Pirates part ways with Clint Hurdle after 9 seasons

first_imgThe Pirates are ready to move on from manager Clint Hurdle after nine seasons, the team announced Sunday.”Words cannot express how much respect and appreciation I have for Clint as a person and a leader,” Pirates executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington said in a release. “He was the right person at the right time to take on the enormous challenge of leading our Major League team out of an extended losing streak and piloting us to three straight Postseason appearances. “This was an extremely difficult decision for us,” Huntington added. “As an organization, we believe it was time for a managerial change to introduce a new voice and new leadership inside the clubhouse.”Hurdle reached the World Series in 2007 while with the Rockies, where he managed from 2002-09.The Pirates entered Sunday’s game against the Reds with a 69-92 record. Joe Maddon won’t return as Cubs manager in 2020 MLB wrap: Nationals secure home-field advantage in NL wild-card game Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander first teammates with 300 Ks since 2002 “While we felt it was time to make a change at the managerial level, I strongly believe that Neal Huntington and the leadership team that he has assembled are the right people to continue to lead our baseball operations department,” Nutting said (via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).”This has easily been the most difficult season of my tenure. Today we announced that we are parting ways with Clint, but make no mistake about it, this is by no means a statement that our shortcomings are solely Clint’s fault. The entire organization is accountable and that begins with me.”Hurdle, 62, became Pittsburgh’s 39th manager in November 2010 and posted a 735-720-1 record during his tenure. He led the Pirates to the playoffs for three straight seasons from 2013-15, but they haven’t made the postseason since and have taken a step back after finishing 2018 with an 82-79 record.  “We will forever be grateful for his dedication to the Pirates organization on and off the field.” Pirates owner Bob Nutting also issued a statement, saying this was the most difficult decision he’s had to make with Pittsburgh. Related Newslast_img read more

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Three WMS basketball teams reach Pioneer League Tournament Championships

first_imgWHS basketballWellington travels to El Dorado for a non-league game. The schedule is as follows:•C Team boys/girls – 4:15 p.m.•JV boys – 5:45 p.m.•Varsity girls – 6 p.m.•Varsity boys – 7:30 p.m. Sumner CountySouth Haven at ArgoniaGarden Plain at Belle PlaineCaldwell at MedfordConway Springs at Wichita TrinityOxford at Udall. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down johnny la · 392 weeks ago Are the WHS boys really playing at 6 tonight? or are those mixed around Report Reply 0 replies · active 392 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down LittleOne · 392 weeks ago Go WMS basketball teams. Take it all the way. You are all winners regardless Report Reply 0 replies · active 392 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Duke Fan · 392 weeks ago Just in case you are wondering WMS ladies played Rose Hill Monday night. Report Reply 0 replies · active 392 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentscenter_img by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Three Wellington Middle School teams are in the Pioneer League Division 3 Championship after sweeping semifinal games Monday evening. In high school action, Wellington and Sumner County teams are back in action tonight including a huge tilt between Argonia and South Haven girls…Pioneer League TournamentIt has been awhile since Wellington has had three basketball teams in a Pioneer League Championship tournament in the same year. But 2013 is a special year.Both seventh grade boys and girls teams and the eighth grade girls were victorious Monday evening.Thus the schedule for Thursday is as follows:Seventh grade girls championship at Wellington Middle School at 5 p.m.:Wellington vs. Winfield.Seventh grade boys championship at WMS, 6:30 p.m.Wellington vs. Circle.Eighth grade girls championship at Mulvane Middle School, 5 p.m.Wellington vs. Rose Hill.The scores from Monday night are as follows:Seventh grade boys: Wellington 29 Prairie Hills 15Scoring: A.J. Snipes 12, R.J. Lara 7, Cade Phelps 6, Jack Walton 3, Logan Jones 2. Wellington is 11-3 on the season.Seventh grade girls: Wellington 46 El Dorado 11Scoring: Avery Rusk 20, Shayland French 8, MeKenna Adams 3, Abby Lowe 2.Eighth grade girls: Wellington 41 Mulvane 28.No individual scoring was available.last_img read more

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Caldwell boys lose to Spearville; Caldwell and Argonia girls play tonight

first_imgCaldwell68713—34 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Spearville: Heskamp 2-5 1-2 6, Stein 5-9 1-3 12, Kliesen 3-6 0-0 6, C. Stein 4-6 0-3 8, K. Stein 7-9 2-3 16, Lampe 0-0 0-0 0, Tasset 1-4 2-2 4, K. Stein 2-2 0-0 4, Knight 3-6 1-1 7, Hessman 0-1 2-2 2, Stephenson 1-5 0-0 2, Kreger 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 29-55 9-16 44.Caldwell: Halling 3-11 1-2 7, York 4-12 0-0 8, R. Lee 0-3 0-0 0, Wencel 3-11 1-1 7, Bruoy 1-5 0-0 2, Schmidt 0-0 0-0 0, D. Lee 1-4 0-0 2, Feely 0-0 0-0 0, Gauntt 0-0 0-0 0, Ward 4-11 0-0 8, Kuchny 0-0 0-0 0, Dierking 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-57 2-3 34.Three-point shooting — Spearville 2-9 (Heskamp 1-2, N. Stein 1-4, C. Stein 0-1), Cladwell 0-15 (Halling 0-2, York 0-2, Wencel 0-2, Bruey 0-2, D. Lee 0-2, Ward 0-5). Rebounds — Spearville 44 (Kliesen 9), Caldwell 27 (York 8). Fouls — Spearville 5, Caldwell 15. Spearville18241512—69center_img Spearville 69. Caldwell 34 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Caldwell boys basketball team fell to defeat Wednesday against Spearville 69-34. The Argonia and Caldwell girls are scheduled to play today.The Argonia girls (19-4) will play Dighton (17-5) at 8:15 p.m. tonight at Fort Hays State University in the Class 1A-Div. II tournament. The game will be featured on KWME-FM 92.7.The Caldwell girls (17-6) will be playing St. Paul (21-2) at 4:45 p.m. today at Emporia State University. That game will be featured on KWME-FM 92.7 as well.In other state tournament news: ••••Caldwell boys eliminated quicklyCaldwell boys state tournament run was short-lived as the Bluejays were knocked off by Spearville 69-14. The Royal Lacers, located west of Dodge City, quickly built a 16-4 lead and was in front 18-6 at the end of quarter one. It got worse as Spearville was in front 42-14 at the half.Spearville was led by K. Stein with 16. Obviously, one should never insult the Steins in Spearville because there were four of them playing – scoring 44 of Royal Lacers 69 points.Caldwell was led by Devan York with 8.last_img read more

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South Haven girls to play for SCBL Tournament Championship

first_imgSo.Haven11191610—56 Caldwell5161812—51 SOUTH HAVEN: Harris 13, Tanner 10, morrison 8, Hawkins 6, Culp 6, Turek 4, Ralls 3, Rebold 2, Ray 2, Blaylock 2.CEDAR VALE-DEXTER: Ames 12, Artherton 9, Kuntz 8, C. Bratcher 4, M. Bratcher 4, Reed 1.Central-Burden 31, Oxford 22 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments OXFORD: Payne 9, Lawrenz 6, K. Metz 3, B. Metz 2, Selenke 1, Vaughn 1.CENTRAL-BURDEN: Moore 12, Loewer 10, Beavers 6, Liebau 2, Mannon 1.Follow us on Twitter. Sumner Newscow report — South Haven and Sedan will be battling for the girls South-Central Border League Tournament Championship tonight. The Championship game will be at 6 p.m. at Cowley County Community College.The scores for Friday night were:Consolation round:Caldwell 51 Argonia 28Central 31 Oxford 22Championship round:South Haven 56 Cedar Vale-Dexter 28Sedan 55 Flinthills 21Box scores are as follows: Argonia54127—28 Oxford6862—22 CV-Dexter106814—38 CALDWELL: S. Schmidt 10, Sprague 5, Stuewe 10, Bardsley 3, Ohnemiller 4, Roop 8, Arnett 11.ARGONIA: F. Gaddie 21, Tracy 7.South Haven 56, CV-Dexter 38 Central11479—31last_img read more

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Toronto Maple Leafs make high-stakes bet swapping Mike Babcock for Sheldon Keefe

first_imgWhen Brendan Shanahan took the podium on Thursday morning alongside general manager Kyle Dubas, the Toronto Maple Leafs president went out of his way to underline the fact that he and Dubas are completely unified when it comes to how they view a team should be built.“I want to make it really clear that we’re aligned and that this is how I see a team should be built as well,” Shanahan said. Really, what else was he to say at this point?The way in which the Maple Leafs have been assembled — prioritizing speed and skill above all else — is as much Shanahan’s vision as it is Dubas. Shanahan has ultimately placed his bet for the future of Toronto on a coach assuming the job with no NHL experience and a general manager, who assumed the job with no NHL experience over a Stanley Cup-winning future Hall of Fame coach in Mike Babcock (who recently became only the eighth coach to reach the 700 win plateau) and Stanley Cup-winning, Hockey Hall of Fame member, Lou Lamoriello as GM.MORE: Babcock statement | Who is Sheldon Keefe? This is not to say it won’t work, but it’s an aggressive bet.What we are watching now, and have been watching since Dubas took over as general manager from Lamoriello in May of 2018 is one grand science experiment playing out in real-time. The Maple Leafs are built on the theory, albeit an untested one, that they are designed to compete in a style that the game is trending to.Will it work more effectively now that Keefe, a coach who has had a long relationship with Dubas dating back to their days running the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League and the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, is at the helm in place of Babcock? We don’t know yet, but we will soon start to find out.Kyle Dubas meets with media in Arizona to address the firing of head coach Mike Babcock https://t.co/DlcaPrz4xc— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) November 21, 2019So far, the returns have not been pretty.Shanahan also addressed the constant clamouring for an injection of toughness and grit to the roster.“I think sometimes people want to simplistically put us in one box as ‘speed and skill’ and ‘toughness and grit’ in an entirely different box. We want to also be tough and gritty,” Shanahan said. “Our interpretation of toughness and grittiness might be different than someone who played in the ’70s and ’80s or coached then.”The confusing part is that nobody is asking for a roster built like the Broad Street Bullies of the 1970s. He more clearly defined how he and Dubas view “toughness and grit.”“How we define that to our players is winning battles and being mentally tough, making a mistake and not become weak or small because of it,” Shanahan said. “We’re aligned on how we want to build this team.”MORE: Twitter reacts to Babcock firing | What’s next for Babcock?But that is the very type of “toughness and grit” the team, as currently constructed, has shown an inability or unwillingness to execute. Can Keefe glean this out of the current roster better than Babcock could or is the personnel just not capable, or willing, to play that way? Again, we’ll soon find out.Keefe has 59 games to turn around an underperforming roster and get them into the Stanley Cup playoffs. Missing the postseason would be an unmitigated disaster for a team that entered the season with Cup aspirations. There will be no feeling-out process for the new coach; it’s all heavy pressure for Keefe. Babcock took a lot of heat and a lot of criticism. With him gone, further underperformance will lead to heat on Dubas and Shanahan himself, though the president does not see it that way.Tavares on Keefe’s message, or part of it: “He talked a lot about just playing free and feeling good about ourselves and our game. For tonight, understand a couple of areas we want to make changes in, and at the same time, just go out there and play and compete.” #Leafs— Terry Koshan (@koshtorontosun) November 21, 2019“I don’t see this decision by Kyle and the team as a situation where traditionalists might say, ‘well you’ve spent your bullet.’ That’s not how I view it and I can tell you that’s not how our ownership views it,” Shanahan said. “We’re in this together; we’re making moves and evolving as we see we have to do. You don’t set out with an idea, our plan and not evolve or make shifts throughout that plan.”Talk to us a year from now if this season goes down the tubes and next season has a similarly poor start. It would be shocking if the Maple Leafs ownership group, at that point, is extending the same level of leniency as Shanahan is suggesting they do today.Dubas committed to John Tavares, Auston Matthews, Mitchell Marner and William Nylander, tying up essentially half the salary cap in four forwards. It has left the Maple Leafs with their hands tied in a number of areas: addressing issues on defense, finding an adequate backup goaltender and filling out the bottom of their roster — all areas where proficiency is vital if a team is going to contend for a Stanley Cup.Was Babcock’s firing the right decision? Time will tell. Was he free from blame? No.But should he shoulder all the blame? Far from it.With Keefe in place, the Maple Leafs will now ultimately be judged on the bet Dubas and Shanahan have placed. The clock is now ticking.last_img read more

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What channel is 49ers vs. Packers on today? Schedule, time for ‘Sunday Night Football’ game

first_img49ers vs. Packers: What time is kickoff?Date: Sunday, Nov. 24Start time: 8:20 p.m. ETThe 8:20 p.m. ET start time for 49ers vs. Packers marks the fourth prime-time game on San Francisco’s schedule this season. Depending on results over the next couple weeks, it might be the beginning of what could be the toughest three-game stretch this late in a season in NFL history. No team in the Super Bowl era has ever faced three straight opponents with a winning percentage of .800 or better this late in a season. After Green Bay, San Francisco draws 8-2 Baltimore on the road in Week 13, then 8-2 New Orleans, also on the road, in Week 14.As for the Packers, Sunday night’s game against the 49ers marks their fifth of six prime-time games on the schedule. They also will play the Vikings in Minnesota on “Monday Night Football” in Week 16.MORE: NFL TV coverage map for Week 1249ers scheduleWeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTVWeek 1Sept. 8at Buccaneers4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 2Sept. 15at Bengals1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 3Sept. 22vs. Steelers4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 4BYE—Week 5Oct. 7 (Monday)vs. Browns8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 6Oct. 13at Rams4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 7Oct. 20at Redskins1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 8Oct. 27vs. Panthers4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 9Oct. 31 (Thursday)at Cardinals8:20 p.m. ETFox/NFLNWeek 10Nov. 11 (Monday)vs. Seahawks8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 11Nov. 17vs. Cardinals4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 12Nov. 24vs. Packers8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 13Dec. 1at Ravens1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 14Dec. 8at Saints1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 15Dec. 15vs. Falcons4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 16Dec. 21/22vs. RamsTBDTBDWeek 17Dec. 29at Seahawks4:25 p.m.FoxPackers scheduleWeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTVWeek 1Sept. 5 (Thursday)at Bears8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 2Sept. 15vs. Vikings1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 3Sept. 22vs. Broncos1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 4Sept. 26 (Thursday)vs. Eagles8:20 p.m. ETFox/NFLNWeek 5Oct. 6at Cowboys4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 6Oct. 14 (Monday)vs. Lions8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 7Oct. 20vs. Raiders1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 8Oct. 27at Chiefs8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 9Nov. 3at Chargers4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 10Nov. 10vs. Panthers4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 11BYE—Week 12Nov. 24at 49ers8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 13Dec. 1at Giants1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 14Dec. 8vs. Redskins1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 15Dec. 15vs. Bears1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 16Dec. 23 (Monday)at Vikings8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 17Dec. 29at Lions1 p.m. ETFox MORE: Full betting preview for 49ers vs. PackersAs is the case in most big NFL games, the quarterbacks are the key players Sunday night. Especially if Jimmy Garoppolo continues his hot streak. The San Francisco QB passed for a career-high 424 yards with 4 TDs and 2 INTs for 115.4 passer rating last week. Yet he’s facing a future Hall of Famer who has been particularly good against the 49ers.Aaron Rodgers has 1,927 pass yards (321.2 per game) and 13 TDs vs. 2 INTs for a 105.1 passer rating in six career starts vs. the 49ers. That includes his 425 passing yards in their last meeting in October of last season. Below is all the info you need to watch 49ers vs. Packers on Sunday night, including the TV channels and kickoff time.What channel is 49ers vs. Packers on today?TV channel (national): NBCTV channel (San Francisco): KNTVTV channel (Green Bay): WGBALive stream: NBC Sports App, NBCSports.comAs is the case for all “Sunday Night Football” games on NBC this season, Al Michaels will call the 49ers vs. Packers play-by-play action, and Cris Collinsworth will provide analysis. Michele Tafoya will report from the sidelines, and NFL rules analyst Terry McAulay will explain penalties and other officiating rulings throughout the game.For those who can’t watch 49ers vs. Packers on TV and wish to find the game on the radio, the San Francisco call can be heard on Sirius channel 83 and XM channel 226, and the Green Bay call can be heard on Sirius channel 81 and XM channel 225.MORE: Watch every NFL game and RedZone on DAZN (Canada only) Good news for those looking to find the TV channel for 49ers vs. Packers on “Sunday Night Football”: This game, scheduled to kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET, is being nationally televised by NBC in Week 12. So yes, you get the game on TV.Simply put: Games like this don’t come around often. The 49ers, entering Week 12 with the NFC’s best record at 9-1, are facing the 8-2 Packers. According to the NFL, it marks just the fifth time since 2007 that teams with two or fewer losses have played each other this late in a season. The winners of the last two such games — the Broncos in 2015 and the Seahawks in 2013 — went on to win Super Bowls at the end of those seasons.last_img read more

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Tommy Pham trade grades: Rays keep churning; Padres take step forward

first_imgUPDATE: The teams announced the trade Friday evening: Pham and Cronenworth from Tampa Bay to San Diego in exchange for Dozier, Edwards and a player to be named.UPDATE 2: Snell apologized to Edwards for calling him a name. Snell says he was upset that the Rays traded Pham and meant no disrespect toward Edwards. He will be joining a San Diego outfield group that includes Manuel Margot, Wil Myers, Franchy Cordero, Josh Naylor and Grisham. Expect Preller to explore deals involving part of that group at next week’s Winter Meetings in San Diego.Cronenworth, 25, moves this grade up slightly. His hitting took a leap last season at Triple-A Durham (a professional career-high 10 home runs and .949 OPS) and he also showed promise on the mound (two unearned runs allowed in seven appearances, primarily as an opener, covering 7 1/3 innings). The former University of Michigan closer did have trouble throwing strikes, however (eight walks).Overall: It’s always interesting with these teamsAs always, the Rays are trying to stay strong and save money. The Padres are spending more to become slightly better. The last big trade between the organizations, in December 2014, became known for the Nationals getting Trea Turner from the Padres as part of a complicated three-team swap. Five years later, it’s Edwards leaving the Padres’ organization, this time straight to the Rays. ORIGINAL ARTICLE:The Rays and Padres were nearing completion of a trade early Friday that would send outfielder Tommy Pham and two-way prospect Jake Cronenworth from Tampa Bay to San Diego in exchange for outfielder Hunter Renfroe, middle infield prospect Xavier Edwards and a second prospect or a player to be named, according to multiple reports.Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times (subscription required) reported that the teams will announce the trade later Friday after medical records are reviewed. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported that a swap was close (subscription required).WINTER MEETINGS 2019: Dates, rumors, top FAs availableWhen completed, the trade will be San Diego’s third in 10 days. The Padres acquired infielder Jurickson Profar from the A’s in exchange for catcher Austin Allen and a player to be named on Dec. 2, and they acquired right-hander Kyle Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham from the Brewers on Nov. 27 in exchange for left-hander Eric Lauer, infielder Luis Urias and a player to be named.The Rays will be making their fourth trade of the offseason, with the previous biggest name being Jose De Leon.SN grades what has been reported about the Pham-Renfroe swap:Rays: B+The plus is for Edwards, a 20-year-old second baseman/shortstop who was No. 5 in MLB Pipeline’s ranking of Padres prospects. The knock on him appears to be a lack of power (just one home run in 756 minor league plate appearances), but he has shown early signs of a strong hit tool (.328/.395/.399 slash line in those PAs) and top speed (56 career steals). Rays left-hander Blake Snell, in his real-time reaction to the trade, sounded unimpressed by Edwards, whom he called a “slapd—” prospect. The Padres drafted Edwards 38th overall in 2018 out of a South Florida high school.Renfroe, 27, is four years younger than the 31-year-old Pham and has more raw power (a career-high 33 home runs in 2019). He also possesses one of the best outfield throwing arms in the game, something that would make him a fit in right field and allow Austin Meadows to take Pham’s place in left. On the flip side, Renfroe is far worse than Pham at getting on base (a .289 OBP in 2019 despite a career-high 46 walks). Topkin pointed out that Renfroe played with a bone spur in his right foot in the second half and had surgery in October.As is usually the case, Tampa Bay will be saving a lot of money with the trade. MLB Trade Rumors projects Renfroe will make $3.4 million next year in arbitration, far less than half of Pham’s $8.6 million arb projection. The Rays will also gain two extra years of control: Renfroe won’t be eligible to become a free agent until after the 2023 season; Pham can become a free agent after the 2021 season.Padres: BThe deal shows how serious general manager A.J. Preller is about trying to make the roster stronger in 2020.Pham slashed .273/.369/.450 (119 OPS+) with 21 home runs in 2019; that power output was in line with his previous two seasons (23 in 2017, 21 in 2018). He also adds speed to the offense (he tied a career high with 25 stolen bases last season), although Fangraphs’ calculations pegged him as a barely above-average baserunner. His corner defense (1 DRS in left field in 2019) should play OK at Petco Park.Pham will also add a fiery on-field persona, which should come in handy in games vs. the NL West-rival Dodgers and Giants.last_img read more

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Nomar Mazara trade news: White Sox acquire outfielder from Rangers

first_imgThe Rangers and White Sox pulled off a late-night trade at the 2019 Winter Meetings in San Diego on Tuesday night, with Texas sending outfielder Nomar Mazara to Chicago in exchange for minor league outfielder Steele Walker.Both teams announced the trade shortly after 1 a.m. ET Wednesday (10 p.m. PT Tuesday). Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News and T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com were first to report the trade had been agreed upon.  He will join a Chicago team that’s looking to make a big leap in 2020. The White Sox’s starting outfield at the moment is young foundation piece Eloy Jimenez in left field, defensive whiz Adam Engel in center and Mazara in right. The Sox earlier this offseason signed catcher Yasmani Grandal as a free agent and re-signed first baseman Jose Abreu.Walker, 23, played at Single-A Kannapolis and Winston-Salem last season, putting together an .811 OPS in 528 plate appearances. Chicago drafted him in the second round out of the University of Oklahoma in 2018.Texas’ main right field options right now appear to be Joey Gallo and Shin-Soo Choo, although Gallo has just 16 career games of experience at the position, all in 2018, and Choo, 37, is primarily a designated hitter at this stage of his career. WINTER MEETINGS TRACKER: Signings, trades, rumorsMazara, 24, gives the White Sox an everyday option in right field, although he has been below-average as a hitter in his four major league seasons (career 93 OPS+). He was limited to 116 games in 2019 because of injury and poor play. Still, he possesses power (20 home runs in each of his first three seasons and 19 last season) and rare MLB experience for his age.last_img read more

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Wellington Police Notes: Friday, March 18 – Sunday, March 20, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Friday, March 18 – Sunday, March 20, 2016Friday, March 18, 2016•12:45 a.m. Amos C. Essary, 32, Harper, was issued a notice to appear for illegal registration/illegal tag.•2:15 a.m. Lindy A. Fike, 19, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective taillight.•2:35 a.m. Officers investigated driving while license is suspended and littering from a vehicle in the 900 block W. 16th, Wellington.•2:48 a.m. Kyle J. Sisson, 31, Wichita, was arrested and charged and confined with driving while license is suspended and littering from a vehicle.•1:34 a.m. Officers investigated a theft by known suspect in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•2:04 p.m. Tuyet T. Nguyen, 30, Oxford, was arrested, charged and bonded with theft.•2:07 p.m. Officers took a report of a dog at large by known owner in the 1200 block S. F, Wellington.•3:15 p.m. Officers took a report of a found walker in the 1000 block S. Washington, Wellington.•10:45 p.m. Juvenile female, 17, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight.Saturday, March 19, 2016•12:01 a.m. Juvenile male, 17, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 67 mph in a 55 mph zone.•1:10 a.m. Heather M. Jensen, 42, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective headlamp.•8:25 a.m. Officers investigated driving while license is suspended, operating a motor vehicle without Insurance and speeding 41mph in a 30 mph zone (radar) in the 1000 block E. 7th, Wellington.•8:26 a.m. Michael D. Grizzle, 27, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with driving while license is suspended, no insurance and speeding 41 mph in a 30 mph zone.•8:12 a.m. Officers investigated driving while license is suspended, no insurance and defective headlamp in the 1100 E. 16th, Wellington.•8:29 a.m. Rachelle L. Finney, 19, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with driving while license is suspended, no insurance and defective headlamp.•11:56 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property by known suspect in the 100 block S. Park, Wellington.Sunday, March 20, 2016•12:27 a.m. Laura L. Miller, 40, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with criminal damage to property in the 100 block S. Park, Wellington.•5:26 p.m. Officers took a report of found wallet in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•5:44 p.m. Cory G. Miller, 32, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for disobeyed stop sign.last_img read more

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Reedy pleads guilty; Provencio takes case to trial jury; opening statements made

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Nick Reedy, 33, and Sylvester Provencio, 22, of Caldwell were both involved in the same April 22, 2015 brawl which took place in southern rural Sumner County. They were also charged with essentially the same felonies and misdemeanors by the Sumner County attorney’s office. But it appears they are taking different paths in the criminal justice system.Nick ReedyReedy pled guilty this morning to aggravated battery, a level 5 felony and criminal deprivation of a motor vehicle, a class A misdemeanor for the alleged assault of Gregory Schneider, 53, and Bryan Nispel, 55, of Caldwell. He made the plea agreement at 8 a.m. before the start of the jury trial held today in Sumner County District Court.Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said he will be recommending prison time in hopes that Reedy will spend anywhere from 32 to 36 months. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for the early part of July. Reedy is currently out on bond.Sylvester ProvencioProvencio, however, has made no plea and his jury trial went forward today. He is also facing a jury trial on felony rape charges in an unrelated incident scheduled for June 21.Spencer said Reedy will not testify in the Provencio aggravated battery case this week.“Technically, Reedy is still considered in trial until his sentencing,” Spencer said. “So he has the right to remain silent.”Today’s actionsA 12-person jury was selected during the morning and mid-afternoon hours amongst more than 50 individuals.  Then the Provencio trial started around 3 p.m. and Spencer and Provencio’s defense attorney Jess Hoeme, of the firm Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC in Wichita made their opening statements.It is clear from the start that this jury will be hearing two very different versions of what happened on that April night in which a confrontation broke out between three young men and two older men on Mayfield Road, just south of U.S. 81 Highway near Caldwell.During his opening statements, Spencer described the night in which Nispel and Schneider were driving in separate cars east of town when they saw a vehicle stuck in the mud. Schneider was the first to arrive in a pink Cadillac. Allegedly, Provencio and Schneider started arguing in which Sylvester threw the first punch.That led to a melee in which eventually, according to Spencer’s testimony, Provencio and Schneider were wrestling in a muddy ditch. Reedy and Nispel joined in the fight. A third person, Austin Townsend, who was with Reedy and Provencio at the time, left the scene and ran back to Caldwell on foot. Reedy then proceeded to kick Schneider while he was on the ground. Spencer said Nispel escaped from Reedy and was able to get to his Dodge Ram truck where he had a cell phone and called 911. After explaining the situation to 911, he turned his vehicle around to go back to help his friend who was now being kicked by both Reedy and Provencio.Nispel then allegedly used his truck to knock Reedy and Provencio down, who were still beating up Schneider, but did not run over them. The two young Caldwell boys then ran and stole the pink Cadillac and drove to Caldwell, Spencer said.Spencer said Schneider, who was transported to Sumner County Hospital in Caldwell, suffered severe head and neck trauma, a concussion, ruptured eardrum, extensive bleeding from cuts and abrasions all over his body, cracked teeth and two broken ribs.The rest of the storyHoeme then addressed the jury and for the first time publicly described the night from Provencio’s perspective.“What you haven’t heard is that earlier in the evening it was Greg Schneider’s birthday and he had been drinking beer at a local drinking establishment for six hours. You also never heard that Bryan Nispel had been drinking at the same bar since 9 p.m.,” Hoeme said. “So it is safe to say later in the evening when these two individuals met up with these three young men in the country, that this turned into a brawl of five drunken individuals.”Hoeme spent much of his testimony questioning the true cause of the attack. Using salty language he described how both Snyder and Nispel were not being good Samaritans when approaching the three men with the stuck vehicle, but instead arrived with malice wishing to pick a fight.Hoeme also speculated that Snider had no intention of pulling the vehicle out, because the Cadillac was ill-suited to do so and he had no rope or chains with him.He then said Schneider initiated the conversation by calling Provencio a “f—ing Mexican.”“I ask you the jury, do you believe that these three men who had their vehicle stuck in the mud out in the country, would just up and start a fight with two men who were supposedly only being polite and good Samaritans?” Hoeme said. “Or was there more to it. You need to know the rest of the story.”Hoeme said once Townsend fled, there were only four people who actually knew what happened that night.Hoeme described the events in which Nispel had used his pickup as a weapon to attempt to run over his two clients which he did so. And they had no other alternative but to run to the closest available car which was Schneider’s Cadillac in hopes of not being run over a second time.“You call that stealing a car?” Hoeme said. “You call running for your lives and getting into a Cadillac in order to save yourself, the same thing as stealing a car?”They did not try to hide the Cadillac once returning to Caldwell, but parked it a block from Reedy’s mother’s house, Hoeme said. And in the process, Reedy too wanted to call 911 but was unable to do so because of the heat of the situation. However, his mother was able to get through to 911 once they arrived home.Hoeme then encouraged the jury to follow the trail of blood that was found on the Dodge vehicle that led to the Cadillac.He then questioned whether law enforcement conducted the investigation with an open mind.“Were the questions bilateral? Were they fair?” Hoeme asked rhetorically. “Or did it appear, that the law enforcement doing the investigation had their minds made up before they ever talked to anyone?”He then urged the jury to keep an open mind.“I urge you to keep your ears and mind open when listening to testimony in this trial,” Hoeme said. “Because the prosecution will only tell you part of the story. But there is always a rest of the story.”Other trial items•The afternoon session was called before the jury could listen to the 911 tapes by Nispel. Those audio tapes will be heard immediately when the court reconvenes tomorrow morning.•One juror asked if she could take notes. After the jury was excused, Hoeme said the notes of one juror may be biased and he would be comfortable if she would just listen. Judge Scott McQuin concurred and will not allow note taking.•Hoeme also wanted to make sure witnesses were not collaborating stories. It was determined that witnesses would not be allowed in the court room and could not discuss the case to one another outside the proceedings.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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City of Wellington having reclamite street preservation project starting Monday

first_imgAttention: You must turn sprinkler systems off. No parking will be allowed on streets being sealed, weather permitting.Liquid asphalt rejuvenator will be applied to the streets.  Rain and excessive wind may postpone sealing.Traffic will NOT be kept from your street more than 4 to 5 hours.  Typically the street will be open 1 to 2 hours after application of the asphalt rejuvenator.PLEASE……Make any necessary arrangements so you will not have to drive on your street during sealing.Move any vehicles from the street before 7:30 A.M.**DO NOT Operate Lawn Sprinklers the night before or the day of the treatment! Doing so may result in damage to the pavement.**IMPORTANTNote that the liquid asphalt will stick to shoes and tires and is difficult to remove. Keep children and pets away from the street.  A layer of sand will be applied over the liquid asphalt treatment to help protect against sticking to car tires, etc. Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. B Street 15th to Harvey. Edgewood – Crestview to 1,133-feet North. High Drive – Myles Dr. to 20th St. High Court – Cul-De-Sac to Cul-De-Sac. Myles Drive – High Court to Coyote Ridge. Settlers Circle – Waldo to 385-feet North. Homestead Dr. – Woodlawn to Waldo. Crusader Drive — Woodlawn to 680-feet East. Highland Court – 18th to Cul-De-Sac. Crest Ridge – 18th to North 160-feet. 18th Crestview to 718-feet West. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down notlla · 203 weeks ago Don`t screw up and accidentally get south of the railroad tracks. Report Reply 1 reply · active 203 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Turkeyleg · 203 weeks ago U’z funny! Good comment. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Coyote Ridge – Myles Drive to 16th. 20th Plum to High Dr. Submitted to Sumner Newscow — ProSeal will begin the reclamite street preservation project on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 which will include the following locations: 18th Plum to High Dr. Myles Court – Myles Drive to Cul-De-Sac.last_img
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Tom Brady’s return to Patriots ‘not looking good,’ new rumors say, but does it matter at this point?

