CBA, Matawan win division track titles

first_img The new Shore Conference Divisional championships provided Christian Brothers Academy’s track and field team with another opportunity to win a championship, and the Colts delivered. CHRIS KELLY staff Middletown North’s Kelsey Lewis competes in the high jump during the Shore Conference Divisional Championships at the Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex in Toms River on Jan. 4. CBA had just one win Friday night at the A North meet held at the Bennett Indoor Complex in Toms River, but superior depth provided the difference as they turned back Manalapan, 83-64. The Colts’ lone win came in the 4×400, where they held off Freehold Township, 3:32.93-3:33.27. Although Manalapan’s Robby Andrews dominated the 800- 1,600- and 3,200- meter races, winning all three, the Colts still flexed their muscles there. Mark Weber (2:03.00) and Kyle Vitale (2:06.10) were third and sixth in the 800. CBA got 15 points in the 1,600 with Brandon Pierson placing second behind Andrews (4:33.46-4:34.57). Rich Grandelli was third (4:36.23) and Ben Horel was sixth (4:43.25). Horel was second in the 3,200 (9:57.75), with Greg Donnelly (10:09.05) and Christian LaMorte (10:13.576) fifth and sixth. CBA put four through to the 55-hurdles final, with three placing: Bart Henderson (8.07), Christian Yuskevich (8.59) and Chris Debski (8.71) taking third, fourth, and sixth. In the field, the Colts’ pole vaulters gave the team 15 points. James Miller was second (11-0), Patrick Larkin fourth (10-6), and Dan Gavin and John Keale tied for fifth (10-0). John Moran (39-11 ½) and Andrew Roahn (39-4 ½) helped out in the shot put circle, placing fifth and sixth. Middletown North picked up a win with Paul Muller winning the shot put. His 49-4 heave was almost 6 feet farther than the runner-up. The divisional championships were held over three days at the Bennett Complex on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. On Saturday, Matawan’s boys piled up 132 points to win the B North title. The Huskies’ Mike McGuiness cleared 13-0 in the pole vault to win the event, with teammate John Bartlett second at 12-6. Matawan also went one-two in the high jump with Kyle Robinson and Kevin Burns each clearing 5-10 – Robinson picked up the win on fewer misses. The Huskies had a field day in the distance events. They went one-two-three-six in the 3,200 with Jake McCormack leading the parade with his 10:23.56. Ryan Montaperto (10:25.86), Sean Donohue (10:28.17) and Pat Rindt (11:09.03) were second, third and sixth. In the 1,600, McCormack (4:489.36) and Montaperto (4:48.97) went one-two with Donohue fifth (4:51.75). Brian Ramcheran won the 800 meters (2:08.90). Neptune edged Matawan, 77-73, for the girls championship. The Huskies’ Mackenzie Chambers was the lone individual winner, taking the 55-meter dash (7.59). At the A Central Division meet held on Wednesday, Holmdel’s girls were second to Red Bank Catholic (116-78), while for the boys, Raritan (55) and Holmdel (54) were second and third behind Red Bank Regional. Paula Lobaccaro won the 55-meter dash for Holmdel’s girls (7.84) while the Hornets’ Gloria Wu (9.88) and Helen Wu (10.19) ran one-two in the 55-meter hurdles. Shannon Boyce of Raritan won the shot put (29-0 1/4). For the boys, Nicholas Dulin, 55-meter dash (6.89), Joseph Doerrer, 400 (54.63), and Patrick Connolly, shot put (41-8 ½) were Raritan’s champions. Winning for Holmdel was the 4×400 (3:44.73) Meet Director Bill Bruno said the idea for the divisional championships goes back to the mid-1990s with the Polar Bear Run, which was an outdoor dual meet among some Ocean County schools. Coaches began to throw around the idea of indoor divisional championships, and Bruno explained that once the Bennett Complex was completed, the idea had a venue. Since indoor track is limited to so few meets and the opportunity to compete as a team is so limited, the divisional championships are ideal for the athletes. It gives the athletes who wouldn’t be able to score points for their teams at county or conference championship, an opportunity to score points or even win. It’s all about the athletes, Bruno pointed out. The inaugural meet was well received by all and got off to a very promising start. “The kids really enjoyed themselves across the board,” said Bruno. Next up on the indoor calendar are the NJSIAA State Relays at the Jersey City Armory. Friday it’s Parochial A and B, Saturday is for Groups I and IV, and Sunday is for Groups II and III. BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer last_img read more

