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KC, Holmwood stand tall at Western Relays

first_img It was a quinella in the Boy’s Open 3000m for the North Street team, as Aryamanya Rodgers won in a fast 8:37.38 seconds, getting the better of teammate Shane Buchanan, who was second in 8:39.49 seconds. Holmwood was the best among the girls as they gave signs that they could give defending champions Edwin Allen a run for their money at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships with four good wins, the most by a female team at the meet. Their wins came in the 4x100m Class Two, in 46.03 seconds, the 4x200m Open in 1:36.00 seconds, 4x400m Open in 3:40.91 seconds, and the 4x800m Open in 8:59.54 seconds. Edwin Allen was next best with three wins, after taking the Class four 4x100m in 47.91 seconds, Class three 4x100m in 45.84 seconds and the Class one quartet of Kasheika Cameron, Patrice Moody, Shellece Clark and Khamoy Farquharson posting a quick 44.87 seconds. Kingston College was the toast of high school teams at Saturday’s 39th staging of the Milo Western Relays in Montego Bay as the North Street-based institution picked up six wins and two second-place finishes to be the most successful team at the meet. Their wins came in Classes One, Two and Three 4x100m, the 4x200m Class Two, 4×400 and 4x800m with second-place finishes in the Class One 4x200m and the sprint medley. Undoubtedly, it was the 4x800m event that got the large crowd in a frenzy as defending champions St Elizabeth Technical came out very confidently in making it back-to-back wins. Kingston College took a slight lead after the first exchange, with the in-form Kristoff Darby some 10 metres ahead of the dangerous Jauvaney James in second. Darby extended the lead at one stage to about 50m but in the end had to stave off a late rally from James as both teams had a tight battle on the final two legs before Tyrese Rhoden pulled away from Rayon Butler in the final 20m to give his team a win in seven minutes, 42.26 seconds as STETHS was second in 7:42.95 seconds, with Munro third in 8:07.04 seconds. Led by an outstanding third leg by Jhevaughn Matherson in the Open 4x400m, it was another good win for KC as they stopped the clock at 3:14.74 seconds, relegating the defending champions to second in 3:16.13 seconds and Petersfield third in 3:17.40 seconds. FIRST AND SECOND PLACElast_img read more

Gov’t Lawyers Back off in Beyslow Case

first_imgStrangely, yesterday lawyers of the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), the prosecuting arm of the government declined to coordinate with the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) to prosecute former Minister of Commence Miatta Beyslow, along with four other former senior public officials.The drama ensured at Criminal Court ‘C’, where the defendants are expected to be tried for their individual roles played in the alleged disappearance of over US$5 million from the sale of a Japanese Oil Grant , when the LACC’s legal team asked the court to include names of some lawyers of the MOJ on their team.They were arguing over the merit and demerit of the defendants’ US$2 million criminal appearance bond posted by the Accident and Casualty Insurance Company (ACICO).When the name of Atty. Bobby Livingstone, who had earlier participated in the case during the argument about justification of the defendants’ criminal appearance bond posted by the ACCICO, was mentioned , he was openly heard telling Judge Blamo Dixon, “Your honor, please I am not part of this case anymore.”He was not given the opportunity to explain reasons behind his abrupt withdrawal, but sat in the courtroom listening to representatives of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) and the ACCICO authenticating the validity of the bond, which the LACC had asked the court to deny.Another MOJ lawyer, Atty. Oretha Davis, declined to join the LACC team when she was also approached by the LACC.Atty. Davis also did not make any comment yesterday; instead she sat along with Atty. Livingstone in the courtroom.Besides Attorneys Davis and Livingstone, the County Attorney for Montserrado County, Cllr. Daku Mulbah, who is one of the government’s lawyers was nowhere around the courtroom, as he did in previous corruption cases like the one with former Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA) Matilda Parker.However, a legal expert hinted the Daily Observer that the MOJ initially advised the LACC not to proceed with the case on grounds that they lacked sufficient evidence, an opinion the LACC rejected.The 2007 Act creating the LACC states, among others, that “The prosecution of cases of corruption shall be carried out by the Ministry of Justice in coordination with the Commission.”In the event, the Act says, an investigation report by the Commission “finds that there is substantial evidence of corruption and recommends that the person(s) or entity(ies) involved be formally charged and prosecuted, the case and the records thereof shall be forwarded to the Ministry of Justice along with a written request signed by the Executive Chairperson requesting that the case be prosecuted.“The Commission shall prepare and maintain a register of all cases forwarded to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution along with details indicating those accepted for prosecution, those not accepted for prosecution, and those actually prosecuted.“The Ministry of Justice may decline to prosecute a case of corruption recommended for prosecution if it determines that the evidence adduced by the Commission is manifestly inadequate. In such case, the Commission shall be given the opportunity to augment the evidence or to show that the evidence is in fact adequate. In considering the adequacy of evidence, due regard shall be given to the special competence of the Commission in matters of corruption and the law thereof,” the document noted.Notwithstanding, the Act says the Commission may, without the necessity of any reference to the Ministry of Justice or the prior consent of the Ministry, directly prosecute acts or cases of corruption if:“The accused is an elected official, a member of cabinet, a head or a senior official of a public agency, commission or corporation, or a senior official of the Ministry of Justice…” The legal expert concluded that the LACC relied on the Act to prosecute the defendants without the intervention of the MOJ.Beyslow and her alleged accomplices, including former Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), T. Nelson Williams, Jr., are being prosecuted by the LACC for the commission of the crimes of economic sabotage, misapplication of entrusted property, criminal conspiracy and facilitation and violation of the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC) procedures and process.They were said to have connived with Aminata & Sons, a petroleum firm to allegedly dupe government of over US$5 million from the sale of the Japanese Oil Grant. Hearing into the bond 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

