S/Court to Rule in Log Export Ban

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The Full Bench of the Supreme Court will shortly release its opinion over the “constitutionality” of government’s moratorium on logging activities and export of logs from the country, despite a previous ruling by then Justice in Chambers, Associate Justice Philip A. Z. Banks.Justice Banks’ ruling was rejected by government and an appeal was announced before the Supreme Court’s Full Bench.Since then the Full Bench heard final arguments between government and the logging companies’ lawyers. The ruling is yet to be delivered.Before, Justice Banks’ ruling, government filed a complaint before the Civil Law Court, seeking the court’s endorsement to uphold its ban.However, the logging companies that were operating under the banned Private User Permit (PUP) appealed to the High Court to issue a directive in the nature of a “Writ of Prohibition”, requiring the government to hold back its ban and to order a return to “Status Quo Ante,” (the way things were before).Prohibition is an order from a superior court to a lower court or tribunal, directing the judge and the parties to cease the litigation, because the lower court lacks proper jurisdiction to hear or determine the matter before it.PUPs are logging licenses issued for use by individual’s landowners or communities.In their appeal, the companies’ lawyers alleged government without according them an opportunity for a hearing as mandated by the Constitution, suspended their operations and activities under the PUP’s program.They argued that the action   seriously hampered and affected their interest and contract rights held with the communities that were granted the PUP.They further argued that they have concluded with the communities (PUPs’ Holders) certain social contracts which under the new Forestry Reform Law, they have the right to do.They alleged that the communities gave them the authority to undertake logging activities in the areas inherited by them, approved by the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), under which they (community) benefited substantially in a variety of ways.Government, however, argued that the High Court should dismiss the request, because the companies are not holders of a PUP, alleging they do not have standing or legal capacity to bring the suit.The Companies’ writ of prohibition was granted, and the case was decided by then Justice in Chambers, Associate Justice Philip A.Z. Banks.In granting the writ, Justice Banks declared, “Under the circumstance the companies were required to bring the actions on behalf of the PUP’s holders (communities), as they (companies) were affected directly by government’s decision.”According to him, “government should have proceeded to have the parties cited to a hearing and have said hearing form the basis for determining upon the cancellation of the documents held by them.”Narrating the New Forestry Reform Law of Liberia that was passed by the National Legislature in 2003 and duly approved in 2006, Justice Banks said, “It allows the PUP’s holders (communities) to contract their rights to third parties.  Since government recognizes the legitimacy of the companies’ existence, any violation committed by said government that injures or damages them gives them rights to seek redress from the Court to bring actions.”It may be recalled that the Global Witness report says that the Liberian government’s failure to enforce its forest laws is encouraging logging companies to find new ways to bypass rules to gain access to the country’s rainforests and exploit local communities.According to the report, those involved include loggers who reportedly worked with the Oriental Timber Company (OTC).Liberia’s civil war was fueled in part by the international trade in timber. OTC was one of the most notorious companies operating at the time.The company controlled large swaths of Liberia’s forests, facilitated numerous arms shipments in violation of a UN Security Council embargo, and maintained security forces that fought alongside Charles Taylor’s soldiers.The report further said in December 2012, that a government investigation reported that a quarter of Liberia and 40 percent of its forests were covered by illegal logging licenses called Private Use Permits (PUP) that is intended for use by individual landowners.They said PUPs had been targeted by industrial logging companies to get around social and environmental safeguards, with fraud and exploitation of forest communities widespread.According to them, in response to the findings, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf swiftly halted operations by PUP companies and committed to sanction those responsible. “The government says that it is working to fulfill the President’s commitments, but six months later no PUPs have been cancelled and no criminal charges have been filed,” the Global Witness report noted.last_img read more

