Manu Vatuvei is ready for fresh start

first_imgPhoto by: ANDREW CORNAGA/PHOTOSPORT (Mt Smart Stadium will be renamed ‘Manu Vatuvei Stadium’ for Friday’s game against the Panthers in honour of the departing club legend). The desire to keep playing at the top level still burns bright for Manu Vatuvei but the departing Warriors star admits the mental strain of the past 12 months has left him ready for a fresh start.After 13 years and 226 games at the club, Vatuvei confirmed on Monday that he would be leaving Mt Smart for Salford in the UK this week after being granted an early release from his contract.With a club record 152 tries, the most of any Kiwi in the NRL, Vatuvei is regarded as one of the Warriors’ greatest ever players, alongside Stacey Jones and Simon Mannering. However, the last two seasons have not gone to plan for the ‘Beast’.Last year, he was suspended for three games before being granted medical leave following his involvement in the prescription pills and energy saga, while he has played just 53 minutes of first grade this season following a run of knee and calf injuries.There is no doubt the injuries have taken a toll but Vatuvei is confident his body can still stand up to the rigours of playing in the NRL. However, the opportunity for a new challenge in the Super League was too good to refuse.”With everything that I’ve been going through for the last 12 months I think this was the right opportunity for myself to start fresh,” Vatuvei said.”I was still struggling a bit mentally but physically I was feeling good and wanted to carry on so I thought it was the right call to move on.”While Vatuvei was contracted at the Warriors until the end of the 2018 campaign, he had an inkling at the start of the year that this would be his final season at the club.The 31-year-old held regular discussions with Warriors boss Jim Doyle and coach Stephen Kearney about his future before Salford came calling last month.”I’ve always wanted to play out my career at the club. I wanted to finish the year at the club but things like this do happen,” he said.”I had a talk with Steve to tell him my thoughts and he just wanted the best for me and that’s why he decided he wouldn’t hold me back.” As the injuries mounted, Vatuvei was consigned to a mentoring role this season, which in some ways played a role in his departure, with the emergence of Ken Maumalo and Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad keeping him out of first grade.But ever the team man, he is proud of their development and does not feel like he has been pushed out of the club.”It is disappointing to just play one game this season but that’s how it is, you can’t control things like this. “I feel blessed to have played that amount of games and to be in the game for that long. I’ve enjoyed every moment of my time here and I’ve had a lot of good moments with the boys. That’s something I’ll always cherish.”Vatuvei is hoping to fly out to England with his family on Sunday, and the Warriors have big plans for his farewell ahead of Friday night’s clash against the Panthers.Mt Smart Stadium will be renamed ‘Manu Vatuvei Stadium’ in his honour and his teammates will have his name, club number and signature embroidered on their jerseys.While contractually he is not permitted to play, Vatuvei has been named in the number five jersey and will lead the team down the tunnel in what is sure to be an emotional end to an emotional week.”The club has done a lot for me, it’s like another family,” he said. “I can never thank them enough but all I could do was go out and play my best footy and if it was a bad one I’d always try and come back the next game and make them proud. “You always want to make your parents proud and that’s what I always wanted to do for the club.”Vatuvei is yet another player who leaves the Warriors without fulfilling the dream of winning the club’s first premiership. But he at least managed to play in the 2011 grand final, which he described as his career highlight.”To be honest, I don’t think I’m a club legend. I’m just blessed and lucky enough to have survived this long at one club and to keep doing what I love.”last_img read more

