Confident Spencer targets podium spot in Rio

first_imgMarquee 400m hurdler Kaliese Spencer recalls last season as bittersweet but remains confident that should she medal at this year’s Olympics in Rio, Brazil, it would put the icing on the cake as her greatest year ever.Spencer is one of the most successful track athletes in the history of the Diamond League circuit with a total of 21 wins.In an interview with The Gleaner, Spencer said that 2015 was a bittersweet season for her. “It began great. Unfortunately, I got an injury and I wasn’t able to complete my season as I would have wanted to but just using that as a stepping stone for this season.”Jamaica and the world have definitely not seen Kaliese Spencer’s best. I think this season is going to be a great season, so just watch out.”Despite her recent IAAF World Championships medal failures in the finals, Spencer maintains that she is over those disappointments, settled in her new training club, and looking at improving.”I have a great set of coaches working with – great people, great athletes – and it’s like a family,” she outlined at Cameron Blazers, adding that it would help her medal this year.”Definitely, I will be on the medal podium (Rio Olympic Games). I just want to stay healthy, and once God is in it, I will be a winner and I will be there,” Spencer continued.”I am over that (disappointments) long time ago. I don’t stay long on one thing. I just get going. OK, that was it. I am strong in faith, and I believe that God is by my side, and I believe that one day I will be victorious, and I am just working towards that,” she said.Though Spencer admits that she has a lot left in the tank, she did not want to predict how fast she could run this year.”I am not thinking about (times) that. I am just thinking about focusing and getting my technique better and getting stronger and staying healthy, and once I stay healthy, the times will come,” stressed Spencer.last_img read more

Parker beats Fury on points, retains WBO heavyweight title

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours New Zealand’s Joseph Parker celebrates his victory over Britain’s Hughie Fury after the WBO heavyweight title bout Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Joseph Parker of New Zealand retained his WBO heavyweight title by beating Hughie Fury of Britain in a majority decision on Saturday. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)MANCHESTER, England — Joseph Parker prevented the Fury family from reclaiming a world heavyweight title by beating Hughie Fury by a majority decision on Saturday, with the judges rewarding the New Zealander’s attacking approach in an uneventful fight.Parker failed to land many clean punches but was never in danger against Fury, who came with a game plan of negating Parker’s power with his movement and foot speed and then counterattacking.ADVERTISEMENT Hughie was attempting to match the achievement of his cousin, Tyson, who beat Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 to win the WBA, WBO and IBF belts. Tyson was in Hughie’s corner at Manchester Arena and leapt into the ring after the fight was over, mobbing his cousin in an attempt to convince the judges.It didn’t work. The Fury camp said it will be appealing the result.“Disgusted to be honest,” Fury said. “They’ve ruined peoples’ lives tonight. I didn’t think the score was right. I thought I won the fight easy.”Fury, who lost for the first time in 21 professional fights, is the subject of an ongoing UK Anti-Doping investigation after low-level traces of the steroid nandrolone were found in samples given by him in February 2015. He has denied any wrongdoing and is challenging their findings, leaving him free to box.Parker described Fury’s wafted punches as a “pitter-patter” and said he wasn’t hurt once. Fury landed two uppercuts but lacked power with his punches. His awkward, evasive style didn’t make for an entertaining fight in the first sporting event at the arena since the bomb attack in May.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Trump’s comments on anthem, Curry resonate across sports Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Two judges scored the fight 118-110 in favor of Parker. The other judge scored it 114-114.“I felt I won, put on the pressure,” Parker said. “It was a close fight, but I felt I came out on top.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIt was the second successful defense of his belt, leaving Parker (24-0) to look ahead to a potential fight against WBA and IBF champion Anthony Joshua. Parker’s promoter, Dave Higgins, said the fight could be arranged for the summer of 2018 at a big stadium in Britain.“I don’t care who I fight next, everyone and anyone,” said Parker, who was fighting in the UK for the first time and plans for more fights here. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene How to help the Taal evacuees DAY6 is for everybody OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet PLAY LIST 04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Looming standoff

