regularly.The court heard that the accused, of Sprackburn House, Letterkenny, is now working with a local company, earns €600 per week and is anxious to pay the money back to his ex-partner.The 47 year old no longer works at the pizza restaurant.At a previous sitting Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case for a probation and community service report and also a to get a victim impact statement.He also ordered Andrei to pay back the money to his ex-partner.The court was told today (Mon) that Andrei has so far paid back €1,400 and continues to support his child and makes regular payments.Passing sentence Judge Kelly said this was a “serious theft and a serious breach of trust.”However, he added that the victim had been very compassionate towards her ex-partner and that the amount of cash taken warranted a custodial sentence.Because of the victim’s compassion and his co-operation he was not sending him to jail and ordered him to complete 180 hours community service for the of €10,000 in lieu of six months in jail and a further 180 hours for the theft of €6,720 in lieu of another six months in jail.Pizzeria owner who blew stolen €16,000 on gambling escapes jail was last modified: November 26th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Andreigamblingletterkennypizzeriastolenlast_img read more

Wigan v Chelsea in pictures

Posted On Dec 21 2019 by

first_imgFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook A selection of images from Chelsea’s 2-0 victory at the DW Stadium. (Click on an image to begin slideshow)See also:Early goals help Chelsea see off WiganWigan v Chelsea player ratingsBoss hails Hazard after Chelsea victoryHazard has class – but he can also look after himselflast_img

Supreme Court seeks Gujarat reply over re-induction of encounter-accused police officers

Posted On Dec 3 2019 by

first_imgThe Supreme Court on July 21, 2017 sought response from the Gujarat government on a plea alleging that two police officers, accused in separate encounter cases, have been re-inducted in the force after superannuation. “Issue notice returnable in two weeks,” a bench of Chief Justice J.S. Khehar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said.The bench was hearing a petition filed by former IPS officer Rahul Sharma alleging that the two police officers — N.K. Amin and Tarun Barot — have been re-inducted as Superintendent of Police at Tapi district in Gujarat and Deputy Superintendent of Police in Railways, respectively.The petition further alleged that Mr. Amin has faced trial in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Ishrat Jahan fake encounter killing cases and Mr. Barot was accused in the Sadiq Jaman and Ishrat Jahan encounter cases. Mr. Amin, however, has been acquitted in the Sohrabuddin encounter case. Both the men have been re-employed on contractual basis with the police force.last_img read more

Exams made easy

Posted On Nov 28 2019 by

first_imgIf you could subtract examinations from student life, those years would add up to magic. Unfortunately, studies and evaluations go hand in hand and often lead to undue stress in your child. Fix it fast!Stress is a vicious cycle: Once you start worrying, it can block the mind and make you forget faster than you learn. It manifests itself in inexplicable stomach pains, menstrual cramps, headaches, nausea, diarrhoea. It could express itself with sweating, irritability, insomnia, asthma and blackouts. “High levels of stress lead to the secretion of the stress hormone cortisol which weakens your immune system,” explains Dr PV Vaidyanathan, Mumbai-based paediatrician and author of two parenting books, Make Your Child Stress-Free and Managing the Unmanageable Child.However, experts say some amount of stress is necessary for a student taking exams. This is called eustress or good stress which boosts performance. If your child is absolutely cool about the exams, her performance may not be up to the mark. So balance it out.To help your child retain everything, perform well and keep upbeat in the run up to the exams and during those days you need to start ahead. Make sure her immunity is built with good food, exercises, enough rest and sleep and a happy environment.Serve her the right food: She will not only be stronger and more energetic, but her memory will also be strengthened with the right foods. “Turn her plate into a colourful palette with a rainbow of fruits and veggies that includes a variety of colours-red, green, yellow and orange. Strawberries, tomatoes and carrots are all great immunity boosters,” says Mumbai-based nutritionist Naini Setalvad.”Serve up food rich in memory-boosting Omega-3 fatty acids such as flaxseeds, walnuts, almonds, etc,” she says. Grapes, cherries, apples, spinach, broccoli and beet root are also great for memory. “Vitamin B-complex is excellent for better memory too. So reach out for oats, bananas and avocados,” adds Setalvad. Make sure she drinks enough water. Dehydration can play havoc with memory.Allow her enough rest: Sleep rests the brain, sharpens concentration, boosts memory and retrieval of facts. So make sure that your child follows a healthy sleep pattern. “While eight to nine hours should do, some children may need 10 to 12 hours’ sleep a day,” says Vaidyanathan.Leave her with free time: Stress and physical inactivity are directly linked. “Dance or a sport like cycling, skipping, swimming or a short sprint will not only give him a rush of happy hormones but also improve his concentration,” says Dr Gaurav Sharma, sports medicine specialist, Holy Angel Hospital, New Delhi. Make sure that he gets enough free time and breaks. Sometimes indulging in a comparatively sedentary hobby like music can also lift his spirits.Fight the fear factors: Identifying the exam fear factors that are stressing out your child and addressing them immediately are essential to steer through these days. We have identified some for you along with expert solutions. Don’t hesitate to seek professional help if you think you can’t cope alone.I have sudden panic stations: Where it comes from: Inadequate preparation, poor time management, frequent comparison with others.How to handle it: Comfort your child and try to cheer him up by chatting about lighter matters. Help her strategise well and seek tips from teachers. “Let her not waste time by discussing with friends or class mates over the telephone,” says Jeromey Jaypaul, guidance counsellor, Bishop Cotton Boys School, Bengaluru. Friends can mislead and want to distract and unnerve you. “Ask your child to avoid people who make him feel low,” says Dr Jayanti Dutta, consultant clinical psychologist and associate professor, Clinical Psychology, Lady Irwin College, New Delhi.I won’t retain a thing! where it comes from: Poor sleep, bad eating habits, stress-induced panic.How to handle it: Says Dr Jitendra Nagpal, senior consultant psychiatrist, Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences, New Delhi, “Whenever memory blanks out, one should sit back, relax for a while, put one’s head down and concentrate. It may take few minutes to recollect the information but it is possible to get hold of it.” The trick is to be calm and concentrate. Study hours should be punctuated with short breaks to retain and remember! To build memory for your kid, keep quizzing her with brain games and puzzles through the year.There is an awful lot to cover,where it comes from: Disorganised, last-ditch study, lack of concentration.How to handle it: Studying can be like eating a meal. Suggest that your child breaks it into different courses and goes systematically with bite-sized portions. Encourage studying in short bursts of 40 to 60 minutes. Improve her concentration by de-cluttering the room she studies in. “It doesn’t matter if you haven’t covered all the topics. Select a few but be thorough. Think positive,” suggests Dutta.My parents will be embarrassed. Where it comes from: Unduly high expectations from parents or lack of communication, or both.How to handle it: Keep the talk lines open. “Tone down your expectations from your child and praise her for her achievements in other areas,” says Dr Arvind Taneja, advisor and senior consultant, Paediatrics, Max Healthcare, New Delhi.advertisementadvertisementRather, help her explore other career options if academics is not her strongest point. Ensure that she doesn’t take poor academic performance as personal failure and loss of face socially. Also, don’t compare your child with other children-this exacerbates fear.last_img read more

