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The Latest: Germany could resume soccer in mid-May

first_imgNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says there is a chance for large public gatherings later in the summer, which could lead to games at Yankee Stadium and the Mets’ Citi Field.De Blasio announced Monday that parades and city-permitted events had been canceled through June because of the novel coronavirus but said progress in fighting the pandemic will determine what is allowed after that.“For all of us sports fans, we’re asking this question, can our leagues come back in 2020, at all? I think this is an area where we don’t know yet,” he said during a news conference. “I’m taking what I think is a cautious, steady approach to how we reopen New York City. And we have to always plan on the worst-case scenarios. We have to protect ourselves. But there’s also better-case scenarios that could come along and could get proven that might open up possibilities for later on, late in the summer, going into the fall. There may be opportunities.”___The family that owns the Minnesota Vikings has increased its donations to COVID-19-related causes to more than $5 million. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Regional government officials in Germany have discussed sports and the coronavirus pandemic on a conference call and say soccer could resume in mid-May. ___The Spanish government says it has reached a deal with the country’s soccer league and federation for teams to return to practice.The government has not provided a timetable or given any other detail about when practice would resume. It says it will depend on the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic and on decisions by health authorities.The government says strict protocols will have to be followed when teams begin training again. The Spanish league and the federation have created health protocols for the return to training.The league says the competition is not expected to resume until the end of May at the earliest and games will be in empty stadiums at first. The Latest: Germany could resume soccer in mid-May New York and New Jersey residents Zygi, Mark and Lenny Wilf announced Monday that the bulk of the money has been earmarked to support health care workers, the elderly, food banks, social service organizations and Jewish philanthropic causes in New York, New Jersey, Minnesota and Israel.Among the organizations receiving help are United Way Worldwide, the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund, RWJBarnabas Health, Jewish Federations of North America, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Second Harvest Heartland, Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund for Coronavirus and Vikings.1rmg.com.“We are focused on trying to provide as many resources as possible to meet their needs and assist some of the most vulnerable populations during this unprecedented time,” Vikings owner/chairman Zygi Wilf said.The family made an initial donation of $500,000 last month.United Way Worldwide is one of six national charitable organizations recommended by the NFL as part of its Draft-A-Thon fundraising campaign tied to this week’s NFL draft. ___The Professional Fighters League has canceled its upcoming season because of the coronavirus pandemic and plans to resume in spring 2021.The mixed martial arts promotion was expected to begin competition in May. The competition format includes a regular season, a postseason and a championship event, making it unique in MMA. Last year, the promotion staged six regular-season events, three playoff events and a championship event on New Year’s Eve.CEO Peter Murray says the PFL will pay its fighters a monthly cash stipend to help support them and their families throughout 2020.The 2021 season will be distributed on ESPN platforms in the U.S. and to 160 countries by the league’s international media partners. The PFL said it will produce new programming across ESPN and PFL platforms for the rest of this year. Associated Press Aguero hasn’t played a competitive match since March 8 because soccer is shut down in England and across most of the world during the outbreak.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6center_img Fritz Keller writes in Kicker magazine “we guarantee that resuming play … will not cause a burden for the healthcare system.”He adds that “there will be no use by sportspeople of testing capacity which would be missed elsewhere.”No top league games have been played since March 11.The German league has been more bullish than other major European competitions about the chances of resuming in May or June with widespread coronavirus tests for players. That push is partly driven by fears that several clubs face financial collapse without TV and sponsorship money.German state and local officials could potentially veto games in their areas. Keller says unified rules for soccer around the country would help clubs “quickly and without bureaucracy.” ___Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been using some of his spare time in lockdown to teach British kids how to speak Spanish.The Argentina international has been signed up by the BBC as part of its home-schooling initiative while educational establishments are closed during the coronavirus pandemic.Aguero is teaching kids how to count in Spanish. His lessons became available on a day kids in Britain would have usually returned to school after the Easter holidays.Aguero says “it’s a tough time for children at the moment, and also for parents trying to keep them focused on their education from home.” The T20 World Cup is scheduled for Oct. 18-Nov. 15 in Australia. It is cricket’s biggest global tournament this year and hasn’t yet been called off.ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney says the organization is continuing to “take advice from experts and authorities” about the T20 tournament.Sawhney says there is a need to “share knowledge and … build a deep understanding of what it will take to resume international cricket.”___The president of the German soccer federation says resuming league play will not mean taking resources away from healthcare workers amid the coronavirus pandemic. A summary published by the city of Bremen says “continuing play in the soccer Bundesliga … is considered justifiable from the middle or end of May as per the current state of discussions.”Bremen senator Anja Stahmann chaired the call. She says resumption would require “the strictest hygienic and medical conditions.”The last top-level soccer game in Germany was played on March 11 but clubs have been pushing to resume the season in empty stadiums.Clubs are facing financial shortfalls without revenue from broadcast deals and sponsors.___ Government officials and the presidents of the league and the federation met for nearly eight hours this weekend.The government says the league and the federation have agreed to use part of the money from soccer television rights to help other sports in Spain. It says they will also create a contingency fund of 10 million euros ($10.8 million) to aid more vulnerable athletes.___Contingency planning for the men’s Twenty20 World Cup will be among the topics for discussion when the heads of the top cricketing nations hold a specially convened meeting this week about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the sport.The chief executives of the International Cricket Council’s 12 full members and three associate representatives also will discuss the rescheduling of series, the program of future tours and the key factors behind the resumption of international cricket on Thursday’s conference call. April 20, 2020last_img read more