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk “We have a contractual obligation with the Alab-San Miguel team in the ABL,” Parks’ agent, Charlie Dy, told the Inquirer on Christmas Day. “So, yes, he will play that contract out and join Blackwater on May 11 at the earliest.“And besides, when we filled out an application form for the [PBA] Draft, we specifically stated that we will play out our Alab contract,” Dy declared.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 ChrissBut team owner Dioceldo Sy, who has dangled the maximum three-year contract worth P10.4 million to Parks in order to lure him out of the Alab fold and get the strongest Blackwater team for the Philippine Cup possible, is hoping that San Miguel releases Parks because “they’re already too strong in the ABL.”“With Parks in the lineup, we have a fair chance to make the playoffs,” Sy said in a separate telephone interview. “And if we make the semifinals, it will be anybody’s game from there. Who knows? We might even make the Finals.” View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Blackwater has never made it past the quarterfinals going to its fifth year in Asia’s pioneering pro league, and if ever the Elite do make a Final Four, he would want that to be in the all-Filipino.But as of now, the two camps can’t seem to agree on when Parks will start his tenure with the Elite, even as Sy said that he wouldn’t trade the left-handed guard “unless he disrupts the chemistry of the team.”Reports came out last week that Sy had come to terms with Meralco for a three-team deal that would send Parks to the Bolts.“We’ve kept our last two top picks [in Mac Belo and Reymar Jose] and we won’t trade him,” Sy said of Parks. “But if for some reason hindi maging maganda chemistry sa team, then that’s the time.”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia First trilogy excites Eustaquio No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Knowing the prestige that the all-Filipino conference brings in a PBA season, Blackwater would like to have Ray Parks suit up once the Philippine Cup opens on Jan. 13.Problem is, the athletic swingman out of National University, whom the Elite selected second overall in the last Draft, has made it known that he’ll only be available if the Elite are to make the Finals of the tournament sometime in May.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Injured Vic Manuel targets April return for Alaska

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Pacquiao lets son chase boxing ‘dream’ Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIEScenter_img MOST READ “The team doctor told me that our target is around April, so just in time for the playoffs,” said Manuel in Filipino Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. “That is our target.”“I’m feeling a little better, I just need to rest this because we don’t want to risk anything. If we did it might just get worse because it’s my back.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsManuel is suffering from an injury in his lower back that sidelined him since the start of the Philippine Cup.There is a silver lining, though, since his right knee has healed from its iliotibial band syndrome that he sustained in the 2018 Governors’ Cup playoffs. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “I don’t have ITB anymore, it’s now my lower back that’s giving me pain,” said Manuel. “We need to rest this and loosen it up a little bit because it’s really tightened up so we have to slowly release the tension.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alaska head coach Alex Compton, left, and forward Vic Manuel. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Alaska may have to wait longer for star forward Vic Manuel to make his return.The Aces have so far compiled a 2-2 record in the PBA Philippine Cup without Manuel, Kevin Racal, and JVee Casio, and the 6-foot-4 power forward said he may rejoin the team in April for the start of the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT 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 awardlast_img read more

Baldonnel residents invite Minister of Transportation to discuss infrastructure problems

first_imgThe Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has completed some maintenance to the Baldonnel Road, and other side roads in the community, but residents they still need help from the Minister to find permanent solutions.Karin Carlson says she sent a letter to Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone yesterday on behalf of herself and other residents, inviting him to come and discuss solutions in the New Year.The first priority of the government’s B.C. On the Move plan, she says, is to ‘rehabilitate highways, bridges, and side roads,’ and references this in the letter.- Advertisement -Carlson, a Two Rivers resident herself, organized a meeting with other residents of the respective neighbourhoods a few weeks ago. Plans were discussed and residents chose options to present to the Ministry — who had representatives visited the Peace in late summer to look at the roads.“We identified a dozen items, or more, which we thought were regular, on-going maintenance for short-term issues,” she said. “Many of them are safety related.”One of the big issues is the dust that is created by constant major truck traffic, which has stopped temporarily both because of the snow, and because the trucks have stopped driving to the recently-opened gravel put.Advertisement A representative of the Ministry wrote in an emailed statement that calcium has since been applied to prevent dust, and gravel has been laid down where soft spots were developing. As well, they added that grading has been undertaken along 260 kilometres of road in total, including on Baldonnel Road.“Moving forward, the Ministry will work with the developer to get a sense of their projected use of the road and the scale of their operations,” the statement reads. “We will implement a plan to ensure the road is maintained and upgraded as required, to ensure a good, safe travel condition is in place for all road users.”last_img read more