first_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/27/74/tom-brady-021220-getty-ftrjpg_u82zfrkhip2c1j8ik5xe3uvvx.jpg?t=989915864&w=500&quality=80 And yes, Brady’s agent Don Yee is in Indianapolis this week.Unless Brady and the Patriots come to some sort of agreement before March 16, the events of that 48-hour period before the official beginning of free agency likely will answer the question to which everybody wants the answer: Where will Brady play in 2020?Until then, the speculation and reporting war will continue. NFL free agency in 2020 is still three weeks away, but we all knew the rumor ​igniter that is the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis would give us some Tom Brady gossip as the greatest quarterback of all time prepares to hit the open market for the first time in his 20-year career.Whoever had Thursday, Feb. 27 as the day a flood of Brady-related hearsay would arrive, claim your prize. If Brady is not on the Patriots’ roster on March 18 at 4 p.m. ET, when the 2020 league year begins, the team will be hit with a $13.5 million dead cap charge (signing bonus acceleration). That number that will be cut in half if he re-signs, so New England will need an answer.The NFL’s legal tampering period for soon-to-be free agents is two days before the start of the league year, so if Brady wants to listen to other teams’ pitches (without visiting), that’s his first opportunity to do so within the league’s rules.”Within the league’s rules” is key, because as former NFL GM and current Sporting News contributor Jeff Diamond points out, the most important activities at the NFL Combine this week are taking place away from the cameras and spotlight.MORE: Explaining Patriots’ salary cap crunch”Lots of conversations — legal and illegal under NFL rules — between general managers with their contract/salary cap guys often in tow,” Diamond writes. “Conversations with agents for soon-to-be free agents and for players already signed but targeted for pay cuts or release. … The priorities for GMs are the agent chats in hotel rooms, bars, restaurants, coffee shops and skyways of Indianapolis — with greater privacy needed for the illegal discussions on other teams’ players who will soon hit the free-agency market.”Such negotiations on outside free agents are not supposed to take place until the legal tampering period. It is the NFL’s most absurd rule, as it is constantly broken by every team beginning long before the Combine. Things only escalate in Indy.” ESPN NFL reporter Jeff Darlington, appearing on the network’s morning show “Get Up” on Thursday, said he would be “stunned if Tom Brady returns to the Patriots,” adding that Brady has told people “very close” to him he is “going somewhere else.”MORE: Tracking the Tom Brady free agency rumorsJeff Darlington says Tom Brady has told people “very close” to him: “I’m going somewhere else.”Adds he’d be “stunned if Tom Brady returns to the Patriots.” pic.twitter.com/4hRzqPeWhM— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) February 27, 2020Added The Boston Globe’s Karen Guregian on Thursday: “The Patriots still have not reached out to Tom Brady. According to a source, ‘it’s not looking good.'”And The Athletic’s Vic Tafur: “The strong buzz in Indy this week is that Tom Brady won’t return to the Patriots.”At this point, nobody should be surprised by the idea of Brady, 42, flirting with other teams in free agency. He renegotiated his contract so it would expire after 2019 for a reason, and speculation regarding his future began as soon as New England lost to Tennessee in the wild-card round of the playoffs. Yet the shocking nature of the scenario persists in part because Brady’s decision will have league-altering ripple effects.MORE: Tom Brady’s best fits in NFL free agencyThursday’s reports of Brady leaning away from the Patriots could be a leverage play on the part of the QB’s camp. (Although New England coach/general manager Bill Belichick doesn’t strike us as one who’s likely to fold under the pressure of whatever leverage Brady can create.)Also, that the Patriots reportedly haven’t reached out to Brady means nothing at this point. According to NFL Media, team owner Robert Kraft is comfortable letting Brady test free agency. “From what I understand,” NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported, “Kraft’s thinking on this was basically, if the sides came together, if Brady decides that the Patriots were his best option after testing free agency, and if Bill Belichick — who of course is making the decisions for New England — if he decides that Brady is his best option at this price, then in the end after all of this after going through everything, that it will mean that it’s basically meant to be.”Added The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin on Thursday: “Belichick doesn’t see much sense in talking to Brady about a possible deal until he knows what the CBA situation will be.”So Thursday’s reports at this stage mean little. What we know for sure is legitimate answers to the questions about Brady’s future should be coming soon.last_img read more

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2020 LCS Spring Split Week 9 Saturday Matchups: Cloud9 a big betting favorite, Team Liquid fighting for playoff spot

first_imgMORE: Live odds and betting news2020 LCS Spring Split Week 9: Team SoloMid vs. 100 ThievesTeam SoloMid -157100 Thieves +126There isn’t a more bipolar team in North America than Team SoloMid. When TSM are on, they can beat anyone in the region. They are the only team to deal Cloud9 a loss this season, and they have talented players at every position in their lineup. TSM have been inconsistent, though, and that led to an embarrassing loss against last-place Counter Logic Gaming and being on the wrong end of a sweep against Immortals.While TSM are up and down, they should have the edge over 100 Thieves on Saturday. 100 Thieves are only 8-8 because of some hard-carry performances from top-laner Ssumday, and while mid-laner Ryoma has improved significantly over the course of the split, he is no match for TSM’s Bjergsen. As long as Broken Blade doesn’t get steam rolled in the top lane, TSM should pick up the win.2020 LCS Spring Split Week 9: Cloud9 vs. Evil GeniusesCloud9 -278Evil Geniuses +212Over the past three weeks, Evil Geniuses have put it all together. They have won five straight games to move into a three-way tie for second place, and their bottom lane has been excellent. After a few hiccups early on, Bang and Zeyzal have formed one of the best bottom-lane duos in the LCS, and that is the primary win condition for EG.No one knows what we’ll see from Cloud9 during the final week of the regular season. They locked up the No. 1 seed three weeks ago, and we saw a standard game and a not-so standard game from them last week. If they are focused and play a standard game, they will likely beat Evil Geniuses, but they are wont to have a little fun since this is the last week of the regular season. I’m guessing we’ll see some off-meta picks from them akin to Kalista top lane, and that makes EG the play at this price.2020 LCS Spring Split Week 9: Team Liquid vs. FlyQuestTeam Liquid -127FlyQuest -103How the mighty have fallen. Liquid was an odds-on favorite to win the LCS Spring Split before the start of the season after bringing back four of five starters and improving in the jungle with the addition of Broxah. However, they are on the verge of completely missing the playoffs, as they have dealt with complacency throughout the Spring Split. Doublelift has not been as reliable as he usually is in the bottom lane, and Impact is not the rock in the top lane he has been for this team over the past few years.Liquid knocked off FlyQuest in the first meeting between these teams back on Feb. 2, and they should emerge victorious once again with their playoff hopes on the line. FlyQuest are in a bit of disarray with Solo replacing V1per in the top lane last week, and the only player that has consistently played well is mid-laner PowerOfEvil.2020 LCS Spring Split Week 9: Golden Guardians vs. Counter Logic GamingGolden Guardians -160Counter Logic Gaming +127The Guardians’ slim playoff hopes ride on them going 2-0 in the final week of the regular season. They have not inspired confidence with their play over the past month though, posting a 2-6 record with their only victories coming against Dignitas and Immortals. Their bottom lane has been a mess as they continue to try to play non-supports at support, so CLG have a decent chance of pulling off the upset despite their poor campaign. 2020 LCS Spring Split Week 9: Immortals vs. DignitasImmortals -160Dignitas +127Reuniting Apollo and Hakuho has made Immortals much stronger than when Altec was paired with Hakuho in the bottom lane. Apollo has an 8.2 KDA in six games, and he has become the hard carry for this team. That’s something they’ve needed as the other positions have struggled to make an impact with their play.Dignitas continue to underperform. It’s becoming clear that Huni is no longer the top-lane bully he once was in this region, and the bottom lane has fallen off after some strong performances early in the split. Froggen can be a difference maker if he is allowed to select Orianna, but don’t expect Immortals to leave the champion open. We only know two things headed into the final week of the 2020 LCS Spring Split: Cloud9 is guaranteed to finish as the No. 1 overall seed with a dazzling 15-1 record (though they’re not necessarily a great bet at their current odds), and Counter Logic Gaming will finish at the bottom of the standings with a 3-13 mark. The other eight North American teams have between six and nine wins, so most games this week will have an impact on how the final standings and playoff matchups shake out.The big story this week is whether Team Liquid will qualify for the playoffs. The winners of the past four LCS titles are currently a game behind 100 Thieves and Immortals for the final spot in the Spring Split Playoffs, and they face the top two teams in the LCS this weekend in FlyQuest and Cloud9.last_img read more

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Devils’ Cory Schneider says a resolution to 2019-20 NHL season should be coming ‘shortly’

first_imgThe Devils netminder is under contract through the 2021-22 season with a $6 million AAV and he fully intends to continue playing whether it’s in New Jersey or elsewhere.”I’m excited to continue my career. I haven’t entertained the thoughts of retirement at all. I have two years left on my contract and that’s my obligation,” Schneider said confidently. “That’s my goal is to do that and then see where it goes from there and obviously things could happen before that. I’m not naive to the business side of things but you know, I feel that when I’m playing well, I could do a lot for our team on and off the ice. That’s the role that I want to fill in and play and just compete.”Whenever we do get to play again, I just want to make sure that I’m ready as I can be to continue to prove that I can play at a high level.” With players saying they need at least two to three weeks to prepare for a season resumption, the window is getting slimmer resulting in the veteran netminder believing that a decision is on the horizon.”It’s got to be coming soon because I think you got to make plans, you got to make logistics to give guys a heads up, a week or two in advance that, ‘Okay, you need to report here and do this by this date,'” he explained. “We’re starting to get into June and July and at that point, does it make sense to even restart it so I think we’re getting pretty close to that date.”I don’t know what that date is, but my hunch feeling is that we’re going to have to find out one way or another very shortly if this is going to happen because it just starts to impact everything else down the line.”Schneider said until there are more concrete plans regarding how the season will finish, he’s not contacting the team with daily updates.”I try not to give guys false hopes or spread rumors or just sort of release details of these calls,” Schneider said from his New Jersey home. “You don’t want too many people to know about it in case you have to move in a certain direction so we sort of filter information as we need to.”You know guys are panicking and all but it’s such a unique situation that you couldn’t blame anybody for feeling that way.”MORE: Connor Carrick focused on personal growth during pauseIt’s been reported that the league is leaning towards a 24-team playoff and if that does become the case, the Devils — 13 points out of the second wild card — could see an eight or nine-month layoff before the 2020-21 season begins in either November or December.“Is it worth it for us to spend five, six weeks to do something that ultimately won’t matter?” Schneider asked. “Personally, I would like to at least get out and get that feeling again. Nine or 10 months is a long time to not have played a game and not really ramp it up in that sense. My hope is that we get a chance to come back and play.”Regardless, if the Devils come back or not, the layoff came at a bad time for the team and Schneider.After interim head coach Alain Nasreddine took over on Dec. 3, the team went 19-16-8 including earning points in eight of their final 10 games before the pause. The 34-year-old goaltender also had an up-and-down season getting sent down to the American Hockey League and playing 14 games with Binghamton. He was recalled Feb. 20 and went 3-0-1 in four starts, stopping 119 of 125 shot attempts. Schneider posted a shutout on March 1 against the Anaheim Ducks, his first since Feb. 21, 2019 (Ottawa Senators).A native of Marblehead, Mass., he was disappointed to have the season abruptly halted.”I felt really good about where I was at. I think as a team, we were playing well and we were having fun,” Schneider said. “It was great to be back and the team was young. A lot of faces were gone and I walked into the locker room and I think Travs (Travis Zajac) said, ‘Hey, it’s good to see another old guy in here with me.’ It’s definitely a unique situation from a team standpoint, but you could definitely see guys coming together.”For me, just to be a part of that and try to help and contribute on the ice and do the things I’ve always wanted to go. It was great and it was tough timing for everybody. From my career standpoint, as soon as the chance for me to play well and just demonstrate that I can still play at that level so hopefully I’ll get an opportunity to do that.”When Schneider began his career with the Vancouver Canucks, he was seen as the heir apparent to Roberto Luongo. Now, as Schneider enters the twilight of his career, the Devils have turned to 23-year-old Mackenzie Blackwood as their No. 1 goalie; he appeared in 47 games this season posting a 2.77 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage. Even with the adversity faced in recent years, Schneider believes he can still contribute at the NHL level even though the trend favors younger players.”It’s amazing how quickly it goes. You come into the league and I was a little bit later, so 24 was when I kind of became a full-time NHLer and here I am 10 years later, I’m 34, and you don’t always feel that way,” he reflected. “That number has a stigma now in the league when it used to be the norm but now anybody over 30 years old, unless you’re an elite player, you’re sort of taking up space for somebody else it seems.”It makes it challenging but that’s a good challenge to have. It’s an opportunity to do things and techniques and really try to evolve your game. You may not have the flexibility or some of the physical traits you had when you’re younger but I think as you get older, you get more perspective. I think mentally, you’re sharper and you can think the game better than you did when you were younger. For me, it’s just trying to advantage of my skill set.”MORE: Blackwood hopes to re-sign long-term with Devils As one of the New Jersey Devils’ National Hockey League Players’ Association representatives, goaltender Cory Schneider says players are getting antsy about a possible deadline for when a decision on the 2019-20 season has to be made.”I think that’s everyone’s concern right now. A lot of guys been asking if there’s a drop-dead date,” Schenider told reporters on a call Monday. “Like what’s the date that it’s just too late and that you can get a semblance of a season or a playoff in and then it starts to impact the next season potentially. I think that’s been a question that a lot of guys have asked and to be honest, I don’t have that answer necessarily.”last_img read more

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Redman among three tied for lead at Rocket Mortgage Classic

first_imgDoc Redman made a fine start to the Rocket Mortgage Classic, carding a seven-under 65 to be in a three-way tie for the lead on Thursday.Redman, runner-up at the PGA Tour event last year, holed eight birdies and a bogey during a strong opening round at Detroit Golf Club in Michigan. Coming off two missed cuts since the PGA Tour season resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic, Rickie Fowler made a solid start.A quick start and a solid finish to Round 1 for @RickieFowler.Highlights from his 5-under 67 Thursday @RocketClassic. pic.twitter.com/K313brsASO— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 2, 2020Fowler fired a five-under 67, mixing seven birdies with a double bogey, to be part of a 14-way tie for 11th.Defending champion Nate Lashley, who won by six strokes last year, opened with a one-under 71. The American, 22, shares the lead with Scott Stallings and Kevin Kisner, the latter having produced a bogey-free first round.Bryson DeChambeau is among a group of seven players a shot back of the leading trio.MORE: DeChambeau reveals diet that made him super beefyDeChambeau has finished in the top 10 in his past six starts and opened with a 66 that included an eagle at the par-five 14th.A 6-under 66 has @B_DeChambeau one shot back of the lead after Round 1 at the @RocketClassic. pic.twitter.com/6DDgGKgJ7J— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 2, 2020Peter Malnati, Emiliano Grillo, Chase Seiffert, J.J. Spaun, Matt Wallace and Chris Stroud are alongside DeChambeau at six under.last_img read more

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Fantasy Baseball OF Sleepers: Breakout, undervalued outfielders to add to 2020 draft cheat sheets

first_imgDOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2020 Fantasy Baseball Cheat SheetFantasy Baseball OF SleepersOscar Mercado, Indians. Mercado gave fantasy owners a glimpse of his upside last year, hitting 15 homers and stealing 15 bases in 115 games, and many are expecting him to only get better this year. There are some minor red flags in his hitting profile, as he didn’t take many walks last year and his power is somewhat limited, but he should steal a bunch of bases, which will always be sought after by fantasy owners. Mercado isn’t exactly being “undervalued” in drafts, but if he can continue to develop his power and raise his BB-rate to what he did at Triple-A (29 walks in 259 PAs), he could outperform even the most optimistic expectations. 2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300Kyle Tucker, Astros. Tucker hit 34 HRs and stole 30 bases in 125 games at Triple-A last year and added another four homers and five steals in 22 major league games. He’s proven just about everything he can in the minors, and all he needs is an everyday job to break out in the majors. Heading into the season, he’s slated to share the right field job with Josh Reddick, but Tucker could eventually take over with a hot start. He’ll also be first in line for at-bats if injuries strike someone like Yuli Gurriel, Yordan Alvarez, or Michael Brantley. One way or another, there’s a good chance Tucker sees significant playing time this year, and if he does, he’ll outproduce his average draft position. 2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Starter | Each teamAristides Aquino, Reds. Aquino was a sensation last year after getting called up, hitting 19 HRs in just 56 games. Normally, this type of player would be overvalued the following season, but Aquino is seemingly on the outside looking in for an everyday job after Cincinnati signed Nicholas Castellanos and Mike Moustakas in the offseason. Now, with the addition of the DH for NL teams, we have faith Aquino can ascend quickly from the “auxiliary squad” and find near-everyday at-bats once the season begins. Aquino has too much upside to keep on the bench, so he’s well worth drafting and stashing, especially in daily transaction leagues. 2020 Fantasy Baseball Tiers, Draft Strategy:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | RelieverLourdes Gurriel Jr., Blue Jays (also eligible at 2B and expected to play some 1B this year). Gurriel made our sleeper list last year, and he came through when on the field, clubbing 20 HRs in just 84 games. He even stole six bases, showcasing some upside there. The Blue Jays have a lot of OF/1B/DH candidates, so Gurriel can’t afford a slow start, but he’ll hit homers and drive in runs as long as he’s on the field. A solid average and handful of steals makes him a valuable contributor given his mid-round ADP. Ian Happ, Cubs (2B, 3B). Happ spent more of last season at Triple-A (99 games) than in the majors (56 games), but he produced at both levels, totaling 27 HRs and 11 SBs. He’s unlikely to ever hit for a good average, but he can quietly give you solid numbers in all of the other categories. Playing time is the biggest worry, but he’s slated to start the season in center field and can fill in at 2B and 3B (and DH) if needed. One way or another, the 25-year-old switch-hitter should be in the lineup most days, and if he is, he’ll provide a lot of value given his low cost. Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategies: Auction | Keeper/Dynasty | PointsAvisail Garcia, Brewers. Garcia was one of our favorite breakout picks last year, and he made some strides (20 HRs, 10 SBs in 125 games) but didn’t quite produce as we expected. Now in an even better hitters park in Milwaukee, he could break all the way out with regular at-bats. That’s not guaranteed, as he’ll be competing for playing time with Ryan Braun and Justin Smoak, but he has the highest upside of three if he plays every day. The universal DH rule should only help him find at-bats.Trent Grisham, Padres. Grisham popped 32 homers and stole 13 bases across Double-A, Triple-A and the majors last year in Milwaukee’s organization. Now with a clear path to playing time in San Diego, he should open the season with an everyday job. Grisham has always been a high-OBP guy in the minors (.376) thanks to a high walk rate, and his strikeout rate is relatively low. Last season was really the first time he hit for power, so it’s unclear if that will carry over to a worse hitting environment, but Grisham has a lot of upside in San Diego’s solid lineup, especially in OBP leagues. Jo Adell, Angels. Adell doesn’t have a clear path to playing time heading into 2020, but the 20-year-old slugger has already ascended to Triple-A and figures to be in the majors at some point early this season. His career .298/.361/.518 line in the minors is even more impressive than it looks when you factor in his age, and he has a little bit of a speed with 30 career steals. Brian Goodwin isn’t the long-term answer in right field for the Angels, so Adell is worth drafting. More 2020 Fantasy Baseball: Auction Values | Mock Draft SimulatorAustin Hays, Orioles. Hays played across five levels last season, finishing in the majors where he hit .309/.373/.574 with four homers and two steals in 21 games. The 24-year-old outfielder saw his prospect shine dim after an injury-plagued 2018 (ankle) and start of ’19 (thumb), but now healthy, he could return to the form that saw him skyrocket to the majors in ’17. He’s unlikely to post a batting line as good as last season over a full campaign, but given his home park, it wouldn’t be a shock to see him pop a decent amount of homers and steal some bases. The upside is there for more. Teoscar Hernandez, Blue Jays. Hernandez broke out in the second half last season, clubbing 18 HRs over 60 games and finishing with 26 for the season (122 games). There are some playing time concerns heading into this year, but assuming he gets everyday at-bats, the 27-year-old righty will be a cheap source of power who can also swipe a few bases. His average figures to hurt more than help, but he still has plenty of offensive upside. Alex Verdugo, Red Sox. Verdugo dealt with a stress facture in his back all offseason, but he’s reportedly “100 percent.” If Verdugo is healthy, he’s an interesting fantasy prospect given his batting line with the Dodgers last year (.294/.342/.475). He’s a low-strikeout hitter with developing power, and we know there will be a lot of run-scoring and run-producing opportunities in Boston’s offense. Tyler O’Neill, Cardinals. O’Neill is a proven slugger at the minor league level (140 HRs over 566 games), and he’s popped 14 HRs in two 60-game stints in the majors the past two seasons. The 24-year-old righty is in position to have an everyday job as the Cardinals’ left fielder to open the year, and if he does, he has major power and run-producing upside. Anthony Santander, Orioles. Santander seemingly came out of nowhere last year to hit 20 HRs in just 93 games. The 25-year-old switch-hitter will have to contend with similarly skilled players, such as Dwight Smith Jr. and Cedric Mullins, for playing time, but obviously if he’s in the lineup, he can hit homers, and that should continue as long as he’s playing in Baltimore.  Jake Fraley, Mariners. With Mitch Haniger (back) on the shelf for the foreseeable future, Fraley has a chance to play every day in Seattle’s outfield. The 24-year-old lefty is a career .286/.362/.480 hitter in the minors, and he clubbed 19 HRs and stole 22 bases in 99 games across two levels last season. He likely won’t post huge numbers this season, but anyone who can steal some bases and provide some pop is worth a look in fantasy leagues. Dominic Smith, Mets (1B). Smith just needs everyday at-bats to produce. The 24-year-old lefty hit .282/.355/.525 with 11 HRs in 89 games last year, and there’s little doubt his power is for real. However, with Pete Alonso locking down 1B and J.D. Davis, Brandon Nimmo, and Michael Conforto set in the OF, Smith would appear to be a man without a position. And with Yoenis Cespedes looking healthy in summer camp, even DH at-bats could be tough to come by early on. Even with that said, Smith will be very valuable as soon as there’s an injury (or he’s traded). Perhaps most noteworthy about Smith is that he actually hit lefties (.303/.361/.515) better than righties (.278/.354/.528) last year, so he doesn’t necessarily need to be a platoon player. It’s tough to invest a draft pick in someone like Smith, but he’s worth a pickup if he starts getting consistent playing time. Other OF-eligible sleepers we’ve highlighted elsewhere: Scott Kingery (2B), Tommy Edman (3B), Brandon Lowe (2B), Yoshi Tsutsugo (3B), Austin Riley (3B), Jake Bauers (1B), Jay Bruce (1B) Whether you play in a three-OF or five-OF fantasy baseball league, you’re going to need a handy list of outfield sleepers for your draft cheat sheet. Every year there are surprise OF breakouts, which is good because you every year you probably have at least one surprise bust on your team. You can find undervalued outfielders at any point during your draft, but finding the ones with the most upside is a little more difficult, especially when you factor in category needs.We’ve put together a list of OF sleepers that runs the spectrum of known quantities who could outproduce their average draft positions to under-the-radar guys who will likely need an injury to earn an everyday role. Depending on how deep your league is, you will want to familiarize yourself with the players below. Even if they go undrafted, they’re worth watching early in the season or when they’re called up. last_img read more

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Lawyer’s son arrested during break in Branstad trial

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The son of an Iowa civil rights attorney in the midst of a high profile civil trial against a former governor has been arrested in the courtroom where his mother’s trial is taking place.Polk County Sheriff records say 50-year-old James Barton Conlin, of West Des Moines, was arrested during break in the proceedings Monday and charged with interference with official acts. He was booked into the county jail and released within an hour.The charge is a simple misdemeanor.Conlin told courthouse officials he was testing the air after his mother complained it was making her ill.Roxanne Conlin blames construction in the courthouse. Court officials refused her earlier request to move the trial.Conlin and her son didn’t respond to a message from The Associated Press but she tells The Des Moines Register she’s furious he was arrested.She’s representing former Iowa Worker’s Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey in his discrimination lawsuit against former Gov. Terry Branstad and the state.last_img read more

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Mason City man pleads not guilty to prostitution charge

first_imgMASON CITY — A Mason City man accused of prostitution has pleaded not guilty. 38-year-old David Welsher was arrested on the morning of June 18th after he allegedly paid $50 to a person under the age of 18 in exchange for a sexual act. Welsher was due in court for his arraignment hearing on Tuesday, but online court records show he filed a written plea of not guilty on Tuesday in Cerro Gordo County District Court. His trial is scheduled to start on November 24th. Prostitution is a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison.last_img read more

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Rag-tag Leicester turn tables on English elite

first_img“The most important thing, and what he deserves the most credit for, is he hasn’t come in and tried to change everything,” said Schmeichel during the season.With new signings Huth, Christian Fuchs, Shinji Okazaki and French midfield monster N’Golo Kante carefully added to the blend, Ranieri ditched the back three used by Pearson for a 4-4-2 system.His underdog playing strategy — structured defence allied with rapid counter-attacks — would prove devastatingly effective.Leicester were top following a 4-2 defeat of Sunderland on the season’s first day and returned to the summit in November after Vardy’s record-breaking run of scoring in 11 successive games.There was only one real wobble — a run of one win in five matches immediately after Christmas — and to date they have been beaten just three times.Even when, no longer misdiagnosed as over-achieving minnows, Leicester found opposing teams massing themselves behind the ball, they ground out five 1-0 wins in six games to move to within sight of the title.Leicester’s triumph also owes a debt to the perfect storm that saw defending champions Chelsea collapse, Manchester United toil and Manchester City and Arsenal fail to last the course. MisdiagnosedLeicester escaped relegation last season by winning seven of their last nine games, so there was dismay when manager Nigel Pearson was sacked after his son, a Leicester youth player, was involved in a racist sex tape during a post-season tour of Thailand, home of club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.But Ranieri, the former Chelsea manager, was canny enough to see that there was momentum to be harnessed and had the good sense to retain key members of Pearson’s staff, such as well-regarded head of recruitment Steve Walsh. Coach Ranieri made history with LeicesterLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |Leicester City’s against-the-odds Premier League title success is a story of belief, dogged graft and inspirational leadership prevailing against the money-inflated complacency of England’s leading clubs.Exploiting the frailties of the presumed title favourites, the 5,000-1 outsiders surged to the summit and then held their nerve over four long, giddy months to complete one of the most improbable upsets in sporting history.In the words of the club’s genial Italian manager Claudio Ranieri, it was a triumph of “players who were considered too small or too slow for other big clubs”.“It gives hope to all the young players out there who have been told they are not good enough,” Ranieri said.Kasper Schmeichel left Manchester City aged 22 and spent five seasons rattling around in the second and third tiers before Leicester enabled him to emulate his father, the Manchester United great Peter, by keeping goal in a title-winning side.Right-back Danny Simpson and central midfielder Danny Drinkwater were released by Manchester United, but both have been Leicester mainstays this season, the latter earning a first England cap in March.German centre-back Robert Huth spent four years as a bit-part player at Chelsea. His centre-back partner Wes Morgan, the captain, did not play top-level football until he was 30.Winger Marc Albrighton was released by his formative club Aston Villa in 2014. His season began amid personal tragedy, after his partner’s mother was killed in the terror attack in Sousse, Tunisia last June.Most famous of all, now, are Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, signed for a combined fee of some £1.4 million ($2 million, 1.8 million euros) and who have become two of the most feared forwards in England.Dazzling Algerian winger Mahrez, told he was “too skinny” by his youth coaches in the Sarcelles district of Paris, recently became the first African to be named England’s Player of the Year.The prolific Vardy, rejected by boyhood club Sheffield Wednesday for being “too small”, is now a Premier League record-breaker and England international whose rags-to-riches tale is reportedly being turned into a Hollywood film.Overseeing it all has been 64-year-old Ranieri, derided as a nearly man by Jose Mourinho and mocked on his return to England last year, but whose lyrical soundbites became the soundtrack to Leicester’s drive to glory.Leicester players have played out of their skinscenter_img But for an unheralded team composed of players with almost zero title-winning know-how, their success in leading from the front represents an astonishing feat of fortitude and sporting courage.The club’s disbelieving supporters will hope that by the time Champions League football arrives at the King Power Stadium for the first time next season, players like Vardy, Mahrez and Kante are still around.But whatever becomes of Ranieri’s ‘Impossibles’ in the months, years and decades ahead, their sporting immortality is assured.CLICK here to read Spurs versus ChelseaShare on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