Man Utd’s Schweinsteiger banned for three matches

first_imgBy Martyn HermanManchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will serve a three-match ban for violent conduct following a clash with West Ham United’s Winston Reid in the Premier League last Saturday, the FA said on Thursday.The German accepted the FA charge, relating to the incident where he appeared to floor Reid with his arm after the pair were jostling for space.Although missed by the match officials at the time, the incident was caught on video.United will be without Schweinsteiger for the Premier League matches at Bournemouth, at home to Norwich City and the Boxing Day fixture at Stoke City.last_img

Pacquiao-Horn II on the verge

first_imgThere has been rampant speculation about whether Pacquiao, 38, would fight Horn again or even retire following his controversial unanimous points loss to the Brisbane schoolteacher in their WBO welterweight fight at Suncorp Stadium in early July.Arum was set to fly to Manila next week to nail down the 11-time world champion on his future but told Fairfax Media from the US on Thursday a rematch by the end of the year could be confirmed in a matter of days.”I don’t think I’m going to have to go to Manila because I’ve been talking to Manny and his various representatives and Manny wants the rematch,” Arum said. “What’s holding everything up is that there is martial law in the Philippines. We have to get some firm information as to when the Senate will be in recess.”Pacquiao is a federal senator in his home country and his boxing schedule is dictated by those commitments.The Philippine Congress voted on Saturday to extend martial law in the southern part of the country to crush a rebellion by Islamic State-inspired militants.The likely window for a rematch is November.”Once we get that information I am optimistic that in the next two days we can start making all of our plans to hold the fight in Australia,” Arum said.It is a major development in the wake of Pacquiao’s loss to Horn last month – a result that sparked howls of condemnation around the world about a “home-town” decision.According to those in Pacquiao’s inner circle after the fight, he was likely to retire.Earlier this week, the Sydney Morning Heraldreporter that Horn was fishing for a fight with IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence because a rematch looked like it was on shaky ground.If Arum’s comments are anything to go by, the issue now is where the fight will be held. The Queensland government and Brisbane City Council have first and last right of refusal on any rematch if it is held in Australia.But the 85-year-old promoter, who set up fights for the likes of Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and Marvin Hagler, said Sydney was an option after being lobbied by Kidman, who grew up on Sydney’s North Shore.”My friend Nicole Kidman, I was with her a few weeks ago and she said, ‘you gotta do the fight in Sydney’,” Arum said.”She was adamant to do it there. Sydney would be a great place for it. I have to confer with [Horn’s promoter] Duco Events on possible dates.”We have a first and lasts on a fight in Australia with Queensland. They were very good to us. The way it looks to me is that the fight will be in Australia. Exactly where, I don’t know.”Arum also poured cold water on claims that Pacquiao would not fight in Australia again following the controversial loss.After the fight, trainer Freddie Roach called for an investigation for the 115-113, 115-113, 117-111 scorecard. He also questioned the competency of referee Mark Nelson.”You have to think about him refereeing more fights or not, he’s maybe just not doing a good job,” Roach said at the time.”That is a WBO concern, I think they should do something about it, but I don’t think they ever will. The wrestling, getting hit behind the head a lot, it didn’t look good, but the referee didn’t pay any attention to it.”Pacquiao also backed a call from the Philippines’ games and amusement board for the WBO to undertake a “thorough review”. The WBO rescored the fight and found that Horn had won seven rounds to five.There were fears Pacquiao would never risk fighting in Australia again after Horn ambushed him in the early rounds with rough-house tactics.”No, no, I can tell you categorically there is no truth in that,” Arum said.”He was treated extraordinarily well in Brisbane. He had some dispute about the judging, that’s normal, there wasn’t a home-town decision. There is no hesitation about him fighting in Australia again.”Asked if Pacquiao would want greater say in who officiates the rematch, Arum laughed: “I think he would be foolish if he didn’t.” Photo by: PHOTOSPORT (Manny Pacquiao is set to fight his rematch with Jeff Horn in Australia).last_img read more