Premier League Preview Show

first_imgTom Rennie is joined by the former Premier League striker Jason Euell to talk about the scrap for survival in the Premier League – the former Charlton, Wimbledon and Blackpool striker tips Newcastle United for the drop having confirmed that John Carver will stay on as manager. The Magpies take on West Brom this weekend.The former Arsenal winger Adrian Clarke is predicting that Chelsea will ‘throw caution to the wind’ against Liverpool now they’ve been confirmed as Champions – and says that Brendan Rodgers is the right man for Liverpool.Elsewhere, talkSPORT Sports Breakfast presenter and former Ipswich & Manchester United striker Alan Brazil picks his ‘three to watch’ and Martin Devlin from Radio Sport New Zealand plays the predictor game ‘Tom Against The World’.last_img read more

DOHERTY CALLS FOR LEGISLATION ON PENALTY POINTS SYSTEM FOR FISHERMEN

first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty has tabled a motion calling for controversial legislation imposing the current penalty points system on the fishing industry to be revoked.He has also criticised Minister Coveney for having signed the Statutory Instrument for its implementation, despite a recent High Court judgement that ruled to abolish the system.Deputy Doherty said he supports the motion tabled by himself and his colleagues in Sinn Féin calling for the Statutory Instrument signed by the Minister for the Marine which forces the current penalty points system on fishermen to be annulled. “The system is grossly unfair and, despite a High Court judgement ruling that the system operated on the assumption of guilt, the Minister choose to sign the Statutory Instrument allowing for penalty points to be imposed on fishing licences even if the holder is found innocent of any prosecution.“The High Court ruled that that the provisions of the current penalty points system for fishermen who engage in illegal, unreported or unregulated fishing were unconstitutional and therefore not fit for purpose, and yet the Minister has ignored this.“He has chosen instead to sign this legislation without even having first consulted with the fishing industry or with the very people whose livelihoods which his decision stands to affect.“By signing Statutory Instrument no 125 of 2016 he has ridden roughshod over the rights of fishermen and indeed over the High Court. Fishermen are used to governments introducing new regulations and blaming the EU but it is a new low for a government that was kicked out of power to bring in an instrument and deny any debate on it. “I and my Sinn Fein colleagues have tabled a motion annulling this instrument. However, while my motion is on today’s Order Papers, the Government will not allow it onto the agenda.“Fishermen in Killybegs have contacted me expressing their anger at what they see as the criminalisation of their livelihoods. It strikes me as unprecedented for a Statutory Instrument to be brought in that flies in the face of a High Court judgment.“This instrument requires a full debate and a real discussion on how we treat our fishermen, this is why my party and I have decided to table today’s motion calling on the Statutory Instrument to be annulled.”DOHERTY CALLS FOR LEGISLATION ON PENALTY POINTS SYSTEM FOR FISHERMEN was last modified: March 22nd, 2016 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)last_img read more

Woman records brother after confronting him about raping her

first_imgA woman secretly recorded a family meeting at which she confronted her brother about raping her when they were children, a court has heard.Excerpts of the audio recording on the woman’s phone were played to a Central Criminal Court jury during the 43-year-old man’s trial last month. In the recording, he expressed apologies to his sister but did not make admissions.The Donegal man, who cannot be named to protect the woman’s anonymity, had pleaded not guilty to four charges of anal rape, one of oral rape and one of sexual assault at the family home in the north-west between May 1991 and June 1993.The Irish Examiner reports that after a trial in March a jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts on all charges. The man has no previous convictions.Defence counsel Michael O’Higgins SC submitted that though the man accepted the jury had returned verdicts and that he must live by them, he was making no admissions to the crimes.A local garda told Pauline Walley SC, prosecuting, that the man abused his sister when he was in his mid-teens and she was aged between ten and 12 years. He committed the crimes in the family home while their parents were out working.The garda said the woman made her garda statement in 2015 after tensions between her brother and other family members went unresolved.The garda said the family found out about the allegations following a confrontation between the woman, her brother and his wife in early 2013.For full story see https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/donegal-man-convicted-of-raping-his-sister-when-they-were-children-to-be-sentenced-in-may-917162.htmlWoman records brother after confronting him about raping her was last modified: April 15th, 2019 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:courtdonegalrapelast_img read more