French Open: Satwik-Chirag Enter Final After Stunning Attacking Display Against World No.6 Pair

Posted On Nov 26 2019 by

first_img badmintonChirag Shettyfrench openFrench Open 2019 First Published: October 27, 2019, 12:08 AM IST New Delhi: India’s top men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty continued their upward trajectory as they made the final of the French Open 2019 with a straight games win over world No.6 Yuta Watanabe-Horoyuki Endo of Japan on Saturday.Satwik-Chirag put up a brilliant display of attacking badminton as they outshone the Japanese pair 21-11, 25-23 in 50 minutes to make the final. This was their first win over Endo-Watanabe in their third attempt, never before had they even taken a game against the Japanese. It took Satwik-Chirag a fifth match point to take the match but when they did, their euphoria was visible, having made their second BWF World Tour final of the season. This has been a progression for Satwik-Chirag in the French capital as the Indian pair had made the quarter-final in 2017, the semi-final last year and now the final.Satwik and Chirag will be up against world No.1 pair of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in the final.Satwik and Chirag began the match brilliantly completely outplaying the Japanese pair, who were not allowed to settle into the match with the Indians assaulting them with their smashes.Satwik and Chirag have shown massive improvement in their all-court play and bring a lot of variety in their shots instead of a one-dimensional attacking game they had before. That is exactly what has coincided with their rise.With their steep smashes, excellent flat cross-court play and some staunch defence early on, the Indian pair took the first game 21-11 in just 15 minutes.It was the second game that brought intense drama to the court, such that sent the Paris crowd into frenzy as they sang aloud towards the end, applauding the badminton incessantly.Endo-Watanabe started the second game by taking the first three points, courtesy Satwik and Chirag both getting their strings broken on the first point followed by a couple of errors from Satwik.The Japanese pair began to take a bit more initiative in the second game and Satwik’s racquet leaked a few cheap errors as the Japanese took an 8-6 lead.However, the Indian pair hit back with two straight points to level the proceedings. At 8-8, Satwik came up with two brilliant flick serves that yielded them important points after which Satwik-Chirag went into the break with an 11-8 lead.With the Indian pair up 14-13, a brilliant rally ensued where Watanabe gave up at one point only for his partner to continue with the realisation that the rally was still on and his heart was rewarded when Satwik hit the net to yield the point.Chirag’s smash then went long as the Japanese pair led 15-14 but then Satwik’s steep smash followed by a beautiful drop from Chirag made it 15-15.The Indians remained on the up from there and brought up two match points at 20-18. The Japanese pair saved one after a 40-shot rally where Satwik hit the net after a barrage of shots from Chirag.Endo then had a lucky net cord as the score went to deuce.The Indian brought up their third match point when Watanabe hit the net trying to block a steep smash from Satwik. But it was saved once more by the Japanese pair in another thrilling rally.Chirag played a half smash from the front court but Watanabe somehow got it back. Satwik was not quick enough to move up front and the Japanese pair had made it 21-21.A fourth match point arrived for the Indian when Endo’s block off a Chirag smash hit the net but the Japanese saved it once again when Satwik’s return to Watanabe’s flat stroke hit the net.The Japanese brought up their first game point when Chirag’s clear went long but the Indians made it 23-23 with Satwik getting a lucky net cord on service return.By this time, the decibel level in the hall was at its peak and the Indian brought up their fifth match point with Satwik following up Chirag’s half smash with a steep one at Watanabe.Another long rally ensued where all the four players hurried all over the court before Satwik’s brilliant cross court clear forced Watanabe to hit into the net and the Indians marched into the final. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more