Apoel on top as season draws to a close

first_imgThe football championship came to an end over the weekend with Apoel crowned champions for the 26th time in their illustrious history. It was their fifth consecutive title, a feat that was last achieved by the Nicosia club during the 1930’s (1935-1940), almost eighty years ago.This success was made all the more important as this year Apoel will have played the most games in the history of Cyprus football, a total of 60 in all competitions, 12 more than second placed AEK and 14 more than Apollon, their opponents in Wednesday’s Cup final.It is true that Apoel did not always play the most attractive football but they had the mettle and the experience to see them through games when their main rivals, AEK and Apollon, faltered when least expected.AEK dropped points against teams that were eventually relegated while Apollon dropped seven points against Anorthosis, a team the finished bottom of the Championship group.At the end of the day though numbers do not lie and the most consistent and effective team won the title.Apoel finished the season as the team with the most wins and the least defeats, while they also scored the most goals and conceded the least with their Dutch goalkeeper, Boy Waterman, keeping the most clean sheets.The champions were also the team (at least from the top half of the table) with the highest number of game time for Cypriots, with four or five local players regularly featuring in the starting line-up.One of those, Pieros Sotiriou, proved to be the pleasant surprise of the season for the champions.Sotiriou began the season as the team’s second string striker. However, through hard work and perseverance he became irreplaceable. His glittering displays, especially against European giants in the Europa League, earned him (and Apoel) a lucrative transfer to Danish champions Copenhagen, with his team bagging a reported €2.5 million, a record for a Cypriot footballer.Sotiriou netted 21 goals in the league and finished second only to Omonia’s Matt Derbyshire.Perhaps Apoel’s only blemish this season was that they failed to beat their two main rivals in the championship: AEK and Apollon.AEK pushed the champions all the way, but for the third consecutive season had to contend with second place.Injuries to key players (Tomas and Triscovski) on the one hand and lack of championship experience proved costly for the Larnaca outfit.Apollon on the other hand got off to terrible first half of the season and it was only when Cypriot coach Sofronis Avgousti took charge of the team in December that they sprung to life. They went on a remarkable 15 game unbeaten run, picking up 39 points.Their unbeaten run was finally halted by Anorthosis at the beginning of April and this proved a major turning point for Apollon’s title hopes.AEL, along with the top three, will be playing in the Europa League qualifiers next season leaving Omonia without a European ticket for the first time in 15 years.All three teams that were promoted this season, AEZ, Anagennisi Dheryneias and Karmiotissa were unable to cope with the pressures and quality of the top flight and were sent packing back down to the second division.AEZ Zakakiou finished bottom of the league with just 5 points, while the team just above them Anagennisi Dheryneias did not manage a single win.The third team that was relegated, Karmiotissa, caught the eye of football fans early on in the season with their open attacking play and were more than a match for most teams.Karmiotissa, was also just one of three teams (Apoel & AEK the other two) that finished the season with the same coach as the one they had started with.However, their squad was clearly lacking in-depth and this proved to be their downfall. Towards the finale, injuries and suspension deprived them of key players in crucial matches.The football season draws to a close with Wednesday’s Cup final between champions Apoel and third placed Apollon.Results of the weekend games:Championship Group:Apoel vs Apollon 2-2AEL vs Omonia 3-2Anorthosis vs AEK 0-1Relegation Group:Doxa vs Nea Salamina 0-3Ermis vs Ethnikos 3-4Karmiotissa vs Aris 5-1Click here to watch highlights of the gameslast_img read more