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Zidane fighting for future in PSG Champions League tie

first_imgThe man born and raised in a tough neighbourhood of Marseille needs the tonic of a win over the Parisian aristocrats.“We also must not dismiss everything we have done because of our form at the moment,” he told RTL, mindful that recent improved results in La Liga have not completely shaken away the doubts.“This is not some other club — the slightest negative thing here and the media make a song and dance out of it.”– Respected –Zidane last month revealed that he had signed a new contract at the Bernabeu until 2020, and the respect with which he is held by those within the club, the supporters and the media means there has been no campaign calling for his head.President Florentino Perez cannot make Zidane the scapegoat for the lowering of standards as he did with Benitez before.But, equally, the 45-year-old Zidane is fully aware that coaches at the Bernabeu do not have long shelf-lives.Since Vicente del Bosque was unceremoniously sacked in 2003, Real have appointed a new coach 13 times. The longest-serving in that time has been Jose Mourinho, who survived for three seasons.When asked last month if he felt able to turn things around, he replied: “If I thought I could not, I would leave tomorrow.”But to RTL he added: “I like what I do. Not everyone can do this. I am making the most of it, I know it won’t last forever.”He has not yet lost a Champions League knockout tie as a coach, and he will surely need to extend that run against Neymar and co. to stand any chance of still being in charge of Real beyond this season.Share on: WhatsApp Madrid, Spain | AFP | Zinedine Zidane inspired France to World Cup glory as a player, but his extraordinary career has to a large degree been defined by the Champions League.His magnificent volleyed goal for Real Madrid in their 2002 win over Bayer Leverkusen at Hampden Park in Glasgow is one of the greatest to be scored in a European Cup final.As such, it is up there with his brace in France’s 1998 win over Brazil, his country’s Euro 2000 triumph and the infamous headbutt on Marco Materazzi during the 2006 World Cup final among the most memorable moments of his playing days.He has carried on his love affair with the Champions League as a coach, from his role as assistant to Carlo Ancelotti in Real’s 2014 triumph to leading Madrid to glory himself in the last two seasons.But now Zidane’s future in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu is hanging by a thread, possibly tied to the outcome of the looming showdown with this formidable Paris Saint-Germain outfit.For 18 months after his appointment in January 2016, the Frenchman could do no wrong, but a little of the magic has deserted him recently.“This is an unprecedented situation, but we must live with it, hold our course,” Zidane said in an interview with French radio station RTL aired on Monday.He has won eight trophies since replacing the unpopular Rafa Benitez in the Madrid dugout, including an unprecedented five in one calendar year in 2017.Zidane also oversaw the club’s first La Liga and European Cup double since 1958 as well as a record 40-match unbeaten run.But now they stand fourth in La Liga, at risk of finishing off the podium in their domestic league for the first time since 2004. Finishing second behind Tottenham Hotspur in their Champions League group also exposed them to this tougher draw.last_img read more

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Out of hospital Dalglish thanks fans after positive coronavirus test

first_imgHome again: Kenny DalglishLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish thanked fans for their support on Sunday after leaving hospital following a positive test for the coronavirus.Dalglish, 69, found he had the virus after being admitted to hospital on Wednesday for treatment for a separate infection which required intravenous antibiotics.He was discharged on Saturday night.“Thank you for all of your well wishes over the last few days,” said Dalglish in a Liverpool statement issued Sunday.“I’m delighted to be back home with the family after receiving brilliant care from the NHS (Britain’s National Health Service), which we appreciate now more than ever.“Marina (Dalglish’s wife) and I would like to express our immense gratitude to the medical staff who cared for me and who continue to treat countless others throughout the country during an incredibly challenging period.”Dalglish confirmed the couple would be in “full lockdown for the recommended amount of time in order to protect the lives of others”.There are fears that the warm weather across Britain over the Easter weekend will see the public flout government guidelines on social distancing instead of only going out to maintain health and purchase essential supplies.But a concerned Dalglish said: “I know the sun is shining for many of you, but I urge you to stay home and follow the government guidelines to the letter.”Earlier the Scotland great, in an interview with the Sunday Post, praised the “absolutely brilliant” hospital staff, adding: “People may think my name got me the best of care but every patient in the NHS gets the best of care.”On Friday, Dalglish’s family said he had tested positive for COVID-19 despite having previously displayed no symptoms of the illness.– ‘Humbling messages’ –Saturday saw two of Dalglish’s children take to Twitter to thank the public for their support. Paul Dalglish, also a former player, said: “Truly humbling messages from supporters of all teams,” with Dalglish’s daughter, Sky Sports presenter Kelly Cates, saying: “Thank you so much for your lovely messages and I’m really sorry I can’t reply to them all.”Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker said on Twitter: “Love from Becker family to Sir Kenny Dalglish!!”Ian Rush formed a prolific partnership with Dalglish during their playing days at Liverpool and the Welshman took to Twitter to give his old team-mate his best wishes.“Wishing a speedy recovery to the best…Sir Kenny Dalglish. Get well soon,” he wrote.Dalglish won the Scottish league title with Celtic as a player on four occasions before signing for Liverpool in 1977.At Anfield, he captured eight English league titles, two FA Cups, five League Cups and three European Cups as a player and in two managerial spells.In his Liverpool playing career, Dalglish scored 172 goals in 515 games.As well as his role in Liverpool’s golden era in the 1970s and 1980s, Dalglish received plaudits for supporting victims’ families after 96 fans died in the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster.He also coached Blackburn to the 1995 Premier League title.Almost 10,000 people in Britain have so far died as a result of the coronavirus. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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‘How many have to die?’: Neville voices fears over Premier League plans

first_imgThe country is on lockdown until at least May 7, but government officials have spoken in positive terms about a potential return for football if the virus is under control.– ‘No football for months’ –Germany’s sports ministers have said the Bundesliga could return next month but Dutch football chiefs have called an end to the Eredivisie season and the Belgian campaign is in the balance.French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said football would not return in his country until at least September.In the Premier League, full training is reportedly slated for mid-May, with the plan to be discussed at a meeting of stakeholders on Friday.However, Neville is concerned that the Premier League’s desire to conclude the campaign is being driven by financial motives, with the English top flight facing a huge hit if the 92 remaining fixtures are not played.The former England international said if it were a non-economic decision there would be no football for months but he acknowledged that players at lower levels would want to play because the alternative was “bad”.“(A total of) 1,400 players are out of contract in three months so they’ll need football to resume so their livelihoods can continue,” he said.“There’s huge economic loss. It clouds people’s minds in terms of the risk that they’re willing to take.”Share on: WhatsApp Gary Neville fears Premier League players will be put at risk if matches resumeLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Gary Neville fears Premier League players’ lives will be put at risk if football is rushed back too soon after the coronavirus-enforced lockdown in Britain.Premier League chiefs are aiming for a return to action in June and several clubs opened their training grounds to players this week as they work on “Project Restart”.The English top flight is understood to be aiming to run a huge testing operation to keep footballers safe, with reports of 26,000 tests being lined up for players and staff.But FIFA’s medical chief Michel D’Hooghe said on Tuesday that football should not be played until September and former Manchester United defender Neville is worried that Premier League stars will be put in danger by the rush to return.“The FIFA medical officer said that football should not take place before September. I think if it was a non-economic decision there would be no football for months,” Neville told the Sky Sports Football Show on Wednesday.“People are now assessing risk. How many people have to die playing football in the Premier League before it becomes unpalatable? One? One player? One member of staff goes into intensive care? What risk do we have to take? The discussion is purely economic.”Neville voiced his particular concerns over the risk to players with existing medical conditions.“If health comes first, there is only one outcome at this moment in time. How many players have got asthma? How many players have diabetes?“Have they assessed all of these things and are they willing to put those people at risk?”The UK is among the worst-hit countries in the global COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 21,000 deaths so far.last_img read more

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European leagues move at different speeds toward restart

first_imgElsewhere, players at Chelsea and Norwich as well as Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive while players at Leicester, Everton and Bournemouth all self-isolated after showing symptoms but clubs did not confirm if they tested positive.Representatives of the Premier League and clubs are due to meet on Monday to discuss the final details of the “Project Restart”, including the organisation of matches behind closed doors, on neutral ground and the extension of player contracts.In Spain, players in the top two divisions were allowed to carry out individual work at training grounds last week at the start of a programme aimed at restarting competition in the middle of June.On Sunday, La Liga said five players and three non-playing individuals had tested positive.The five players, who have not been named, will be quarantined at home and tested again “in the next few days”.La Liga president Javier Tebas said he hopes the tournament can resume on June 12.“I would like it (the season resuming) to be June 12, but it will depend on the numbers,” Tebas told Movistar.“In the end it will be up to the health authorities.– Cases in Italy and Portugal –In Italy’s Serie A, which resumed individual training this week, four Sampdoria players, including one who had previously recovered, and three from Fiorentina have tested positive for coronavirus, the clubs announced on Thursday.Clubs will have to wait until May 18 at the earliest to start group training, and the sports minister warned on Wednesday that it was “impossible to set a definite date” for the resumption of matches.AC Milan technical director Paolo Maldini, who is recovering, and Juventus striker Paulo Dybala, who has been given the all clear, were among the most notable early football victims.In Portugal, three players at top-flight Vitoria Guimaraes have tested positive.They “are clinically healthy, asymptomatic and in quarantine,” the club said in a statement on Saturday.The government announced on April 30 that the first division was authorised to resume from the last weekend in May, behind closed doors and subject to the approval of a health protocol.Share on: WhatsApp On course: German clubs such as Bayern Munich are preparing to kick off on May 16Paris, France | AFP | As European leagues prepare to return from the enforced coronavirus break, screening tests are revealing cases in various championships, although, as yet, not calling into question plans to resume playing.Germany still plans to be the first of the five “big” leagues ahead of Spain, England and Italy – France has declared its season over – to kick off on May 16, behind closed doors, despite the sobering events at Dynamo Dresden.The second-tier club were ordered to self-isolate for 14 days on Saturday after testing uncovered two fresh coronavirus cases.“It’s not a reason to call the entire season into question,” league CEO Christian Seifert told German broadcaster ZDF.“It was always clear to me that this could happen. We’re at the very beginning of the restart.”Seifert warned, however, that further coronavirus cases could jeopardise plans to end the season by June 30.“It can reach a scale where it’s not feasible anymore,” he said. “It would depend on how much time there is left to finish the season.”Matches will be played behind closed doors and with a maximum number of 300 people, including both teams, allowed at each game.In the run-up to the restart, all teams must go into a one-week quarantine training camp.The German league said on Thursday that 1,724 tests at the 36 clubs in the top two divisions conducted in two rounds yielded 10 positives in the first batch and two more in the second.Those include two players and a fitness coach at Cologne and a player and a physiotherapist at Borussia Moenchengladbach, but only the individuals concerned were placed in quarantine and the teams continued training.– Three cases in Brighton, five in Spain –In the English Premier League, which hopes to resume from June to August, a third Brighton player tested positive on Saturday and was placed in isolation, the club’s chief executive Paul Barber told Sky Sports.The player was not named. One Brighton player tested positive in March and another in April and have recovered, the club said“It is a concern,” Barber said.“Despite all of the measures that we’ve been taking over the past few weeks, where the players haven’t been involved in any significant training at all, we’ve still suffered another player testing positive for the virus.”last_img read more

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Superintendent Suggests Not Renewing Principal’s Contract Over Holocaust Remarks

first_imgPalm Beach County School Superintendent Donald Fennoy spoke out Wednesday afternoon about the former Spanish River High School principal who made controversial comments about the Holocaust.Fennoy recommends that William Latson’s district contract not be renewed. That statement came after an email Latson sent to a parent surfaced, in which he reportedly wrote, “I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee.”According to the district, Latson made a “grave error in judgement.”Latson says that his words were misconstrued.Upon being removed from his position on Tuesday, he wrote to school staff members, “I have been reassigned to the district office due to a statement that was not accurately relayed to the newspaper by one of our parents.” In addition, “It is unfortunate that someone can make a false statement and do so anonymously and it holds credibility, but that is the world we live in.”Click here to watch Fennoy’s full video statement.Will Former Boca Principal Lose his Job Today Over Holocaust Controversy?last_img read more

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Body found in ocean by Dania Beach pier

first_imgA diver made a gruesome discovery off the coast of Dania Beach.The Broward Sheriff’s Office says a diver found the partial remains of a body in the ocean about a mile from Dania Beach on yesterday afternoon.BSO deputies took the body to a nearby Coast Guard station after fishermen brought it ashore.Homicide crime scene investigators are trying to identify the victim and the the cause of death.This story is developing.last_img

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UK Prime Minister Bo-Jo Reaches Deal with EU on Brexit

first_imgBut European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said it was a “fair and balanced agreement”.In a letter recommending the deal to European Council President Donald Tusk, he wrote: “It is high time to complete the withdrawal process and move on, as swiftly as possible, to the negotiation on the European Union’s future partnership with the United Kingdom.” The two sides have been working on the legal text of a deal, but it will still need the approval of both the UK and European parliaments.The DUP has cast doubt on its success, saying they still cannot support it.The Northern Irish party earlier released a statement saying they could not back proposals “as things stand”, and – after the PM’s announcement – said their statement “still stands.”Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the deal sounded “even worse” than what was negotiated by the PM’s predecessor, Theresa May, and “should be rejected” by MPs.We are going to get Brexit done #LeaveOct31st pic.twitter.com/4Es8VI4qZ0— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 17, 2019 Boris Johnson says he has reached an agreement to free Great Britain from the iron bars of the European Union.The Brexit deal has been agreed between UK and EU negotiating teams before a meeting of European leaders in Brussels.Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control.”We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control — now Parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday so we can move on to other priorities like the cost of living, the NHS, violent crime and our environment #GetBrexitDone #TakeBackControl— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 17, 2019last_img read more

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New York Stock Exchange Trading Floor Reopening Today

first_imgThe trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange reopens today, after two months of all-electronic trading because of the coronavirus.The floor will look a lot different than it has, with only a quarter of the usual number of traders allowed to return to work. The few traders on the floor will have to wear masks, follow strict social distancing rules, and avoid using public transportation. They’ll be screened and have their temperatures taken as they enter the building. The most photographed trader o Wall Street, Peter Tuchman tested positive for coronavirus.The New York Stock Exchange trader, who calls himself the “Einstein of Wall Street” on his Instagram page, revealed the diagnosis with the picture of a Corona Extra beer bottle and an emoticon of hands joined together. Stock futures are on the rise because of optimism over the possibility of a coronavirus vaccine. The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were up over 300 points. There were also positive signs for the Nasdaq and S&P 500. Wall Street was silent on Monday because of Memorial Daylast_img read more

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Golf club research gets underway

first_img19 Feb 2014 Golf club research gets underway All golf clubs in the country have been invited to take part in biennial England Golf research which will help to grow the game.The 2014 Golf Club Membership Questionnaire has been sent to all clubs in England and the results will provide a picture of what is happening within the sport, as well as highlighting trends, key themes and examples of best practice.It will help support the forthcoming England Golf Strategic Plan, which sets out to inspire people of all ages to make golf a part of their life and aims to reverse the trend of declining club membership.The research is being carried out by SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC on behalf of England Golf. The biennial questionnaire can be completed online, or returned by post, and all clubs which submit their response by 31 March 2014 will be entered into a prize draw to win one of three Apple iPad minis.A national results booklet, collating all the data, will be produced later in the year, together with individual county breakdowns.Richard Flint, England Golf’s Club Services and Development Director, commented: “The results of this survey will help us support golf clubs in the most effective way and to ensure that any future resources and programmes that are developed focus on creating a healthy and successful sport.”Since the first survey was distributed in 2002 the research has helped England Golf to identify significant changes and challenges facing clubs and to direct finances and resources.For example, the 2012 survey identified golf clubs which had experienced an increase in membership in the previous two years, despite an overall drop nationwide. As a result, England Golf commissioned SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC to research the successful methods adopted by these clubs and to share best practice.The results showed that all the clubs placed emphasis on flexible membership packages, friendliness and low-cost opportunities to get into golf.last_img read more

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British title for England’s Julie Brown

first_img England’s Julie Brown kept her nerve with pars over the last five holes to win the British senior women’s championship at Prestatyn Golf Club, Wales.“I am just so pleased,” said Brown, who won by three shots. “I really wanted to win.”She finished on three-over par with rounds of 72 75 78 and won by three strokes from Irish senior champion Gertie McMullen (The Island). Jane Rees (Minchinhampton), winner of the Welsh seniors, made ground on both the leaders with a closing 75 to finish third on 229.It’s the latest success in a short but sparkling career in senior ranks. Brown made her debut in 2014, winning the English senior championship and helping England to become European champions and winners of the senior women’s Home Internationals.Brown, from Trentham in Staffordshire, was inspired to her British success when fellow England team member Cath Rawthore won last year. She was helped when she caddied for her daughter at last year’s Welsh open stroke play at Prestatyn and got to know the course. And she was supported by her partner, Tony Coleman, on the bag – particularly in the tricky windy conditions of the last day.“He clubbed me really well, especially on the 14th. If I had gone my choice I would have been one club out and out of position. He convinced me to hit one more and it paid off.”Brown held a two-stroke lead over McMullen going into the final round but her advantage was threatened when she had a double bogey six at the fifth and shed another shot at the next. Meanwhile McMullen had bogeyed the second but birdied the fourth and fifth.But the Irish champion let the initiative pass back to Brown when she had a bogey at the sixth and a triple bogey seven at the next. McMullen birdied the ninth, but, out in 39, she had gained only one shot on the leader.Brown’s only birdie came at the 12th and, after bogeying the 13th, she reeled off a string of five pars to consolidate her winning position. Crucially she got up and down for par on the 15th to keep her run going. “It was an almost impossible chip and had double bogey written all over it. I just looked at it, didn’t think too much about it but saw what I needed to do.“I played the shot and holed the putt – and that’s what won it for me. Gertie birdied that hole, so it would have been a massive swing.”Brown is no strange to success. She was an England international before turning professional and playing on the Ladies European Tour for seven years, where won the German Open. She returned to the amateur ranks in 2006 and has since captained several England girls’ teams, won the Staffordshire championship twice – making four titles in total – and been Midlands North ladies’ champion.Defending champion Catherine Rawthore (Sale) finished tied 11th on 233, saving her best to last with a 75 in the third round. Laura Webb (East Berkshire), Caroline Berry (Bromborough) and Sue Dye (Cheshire) all won age group categories.• Brown’s daughter, Emily Coleman, completed a winning double for the family when she won her first event on the US women’s college circuit as a student at Western Texas CollegeClick here for more information about the championship.Image courtesy LGU 18 Sep 2015 British title for England’s Julie Brown last_img read more

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South West pair end senior season with a hat trick

first_img4 Oct 2017 South West pair end senior season with a hat trick Tags: Brenda King Foursomes, competitions, Senior The South West pair of Jo Shorrocks and Amanda Mayne have completed a hat trick of consecutive wins in England Golf’s end-of-season senior tournament.They won the popular Brenda King Foursomes by seven shots at Harrogate Golf Club, Yorkshire, where they scored two-over 74 and 79, with the second round played in continuous rain.“We’re so pleased to win for the third time,” said Mayne, a former England senior international from Saltford, Somerset.They’ve equalled the record of their good friends, Claire Dowling and Tracy Atkin, who won from 2012-14. “We’ll give them a bit of banter,” said Shorrocks, from Bigbury, Devon.Their continued success seems to be helping to raise the profile of senior women’s golf in the South-West, reports Shorrocks. Devon has introduced a senior women’s championship this year and another pair, from Royal North Devon, also made the long trip north for the Brenda King tournament.Shorrocks and Mayne made their trademark slow start to the event and were three over par after playing two holes of the first round. But they came straight back with two birdies and after returning 74 they were five shots clear of the field.“Today conditions were pretty dreadful, it tipped down all day, and we just wanted to keep as steady as possible and hope no-one else would play a blinder,” said Shorrocks.Second place, on countback, went to Janet Melville (Royal Birkdale, Lancashire) and Jo Ashmore (Barnham Broom, Norfolk), who have both represented England at senior level. Third were Kate Evans (Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire) and Sandy Catford (Prince’s, Kent).last_img read more

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Larkin inducted to Hall of Fame

first_imgCOOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP)—Robert Larkin coached several sports while son Barry was growing up, none more important to the youngster than football.And it showed when Barry starred at Moeller High School in Cincinnati and received a scholarship to play for Bo Schembechler at Michigan. But after being redshirted his freshman year with the Wolverines, Larkin focused on baseball, became an All-Star shortstop with Cincinnati, and carved a Hall of Fame career in 19 years with the Reds. NEWEST HALL OF FAMER–Hall of Fame inductee Barry Larkin speaks with reporters following a tour of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. on May 5. Larkin was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on July 22, along with late Chicago Cubs star third baseman Ron Santo. (AP Photo/Tim Roske, File) Larkin, introduced to the game at the age of five by his dad, retired after the 2004 season with a .295 career average, 2,340 hits, 1,329 runs scored and 379 stolen bases, and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday.Robert Larkin,who started his protege in t-ball, said he was feeling absolute pride. “This is the ultimate,” he said. “I don’t think you can do much more than this.”If Barry Larkin had decided to stick with football, his dad figures the family would have had to make plans to be elsewhere on Sunday.“We’d be in Canton,” Robert Larkin said with a laugh as he pondered the pro football Hall of Fame in Ohio.PARKER’S PROJECT: In his Hall of Fame induction speech on Sunday, former Cincinnati shortstop Barry Larkin credited just about everybody who helped him, even former Pittsburgh star Dave Parker.Though Parker spent the first 11 years of his major league career starring for the Pirates, he was with the Reds when Larkin was a rookie in 1986 and was in Cooperstown on Sunday. He holds a special place in Larkin’s past.While Larkin was starring for Michigan in the early 1980s, becoming a two-time All-American and leading the Wolverines to a pair of appearances in the College World Series, Parker made a point of informing Reds shortstop Dave Concepcion—Larkin’s boyhood idol—that his job would soon be in jeopardy.“While I was up at the University of Michigan, the Reds came to Detroit to play the Tigers in an exhibition game,” recalled Larkin, who drove down to Tiger Stadium with the Wolverines equipment manager to meet some of the Reds players. “As soon as I walked into the clubhouse, Dave Parker grabs me by the hand and walks me right over to my idol’s locker, and he said, ‘Dave, you see this guy right here? This is Barry Larkin. He’s from Cincinnati. He’s going to take your job.last_img read more

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Foul Tip…No Magic ‘Wandy’

first_imgAubrey Bruce & Manny Sanguillen at PNC Park April 3 (Courier Photo/Julio Torres)On Thursday at PNC Park the Pirates were poised to take a 3-0 series from the Chicago Cubs. Something magical happened, at least for the Cubs. Unfortunately for the Pirates, Chicago did not believe those illusions or any other magic tricks that the Pirates pulled out could beat them, three times in a row.On opening day, which happened to be first day of the first Pirates series of 2014, the Pirates squeezed out a victory in the bottom of the tenth inning and after a day of rest,  the Buc’s labored for 16 innings well into the am in what eventually ended up as a 4-3 Pittsburgh victory. There have been more innings played in Pittsburgh but the 5-hour, 55-minute slugfest set the mark for the longest Major League Baseball game ever played in Pittsburgh.Pirates’ starter Wandy Rodriguez on the mound at PNC Park April 3 (Courier Photo/Julio Torres)The alchemy of the team was interrupted with reality when Wandy Rodriguez took the mound for the Pirates after the marathon game the night before.  The Cubs got to Rodriguez and lead 1-0 after the first and scored two additional runs to lead 3-0 before the Pirates finally got on the board scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the seventh.  Cubs manager Rick Renteria seemed to take a deep breath as his squad gave him his first 2014 regular season win. Renteria said; “I didn’t think it was going to be such a relief but it is quite a relief. It’s nice to win. These games were tough. Taking the last one was very gratifying.”Although the Cubs got to Rodriguez early, Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle still expressed confidence in his pitcher after a 10 month layoff. Hurdle said that; “(Rodriguez) finished up very efficiently, very strong, a very good outing. [This was] a big confidence boost for him and a momentum builder.”Rodriguez was relieved in the top of the seventh by Edison Volquez. Volquez who normally would be a starter filled a relief role in light of the limited number of pitchers available because of the lengthy game played the night before.The one bright spot of the day was the visit to the press box by former Pirate Manny Sanguillen, accompanied by his perpetuel trademark smile. Sanguillen is considered by many as one of the best, if not the greatest catcher in the team’s history.The honeymoon is over because no team can go an entire season without losing a game.  There is no magic wand to wave to insure a victory.  The Pirates will not sneak up on anyone this season.  They had better be ready because the remainder of the MLB will certainly be ready for them.Aubrey Bruce is the Senior Sports Columnist for the New Pittsburgh Courier.  He can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412.583.6741last_img read more

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Don’t Forget to Pack Proper Payment When You Come to the…

first_imgFacebook19Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Auditor’s OfficeAs the vacation season approaches, don’t forget to pack appropriately before you visit the Thurston County Auditor’s Office to apply for a passport. The most-missed item for passport seekers is a check book.Because of requirements by the federal government, the Auditor’s passport processing agents send your payment directly to U.S. Department of State along with your application, and they do not accept payment by cash or card. Auditor staff cannot process application packets without a check, money order or cashier’s check.“We know that people don’t have a lot of time to waste when they’re planning for long trips, so making sure you have everything you need before you apply for a passport is extremely helpful,” said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor. A list of everything you need to bring is available on the Auditor’s Office Passports webpage.The Thurston County Auditor’s office is the only passport services agency in Thurston County open five days a week for full business hours. You can also get your passport photos taken in the Auditor’s office for the convenience of one stop shopping. In addition to passport and photo services, the Auditor’s office provides licensing, document recording, elections, and county financial services.The demand for passports is expected to continue to rise as a result of implementation of REAL ID identification requirements. Standard driver’s licenses (non-enhanced) and ID cards will no longer be accepted at airports beginning October 2020. Passengers will need enhanced drivers licenses or passports to board commercial airlines.The Auditor’s passport office is located at 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Olympia, WA 98502 in Building 1, Room 106. For more information about passport services, please visit the Auditor’s Office Passports webpage.last_img read more

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Rohit Sharma’s IPL purse is twice that of the entire Pakistan team’s annual salary!

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement 2s11NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsbgjsl8Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9im( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) w6883vWould you ever consider trying this?😱2g18Can your students do this? 🌚43rRoller skating! Powered by Firework Rohit Sharma is one of the greatest Indian cricketers of all time, and also one of the richest. The 33 year old’s net worth has been estimated to be around ₹130 crores. But just how stupendous is that in comparison? For an instance, the Mumbai Indians skipper’s salary in the Indian Premier League is in fact, double that of the whole 18 man Pakistan cricket team earns in a whole year!Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFPThe destructive opening batsman of the Men in Blue, Rohit Sharma holds the record of the highest ODI score, a jaw dropping 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014. The ‘Hitman’ is also the only batsman to score three double centuries in ODIs, and four T20I centuries, making him one of the most valuable players of India’s milited overs squad, and is placed in the A+ grade of players in BCCI’s contract list.However, Sharma’s feats aren’t only limited to white ball cricket. He is also the most successful IPL captain, winning the cash rich league four times with his Mumbai based franchise, since taking the role of captaincy in 2013.Advertisement During the 2020 Indian Premier League auctions, MI had retained their talisman for an astounding ₹15 crore. What’s truly fascinating about Sharma’s whopping IPL salary is, it amounts to double the annual income of the whole 18 player team of Pakistan.In a list of all the centrally contracted players released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) back in May, the earning brackets of the three grades of Pakistan’s cricketers were recorded. Placed in Grade A of PCB’s contract list, the Pakistan limited overs skipper Babar Azam, along with Azhar Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi will receive an annual salary of ₹60,92,050 lakh each.Advertisement Six more players placed in Grade B, including the likes of Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan, Haris Sohail and Mohammad Abbas, will earn ₹41,54,193, followed by six more players of Grade C with an income of ₹30,46,398.Summing that all up, the total annual salary of all the Pakistani players amounts to ₹7,39,42,275, less than half of what Sharma’s IPL salary of ₹15 crore, and almost equal to what he earns in his annual contract with BCCI.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-BCCI outlines full plan of action for IPL 2020 in the UAER Ashwin reveals Dhoni’s role in establishing him as India’s number 1 test spinner Advertisementlast_img read more

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Neptunes take positive approach to 2016 Kootenay Summer Swim Association Season

first_imgIt hasn’t been easy running a summer swim program in Nelson during the past few years.Constant upgrades to the Nelson and District Aquatic Centre has forced the Nelson Neptunes to pack their bags for alternate pools to keep the program alive.This season, the Neptunes have adopted the slogan of “Have goggles will travel” as the team builds for the upcoming 2016 Kootenay Summer Swim Association Season.”Due to the renovation closure of their home pool in Nelson for the entire competitive season, the Neptunes will be swimming around the region,” said Chad Badry of the Neptunes executive on the eve of the season opening day for the Heritage City club, May 1.Badry said the Neptunes will start the season swimming five times a week at the Castlegar Aquatic Centre for the month of May and then move their home base to the Salmo outdoor pool for June, July and August.”For the second time in history that anyone on the team can recall, a swim meet will be held in Salmo at the end of June,” Badry said. “This will bring hundreds of athletes and families to Salmo and area.”Badry said the Neptunes have dipped into his graduation list to hire Nialan Collier as team skipper.Joining Collier is long time Neptune Sage Cowan for the first part of the summer until returning head coach Cynthia Pfeiffer joins the team later in the season.Badry said the three Neptunes recently completed their level 1 National Coaching Certification which will be a great contribution to the swim coaching and succession planning for the team.This year, the Neptunes are offering a new program in Salmo for the month of June called Introduction to Competitive Swimming.Swimmers who want to give speed swimming a try can practice with the team with reduced commitment and cost.Then they can take part in the swim meet in Salmo at the end of the month. Badry said Neptunes are hopeful that the prospect of a season like no other will make a difference in the enrolment numbers.Coaching staff is planning plenty of dryland training and a few open water swims in Nelson as well to help reduce the travel.Badry said last year these events included a game of quidditch, hikes up Pulpit Rock, early morning cardio, and some carefully chaperoned open water swims from Lakeside Park.For more information or to register a swimmer, go to www.nelsonneptunes.com.last_img read more

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A Taste of Dawn Magazine hold Santa Anita Ticket Contest

first_imgA Taste of Dawn Magazine held a Santa Anita Park ticket giveaway in December. The rules were simple; all that it required was to follow both Santa Anita Park and Dawn Garcia on Instagram and comment with a hashtag. The lucky winners got to enjoy two VIP tickets, one glass of champagne, free parking, and $20 cash to bet with!Via ATOD Magazinelast_img

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Another Late Winner Lifts No. 7 Stephen F. Austin Over Host Lamar

first_imgWSOC: Termini goal unassisted, @SFA_Soccer takes 1-0 lead over @LamarWSoccer with 20:21 expired. Winner advances to Sunday’s final vs. @ACU_Soccer.Watch on Southland Digital Network.?? https://t.co/5dEr6sBNqX???? Southland Conference apps pic.twitter.com/jiN1qBOoA6— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 3, 2018In the 32nd minute, the Cardinals answered as a diving Kelso Peskin found herself in the right spot at the right time on the end of a Lucy Ashworth cross. Box Score | Photo GalleryBEAUMONT, Texas – The Cinderella story rolls on for No. 7 Stephen F. Austin, who toppled host institution and defending Southland Conference champion Lamar 2-1 on Friday night at the LU Soccer Complex. The win seals the Ladyjacks’ third-straight trip to the league’s championship match.With SFA keeping the ball primarily in Lamar’s half, sophomore Katelyn Termini collected a loose ball and fired one past the right side of Sandra Nygard to put the Ladyjacks on the board in the 21st minute with her second goal of the tournament. WSOC: Peskin header ties this semifinal match up, 1-1. Ashworth with assist. @LamarWSoccer and @SFA_Soccer all square 32:40 deep.Watch on Southland Digital Network.?? https://t.co/5dEr6sBNqX???? Southland Conference apps pic.twitter.com/u36iyD3GGD— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 3, 2018Just moments into the second half, SFA’s Sophia Fondren nearly put the Ladyjacks back on top with a shot off the bar and a rocket that was deflected away by Nygard. Over the next 12 minutes, three more attempts off the foot of Fondren found their way into Nygard’s arms.On SFA’s 10th attempt of the half, Carli Arthurs registered just her second goal of the season, heading in a cross from Fondren to go ahead 2-1 in the 83rd minute.center_img WSOC: @SFA_Soccer goes up 2-1 on @Lamarwsoccer with just over 7 min remaining. Arthurs scores on header, assist by Fondren.Winner advances to Sunday’s championship vs. ACU.Watch NOW on Southland Digital Network.?? https://t.co/5dEr6sBNqX???? Southland Conference apps pic.twitter.com/uHjDhz0586— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 3, 2018The Ladyjacks (7-8-3) will face No. 5 Abilene Christian in Sunday’s Southland Conference Championship Match, the highest combination of seeds in the title game in league history. Sunday’s championship match can be seen on ESPN+, available via ESPN apps and ESPNPlus.com. David Saltzman and former SFA student-athlete Laura Sadler on the call.last_img read more

