May 12, 2020

It’s now Sir Tony McCoy

first_imgLONDON (AP): Jockey Tony McCoy, former Manchester United striker Denis Law, two-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, and five-time world snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan are among United Kingdom sporting figures honoured by Queen Elizabeth in her New Year list. McCoy, who retired this year after winning 20 straight British champion jockey titles and a record 4,358 races in a 23-year career, was knighted in recognition of his services to horse racing. He is only the second jockey to be made a Sir, after Gordon Richards in 1953. The 75-year-old Law, who played for United from 1962-73 and was part of the club’s so-called ‘Holy Trinity’ with George Best and Bobby Charlton, was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to football and charity. Froome was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) after becoming the first Briton to win a second Tour de France in July. O’Sullivan also was awarded an OBE in recognition for his services to snooker, having won the world championship five times most recently in 2013 and become the sport’s box-office name. The success of the England women’s football team in finishing third at the World Cup in Canada this year was recognised as captain Steph Houghton and teammate Fara Williams were both made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). John Surtees, the only man to win world championships on two and four wheels, was made a CBE. The 81-year-old Surtees won seven world motorcycling championships before switching to four wheels and winning the 1964 Formula One title. Heather Rabbatts, a director at England’s Football Association who became the organisation’s first female board member in 2012, was awarded a damehood for services to football and equality. As a campaigner on behalf of women in sport, she recently spoke out in support of former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro in her dispute with the club. Former Manchester City striker and chairman Francis Lee received a CBE, while ex-England rugby winger Mark Cueto and IBF super-bantamweight boxing champion Carl Frampton were awarded MBEs.last_img read more

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CROOK AND THIEF FRANCOIS LOSES ANOTHER €4.6M

first_imgTHE French crook who swindled millions of euro out of gullible Donegal investors has had €4.65M seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau.Francois de Dietrich, who ran his scam from Ballybofey offices, has already had more than €20M seized in the North.The money seized by CAB was uncovered in 11 bank accounts in the State, Belgium, Estonia and Luxembourg following a year-long investigation by the them, the garda fraud bureau and international authorities. Donegal people will now be paid back some of their investment on a pro-rata basis when PricewaterhouseCoopers, which was appointed liquidator on both sides of the Border to Etic Solutions Ltd, owned by Mr De Dietrich, has completed its inquiries.The probe, which also involved the PSNI, the Financial Services Authority in the UK and police forces in Estonia, Belgium and Luxembourg, identified 400 investors in Etic Solutions.Inquiries established that many of the investors were still awaiting a return. Advertisement The Ballybofey company was put in liquidation and Mr De Dietrich left Donegal. He is hiding in France.Despite the latest revelations, roly-poly crook Francois says he’s innocent. CROOK AND THIEF FRANCOIS LOSES ANOTHER €4.6M was last modified: December 22nd, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:crookFrancois de Dietrichfraudsterlast_img read more

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MAN CAUGHT WITH €200K OF DRUGS SAID HE WAS IN GROWHOUSE TO STRIP WALLPAPER

first_imgA 65 year old man caught at a cannabis growhouse in Ballintra told Gardai he was in the house to strip wallpaper from the walls.The Chinese national was caught at the house on January 24th last following an undercover Garda operation.Gardai raided the house and found an elaborate growhouse in which the electricity was by-passed, an irrigation system had been set up and windows blackened out. Three men were caught on the premises and a total of €212,000 worth of cannabis ready for sale was uncovered.One of the men, Pui Lam Sam, was before Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday, after he previously pleaded guilty to three charges of possession and cultivation of cannabis plants.Defence barrister Peter Nolan said Mr Sam had moved from China to Manchester ten years ago where he worked in many Chinese restaurants.He then moved to Belfast where he worked in a Chinese restaurant there.He met a man there who told him he could make really good money working.He was taken to another part of the country but did not realise it was Ballintra in Co Donegal.Mr Noland said Sam was a prisoner in the house and was not allowed outside and that food was delivered to the house when he requested it.When he asked to leave after a week, he was told he could not and that he must stay there and look after the plants.Mr Nolan said that Sam was basically a prisoner who was forced to live in appalling conditions.He said his health was not good and he got paid no money for the time he had worked there.His mother was 92 and was dying in a hospital in Hong Kong.He had once had three children but one had taken his own life in Hong Kong because of gambling debts.Judge John O’Hagan said growhouses were a serious problem for Gardai across Ireland and he was very familiar with them.“I have to punish him and I must send out message to discourage people getting involved. I can’t give him sweets or pat on the back and tell him to go home and not do it again.“It is not in my power to deport him and many people say he should be deported – if you were to do it immediately then it would almost be a reward. You might not come back but you have not suffered. I can recommend deportation but that is for the authorities to do,” said the Judge.He sentenced Sam to a total of three years in prison on all three charges and backdated the sentence to January 24th when he went into custody at Castlerea Prison.MAN CAUGHT WITH €200K OF DRUGS SAID HE WAS IN GROWHOUSE TO STRIP WALLPAPER was last modified: November 1st, 2013 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:BallintracannabisgrowhousePui Lam Samlast_img read more

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