Match Preview: Philippines vs Indonesia

first_imgAs fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas The Azkals played before a crowd of 4,300 last Saturday, which was perhaps one of the lowest in terms of turnout for an AFF Suzuki Cup game. It was a stark contrast from the scenes in Group B in Yangon, where the Thuwanna Stadium was filled to the brim as Myanmar lost to Vietnam, 1-2, in the Group B opener. The Philippine Football Federation worked so hard to bring the Suzuki Cup to the country, but the promotional aspect of the event left a lot to be desired. Add to the fact that fans encountered problems while taking the P2P buses to the stadium from Trinoma Mall and the event could lose more spectators. PFF president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta vowed to take action to ensure a repeat of the incident last Saturday when fans were made to wait for hours for the bus that would take them to Bocaue. It was encouraging to see the Ultras Filipinas leading the chants, which rubbed off on the fans at the other side of the stadium. The Azkals need their 12th man more than ever as they try to salvage their campaign on Tuesday night.RARING FOR REVENGEMake no mistake about it, the Azkals will be facing a stronger Indonesian side than the one they drubbed, 4-0, in the same tournament two years ago. Coach Alfred Reidl declared he has a “fitter” team than the one he in the disastrous campaign in Hanoi, where he only had a week to prepare his squad. Despite the loss to Thailand, Reidl said there were plenty of positives to draw from the match. “We played a very good game against Thailand which are the clear favorites in this tournament,” the Austrian said. “We believe we can beat the Philippines.” The Indonesians actually had a couple of good chances, before going 0-2 down at halftime. They were resilient against the Thais, scoring two quick goals in the second half, before getting undone by Teerasil Dangda’s brilliance. Reidl’s side boasts of fleet-footed wingers and strong strikers who are good in the air.Although the defense remains suspect, Salossa and Lerby have already opened their scoring account for the tournament with headers, giving them confidence ahead of the critical clash with the Azkals.ADVERTISEMENT BOCAUE, Bulacan – The Philippines faces the first of two must-win matches in Group A Wednesday night when it battles Indonesia at Philippine Sports Stadium. Picking up one point from the goalless draw against 10-man Singapore last Saturday night, the Azkals have been left with a more difficult route to the semifinals as they now need to pick up points from their remaining games starting with an Indonesian side that impressed even in the 2-4 loss to Thailand. Another loss for the Azkals will dim their hopes of reaching the next round as they would need the result of the Indonesia-Singapore on Friday at Rizal Memorial Stadium to go their way apart from winning against Thailand at PSS.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUNDcenter_img Azkals coach Thomas Dooley said his team’s mindset hasn’t changed even though there was plenty of frustration within the team from the first game, which they felt they should have won. “We still know we needed to win this (Indonesia) game regardless of the result of the first game (against Singapore),” said Dooley. It would be easier said than done because judging from the Azkals’ performance against the Lions and Indonesia’s gallant stand against the Thais, the hosts may need more than just a big fighting heart against the Merah Putih. They would need the pace to keep up with Indonesia’s quick wingers in Andik Vermansyah and Rizky Pora and the strength and experience to keep strikers Lerby Babu and Boas Salossa from wreaking havoc inside the box. More importantly, they need to find the back of the net again after constantly misfiring against a stout Singapore defense. As the Azkals brace for what is now their most important game, here are some of the factors that could come into play in the match.LACKING LEADERSFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentPhilippines’ Younghusband (L) fights for the ball with Indonesia’s Achmad Jufriyanto during an AFF Suzuki 2014 Cup match at Hanoi’s My Dinh stadium on November 25, 2014. Philippines led 1-0 after the first half. AFP PHOTO/HOANG DINH Nam / AFP PHOTO / HOANG DINH NAMDooley isn’t one to hide what his team lacks. And whether he uses statements as an excuse or as a way to challenge his team, it comes as no surprise when he admitted that he feels the lack of leaders in his current lineup. Phil Younghusband is the captain, but the top international scorer isn’t the vocal type and chooses to lead by example. The past AFF Suzuki Cup tournaments saw big, vocal personalities within the Azkals side coming into play, especially when the team’s back was against the wall. The likes of Rob Gier, Chris Greatwich and to some extent, Neil Etheridge, weren’t afraid to call out teammates for slacking off. They also took the challenge to organize the team defensively, which became a source of pride and strength for the Azkals. The homegrown crew had Chieffy Caligdong to turn to for leadership in the early years of the Azkals. Gier and Greatwich have both retired from international football, while Etheridge skipped the tournament due to club commitments. Caligdong, now Dooley’s chief deputy, said the senior players should step up to lead the squad. “If we want to make history, it’s not enough that we’re just part of this team. We have to improve ourselves,” said Caligdong.“It could get really quiet sometimes, like a cemetery,” Dooley said when asked on who has taken on the role as the team’s vocal leader. “(Daisuke) Sato was the closest who can do the role, but he’s not here. Its something that we need to develop in the squad.”CROWD SUPPORT MOST READ Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UST rules UAAP Season 79 judo Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine View commentslast_img read more