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Fit-again Read and Ioane to start against Lions

first_imgRead has not played since April due a broken thumb, but the All Blacks skipper has recovered in time to feature against Warren Gatland’s men in Auckland.Ardie Savea drops to the bench to accommodate Read at number eight, while Ioane gets his first start on the left wing as Julian Savea misses out completely.Centre Ryan Crotty also returns from injury to take his place in Steve Hansen’s team, so Anton Lienert-Brown is among the replacements for the opening Test of three.Iaone, 20, has already faced the Lions twice, impressing in a victory for the Blues and featuring in the Maori All Blacks’ loss last weekend, and is a surprise inclusion in the line-up.Julian Savea is only three tries short of becoming the joint-leading New Zealand Test try-scorer, but he will not be getting any closer to Doug Howlett’s tally of 49 this weekend.Hansen will announce on Thursday whether Aaron Cruden or Lima Sopoaga will take a place on the bench as cover for fly-half Beauden Barrett.All Blacks head coach Hansen said: “This was a really tough team to pick because there were a number of players in great form vying for positions. But in the end the three selectors felt this was the best combination to take on the Lions in the first Test.”There’s a real understanding that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The players are well aware of the history of the All Blacks and the Lions and are determined to respect that history with their performances.” New Zealand team:  Ben Smith, Israel Dagg, Ryan Crotty, Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; Joe Moody, Codie Taylor, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Sam Cane, Kieran Read (captain).Replacements: Nathan Harris, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Scott Barrett, Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, Aaron Cruden/Lima Sopoaga, Anton Lienert-Brown.last_img read more

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Sevilla’s defense is from the Champions League

first_imgAs if that were not enough, defenses like Diego Carlos or Reguilón have scored points with their goals, while Koundé made it possible to pass in the Copa del Rey against Bergantiños. If for his defense it were, Sevilla would practically have secured the Champions League. The statistics of the first round have been in charge of confirming that Monchi’s work in signing pieces for the rearguard, together with Lopetegui’s hand to assemble the defensive system of Seville, has been outstanding. And it is that the defense of Seville is worthy of qualifying for the Champions League as evidenced by the fact that it is the fourth team that has most often left its goal to zero in the 19 rounds that have been played in LaLiga.There have been eight occasions when Vaclik has gone home without having to collect the ball from his goal. The leader of this statistic is Real Madrid with 10 goals to zero, followed by Atlético de Madrid and Athletic with nine. Sevilla, meanwhile, tied eight goals to zero with Granada, although it is above because Lopetegui have conceded a total of 18 goals, while the Nasrids have received 25. In the overall calculation of conceded goals , Sevilla is also in fourth position only behind the aforementioned Real Madrid, Atlético and Athletic.last_img read more

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Muguruza, one step in Melbourne from the triple crown

first_imgThis must overcome in the last this Saturday (09:30, Eurosport), probably coated as a result of rains are introduced and a drastic drop in temperature, to the American Sofia Kenin, a primary in these lides that has nothing to lose and that the coronary heart broke on Thursday when followers eradicated the large favourite, native idol and world quantity one, Ashleigh Barty. Will probably be the fourth last of Muguruza (he misplaced to Serena Williams that of Wimbledon in 2015). A facet that offers it some benefit, however in girls’s tennis, so open and unpredictable, that’s not too clear. In truth, in the final 11 Slams seven champions premiered. In Australia, since Azarenka did it in 2012 and 2013, no one revalidates his title. Since 2017, no one wins two large in the identical 12 months, to offer some examples. As well as, the solely earlier match between them was gained by the American born in Moscow, the youngest finalist (21 years and 80 days) in the event since her beloved Maria Sharapova in 2008, who arrived and gained in 2008 with 20 and 283. It was in Beijing final 12 months, though it’s true that the Caracas was not at its finest and now has recovered the sport and the want. “The extra you understand, the extra you consider what I’ll attempt to make the expertise play in my favor to arrange the sport. After we are already competing, we every have a 50% likelihood and there we are able to solely let the racket converse,” he mentioned Friday Muguruza in statements to Eurosport.Garbiñe, who’s already 16th in the rating, would just about rise to 12th place if he defeats Kenin. Keep in mind that you got here to Melbourne with out being seeded for the first time in a serious since Roland Garros 2014, and if she succeeds, she can be the third participant in the Open Period (since 1969) to win the Australian Open with out being one of the 32 favorites, after Chris O’Neil (1978) and Serena (2007).Finest in direct servesThe 2 finalists arrive with even numbers. Muguruza is clearly higher in direct serves (33-8). She is the second participant who has contributed the most to elevating funds for these affected by the fires after Ashleigh Barty and her 37 aces (for every one, the group contributes to the trigger with 100 {dollars}, about 90 euros). In the remainder of the sections associated to the service, there’s a variety of equality between the two. “Kenin is a participant who’s bettering loads. It has a superb development, it’s aggressive and it hits the ball very arduous, it comes out simply from the racket, it strikes fairly nicely ”, explains Conchita, which has the recipe in order that Garbiñe can together with her: “It’s important to be affected person, however at the identical time take the initiative and be the participant who instructions, though generally you’ll be able to’t. Ideally, Garbiñe will play free and in command as a lot as attainable. ”Encased in a bubble (this Friday she educated to cowl to flee the warmth), with out having barely made tourism as a result of she arrived sick in the metropolis, the Spanish has devoted herself to relaxation as a lot as attainable, has moderated her celebrations and her phrases on the wheels Press “It was an unbelievable development seeing how unhealthy I actually was in the first match of the event. My solely concern was to have the ability to get out of that scenario and little by little with the relaxation days with my staff I’ll get well as quickly as attainable. “Very restrained, his energy has been focus and a tireless combative perspective. He has one final effort to Turn into a legend of Spanish tennis. When nearly no one anticipated it, at the starting of a brand new season, simply two months after renewing its work staff with the return of Conchita Martínez as a coach, Garbiñe Muguruza is one step away from making historical past for nationwide and world tennis at Open de Australia. In the first case, as a result of with a victory it will be the first Spanish to win three totally different Grand Slams, one thing that neither Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, 3 times champion in Roland Garros, one in the US Open and finalist in Australia and Wimbledon couldn’t obtain; not even Conchita herself, who achieved glory in London and stayed for a victory in Melbourne and Paris. In the worldwide area, if Garbiñe lifts the trophy, she could be the first tennis participant, amongst women and men, to win her first three majors on three totally different surfaces, together with Serena Williams and Hana Mandlikova. He already gained in the French land (2016) and in the British grass (2017) and would now do it on the arduous monitor aussie, the place solely a Spaniard, the nice Rafa Nadal (2009), ‘champion’.last_img read more

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Barça decides on Tuesday whether to replace Dembélé

first_imgEI Barça will not wait any longer to decide whether or not to cover the long-term withdrawal of Ousmane Dembélé. This Tuesday will make a final decision in this regard. In principle, there is a quorum between Setién and the technical secretariat, commanded by Eric Abidal and Ramon Planes. Everyone agrees to sign, but Barça’s economic straits and the special characteristics of the signing (a player who can only be from LaLiga and who cannot play Champions) condition the decision. What none of the parties involved want is for the decision to take longer. Setién has said that it is “preferable” to sign because another injury would leave Barça in the open. But he has also urged the staff of the technical secretariat to rush into the decision.According to Mundo Deportivo yesterday, Martin Braithwaite, Leganés striker, is another of the strikers that interest. International with Denmark on 39 occasions, the very fast tip joins a list in which Angel, Roger, Budimir, Loren and Lucas Pérez were already. Its clause is 20 million euros. The Leganés, after the sale of En Nesiry, is not willing to release the player, so he would refer to the clause. Braithwaite’s agent, Ali Dursun, is already in Barcelona in case the operation is given a green light. Barça has also contacted Ángel Torres, president of Getafe, to inform him that Ángel is one of the options they handle. The environment of Lucas Pérez (Alavés) sees precisely the Canary as a favorite. But in Barça the secrecy reigns. A week after operating at Dembélé, the name of the replacement is unknown and that allows feeding the rumorology. Budimir, Roger, Loren, Gameiro. Even Munir or Carlos Fernández have been on the radar. But first you have to decide whether or not there is signing. And the blue and grana smoke will be today.last_img read more

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“Haaland? It’s what was expected of someone who was conceived in the Leeds locker room”

first_imgOn July 21, 2000, the man of the momengo, Erling Braut Haaland, was born in Leeds. Borussia Dortmund striker began to surprise at the beginning of the year in Salzburg and in his jump to German football he is being able to raise his level further as he showed with his goals to Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the round of 16.Precisely, after this new performance, Jan-Aage Fjortoft, former partner of Alf-Inge Haaland, father of the striker, wanted to highlight his city of birth, Leeds, as a great reason for this level. “What did you expect from someone who was conceived in the Leeds locker room?” Said the former Norwegian footballer from Boro, Sheffield or Eintracht in Frankfurt, among others. 17 The 19-year-old forward was born in Leeds while his father and now representative, Alf-Inge Haaland, played for Leeds United, famous Yorkshire team that now plays in the Championship (English Second Division).Alf-Inge Haaland played from 1989 to 2013. The midfielder started in the lower categories of the Norwegian Bryne, where he debuted as a professional in 1989. There he was playing until 1994, when he signed for Nottingham Forest. In 1997 he arrived at Leeds, where he played until 2000. In July of that same year, Alf Inge was already a Manchester City player but still, Erling was born in Yorkshire County.center_img In 2003, he temporarily left football because of a serious injury caused by Roy Keane and in 2011 he tried again in Norway playing briefly for Rosseland. Now, he is focused on his son’s career. Alf-Inge was key to the arrival of his son in Dortmund and collaborated closely with Mino Raiola in the transfer.last_img read more

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Real Madrid, pending the Games due to the coronavirus

first_imgTo these names we must add those of Toni Kroos (30) or Varane (26). This summer Germany and France will play a tournament unknown to both of them and, following the example of Ramos and without the Euro Cup involved, perhaps their interest in the Games will grow … 4 With the Eurocup this summer, designed to be held from June 12 to July 12, In the face of postponement due to the coronavirus, the Games change their role in these months. While UEFA has set a meeting for Tuesday in which it will discuss whether its great national team event is going to 2021 or trying to square it this December, the signals sent by the Olympic universe are quite different. The IOC has been insisting, despite the development of events in this universal health crisis, that Tokyo 2020 will take place. That stream was forcefully added on Saturday Shinzo Abe, Japanese Prime Minister: “We are going to beat the contagion and celebrate the Olympics.” And Madrid is following very attentively this dance of competitions and dates. At the Bernabéu you see Tokyo 2020 (soccer, from July 24 to August 9) as a difficult inconvenience to avoid. It is recognized that many players want to feel Olympic, especially since they do not have opportunities to do so during their careers, but it is also pointed out that It totally contravenes the preparation for the following season. Footballers traveling to Japan would miss the preseason and, with high probability, the start of the course. If there were no Euro Cup, the Games would become even more attractive and Madrid would have to work around three groups of up to 19 players.In Madrid and in selectable ageHere the madridistas enter born from 1997 onwards and whose selections have been classified for the Games: Militao (1998), Vinicius (2000), Rodrygo (2001), Reinier (2002) and Brahim (1999). They are all in the prelists and in the case of the Brazilians, although they will stick to what the club dictates, they have already communicated to the coach, Andre Jardine, his predisposition to be among the final selected. Vinicius was called in the last call, a message from the CBF about his presence in Tokyo, since Madrid is not obliged to yield to its players. This does not happen, however, in Spain, where the teams have to release the nationals if requested by the RFEF. Loaned with real call optionsOn loan in different destinations, for their years of birth and having obtained their countries the ticket for the Games, they could be summoned Jesús Vallejo (Granada; 1997), Borja Mayoral (Levante; 1997) and Take Kubo (Mallorca, 2001). The two Spaniards are in the prelist of Luis de la Fuente and they have many options to go, while the Japanese is also in Japan and the tournament is very exciting. Ceballos (Arsenal; 1996) ‘is passed’ by age, but aims to get into the three ‘older’ that can be included in the citations. 26 Born before 1997 with the possibility of being calledIn addition to footballers born in 1997 or later, each selection can include up to three players in their ranks based on sporting criteria, regardless of their ages. At least eight men from Zidane fit this scenario: Sergio Ramos (33 years old; he wants but, as AS said, he has it almost impossible), Nacho (30), Carvajal (28), Lucas Vázquez (28), Isco (27) Asensio (24), Marcelo (31) and Casemiro (28). All are in the respective pre-calls, from De la Fuente and Jardine, although none of the Spaniards among the chosen is expected.last_img read more

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La Peña Ramón Mendoza donates 5,000 euros against COVID-19

first_imgAs this newspaper reported, the agreement between the Madrid supporters clubs and the club’s Foundation is being a success, given that donations are being numerous (each within its possibilities), which is reflecting the solidarity spirit of the supporters and the eagerness to help obtain sanitary material and reinforce the infrastructures in the logistics necessary to fight against the coronavirus.The effort of the Peña Ramón Mendoza, famous for welcoming first-team or recently retired players on each anniversary (Raúl, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Keylor Navas, Nacho, Roberto Carlos passed by), He has done his bit in this battle that involves us all. The Peña Madridista Ramón Mendoza, located in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), has donated 5,000 euros to Real Madrid, through its Foundation, to help in the fight against the coronavirus. Your president, Efigenio Albaladejo, received medical discharge two days ago after being two weeks joined IFEMA because of COVID-19. “I have had a terrible time and this disease is terrible, which has further fueled my supporters desire to help this campaign started by the club to help in the fight against this pandemic, “Efigenio explained to AS.last_img read more

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Djokovic wins record sixth Key Biscayne title

first_imgKEY BISCAYNE, Florida (AP):Novak Djokovic won a record-tying sixth Key Biscayne title and his third in a row yesterday, beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3 in the Miami Open final.The top-ranked Djokovic improved to 28-1 this year. His only loss came when he retired during his quarter-final against Feliciano Lopez in Dubai with an eye infection.Djokovic won his 28th ATP Masters title, breaking the record he shared with Rafael Nadal, and won both Indian Wells and the Miami Open for the third year in a row. He didn’t lose a set in the tournament and tied Andre Agassi’s record of six men’s titles at Key Biscayne.The No. 6-seeded Nishikori lost to Djokovic for the sixth consecutive time and was doomed by an erratic serve. He double-faulted five times and Djokovic repeatedly pounced on his second serve to break five times.The weather was less oppressive than in recent days, with highs only in the 70s, but Djokovic made sure the match didn’t become an endurance test. He broke in three of Nishikori’s first four service games, dominating rallies in part because Nishikori’s shots lacked the precision of earlier matches.Nishikori required treatment from a trainer on his left thigh late in the second set, but his bigger problem was his opponent.- APlast_img read more

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Ardenne hold St George’s

first_imgSt George’s College, strong favourites for the 2015 ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup title, dropped vital points yesterday when they were held to a 1-1 draw by lowly Ardenne High. The draw ensured that the battle for top honours in Group C remains wide open as North Street-based St George’s lead by one point (16) from their seven games. They are currently one ahead of Innswood High School (15) from six games, while Denham Town High have 13. Ardenne are on eight points from seven games. Elsewhere, an impressive Vauxhall High School climbed to the top of Group F with 16 points from seven matches courtesy of a 4-0 demolition of Spanish Town High at the Vauxhall playing field yesterday. The Vauxhall team achieved sweet revenge, according to coach Keon Broderick, after they went down 2-0 to Spanish Town in their first match of the season. Jonathan Grant (15) and former champions Excelsior High School (12) are second and third, respectively, in the group. A 33rd-minute own goal sent the home team Vauxhall ahead, and that score held until Akeem Whyte slammed home a volley to double their lead three minutes into the second half. Junior Lywood finished off a quick counter-attack to send the Vauxhall team 3-0 up in the 50th minute. Vauxhall rounded out their biggest win of the season through substitute Rushawn Williams, who came off the bench midway the second half to score a brilliant solo effort. He buried his shot low and hard to the far right-hand corner, leaving goal keeper Keyshawn Doyley rooted to the spot. Coach Broderick said he was delighted they were able to beat Spanish Town and keep a clean sheet. “We now have five wins, one loss and one draw, and once the guys remain disciplined and focused, I think we have a good chance of making it to the second round,” Broderick told The Sunday Gleaner. Group C Ardenne 1 St George’s 1 Kingston Technical 0 Denham Town 4 Group B Papine 4 Cumberland High 0 Group F Vauxhall 4 Spanish Town 0 YESTERDAY’S RESULTS:last_img read more

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BPL PREVIEWS

first_imgCRYSTAL PALACE VS SOUTHAMPTONSouthampton have every reason to be confident having beaten Crystal Palace in their last SEVEN league clashes; Palace last won against Southampton in December 2008 at Selhurst Park, in the Championship. But in 12 previous clashes between the Eagles and the Saints in the Premier League at home and away, Palace have never won, losing eight and drawing the other four.NORWICH CITY VS EVERTONIn their last six league games Norwich have scored three goals, while they have conceded 27, the most in the Barclays Premier League. Norwich have kept just one clean sheet all season; only bottom-placed Aston Villa have the same number of clean sheets. And away Everton have scored 11 goals; only Leicester (18), Arsenal (16) and West Ham (13) have scored more away from home.SUNDERLAND VSWATFORDSunderland have won their last four home league games against Watford, whose last victory there came more than 21 years ago, in November 1994. They have scored only nine home goals but they have conceded only eight. This is only the third time these teams will have met in the Premier League; on the last occasions, in the 1999-2000 season Sunderland won both at home and away.WEST HAM VSSTOKE CITYWest Ham have won just two home games in what is their last season at the Boleyn Ground before next season’s move to the Olympic Stadium. Stoke arrive having won three of their last four league games, including last Saturday’s impressive 2-0 win over Manchester City that knocked them off the top of the table. The Potters have managed just six away goals this season – only West Bromwich Albion (4) and Newcastle (3) have found the net fewer times on their travels.LIVERPOOL VSWEST BROMLiverpool return to Anfield where they have scored just eight goals. Only Watford (6), Stoke (7) and Aston Villa (5) have fewer home goals in the Premier League. However, the Reds have conceded only nine at home. In 10 league visits to Anfield, Albion have lost eight and won two, most recently in February 2013 – their last win over Liverpool home or away.TOTTENHAM VSNEWCASTLETottenham are now unbeaten in 14 successive Barclays Premier League, winning six and drawing eight to record their best run in the top flight since March 1985 (when they were also unbeaten in 14 First Division matches). Spurs have 14 home goals; only Manchester City (23) and Everton (16) have more.last_img read more

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NBA: Knicks’ Porzingis looks to improve mentally next season, observes Conor McGregor’s routine

first_imgMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return — NBA (@NBA) August 3, 2017 Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans The New York Knicks’ big man spoke to NBA.com’s Shaun Powell and revealed that he was indeed studying McGregor’s mind-game routine and antics.“I want to improve the mental side. I’m actually amazed by Conor McGregor,” he said. “I’ve been watching so many of his videos, trash talking, how mentally strong he is. I’ve been really interested in that kind of stuff.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The 22-year-old center has shown flashes of superstardom in his first two seasons in the league, but the team’s constant losing has taken a toll on the promising player.He averaged 18.1 points and 7.2 boards for the Knicks last season, but was briefly involved in trade talks after skipping the team’s customary exit interview. .@kporzee & @swish41 get up some shots together in Johannesburg#BWBAfrica #NBAAfricaGame pic.twitter.com/ZI8unwSwSr— NBA.com (@NBAcom) August 3, 2017 Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the New York Knicks  Elsa/Getty Images/AFPUFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor’s stock has certainly risen in recent months, and he has garnered a string of new fans along the way.Among these new admirers is 7’3″ Latvian center Kristaps Porzingis, who is seeking some inspiration to gain a mental edge for the next NBA season.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “I’m still 22 and still really young, but I’m trying to learn as much as I can on the court and trying to learn as much as I can off the court as well,” he said.Porzingis, meanwhile, is currently in Johannesburg, South Africa, to participate in the Team World vs. Team Africa exhibition game.A recent video of him training alongside NBA veteran Dirk Nowitzki—whom he’s been compared to in numerous occasions—has been a viral hit online.  Khristian Ibarrola /raLearning from the legend!Dirk Nowitzki & Kristaps Porzingis swishing from downtown during a Johannesburg workout. #NBAAfricaGame pic.twitter.com/FBjFpmg5hpADVERTISEMENT Pistorius under observation in hospital—official Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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Korean star Kim takes notice of PH volleybelles’ improvement

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano And even though she led the beating, Kim had high praise for the Philippines.“I think they are so much better now, I saw them like two or three years ago and they did not play like that,” said Kim of the 79th-ranked Philippines in the FIVB world rankings. “I mean, they’ve improved a lot especially that they are very young. I’m sure they can improve after this.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her The Fenerbahce outside hitter, though, told Hong that she was ready to play against the Philippines in their first game in the classification round.READ: AVC: Philippines loses second straight as Korea stays undefeatedFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I spoke with our coach and he said to be ready for the game so I told him that I was ready,” said Kim Sunday at Alonte Sports Arena.Kim played late against Vietnam in Korea’s final group stage game as she entered the match in the fourth set to lead the 10th-ranked team in the world to a 25-23, 25-19, 17-25, 25-22 win. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Korea captain Kim Yeon-koung had played just 10 minutes during the group stages of the AVC Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship so it came as a huge surprise when she stepped up against the host in the classification stages.Kim sat out the first two games in the preliminaries as she got permission from Korea head coach Hong Sungjin to take a breather after just competing in the FIVB World Grand Prix.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Playing against royalty in 2017 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Against the Philippines, however, Kim was thrust much earlier when she entered the floor near the end of the first set when the Filipinos were attempting to break the Koreans in the opening period.READ: Facing KYK huge challenge, morale-booster for PH volleybellesKim would finish of the first set and eventually lead the Koreans to a sweep, 25-23, 25-18, 25-12.“It was close in the first set and in the beginning of the second set so I expected to play,” said Kim who had 12 points against the Philippines.The Philippines were leading 10-7 in the second set when Kim made her second appearance, and for good measure she started the third set for Korea.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangaslast_img read more

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Curry, Thompson help Warriors over Rockets

first_imgScottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Curry added nine rebounds and five assists and a steal in his third game back after missing 11 with a sprained right ankle.Golden State led by 10 after a dunk by David West with about 7 1/2 minutes remaining. The Rockets scored the next five points, with a 3-pointer from Gerald Green, to get to 108-103, but the Warriors scored the next five points to go up by 10 again.The Warriors were up by 3 after three and opened the fourth quarter with an 8-1 run to make it 101-91 with about 10 minutes left.Chris Paul re-entered the game after that and he helped get things going when he found Gordon for a 3-pointer which started a 7-2 run that cut the lead to 103-98. Paul finished with 28 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.Gerald Green’s second 3-pointer in less than a minute put Houston up by two midway through the third quarter. The Warriors scored the next seven points, with a 3-pointer from Thompson, to take a 79-74 lead about a minute later.They didn’t stay on top for long though as the Rockets scored the next 11 points to go up 85-79. Gerald Green delighted the crowd when he knocked down a 3 from the corner before being fouled Iguodala and crashing to the ground. He also made the free throw.The Warriors ended a 2 1/2 minute scoring drought on a dunk by Kevon Looney before Curry added a layup.But Gerald Green pushed the lead to 88-83 when he banked in another 3-pointer.The Warriors closed out the quarter with a 10-2 spurt, capped by 3s from Nick Young and Curry, to take a 93-90 lead into the fourth quarter.The Rockets led 63-62 at halftime. LATEST STORIES Warriors: At Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.Rockets: At Detroit on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next San Beda averts disaster, survives five-setter against JRU 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 award Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ But on Thursday night with the Rockets missing the most important piece on their team in James Harden, Chris Paul and his supporting cast were not enough to overcome the defending champions.Curry scored 29 points, Klay Thompson had 28 and the Warriors pulled away late in the fourth quarter for a 124-114 victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkDraymond Green added a triple-double with 17 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists to become the franchise career leader in triple-doubles with 21. It was his second this season to move him past Tom Gola.The Warriors extended their road winning streak to nine games and have won an NBA-best 16 road games this season. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson reacts after making a 3-point basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Houston. The Warriors won 124-114.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — Stephen Curry is well aware that Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has crafted his team specifically to try and beat the Golden State Warriors.“As much as he talks about it, yeah it’s hard not to,” Curry said. “It’s pretty … clear.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TIP-INSWarriors: Omri Casspi missed his second straight game with a strained back. … Curry played in his 600th career game with the Warriors, making him the 10th player in franchise history to reach that mark.Rockets: Nene normally doesn’t play the second game of back-to-back games but was also dealing with a bruised right knee that coach Mike D’Antoni could cause him to miss more time. … Paul received a technical foul in the fourth quarter.NICE CATCHR&B singer Usher watched the game from a courtside seat next to Golden State’s bench and got involved in the action when he caught Trevor Ariza and Curry as they sailed out of bounds and into his seat chasing a loose ball in the third quarter. Usher put his hands up to protect himself as they barreled his way and laughed as he collected himself after the two players got up.“I think he made it out of that collision all right,” Curry said. “I just wanted to make sure his voice was fine. I didn’t want to mess with that, that’s his moneymaker.”GREEN’S SHOTGerald Green became the first player in franchise history to make seven or more 3-pointers in consecutive games after he made seven on Wednesday night against Orlando. Golden State coach Steve Kerr raved about the work of Green, who was signed on Dec. 28.“Gerald Green just kept them in the game almost singlehandedly,” Kerr said. “He’s one of those guys it seems like you should just leave him open because it’s all of the challenged ones that he makes. He makes all these crazy, difficult shots when you’re flying at him and then there’s some that are open that he misses.”UP NEXT The teams stayed close through most of the game, but the Warriors had a seven-point lead with about 3 1/2 minutes left. They scored the next five points, highlighted by a 3 from Curry, to make it 120-109 and send many of the home fans streaming for the exits.The Rockets got 30 points from Eric Gordon, and Gerald Green came off the bench to score 29 and tie a career high with eight 3-pointers as they played their second game without Harden, who is out for at least two weeks with a hamstring strain.“We’ve got to get better as a team,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We’re just not quite there defensively, communication, all the stuff we can control we’re not doing.”The Warriors were short-handed, too, playing without Kevin Durant, who missed the game with strained right calf. But Andre Iguodala returned after sitting out Wednesday night with back and hip strains and had 10 points and eight assists.“Obviously they were missing their best player without James so we felt like there was an opportunity for us,” Thompson said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Batang Gilas gets tough draw for Fiba U17 World Cup

first_imgScientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Perez rescues Zark’s-Lyceum to force do-or-die in D-League quarters Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident 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 award Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Joining the Philippines and Argentina are No. 8 Croatia and No. 9 France.Batang Gilas made the world championship after escaping Japan on a last-second basket on Friday in the Fiba U16 Asian Championship in China.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 crownThe team settled for fourth following a 60-54 loss to China in the semifinals and a 76-60 rout at the hands of New Zealand on Sunday.Fiba Asia U16 champion Australia, Puerto Rico, Turkey and Dominican Republic are in Group Al Mali, China, United States and Serbia round out Group B; while Canada, New Zealand, Egypt and Montenegro complete Group B. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Photo from Fiba.comThe Philippines has its work cut out for it in the Fiba U17 Basketball World Cup in June.The young Filipinos found themselves slotted among the top ranked teams in the world including host and No. 7 Argentina in Group D.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

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NU sweeps Ateneo to win UAAP Season 80 men’s volleyball title

first_imgJo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Manila Throwdown 2018 Individual Edition Finals is back LATEST STORIES View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “This is our sweetest championship because we waited so long for this day that we will win it again,” said NU head coach Dante Alinsunurin in Filipino.Bryan Bagunas fired 22 points after scoring 19 in the Bulldogs’ straight-sets win in Game 1 four days ago and was named Finals MVP.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 crown“We really instilled in our minds that this will be our time to get the championship. We told each and every one of us that we’re not going to give up until we win,” Bagunas told reporters in Filipino.Bagunas led the way but he wasn’t NU’s only weapon. The NU Bulldogs celebrate after winning their third UAAP men’s volleyball title. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University survived Ateneo in four grueling sets, 25-20, 31-29, 22-25, 33-31, in Game 2 to sweep their best-of-three UAAP Season 80 men’s volleyball Finals Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.It took seven match points before the Bulldogs finally put the Blue Eagles away after falling short against them in the finals for the past three seasons and win their third volleyball crown overall.ADVERTISEMENT James Natividad added 18 points, including a hit that made it, 32-31, before an attempt by Ateneo’s Ron Medalla went out that sealed NU’s first title since winning back-to-back in Season 75 and 76.Newly-minted five-time MVP Marck Espejo finished with a game-high 30 points after only tallying two points in the opening set. Espejo kept Ateneo alive, saving four championship points.But while the Blue Eagles leaned heavily on Espejo, the Bulldogs drew solid outings from several players with the likes of Kim Malabunga, Madz Gampong and Francis Saura.Five of Malabunga’s 10 points came off blocks while Gampong and Saura chipped in eight apiece. Gampong came up with the game’s best defensive play when he denied Espejo with a single block to close the second set.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener02:14Carpio 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 award Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

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Loss to Ateneo ‘good lesson’ for San Beda ahead of NCAA, says Fernandez