Second-half rally lifts Cal Poly Pomona

first_imgPOMONA – Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball coach Greg Kamansky is most irritated when his team doesn’t give an effort. The effort wasn’t there in the first half Friday night, and he let them know it at halftime. “He got his point across,” senior Dion Cook said. He certainly did, as the Broncos stepped it up in the second half, rallying from a 12-point deficit to beat UC San Diego 68-65 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association thriller at Kellogg Gym. “I think we just stepped it up on defense,” said Cook, who had 21 points and four assists. “And we got a few stops.” But San Diego stayed close, tying it up 62-62 on a Henry Patterson basket with 2:25 left. Cal Poly appeared to take a comfortable 67-62 lead after two Daniels free throws with 32.5 seconds left. Moments later, Kim was inbounding underneath UCSD’s basket and signaled for a timeout. Officials didn’t give it to him and he inbounded it to Lawlor, who made a three-point play with 22.5 seconds left to cut the deficit to 67-65. But that was as close as UCSD could get. The Broncos, ranked third in the NCAA Division II West Region, made 57 percent of their shots from the field in the first half, but forced only two turnovers and were outrebounded by a poor rebounding Tritons team, 14-10. UCSD led at the half 34-26, although the lead had been as large as 10. Those numbers changed in the second half, as the Broncos owned the boards, by a 23-7 margin and forced five turnovers. Kamansky figures Friday’s win clinches an NCAA Tournament spot regardless of what happens in the final three regular season games (only two of which count as West Region games). “I think we’re a better team this year, because we’re making free throws,” Kamansky said. The Broncos made 14-of-18 from the line in the second half. CAL POLY WOMEN Things in basketball are frequently relative. Yes, the Bronco women lost to UC San Diego 75-62, but it was a much better effort than the last time the teams played, and the second half was much better than the first. “I’m looking for improvement, and this was a big improvement over the last time we played,” Cal Poly interim women’s coach Michelle Fortier said. The first time the teams met, San Diego won 78-54. This time, the Broncos (7-17, 6-13) threw a couple of scares into the Tritons in the second half. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Cal Poly improved to 18-6 overall, 14-5 CCAA, while San Diego dropped to 10-14, 8-11. After Kaelen Daniels made a free throw with 12.3 seconds left to make it 68-65, the Tritons had two final chances. Kelvin Kim missed a 3-pointer, then Robby Peters’ 3-point attempt at the buzzer rimmed out. “The bottom line, the first half the effort wasn’t there. I don’t think we took them for granted, but we took ourselves for granted,” Kamansky said. The Broncos trailed by eight points at halftime, then it got worse when Darryl Lawlor’s rebound basket 15:14 to play in the game put UCSD up 46-34. The Broncos quickly rallied by scoring 10 straight points, but it wasn’t until Larry Gordon made two free throws with 6:38 to play that Cal Poly had its first lead (55-53) since the game’s opening eight minutes. last_img read more