Man Arrested after Alleged Sexual Assault at Monrovia Football Academy

first_imgMFA is a residential academy serving underprivileged boys and girls from across the country, was founded in 2015 to empower Liberia’s future leaders through quality education and sport. The Academy currently has 92 student-athletes (56 boys, 36 girls) in grades 3-7. The students-athletes are ages 6-15 and represent nine of Liberia’s 15 counties.A man identified as Exodus Williams of Caldwell has been arrested after an alleged sexual assault at the Monrovia Football Academy.Williams, according to MFA was on Monday, May 13, indicted by a Grand Jury of Margibi County on charges of sexual assault against a minor at the Academy and is currently being held at Margibi County’s central prison, pending trial.According to MFA, the incident was brought to its attention on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at approximately 8:00 a.m. GMT, when one of academy’s male student-athletes complained of stomach pain.“Because the student had an urgent tone in his voice, we sent him to a clinic in Monrovia along with our Social Welfare Officer. We asked the student’s parents to meet him there,” the Academy said in a statement.On Thursday, May 9, 2019 at approximately 9:00 p.m., the student’s mother called the Academy to lodge a formal complaint of sexual assault by a male assistant football coach against her son. The complaint alleges the assistant coach entered the student’s dorm room in the middle of the night, covered his mouth to prevent waking his roommates, and proceeded to assault him.“Upon receiving the formal complaint, our senior staff activated the procedures for sexual assault cases as outlined in our internal policies,” the Academy noted.The allegations, the MFA said, were relayed to local law enforcement, who took the accused into custody at approximately 6:00 a.m. GMT on Friday, May 10. The accused was suspended with immediate effect.Both the student-athlete and the accused were tested for sexually transmitted diseases. Following its procedures, the Academy conducted an extensive internal review of the complaint on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11, and confirmed that there were no additional victims.Meanwhile, health workers, authorities, and the MFA community are tending to the needs of the student and his family.The Academy said it takes seriously its commitment to student safety and wellbeing and has developed policies and procedures to ensure its students’ safety through its Child Protection Policy, Campus Rules & Regulations, and annual staff training on child protection and sexual harassment.“This alleged behavior is unacceptable and it will not be tolerated. We must hold ourselves to the highest standards to protect the safety and wellbeing of our students. We can do nothing less.The Academy says it remains resolute in its commitment to empower Liberia’s future leaders. “We will do everything we can to make our campus safe for all students.”The Academy has formally informed both its Board of Directors and its parents; and also contacted Minister Piso Saydee-Tarr of the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection about the incident.MFA, a residential academy serving underprivileged boys and girls from across the country, was founded in 2015 to empower Liberia’s future leaders through quality education and sport. The Academy currently has 92 student-athletes (56 boys, 36 girls) in grades 3-7. The student-athletes are ages 6-15 and represent nine of Liberia’s 15 counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Taxi driver run over by car – autopsy

first_imgBody found next to submerged carThe Corentyne, Berbice taxi driver, whose lifeless body was discovered a short distance away from his submerged car might have been run over by his own car.This view was arrived at after an autopsy was performed on the body of Lynsey Grant on Tuesday by Government Pathologist, Dr Vivakanand Bridgemohand.The grieving wife, Natasha Rambarose, being comforted by her brother, Michael RambaroseThe dead man’s brother-in-law, Michael Rambarose, who witnessed the autopsy and later spoke with the pathologist, explained that Grant also had several broken ribs.After revisiting the scene, Rambarose told Guyana Times that Grant might have hit a hump on the Lesbeholden Public Road while travelling at a fast rate and lost control of the vehicle which subsequently toppled.“The mirrors for the car were on the ground about thirty feet apart, this is from how the car was toppling, I presume.”Grant’s body was found next to the canal in which his car was submerged.“He did not go into the canal because there was no mud on his boots and a cushion that usually be in the car for his wife to sit on and drive was on the ground too. When the vehicle topple the cushion pitch out and like as the car keep toppling he pitched out too and the car rolled over him. That is why he had broken ribs and internal bleeding… His jaw was also in like he had a broken jaw,” the brother-in-law revealed.Dead: Lynsey GrantWhen Grant’s body was discovered, he was still wearing jewellery and had cash in his pockets. This dispelled rumours that he fell among robbers and his body was dumped.The body of the 39-year-old man of Lot 52 Adventure Public Road, Corentyne, was found on the parapet next to the canal on Monday.According to his wife, Natasha Rambarose, her husband was last seen at Mibicuri, Black Bush Polder, at about 18:00h on Sunday and was expected to be home within an hour, but never turned up. This led to family members searching for Grant on Sunday evening and again on Monday.A farmer made the dreadful discovery on Monday morning.Natasha Rambarose described her husband as a very jovial person who was fond of the Indian culture.Grant had been operating his taxi along the Berbice-Georgetown route but had given that up to go into the construction field and also to operate in the Black Bush Polder as a taxi driver.However, over the past two months, Grant, who also plants cash crops at his Adventure home, returned to driving a taxi full-time.He leaves to mourn his wife of 14 years and his 12-year-old daughter.last_img read more