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ateneo dominates San Beda, sweeps way to Filoil title But SJ Belangel’s triple in the 1:38 mark stopped San Beda’s march and gave the Blue Eagles a 73-59 lead.Tournament MVP Angelo Kouame then, followed up with a defensive haymaker coming up with an emphatic block on San Beda big man Donald Tankoua in the following possession for the Red Lions.“We fell short, and I know that my players really fought back in the second half, but a 19-point deficit against Ateneo, of all teams, that’s really a difficult situation to be in,” said Fernandez in Filipino. “Again looking ahead to the NCAA, this will be a good lesson for them.”“What happened to us against Ateneo was a learning curve and there are teams that really prepared against us and what Ateneo did to us other teams will also probably do that to us as well.”ADVERTISEMENT Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan A loss as disappointing as that one could easily dampen any team’s spirit, but for Red Lions head coach Boyet Fernandez that setback was a welcome development as they turn their attention to the NCAA.“This is a learning curve for us,” said Fernandez, whose team trailed. 45-26, at the end of the first half, at the Arena in San Juan. “I think this is one usual thing, we lost this game and we lost a championship so this is a lesson learned.”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 crown“We know what we have to do, we came back in the third and the fourth, and so we kind of adjusted.”The Red Lions, through their pressing defense, were able to chip away at Ateneo’s lead in the fourth even cutting it to as low as 11 in the final two minutes. MOST READ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial 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 awardcenter_img Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda’s aspirations of becoming a repeat champion in the Filoil Preseason Cup fell apart when Ateneo showed its might in the championship game on Saturday.The Blue Eagles, the reigning UAAP champions, easily brushed off the NCAA champions Red Lions aside with a 76-62 beating for the title.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Nigeria captain hid dad’s abduction, played World Cup match

first_img“I could not even inform the coaches or NFF (Nigeria Football Federation) staff, and only a very tight circle of … my friends knew. I was told that they would shoot my dad instantly if I reported to the authorities or told anybody.”The kidnappers demanded a ransom of $28,000 for Mikel’s father, according to Nigerian police in the southeastern state where his father was rescued.But police spokesman Ebere Amaraizu told The Associated Press that Michael Obi was rescued along with his driver after a shootout and no ransom was paid. The two men had been held by the kidnappers for nearly a week after being abducted on a road while traveling from the central city of Jos to a funeral in the southeastern state of Enugu.Kidnappings for ransom targeting family members of wealthy people are common in Nigeria, an oil-rich nation of nearly 200 million people and Africa’s most populous country.Mikel, one of Nigeria’s most successful players, was at Chelsea in the Premier League from 2006-17. He moved to Chinese club Tianjin Teda last year.His father was also kidnapped in 2011, when the kidnappers demanded a $4 billion ransom from Chelsea.On that occasion, Michael Obi was kidnapped in Jos and rescued in the northern city of Kano, 190 miles away, 10 days later.Mikel said he desperately wanted to talk about his father’s latest kidnapping with Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr at the World Cup but thought it would upset the team, and so kept quiet.“I did not want my issue to become a distraction to the coach or the rest of the team on the day of such an important game,” Mikel said. “So as much as I wanted to discuss it with the coach, I could not do it. Thankfully he (Mikel’s father) is now safely released.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 award Mikel decided to hide the news from his teammates and coach so as not to destabilize the team and went ahead and played the game in Russia, the midfielder said in a statement released by his management company on Tuesday.Mikel’s father, Michael Obi, was rescued from armed kidnappers by Nigerian police following a shootout in a remote, forest area in southeastern Nigeria on Monday, nearly a week after his abduction.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 crownThat allowed the player to talk about the incident publicly.Police said Michael Obi, who was rescued along with his driver, had “recovered from the trauma of the kidnap.” Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trialcenter_img FILE – In this June 22, 2018 file photo, Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel waves to his team’s supporters after their 2-0 win in Group D over Iceland at the World Cup in Volgograd, Russia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel played in a crucial World Cup match against Argentina four hours after being told his father had been kidnapped for ransom back home and would be shot if anyone talked to the police.“I had to shut it out of my head and go and represent my country first,” Mikel said.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In a post on his official Twitter account later Tuesday, Mikel said his father was “recuperating with family.”It was the second time Michael Obi had been kidnapped in Nigeria.Mikel said he received a telephone call in St. Petersburg last Tuesday telling him of his father’s abduction as the Nigeria team was heading to the stadium to play in the World Cup against Lionel Messi and Argentina.Nigeria lost 2-1 after a late Argentina goal and was eliminated from the World Cup as a result. Mikel played the whole game knowing that his father was in serious danger.“I was emotionally distraught but had to make a decision about whether I was mentally ready to play the game,” Mikel said in his statement. “I was confused. I did not know what to do, but in the end I knew that I could not let 180 million Nigerians down.ADVERTISEMENT PayMaya forces semis rubber match vs BanKo after 5-set win In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

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Cebuano KO artist looks to end fight early vs Mexican foe

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Komanisi went toe-to-toe with Jhack and paid the price after a crushing right hook sent him flat on his back in the second round of their fight held in East London, South Africa last September.The power-punching Cebuano, who is gunning for the vacant WBA title, boasts a record of 21 wins and 16 knockouts. His last five fights ended in KOs.Ortega, who is fighting out of Tijuana, Mexico, is no pushover with an impressive win-loss card as well, winning 26 fights against only 1 loss and a draw with 12 knockouts.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names LATEST STORIES 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 award ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Filipino fighter Jhack Tepora. Photo by Mark GiongcoKUALA LUMPUR—Jhack Tepora’s first world title fight could end quickly.Tepora, the undefeated Filipino featherweight, refused to offer any predictions for his upcoming showdown against Edivaldo Ortega in the main supporting bout of the Manny Pacquiao-Lucas Matthysse “Fight of Champions,” but he believes it won’t go the distance.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “It won’t last 12 rounds,” said Tepora in Filipino Wednesday while working out at a makeshift gym at Le Meridien Hotel.His trainer and older brother Jing-jing hinted that the knockout could come in the middle rounds, five to seven to be specific.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The probability of Jhack winning by stoppage is high given his reputation as a knockout artist.Jing-Jing also said Jhack thrives against fighters like Ortega and his previous opponent Lusanda Kominisi of South Africa, who have the same come-forward style. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West In battle of endurance, Brownlee outlasts Onuaku In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

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Failure to form competitive Gilas team led to SBP Asiad pullout, says Guiao

first_imgTrump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team MOST READ 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 award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Atlanta Hawks agree to deal with veteran Vince Carter “I want to bring a team that can compete and we can be proud of. In the process of completing the lineup, there were doubts on whether we can really compete with the players we requested.”READ: ‘Miracles can happen’ with Guiao as Asian Games coachGuiao added that their request for players “from other teams was denied” but did not elaborate.Guiao’s roster for the national team was supposed to be composed of Rain or Shine’s core, three players from NLEX and Gilas Cadets Abu Tratter, Ricci Rivero, and Kobe Paras.While trying to complete his roster for Jakarta, Guiao said other teams like Iran will send its senior team to the Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Yeng Guiao, the chosen head coach for the Asian Games, however, has another reason why the SBP decided against sending a Philippine team to the continental sporting event.READ: SBP makes U-turn, withdraws from Asian GamesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Guiao said he and SBP were struggling to form a competitive roster for the Asian Games and this was one of the factors why the governing basketball body withdrew from Jakarta.“If we can’t form a competitive team, why must we embarrass ourselves if we will go unprepared and not equipped,” said Guiao late Thursday in a phone conversation. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? READ: Clarkson, Standhardinger in Asiad lineup unlikely SBP’s decision was first relayed to Rain or Shine owner Raymond Yu and to Elasto Painters head coach Caloy Garcia.Guiao said Rain or Shine accepted the decision after SBP president Al Panlilio explained what happened.“I told Rain or Shine that the country itself should thank them for their service because they went beyond their call of duty,” said Guiao.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThe Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas pulled the rug from under the Philippine basketball community when it decided to withdraw from the 2018 Asian Games a few minutes before the stroke of midnight.SBP said it would focus on trying to recover the national team’s image after the brawl against Australia in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifier led to suspensions of 10 players and two coaches and whopping fines for the organization.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View commentslast_img read more

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Superliga named finalist in ‘Oscars for sports’

first_imgPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIts inclusion in the Top 10 of the SPIA Asia is expected to add a big boost to the Philippine Superliga (PSL), especially with its Collegiate Grand Slam (CGS) set to start on Nov. 3.PSL chair Philip Ella Juico thanked organizers of SPIA Asia Awards and Conference, who named the PSL one of the 10 finalists in the Best Women Sports Event Category for its Awards Night on Nov. 19 and 20 in Bangkok.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Madayag wants to set example for young stars The PSL is the only finalist from the Philippines.Also in the elite list of finalists are the organizers of 19th AFC Women’s Asian Cup of Jordan, the AFC Women’s Futsal Championship of Thailand, the Asian Women’s Hockey Championship Trophy of South Korea and the BNP Paribas WTA Finals of Singapore.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It is the Oscars of Sports in Asia,” said Juico, former chair of the Philippine Sports Commission, referring to the Hollywood film awards night.Juico said the nomination for the prestigious award came at a perfect time as they are about to roll out the grassroots-oriented CGS, featuring University of Santo Tomas, the University of the Philippines, University of the East, Far Eastern University, Colegio de San Agustin and La Salle-Dasmarinas. MOST READlast_img read more

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PBA: Phoenix gains solo fourth after comeback win over Rain or Shine

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ UAAP: UP barges into top 4 after stunning FEU Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PBA IMAGESPhoenix gained inside track for the last top four slot after rallying past Rain or Shine, 103-97, in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup at Cuneta Astrodome.Calvin Abueva scored 18 points, including the game-clinching free throw with 14 seconds left as the Fuel Masters completed their comeback from 10 points down at the start of the final frame.ADVERTISEMENT 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 award Eugene Phelps also posted a double-double with 18 points and 20 rebounds for Phoenix, which claimed solo fourth with a 7-3 record, creating a half-game lead over Blackwater (6-3) in the standings.RJ Jazul hit a 3-pointer to give the Fuel Masters the lead for good, 91-90, with 4:48 remaining, capping a 17-6 run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissChris Tiu tallied a game-high 24 points for the Elasto Painters, who dropped to 2-7.Import Terrence Watson had another subpar outing, finishing with only four points and seven rebounds before fouling out with still 2:19 left in the game. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

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Raptors beat Lakers as LeBron James struggles with limited minutes

first_img“With the injuries we have and with LeBron watching his minutes, we’ve got to get creative with some of our lineups and make sure we have groups out there that give us a chance to win still,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “Ultimately, we’re trying to get a win each and every time out.”Pascal Siakam scored 16 points and Marc Gasol added 15 to help Toronto win its ninth consecutive meeting with the Lakers, extending a franchise record. The Raptors have not lost to the Lakers since Nov. 30, 2014. They also set a franchise record with their 20th victory of the season against a Western Conference opponent.Rajon Rondo scored 13 points but the Lakers failed to win back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 15 and 17 when they beat Chicago and won at Oklahoma City.Los Angeles overturned a 20-point deficit to win at Chicago on Tuesday night, snapping a five-game losing streak. The Lakers kept it close through three quarters against Toronto, the Atlantic Division leader, but couldn’t hang on in the fourth as the Raptors started the quarter with a 13-4 spurt.The Lakers made 7 of 31 attempts from 3-point range.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) controls the ball as Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, left, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — LeBron James is finding it hard to stay chill about his season-ending cooldown.Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points, Norman Powell had 20 and the Toronto Raptors beat James and the Los Angeles Lakers 111-98 on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT “We gave ourselves a chance to stay around and stay in the game,” Walton said, “but to win against a good team on the road, for the most part, you’re going to have to knock down more than that.”Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma shot 3 for 11 and scored seven points. He missed all three of his attempts from long range.“It just wasn’t my night,” Kuzma said. “You can’t be perfect all 82. I’ve got to be better, for sure.”Kuzma got an earful from his coach after he failed to defend a 3 by Toronto’s Danny Green in the third quarter.Toronto guard Malcolm Miller, who played 24 minutes in a G-League game earlier Thursday, made two 3-pointers in the fourth.The Raptors were without guard Kyle Lowry, who sat because of a sore left ankle and forward Serge Ibaka, who began serving a three-game suspension for throwing a punch at Cleveland’s Marquese Chriss on Monday night.The Raptors were up 65-54 at halftime and took a 90-84 lead into the fourth.TIP-INSLakers: Los Angeles has not won consecutive road games since victories at Miami on Nov. 18 and Cleveland on Nov. 21. … C Tyson Chandler missed his fifth straight game because of a sore neck, and G Lance Stephenson sat for the sixth time in seven games because of a sprained toe on his left foot. … James missed three straight free throws in the fourth. … The Lakers are 1-6 in March.Raptors: Gasol started in place of Ibaka, and Jeremy Lin started in place of Lowry. … Toronto signed F/C Eric Moreland to a 10-day contract. … The Raptors are 10-0 against Pacific Division opponents. The last team to go 10-0 against a single division was Golden State, which did it against the Southeast in 2015-16. … Toronto’s 28 home wins are the most in the NBA. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college James scored 29 points and Alex Caruso had a career-high 16 for Los Angeles. The struggling Lakers lost for the sixth time in seven games, further denting their fading playoff hopes.Earlier this month, after consulting with James’ personal trainer, the Lakers said James would play limited minutes the rest of the season and might sit out one of any back-to-back gamesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It’s challenging for me mentally, because I’m so accustomed to being out on the floor, especially when I’m healthy,” James said. “This is the direction they wanted to go the remainder of the season, given the lack of success we’ve had with our ball club.”James played 32 minutes Thursday and has not played more than 33 in any of the past four games. His status for Friday’s game at Detroit is not known. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Kyrie Irving gets 2nd career triple-double as Celtics overcome Kings HALFWAY HOMEToronto has won 17 straight when leading at halftime, extending a franchise record.WHAT’S IN A NAME?The Raptors said their practice facility had been renamed the OVO Athletic Centre. It’s a nod to the team’s partnership with Grammy award-winner Drake. The Toronto-born rapper has been involved with the Raptors since being named the team’s ‘global ambassador’ in September 2013. OVO is an acronym for October’s Very Own, Drake’s record label and clothing line.UP NEXTLakers: At Detroit on Friday night.Raptors: At Detroit on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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Education Ministry Launches School-Community Partnership

first_imgThe Ministry of Education (MOE) has launched a countrywide sensitization program dubbed; “School-Community Partnership Initiative,” to make communities recognize their ownership role and responsibility in the promotion of quality education in the country. The exercise is accordingly part of greater effort to remove barriers to ‘effectively and efficiently’ implore school governance, maintenance and development processes across the country.The disclosure was made to the Daily Observer recently following the Assistant Minister of Education Minister for Student Personnel Services, T. Wilson Gaye series of encounters with the various education districts in Montserrado County.According to Mr. Gaye, the intent of the outreach program is to sensitize communities about their ownership role and responsibility in the promotion of quality education in the country.As part of the exercise, Mr. Gaye indicated that a team from the Bureau of Student Personnel Services comprising key staff has commenced an interactive dialogue with a cross-section of school administrators, teachers, students, parents, community leaders and district education officers in Montserrado County.According to him, six of the nine school districts within the Montserrado County School System have so far been covered by the exercise, while the next phase of the dialogue is expected to cover the remaining three educational districts in the county as well as the other school districts across the country.“During the interactive dialogues at the respective districts, the team informed the participants that the MOE initiated the nationwide sensitization to make communities recognize their ownership role and responsibility in the promotion of quality education.”Mr. Gaye also asserted that the team would engage the MOE authority to recognize the value of working with community members in the effective management of schools, and sharing responsibility for as well as taking full ownership of the education system.As such, the Assistant Minister Gaye underscored the importance of community engagement in education.He added that the process is critical to removing barriers and achieve quality education for all.“Successful engagement empowers communities to participate in multi facets of education support in all parts of the country.”The team, he noted, when school administrators, teachers and parents mutually support and recognize the role and relevance of one another, opportunities for learning can be maximized.“That is to say, teachers need support and recognition from communities to perform effectively, while parents need guidance from teachers and other school personnel to understand how they can support their children’s learning.”The team then urged community members to take ownership of the education of their children by not only embracing government’s free and compulsory education, but by also protecting and preserving school facilities and preventing school-going children and teachers from getting involved in unwholesome acts.Mr. Gaye identified some of the unwholesome acts as school-based crimes, report of sex for or commercialization of grades, sexual harassment, child labor, etc.The team further maintained that community involvement in school management will help to increase accountability for both learning outcomes and school resources.Towards this end, the team called for a vibrant resuscitation (revival) of the parent teacher-student associations (PTSAs) and the setting up of school management committees (SMCs) in all public schools in the country.The team, however, noted that the effectiveness of the PTSAs and the SMCs will help to put a perpetual end to the alleged rampant encroachment and report of gross mishandling of school facilities across the country.The team reiterated the Ministry’s commitment to working with the PTSAs and other community-based organizations to develop operational guidelines and key skills in decision making and resource management to enable the PTSAs and community organizations work in partnership with school administrators to enhance transparency and accountability.A representative of the participants expressed appreciation to the MOE for the innovative undertaking which, they believe, would help to improve cooperation and collaboration between the schools and communities.The participants, however, expressed disappointment with the manner in which school facilities are sometimes being abused by students and some ‘unscrupulous community members.’Also, on behalf of the parents and school administrators, Mr. Gaye said, they reaffirmed their preparedness to collaborate with the Ministry in establishing vibrant PTSAs in schools in which there are none.They welcomed endeavors by the Ministry to strengthen school-community collaboration and called for the extension of such ventures to the rest of the counties to solidify the operations of the PTSA framework, which could in turn complement the work of the Ministry.The participants, however, frowned on government’s scanty support to schools, a situation that has often resulted to the inadequate sitting capacity in schools.The various interactive dialogues concluded with both representatives of the Ministry and the participants resolving to closely work together in strengthening and giving a new outlook and direction to the PTSAs in an attempt to improving school governance and maintenance processes.The over 200 participants further assured the Ministry of the prompt operation from their respective school PTSAs.MOE 80% Payroll Clean-upMeanwhile the MOE says it has achieved 80 percent of its payroll clean-up process in 2013.According to a dispatch, deputy Education Minister for Instruction, Hawa Goll- Kochi said the Ministry is on the verge of completing the payroll clean-up exercise.According to her, the Ministry’s international partners are assisting in fast tracking the process in Montserrado and Margibi counties.She then blamed previous governments, especially those of the civil conflict years, for over-padding the Ministry’s payroll with names of individuals or relatives, who had no defined job descriptions.She explained that those persons who were not on payroll but were only receiving stipends have been paid off by the ministry.Deputy Minister Kochi disclosed that the current education administration inherited huge payroll complications (problems) starting from the 14-long years of civil crisis, during which time some ‘untrained persons’ were recruited into the teaching profession.Deputy Minister Goll-Kotchi also said during the year under review, the Ministry established the early childhood division and the department of students’ personnel services-now headed by the Assistant Minister, T. Wilson Gaye, among others.At the same time also, Minister Goll-Kochi has disclosed that about 90 percent of teachers currently in the classrooms are not graduates of teachers’  training colleges, but were merely using the teaching profession as a “first stage of survival.’’ Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Liberia at Africa Youth Games

first_imgA 13-man Liberian Olympics delegation is in Gaborone, Botswana for the 2ndAfrican Youth Games from May 22-31.The delegation is headed by LNOC President Philibert Brown and includes the Chef de Mission, Boye Corvah, six athletes, four coaches and a medic. They will compete in athletics, swimming, boxing and table tennis.It is organized by the Association of National Olympic Committees in Africa, ANOCA. The African Youth Games have now become a melting pot, for the main nursery of continental sport. The games are expected to take place at the University of Botswana which will serve as the Games Village, while the following disciplines will feature on the Games schedule: athletics, badminton, canoeing, basketball, boxing, cycling fencing football, golf, judo, karate, netball, rowing, rugby, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, lawn tennis, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting and wrestling.The 2nd African Youth Games are being held under the watchwords: ‘consolidating the achievements of Rabat 2010.’The African Youth Games are a sporting and cultural event initiated by ANOCA and meant for youths aged 14 to 18. Rabat, Morocco hosted the maiden edition from 13 to 18 July 2010.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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First West Point Ebola Body Removed Wednesday

first_imgThe body of an Ebola victim in West Point, Monrovia’s largest slum, was yesterday removed after two nights in the open.The West Point Commissioner, Madam Haja Flowers, told the Daily Observer, the individual, a male, dropped dead on Monday and repeated calls were made for its removal, but response was delayed.  However, on Wednesday morning government people came and picked up the body for transport to the crematorium.The head of a leading church  in West Point revealed to the Daily Observer last night that the victim whose body was removed was a mentally unstable man who had resided at the football field in West Point.The church leader told this newspaper that there are other suspected Ebola cases near New Road in West Point, and that health authorities were en route to the township last night to conduct tests on them.  If these tests proved   positive, the affected persons will be taken away and quarantined. This church leader further informed the Daily Observer that he had learned that several persons from Guinea afflicted with the virus had entered West Point and had since died and were secretly buried.  There are other affected persons from Guinea who are feared to have fled the places where they were living in West Point, and are now circulating in the wider community.  This is highly dangerous, this church leader said.Observers said West Point inhabitants were very worried about the Ebola body tarrying for a long period in the township, fearing that its exposure to the general population might have provoked a further spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Such a situation, said one   observer, could spread to the Water Side and would endanger the entire Monrovia community, since tens of thousands of people from West Point circulate in the city on a daily basis and are employed in many workplaces around the city, including government institutions.This observer stressed the need for the health authorities to develop a strategy to contain the virus in that township of over 100,000 people, the majority of them children. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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The inconspicuously obvious

first_imgDear Editor,The recent (2018/11/13) ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) pertaining to the issue of cross dressing in Guyana is indicative of the trajectory of homosexuality in this nation. The masquerade has to stop! The inconspicuously obvious is hiding in plain sight!SASOD and many sister organisations are riding the wave of human rights as they forward their advocacy against discrimination based on one’s sexual orientation. The not so obvious glaring fact, is that they are not dealing with sexual orientation in its widest sense- these folks and their supporters are, in essence, agitating for the legitimisation of same sex relationships; period! Consider the following:The laws of any society are intended to protect the citizenry. During SASOD’s press conference to inform the nation of the relevant CCJ ruling, a most prominent local senior counsel alluded to the archaic nature of sections of the constitution which pertain to cross dressing and homosexuality. What this learned individual and many in the legal fraternity is failing to address, is how these “antiquated” laws ended up on the books. I began this paragraph, by highlighting the fundamental utility of the law.So, if homosexuality is not serendipitously prohibited by the constitution, why is there an overwhelming effort to have it removed, while nothing is said about repealing the articles relating to incest, bestiality and other deviant sexual behaviour which are injurious to society? The answer is obvious. SASOD and their attorneys are quite aware of the grave potential societal dangers of incest, bestiality, homosexuality (particularly man to man) and other deviant sexual orientations. Hence, this facade about advocacy against discrimination based on one’s sexual orientation, is nothing but a smoke screen intended to hide the real agenda of SASOD–to promote and legitimise buggery. Had it not been so, there would have been equal and parallel attention given to the repealing of sections of the constitution which criminalise incest and bestiality. Aren’t these sexual orientations also?Sincerely,Errol London (Jr)last_img read more

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A flawed decision by the Appeal Court of Guyana

first_imgDear Editor,With respect to the no-confidence vote, the Appeal Court of Guyana has ruled in favour of the APNU/AFC.This decision seems to suggest that there is one set of rules for parliamentarians and another set of rules for the rest of Guyanese particularly with respect to GECOM whereby 5 votes are cast and 3 is a majority and the Appeal Court’s own voting with 3 votes cast where 2 is the majority.How does the Guyana Appeal Court reconcile the differences in the approach used?Had it ruled that 33 is the majority out of 65 votes cast, then there would not be a need to reconcile as 3 would be a majority out of 5 GECOM votes cast and 2 would be the majority out of 3 Appellate Court votes cast.Yours Faithfully,Sean Orilast_img read more

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Inaction by President Granger

first_imgDear Editor,A vote for David Granger and his coalition in 2015 was touted as a “vote for change” and indeed, there have been changes in the Administration of Government of Guyana. A major change has been the levelling of corruption charges based on evidence. Former President Bharrat Jagdeo has used the constitutional office of Leader of the Opposition to transform the previous culture of allegations based on innuendo or anecdote. When in office, the PPP/C often replied to allegations with requests for evidence. Given a chance to prosecute many of these claims made while in Opposition, the Granger Administration has fallen woefully short of credible. The sale of land for housing at less than market value at Sparendaam and a mix-up about the inclusion of the purchase of law reports in an employment contract speaks more to political witchhunts than serious corruption.We are now in the ear of evidence-based allegations, with files and complaints being filed at various law enforcement agencies, whistleblowers have emerged in every sector of the public service and from across the political spectrum to provide tangible proof of wrongdoing. Names, dates, documents, images, file numbers, specificity to the nth degree.As interesting as this phenomenon is, a pattern emerges after the response. Following allegations, there is a period of total silence which lasts for seven to seventeen days. During this period, the claims are pushed with vigour by media, corruption watchdogs and political activists. If the hue and cry dies down, we never get an explanation as with claims of verbal abuse of a constable by Annette Ferguson and the requested release of an unlicensed motorcycle rider in August 2018. However, when allegations do persist, the public is then treated to an ‘explanation’. These are not accompanied by policy documents, paper trails or any other exculpatory evidence. For example, the bizarre case of the payment of US$9000 into David Patterson’s personal account has not been attended by any paperwork. Patterson has repeatedly avoided explaining how a Chinese company got his personal bank account details; short of it being printed on the back of his business card, there is no plausible explanation, nor has Patterson provided paper evidence to demonstrate repatriation of the “travel expenses” to MARAD. Take my word for it, this is not an option preferred by taxpayers.There is also the denial of allegations based on specificity. Winston Jordan denied receiving a “US$20 million” signing bonus. His defence when the truth came out was a lame excuse that the actual bonus is “US$18 million”. Eric Philips denied receiving “3000 acres” of land. Now that the evidence has come to light of a grant of “2000 acres” with probable cause to believe there may be more revelations of additional acreages allocated, there is no doubt Phillips will rely on the ‘Jordan’ defence.There are other minor patterns that show the Granger Administration lacks moral and ethical direction from top to bottom; acceptance of paid travel and lack of policy directing courses of action.The clearest and most damming pattern is of the inaction by President Granger when faced with irrefutable evidence. His Excellency’s ability to turn his face from black and white realities is remarkable if only for its consistency. He is the rock upon which his corrupt Ministers stand, on drug bonds, on D’Urban Park, on the Harbour Bridge, on downsized but increased priced airport renovations, contracts for family and friends. More and more of the Cabinet clamber onto the safety of Granger’s rock, seemingly not noticing that it is sinking inexorably into the quicksand of corruption. We are into the silence again and David Granger is experiencing that sinking feeling, and his fear of facing the electorate is palpable.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

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Govt awaits public submissions

first_imgMinisterial Code of Conduct– only 1 response submitted – PMThe office of the Integrity Commission is again inviting members of the public to submit comments on the draft Code of Conduct for all Ministers of Government, Members of the National Assembly and public office holders.Speaking with the media on Monday, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo said even with an extension granted for submissions to be made, Government has so far only received one submission and that was from the Guyana Bar Association.“The Code of Conduct would go through an exercise of an advertisement for further submission. We have received only one submission in terms of contribution and that is from the Guyana Bar Association. Though Government had put out an article that it is opened for submissions, we have not received any submissions as yet,” Nagamootoo told Journalists on Monday.The call for the swift enforcement of the Ministerial Code of Conduct became more pronounced, following the public debate about the appointment of businessman and Contractor Brian “BK” Tiwari as an adviser on business development to Minister of State Joseph Harmon.According to Nagamootoo, the time frame will also be set for submissions. He said Government was also seeking to solicit best practices from other Caribbean countries.“I have already asked for copies of integrity legislation from Trinidad and we are looking how to merge the Code of Conduct with the integrity legislation… integrity legislation would demand requirement of someone who holds public office and the Code of Conduct is setting either a higher or lower standard,” he assured.As it is now, Nagamootoo said, “We will have to wait, I believe not later than six weeks for the submissions to be made.”ContractionAt the beginning of March, Government had said that it was extending the countrywide consultation on the subject, opening opportunities for civil society to give its extensive input on the way forward. However, the Prime Minister is contradicting what Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, who in his capacity as Governance Minister on November 5, 2016 had said. Trotman at a post-Cabinet media briefing had disclosed that the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) sent their feedback and that Government is in the process of reviewing those suggestions.“We are trying to see how we can incorporate those comments,” Trotman said.Red Thread on January 5, also offered its input into the Code of Conduct. Executive Member of Red Thread, Karen De Souza had said that the Code of Conduct should have included the dismissal of persons if faced with enough evidence.According to the Ministry of the Presidency, the purpose of the Code of Conduct is to assist Ministers and Members of Parliament (MPs) and public office holders in the discharge of their obligations to their constituents and the public at large.It provides guidance on the values – the moral qualities – that should govern the conduct of Ministers and MPs in discharging their parliamentary and public duties. It is also meant to reinforce public confidence in the way in which Ministers and public office holders perform those duties.Ministers, by virtue of the oath or affirmation of allegiance taken when they are elected, have a duty to be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, according to law.Public office holders are duty-bound by this Code in all aspects of their public life. This Code does not seek to regulate the conduct of public office holders in their private and personal lives.Public office holders have a duty to uphold the law, including the general law against discrimination and sexual harassment, and to act with propriety on all occasions in accordance with the public trust and confidence placed in them.Public office holders have a general duty to act in the interests of the nation as a whole and owe a special duty of care to their constituents, and citizens.The Code of Conduct says that the acceptance of gifts and other forms of rewards worth more than $10,000 by Ministers, MPs and other public office holders in their official capacity shall be reported to the Integrity Commission. Ministers, MPs and public office holders should consider declining such gratuities if the acceptance of same could be perceived to have an effect on their objectivity and lead to complaints of bias or impropriety.The Code of Conduct lays out that Ministers, MPs and public office holders should also avoid using their official position or transmitting any information made available to them in the course of their duties to benefit themselves, their relations or any other individuals with whom they are associated. They should avoid compromising themselves or their office and any action which may lead to an actual or perceived conflict of interest. Failure to avoid or declare any conflict of interest may give rise to criticism of favouritism, abuse of authority or even allegations of corruption.last_img read more

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Man charged for narco possession

first_imgA man was on Friday taken before Magistrate Christel Lambert at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court charged with possession of cannabis.Kevin Mohan, 18, of West Coast Demerara pleaded not guilty to the offense which alleged that on June 24, 2016, he had in his possession seven grams of cannabis.The Prosecution’s case is that on the day in question, Mohan was seen by Police acting in a suspicious manner. As such a search was carried out on his person and the drug discovered in his pants pocket. He was cautioned and taken to the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station where he was arrested and charged.According to the information disclosed by the Police Prosecutor, the defendant said that he usually sells the drugs.In court on Friday, the defendant told the Magistrate that the drugs do not belong to him but that he is given it to sell.He was remanded to prison and will return to court on July 21.last_img read more

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Liberian Entertainment Award Winners!