Zadro making difference in young season

first_imgAfter falling to an ACL injury before the state of play last season, it was questionable if senior midfielder Tomislav Zadro would be able to repeat his 2011 all-Big Ten honors season. However after rehabbing for a year, Zadro, more affectionately known by the team as “Tomo,” has already begun to make his case.Zadro was instrumental this weekend as the Badgers topped both Western Michgian and DePaul 3-2. Between the two games Zadro had two goals and two assists as he led the charge for the Badgers offense. Zadro’s dominating performances, and clutch plays have made him Wisconsin’s go to player on offense, and if things go well it could lead to a record-breaking year as the Badgers fight to make the NCAA tournament.On Sunday Zadro made a huge impact on the field in their 3-2 overtime thriller against DePaul. Throughout the game Zadro was in the midst of the play consistently leading attacks for Wisconsin. On multiple occasions Zadro played nearly perfect balls into the box off a set play only to be thwarted by DePaul’s imposing defense.Midway through the second half, while down 2-1, Zadro helped draw a straight red card from DePaul defender Koray Yesilli. The play turned the tables in the Badgers favor as they continued to pound away at DePaul’s turtling defense. However, nearing the end of regulation Wisconsin was unable to capitalize, and the game seemed all but lost.Enter Zadro. As time was running out, the Badgers made a run for one last chance to draw the score even. After a long ball from AJ Cochran connected with Nick Janus, Janus drove the ball across the box to Zadro who popped the ball past DePaul goalkeeper, Eric Sorby, to equalize with just one second left on the game clock.“It was one of those plays that once I saw AJ clear it from the back I thought this might have a chance,” Zadro said. “Then Janus controlled it and then he played a perfect ball right to me. I just thought I can’t believe this is going to happen.”With one man up in overtime due to the red card, the game was the Badgers’ to win. Zadro was in the middle of everything once again. After controlling the ball with a slide near DePaul’s endline, Zadro got up and played a lofted ball to the back post where Jacob Brindle was hiding in wait. Brindle headed the ball down and into the back of the net to put the game away for the Badgers, while crushing the spirits of an emotional DePaul side.“Drew played a good ball through to me,” Zadro said. “I knew I could slide and get there before the defender. I saw Brindle on the back stick. I know he is good in the air so I put it across and he finished it nicely.”If Zadro had not yet impressed the coaching staff with his play against Western Michigan, head coach John Trask sure fully grasped Zadro’s potential after this game.“These are special plays,” Trask said in a postgame interview. “You are not talking about a three-pointer in the first half of a basketball game, you are talking about buzzer beaters, and that’s when you know you have a gem on your hands.”While some players will lag behind after missing a season due to injury, Zadro has not. His motivation has increased, and his technical ability has not missed a beat. Zadro now leads the team in points and has been dominating the field offensively and defensively.“It’s a great feeling to be back. You know it’s hard not playing the game I love so much. I haven’t played a home game in two years, and the adrenaline has been rushing it been really great to be out there. It’s making me realize how much I really do love this sport.”Zadro is an experienced player in an otherwise young and inexperienced offensive. That experience has led Zadro to become an offensive leader for the team and bring confidence and skill to the Badgers’ front line.“With him on the field we feel like he can do anything and create anything for us,” freshman forward Nick Jones said. “We rely on him to just give us those opportunities to better ourselves throughout the game we look upon him to give us leadership and the quality attack we need.”As Trask said after the game, “His teammates will continue to rally around him.” A statement that may possibly foreshadow the remainder of the season as Zadro continues to lead this offense on and off the field, on the scoreboard, week in and week out.last_img read more

