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JUDGE REJECTS CLAIMS BY BUS DRIVER THAT BREAKING SPEED LIMIT SAVED CHILDREN’S LIVES

first_imgJudge Kelly rejected Mr Doherty’s claims that he was forced to speed to protect his young passengers.A Donegal bus driver, who claimed his speeding actions saved the lives of children, was fined €100 after he was found guilty. Denis Doherty, from 8 Gaddyduff, Clonmany, was charged with speeding at Tullyarvan, Buncrana on March 27, last year, when he appeared before Buncrana District Court in April. The Court heard that Garda Colm Mooney was operating a speed checkpoint that morning when he detected a bus, with 46 school children on board, travelling at 69kph in the 50km zone at 9.05am.59-year-old Mr. Doherty denied the offence saying he forced into breaking the speed limit to ensure that children, either in his bus or in the cars behind him were not injured.He told the court last month that he overtook a slow moving tractor that morning but when he did a number of other cars behind him followed suit. He said had he not sped up there would not have been enough space for the rest of the cars to get in behind him.The experienced Clonmany bus driver claimed there ‘could have been a pile up’ if hadn’t taken the action he did.Defence solicitor Ray Lannon said his client took ‘fair, reasonable and necessary action’ to prevent a ‘clear threat of tragedy’.However after taking time to review the case and study case law which was handed in by Mr. Lannon, Judge Paul Kelly found that Mr. Doherty ‘had a case to meet’.Speaking in Buncrana Court, Judge Kelly he could not conceed that Mr. Dohery had no other choice but to break the speed limit on the day.He said, as Inspector Michael Harrison pointed on in court last month, there were several actions Mr. Doherty could have take to avoid an accident that didn’t involve breaking the speed limit.“For this defence to success there much be nothing else that could have been done to avoid a accident but increase your speed, but as Insp. Harrison pointed out on the last occasion Mr. Doherty could have maintained his 50km per hour speed and let the cars behind deal with their own situation.“Or he could have pulled into the Side to let them pass or the van coming in the opposite direction could have taken evasive action… Therefore I am not convinced that Mr. Doherty had no other choice on the day,” added Judge Kelly.He praised Mr. Lannon for his ‘eloquent and strenuous’ defence of the case, but he said he was rejecting the defence application.“There was a number of things that could have happened that day and I believe Mr. Doherty misjudged his actions.”Judge Kelly fined the Clonmany man €100 for speeding.JUDGE REJECTS CLAIMS BY BUS DRIVER THAT BREAKING SPEED LIMIT SAVED CHILDREN’S LIVES was last modified: May 15th, 2016 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:bus driverCarndonaghdonegalJudge Paul Kellyspeedinglast_img read more

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Will The PGA Championship Be Jordan Spieths Great White Whale