A Marriage Between Promise and Pretense: Cabinet Retreat without Action Is Worthless

first_imgRetreat for cabinet members and heads of public agencies is a regular phenomenon in almost every country. During this time, key stakeholders within the Executive Branch of government meet to review government’s overall performance with specific focus on sectorial successes and challenges.  In addition, forecasting of achievable development targets and operational goals is done. Unfortunately in Liberia, our cabinet ministers and heads of agencies are best known for setting undoable targets and projecting unrealistic plans. False impression is taking us nowhere. Deception only creates more harm for those who are at the very bottom of the economic ladder.Liberia is a country of pseudo dreamers whose vision is driven by unfruitful promises and pretense. Every time they congregate at such meeting, most of them give fake progress reports that do not even reflect existing realities. The major concern of some of them is how they will be retained after the “Step Up or Step Down” policy is applied by the President. Instead of giving more attention to the essence of the retreat, they are found searching for unmerited favor by creating false impression about who they are and what they intend to do. This is really sad and our leaders must graduate from this stage!During each cabinet retreat, a marriage between promise and pretense does exist. Everyone becomes concern about who stays or goes. What good does it make for Senior Ministers, Deputy, Assistant Ministers, and heads of agencies to attend retreat every year when they make no big difference or impact after such an event is held? I thought occasion like this is intended to critically review the past and advance realistic strategies to improve the present and prepare for the future. It makes no sense to misuse taxpayers’ money to conduct an annual retreat that continues to bring fruitless outcome. It is just unwise to do one thing over and over without reaping any positive result. Where are the socio-economic dividends as a result of this retreat? What can Liberians show from past retreats? Nothing new for Liberians has come out of this occasion since its inception. This gathering in my mind is only meant to satisfy the socio-economic appetite of top government officials, deceiving those who are unaware about their sinister agenda. Liberia does not need bunch of ‘copy and paste’ theories, but a genuine recovery plan that reflects a total semblance of public participation and grassroot identity.The people need action and not empty promises. They are weary with sweet words and accurate pronunciations. Good governance goes beyond education and until those who call themselves leaders can recognize this fact, our country’s development agenda will forever shift downward. It is no longer about what you have learnt, but it is about how people can benefit from what you have learnt.The first precondition to national leadership is Patriotism. An unpatriotic educated president is the most dangerous citizen of any country. An unnationalistic educated Minister or Lawmaker is the most terrible steward any nation can have. I careless about how many degrees a person has, but care more about what impact those degrees can make to elevate ordinary lives out of acute poverty and abject adversity. The real meaning of cabinet retreat has lost its taste in Liberia as key State actors within the Executive Branch continue to misuse this medium to merry-make and exhibit self-seeking characters. Even though there has been a series of such assembly, nothing has changed substantively. Almost every sector of government remains weak today as a result of non-implementation and non-adherence to public policy. The development objective of Liberia is far from realization due to policy failure and fiscal indiscipline.The two-day retreat that was held in Julijuah Town, Bomi County, on January 20, 2015, was not only a mere bluff, but another means for this regime to further expose its real image of dishonesty, deception, and insincerity to its people. Nothing new was said that we have not heard since 2006. The same old story was told by those same unreliable voices, but this time around in a different location. Solution to any national problem cannot come through rhetoric, but genuine deed.Liberians are anxiously waiting to benefit from the Poverty Reduction Strategy, Lift Liberia, Agenda for Transformation, Vision 2030, and other socio-economic plans of this government, but to no avail. Poverty is increasing daily as access to basic social services remains a serious challenge. The purchasing power, life-expectancy, and food security of our people remain very low while the rate of unemployment, social insecurity, and illiteracy remains high. I need not mention health and sanitation! Our concern now is, “why must they continue to attend cabinet retreats when nothing is changing?” Are they not aware that Liberia is one of the four poorest countries on earth? We are tired about too many meetings and plenty talks that are not germinating into concrete deliverables.The creation of more policies without implementation is not helping us. Policies can only become good when policy-makers ensure they are fully implemented. What good does it make to develop an excellent framework without achieving its targets?  It is time for our leaders to rethink their strategy in order to liberate Liberia from its current status. The accomplishment of people-driven initiatives will help promote economic expansion, political sustainability, and social coherence. The paradigm needs to change if our nation must make genuine progress.It is time to end a longstanding marriage between promise and pretense. The period to finally divorce deceit and falsehood is now. The primitive relationship between deprivation and discrimination must cease to exist. It is time to bury greed and unpatriotism forever; for far too long hypocrisy and conspiracy have slept in the same bed. For more than nine (9) years now, corruption and nepotism are still dinning together. After two successive democratic elections, elitism and sectarianism are marching hand in hand. We must do all we can to put a halt to bad governance. The chain of poverty and unemployment must be broken if Liberia must once more be seen as a sweet land of liberty.   Above all interests, Liberia is Supreme!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Firing a shot…