Tough week sees Sportech call off corporate sale

first_img Luckbox raises CAD $3.8m ahead of TSX IPO June 12, 2020 Share Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Share A grim week for London-listed betting and racing systems provider Sportech Plc has seen its share price halved, as corporate governance halts its planned enterprise sale.On Wednesday, Sportech published a corporate update, confirming that it had uncovered a ‘series of accounting irregularities for 2017 trading’.The unexpected event, sees Sportech governance anticipate 2017 corporate earnings to ‘fall below expectations’ to around £6.5 million.Furthermore, Sportech will move to write-down £8 million in ‘exceptional items’ which include; payment of former senior executives, restructuring costs and further provisions from its ongoing strategic review.Updating investors, Sportech governance announced that it had ended its ‘formal sales process’, which had begun in October 2017 under the firm’s strategic review process.“Whilst the Board engaged in detailed discussions with interested parties during the course of the FSP, it has concluded that these discussions were unlikely to result in an offer for all or a material part of the Group that it would be able to recommend to shareholders.” Sportech detailed in its market update.The response to the news by investors was stark, with Sportech shares halving from 72p to 35.5p on Wednesday’s trading (current price 42.5p).  Andrew GaughanEnding its turbulent week, Sportech announced the appointment of Andrew Gaughan as new Group Chief Executive Officer, having previously served as President of Sportech Racing & Digital.Gaughan will be based out of Toronto, and will lead the firm’s continued strategy of expanding its services for the North American market, in which Sportech has achieved a strong commercial pipeline.Gaughan will be supported by a new Group CFO, who will be based in North America.Richard McGuire, Non-Executive Chairman of Sportech, commented:“The Board and senior management invested considerable time in diligently managing the Formal Sale Process.  Whilst a sale of the Company might have delivered an immediate further return to shareholders, in addition to the £75 million returned last year, I am confident that the Company has the potential to deliver significant long-term value to shareholders, especially if the US sports betting market is liberalised and also from further diversification strategies. We are focused on ensuring Sportech benefits fully from any changes in the US sports betting market and we anticipate announcing exciting new initiatives in due course.“We have a strong balance sheet, professional management, dedicated staff and industry-leading products being delivered to support clients across 37 countries.  I welcome Andrew Gaughan to the role of Chief Executive Officer as part of a new leadership team to ensure we execute on our commitment to deliver tangible returns to shareholders.”Sportech Plc will release its full-year 2017 Results on Tuesday, 24 April 2018. Submit Related Articles Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020last_img read more

ISU, UNI to start fall semester early and end by Thanksgiving

first_imgAMES — The University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University will start fall classes earlier and be done by Thanksgiving in an effort to avoid any problems with the coronavirus.ISU Extension vice president John Lawrence leads the fall planning committee. He says students tend to mix with others when they go home and that increases their risk for exposure. “Visit friends and family and interact with people and then come back in where they were before and then two to three weeks after finals we send them home again. We thought that was just a risk we thought that we could avoid,” Lawrence says.He says they also have a plan for testing and tracing to keep up on any possible COVID-19 cases. “We’ll be testing all faculty and staff and then the students living in our residence halls. Were standing up our own contact tracing team here on campus — it will work closely with Story County Public Health — but allow us to much more quickly track down people who may’ve come in contact with someone who has the systems or tested positive,” according to Lawrence.He says they will also take other measures to help cut the spread. He says they are cutting the size of classes to give students more room and will expect all faculty, staff and students to wear face coverings. The three state schools finished the spring semester with online courses. Lawrence says ISU will have a mix of class types in the fall.“There’ll be some things that will be online — particularly our large lectures will be online — and we will supplement those with discussion groups and recitation and so on,” according to Lawrence. “Some of our moderate size, mid-size lectures will move up into those larger classrooms. So they will have an in-person component. But they may also have an online piece.”Lawrence says there are still a lot of things to work out. “Part of our ongoing work in this is trying to identify what are some of those trigger points where we may tighten up restrictions — or even the other way if things are going well — what are restrictions we might loosen up. So not only looking at different trigger points, but different actions that we can take,” Lawrence says. The schedule calls for fall classes to begin on August 17th and the semester will end the day before Thanksgiving. Classes will be held on Labor Day.The University of Northern Iowa will follow the same calendar. The announcement from the school says they will have a mix of face-to-face, hybrid, and online instruction during the fall, and will also reduce the number of students in each classroom. Students and professors will be expected to wear cloth face coverings. The University of Iowa has not yet released its plans for fall classes.last_img read more