Neymar to start in unchanged Brazil team to face Costa Rica

first_imgView comments Federer survives scare against Paire to advance in Halle Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Yes, he will be playing. There’s no sacrifice here,” Tite said through a translator Thursday. “We want to win but the coach is not going to play around with a player’s health, the price would be too high to pay.”Tite also said he would use the same 11 players that were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in the team’s opening match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownNeymar limped out of a training session on Tuesday after appearing to hurt his right ankle. But on Wednesday, the Brazilian soccer confederation posted photos and a video of Neymar training with the rest of the squad and said he was fine.“It’s an evolutionary process. You need to speed up the steps,” Tite said. “He’s already speeded up that process.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He then said it would be pointless to restrict Neymar’s way of playing.“I’m not going to take his initiative away from him in the last third of the field, take away his genius,” Tite said. “The last third of the field is where you have to go to create chances, and I’m not going to take that away from anyone.”Anything but victory could leave Brazil, one of the title favorites in Russia, in a difficult position to advance from the group stage.Serbia leads Group E with three points after beating Costa Rica 1-0 and next plays Switzerland in Kaliningrad on Friday. Serbia and Brazil then meet on Wednesday in Moscow.Brazil has no margin for error against Costa Rica, which won its group at the last World Cup and reached the quarterfinals.“It is a decisive game, of course,” said Tite, who sat next to defender Thiago Silva. “You can’t run away from that.”Silva will take over as captain from left back Marcelo because Tite is rotating the job. Silva was Brazil’s captain four years ago, when he was criticized for breaking down before a penalty shootout in the round of 16.In Russia, he’s urging his teammates to be brave.“The team is fully aware of what we are going to be facing tomorrow,” he said. “They didn’t start well but they are ready to recover. The fight is on.” The world’s most expensive player, who joined Paris Saint-Germain for 222 million euros ($260 million) from Barcelona, only just made it to the World Cup after breaking a toe in his right foot on Feb. 25.After recovering from surgery, Neymar played in two World Cup warm-up matches and scored in both to take his international tally to 55 goals.But he lacked sharpness when Brazil opened its World Cup campaign with the draw against Switzerland on Sunday. Although Neymar was fouled 10 times during that match, he was still noticeably below his best.On Thursday, Tite became angered after he was asked if he had spoken personally with Neymar to encourage him to be more unselfish.“Absolutely not. The information you got is not true,” Tite shouted, his voice rising steeply as he called it a lie. “That didn’t happen.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Brazil’s Neymar, centre, exercises with his teammates during Brazil’s official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Neymar will start for Brazil in an unchanged lineup against Costa Rica on Friday at the World Cup.Although Brazil coach Tite said Neymar still needs time to reach peak shape, he insisted he is not endangering the striker’s health.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 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 awardlast_img read more