DONEGAL PEOPLE ‘POOREST IN ENTIRE COUNTRY’ SAYS CSO

first_imgDONEGAL people have the least cash of all Irish residents, according the Central Statistics Office research published today.People here had an average income of €20,518 – falling to €17,708 once taxes and social contributions had been taken care of.The next worst-off were people from Monaghan, who earned €21,248 and had an average of €18,011 to spend after paying their various taxes. Dubliners had the most cash to spare after paying their taxes: they had €24,316 to live on, on average, once their taxes and contributions had been deducted.The mid-west – including the counties of Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary – had the highest regional income after the greater Dublin area, at €26,642.The figures, relating to 2009, show that the average person had €21,356 to spend after taking care of their tax and social contributions bills.They also show that the average income for a person living in Ireland grew by just over 50 per cent in the years from 2000 to 2009. Sligo saw its incomes rise at the fastest rate: its incomes were 63 per cent higher when the decade ended than they were when it began.The stats also show that the average income fell by 8 per cent between 2008 and 2009, when Ireland was forced into the first of five successive austerity budgets.In full: the CSO’s figures for incomes by county, 2000-2009Dublin – 2000 income: €20,785; 2009 income: €30,891Kildare – 2000 income: €19,246; 2009 income: €27,498Meath – 2000 income: €16,991; 2009 income: €26,312Wicklow – 2000 income: €16,821; 2009 income: €25,806Cork – 2000 income: €16,799; 2009 income: €25,799Limerick – 2000 income: €17,323; 2009 income: €25,552Galway – 2000 income: €16,211; 2009 income: €25,347Louth – 2000 income: €17,695; 2009 income: €24,789Sligo – 2000 income: €15,171; 2009 income: €24,731North Tipperary – 2000 income: €15,316; 2009 income: €24,715Clare – 2000 income: €16,775; 2009 income: €24,131Waterford – 2000 income: €16,873; 2009 income: €24,034South Tipperary – 2000 income: €14,762; 2009 income: €24,025Westmeath – 2000 income: €16,367; 2009 income: €23,778Kilkenny – 2000 income: €14,584; 2009 income: €23,507Carlow – 2000 income: €15,428; 2009 income: €23,426Laois – 2000 income: €15,006; 2009 income: €23,410Leitrim – 2000 income: €14,389; 2009 income: €23,271Wexford – 2000 income: €14,837; 2009 income: €23,120Roscommon – 2000 income: €14,646; 2009 income: €23,088Mayo – 2000 income: €14,823; 2009 income: €23,084Longford – 2000 income: €14,409; 2009 income: €22,921Cavan – 2000 income: €14,717; 2009 income: €22,893Kerry – 2000 income: €14,147; 2009 income: €22,195Offaly – 2000 income: €14,616; 2009 income: €22,128Monaghan – 2000 income: €14,672; 2009 income: €21,248Donegal – 2000 income: €12,972; 2009 income: €20,518National Average – 2000 income: €17,386; 2009 income: €26,192DONEGAL PEOPLE ‘POOREST IN ENTIRE COUNTRY’ SAYS CSO was last modified: January 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:donegal incomeslast_img read more

RESTAURANT WORKER HAD NO WORK PERMIT OR PASSPORT

first_imgA man who was found working illegally at a well-known Letterkenny restaurant has been given the Probation Act.Shapla Indian restaurant in Letterkenny.Faruk Hossain, was found by immigration officers working at Shapla Indian Restaurant on June 27th last. The 28 year old was preparing vegetables but when quizzed, he admitted he had no work permit or passport.Solicitor Frank Dorrian told Letterkenny Court that his client had arrived by ship into Dublin and later joined friends in Letterkenny.He said he was no longer working at Shapla and was basically “rudderless” but still living in Letterkenny where Gardai knew where he was.Judge Paul Kelly said he was applying the Probation Act but instructed Mr Dorrian that this was a “one day only offer.”RESTAURANT WORKER HAD NO WORK PERMIT OR PASSPORT was last modified: September 16th, 2014 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:courtGardaiJudge Paul KellyletterkennyShaplawork permitlast_img read more