Jessica Jensen’s Electric Vehicle Journal: Driving From Olympia To Seattle

first_imgSubmitted by Jessica JensenIn my first installment of the EV Journal I introduced you to my all-electric Nissan Leaf, which I have (appropriately) named “Leif.”  This installment will focus on charging stations and how I’m learning to plan for long-distance driving – including roundtrips to Seattle.Here’s the scoop on charging stations.  Charging stations come in 3 types.  A Standard Charging Station is 110 volts, which is typically a heavy-duty, commercial outdoor electrical outlet and takes almost 24 hours to fully charge.  These stations have been around for several years now and these are what you find (along with a dedicated parking space) at many forward-thinking businesses in town such as grocery stores and banks and some government offices.  But you can use any 110 volt outlet really.A Level 2 Charging Station is 220 volts (similar to an electric range or clothes dryer but with a specialized outlet and plug) and takes overnight to fully charge.  Many parking garages, government offices and businesses now have Level 2 Charging Stations (along with dedicated EV parking) for patrons and employees.  This is also the type of charging station I have at home.  Because I was an early EV purchaser, my home charging station was installed free of charge.A Fast-Charge Station (sometimes called Level 3) is 440 DC power.  This fully charges Leif in 20-30 minutes, depending on how much juice I have left when I start.Because Seattle is a 60-mile trip, until this month I only took Leif to Seattle when I knew I was staying overnight.  For example, my partner Mark and I spent a lovely New Year’s Eve in Seattle last year where we parked Leif overnight in the hotel parking garage and then hoofed it around town.  Leif was all charged and ready for the trip home the next day.  But that limitation is gone with the installation of 3 Fast Charge Stations in Seattle – one at the Discovery Center on Westlake, another at a Fred Meyer on the north end of Seattle and the third (my favorite) at Harvard Market just off Broadway east of I-5 near downtown Seattle.  Last week I had 3 opportunities to go to Seattle which provided a great opportunity to get some experience under my belt working out the kinks of the Olympia-Seattle run.First, I have to be fully charged before I leave home (meaning, Leif shows I have a range of over 100 miles).  On one of the days I did a few errands before leaving Olympia and decided to stop in SeaTac to recharge at a Level 2 for a half hour.  I only got an additional 4 miles, but that gave me enough juice to finish the trip to Seattle without worry.  Next I have to be careful about using accessories.I am testing different things to see what creates the most drain on the batteries.  Using the radio doesn’t seem to be much of a drain, but for some reason the hands-free cell phone function (which includes a dashboard phone directory uplinked from my iPhone that automatically hooks my iPhone to my car speakers) seems to draw down the batteries.  Quick calls seem fine but extended calls appear to take a lot of juice.  I’ve also observed that driving north appears to take more juice than driving south.  It’s too soon to say what this is about – could be anything from topography to the weather so I’ll keep tabs on this for a while until I can figure out why.Last, I have to build in extra time for charging along the way and for charging before I return home.  I should be able to charge just once at a Fast Charge Station for the trip home, but if I do side trips along the way, I’ll definitely need to stop for a charge.  When I do need to charge, I answer my email or I can hop into a local store while Leif is charging.My parents were born in 1916.  I remember their stories of long trips by car in the early days of the automobile and how they would bring several extra tubes for the tires, a spare tire and extra gasoline.  Roads weren’t paved and you could expect to change at least a couple of flats each way.  There weren’t always gas stations (and certainly not any open 24 hours) so you had to bring extra fuel in case you ran out.  You need to plan additional time just to get there.As an EV pioneer, I feel a little like my parents did in the early days of the automobile.  The EV Highway is only partially built, coffee shops still outnumber charging stations, and I need to build in time to get from here to there.  It’s an effort I’m willing to make to drive a car that has zero emissions, doesn’t use gas, and costs less than $4 for a roundtrip to Seattle.Jessica Jensen is an attorney and principal of Jessica Jensen Law PS in Olympia.  Her holistic, collaborative practice focuses on business, real estate, wills, trusts and estates and uncontested family law.  You can reach her at jessica@jessicajensenlaw.com or 705-1335. Facebook12Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Sea Wall Plan Can Move Forward