Baptist President Pleads for Unity

first_imgThe president of the Liberia Baptist Missionary & Education Convention (LBMEC) has called on members who are still committed to the convention to denounce what he calls “unwanted” activities that would keep them from forging ahead with what will help to accomplish the mission of the Christian group.“The Liberia Baptist Missionary & Education Convention has a mission to evangelize and provide education for people in whose midst it operates.” “However, this humanitarian mission seems to be impeded by some dissenting views from unnamed individuals for reasons yet to be disclosed.”Making these statements during his annual message to the Christian body on March 28, at Washington Chapel on the Ricks Institute campus, Rev. Dr. Olu Q. Menjay said that they have come too far on their journey to fail.“The Convention must remain steadfast in denouncing those things that will hold us back; we have come too far to turn back,” Rev. Menjay exclaimed.According to Rev. Menjay, who is the Liberian Baptist Convention president, some individuals associated with the Convention have on numerous occasions challenged the leadership and church in Court; but, through the instrumentality of Vice President Joseph Boakai, Judge Peter Gbeneweleh, Cllr. Pearl Brown-Bull and others, the matter is being resolved.He said despite the intervention of these high profile individuals, in helping to resolve the controversial issues emerging among the Christians, there are still some individuals who are determined to bring division. He identified one group as the “Nimba Baptist Union.”“Give critics silence in return when they come out with criticism.  When criticism is challenged in argument it gives critics the ground to talk more.  Just leave them to say what they want as we collectively go ahead because we have come too far to turn back,” Rev. Menjay pointed out.He told members of the convention that despite the challenge associated with the work he heads as president, progress is being made to meet the objective and goal of the Baptist Convention. He stressed that in spite of all the hurdles, Ricks Institute forms a part of the education component and remains one of the best schools in the republic.He disclosed that US$3,000 is being allotted by the convention to facilitate scholarships for deserving Liberians associating with the Convention to seek higher education at the Baptist Seminary outside Monrovia.The 100th annual celebration of the Liberia Baptist Missionary & Education Convention that began on March 9 and is expected to end on the 31st was characterized by a series of activities.Some of the activities included the Special Pre-Convention service held at the Good Hope Baptist Church in Marshall, Margibi County, the Baptist Walk for Christ for 36 churches converged at the Baptist House near Congo Town and walked to their youth camp on Schefflin Highway, and the pre-convention service of the National Women’s Missionary Union held at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Virginia, Montserrado County.The LBMEC group also held a special worship service at the First Baptist Church in Edina, Grand Bassa County where members paid respect to its founding father, former Liberian President Joseph J. Cheeseman.There, at the special service in Edina, the preacher, Rev. Emmet L. Dunn challenged members to learn to keep history in order to learn their mistakes and know their past so as to know where they are at present and where they want to go in the future.Rev. Dunn whose message was endorsed by a heavy sound of applause, told the Baptist Convention Christians that because of failure to keep history, they repeatedly make mistakes and it makes it difficult for them to decide where to go.In other developments, the convention elected some officers to occupy various positions of trust. Those positions include national director, occupied by Comfort H. Weaver, national vice director taken over by Mariah Wisseh, and Executive Secretary controlled by Mydea E. White.Meanwhile the convention was also able to extend gratitude to some hard working members including Ophelia Hoff-Saytumah, Rev. Jackson B.S. Karmo and Rev. E. Emmanuel Shaw, I, who performed various tasks in the church.The Sunday worship on March 31 was also attended by some high profile government officials including Senators Jewel Howard Taylor of Bong County, Joseph Nagbe of Sinoe, Representatives Edwin Snowe of Montserrado, Josephine Francis of Montserrado, Matthew Zarzar of Sinoe, amongst others.Also, Liberian diplomat Wesley M. Johnson, University of Liberia’s Vice President for Public Relations, Dr. S. Momolu Gataweh and Cllr. Pearl Brown-Bull, formed part of the divine worship service.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Financial Services Halted Until August 4

first_imgResponding to the strict measures announced President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, on Wednesday, July 30, aimed at curtailing the spread of the Ebola epidemic in the country, the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has directed all financial institutions, including commercial banks and insurance companies, to ensure full compliance.All financial institutions are hereby further directed to close to the public to allow for the chlorination and disinfection of their premises effective Friday, August 1 to Saturday, August 2, 2014.  Business activities will resume on Monday, August 4, 2014.  All financial institutions are also directed to make further safety measures to protect the public against the Ebola epidemic.The CBL said it will conduct inspection of the premises of financial institutions to monitor compliance with the presidential proclamation. Therefore, all concerned are advised to take note and govern themselves.  All cooperation of the public with this directive is also required.The CBL wants all requests for information and/or clarification forwarded to its Regulation and Supervision Department (RSD).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GBTI hosts annual Early Savers summer camp

first_imgThe Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry on Monday kick-started its annual Early-Savers Summer Camp for members of GBTI’s Early Savers Club, who were randomly selected to participate.Participants of the annual summer camp hosted by the Guyana Bank for Trade and IndustryThe one-week camp is being held at the GBTI’s recreational facility at Bel Air Park, Georgetown, and caters for two age groups: 7-10 years old, for which sessions are conducted in the mornings; and 11 to 15 years old, for which sessions are conducted in the afternoons.This year’s camp has also seen collaboration of the locally televised children’s programme “Kids Today, Leaders Tomorrow”, who were also actively involved in the morning sessions of the camp.According to GBTI Public Relations and Marketing Manager Pamela Binda, the camp is geared at engaging the young minds in educational programmes and arts and crafts, while enlightening them on Guyana’s rich folklore.Binda emphasised that the aim of the camp is to put literacy on the front agenda for the children, since technology has, over the years, taken over.“I think we need to push that and promote that… Technology has taken over the new generation, and so we want to bring back literacy into our little Early Savers’ account,” she said.She related that the programme incorporates two segments, a literacy session and an arts and crafts session. The children will also be informed of Guyana’s local folk tales, narrated by poplar story teller Alan Fenty.Binda urges members of the public to get on board with GBTI, and be the next lucky participant in next year’s summer camp.“We encourage persons out there: If you don’t have an Early Savers Account, come with GBTI, sigh up with us and enjoy the myriad of benefits that we offer”. She urged.At lease thirty active members of the Early Savers Club were randomly selected in two groups of 15 each, the first being between the ages of 7 and 11, and the other being between 12 and 15. The morning session is allocated to the younger group, while the latter group is engaged in the afternoon session.The camp will come to an end on Friday with a mini exhibition of the art pieces and a presentation ceremony for the winners of the best arts and craft projects.last_img read more