first_imgBEST ACTRESS:Beatrice Mulbah*BEST MODEL:Lisa Togba*BEST NEW ARTIST:Musulyn ‘Sweetz’ Myers*BEST FILM:Boys Cry*BEST FILM MAKER:Tibelrosa Tarponweh*SONG OF THE YEAR:Pot Not Boiling Remix*BEST HIPCO ARTIST:Takun JBEST FASHION DESIGNER:Crystal Gibson*BEST ACTOR:Montel Swaray*BEST MUSIC VIDEO:Jue You Bad*BEST ARTIST:Munnah*BEST ONLINE RADIO PERSONALITY:Lincoln Ward*COMMUNITY CRUSADER:Robert Garguah Jr*BEST GOSPEL ARTIST:Kanvee Adams*BEST DJ:DJ BossmanShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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World Credit Union to Establish Credit Union Branches throughout Liberia

first_imgThe Chief of Party (COP) and Project Director of the World Council of Credit Union, Patrick Muriuki, has promised members of the Liberia Credit Union National Association (LCUNA) that his organization will continue to establish more branches in the 15 counties of Liberia.Muriuki made the disclosure recently at the just-ended third General Assembly of LCUNA, held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.According to Mr. Muriuki, the establishment of more credit union sub-branches in the 15 political sub-divisions is intended to support the development of their activities by expanding savings and improve livelihoods of poor and low-income households through the Liberia Credit Unions Association.“WOCCU raises the awareness of credit unions, facilitates the exchange of information and ideas about financial cooperatives, and works with policymakers to improve the legal and regulatory environments for credit unions,” said Mr. Muriuki.He said most of the credit union centers in the country have been operating like a ‘savings clubs’ otherwise known locally as ‘susu,’ where they have to save and withdrew their funds at the end of the year or a little earlier in the year.By that, WOCCU’s chief of party said that the people would not achieve any things. He added that the establishment of the centers would encourage more local Liberian business entrepreneurs to improve their lives as well as their businesses.These 15 sub-branches, he noted, would help build smaller credit unions’ capacities and strengthen LCUNA’s ability to establish and maintain a network of safe and sound credit unions in the country.The chief of party of WOCCU also disclosed to LCUNA’s member that for the past four years, WOCCU has recruited over 2000 members nationwide and as well as generate the amount of L$5 million for the organization.“This is a boost for credit union members in the country,” he assured them.Currently, Mr. Muriuki said there are 2,000 credit unions affiliating with LCUNA and serving 36,000 members as well as four new regional credit unions, which will serve a minimum of 40,000 new members by the end of May 2017.For his part, the managing director of Liberia Credit Union National Association, Yarkpazuo Gborzowuoi, thanked WOCCU for the level of support that is giving to his organization.Gborzowuoi said the credit union is pivotal to the ongoing recovery of Liberia fledging economy.He noted that reconstruction of the country can only be achieved if citizens are given the needed support that will enable them partner with government to implement the Agenda for Transformation (AfT).At the same time, he wants government to empower the Liberia Credit Union so that it can perform to the expectation of international standard.He, however, called on members to refrain from negative devices that will obstruct the growth and development of the Union.Meanwhile, WOCCU is an international trade association with headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin and was founded on January 1, 1971 as the global trade association for credit unions around the world.WOCCU has also worked with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Microfinance Investment Support Facility for Afghanistan (MISFA) to build Islamic Investment and Finance Cooperatives in Afghanistan.Members of WOCCU include regional and national credit union associations, cooperative associations and business service organizations in 97 countries throughout the world. WOCCU’s member associations account for over 54,000 credit unions with 186 million members worldwide.It also provides micro-enterprise through access to saving and credit services as well as increasing access to finance through democratic participation.In 2006, WOCCU received $6.7 million grant from the Gates Foundation to develop credit unions in Africa and Latin America.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘Audit Two Critical Line Ministries before Merger’

first_imgOne of Liberia’s lead human-rights advocates, Atty Samuel Kofi Woods II, has called on the Liberian Government to conduct a comprehensive audit of the Ministries of Finance and Economic Planning before their official merger.The Former Public Works Minister and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Liberia Law Society made the call during a Thanksgiving and Appreciation Service held at the Melvin B. Cox Methodist Church in lower Caldwell.Atty Woods was honored at the church for his many contributions to the state, church and humanity.Speaking at the well-attended honoring ceremony Sunday, Woods said if an audit has already been conducted, the Public Accounts Committee of the Legislature should conduct the necessary hearings to establish a firm foundation for the merger of the ministries.He also described such a move by the National Legislature as critical to Liberia’s socio-economic development.Atty. Woods further contended that the Liberian people need to know the status of both institutions in terms of personnel, plans, actions and other recommendations that could assist the new merger.In a carefully worded press statement issued in Monrovia Monday, Atty. Woods recalled that issue of the merger of the two institutions has been a source of controversy with employees demonstrating against the transition.Meanwhile, the former Public Works Minister Woods has recommended that the National Independence Celebrations, July 26, this year be celebrated as a day of fast and prayer.He also noted that there are too many unfortunate and strange developments occurring in Liberia, which he referred to as ‘Signs of the Times’ that compel Liberians to reflect upon.The former Labor Minister also explained that the level diminishing trust in public officials, the Ebola plague, tragic violence in Nimba County and its attendant’s consequences are indeed worrisome.The change of venue of this year’s Independence Day celebrations, raging poverty and anger amongst Liberians as well as indifference, arrogance, disdain and complacency in the Liberian society are reasons not to celebrate in pomp and pageantry.Liberians, he said, should rather engage in a moment of mediation and reflection.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Prosecution Witness Gives Contradictory Evidence

first_imgConfusion reigned in the Criminal Court ‘C’ yesterday when a prosecution witness gave evidence that seemingly contradicted a statement he gave during his testimony on Monday, February 23.Francis Jomah, the prosecution’s first witness, initially testified during examination by state lawyers that he discovered in a carton a plastic bag containing a huge amount of counterfeit US dollar notes, about 200 pieces all in US$100 bills, amounting to a total of US$20,000.He also added that the counterfeit money was found under the desk of defendant Margretta Dorbor, who was an employee of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) and on trial for counterfeiting, theft of property and forgery. Jomah conducted the audit that allegedly discovered the US$20,000 counterfeit money, under the desk of defendant Dorbor.But when Jomah was cross examined by the defense team yesterday, he alleged that it was a business woman to whom defendant Dorbor credited a phone valued at US$100 and promised to pay in a week’s time, and who told him that the defendant paid her in counterfeit money.“The business woman brought this to our attention when defendant Dorbor was arrested with the counterfeit money,” he said in his testimony yesterday, adding, “she paid me in a counterfeit US$100 and I did not know that the money was a counterfeit until I went to deposit it into my account with my bank (another bank).   It was there that I was informed that the money was counterfeit.”His statement then drew the court’s attention to the contradiction between the lady’s evidence and the one he gave to the Grand Jury for Montserrado County that indicted defendant Dorbor of theft of property, forgery and counterfeiting in 2011.According to the statement, he said, “that after it had come to the attention of the manager of LBDI that the defendant had been tampering with depositors’ money, an audit at the Gardnersville branch of the bank where the defendant worked was ordered.”He further explained that “upon arriving at the Gardnersville branch on December 10, 2010, at 8 a.m., auditor Jomah observed a huge quantity of cash in the amount of Liberian dollars $23,715 under the desk of the defendant in a plastic bag in a small carton and Ghana must go bag.”The document stated that “Auditor Jomah also observed that in the plastic bag was also a huge consignment of counterfeit, 200 pieces, all in US$100 bills making a total of US$20,000.”Also, the indictment did not say that defendant Dorbor was present in person when Jomah conducted the audit.But, during his cross-examination, when he was asked by a juror, where was defendant Dorbor during his audit?  Jomah responded: “When I was carrying out the inventory of defendant Dorbor she was present.”Interestingly, defendant Dorbor denied all of the allegations, including the alleged counterfeit discovered under her desk.  In his testimony, Jomah made it clear that defendant Dorbor was not assigned at the teller booth and she was not responsible to authorize the payment of money from the bank to customers.“The defendant was only responsible to open an account for new customers of the bank, but she chose to play the role of a teller and a person who authorized the payment of money to customers,” Jomah further alleged. The trial continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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LAND COMMISSION: The Land Commission is on its way to solving Land Snags

first_imgPublic hearings on the proposed Land Rights Bill took place in the Chambers of the Liberian Senate on Monday, August 10, 2015, before the Senate Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment (lead Committee) and the Committee on Judiciary, Claims, Human Rights and Petitions, as well as the Committee on Lands, Mines, Natural Resources & Environment and Judiciary of the House of Representatives, with call from a cross-section of Institutions represented, including the Governance Commission, Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), National Civil Society Council of Liberia, the National Traditional Council of Liberia, amongst others, to pass the law.Earlier in his opening statement, the Senate Committee Chairman on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment, Senator Albert T. Chie of Grand Kru County, noted that, land rights, ownership, protection and use are very crucial to the existence and well-being of the Liberian people.Senator Chie said Liberia has suffered several land-related violences that resulted into the death of many citizens and residents and the destruction of properties. He said some of the land dispute cases are on the courts dockets unresolved, while several others are being addressed through dispute resolution at a snail pace. He furthered that many Liberians often predict that the next civil conflict will be land-related, but assured that Government’s decision to take all necessary measures to address land problems in the country through the reform of land policies, laws and programs is irreversible and unwavering as evidenced by the proposed Land Rights Bill.The opening statement by Senator Chie was followed by testimonies from several panelists who were invited to provide their candid opinions on the Land Rights Bill. They include the Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Hon. Patrick Sendolo, the Chairman of the Land Commission, Dr. Cecil T. O. Brandy, the Chairman of the Governance Commission, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, the Chairperson of the National Civil Society Council of Liberia, Madam Frances Greaves, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture for Planning and Policy, Dr. Charles McClain, and Mr. Ali Kaba of Sustainable Development Initiative (SDI), amongst others. The panelists pleaded with the legislators for the passage of the proposed Land Rights Bill, affirming that the drafting of the Bill and its subsequent submission to the National Legislature through the office of the President, was a result of extensive and participatory consultations, with diverse stakeholders, thus the Bill when passed will benefit the government and people of Liberia. However, two of the panelists, former Deputy Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, ECB Jones and the Managing Director of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), Harrison Karnwea, held different views and argued against some provisions in the Land Rights Bill.Mr. Jones said even though he is not opposed to the passage of the Land Rights Bill, there were however some issues, which he referred to as “bugs” that needed to be revisited and clarified before the Bill is passed into Law. He cautioned committee members of both houses not to hastily pass the Bill because the issue of land is critical to sustaining the country’s peace and security while at the same time protecting the rights of the people as enshrined in the Constitution. He then volunteered to work with the Joint Committees on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment to point out what he perceived as “bugs” and proffer his expert opinions. For his part, FDA Managing Director, Harrison Karnwea similarly, subscribed to the passage of the Bill, but expressed concern that the Land Rights Bill could be in conflict with some provisions in the Community Rights Law. Hon. Karnwea also stressed the issue of governance as it relates to the forestry reform law of 2006, which mandates the FDA to set aside 30% of the remaining forest as protected area. He therefore requested the honorable legislature to critically look into these issues with a view that they are not in conflict with other laws before the passage of the Bill.In a statement during the hearing, Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe also supported the passage of the proposed Land Rights Bill, which he said is in the best interest of the Liberian people. Cllr. Gongloe specifically argued against the issues raised by Hon. Harrison Karnwea, stating that the Community Rights Law is possessory rights which are different from title rights. Cllr. Gongloe said the proposed Bill, for the first time in the history of Liberia, gives communities the opportunity to have titles to their land, making it possible for them to negotiate with investors, which will lead to greater economic advancement for all Liberians. The National Legislature now has the task to rectify and fast-track the passage of the historic Land Rights Bill to curb the injustices of huge land grab in the country by those with significant economic status that have persisted in the land sector for years.The draft Land Rights Bill already provides wide range of protections for customary land rights, which if retained and passed into law, will fulfill the potential protection of security of tenure for the customary land rights as contained in the Land Rights Policy. Over the years, there have been disparities between user’s rights and ownership rights, but the Bill has harmonized those rights by equating them to that of the private ownership rights said Dr. Brandy in his closing statement. “Therefore, most of those issues that were raised in the hearing are captured in the Bill; we all need to read the document extensively so that we can together resolve these land issues, which have the potential of brewing violent land conflicts in the country,” Dr. Brandy concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Global Witness Must Come Forward and Testify in Court

first_imgThe UK-based environmental and transparency watchdog, Global Witness (GW), has caused quite a stir (commotion, uproar) in Liberia with its sweeping allegations of corruption and bribery against several top officials of the Liberian government.So stirring have been the allegations that they have, for the first time in recent memory, succeeded in dragging into court top officials of the first branch of government, the Legislature. These include the very leader of the Legislature, Alex Tyler, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Senator Varney Sherman, Chair of the Senate Judicial Committee. Counselor Sherman, who topped his class at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, is also a product of Harvard Law School, and Liberia’s most prominent and most successful lawyer. Both he and Speaker Tyler have been indicted by the Grand Jury of Montserrado County on charges of “bribery, criminal conspiracy, economic sabotage, criminal solicitation and criminal facilitation.”Other officials indicted are Public Procurement Concessions Commission (PPCC) Chair, Willie Belleh, former Lands, Mines and Energy Deputy Minister E.C.B. Jones and Christopher Onanuga.GW has succeeded in rekindling the anger of the Liberian people against their government and public officials whom they (the Liberian masses) perceive as being determined, by their persistent corruption, greed and selfishness, to perpetuate poverty in the land. It is a land in which the rich have always continued to get richer and the poor, poorer.Who, for example, truly benefitted from the Liberia Mining Company (LMC) iron ore concession (1946) in then Bomi Territory, now County? President W.V.S. Tubman, of course, the personal friend of LMC owner Lansdell K. Christie, and a few of Tubman’s cronies. When LMC departed in the 1980s, all the Bomi people got were a hole in the ground, a ghost town for their capital, Tubmanburg, and abject poverty. The company did not encourage or empower a single Bomi citizen, man or woman, in business.Who benefitted from the LAMCO iron ore concession, owned by American, Swedish and Canadian investors? They, the investors, who made off with billions of United States dollars, and a few Liberian officials, who ALWAYS preferred the board meetings to be held in New York or some other American or European city, where the Liberian board members would collect their handsome per diem and board fees and go shopping. And what did LAMCO leave behind when it departed in the late 1980s? The impoverished Nimba people; a shanty town, Sanniquellie, as their capital, without running water or light; and absolutely nothing to show that they had once hosted one of the biggest companies operating in Africa. And when, once again, the GOL saw the opportunity to exploit a new natural resource—petroleum—GOL again embarked upon a policy of wicked and unconscionable exclusivity (elitism, snobbery, exclusiveness). It was a policy that ensured that the rich continued to get richer and the poor, nothing! Who, for example, became the shareholders in the oil blocks secretly sold in London by the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL)? Among these exclusive privileged was a young man already rich from inheritances from his father and grandfather. Then NOCAL’s missing millions, which disappeared under the watch of its former Chairman, Robert Sirleaf, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s son. The President has told the Liberian people that she takes “full responsibility” for the NOCAL money. However, as we pursue the alleged Global Witness culprits—Varney Sherman, Speaker Tyler, etc., we cannot afford to be so hypocritical as to be gravely concerned about US$950,000 in bribes from UK-based Sable Mining, and at the same time ignore those who made away with tens of millions of US dollars from NOCAL.But while we are in the midst of the case involving the bribery scandal, we call on the court prosecuting the alleged culprits to mandate Global Witness to come and present to the court ALL the evidence in the scandal—who all received the money, when, how much was paid to whom. And, of course, GW must also come and tell the court who Big Boy # 1 and Big Boy # 2 are, and what was their role and their take in the bribery scheme. We cannot afford to be seen vigorously pursuing the chickens while the cows go scot-free. That would be the height of hypocrisy. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Education, Agriculture, Others top Liberia, Turkey Bilateral Talks

first_imgTurkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu alongside Liberia’s Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara speaks on strengthening bilateral relationshipTurkey invited to establish diplomatic mission in MonroviaThe government of Turkey yesterday held discussions with the Liberian government in an effort to help strengthen investment opportunities in the country.The Turkish government is now poised to help Liberia in the commercial, education, and agriculture sectors, while also assisting to digitize Liberia’s Center for National Documents and Records Agency (CNDRA).Those were highlighted at a joint press stakeout where Foreign Affairs Minister Marjon V. Kamara and her Turkish counterpart, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, addressed the media at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.Minister Çavuşoğlu who was on a one-day visit to Liberia stressed the need to increase trade between the two countries, which he believes will help both countries in the development of key sectors.Minister Çavuşoğlu said he was delighted to be the first Turkish Foreign Minister to visit Liberia, adding that his visit will contribute to the development of Liberia through bilateral relationship.The minister, along with a high-level delegation, arrived in the country yesterday for a brief visit, which began with Foreign Affairs Minister Kamara and a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf before visiting Vice President Joseph N. Boakai at the Capitol Building.Çavuşoğlu said Liberia has made remarkable progress since the civil crises and the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in 2014, which killed thousands and distressed the country’s economy.“We consider our long history with Africa as a success story. Today, we discussed every legal aspect of this relationship and agreements, such as economic, commercial and technical cooperation and protection of investments as well as taxation,” Minister Çavuşoğlu said.Minister Kamara in her opening remarks lauded her Turkish counterpart for the visit and his commitment to strengthening the bilateral relationship with Liberia.“We have discussed on different areas in which we can enrich further collaboration. Liberia is very appreciative of the level of the relationship thus far, especially for the support it continues to receive as part of Turkey’s outreach to Liberia,” Minister Kamara said.According to Minister Kamara, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has offered the establishment of a permanent residence in Liberia as part of the effort to strengthen the relationship between both countries.Minister Kamara termed the visit of the Turkish Foreign Minister as historic, adding that “His visit has created the opportunity to exchange views on the status of the bilateral agreement between the two countries and explore other avenues for further strengthening it.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Mills Jones Campaign Puts Market Women ‘In Zico’

first_imgMOVEE Chairman, Dee Maxwell Kemayah, with standard bearer, Dr. J. Mills Jones, during a recent campaign rally in August 2017.The fact that the standard bearer of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), Dr. Joseph Mills Jones, sailed smoothly through the National Elections Commission confirmation process in spite of the controversial Code of Conduct, which many thought would have hooked him of all aspirants, has reinvigorated his political prowess and put his supporters, mainly the marketers, ‘in zico’ (great zeal or high morale) to canvass for his presidential bid.Women in the Gobachop, Coalfield, Red Light and Ground Pea markets in Paynesville Community, outside Monrovia, thanked Dr. Jones for providing them the enabling environment to do business and promised to ensure that he is elected president.The women, who were taken by a surprise visit from Dr. Jones and his entourage on Monday, said Jones has “elevated” them, not only through the provision of a loan scheme when he served as Central Bank Governor, but also for playing a significant role in taking them from the “ground to the table,” which they said has greatly impacted their lives.It was Dr. Jones and his running mate, Dr. Samuel Reeves’s first visit to the area since  campaigning began on July 31. The Market Superintendent, Madam Sangai Dolley, showered praises on Jones, and said God will definitely answer his prayer to become President of Liberia. Madam Dolley said the marketers can trust Dr. Jones with the leadership of the country, not just for the good he has done for market women across the country before and after he emerged on the political scene, but “because he is a man of his word.”“We are for you today and tomorrow, and will make sure that we vote for you, because you know what the poor people are going through,” she declared to a round of applause.In response, Dr. Jones said the marketers should by now be able to engage in wholesale trade, and encouraged them not to limit themselves to just being retailers. He promised them that under a J. Mills Jones presidency, the government will work hard to improve their lives by providing them more business opportunities and strengthening their trades by constructing facilities to include warehouses to preserve some of their perishable goods.“We understand you were not expecting us here today, but we are here and so we wanted to just come in and see you. We come as people who believe in change that is why we are not doing things the same old politicians’ way. We are different people with a different ideology to develop this country for all to enjoy and benefit from the resources,” Jones told the marketers. “I am not a politician and neither is my running mate, but it is time for us to change Liberia. It is not the same old politicians that will change this country,” he said.Jones said under his stewardship, marketers in the 15 counties will see more stimulus packages to boost their earnings, much more than when he was at the Central Bank of Liberia as the governor. “We want to tell you that when you put us in the Mansion, nobody will be vex with us to stop (what we are doing) at that time; in fact, we know it will increase,” Jones added, to the delight of the marketers who chanted the name “Poverty Doctor”.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Senate Receives National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority Bill

first_imgLiberian fishing boats (Credit: Environmental Justice Foundation)President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has submitted to the Liberian Senate for enactment a Bill titled: An Act to Amend Title 23, Natural Resources Law, Liberian Code Revised by Repealing Subchapter B, Fish Resources and to amend title 30, Public Authorities Law to create the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority.The Bureau of Fisheries has been under the Ministry of Agriculture, until it was recently transferred to the Liberia Maritime Authority under an Executive Order.In her communication dated June 24, 2017, President Sirleaf noted the object of the Act is to ensure the long-term management, conservation, development and sustainable use of the fisheries and aquaculture resources and related ecosystems for the benefit of the people.“As you are aware, the Fisheries and aquaculture sectors have the potential to make an enduring and significant contribution to the development, economy and wellbeing of the nation. However, there have been challenges in harnessing the resources associated with these sectors,” President Sirleaf noted.President Sirleaf expounded on the existence of need to establish an appropriate framework for the formulation of policy and the transparent and accountable management of the fisheries and aquaculture sectors.This Act, President Sirleaf noted, “will address the ongoing need to comprehensively regulate and control fishing and related activities within the areas under national jurisdiction to illegal fishing and related activities. It will also enforce applicable conservation and management measures within and beyond the Fisheries Waters in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Liberia and its obligations under regional fisheries management organizations or arrangements and international law.”When passed into law, President Sirleaf assured it will facilitate the management and development of the fisheries and aquaculture resources for the benefit of the Liberian people, “most especially those communities whose livelihood depend on these resources.”Immediately after the communication was read, a motion was proffered to send it to the relevant committees with the Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as lead committee.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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LRA Seizes Heroin at RIA

first_imgSome of the heroin caught by the LRAThe Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has seized  2 kilograms of heroin brought into the country on an Arik Air flight from Nigeria, according to an LRA press release. The value of the heroin was not stated.The bag containing the heroin was sent to Achebe Joseph Uwadioma (AKA, Don Joe), a Nigerian national who operates a business at Waterside and Mechlin Street.The suspicious package was mixed with other foodstuffs to conceal its identity and was being cleared by Mr. Uwadioma’s broker only identified as Lincoln.The heroine was detected by an officer of Customs Anti-Smuggling and Intelligence Section (ASIS) of the LRA. The seizure is an outcome of a rigorous risk-based compliance examination being undertaken by the LRA on cargo entering Liberia through the RIA.The LRA, upon seizing the bag of heroin, turned it over to the Liberia Drugs Enforcement Agency (LDEA) for testing and it was confirmed by LDEA that the consignment was heroin. It was also further confirmed by the Liberia National Police Lab as positive for heroin.LRA Commissioner General Elfrieda Stewart Tamba said the LRA, in pursuance of its statutory responsibility to collect lawful revenue, will collaborate with all relevant agencies in preventing the inflow of illicit drugs through Liberia’s ports of entries.CG Tamba has, meanwhile, thanked the LRA Customs Officer and the other agencies for their swift collaboration. It may be recalled that Customs, sometime ago, also seized counterfeit Liberian dollars that were smuggled through the Bo Waterside Land Port, concealed in a television set.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Johnson Sirleaf’s Joint Transition Team Fiasco

first_imgBy Elder Siahyonkron NyanseorWonders shall never end! On December 26, 2017, the change the Liberian people desired was given to them through the decisive victory of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), headed by Senator George Manneh Weah. Now, what is required is the smooth and peaceful transfer of power in ALL democracies, especially, the Liberian Democracy. Why should this one be any different?Why turn a simple peaceful transfer of power into something so complex which involves the outgoing president and the incoming president to form a committee in which two of them serve as co-chairs? When I last checked, this process, which required Executive Order 91 to transfer power, is first of its kind in 70 years. Why should it be different? Peaceful transfer of power is the cornerstone of a democracy. President Sirleaf’s Executive Order 91 is total and absolute violation of the Constitution and statutory laws of Liberia.Once more, President Sirleaf and her corrupt elites have violated the Constitution with Executive Order 91. According to the Constitution, Monday, January 15, 2018 is Inauguration Day, and NOT Monday, January 22, 2018. All along, President Sirleaf advocated for the run-off election to be held within the time specified by the Constitution in order “to turn over to my successor.” The President and her supporters got what they wanted – to the point of scheduling the run-off election the day after Christmas. Why violate the Constitution by scheduling the Inauguration a week after the legal scheduled day of Monday, January 15, 2018? Here is what Chapter 6: Article 50 of our Constitution states:Chapter 6: Article 50The Executive Power of the Republic shall be vested in the President who shall be Head of State, Head of Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia. The president shall be elected by universal adult suffrage of registered voters in the Republic and shall hold office for a term of six years commencing at noon on the third working Monday in January of the year immediately following the elections. No person shall serve as President for more than two terms.To continue to unlawfully arrest and hold onto power, President Sirleaf (a lame duck President), without the slightest support of the Constitution of Liberia, administratively proposed and singlehandedly passed into law Executive Order 91 lending and assigning to herself the power to establish a transitional team whose term of reference runs contrary to Article Chapter 6, Article 50 of the Constitution.There is no precedent, whether under the Constitution or statutory laws of Liberia, that lends President Sirleaf the power to enact Executive Order 91 and continue to hold onto power and the presidency of Liberia beyond Monday, January 15, 2018. Any and all other acts or actions taken by President Sirleaf and her outgoing officials of government after Monday, January 15, 2018, are irregular and unlawful. The third Monday immediately following the December 26, 2017 runoff election is and remains, Monday, January 15, 2018.The Constitution of Liberia gives no power to her and/or the CDC incoming government of Liberia, to transfer power and the presidency of Liberia or receive the presidency of Liberia on Monday, January 22, 2018. Monday, January 15, is legally the 3rd Monday referenced by the Constitution of Liberia. Everything else she and her outgoing Administration do and shall do beyond Monday, January 15, 2018, are and shall be repugnant and legally void.It is the right of an individual to establish his/her own destiny. A person’s destiny does not have to be planned by others! The same is true in a political transfer of power. All that is required is for the outgoing administration to assist with the smooth and peaceful transfer of power as allowed by the Constitution; nothing more, and nothing less. So, as of January 15, 2018, the CDC will and shall become the governing party, and it does not have to drag along activities of the past government.Since lame duck president – Sirleaf and her Government have already violated Article 50 of the Constitution of Liberia, the CDC-led government of Liberia is under no legal obligation to give credence to anything or actions taken by her outgoing Administration after January 15, 2018 since by default and constitutionally, Senators have already assumed power in Liberia, Monday, January 15, 2018. Precisely Monday, January 15, 2018, Senator George Manneh Weah becomes the President of Liberia.Preparation for Orderly SuccessionLiberia’s presidential transition is the transfer of the executive branch power from the incumbent President of Liberia to the president-elect; during the period of time between Election Day of Tuesday, December 26, and inauguration day on January 15 all arrangements would have been concluded. Legally, this is the 3rd Monday immediately following the holding of the December 26, 2017 runoff election. After Monday, January 15, 2018, President Sirleaf becomes former president. By law, the inauguration of Liberia must be held Monday, January 15, 2018. The Constitution of Liberia gives no special room for January 22, 2018.THE CONSTITUTION MUST BE FOLLOWED! We are not stupid!Where the Liberian Constitution was not specific on the issue of transfer of power from the outgoing administration to the incoming administration, and where the Constitution is ‘silent’ on such an issue, Custom or Tradition takes precedent; meaning, how succeeding administrations have handled it.Interpretation of Custom and TraditionLiberia’s Constitution is a replica of the United States’ Constitution. For example, the US Congress may interpret a certain clause in the Constitution as giving it the right to pass a particular law. One such example is the minimum wage that workers must be paid. However, minimum wage is not mentioned anywhere in the Constitution. But the Constitution gives Congress the right to control trade among the states. The goods made by workers usually travel from one state to another. On the basis of the above, Congress interpreted the Constitution to mean it can pass laws affecting working conditions, which also includes wages. While on the other hand, the US Supreme Court has the power to decide if Congress has interpreted the Constitution correctly. The Court’s ruling is final like in the recent Liberty Party case.Equally, a number of changes or practices in the U.S. government have come about as the result of custom, tradition or precedence. For example, the US Constitution did not provide for regular meetings of the leaders in the Executive Branch of the government. However, President George Washington brought these leaders together regularly to serve as his advisors, which is known today as his Cabinet. Since that time, regular meetings between the President and his Cabinet have become an acceptable part of the tradition of the US government. Up to the present, there is no written law to that effect. There are other important traditions that have since developed. These traditions are followed regularly. Yet they have seldom been written down or made into laws. For this reason, they are sometimes called unwritten constitutional laws.The Joint Transition Team is a FiascoTradition dictates that it is illegal for a lame-duck government to renew or sign new contracts, which will obligate the incoming administration to inherit and enforce. Members of the Legislature and government officials who engage in such practice will be in violation of the rules that govern the transition of one administration to another; and those who do so will have to answer to the judicial system. Also, this applies to local and international businesses.Moreover, the government cannot continue to handover the monopoly of our economy, and atrocious tax incentives and holidays to foreigners. It must stop! Liberians cannot develop their country with such an arrangement which favors foreigners.For example, Part V Section 46 and Section 45.1 of the 1975 PPCC Law, from which the Liberianization Policy derived, should be enforced by the CDC government. It was seriously violated with impunity by the outgoing administration.In these scheduled transitional Committee meetings, EJS’s lame-duck sessions should be discussing how funds will be made available for the incoming administration to operate, to reduce the National debt and not to increase it.Liberia cannot remain a sweet land of bribery, where others’ interests take precedent over the citizens. The irony is; Liberians have become foreigners in their own country – all due to EJS’s creation. The questions are: How long will our people serve as second-class citizens in their own country? Now that EJS is on her way out ‘for good’, can we work together; reclaim the control over our resources and wealth in order to free ourselves from the economic bondage of the outgoing government? The answer is, yes, we can and we should!Wonders shall never end! This was long in the making – from ‘Simple Majority’ to the Referendum that led to the amendment to the Constitution that modified the ‘10 Years Residency’ requirement and the new interpretation of the Code of Conduct (CoC) for government officials.What the outgoing Administration should be doing is to give the President-elect operational and logistical support in the month before Inauguration. They should have assisted in things such as office space, human resources and Communications; including IT support, concessional and other outreach work.In most democratic societies, the office of the chosen leader is supposed to serve the interest of the people, and not only the president, his/her family members, relatives, friends, those within their inner circle, and more especially, their international connections at the expense of the people they are supposed to represent.The late African patriot, Julius Nyerere reminds us that:“Poverty is an enemy of good governance, for persistent poverty is a destabilizer, especially if such poverty is shared in a grossly unequal manner, or is widely regarded as being unfairly distributed as the few who are relatively rich indulge in conspicuous consumption… Known or suspected corruption among the political leaders often makes the problem worse – and corruption throughout the society more difficult to overcome. Good wages or salaries will not stop bad people from being corrupt but miserable wages and salaries are not conducive to rectitude. Political instability, real or imagined, can be a source and is often used as an excuse, for bad governance.Nyerere’s statement describes what is taking place in Liberia. If we continue to ignore the facts, Liberia will become a country run by ruling elites and a network of associates that enrich themselves using state power recklessly. Their greatest defense is to counter truth with lies and to attack the messenger bearing the truth,In order for the CDC Government to make drinking water that is essential for life as a priority; road network and electricity that facilitate development and commerce; reduce government officials’ high salaries and wasteful spending, there has to be a complete point of departure from the policies of EJS’s government. The money saved could be used to fund some of the projects mentioned.Conclusion Truth needs no law to substantiate it to be Truth. It is self-evident that Truth is Truth from the time of Creation. However, it is only those throughout history make laws to enforce their opposition to it. This proclamation is a good example! It has no place during a transitional period of a government. This period should be for the inauguration of the president-elect and nothing else. The meeting of the presidential team for at least three times before the January 22, 2018 inauguration serves no other purpose than to reward Ellen’s faithful servants. What tasks these so-called subsidiary groups will be meeting to do during a transition period? It doesn’t look right! The intent of such planning meetings is to render President-elect Weah’s government a complete failure, especially in a ludicrous or humiliating way.According to reliable sources, the Presidential Proclamation which ordered the National Legislature of the Republic of Liberia for nine days working sessions is a fiasco. The real purpose is to reward EJS’s faithful servants, many of whom are listed below with several lucrative deals:Mr. Sylvester Grigsby, Minister of State for Presidential AffairsMadam Marjon Kamara, Minister of Foreign AffairsMr. Boima S. Kamara, Minister of Finance and Development PlanningCllr. Frederick D. Cherue, Minister of JusticeMr. Brownie J. Samukai, Minister of DefenseMr. Eugene Nagbe, Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs & TourismMr. Milton A. Weeks, Governor, Central Bank of LiberiaMadam Mary T. Broh, Director General, GSAMr. Sam Gaye, Director, Executive Protection Service (EPS)Mr. Dewitt von Ballmoos, Director General, NASSCORPDr. Abdoulaye W. Dukulé, Office of the PresidentMr. Varney A. Sirleaf, Acting Minister, Internal AffairsCllr. Yvette Chesson-Wureh, Angie Brooks International CenterMr. Jordan Solunteh, Director-General of the CabinetNotice how Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai did not make the list. Did he not make the list because he is not one of the President Sirleaf’s Most Faithful and Reliable Servant? The conclusion most rational people reached is VP Boakai is not. Perhaps, this is the reason the she fought and opposed his candidacy for him to not succeed her. This is the conclusion most Liberians, including me, reached.On behalf of the Liberian people; we congratulate Vice President Boakai for the decency and patriotism he demonstrated throughout the entire camp God Almighty will richly bless him and his family. The Liberian people will forever remain grateful to you for the outstanding services you rendered our beloved country.To the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Faithful Servant Award recipients, we say you are being closely watched. It is not going to be business as usual, and if you think you will continue this corrupt practice, you are joking this time around. It is illegal for the lame-duck administration to conduct business that will obligate the incoming administration to inherit is making FOOL of themselves; members of the Legislature, government officials, local and international businesses that engaged in such practice will be violating of the rules that govern the transition; and those who engage in such practice will have to answer to the law.That’s how serious and committed we are to put LIBERIA FIRST! Our eyes are opened; the time of the people has come!About The Author: Elder Siahyonkron Nyanseor is former Vice Chair & Chair of the ULAA Council of Eminent Persons (UCEP), Inc. Also, he is a founding member & the 11th President of the organization. He is a poet, Griot/Historian, journalist, a cultural and political activist. He is an ordained Minister of the Gospel; Chairman of the Liberian Democratic Future (LDF), publisher of theperspective.org online newsmagazine and Senior Advisor to the Voice of Liberia newsmagazine. In 2012, he Co-authored Djogbachiachuwa: The Liberian Literature Anthology; his book of poems: TIPOSAH: Message from the Palava Hut will soon be on the market. Nyanseor can be reached at: siah1947@gmail.com.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Japanese Gov’t Boosts Local Rice Production