first_imgNo date has been set to begin the project and Hanja explained, “The contractor’s schedule, to some degree, dictates when this can get started.”Monmouth Beach’s civil engineer, Bonnie Heard, said there are environmental restrictions for that water-front area, preventing the work to proceed from the end of March until September. “I would think September,” the project would move forward, Heard suspected.“We’re concerned about the timing impacting our summer beach season,” Long acknowledged. “But we have assurances from the DEP that they will work with us to minimize any negative impact.”Long said a pre-construction meeting was planned with the contractor and borough and state officials later this week.The stone seawall dates back to at least the early 1940s, according to some sources. It was built to protect the tracks for the Central Jersey Railroad, which ran a line along Ocean Avenue from Sandy Hook to Long Branch.The wall’s gap in Sea Bright was to accommodate the Octagon Hotel, a large beachfront resort at the time.This article was first published in the April 6-13, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. “Sea Bright has identified this as a critical project going forward after Sandy because of the damage that we sustained during the storm surge,” said Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long this week.During Sandy, that gap in Sea Bright’s wall created a funnel effect accelerating the velocity of the water, with the tidal surge rushing into the downtown commercial and residential properties in the area. That surge and flooding caused millions of dollars in damages, in some cases destroying structures, and displacing residents and business owners for many months.Monmouth Beach had less damage than Sea Bright, but damage nonetheless. Howard remembered that, because of the open area, “FEMA knows more damage was sustained coming from the ocean at the bathing pavilion down Valentine Street.” She believes it motivated the federal agency to advance this project. “By closing these gaps, it will absolutely protect these areas,” said Monmouth Beach Mayor Susan Howard.The project was initially announced in August 2014. According to the DEP’s press release at the time, the state would contribute $8.5 million toward the overall approximate $28 million project and it was expected to go out to bid later in 2014 with construction commencing in 2016. FEMA and the state DEP are cooperating in a project, originally announced in 2014, that would build a new section of the pro- tective sea wall in the area of the Monmouth Beach bathing pavilion on Ocean Avenue. Photo by Nikole J. GhirardiThe project, however, was stalled by a lawsuit brought by one of the contract bidders, which objected to the criteria the DEP used to award the contract to another company, the lowest bidder, with the plaintiff also arguing the winning contractor’s bid was materially deficient because it failed to meet the contract specifications. The Appellate Court on March 29 rejected the argument, ruling in favor of the state and the winning contractor, JFC Construction, Jersey City.As the legal wrangling played out, the DEP installed a temporary metal sheet wall in the gap area in Sea Bright as a stopgap measure, according to Long.Lawrence Hanja, a DEP spokesman, said the contractor was notified following the court ruling and, “We’ll be looking to mobilize to begin the process as soon as possible.” By John Burton | The long-delayed protective sea wall project will proceed in both Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach, following last week’s ruling by a state Superior Appellant Court.The court ruled in favor of the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in a lawsuit brought by one of the project bidders. The ruling now allows the protracted repair and building project to finally move forward on portions of the stone sea wall running along Ocean Avenue/Route 36 in Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright.The project is being done in cooperation with the DEP and with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and would repair portions of the wall damaged by Super Storm Sandy on Oct. 29, 2012.Along with patching and repairing sections of the wall, the major portion of the project involves constructing the wall in stretches where it hadn’t previously existed. In Sea Bright that area is the approximately 1,000-foot stretch on the eastern side of Ocean Avenue facing the public beach in the downtown business district. In Monmouth Beach, plans call for the construction of a 675-foot section of wall in the vicinity of the Monmouth Beach bathing pavilion, a borough-owned and operated beach and pool club at 29 Ocean Ave.last_img read more