Winning three of the four major championships in men’s professional golf is no easy feat. Only 18 golfers have ever done it,1And as we’ll see in the table below, only 11 have had a chance to cap off the career slam after 1958, when the PGA Championship switched to stroke play and thus began what’s generally regarded as the modern era of major championships. and of those, only five — Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen — have gone on to win the fourth and complete the career grand slam.2The tournaments that constitute a grand slam have changed over the years, so we’re only considering the definition in use since 1958: The Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship.One of the 13 golfers stuck on three majors (poor guy, I know) is Jordan Spieth, who joined the club with his win at the British Open in July. And luckily for Spieth, the last major he needs to check off is the PGA Championship, which begins Thursday at the Quail Hollow Club in North Carolina. If Spieth wins, he’ll become the group’s sixth member — and the youngest at the time of his accession. Spieth is OK at golf, gang.But although the PGA is often regarded as the game’s weakest major, even the greatest golfers can get hung up trying to add it to their collection. Of the seven modern-era golfers who weren’t able to secure that elusive fourth major (not counting Spieth, who still has much of his career in front of him), two counted the PGA Championship as their white whale. One of those golfers was some guy named Arnold Palmer, and the other was Tom Watson — owners of 15 total majors between them. But for all their many accomplishments, the duo were never able to capture the Wanamaker Trophy. Lee TrevinoThe Masters13 Sam SneadU.S. Open19 Winning that last major is hard, especially when it’s the PGAGolf’s career grand slam candidates since 1958 Raymond FloydBritish Open7 Jack NicklausBritish Open3✓ Tiger WoodsBritish Open1✓ PLAYERMISSING MAJORCUTS MADE*SUCCESS? Gary PlayerU.S. Open3✓ * With a career grand slam on the line (i.e., after winning the other three majors, but not counting any cuts made after a slam was collected). Nine of Snead’s cuts at the U.S. Open were made before 1958.Source: ESPN Tom WatsonPGA Championship17 Phil MickelsonU.S. Open2 Rory McIlroyThe Masters3 Arnold PalmerPGA Championship21 When modern-era golfers have needed either the U.S. or British Open to cap off the slam, they’ve had at least some success — three wins against 35 cuts made after winning his first three majors.3This includes the nine pre-1958 cuts Snead made at the U.S. Open after he’d picked up the other three majors; we grandfathered him into the data because he also made 10 cuts at the U.S. Open after the modern era began. And the two players who’ve needed only the Masters as their coup de grace, Lee Trevino and Rory McIlroy, are only oh-for-16 in terms of wins versus cuts made. But between Palmer and Watson, slam-seekers are winless in their 38 cuts at the PGA, a record of futility Spieth will try to chip away at.Watson got close at the PGA before the career grand slam was on the line — he finished in a tie for second at Oakmont Country Club in 1978, though he hadn’t yet won the U.S. Open at that stage of his career. He’d get his first chance at the career slam in the summer of 1982 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma — and he put forth a solid effort, finishing in a tie for ninth on the leaderboard. But in his subsequent 23 starts at the PGA Championship, Watson would never get closer than fifth.Palmer, meanwhile, got his first shot at career-slam glory at the 1964 PGA Championship in Columbus, Ohio. He hit it well all week but ended up three strokes back of winner Bobby Nichols, in a tie for second with Nicklaus. It was a tough pill to swallow for sure, but Palmer would get many more whacks at his slam; Nichols would never win another major.But the PGA disappointments kept piling up. At the 1968 PGA Championship in San Antonio, Texas, Palmer entered Sunday two strokes back of leader Frank Beard and saw an opening when Beard blew up in the final round. But 48-year-old (!) Julius Boros played a little better, edging Palmer by a single stroke with a final-round 69.Palmer’s window was closing, but ’68 wouldn’t be his last near-miss. That would come at the 1970 PGA Championship — also played at Southern Hills — where he, for the third time in seven seasons, finished in a tie for second. That meant one of the greatest golfers ever came within a few shots of reaching the sport’s zenith on three separate occasions, only to fall short because of a bad chip here or a poor read there.Now Jordan Spieth — a 24 year-old who celebrated his first birthday two weeks before Palmer was cut from the final PGA Championship in which he appeared — has a chance to do what Palmer couldn’t.Spieth’s path won’t be easy, though — he’ll have to contend with McIlroy, a two-time PGA Championship winner who holds the course record at Quail Hollow4He shot 61 there at the 2015 Wells Fargo Championship. and who — oh, by the way — is also just one major shy of the career grand slam. (He only needs to check off a Masters victory.) Spieth may be golf’s wunderkind du jour, but it wasn’t long ago that McIlroy was the player everyone believed might challenge Jack and Tiger for GOAT status. And despite Spieth’s bid to make history this weekend, McIlroy is the tournament favorite.So it should be a fun duel: Spieth and McIlroy are two of the best golfers in the world and have been for a while. For the 2017 PGA season, Spieth ranks first in strokes gained approaching the green, fourth in total strokes gained on average, seventh in strokes gained from tee to green, 18th in strokes gained around the green, and 47th in strokes gained from putting. (Strokes gained is a statistic that measures how golfers pick up and lose strokes compared to the rest of the field. Spieth leading the PGA tour in strokes gained approaching the green means that, because his approach shots are so good, he is improving his score at a better clip than anyone else in the field. It also confirms what everyone is saying: Spieth is an excellent iron player.)What about McIlroy? He’s battled injury for much of the season, but when he has played, he’s been good. McIlroy hasn’t made enough starts in 2017 for his stats to qualify for the PGA leaderboards, but let’s have a look at them anyway. If he were ranked against the rest of the tour, McIlroy would be first in strokes gained from tee to green and in strokes gained off the tee. And McIlroy’s total strokes gained average would rank third on the tour. His play around and on the green hasn’t been great — he would be tied for 79th in strokes gained around the green and rank 96th in strokes gained from putting, if qualified — but then again, McIlroy’s strength has never been his putter. He’s a tee-to-green kind of player, and that part of his game is firing on all cylinders entering the PGA Championship. The field — and especially Spieth — should be very afraid.Whatever the outcome this Sunday, golf fans should be feeling pretty lucky right now — it’s possible Spieth and McIlroy could both achieve career grand slams by trading wins in the next two majors. But there are no guarantees in golf, especially when it comes to checking off the career slam at the PGA — just ask Palmer and Watson. read more

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