Week 2

first_imgSaturday, September 17 Marantha 20, Flintridge Prep 0 Harvard-Westlake 42, Montclair Prep 14 St. Anthony 35, St. Genevieve 12 Tehachapi 40, Paraclete 7 Chadwick 57, Viewpoint 6 Thursday, September 15 Pomona 42, Village Christian 14 Hoover 14, South Pasadena 9 Friday, September 16 Notre Dame 45, Westlake 20 Valencia 51, Birmingham 30 St. Bonaventure 33, Hart 21 Taft 44, Carson 6 Thousand Oaks 28, Buena 0 Crespi 32, Alemany 3 Canyon 42, Burroughs/R 21 St. Francis 40, Crescenta Valley 7 Oaks Christian 48, Grace Brethren 7 Oak Park 42, Calabasas 14 Campbell Hall 14, Hamilton 6 L.A. Baptist 14, Mary Star of the Sea 14-14 Malibu 20, Ribet Academy 8 Hoover 14, South Pasadena 9 (Thurs.) Agoura 22, Camarillo 7 Antelope Valley 28, Bakersfield 14 Beverly Hills 41, Quartz Hill 20 Burroughs 33, Verdugo Hills 23 Canoga Park 22, Monroe 0 Chaminade 30, Burbank 20 Cleveland 12, Reseda 7 Desert Christian 28, JSerra 24 Eagle Rock 28, Hamilton 20 Fremont 42, North Hollywood 13 Gardena 41, Grant 20 Granada Hills 22, Garfield 6 Jordan 20, El Camino Real 14 Kennedy 36, Palmdale 34 Knight 24, Golden Valley 14 La Canada 34, Glendale 7 Lancaster 25, Chatsworth 17 Lincoln 48, Hollywood 6 Littlerock 27, Garey 6 Loyola 28, Venice 13 Marshall 25, Van Nuys 0 Newbury Park 54, Rio Mesa 13 Royal 44, Channel Islands 7 Saugus 48, Pasadena 7 San Fernando 34, Poly 7 Simi Valley 20, Highland 14 Sylmar 41, Inglewood 0 Vasquez 16, Desert 12 Ventura 33, Moorpark 26 Thursday, Sept. 22 St. Francis 13, Burroughs 10 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 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

‘WE NEED INDEPENDENT INQUIRY INTO GOSC’ – DOHERTY

first_imgPearse Doherty TDSinn Fein Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has strongly criticised the Government’s plan for an inquiry into the GSOC controversy but said it is not too late for it to establish one that is truly independent.The Donegal South-West TD made the comments while speaking in the Dáil tonight during the debate on a Sinn Féin PMB motion calling for a fully independent inquiry into the matter.Deputy Doherty said: “Every TD and political party should be screaming for a full and independent investigation into this incident.“The government’s plan smacks of a desperate attempt at damage limitation and does and will not address the concerns of the public.“It was wrong of Minister Shatter to try to turn this incident on its head and put GSOC in the dock. Entrusting the Minister to set the terms of reference means that the enquiry will do nothing to restore public confidence.“This crisis could be an opportunity to make a break from past bad habits and to move our society and police force into a more modern transparent era. Instead the conservative instinct of this government has won out and no questions are to be asked without prior approval. “It is not too late for this government to bring about a truly independent enquiry that will be about getting to the truth and not about getting over this weeks’ political crisis for them. The public are not going to settle for a cop-out- they demand an independent inquiry into the affair.Deputy Doherty also argued strongly for increased powers for GSOC stating:“The GSOC was established following the Morris tribunal in my home county of Donegal. This is the context in which the Garda Síochána Act, the GSOC and the Garda Síochána Inspectorate were introduced.“Sinn Fein argued very strongly that the GSOC did not have the requisite powers to do its job. GSOC must have oversight of the Commissioner and access to the PULSE system.” ‘WE NEED INDEPENDENT INQUIRY INTO GOSC’ – DOHERTY was last modified: February 19th, 2014 by John2Share 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:GOSCinquiryPearse Dohertylast_img read more