T&T bans all poultry meat from Guyana

first_img…expresses concern of duck hepatitis virus…Guyana’s Agri Ministers unaware of banIn what is considered a surprise move, Trinidad and Tobago’s (T&T) Agriculture, Land and Fisheries Ministry issued a complete ban on all poultry emanating from Guyana after expressing concerns over duck viral hepatitis.Muscovy ducklingsA memo dated May 31, 2019, and signed by the twin island republic’s Senior Veterinary Officer informed the Customs and Excise Division of the ban.“As instructed by the Chief Veterinary Officer Animal Health Sub-Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries in accordance with the Animals (Diseases and Importation) Act Chap 67:02 please be informed that with immediate effect all and any raw and cooked poultry meat from Guyana is banned from entry into Trinidad and Tobago until further notice. Upon arrival at ports of entry, such items are therefore to be seized for destruction,” the memo stated.T&T’s Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat confirmed the ban and revealed that Guyana advised them of the presence of duck virus hepatitis in a part of the country.Trinidad and Tobago’s Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat“As a precaution, the Ministry’s Chief Veterinary Office has notified the Customs and Excise Division of an immediate ban on raw and cooked poultry originating from Guyana. While Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago do not trade with each other in poultry, the ban is precautionary and targets passengers coming into Trinidad and Tobago with raw or cooked poultry in their possession. The ban is instituted because Guyana has advised of the existence of duck virus hepatitis in a part of Guyana,” a looptt reported quoted the Minister as saying.The report also indicated that the virus is not present in the twin-island Republic.According to the Veterinary Manual website, “Duck viral hepatitis is an acute, highly contagious, viral disease of young ducklings characterised by a short incubation period, sudden onset, high mortality, and characteristic liver lesions. The disease is of economic importance in all duck-raising areas of the world.Three distinct types of duck hepatitis virus (DHV) have been isolated from diseased ducklings. A natural outbreak of DHV Type I has been reported in mallard ducklings; experimental DHV Type I infections have been produced in goslings, turkey poults, young pheasants, quail, and guinea fowl. In Muscovy ducks, DHV Type 1 has been reported to cause pancreatitis and encephalitis. The viruses that cause hepatitis in ducklings should not be confused with duck hepatitis B virus, a hepadnavirus infection of older ducks.”Guyana’s Minister unawareGuyana’s Agriculture Minister Noel HolderWhen contacted, Guyana’s Agriculture Minister Noel Holder indicated that he is currently out of the country and has not been appraised of the situation before he ended the call citing long distance charges being applied to his phone.However, on May 18, 2019, the Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA) published a notice announcing the closure of its hatchery. The notice informed that the hatchery will be closed until further notice owing to an “unusual occurrence which would have been observed by our surveillance team.”The issue was an increased mortality rate of ducklings being hatched at GLDA’s facility and an increase in reports of similar occurrences in various regions throughout the country.“High mortality rates are recorded primarily in the Muscovy breed of ducklings, generally between the ages of two to three weeks, to date, we have not received reports of high mortality in adults Muscovy ducks and other breeds such as Pekin and the Kunshan. The ducklings most affected are from the farms that toll hatch at the GLDA hatchery, therefore, as a result of this unusual occurrence, the GLDA is currently conducting an active surveillance exercise throughout all five coastal regions are monitoring the breeding flocks of the affected farmers,” the notice informed.last_img read more

