Monthly Archives: October 2015

McGregor claims knee injury was more significant than he had let on

Conor McGregor’s victory over Chad Mendes at UFC 189 to win the UFC interim featherweight championship was the toughest fight of his UFC career and was still a second round TKO victory. Making the victory even more impressive is McGregor’s (18-2 MMA, 6-0 UFC) claim during a recent fan Q&A in Dublin that his knee injury was more significant than he had previously let on. “Fourteen weeks before the fight I tore 80 percent of my ACL,” McGregor said. “I could barely walk. I could barely kick.” McGregor said that it was through the quality of his training partners and awareness of his own body that he was able to overcome Mendes (17-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC), the No. 5 ranked fighter in the NOS Energy Drink MMA...
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Whale-watching accident: Australian victim slipped from girlfriend’s hands

A British woman fought in vain to keep her unconscious Australian boyfriend afloat and alive after they were flung into the sea off western Canada when a whale-watching boat capsized. Danielle Hooker, 28, had hold of Rav Pillay, 27, in the water with the assistance of another survivor as they awaited rescue. But Canadian police have told how in the heavy swell, and growing exhausted, Hooker was unable to save both herself and Pillay. “It’s him or them,” said a police spokesman, Constable Jim Preston. “They let go or they just can’t hold him any more and he goes under. He goes straight down. They say the last thing that they saw is him disappearing into the water.” Hooker also lost her...
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Cork boy wins €2m interim settlement with HSE in brain damage case

A 10-year old boy who it is claimed suffered brain damage at birth in a Cork hospital has settled his action against the HSE with an interim payout of €2m. Lee Gibson has cerebral palsy, cannot talk and is confined to a wheelchair. His case will come back before the High Court again in two years time for assessment of general damages in the case. Senior Counsel Liam Reidy told the High Court it was one of the most complex cases to come before the courts. Lee Gibson had through his mother Aileen Gibson, Carthage Place, Ringaskiddy, Co Cork sued the HSE over the circumstances of his birth at St Finbarr’s Hospital, Cork on July 5, 2005. Red the full article at source: Evening Echo — Cork...
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Kira Grunberg fights adversity with a smile after pole vault accident

Austrian pole vault record holder Kira Grunberg had been looking forward to competing at the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 until a traumatic training accident on 30 July in Innsbruck saw her break vertebrae in her spine. The accident has left the 2014 European Championships finalist, who had finished fourth at the 2015 European U23 Championships just three weeks before the accident, a wheelchair-bound paraplegic and her plight has led to messages of sympathy and support from around the world. Visitors to the rehabilitation centre where she is based in Bad Haring have included world record holder Renaud Lavillenie. However, since the accident, Grunberg’s cheerful and resilient response to her situation has also drawn global admiration. The IAAF is happy to reproduce the first major interview she has...
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Jockey in good spirits despite losing foot in tragic accident

The Galway jockey who lost his foot in a motorbike accident while holidaying in Asia last month remains ‘in good spirits’ in hospital in Thailand. Brendan ‘Beano’ McDonagh remains in hospital on the island of Ko Samui after sustaining serious injuries following the accident four weeks ago. Brendan (23), from Knockerasser in Moycullen, is still currently undergoing surgeries and procedures to his jaw and arms, and is being monitored closely by doctors. His family, in a statement to the Connacht Tribune, confirmed Brendan’s “attitude is positive” and he “is looking forward to getting home”. Hopes are high that Brendan may be able to travel home by the end of this month. The Health Service Executive (HSE) and Department of Foreign Affairs have been briefed on his progress and are...
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Man injured by pine cone in San Francisco park sues the US government for $5m

A military veteran who says his skull was crushed by a 7kg "Bunya" pine cone is suing the US government. According to court papers, Sean Mace is claiming that employee negligence led to his injuries. Mace, who used to be in the US navy, says he was under a false Monkey Puzzle tree in San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park in October last year when the pine cone dropped on his head. He says he's had to have two operations for a "traumatic brain injury". Court papers also say he's been left with "severe and likely irreversible cognitive defects" after the surgery to relieve swelling caused by internal bleeding on his brain. Sean Mace is claiming financial damages of $5m (£3.2m) for personal injury and losses caused by "the...
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Who is responsible for a driverless car accident?

Volvo says it will accept full liability for accidents involving its driverless cars, making it "one of the first" car companies to do so.

It joins Mercedes and also tech firm Google, who have made similar claims. Volvo says it is trying to expedite regulation in the US, where "a patchwork" of rules is holding back the industry. Uncertainty over liability for a driverless car crash is seen as one of the biggest barriers to adoption.

Why is Volvo doing this?

In a speech in Washington DC on Thursday, the president of Volvo Cars, Hakan Samuelsson, said that the US is currently "the most progressive country in the world in autonomous driving". However, he believes it "risks losing its leading position" because of the lack of...
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Adventurer Johnny Strange Dies at 23 After Wingsuiting Accident

World renowned adventurer and daredevil Johnny Strange died during a wingsuiting accident in Switzerland. He was 23. The three-time world record holder, best known for climbing the world's seven highest summits by the time he was 17, is believed to have died after a malfunction with his equipment, E! News reports. The star, who was a frequent guest on the Los Angeles radio program The Kevin & Bean Show, called into the program on Monday from Switzerland where he talked about the stunt he was preparing to undertake. On Wednesday, hosts Kevin Ryder and Bean Baxter took to Facebook to share the news of Johnny's death and their condolences. "Johnny was an amazing & incredibly inspiring person," the post reads. "We've loved following his adventures & are so...
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