“Bale has not contributed for a long time”

first_imgAlignment: “I was expecting Bale because he has not contributed for a long time. He is not in the best form. The substitute of Kroos I see as normal because they play four midfielders and Sunday has an important game. They are technical decisions.”Lack of goal: “He lacks the offensive power he had in recent years and there is no other player apart from Benzema. When you don’t have this power, the things that happened tonight happen to you. I’m optimistic but with 1-2 it is difficult.” Pedja Mijatovic He went through the microphones of “El Larguero” of the SER to assess the defeat of Real Madrid against Manchester City in the first leg of the Champions League.Comeback: “I am always optimistic. Madrid is able to play a good game. You have to be realistic. This result is very negative. You have to touch the perfection to move into the quarter.”Match: “Madrid has controlled the game without arriving. Vinicius and Courtois have played a good game. Madrid cannot say that it has played a good game and has had two chances. The City has played as it wanted. In three weeks Madrid can recover the best form. Several players have not been at their best form. “last_img read more

Prison officers being paid to expose rogue colleagues

first_imgAs the Guyana Prison Service continues its quest to stamp out corruption, the route to success has been spiced up with prison officers now being rewarded with incentives valuing as much as $25,000 to expose criminal activities.Director of Prisons, Gladwin SamuelsThis was announced on Monday by Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, via a statement to the media.“The Ministry of Public Security and the Guyana Prison Service would like to see officers speak out on corruption at all levels. As such, Officers are encouraged to help in this fight. For all those officers who come forward with details that can result in detection and prosecution, they will be given an incentive of between $15,000 (and) $25,000,” he said.The Director’s statements come at a time when the smuggling of contraband into prisons has peaked in recent days. Last Saturday, the Joint Services carried out a countrywide search at the various penitentiaries. The raids were conducted at the Georgetown, Lusignan, Mazaruni, New Amsterdam, and Timehri prisons.The six-and-a-half-hour-long exercise, which commenced at 06:00h, resulted in the discovery of over 275 contraband items, ranging from weapons and cellphones to homemade wine and pepper sauce.A full list of the contraband found included 28 cellular phones; in excess of 30 cellphone chargers and batteries; six USB cables; four SIM cards; a memory card; and four earplugs; along with a quantity of cigarettes and cannabis; 84 cigarette lighters; ashtrays, and 20 smoking utensils.In addition, over 65 improvised weapons, five pairs of scissors, a staple machine and a quantity of razor blades, nails, wire, sand paper and small boulders were found. The ranks also unearthed 24 metal spoons, a tattoo machine, two mirrors, playing cards, as well as bottles of homemade wine and pepper sauce.Except for the Lusignan Prison, there was no other incident during the exercise. At the East Coast Demerara penitentiary, inmates in the Holding Bay hurled stones and other objects at the Police and prison ranks; however there were no injuries reported.Contraband smuggling has long been a perennial problem within the local prison system, and this is compounded by the fact that both prison and Police Officers are facilitating the illegal trade, which is said to be “big business”.While the authorities have been struggling to curb the illegal practice, there has been a breakthrough in the apparent network among rogue officers. In fact, only last week, two prison ranks were fingered in contraband smuggling at two separate facilities.One of the officers was caught on camera with a parcel containing 1032 grams marijuana and 39 packs of cigarettes, which was thrown over the fence at the New Amsterdam Prison and been hidden in the facility’s kitchen. He later admitted to committing the act.The other rank was taken into custody after an inmate at the Timehri Prison was found with a container of 584 grams of marijuana in the compound. The prisoner said he was given the narcotic by the officer, who has since denied the allegation.Meanwhile, last month, four Prison officers were arrested after they smuggled a bottle of rum and a pack of cigarettes into the Lusignan Prison the weekend prior.These officers were subsequently charged and interdicted from duty.Furthermore, five other Prison officers were relieved of their duties back in July after they were fingered in an incident wherein a parcel containing cannabis had been thrown into the Lusignan Prison Holding Bay area.last_img read more