Fuel pump explodes at Noble House Seafoods

first_imgFuel tanks exploded at the Noble House Seafoods at Eccles, East Bank Demerara (EBD) on Monday at approximately 13:45hrs, when workers were refuelling a boat, and the pandemonium that ensued could have resulted in massive destruction.Fortunately, fire-fighters vigorously battled the blaze, and were successful in bringing a dangerous situation under control.Fire Fighters try to contain the blaze at Noble House SeafoodsGuyana Times understands that while the boat was being refuelled, a spark ignited a flame that quickly erupted into a fire, causing panic among workers. Two employees who were in the vicinity of the fuel tank area raised an alarm, and company employees were all safely evacuated.Deputy Chief Fire Officer Winston McGregor told the media that company workers were using trawlers to transfer the fuel from the tanks to the boat when a valve in one of the pumps flew open. It came into contact with a fuel pump and caused the spark that erupted into a fire, which spread quickly.“Our preliminary investigation revealed that they were transferring fuel from one of the tanks to the trawlers (when) a valve in the pump flew open (and) caused the fuel to come into contact with the pump, which ignited (a fire that) spread”, he explained; adding that the workers who were refuelling the boat became afraid and ran, leaving the valve open.“The person that was pumping became afraid and ran and left the pump, and the valve (was already) open, so there was a continuous flow of fuel throughout the fire-fighting operations. After we brought the fire under control, we were able to control the tank, and then completely extinguish the fire,” Mc Gregor detailed.He applauded the work of the fire fighters, and thanked the company’s employees for their cooperation in evacuating the building.This publication was also able to speak with Divisional Officer of the Guyana Fire Service, Colin Sparman, who was on scene. He relayed that the blaze could’ve been worse, but the Fire Service was able to fight it strategically.“When we received the call, immediately we dispatched the West Ruimveldt Fire Service and two fire trucks from Central Fire Station, one with the capacity to hold 2000 gallons of water,” he detailed.Because of the magnitude of the fire and the materials involved, the fire-fighters had to use foam to battle the fire. This, Sparman revealed, “suppressed the fire and prevented the oxygen from penetrating (the foam), which aided in us battling the blaze successfully.”Miraculously, no one was injured during this blaze.last_img read more

Soccer meeting kicks off summer season

first_imgThe meeting will also be an opportunity for people to submit their registration money for the summer league, which only costs $100 to play in.If registration is a success and there are enough players, there is the possibility that games will be taking place tonight, so those in attendance are encouraged to bring their soccer gear if games just in case.Attendance is important for tonight’s meeting because if there are not enough people to participate this season, there is a possibility the soccer league may be cancelled for this summer.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Pellegrini has been ‘very, very impressive’ as Man City boss, says club legend

first_imgUwe Rosler has praised the job Manuel Pellegrini has done at Manchester City.Pellegrini has had to contend with speculation over his future for much of his reign at the Premier League club and has often been accused of failing to get the best out of his expensively assembled squad.But Rosler believes the Chilean can be proud of his time at the Etihad as he prepares to make way for Pep Guardiola in the summer, and is hopeful he can bow out with some major silverware.City are still in the hunt for the title and will contest the League Cup final on Sunday, while they also have one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals.“Manuel is an absolute gentleman and he was the right manager at the right time to come to the football club,” said club legend Rosler, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He has been successful and how has handled expectations, how he has handled a big-name squad, and how he has put up with all the speculation has been very, very impressive.“I wish everyone now gives him the time to finish the season strongly and win titles because that is definitely possible.”City were impressive against Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday night as they claimed a 3-1 win in the first leg of their last 16 tie in Ukraine.They are outsiders to win the competition, but Rosler believes they could go all the way if the draw is kind.“The squad is very, very good,” said the German, who scored 64 goals in 177 appearances for City.“The squad has been stretched this season, key players have been out all the time, and yesterday was the first time most of the key players have been on the pitch together, although [Kevin] De Brune and [Samir] Nasri are still missing.“But the quality is there and hopefully City can finish it off at the Etihad and that will be a new milestone because City have never reached that stage before. “You need to have a good draw in the next round and anything can happen.”last_img read more