first_imgFarmers pose with the Japanese government donated BCS rotary tillers. Donates US$500K farm equipmentThe Japanese government has donated to Liberian farmers some energy saving farming equipment that will enable them to produce more rice to feed the country’s growing population.The equipment, which comes with a US$500,000 price tag, include 31 pieces of BCS rotary tillers and 424 pieces of garden weasels.The donation is part of the Japanese Rice Grant Project implemented by the Community of Hope Agriculture Project (CHAP) in five of the 15 counties that suffered the worst of the Ebola outbreak in 2014 and 2015. The counties are Lofa, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Bassa, Bomi and Montserrado.CHAP executive director Robert Bimba donated the farm equipment simultaneously to heads of farming cooperatives from those counties at the formal program held in Monrovia over the weekend.CHAP is a locally-based non governmental organization working with local farmers to build their capacity.Director Bimba described agriculture as key to Liberia’s food security recovery, urging the farmers to help grow more rice to fed the population. He underscored the importance of the project to the farmers from the Ebola affected counties.He said the organization formally launched the Japanese Rice Project in Bomi, Cape Mount, Grand Bassa and Montserrado counties with the objectives to build the capacity of farmers, link them with markets, and making available to them seed rice, fertilizers and rain boots.“The project is working with over 1,800 farmers, so we want to thank the Japanese government and the Ministry of Agriculture for the grant,” he said.A representative of the farmers thanked CHAP, the Japanese government and the authorities of the Ministry of Agriculture for the donations, which they promised to use for their intended purpose.The Japanese government is also constructing the Somalia Drive thoroughfare, while in the health sector, it has contributed US$2.256 million to the United Nations Children’s Fund to protect Liberian children from infectious diseases.UNICEF said it will use the Japanese grant to strengthen the Expanded Program of Immunization (EPI) services which focus on seven of Liberia’s 15 counties with more than 450,000 children and will fund training and supplies to strengthen the capacity of healthcare workers at the community level to treat and prevent childhood diseases.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Weah Urged Not to Neglect ‘Senior Citizens’

first_imgMembers of the NASCOL who need the support of the Government of Liberia.NASCOL Pleads with government to provide shelter, healthcare, and foodArthur K. Masalley, 71, founder of the National Senior Citizens Organization of Liberia (NASCOL) has urged the government particularly President George Manneh Weah not to neglect Liberia’s senior citizens (old people).He said in an interview yesterday that his organization has carried out an assessment of the plights of ‘old people’ and has realized that their dire conditions need government’s urgent attention.“While we want to commend President Weah and Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor for the mandate given them by the Liberian people, we want to inform them the old people deserve their support,” he said.He said the previous government, through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, provided some assistance until the sector was transferred to the Minister of Gender, Children, & Social Protection.Masalley said while there are three vulnerable groups in the country (children, women, and older citizens), it is regrettable that the older-citizens sector has been replaced with the youth.“This has been done because the youth can cause noise while the older people keep to themselves, unable to make their voices heard,” he said.Mr. Masalley says the government should provide shelter, food and healthcare for old people.The NASCOL founder noted while aging is a natural process for anyone living, the George Weah government should not forget that old people also deserve the government’s support.Masalley regretted that in all communities across the country, some old people are branded as witches and are left to face the harsh realities of life.“When a young woman or man is facing difficulties, they run to a prophet or a medlast_img read more

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PSU Officer Found Dead by ‘Suicide’

first_imgHome of PSU officer Briggford Cummings, where he was found dead by his neighbor on Monday evening.A 49-year-old Police Support Unit (PSU) officer, identified as Briggford Cummings, reportedly committed suicide at his Red-Hill residence around the Omega Tower community on July 16, 2018.Mulbah Konic, brother of the deceased and who lives on the Pipe-Line road, said, upon arrival at Cummings’ house on Tuesday morning, he was informed that his brother was dead. He met the remains of his brother lying on the floor.Mr. Konic said he was informed by a lady who lived with his brother in the house that Cummings came from work late Monday night and gave all police items in his possession, including his ID card and land deed, to the lady, instructing her to turn them over to his brothers the following day.“Cummings told the lady that when his ex-wife comes she should not be allowed to take anything from the house, including the foundation that he has built on the land. He said they should turn his propriety over to his 20-year-old daughter,” Mr. Konic said.Mr. Konic said the lady refused to hold the ID card and documents on grounds that they were his lifetime properties and government items. She later told him to keep them in a place that the water, because of the rainy season, would not reach.He said the lady explained that Cummings entered the house after 15 minutes, after which she heard violent sounds in his room. When she entered to find out  what was  happening, she discovered that Cummings had slit his own throat and was bleeding profusely.“The lady went to call community dwellers, but they refused to come because of the rain and the water that had flooded the place. So she went and called the police,” Mr. Konic said.Mr. Konic explained that Cummings’ wife left him two years ago because of drunkenness and that Cummings, who couldn’t bear his wife’s leaving him, has been telling people he would kill himself.He said Cummings and his ex-wife, Youngor Zayzay, spent 27 years together and had a daughter who is now 21 years old.Briggford Cummings, popularly known as “Baby Police”, is from the Loma ethnic group. He joined the police force between 2002-2003 and was assigned at the Liberia National Police (LNP) Headquarters on Capital By-pass before his death.Lauuo Cummings, daughter of the deceased, said her mother left Cummings because of his drunkenness and threats against her mother’s life. According to her, the confusion between her two parents caused her to drop out of school.“I met my father last Sunday; he asked me not to get in the rain and even begged me to stay with him. But I told him that I had some work to do and needed to return home. That was how I left and was later informed this morning that my father had killed himself,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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NGO Coalition Reaffirms Commitment to VPA

first_imgMr. Samuel K.B. Kwennah: “The VPA is legally binding on timber-exporting countries outside the EU.”Members of the non-governmental organization (NGO) Coalition of Liberia yesterday, October 3, at a ceremony in Monrovia, reaffirmed its unflinching support and commitment to the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) amid effort to stay the course of the process.The NGO Coalition of Liberia is a conglomeration of local non-governmental organizations working alongside government and international partners, to ensure the prudent management of Liberia’s natural resources, including its forests.The VPA between the European Union (EU) and the Liberian government is a legally binding trade agreement signed with timber-exporting countries outside the EU.It’s aim, according to the VPA management chair, Samuel K.B. Kwennah, is to ensure that all timber products destined for the EU market from a partner country such as Liberia comply with the laws of that country.Henceforth, the VPA is providing a much needed technical support to Liberia’s forestry sector.Coalition’s reaffirmation to the VPA comes in the wake of a revision of progress during the 6th Joint Implementation Committee (JIC) Forum held in June, 2018, which has resulted into the signing of an aide memoire based on noticeable lapses for the past five years (September 2013-September 2018).Mr. Kwennah said the need for commitment to this process is reviewed by an annual JIC forum and sealed by an aide memoire.In spite of completion and publication of the aide memoire, Coalition of Liberia believes that partners should recommit, engage and collaborate on the VPA, which aims to support the prudent management and fair distribution of revenues from natural resources.The JIC review this year initially ended in a deadlock on June 14, 2018, because the EU and the Liberian government failed to concur on certain key issues that were believed to be very crucial to the process.However, after a month-long debate (June 14 to July 10, 2018,) which led to clarification and declaration of positions at the level of the VPA, the aide memoire was finally signed on July 10.The Coalition, like other organizations, fully understands the challenges and constraints the pro-poor government is experiencing in terms of accessing funding for national development. On that account, the Coalition said it must acknowledge that it stands with the government in its drive to attract financial resources to carry out the much needed development.Kwennah said the Coalition believes such effort must not undermine ongoing reform process in forest governance by the EU and other international partners, which is intended to safeguard the remaining forests and empower community’s members on how to negotiate social agreements.The NGO Coalition of Liberia and its members implore the government to remain committed and ensure continuance of the VPA as it brings with it immense benefits and immeasurable impact that have been assessed so far.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Liberia Win Chad 1-0

first_imgLiberian Malaysian based striker Kpah Sherman made his debut when Liberia played against Lesotho on May 30, 2014. Liberia National Team, the Lone Star on Wednesday, October 9, 219, defeated Chad 1-0 in the 2021 African Cup of Nations preliminary round at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville before a record crowd of spectators, among them President George Weah and his entourage.Lone Star’s head coach James Peter Butler, had a full house of 13 professional players invited for the match and some local-based players. Thanks to him for his best selection.Prior to yesterday’s match, Butler faced a serious selection headache with the quality of players in his team with competition for places being very high.The Englishman, of course, resulted to choosing two strikers from the list of four quality strikers invited for the match. The return leg is scheduled in a week from yesterday.As part of motivational spirits for the players, President George Weah, a world soccer icon, meanwhile trained with the Lone Star team to the delight of the players and Liberia Football Association (LFA) officials.President Weah trained with Liberia national team on Monday, October 7, 2019 in preparation of yesterday’s AFCON preliminary encounter with Chad.Weah arrived for the afternoon practice session as Coach Peter Butler’s side was preparing for the Wednesday’ first leg match at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.Pres. Weah, who wore the number 22, chatted with the players and gave coaching instructions during the training session.Liberia National Amputee is plying the colors in Angola.In a related football development, Liberia Amputee National Team have been paired in a tough side in the semi-finals of the Amputee AFCON. They have been paired against world champions and hosts, Angola; a team that defeated Liberia 5-0 when the two teams met on match day 3.Details of the games will come in our subsequent editions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Consumers’ rights expo opens tomorrow

first_img…aims to sensitise students on consumers’ affairsIn observance of Consumer Rights Day, which will be celebrated on Thursday, the Competition and Consumers Affairs Commission (CCAC) will be hosting a student’s consumers’ awareness exposition at the National Exhibition Complex, Sophia, Georgetown.The exposition is aimed at equipping the targeted audience (students) with the mandatory knowledge needed to make good purchasing decisions in keeping with the Consumer Affairs Act 2011.Students from schools across Georgetown will be educated on the levels of protection that they are entitled to under the law – protection provided by the Consumer Affairs Division and protection by the CCAC.The exposition is set to offer a set of advisories and know-how tools and to inform the public on the rights that they have in any buyer-seller scenario.It is also meant to build consumers’ confidence to accept and pay for only services and products that they are satisfied with.In recent years, the Tourism Ministry had launched a “Know Your Consumer Rights” campaign, as Minister Cathy Hughes urged the Consumer Affairs Division to pay attention to the difficulties consumers often experience with regard to the poor quality of goods and services available on the market. The target audience for this campaign is consumers from low to medium socio-economic areas since they are traditionally less likely to know and exercise their rights than those from the higher socio-economic brackets.last_img read more

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New motorcycle brand launched in Guyana

first_imgJai Sang motorcycles and spare parts company located on Church Street, Georgetown on Tuesday introduced a new brand of motorcycles to the Guyanese public.The Moab brand of motorcyclesAccording to the owner of the company, Christopher King, the Moab brand of motorcycles is made and assembled in China.Sporting an impressive muscular look, the high-performance machines are said to be top rated within its class and environmentally friendly with a 125cc air-cooled, EFI single-cylinder engine.The efficient fuel economy and overall performance are amazing features of the cycles, with a guaranteed 370 miles between fill-ups from the 13-litre tank.King assured that any bike purchased came with a one-year warranty.last_img read more

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Linden to benefit from solar agreement – Harmon

first_imgThe Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) community of Linden is set to benefit from projects under the International Solar Alliance (ISA) agreement recently signed by President David Granger, as Guyana forges ahead towards becoming a “solar State”.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon delivering the feature address at Linden Town Week 2018This is according to Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who made the disclosure while delivering the feature address at the official opening ceremony of the Linden Town Week (LTW) 2018 event in the mining town on Sunday.Harmon explained to residents and officials, who gathered for the occasion at the Linden-Georgetown minibus park, that he had received such information and indication of the benefits for the town, adding that the community was “poised for better days”.“I have some indication and I have some information which I have received and which I verily believe to be true that Linden will be the beneficiary of projects under the International Solar Alliance Agreement that was signed by His Excellency a few weeks ago in India. The solar footprint of Linden is one of your greatest assets and this is something that we have to explore, and you have to understand there’s a benefit for that,” the Minister indicated.As such, he said the mining community’s mined-out areas which usually serve as demotivators should now be seen as a positive since they would allow for greater access to solar power and the recently-established ISA.“I have some indication as well, that these mined-out areas can be, and there’s some conversations taking place now (that they can be), converted to green tourism and conservation facilities. I also have information which I verily believe to be true as well – that Conservation International and the World Wildlife Federation collaboratively will be looking at that…,” Minister Harmon told the gathering.Last month, President Granger travelled to New Delhi, India where he attended and spoke at the ISA Founding Conference and Solar Summit. The Head of State reportedly referenced Guyana’s strategic equatorial location in the Tropic of Cancer, which places the country at an advantage of becoming a “solar State”. The President also alluded to the country’s transitioning to the use of solar energy.last_img read more

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Brothers on trial for attempted murder

first_img…older sibling claims victim verbally abused, attacked himThe High Court trial of Brian Joseph and his younger brother, Dequan Small is expected to conclude today – days after the duo denied allegations that their actions almost 11 years ago – nearly caused the death of the Virtual Complainant, Shawn Hussain at Diamond, East Bank Demerara.The State’s case stated that following a confrontation, the then 17-year-old Joseph beat Hussain about the body with a wood on June 24, 2007 with intent to murder him or alternatively, tried to maim, disfigure or cause grievous bodily harm.His younger sibling, who was 13 at the time, is accused of abetting and procuring his older sibling to commit the offence. The Prosecution on Tuesday stressed that in the presence of other persons, it was Small, who handed a piece of wood to Joseph, to commit the act. However, two men, now in their twenties disputed the case, painting a different picture as to what transpired.Both gave unsworn statements to the 12-member jury, which meant that they could not be cross-examined by prosecutors or be questioned by the Judge or jury. Small, who stood for just a few minutes, told the court he was nowhere around when the beating took place. He said all he could remember was being home on the day in question when Police arrived in the evening and were looking for his older brother, Brian Joseph.Meanwhile, Joseph addressed the jury for over 20 minutes, telling members that he was now a father of four children. His account was that as he was passing Hussain, he verbally abused him. He indicated that the victim identified him by race and made certain derogatory remarks, which he expressed in open court.Joseph earlier explained that the road in the area was under construction and he took a back route where he encountered Hussain. He claimed that after the first confrontation, he was passing again and was holding on to his bicycle when he was attacked. Joseph noted that he was afraid for his life because “Shawn was a big man”.The accused claimed that Hussain “chucked” him and he fell before he retaliated by assaulted the victim. Joseph did not deny that he assaulted the victim but claimed that the man had a gun in his waist, which fell out after he pushed Hussain to the ground.“I notice some construction material on the ground and I pick up one and lash he on he hand…he try to pull the wood away from me and I lash he on he knee. He get two lash on he hand,” Joseph admitted.He added that he saw a light coming, assuming it was the Police and ran away. He was arrested later that night. He said a relative of Hussain claimed his brother gave him the piece of wood.Justice Sandhill Kissoon is expected to sum up the case before the matter is put to the jury for deliberation. The two men are represented by Michael Somersault while Prosecutors Lisa Cave and Mandell Moore are presenting the State.last_img read more

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Berbice man found hanging from ceiling

first_imgThe body of 22-year-old Ravi Surajpaul, also called ‘Dog Man,’ of Lot 338 Ankerville, Port Mourant, Corentyne Berbice, was at about 6:00h on Monday found by his parents hanging from the ceiling of his home in what is suspected to be an act of suicide.Dead: Ravi Surajpaul, also called ‘Dog Man’The dead man’s brother, Mooniram, told Guyana Times he had had a conversation with his late brother on Sunday and nothing seemed amiss.“He tell me he gone. Me ask him, ‘Wheh yuh going?’ He said he (was) going home,” Mooniram detailed.Moniram described his brother as a peaceful individual.Mother of the deceased, Deomattie Surisbally, explained that her son had cut his hand on Sunday and had had to seek medical attention; but other than that, there was nothing abnormal about his behaviour.She explained that, later in the evening, she and her husband left to attend a “wake”, leaving Ravi at home, since he had refused to accompany them. Upon returning home in the early hours of Monday, they called out for him to open the door, but there was response.They called a neighbour to open the door for them, and he jumped through a window and made the discovery of Ravi’s body hanging from the rafter.The Police are investigating the matter.last_img read more

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Maternal deaths prevention campaign taken to Berbice

first_imgThe Public Health Ministry has taken its countrywide training programme to Berbice, as efforts continue to eliminate maternal deaths caused by haemorrhage.Zero maternal deaths by haemorrhage is an initiative of the Pan America Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO), along with its Latin Centre for Perinatology, Women’s and Reproductive Health (CLAP/WR), to prevent maternal deaths by postpartum haemorrhage.According to research conducted by the Public Health Ministry and PAHO, postpartum haemorrhage is a leading cause of maternal death in Guyana. As a result of this, several training sessions have been executed in Regions One, Three and Four.The three-day session, which targeted midwives, doctors, gynaecologists andSome of the participants at the Public Health Ministry trainingcommunity health workers, began on Monday in the Regional Health Services boardroom, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).PAHO’s representative, Ulex Fung is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying that the Organisation was satisfied with the collaboration between the Ministry and PAHO to implement the training sessions.Fung noted that the initiative also worked towards empowering women, so their rights and preferences are respected, and they are encouraged to seek timely qualified medical care. She emphasised that training for health-care professionals served to reduce the number of cases and ensure timely and effective treatment for cases that do occur.The PAHO representative further highlighted that the participants would be introduced to an electronic system known as “Prenatal information system plus” used to store data belonging to patients.The Public Health Ministry will be taking the programme to Regions Two and Seven soon.last_img read more

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Hundreds walk to raise awareness about breast cancer

first_img“Early detection saves lives” was the chant as hundreds took to the streets of Georgetown on Sunday to raise awareness on breast cancer as part of the activities to observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month.The march, which was organised by the Public Health Ministry, commenced and culminated at Parade Ground on Middle Street, Georgetown.Leading the march were Public Health Ministers Volda Lawrence and Dr Karen Cummings, along with First Lady Sandra Granger; Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and his wife, Sita; and several cancer survivors.Cancer survivor Desiree Edghill said that the walk differed from similar walks in that it allowed cancer survivors to feel embraced. “When people see survivors walking, I think that gives them some hope that I can fight this and I think what wasSome of the participants at Sunday morning’s breast cancer awareness walkgood about this walk also is that there was a lot of education happening on the way … so, I think it is important that we continue to walk and continue to let people know that early detection saves lives,” Edghill underscored.Also, a survivor, Public Health Minister Lawrence – who described herself as a ‘cancer warrior’ – said raising awareness was important, since many women experienced the symptoms, but were afraid to let people know or face the issue head-on.“When we come out in the public and we show them that even a minister or anyone – it does not matter who you are, but you can have cancer and you can be a survivor, you can war against cancer. So, this is to encourage [persons] to come out and do their breast checks,” Minister Lawrence is quoted as saying by the Department of Public Information (DPI).Dr Cummings, the Minister within the Public Health Ministry, noted that the huge turnout demonstrated that more people were aware of the issue. The Minister said, “We certainly want to reduce the morbidity and mortality of cancers in general and more importantly, breast cancer, which is very common among women. So, I know that persons will learn to examine themselves every month so they can save their lives.”October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Governments, civil society groups and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) use this annual observation to raise awareness about the disease, and garner funds that will go towards research on treatments and a cure.last_img read more

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Man gets 2 years after confessing to $1.1M robbery

first_imgA man was jailed for two years by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Tuesday afternoon after he admitted to a $1.1 million robbery carried out in the North West District (NWD).Steve Williams admitted that he used a gun to rob Deneisha Stoll of three ounces of raw gold along with cash and cosmetics valued $1.1 million, belonging to Shauntel Benjamin.The robbery reportedly occurred on November 23, 2018 at Bamboo Landing, NWD.Williams also confessed to having a 9mm pistol along with one live round of ammunition in his possession on November 24, 2018 at Hell Hill, NWD without being the holder of a licence for same.In addition to the jail sentence, he was fined $50,000.last_img read more

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CPG increases presence in border communities

first_imgCommunity Policing Groups (CPG) have increased their presence in border villages, in order to amplify security in remote locations, where access to a law enforcement agency is absent.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan told media operatives on Friday that there are a number of initiatives which these policing groups have embarked on within the last year.Mechanisms were put in place to establish more community policing groups as well as Police stations in Regions One (Barima-Waini), Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).“We must emphasise because of the developments in the border area, more Police stations, more CPG group formations in these communities, especially when it’s hard to get more Policemen in these areas… CPGs are now active in villages spanning the hinterland,” said Ramjattan.Moving forward, the Ministry will seek to increase the number of such groups in the interior regions. However, he admitted that these groups have provided some level of security to communities that are subjected to criminal activities.“Community policing is premised on that philosophy whereby the community has that definite interest and therefore, must perform that defined obligation… The efforts of Community Policing Groups have been in a way, helping to reduce the negatives of crimes,” the Minister said.Ramjattan noted that these groups have received international support from the United Nations and the International Organisation for Migration.Adding to that, administrator of the groups, Dennis Pompey, mentioned that groups across the country would have produced many successes in their bid to combat crime.“The main focus in community policing is ensuring safety and security through various crime prevention mechanisms. The community policing over the years have yielded tremendous benefits from the hard work we delivered in 2018.”To date, there are 16 divisions, 210 policing groups, consisting of 4255 members.There was an increase in the number of patrols from 5765 in 2017 to 9182 in 2018. These were carried out by foot, vehicles and vessels.“We have established groups in non-traditional areas… Community policing continues to engage the youths of today through our 35 youth groups that are currently existing within the divisions,” said Pompey.After taking office in 2015, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Government had taken away the vehicles from the CPGs and handed them over to the Guyana Police Force. In 2017, realising the importance of CPGs, Ramjattan announced that several of those resources have since been returned to the CPGs.last_img read more

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Guyana to host Port State Control Meeting

first_imgGuyana is slated to be the host of the 24th Annual Caribbean Memorandum of Understanding (CMOU) Port State Control Committee meeting between June 19 and 21 at the Guyana Marriott Hotel.This Committee meets annually to discuss collectively, how to set standards to abide with the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) conventions, also to explore ways of improving the living and working conditions of seafarers in the Caribbean.Another main function of the CMOU is the harmonising of measures of member states, with special emphasis placed on training, certification, manning guidelines, inspections, and guidelines for surveyors.Meanwhile, Guyana has been a founding member of the CMOU for Port State Control in the Caribbean region since its formation in Barbados, on February 9, 1996. Other founding members include Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, the Netherland Antilles, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.The membership has since increased to eighteen states with the addition of Aruba, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Cuba, France, St Kitts and Nevis, and St Lucia. In addition, St Vincent and the Grenadines has joined as an associate member state. Other observer states have indicated their willingness to become members, and it is hoped that the membership of the CMOU will continue to grow over the next few years.It is expected that attendance to this meeting will include the Caricom member states, along with Aruba, Bermuda, Cuba, Curacao, the Netherlands, and France, as well as representatives from intra-governmental organisations such as the Paris MOU, the IMO and the United States Coast Guard (USCG), and a few commercial shipping interests.Incidentally, the CMOU is a regional co-operative body affiliated with the IMO. The event is being held under the auspices of the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD).last_img read more

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Intoxicated GDF rank still to be charged

first_imgFatal accidentMore than one month has passed since 57-year-old pedal cyclist Ramlackhan (only name given), succumbed to his injuries at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) after being struck down by an intoxicated Guyana Defence Force (GDF) rank but charges are yet to be laid against the military official.Deputy Police Commissioner and Traffic Chief, Linden Isles told Guyana Times on Saturday that “a complete file” on this matter was sent to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and that the police are awaiting advice.Initially, advice was sought about driving under the influence since Ramlackhan was unconscious, however, the pedal cyclist succumbed without regaining consciousness and this caused the investigation to take a different route.“It was a serious accident that turned into a fatal accident. So at that time [and until now], he was released in the custody of the Army. Now the investigation is continuing because it was a serious accident initially and so we now have to investigate a fatal accident,” the Traffic Chief had told this publication.At that time, he had also stated that the DUI charge, as well as others that may be laid against the army rank, will be done altogether.“After the man would have passed away, there are certain systems that have to be followed,” he had further stated.On May 25 last, Ramlackhan was struck down along the Vryheid’s Lust Railway Embankment Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD), by motorcar PRR 7815 allegedly being driven by the soldier. The severely injured man is said to hail from Lot 346 Martyrs Ville, Mon Repos, ECD.At the time of the accident, Ramlackhan was towing another friend, who is reportedly from Sixth Street, Success, ECD. His friend suffered minor injuries.Reports are that on the day in question, the duo was riding along the roadway when they were hit off the bicycle by the vehicle being driven by the GDF rank, who was reportedly under the influence of alcohol.Ramlackhan was picked up and taken to the GPHC, where he was admitted a patient.A breathalyser test was conducted on the driver of the vehicle, and it was discovered that his alcohol intake was above the legal limit. While Ramlackhan was in a coma at the GPHC, the soldier, who was allegedly driving the car involved in the accident, was released into the custody of the Army.last_img read more