first_img…at the teaching professionFriday was “International Teachers Day”. Since 1994, the UN has saluted them by, first of all, declaring that “Day”, and secondly to offer an annual theme to remind the world, but especially governments, as to the importance of the profession. This year, the theme is: “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher.” Last year it was “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers”, which had followed “Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status”.You get the idea? Teachers are crucial in our modern world. Used to be that knowledge was passed down to our young by elders in the tribe or clan. But with the ever-increasing body of disciplines and knowledge that keep the world developing, the need for specially trained individuals to perform that role is unquestioned. The family, of course, remains a very important institution for socialising and imparting knowledge to children. But with ever increasing instances of mothers and fathers now in the workforce, teachers are forced to pick up that slack.But in Guyana today, you’d never suspect the importance of teachers from the way this Government has handled their demand for wages that would allow them to live with a modicum of decency. “Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status” is their call!! Before independence, teachers had status and respect in this country, and the level of our educational institutions and their graduates was the equal of any other country.All of that fell apart from the time the PNC first got into power in 1964. Ironically, Burnham was sincerely committed to education, but that commitment was trumped by his insistence on absolute power. When the Teachers Union agitated for greater benefits and wages, Burnham manipulated the formation of a competing union – the “Association of Masters and Mistresses” — which undercut the GTU. Burnham evidently thought his “free education from nursery to university” should be delivered by teachers for free! With the collapse of the economy, that became the reality, but with both teachers and Teachers Union hitting rock bottom.With the removal of the PNC in 1992, teachers’ salaries and working conditions improved slowly, constrained by the need to remove the debt burden with which Burnham had saddled the country.Fast forward to the present, the now PNC leader, Granger, has followed his mentor. He’s refused to follow the recommendation of his own task force on teachers’ salaries!! He’s also refused to follow the law on voluntary arbitration — the arbitral chairman must be accepted by both sides.The Chief Education Officer, Marcel Hutson, exemplified the duplicity of the PNC Administration when he oleaginously declared on Friday: “World Teachers Day represents a significant token of the awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution our teachers made.”Appreciation? Pleeeease!!