Raphoe Community Notes: Lucky winner of Back to School hamper announced!

first_imgRaphoe Family Resource Centre: Afterschool Programme RegistrationRegistration for the Family Resource Centre’s Afterschool Programme will take place from 3-6pm on Tuesday 6th September with the Programme commencing on the following Tuesday 13th September. There is a registration fee of €7.00 per child for insurance purposes. We look forward to welcoming back all our regulars and of course new members are most welcome.Back to School Hamper WinnerThe winner of our Back to School Hamper was former staff member Lorraine Laird, St. Eunan’s Terrace, Raphoe and its lovely to see Lorraine still supporting the work of the Family Resource Centre. Sincere thanks to everyone who bought lines for the draw and we really appreciate the community’s continuing support for our fundraising activities.A special thank you to the staff of the Post Office in Centra for collecting and safekeeping the money collected.Women’s Group The Women’s Group meets on a fortnightly basis and it take place on Mondays from 8pm here in the Family Resource Centre. The Women’s Group will start back on Monday 19 th September 2016. The group has been together for many years. We chat; we help each other out, make crafts, have cooking demonstrations, plan activities for International Women’s Day and have many social outings throughout the year. If you would like to be a part of this group, please don’t hesitate to come along. We are really interested in your ideas and the first meeting is the perfect evening to join the group. If you would like any more information please contact Melanie on 074 9145796 / 0873641503.Something Special GroupThe Something Special Support Group have had a fantastic Summer, enjoying family days out, thank you to everyone who has supported the group throughout the year in their fundraising efforts to make all these outings possible.The group’s next meeting is taking place on Tuesday 13 th September. The group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 8pm. If you are a parent/guardian of a child with delayed communication or learning skills or Autism Spectrum Disorder, you will find support, advice and information by attending this support group.New members are always welcome. If you would like more information about the support group please contact Melanie on 0749145796 / 0873641503.50-50 Bonus Ball There was no winner of this week’s Bonus Ball so there will be a rollover going into next week.To enter the next Bonus Ball Draw please call into the Family Resource Centre in The Volt House before Saturday of each week. Good luck!Raphoe Boxing clubThe junior boxers, 8 years to 11 years will start back on Monday 19 th September at 6pm. All young girls and boys are welcome to come along.The first championships of the new season will be the Donegal Novice Championships that will take place on Sunday 25 th September in the Letterkenny Clubhouse. Raphoe boxers Dennis Lafferty and Oran McDermott along with Coach Gerard Keavney and Secretary Peter O’Donnell will travel to Philadelphia on 2 nd November to take part in a major tournament in Essington, P.A. More details of this tournament will appear in the local press in the coming weeks.Raphoe Friday ClubThe Friday Club meets every Friday morning in the Volt House Hall from 10.30am- 12.30. We would like more in our community to come along and be a part of the Group.There will be events organised over the summer so come along and join in the craic! Refreshments are also provided. Transport is available on Friday mornings and if you require this please phone 0749145462 and arrange.Job Vacancies with Raphoe Tidy Towns:Raphoe Tidy Towns will have vacancies for 8 General operatives on their new Community Employment Project due to start on 26th September. For an application form and further details please contact the Supervisor on 074 9145692 or 0879473527.Please note Dept. of Social Protection criteria for Community Employment applies for all the above posts. Thank You. Congratulations and well done to all local students who received examination results this week here in Raphoe. If you are going on to further studies or in to the world of work we wish you all every success and good luck for the future.St. Johnston & Carrigans Community Employment Project:St. Johnston & Carrigans Community Employment Project is currently recruiting for the following jobs, which are supported by the Department of Social Protection:1Youth Worker and 1 Centre Receptionist to be based in St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre; 1 Youth Worker to be based in Newtowncunningham Youth Centre. Workers are free to work in other places while on Community Employment.Free training opportunities available within budgets. Contact St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre, Chapel Road, St. Johnston. Tel 9148551 for job description and application form.Raphoe Community Notes: Lucky winner of Back to School hamper announced! was last modified: August 26th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:back to school hamperCommunityNotesRaphoelast_img read more