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Guyana looking to tap into Qatar’s petroleum expertise

first_imgAs Guyana prepares for its budding oil and gas industry, the Government is looking to capitalise on the State of Qatar’s vast expertise in the petroleum sector.This was indicated by President David Granger as he accepted the Letter of Credence from the new non-resident Qatari Ambassador to Guyana, Ahmed Ibrahim Abdulla Al-Abdulla.President David Granger with the newly-accredited Qatari Ambassador to Guyana Ahmed Ibrahim Abdulla Al-Abdulla, along with Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Karen Cummings (left) and Director General at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Ambassador Audrey Waddell (right)In his remarks, the Head of State lauded the existing bilateral relation between the two countries and at the same time, suggests new fields of cooperation, such as the energy sector.“Guyana is keen on enhancing partnerships with experienced oil producers such as Qatar. I am confident that your appointment as Ambassador will provide opportunities for fruitful discussions and exchanges in the oil and gas sectors of both our countries,” President Granger asserted.The Middle Eastern nation, which has oil reserves of over 20 billion barrels and an advanced economy, has long expressed interest in Guyana’s budding oil and gas sector. In fact, the State-owned Qatar Petroleum has bought a percentage of French oil major, Total’s share of its existing interests in the Orinduik and Kanuku blocks offshore Guyana.The Orinduik oil block is just a few kilometres from Exxon’s discoveries in the Liza and Payara fields.Eco Guyana and United Kingdom’s Tullow Oil signed a 10-year Petroleum Prospecting licence and Production Sharing Agreement with Guyana in 2016 for the Orinduik block. French firm Total E&P Activities Petrolieres entered the fray in 2017, partnering with Eco with the option to get a 25 per cent share in the block.Qatar Petroleum has since reported in July that it struck a deal to acquire 40 per cent of Total’s 25 per cent participating interest in the Orinduik block, and 40 per cent of Total’s 25 participating interest in the neighbouring Kanuku block.However, Director of the Energy Department, Dr Mark Bynoe, has said that they are yet to receive the necessary documents regarding this farm-in deal from Total.Meanwhile, the other partners in the Orinduik Block, Tullow holds a 60 per cent participating interest, while Eco Atlantic has 15 per cent interest.At present, Tullow has made at least two oil finds: in its Jethro and Joe wells. On September 16, the same day that ExxonMobil announced its 14th oil find, the British company revealed that it had made its second oil find in just a matter of weeks – 14 metres of oil reservoirs at the Joe well.Meanwhile, Repsol Exploration, a Spanish oil company, last month commenced drilling in the Kanuku Block at the Carapa 1 well site, which will conclude on November 30, 2019.Nevertheless, at Wednesday’s accreditation ceremony, President Granger noted that another new area he wants to explore cooperation with Qatar is tourism.This comes some two weeks after Guyana signed an Air Services Agreement with Qatar to promote and facilitate airlines of Guyana and Qatar to operate any number of services between both countries as well as beyond to any third country, with no restrictions on capacity, frequency, aircraft type and routing.According to the Guyanese Head of State, this agreement will pave the way for future cooperation in investment, enhanced trade, air travel and the movement of people.“Guyana welcomes this important milestone and remains committed to working with the Government of Qatar to enhance air connectivity in an effort to link the Caribbean and the Middle East. I wish to convey Guyana’s interest in deepening cooperation with Qatar in trade, capacity building and education,” he added.Meanwhile, the newly-accredited Qatari Diplomat conveyed wishes from the Emir of the State of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim Al-Thani.“His Highness Tamim has instructed me to assure you, Your Excellency, of his willingness to develop and strengthen ties between our countries in all fields of cooperation to benefit both of our countries and people. Despite the geographic difference between the State of Qatar and the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, the two countries have excellent relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations between them,” the Qatari envoy noted.Ambassador Ahmed Ibrahim Abdulla Al-Abdulla is currently posted in neighbouring Brazil. Guyana and Qatar established diplomatic ties some 23 years ago, in August 1996.last_img read more

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Govt to return to tender for Specialty Hospital Project – Dr Norton

first_imgFedders Lloyd blacklistingIn light of Fedders Lloyd Corporation Limited being blacklisted over fraud and corruption practices by the World Bank, Minister of Public Health Dr George Norton said that the government has already taken a decision to discontinue a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Indian-based company and will now put the project to tender.Speaking with Guyana Times on Sunday, Dr Norton said that after learning about the company being blacklisted, the government held a discussion in this regard.An artist’s impression of the Specialty HospitalPublic Health Minister, Dr George Norton“We had a discussion and that discussion would have been as a direct result of what was revealed by the World Bank and that was only revealed recently… We will have to change the company… There is no doubt we will go to tender to get a new company as early as possible,” Dr Norton told this publication.The A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition had ignored a evaluation report compiled under the previous People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration, which disqualified Fedders Lloyd for the same project in 2012, and last year signed an MoU with that company to complete the Specialty Hospital after Surendra Engineering was sacked.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, who once provided legal services for Fedders Lloyd, defended the company’s selection by his government, arguing that the company was being victimised by the previous government.The APNU/AFC government had also argued that in the interest of time and without any tendering process, it approached Fedders Lloyd, which was willing to complete and fully equip the medical facility with the remaining US$13.8 million of the US$18 million Line of Credit from the India Exim (Export-Import) Bank.However, in April the New Delhi-based company was blacklisted by the World Bank under its fraud and corruption policy as set forth in the Bank’s Procurement Guidelines or the Consultant Guidelines, forcing the APNU/AFC Administration to sever ties with the company, which had already commenced works on the hospital at Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown.According to the World Bank website, the company has been sanctioned from April 6, 2016 to April 5, 2020 for breaches of the institution’s procurement guidelines in 2004 and in 2010. The guideline, 1.14(a)(ii), under the heading ‘Fraud and Corruption’ states: “Fraudulent practice is any act or omission, including a misrepresentation, that knowingly or recklessly misleads, or attempts to mislead, a party to obtain a financial or other benefit or to avoid an obligation.”Further examination of the World Bank’s notes on the debarred firms and individuals, it explained the company will have to adhere to certain conditions during the period of sanction before it can be allowed to work on projects financed by the institution:“The period of ineligibility of Fedders Lloyd Corporation Limited extends to any legal entity that they directly or indirectly control.The company is ineligible to be awarded Bank-financed contracts for a period of four years.At the end of the Period of Debarment, the Respondent and the Sanctioned Affiliates may be released from debarment, provided that they have met corporate compliance conditions, cooperated with the WBG (World Bank Group) and fully complied with the terms of the NRA.”Last year, the government faced a barrage of criticism for hand-picking Fedders Lloyd, including from the Opposition, People’s Progressive Party/Civic.Following this recent development, a PPP/C official pointed out that had government considered the advice and warnings from the Opposition, this situation would not have arisen and the project would have avoided further delays.The PPP/C official further noted that in effect, the coalition administration had single-sourced the contractor and further alleged that government’s decision may have been influenced by the fact that the company had financed the party as well as individuals.Political commentators Ramon Gaskin and Dr Henry Jeffery had also criticised the government initially for bypassing the public procurement system and handpicking Fedders Lloyd.When contacted on Saturday, they noted that they are not surprised at the fact that the firm has been sanctioned by the World Bank especially since there was complete lack of transparency in the award of the contract to it.Gaskin told this newspaper that Fedders Lloyd is no good in the interest of Guyana; just as the first India-based company, Surendra Engineering, was not. “Surendra was no good – we had a lot of problems with them in terms of money – and Fedders Lloyd is no better… These foreign contractors are bad news,” he asserted.Dr Jeffery outlined that it was unfortunate that foreigners had to become involved in the matter for the right thing to happen: “People have been saying that the contract should have gone to open tender but government failed to do so.”Nevertheless, Dr Jeffery noted that Guyana wins in that the project will now rightfully go to tendering and this should be a lesson learned for the coalition government.Both political commentators also underscored the need for the APNU/AFC administration to take steps to have the Public Procurement Commission established.last_img read more

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GRA seizes smuggled chicken, mosquito coils

first_img…3 in custodyAs it continues to crack down on smuggling activities, the Guyana Revenue Authority GRA) has reported that its Law Enforcement and Investigation Division (LEID) last week intercepted a vessel carrying large quantities of foreign chicken and mosquito coils. According to the revenue collection agency, the ship was intercepted during a sting operation on May 2, 2018 while the vessel was in the Atlantic Ocean.Upon discovering hundreds of boxes of foreign chicken and mosquito coils, suspected to be smuggled from Suriname, the GRA said the Captain and two sailors, who were on board the vessel, were apprehended and placed into custody as investigations continue.The tax collection body noted that they were first-time offenders; however, several recent interceptions have implicated repeat offenders. Second-time offenders are liable to pay three times the duties and taxes as a fine. While, third-time offenders may be prosecuted and/or be allowed to pay three times the value of the item as a fine, as compensation in lieu of court proceedings. In many cases, these offences also result in seizure of the goods and confiscation of the vehicles involved.This recent interception comes as GRA’s LEID continues its fight against smuggling. In fact, the Authority disclosed that from January 2018 to date, the Division has been able to recoup hundreds of millions of dollars in Customs Duties, Excise Taxes, Environmental Levy and VAT, in addition to fines, and has confiscated significant quantities of commonly smuggled items including alcohol, foreign chicken and mosquito coils.“The LEID operations exemplifies the GRA’s commitment to deter, disrupt, and prosecute individuals who attempt to import prohibited items, and evade the payment of their fair share of duties and taxes,” the agency asserted.Moreover, the Authority went on to outline that whistleblowers have significantly improved LEID’s performance and the agency’s revenue collection. To this end, the GRA said the general public must be complimented in aiding the Authority’s efforts to stamp out this activity.last_img read more

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PPP reiterates importance of governance mechanism for equal opportunity

first_img180th Emancipation…Guyanese must look back on sacrifices of foreparents – GovtIn recognising the invaluable contributions that African ancestors and their descendants have made to the development of Guyana, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) in its Emancipation message to the nation noted the importance of a governance mechanism for equal opportunity.The Party said the foundations of the Guyanese society and economy were firmly laid by them through hard work and commitment to their homeland. It noted that it is a historic 180th anniversary that provides yet another opportune moment to reflect on the sacrifices made by all Guyanese African ancestors.“As our Party once again recognises the tremendous sacrifices and the selflessOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeocontributions African ancestors made to our modern society, it wishes to reiterate the importance of the principle of racial equality, and a governance mechanism where each and every citizen, regardless of race, colour or creed, be given an equal opportunity to contribute to advancement of our society,” the PPP stated.The Party said too that it remained proud of the fact that it was the largest multi-ethnic political party and would continue to welcome all Guyanese into its ranks from all races and ethnicities. “…who, like our foreparents, share the vision of a society where the good life is enjoyed, not by a privileged few, but by the society as a whole,” as it sent Emancipation greetings to all Guyanese, in particular Afro-Guyanese.“Stripped of their humanity and dignity and forced to toil long hours, to say that our African ancestors suffered at the hands of the sugar planters would be a gross understatement. During that genocidal process, many were tortured and brutally killed for standing up for their rights. In the long march to freedom, many battles were fought, including the Berbice Slave Rebellion led by our National Hero, Cuffy.”The PPP also stated that the resilient spirit of resistance, demonstrated by AfricanSocial Cohesion Minister, Dr George Nortonancestors, prevailed and freedom was attained in August 1838. “Freed and successful in forging a society, having purchased a number of villages, there were attempts by the sugar planters to sabotage the slaves’ newly-won independence. However, their determination for success and peace resulted in their triumph,” it added.In Government’s Emancipation Day message, from Social Cohesion Minister with responsibility for culture, Dr George Norton, it was said that Guyanese must never forget about the sacrifices made by African ancestors. “It is imperative that we reflect and honour the sacrifices of those who fought against the inhumane customs of slavery. Men such as Cuffy, Damon and Quamina are the reasons why we are able to proudly sing that line in our National Anthem that reads “Land of the Free”,” Dr Norton said.The Minister continued, “My fellow Guyanese, the year 1838 and the fight for freedom shaped our destiny as a nation; it painted a clear picture of who we were going to be as a people. It was the abolition of slavery that triggered the influx of our foreparents from other continents. The arrival of our ancestors from Portugal, India and China, has added to the diversity and beauty of a more matured Guyana.”Further, the Minister said he believed that the most meaningful way to observe this Emancipation was to embrace and celebrate the status of being “One People” of “One Nation”, following “One Destiny”. More importantly, Dr Norton said Guyana’s rich history has taught everyone that great achievements and betterment come from a united effort, and, as such, no one should squander the legacy of our ancestors.“Let us embrace their traditions of cohesion, and exercise the spirit of resilience and courage in fighting against all forms of injustices and bigotry,” he added.last_img read more

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Denny Morrison suffers stroke

first_imgMURRAY, UTAH – Fort St. John speedskater and Olympic medallist Denny Morrison says he’s in a Utah hospital after suffering a stroke.The 30-year-old Morrison tweeted from his official Twitter account on Saturday night at the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, two days after he was expected to complete a 25-day mountain bike ride from Arizona to Utah.Only 11 months ago Morrison was in the hospital after he sustained serious injuries from a motorcycle accident.Almost a year post accident. And done mountain biking 800 miles across Arizona, I’m back in a Hospital bed again. Had a stroke today ????????— Denny Morrison (@Denny_Morrison) April 24, 2016- Advertisement -Speed Skating Canada had no immediate information regarding Morrison’s tweet.Advertisement Less than a year after serious injuries from a motorcycle wreck that nearly ended not just his speedskating career but his life, the decorated Olympian raced a men’s 1,000 metres at the Olympic Oval in Calgary this past March.last_img read more

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GP Doctor’s Preliminary Hearing Set For April

first_imgA Grande Prairie doctor accused of sexual assault will have to wait until April to find out if he will go to trial. Dr. Paliswami Murthi was in Grande Prairie provincial court last week to set a date for his preliminary hearing on charges that he sexually assaulted four of his patients. In June Murthi was charged with five counts of sexual assault, one count of sexual exploitation, one count of sexual interference and two charges of assault. The alleged assaults occurred at his two practices in the Grande Prairie area between 2001 and 2007. The complainants include two youths, one male and one female. Murthi’s preliminary hearing will be held April 28th.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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2 people are dead following another accident south of Fort Nelson

first_imgSaturday Afternoon’s Head-on Collision on the Alaska Highway – Courtesy Nelson Loe- Advertisement -On November 1st, 2008 at approximately 10:15 am, an RCMP member came across the scene of a two vehicle collision approximately 80 KM south of Fort Nelson. Initial reports from the officer is that a passenger vehicle and a tractor trailer unit collided head on. Two persons were pronounced dead at the scene and one is injured and will be transported to the hospital in Fort Nelson for treatment. The cause of this collision is not known at this time, however road conditions are expected to be a factor. An RCMP traffic analyst is en-route to the scene from Fort St. John. The names of the deceased are not being released at this time, pending the notification of next of kin. The RCMP and BC Coroner’s Service continue to investigate. Highway 97, also known as the Alaska Highway, is closed and will remain closed for several hours. Continue to watch Energeticcity.ca for the latest updates.If you’ve been caught in the delay, or you have photos or video of the accidents, please email us – contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com or call 250-793-2326 or 250-263-7746.last_img read more

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Energeticcity.ca Launches iPhone App

first_imgEnergeticcity.ca is excited to announce the launch of our iPhone app FSJ News.Now you can get access to stories from Energeticcity.ca anywhere you go with your iPhone.  You can read the latest News, Sports, Community Events and more right on your iPhone.- Advertisement -To download the app, Click Here, or you can search for FSJ News in the App Store.  You can also use this app on your iPod Touch.Now even more ways to read everything about Fort St. John.last_img

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Sci-Tech North seeks innovative Northerners

first_imgSci-Tech North is inviting residents of Northern B.C. to submit nominations for 2010 Excellence in Innovation Awards.The annual awards recognize individuals, companies, and programs leading the way in fields ranging from environmental stewardship to education.- Advertisement -Sci-Tech North Executive Director Lori Ackerman says the awards “celebrate the innovation that is happening in our region, and also make residents and companies aware of the innovation that is going on here.”She also says the awards can play a vital role in fostering cutting-edge techniques in Northern B.C.[asset|aid=3124|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=57067666a836ee6bb8792f3f559747b1-Lori-North_1_Pub.mp3] Nominations are being accepted until Oct. 20 in the following seven categories:Advertisement Innovative YouthInnovation in EductionInnovation at WorkInnovation in IndustryTechnology EntrepreneurInnovative Action for the EnvironmentTechology LeadershipSubmissions are being accepted by fax, at (250) 785-9649, or by phone, at (250) 785-9600.The 2010 Excellence in Innovation Awards Ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Fort St. John’s Pomeroy Hotel.last_img read more

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Devcich headed to Patriots ahead of Hero CPL 2018

first_imgThe St Kitts & Nevis Patriots have announced that Anton Devcich will be joining them for the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League which bowls off from August 8.Anton DevcichThe New Zealander will be replacing spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, who will now be with South Africa on their tour of Sri Lanka, and then will be representing South Africa ‘A’ until the end of August.Devcich, a 32-year-old spin bowling all-rounder, has had previous experience with the Hero CPL, having played for the Trinbago Knight Riders in 2016. Known for his lavish beard, the batsman has played 16 times for New Zealand, having represented his country in ODIs and T20 Internationals.Speaking about the arrival of Devcich, Patriots Head Coach Donovan Miller hailed the Kiwi as a class player who offers a huge amount with the bat, ball, and in the field. He further noted that Devcich’s experience in international and franchise cricket around the world will be a real asset to the Patriots this season.Meanwhile Devcich and his team will have the chance to show their skills when they open the tournament against multiple time finalists Guyana Amazon Warriors at the Providence National Stadium, Guyana.last_img read more

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Inclan, Northview lead Masters contingent

first_imgThe Vikings qualified more wrestlers than any school in the San Gabriel Valley and had five Eastern Division champions last Saturday at La Quinta High. Inclan, a two-time CIF champion, started the season at 160 pounds, but dropped to 152 to make Northview a more lethal squad. He’s 41-2. “I am peaking at the very best time of the year and working really hard with my teammates,” Inclan said. “I have the best people possible to go against every day at practice.” Steven Salinas (103), P.J. Martinez (112), Dennis Rodriguez (125) and Steven DeLaFuente (140) all won championships for the Vikings. Martinez won his second CIF crown Saturday and DeLaFuente and Inclan were named lower and upper weight MVPs, respectively. “Mentally all are kids are fresh,” Northview coach Bobby Bellamy said. “Physically, at this time of the year, the kids everywhere are dinged up, but they’re ready to go.” “This weekend all comes down to who wants it the most.” Nick Inclan leads a cast of 11 Northview High School wrestlers into the two-day CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet at Carter High in Rialto beginning today. The top eight wrestlers from each weight class qualify for the State Meet, March 2-3 at the Rabobank Arena . center_img in Bakersfield Thomas Williams (112) and Jonathan Aguirre (145) are among the five South Hills wrestlers vying for a spot at the State Meet. Williams (42-1), ranked No. 1 in the state at 112, dropped a 4-2 decision to West Covina’s Chris Armendariz in the Coastal Division semifinals, but feels the loss will serve as motivation. “I am fine mentally and I will be ready to go,” Williams said. “I am going to learn from my mistakes and move forward.” Sal Castillo (140) and Josh Pearson (189) have realistic chances of qualifying for State. George Munoz won the Masters 152-pound class last year and is again going in as an underdog for West Covina. The Bulldogs senior finished fourth last Saturday at the CIF Coastal Division finals in Huntington Beach and is ready to redeem himself. “I am very hungry right now,” Munoz said. “I started training Sunday for this weekend and expect to do well.” Munoz has one of the toughest draws in the area and will need to be at his best to advance. The Bulldogs have the second most entrants from the area with eight wrestlers. Taylor Louie (103), Armendariz (112) A.J. Guardado (135) and Munoz are expected to advance. Diamond Bar’s Marcus Johnson (215) may have flown under everyone’s radar, but that’s about to change. Johnson is 42-0 and won his first CIF title at the Southern Division championship at Chino Hills. “I am expecting to win Masters and do well at State, but I am not taking anything for granted,” Johnson said. “I am working hard every day to try and limit any mistakes in my mechanics.” Johnson’s teammate, Garrett Jones, will compete in the 189-pound division. Sierra Vista’s Adrian Gonzales (41-1) lost Saturday in the finals of the 152-pound division, but with that behind him, he is set to battle in possibly the toughest weight class in the area. Along with Inclan and Munoz, Gonzales looks to take the top spot and says he’s learned from his lone defeat this season. “I put Saturday behind me and I like my chances. I am really focused for this weekend and think I’ve corrected anything that needed to fixed,” Gonzales said. Angel Garcia, San Dimas’ 119-pound junior standout, won his third CIF title in as many years last Saturday at La Quinta. Garcia (45-3) has won titles at 103, 112 and now 119 and has his eyes set on a Masters title and a run at State. “I am going in this to win it, but I’ve had my mind on State all year,” Garcia said. “I am a lot more experienced this time around and have been working on minimizing mistakes.” Garcia has yet to place at State, but expects that to change next weekend in Bakersfield. Taylor Louie (103) might be the least recognized standout for West Covina, but at 36-1, he is primed and ready for a run at State. The senior’s lone loss was by disqualification and his coaches believe he’s possibly the most underrated wrestler in the area. “I’ve had one goal all year and that’s to be a state champion,” Louie said. “To be a state champ, you have to beat everybody and I am hoping to do that at Masters.” Bishop Amat will send two CIF Coastal Division champions, Steven Espindola (112) and Andrew Ortega (119), along with teammates Andrew Mascarenas (145), Andrew Hernandez (189) and Julian Silva (215) to the meet. West Covina coach Donnie Stephens is cautiously optimistic about the number of Bulldogs that will qualify for State. “When you get to Masters, anything can happen,” Stephens said. “I know our guys are ready mentally and physically.” The Bulldogs are a senior-led team and experience won’t be an issue this weekend. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Williams gets his state title

first_imgHe accomplished his mission Saturday night by winning the 112-pound class during the CIF state wrestling championships at Rabobank Arena. He is the first South Hills competitor to score a state title since Jeremiah Miller pulled the trick at 171 pounds in 1992. BAKERSFIELD – Losing usually is thought of as a bad thing in competitive athletics. But for South Hills High School wrestler Thomas Williams, a setback earlier this season provided the necessary motivation to win a CIF state individual title. “It feels awesome (to win a state title). I worked my whole life for this.” Williams was one of six area wrestlers to place. Also scoring top-eight medals were San Dimas Angel Garcia (third at 119), West Covina’s A.J. Guardado (seventh at 135) and George Munoz (fifth at 152), Northview’s Steve De La Fuente (seventh at 140) and Rosemead’s Anthony Gonzalez (sixth at heavyweight). Garcia, who was 6-1 for the tournament, followed up a loss in the semifinals on Saturday by earning third place with wins over Poway’s Mike Hernandez and Silver Creek’s Andre Gonzalez. “It’s great,” Garcia said. “I just can’t believe it. It’s a nice feeling. You train the whole year to get ready for this tournament and give your best. That’s what I did. I gave my best.” Garcia, who went 4-0 on Friday to advance to the semifinals, saw his quest at a state title end with a tough 9-5 loss to Santa Ana Calvary Chapel’s Jason Lara. He took an early 2-0 lead in the match, but Lara came back with a pair of takedowns for a 6-3 lead before getting a third in the final period to win, 9-5. “I was down (after losing in the semifinals),” Garcia said. “But I was able recoup and had to go after it. “I lost (in the semifinals), but its a good accomplishment to lose and then come back and finish third.” Munoz also came up big in recovering from a loss in the quarterfinals on Friday to go 3-1 on Saturday and take fifth place. It’s the second time in three years that a West Covina wrestler has placed at the state championships in the past three seasons. The Bulldogs’ Guardado took seventh at 135 by winning two of three matches on Saturday. He beat Simi Valley’s Mike Murphy in the fifth consolation round before losing, 10-1, to Madera’s Johny Rios in the third-place quarterfinals. He rebounded to score an 11-5 win over Natomas’ Jerin Miller in the seventh-place match. Northview’s De La Fuente, who brought an undefeated record and a top ranking into this weekend’s event, fought back from a loss in the second round on Friday to finish seventh at 140. The day was not very kind to Rosemead’s Anthony Gonzalez, who after winning four matches on Friday to earn a spot in the semifinals, went 0-3 on the final day to finish sixth. Three area wrestlers – West Covina’s Taylor Louie (103), Bishop Amat’s Steven Espindola (112) and Diamond Bar’s Marcus Johnson (215) – lost in the morning and failed to qualify for a medal. steve.ramirez@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “That loss (at the CIF-Southern Section Coastal Division championships) changed my whole outlook,” said Williams, who finished the season 52-1. “I probably wouldn’t have won here tonight if I didn’t lose that match. “It really made me re-focus and really look at my goals hard.” The No. 1 goal was to win the state title, which he came close to winning last season at 103 pounds. He got the job done this time by first scoring a 4-2 decision over Bakersfield’s Nektoe Demison in the semifinals before winning 5-2 over Pleasanton Foothill’s Kellen Aura in the finals. Williams took the lead with a takedown at 1:02 of the second period. Aura used an escape to cut the deficit to 2-1 late in the period before Williams countered with an escape and a takedown in the third to win, 5-2. “I couldn’t do anything (early in the match),” Williams said. “But he started to wear down near the end, and I was able to get the takedown. last_img read more

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Trojans fall after strong start

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Brandan Wright and top-seeded North Carolina almost waited too long to make their move. Down by 16 points early in the second half, the Tar Heels suddenly shifted into another gear and startled Southern California 74-64 Friday night in the East Regional semifinals. Despite off games by Tyler Hansbrough and Ty Lawson, the Tar Heels (31-6) saved themselves and set up a regional final Sunday for college basketball fans to savor: North Carolina vs. Georgetown, a rematch of the 1982 championship game that Michael Jordan won in the closing seconds. Fifth-seeded USC (25-12) was putting on a dunking exhibition and led 49-33 with 17:42 left before it all fell apart. Trojans coach Tim Floyd threw his program onto the court after a call in the final minute, and was whistled for a technical foul. By then, Wright and his teammates had already done plenty to frustrate Floyd’s team and were well on their way to their seventh straight victory. Wright scored two straight baskets on offensive rebounds to get the Tar Heels within 57-49, then the freshman was a key part of a 13-0 run that put them ahead for the first time since the opening minute. “It was a fantastic comeback to say the least,” Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said. “I have a great deal of confidence in my team. … I knew we wouldn’t give up.” North Carolina reached the round of eight for the second time under Williams, who won the 2005 title with the Tar Heels. Earlier at the Meadowlands, Georgetown beat Vanderbilt 66-65 on a last-second shot. Wright finished with 21 points and nine rebounds. He somehow offset Hansbrough’s 1-for-6 shooting for five points and Lawson’s four points. Freshman Taj Gibson had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Trojans. Nick Young, Gabe Pruitt and Gibson took turns throwing down dunks in the first half as the Trojans more than matched North Carolina’s up-tempo style. Floyd said his team plays with “youthful exuberance” and it showed from the get-go. Pointing their index fingers, slapping hands after big plays and popping the “USC” on their jerseys, they looked like schoolyard kids having fun. Floyd got into the act, too, hollering, “Go get it! Go get it!” during loose balls. Williams could barely watch on the other bench, putting his hands on his head and turning away after an airball. The Trojans scored the last eight points of the first half for a 42-33 lead, then scored the first seven after the break, capped by Lodrick Stewart’s 3. At that point, the Tar Heels trailed by 16 points and were in serious trouble. That is, until they started playing the kind of basketball that has consistently made them among the biggest winners in the sport. The Trojans attacked inside early, taking it right at Hansbrough. The rugged 6-foot-9 sophomore ripped out his mouthpiece at one point, upset that the Trojans were getting the better of him. In the second half, though, the Tar Heels had their way inside. They dominated the second-half as Southern California seemed powerless to stop the surge. The Trojans were trying to reach the round of eight for the first time since 2001. Known primarily as a football school, a win over the Tar Heels would’ve clearly boosted their national profile. “Winning and doing well in this tournament will do that, and that includes beating North Carolina,” Southern California athletic director Mike Garrett, a former Heisman Trophy winner, said right before tip-off. “But it’s more than just beating North Carolina.” It was not to be, despite such a strong start. North Carolina led for a grand total of 17 seconds in the first half. That was at 1-0 on a foul shot by Marcus Ginyard, who started when Reyshawn Terry was slowed by strep throat.last_img read more

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More than 500 protest for renter protection, affordable housing

first_imgIn addition, the group presented a list of 100 buildings in which tenants are considered at risk for eviction by unscrupulous landlords, condo conversions or demolitions. “We know they’re going to have to do a little thinking. We’re going to give them a week and that’s it,” Hurd said. But the groups’ protest was met with lukewarm response from city leaders, who have been trying to balance the needs of both tenants and landlords. “There are ways to get your point across. I don’t know how well their point was received,” said Councilman Herb Wesson, who heads the Council’s Housing and Economic Development Committee. “A citywide housing policy is something that has to be thought out in a methodical way.” A spokesman for Villaraigosa said Helmi Hisserich, the deputy mayor for housing, will meet with affordable-housing advocates to discuss their demands. Angry tenants and homeless residents filled the City Council chambers Wednesday, pounding the lectern and calling for more renter protections and affordable housing in Los Angeles. More than 500 people protested inside and outside City Hall and presented a list of demands including a moratorium on condo conversions, a citywide housing policy and a requirement that developers include affordable units in their projects. “Something has to be done. We’re talking about hundreds of units where people are being evicted all the time. Where are these people going to go?” said Alvivon Hurd, a downtown resident who belongs to ACORN, a low-income housing advocacy group. She and others demanded that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council adopt stronger policies to build and protect affordable housing. “In many ways, we’re already on the same page,” spokesman Gil Duran said. “Everybody wants to see more affordable housing and see it built much more rapidly.” kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Cinco de Mayo events in the Antelope Valley

first_img Cinco de Mayo Celebration What: Family-oriented event features Mexico Vivo dancers and musicians. Where: Palmdale Playhouse. When: 8 p.m. Saturday. Contact: Palmdale Playhouse ticket office (661) 267-5685. JetHawks Cinco de Mayo Celebration What: JetHawks game against the Visalia Oaks will feature Mexican-themed entertainment and will be followed by a fireworks show. Where: Clear Channel Stadium. When: Game starts at 5 p.m. Saturday. Contact: JetHawks ticket office (661) 726-5400.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tavera Foundation Scholarship Event What: Live mariachi band featured in event honoring former Antelope Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President Sal Tavera. Event proceeds benefit Sal Tavera scholarship fund. Where: Villa De Leon Ranch, 6612 E. Ave. K. When: 6 p.m. to midnight today. Lake Los Angeles Cinco de Mayo Festival and Parade What: The Antelope Valley’s largest and longest running Cinco de Mayo celebration features live music, dancing and food booths. Where: Starts on 170th Street East and Avenue P, ends at Stephen Sorensen County Park. When: All day event starts at noon Saturday. Contact: (661) 264-4536. last_img read more

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Officers’ CPR efforts help save man

first_imgThe Ambu-bag malfunctioned, and Ogle ran to get the Ambu-bag in her patrol car. Karson continued the chest compressions. “We just continued CPR until paramedics arrived,” he said. Three to four minutes passed before the paramedics arrived and took over. Paramedics continued to work on Garcia and got a pulse, Salazar said. It’s not the first time Karson performed CPR during a call. But he said it’s the second time he helped revive someone. It happened three to four months ago when someone was found in an alley off Pickering Avenue. All Whittier police are trained in CPR and carry Ambu-bags in their patrol cars, Salazar said. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 WHITTIER – Two officers used CPR to help save a man who was found not breathing in an apartment, officials said Tuesday. According to County Fire Captain Gary Morgan, officers Mike Karson and Nancy Ogle’s efforts allowed paramedics to revive the man, said Whittier Police spokeswoman Officer Diana Salazar. Daniel Garcia, 43, remains at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital. He was listed in poor condition Tuesday, said Terri Starkman, director of marketing for the hospital. “This was an excellent job by two veteran officers,” Salazar said. Karson and Ogle both arrived Monday afternoon at the apartment complex in the 12700 block of Oak Street on a call about a man down and not breathing. They ran to where people were pointing. In apartment No. 3, Karson said they found a man lying on the carpet on his back. “Officer Ogle felt for a pulse. She found none, so we started CPR,” Karson said. Karson did chest compressions while Ogle used the Ambu-bag, a device placed over the mouth that forces air into a person’s lungs. The roommate, using a translator, told them he went out, and when he came back a few minutes later found the man lying on the ground. Karson said he saw several bottles of heart medication in the apartment. last_img read more

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