Girls’ basketball notes: Titles on the line this weekend

first_imgThe three remaining games will all take place Saturday, with Village Christian set to face Whittier Christian of La Habra in the Div. V-AA final at 9:30 a.m. at the Pyramid. Kris Contangco and Alex Dill each average double figures for the No. 2-seed Crusaders (24-6), while top-seed Whittier Christian (23-6) is led by Whitley Brown’s 12 points and nine rebounds per game. Immediately following that game, Flintridge Prep will meet Laguna Hills in the Div. IV-A final. The No. 2-seed Rebels (24-3) have never played in a girls’ basketball final, and winning their first title won’t come easy against top-seed Laguna Hills (24-4). Flintridge Prep is riding a 16-game winning streak, but Laguna Hills heads into Saturday winners of 12 in a row. Later that night, Taft will attempt to win its first City Section title against Washington of Los Angeles at 8 p.m. at the Sports Arena. “I’m so excited to reach the final,” Marshall said. “We’re making history right now.” No. 3 seed Bishop Conaty-Loretto (14-11) is led by Jessica Orozco and Carol Vasquez, who each average 10 points per game. Four local girls’ basketball teams will compete for championships this weekend: L.A. Baptist of North Hills; Village Christian of Sun Valley; Flintridge Prep of La Canada Flintridge; and Taft of Woodland Hills. L.A. Baptist faces Bishop Conaty-Loretto of Los Angeles in the Southern Section Div.V-A final at 3 p.m. today at the Pyramid in Long Beach. The top-seeded Knights (20-6) are led by Andrenna Marshall, whose area-best 25.7 points per game have catapulted the team to the first Southern Section title game in school history. center_img The top-seeded Toreadors (22-2) enter the game having won an area-best 22 straight games. Autumn Davis leads Taft with 15 points per game, while her team-high 60 3-pointers provides the team with a legitimate outside presence. Mykieh Russell averages a team-high 11 points for No. 6 seed Washington (22-6), which upset No. 2 Dorsey of Los Angeles 56-53 last Friday. kevin.connelly@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 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

Bush veto sustained; talks start

first_imgThe veto vote hewed closely to party lines, with 220 Democrats and two Republicans in favor of overriding the president, and 196 Republicans and seven Democrats voting to sustain him. Despite the magnitude of the issue, Bush’s victory on the veto was a foregone conclusion, and the one-hour debate on the House floor lacked suspense. While Pelosi and other Democrats took turns criticizing Bush, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, the Republican leader, said that terrorists had made Iraq the central focus of their war against the United States. “If we’re not going to stand up to them in Iraq, we’re not going to take them on in Iraq and defeat them there, where and when will we do it?” he asked. The day’s developments unfolded as the fourth of five brigades ordered into the war zone in January poured into Baghdad. Bush decided on the increased deployment as part of an attempt to quell sectarian violence. It was only the second time in 6 years he has rejected a bill sent to him. In his formal veto message, he wrote that “the micromanagement in this legislation is unacceptable.” He also claimed the original bill was unconstitutional for directing war operations “in a way that infringes upon the powers vested in the presidency.” Outside the White House, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid bristled at that claim. “We are not going to be submitting our legislation to somebody at one of the law schools to look for its constitutionality. We have an obligation, under the terms of the Constitution, to legislate,” he said. “That’s our job.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! There was early talk in both parties of setting goals for the government of Iraq to meet as it strives to develop a self-defending, democratic society, but no agreement on what form the goals should take or on how – or whether – to enforce them. “Make no mistake, Democrats are committed to ending this war,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, said on a day of carefully scripted political drama at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. “We hope to do so in unison with the president of the United States.” At the same time, Republicans who have helped Bush sustain his position quickly signaled a new impatience with a war that has claimed the lives of more than 3,300 U.S. troops. “Obviously the president would prefer a straight funding bill – no benchmarks, no conditions, no reports. Many of us on both sides of the aisle don’t agree with that,” said Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. She expressed interest in a proposal to cut reconstruction aid to Iraq if the Baghdad government does not live up to its promises. Collins’ sentiment was echoed by several House Republicans, who said that while they had cast their votes to sustain the veto, they wanted to signal impatience with the administration’s policy and a war that is unpopular with the public. They spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not yet ready to differ publicly with the White House. WASHINGTON – Congress failed to override President George W. Bush’s veto of legislation requiring the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq on Wednesday, a defeat for anti-war Democrats that triggered immediate talks on a new measure to fund the conflict. The 222-203 House vote was 62 shy of the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto. With few exceptions, Republicans stood fast with Bush in the wartime clash. The original vote on the bill was 218-208. “I’m confident we can reach agreement,” the president said moments after the vote as he sat down at the White House with leaders of the Democratic-controlled Congress, who have vowed repeatedly to force him to change his war policy. Democrats flashed defiance, yet signaled they were ready to make significant concessions, such as jettisoning a troop-withdrawal timetable and cutting some of the domestic funds that Bush opposes as part of the bill. last_img read more