STUDENT LEFT SCARRED FOR LIFE AFTER MAN ‘LOCKED ONTO’ HIS FACE AT PARTY

first_imgA thug bit so hard into the face of another man that there was a hole left in his cheek through to the inside of his mouth.Stephen Fox arriving at court for sentence. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Details of the horrific attack, which took place at a house party in Letterkenny, were given in court yesterday. Chef Stephen Fox, 25, admitted to the brutal attack on Kelvin McLaughlin at the party in April, 2012.A shaken Mr McLaughlin, an architectural student, recalled to Judge John O’Hagan how the attack has changed his life forever.Despite extensive plastic surgery, he has been left with visible scars while he also continues to suffer psychological torture as a result of the attack.The court hard how both men had been at a party at 27A Oaklands Park and that there had been words between the pair earlier in the night.Fox called Mr McLaughlin out to the back door and as the pair chatted, Fox lunged at the victim and sunk his teeth into his face.And although the victim fell backwards onto the ground, his attacker remained “locked-on” as he fell.Mr McLaughlin was rushed to hospital and had to receive extensive treatment at Letterkenny General Hospital and at a plastic surgery unit at St James Hospital in Dublin.Judge O’Hagan asked the victim to come closer in the witness box so h could see his injuries.When asked, Mr McLaughlin described the pain he suffered in the immediate aftermath of the vicious attack.“I went to Letterkenny hospital but they didn’t have anyone qualified and I was told I would have to wait for three days.“I sat there with a piece missing out of my face for three days before going to Dublin for more plastic surgery.“The pain was horrific and I felt like I was on fire. I was eating painkillers but I still felt like I was on fire – burning and tingling,” he said.He said he is still paranoid about his scarring.“I tried to forget about it but people began saying that I was getting very withdrawn. I didn’t want to see anyone. I used to be very confident but I thought my face was destroyed for life,” he said.Judge O’Hagan put it to the victim that he was a young man and if he had still been able to have girlfriends and Mr McLaughlin said he had.His attacker took to the stand as he said h anted to apologise to Mr McLaughin.He said he thought about contacting his victim by social media to say sorry but he could not bring himself to do so.“I want to take back what happened that night – he is scarred for life. I wish I could take it back but I can’t. I have no animosity towards him at all. Even just looking at him is hurting, it’s hurting me,” he said.He added that although his family had little money, he was prepared to work to put together several thousands euro together as some mans of compensation to his victim.And he added “He might never accept my apology and I can understand that he may never forgive m for what happened.”Judge O’Hagan said the attack was ‘totally unprovoked.’“To deliberately bite someone and to engage your teeth in their flesh must require a certain amount of intent.“And to do so in the manner it was done could not have had any other real result but than a severe injury.“It could b said that it may not have man to have been as severe as it was,” he said.He added that he did not think the offer of compensation was a realistic one.He sentenced Fox to four years in prison on the Section 4 assault charge and suspended the final two years.He also backdated the sentence to December 22nd last – the date when Fox was arrested by Gardai after he was extradited on a European Police warrant from Glasgow where h now lives.STUDENT LEFT SCARRED FOR LIFE AFTER MAN ‘LOCKED ONTO’ HIS FACE AT PARTY was last modified: February 13th, 2015 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:assaultattackbitedonegalJUdge John O’HaganKelvin McLaughlinletterkennyStephen Foxlast_img read more