…to protect his ChairReferring to the challenges during the run up to the LGE, James Patterson, Chairman of GECOM, uttered several outbursts that really question his suitability for the position into which he was parachuted by President David Granger. He claimed, “There seems to be quislings and fifth columnists in the (GECOM) camp,” – internal and external – to derail the LGE.Now that’s the opinion of a person who definitely doesn’t believe in the democratic right of citizens to challenge what they consider to be violations in the electoral rules. How can a man who claimed to be a Chief Justice of Grenada call persons who challenged dead persons nominating Councillors “quislings and fifth columnists”??He also moaned, “Our politicians have retreated into ethno-political camps”! Really? Where was he since 1961?Or was he firing a shot across the bow of Chancellor (ag) Cummings – who’ll decide on his tenure this week?…at fair electionsGECOM CEO Keith Lowenfield insisted: “GECOM is sticking to the letter of the law at every step.” Sure.  Excepting when his phone’s turned off for eight hours so he can’t take calls from Election Officers who’re refusing to take off nominators from AFC fake lists!He was with “his lawyers”!! About those radio sets??last_img read more

Travis Waite Foundation Ball Tournament asking the district for 50 percent off rental fees

first_img“As for the deposit, the fence was damaged by a vehicle and requires repair. The offender advised that they would fix the the fence by this past weekend, but have yet to do so. Staff has advised the damage deposit until the issue is resolved.” That damaged fence has since been repaired.Mayor Rob Fraser proposed the District is open to forgiving 50 percent of the Foundation’s rental fees for next year’s tournament, excluding for the Friday. When it comes to this year’s rental fees, Fraser moved that the Foundation be given their full damage deposit back, along with a refund for this year’s cancellation on the Friday, but in return the broken fence must be fixed or paid for. Council voted in favour of Fraser’s recommendation. UPDATE: The District’s Parks and Facilities Director Troy Gould confirmed that the damaged fence has since been repaired, and that the Travis Waite Memorial Foundation has since had its damage deposit returned. Gould, who was not in attendance at Monday’s council meeting, explained that the Foundation admitted to the damaged fence prior to a District inspection, and that the third party responsible for the damage made an attempt to repair the fence the weekend after the tournament.However, Gould stated that the third party had purchased incompatible fencing material, and that the store they had purchased the replacement fencing was out of stock, meaning that the fence was unable to be repaired until after the report was drafted by Taylor CAO Charlette McLeod on September 12th.TAYLOR, B.C. – The Travis Waite Memorial Foundation is asking the District of Taylor to forgive half of their ball diamond rental fees for future tournaments.- Advertisement -The Foundation hosted its second annual Travis Waite Memorial Tournament in Taylor over the Labour Day weekend. The Foundation had booked Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but didn’t use Friday.City Administrator Charlotte McLeod said that because of damage to a fence at the diamonds during this year’s tournament has yet to be fixed, the Foundation’s deposit has not been refunded.“After the event organizers contacted staff to advise they did not need the ball diamonds for the Friday night and asked that they they be refunded. Staff advised that this is not refundable.”Advertisementlast_img read more