Sepulveda Boulevard idea steams

first_imgLos Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, whose district includes Brentwood, has held a series of meetings with homeowners near the proposed freeway construction, including Church Lane residents, and does not want Caltrans to use eminent domain to take any houses in his area for the expansion. “I am very protective of my community and my folks,” said Rosendahl. “I have taken a very strong position that I do not want to see any of the homes confiscated.” City Councilman Jack Weiss, whose district includes parts of West Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, said there are two goals to keep in mind with the upcoming projects: to improve traffic through the Sepulveda Pass and not to disrupt existing communities. “My hope is that by getting all the issues on the table, we can find a way to do both,” said Weiss. sue.doyle@dailynews.com (818) 713-3746 IF YOU GO: A community meeting to discuss Sepulveda Boulevard and 405 Freeway improvements will be held 7-9 p.m. on Thursday at Skirball Cultural Center, Ahmanson Ballroom, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. Daily News Editor Ron Kaye will moderate. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A community meeting to be held on Thursday will focus on concerns about the Sepulveda Boulevard project, as well as the $950 million plan to build a car-pool lane along the northbound 405 Freeway from the 10 to the 101 freeways. After receiving $730 million in bond money this year, the California Department of Transportation held two public hearings in March so residents could comment on four proposals for expanding the 405 Freeway to accommodate a car-pool lane. The most controversial proposal involves razing a Lutheran church and dozens of homes on Church Lane in Brentwood. The Caltrans decision on its preferred route is imminent, agency spokeswoman Judy Gish said. Once the proposal is released, Caltrans will release it to the public to review for two months and then will hold another public hearing. The 405 Freeway expansion is expected to be completed by 2012. As the city finalizes its plans to build a reversible lane on Sepulveda Boulevard to help ease rush-hour jams, some residents remain fiercely opposed to the project, fearing the thoroughfare will become a mini-freeway. The reversible lane would be part of an $11.3 million project including widening the boulevard along a six-mile stretch between Mulholland Drive and Wilshire Boulevard. If the City Council approves the project, groundbreaking would be in June 2008 on the effort to reduce congestion on the San Diego Freeway. The plan calls for dedicating the middle of three lanes through the tunnel to southbound traffic in the morning and to northbound traffic in the evening. While engineers consider reversible lanes a quick fix to traffic congestion, residents worry about the impact on local neighborhoods. “Transportation/traffic would be a nightmare for not only those that are landlocked, Skirball, Mountaingate and Bel Air Crest … but the (30,000) to 40,000 cars that use Sepulveda to and from the Valley,” says a letter to city officials from homeowner Patricia Bell Hearst, who is spearheading opposition to the project. last_img read more

Video: Zamora wonder strike followed by brilliant bowling celebration

first_imgArles Flores scored a wonder strike for Venezuelan side Zamora, and then proved he is the kingpin of celebrations.last_img

GAA NOTES: GLENSWILLY

first_imgThe lotto numbers for 19th September were 14,16,18,20 match 3 winner was John Gallagher, Greenhill, Letterkenny. Next weeks jackpot is €2,860.****Sellers this weekend are Shane and Colm Carberry.Best of luck to the seniors who are in action in the county final against St. Michaels this Sunday, this is a big day for the club so please give your support to them. Good luck to the 3rds against Lifford in the junior quarter final on Saturday in O’Donnell Park.Thanks to everyone who helped and supported the coffee morning last Saturday.Circuits will start again on Monday the 10th of October from 7 – 8pm.Could anyone who is interested in taking part in Irish classes during the winter go to the clubhouse @ 8pm on Tuesday the 20th. EndsThe next monthly meeting will take place on Monday the 10th October.Circuits will start again on Monday 10th October in the club hall for 6 weeks for €25 there will also be a class in January for 10 weeks for €45. Anyone who pays up front for both gets it at the reduced price of €60EndsGAA NOTES: GLENSWILLY was last modified: September 28th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