Ireland’s top 10 favourite books of 2017 revealed

first_img2017 was a great year for literature lovers, with thousands of great reads covering a huge range of subjects hitting the shelves.Eason has this week revealed Ireland’s top ten favourite books of 2017. The diverse list includes books from sporting greats, a hair-raising thriller, and an explosive account of the Maurice MacCabe scandal by investigative journalist Michael Clifford.Taking the top spot is The Gospel According to Blindboy by Blindboy Boatclub. Blindboy Boatclub, who is part of the comedy duo The Rubberbandits, published his debut novel in 2017 and was met with rave reviews.“We’re delighted to announce that the overall winner in our poll to find the Favourite Book of 2017 is The Gospel According to Blindboy – the incredible, original and brilliant collection of short stories from Blindboy Boatclub,” a spokesperson for Eason says.“The award is all the more remarkable for the fact that this is Blindboy’s debut, thereby further heralding the arrival of a major new talent on the Irish literary scene.”  Here’s the full list of Eason’s top ten books of 2017:1. The Gospel According to Blindboy, Blindboy Boatclub2. The Pursuit of Perfection, Donal McAnallen3. OMG What a Complete Aisling, Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen4. Force for Justice: The Maurice McCabe Story, Michael Clifford5. This is Going to Hurt, Adam Kay6. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman7. The Couple Next Door, Shari Lapena8. The Heart’s Invisible Furies, John Boyne9. The Choice, Philly McMahon10.The Street Where You Live, Roisin MeaneyIreland’s top 10 favourite books of 2017 revealed was last modified: January 7th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:booksEasonsIrelandtop 10last_img read more

QPR’s Helguson a target for Cardiff

first_imgCardiff City are looking to sign Heidar Helguson from QPR.Helguson, 34, has a year of his contract remaining but is not part of manager Mark Hughes’ plans at Loftus Road, and Rangers have indicated that they will let him go.Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay knows the Icelander from their time together at Watford and is keen to take him to Wales.After initially struggling for fitness and form following his move from Bolton in 2009, Helguson became a key player for Rangers and was instrumental in their promotion to the Premier League.He was also their top scorer in the top flight last season, netting nine goals. But he was troubled by a groin complaint and missed virtually all of the second half of the campaign.Helguson is one of a number of players Hughes is looking to offload this summer.Luke Young is also surplus to requirements but his future is unclear after a potential move appeared to fall through.See also:QPR likely to offload defender Young (29 June)Rangers chief hints at player exits (17 July)Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Humboldt B52s finish off sweep of Redding Colt 45s

first_imgThe Humboldt B52s finished off a three-game road-sweep of the Redding Colt 45s on Saturday, ending its week-long road trip on a high note after beginning it with a pair of road losses to the Pacific Union Financial Capitalists on Monday and Tuesday.It came all at once for the B52s on Thursday — an avalanche 14 runs strong which swept over Tiger Field in the sixth inning and propelled the B52s to a 14-8 series-opening road-win over the 45s. Keegan Bebbe, in his debue with the B52s, earned the …last_img read more

US, SA partner to strengthen colleges

first_img20 October 2009The United States has partnered with South Africa to strengthen academic programmes, skills development and student support at 12 selected further education and training (FET) colleges in the country.The US-South Africa Partnership for Skills Development, which brings together South Africa’s Department of Higher Education and Training and the United States Agency for International Development, was launched in Waterberg in Limpopo province this week.The US$6.7-million (about R49.1-million) programme, which will operate over a three years at FET colleges in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape, will be implemented by the American Council on Education and American Association of Community Colleges.The programme will work to strengthen the FET college sector’s institutional capacity in student support services programmes. It will offer a wide range of professional development programmes for college lecturers, while providing consultative support through partnerships with the private sector and exchange opportunities with US colleges and universities.Transforming educationThe programme will build on past US and South African government cooperative efforts to strengthen the role of FET colleges to help train and provide employment opportunities for South Africa’s underemployed, particularly those under the age of 25.“We are delighted to have this opportunity to help build new bridges between the US and South African higher education communities, and in doing so, help South Africa tap into lessons learned from US community colleges to expand the learning opportunities for disadvantaged youth,” the American Council of Education’s Madeleine Green said in a statement.Community colleges are the largest and fastest growing sector of higher education in the US, enrolling close to half (46%) of all undergraduates.“We hope that this collaboration will help the South African FET colleges transform the way education and services are delivered to students and establish new relationships with their communities,” added the American Association of Community Colleges’ James McKenney.‘Key institutions’In his State of the Nation Address earlier this year, President Jacob Zuma identified FET colleges as primary sites for skills development over the next five years.In addition, FET colleges have been identified as key to broadening post-school education and training opportunities.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more