One arrested, two sought, in West Valley robbery spree

first_img The suspected robbers stole a skateboard, iPod, two cellphones and a DVD, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call West Valley robbery detectives at (818) 374-7746. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. A 22-year-old gang associate was in custody and two other men were being sought today in connection with at least five street robberies in which they confronted some of their victims with a taser gun and pepper spray in the West San Fernando Valley area, police said. Hector Xavier Caballero, a construction worker from Woodland Hills, was booked Saturday into the Los Angeles County Jail on robbery charges. His bail was set at $250,000. Police were looking for two others, described as Filipinos in their 20s. One was described as 5-foot-10, 130 pounds. The other man was described 5-foot-8, and between 150-160 pounds. They are believed to be responsible for at least five street robberies stretching back to April in Canoga Park, Chatsworth and Winnetka, said Los Angeles Police Detective Larry Dolley. The men allegedly confronted their victims with a taser gun and pepper spray. Two victims were shocked by the taser during a confrontation and one person was sprayed with pepper during another attack, police said. 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

Area cities adjusting to new ethics law

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventBut La Mirada officials are basing their decision on the new law’s requirement that expenses must be based on receipts, which means their interpretation is that flat vehicle expense allowances are not permitted. Those issues still face other Whittier-area cities that have yet to adopt rules and procedures to meet the requirements from AB 1234. Pico Rivera council members receive $250 each as auto allowance, while Montebello and Whittier council members get expense accounts of $135 and $684, respectively, without providing receipts. In all three cases, attorneys are likely to rule that they can continue receiving the money. The law – authored by Assemblyman Simon Salinas, D-Salinas, which also applies to school districts and other special districts – was prompted by the Sacramento Suburban Water District in which board members misused taxpayers’ money, said Frank Molina, Salinas’ chief of staff. Some board members were criminally prosecuted. The new law also requires all government officials in California to take ethics training. “There was no requirement for folks in special districts or local government to receive ethics training when they were appointed or elected,” Molina said. “A lot of cities provide guidelines, but no requirements for training,” Molina said. “Even if a lot of it is common sense, if they don’t know the rules, then we need legislation to provide those guidelines.” Local officials say they don’t see any problems in complying with the new law. “It never hurts to be to be made aware,” La Mirada Councilman Hal Malkin said. “We all try to do what ethically is the right thing, but we might inadvertently make a mistake.” Malkin and other La Mirada council members said they’re not bothered at all about having to give up the auto allowance, in part because most of it will be made up by a $213 monthly salary increase. The council is allowed to give itself a 5 percent raise annually and hasn’t had a raise since 2000. In Whittier, Councilman Bob Henderson said the new rules aren’t a great burden. But Henderson still had concerns. “It is a little overreaching,” he said. “Every single board and commission has to take the \ training.” Henderson said he didn’t see any reason for members of commissions, who don’t get paid, to take the training. He’s also skeptical about the presumption that training will help eliminate some of the problems that elected officials in other cities and special districts have had. “I don’t have a lot of faith that it’s ignorance of the law as much as it is avoiding the law,” he said. Montebello city officials already have gone through the training, but still must redo their expense forms, said City Manager Richard Torres. Santa Fe Springs is the only local city that has adopted the new expense reimbursement policy. The policy defines legitimate expenses that would include meetings with government and business leaders, conferences and training, lobbying and business trips where a benefit to the city can be defined, and attending city events. It also sets out rules for traveling while on city business. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! La Mirada City Council members now receive $250 per month in auto allowance. Soon they will give it up to comply with a new state law regulating reimbursement of expenses. But in Santa Fe Springs, where council members get a $300 per month car allowance, the stipend will remain. Santa Fe Springs City Attorney Steve Skolnik said the council can keep its $300 per month allowance under the new law. “What Santa Fe Springs did was make a finding that the amount of their car allowance represents the actual and reasonable amount expended for their car,” Skolnik said. last_img read more