Search begins for Miss Donegal 2018

first_imgThe Miss Donegal pageant has launched a search for candidates for the regional final of the Miss Ireland competition. Miss Ireland scouts are inviting young women aged 17-27 in Donegal to apply for the May 25th selection event at Dillons Hotel Letterkenny.Winners of the regional titles take on an important role: becoming an ambassador for the county and going on to compete for the Miss Ireland crown and the chance to travel to the Miss World international pageant. Last year, Buncrana model Lauren Mc Donagh became first Donegal woman to wear the Miss Ireland crown in almost two decades. The talent search was recently launched by the current Miss Ireland Lauren Mc Donagh, Marty Friel Compere, Shona Tinneny, Dillons Hotel Sponsor and Miss Ireland Rep, Aoibheann Walsh, G&G sponsor.Miss Donegal launch 2018Miss Ireland is one of the World’s longest running beauty pageants. Established in 1947 it has been the launch pad for many well known successful, empowering women in Ireland. The competition has not only been successful for the overall winners of the coveted crown but finalists also credit Miss Ireland in helping build their confidence, self esteem, interview and media skills all elements which they have gone on to use in their chosen professional careers.To apply for the Miss Donegal final, visit the Facebook page and send a private message to the team: https://www.facebook.com/Miss-Donegal-2018-663264463860903/   Search begins for Miss Donegal 2018 was last modified: April 27th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MIss DonegalMISS IRELANDpageantlast_img read more

Warriors a huge fan of Nuggets coach Mike Malone

first_imgGreen … * * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *DENVER – Nearly nine months ago, Draymond Green did not just have concerns about the Warriors’ playoff readiness. He had concerns that the Denver Nuggets would part ways with coach Mike Malone after missing the postseason by one game.“I was hoping they didn’t fire him,” Green said, “because I honestly felt that was the right coach for that team.”last_img

Road ‘accidents’ mostly avoidable

first_img23 June 2006Several major accidents on South Africa’s roads have captured the attention of the media recently.At the same time, the scale of road deaths around the world has been exposed by the Commission for Global Road Safety, which released its Robertson Report this month, urging the leaders of developing countries in particular to do more to address road safety.Poorer countries hit hardestThe Robertson Report finds that more than 85% of road traffic deaths and injuries occur in low- and middle-income countries, costing their economies an estimated US$64.5-billion to $100-billion annually. Emphasizing that global road safety is seriously under-resourced, the report urges governments in low- and middle-income countries to adopt their own road casualty reduction targets, which it says should be “ambitious but achievable”.The World Health Organization estimated that almost 1.2-million people around the world died and as many as 50 million were injured in road crashes in 2002 – and forecast that, unless effective action were taken, these figures would double by 2020.Road accidents are a major and growing public health epidemic, a “disease” comparable in its destructive capacity to malaria and tuberculosis – yet one which, in most cases, is known to be preventable.Road ‘accidents’ in South AfricaThe first comprehensive statistical analysis of road accidents in South Africa, published by the Road Traffic Management Corporation in 2005, found that 90% of crashes in South Africa in 2004 were the result of lawlessness – in other words, were foreseeable and preventable and hence not strictly “accidents” at all.Data collected from accident reports for 2004 indicated that most accidents on South Africa’s roads could be attributed to two or more simultaneous offences.“Human factors” – such as non-adherence to traffic rules and aggressive, reckless, negligent or inconsiderate driver behaviour – were the major contributing factors, playing a causal role in 70-80% of all accidents. These included driving too fast for the circumstances, as well as driving under the influence of alcohol.“Vehicle factors” such as poor lights, smooth or damaged tyres and poor brakes contributed to a further 10-15% of accidents.Poor road conditions – which have drawn much media attention lately – only contributed to 5-10% of accidents in 2004.Changing attitudesFrom these statistics it becomes evident that the answers to most road safety questions will depend not only on funding, effective road safety strategies and visible campaigns. They will have to include an attitude change from those who travel and walk South Africa’s roads – one which incorporates respect for the value of human life.Not only will effective enforcement have to remove transgressors from the road, but ordinary citizens will also have to take responsibility for their actions.South African commuters have recently been empowered to report dangerous conditions and driver behaviour to the National Commuter Hotline. It is envisaged that this will enable the country’s transport authorities to address these complaints with those subsidised companies neglecting the safety of commuters.Is it possible to change attitudes towards road safety? The alternative is too scary to consider .Advocate Johan Jonck is the developer of the website www.arrivealive.co.za, a private initiative to complement the efforts of the Department of Transport to enhance awareness of road safety in South Africa.last_img read more

Support Dairy Farmers & Your Community with the #10GallonChallenge

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag NetAs a farm broadcaster, I sometimes feel helpless as I report on all of the challenges our farmers across the country are facing these days. Among those struggling the most are dairy farmers. Because of major issues beyond their control, most dairies will find it impossible to make a profit this year. I realized there is something we all can do to help that will mooove milk and help others around our community in the process. I hope you will join me in taking the #10GallonChallenge!last_img