Area’s libraries each have specialties

first_imgBut county officials say plans are in the works for a new, 10,000-square-foot library to be built on the site of the Sorensen facility. The minimum size for a public library should be 10,000 square feet, a recommendation made by state Librarian Susan Hildreth. But many local facilities fall well short of that. “To really have an investment – to get some kind of bang for your buck – most library systems look at 10,000 as minimum before they build anything,” Hildreth said. “Then you can define service areas for adults and young people and have a community meeting room.” Still, talk to local librarians and they will offer up something good about their library – even the officials at Sorensen, which has about 30,000 materials, compared to the Whittier Library’s nearly 300,000. “People seem to like to come here,” said Eleanor Weismuller, Sorensen’s librarian. “It’s a friendly atmosphere and the staff is very approachable. We get to know them pretty well.” Some are large and have lots of space with lots of books, magazines and places for special programs. Others are not so big. One is just plain tiny. A survey of local library services shows sharp disparities between the 12 libraries in the Whittier area. The 12 range from the large Whittier libraries and Los Angeles County libraries in Montebello and Norwalk to the tiny, county-owned Sorensen Library. Few are new. Most were built during the late 1950s or 1960s. The newest is the Los Nietos Library, built in 1979. The oldest facility is Sorensen Library, a 1,058-square-foot structure built in 1956. Larger libraries have much more material, including some specialized items, and many more programs. “We have great programs and great staff,” said Paymaneh Maghsoudi, Whittier’s librarian. “We have a summer reading program, where we get between 3,000 to 4,000 children to sign up. We’ve also expanded it” to high school students, she added. Whittier also is in its fourth year of Whittier Reads program, in which the entire community reads the same book. It also has a state-of-the-art homework center, which has live online sessions available for tutoring. Whittier has the largest library facility in the area – 36,596 square feet – as well as more books than any other Whittier-area library. It has 298,851 books as well as 5,454 CDs, 2,602 audio books, 377 magazine subscriptions and 32 public computer stations. Whittier’s East Whittier branch – although much smaller than the Central branch – still is the sixth-largest in the area at 9,396 square feet. It has 80,804 books. The Montebello and Norwalk regional libraries are just a bit smaller than the Whittier Central branch, but both still are over 30,000 square feet and have more than 200,000 books. Both also have about three times as many audio books as Whittier’s libraries. Librarians at the two libraries also point to the special programs they offer. “We have the Asian Pacific Resource Center which has a special collection of Asian books in English,” said Lisa Castaneda, Montebello’s librarian. It also has books in Armenian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Spanish, Castaneda said. Norwalk, which has homework and literacy centers, also is a depository for federal and state documents and has a large collection of social science books, said Joseph Zagami, its librarian. It also has a special reference service which can handle questions too lengthy for the normal reference desk, Zagami said. Montebello and Norwalk also serve as regional libraries for the county’s Central and South districts, respectively. Other smaller county libraries in this area include Chet Holifield in Montebello, La Mirada, Los Nietos, Rivera and Pico Rivera, Sorensen and South Whittier libraries. “The regional library has the strongest collection and can be a support element for the other libraries in its group and cluster,” said Nancy Mahr, spokeswoman for the county library system. Santa Fe Springs is the fourth-largest library in the area at 16,000 square feet, with a collection of about 90,000 books. It is the only library where food is available, at its Cafe Libro. La Mirada Library, at 15,704 square feet, is the next largest library in the area. It has about 135,000 books and a local history collection. All of the rest of the libraries are less than 7,700 square feet and have less than 80,000 books – some with significantly less. They all – including tiny Sorensen – have some public-access computers. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 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

Keep a song in your heart

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ever creative, Daily News Staff Writer Brent Hopkins gave us the idea to ask people to tell us their theme song for the New Year. He started the tradition himself when he was still in high school. He decided if he was going to start the new year on a good note, he was going to need good music to usher it in. After a couple false starts – “I used to pick ones that sounded cool, but I don’t think their message was particularly inspiring” – he finally scored with “Like a Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan. “I associate it with growing up, being on your own and trying out new things,” he said. And that’s why he’s reprising that song for 2007, although he’s going with the Jimi Hendrix version “to inject a little energy” into the new year. Here’s a sampling of the songs some of you will be using in 2007 as your personal anthem: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell “I thought that as we go into the new year facing a mountain of opposition in our effort to transform our schools that it was a great theme song for the idea that we will prevail.” – Antonio Villaraigosa, 53, Los Angeles mayor “Brand New Day,” by Sting “It’s filled with hope and so many people need hope for a new beginning. And new year means new beginning for a lot of people, so if you go there, close your eyes and think about it, everything can start again.” – Dean Sweetman, 42, of Studio City, personal coach “Piazza, New York Catcher,” by Belle and Sebastian “A boundless adventure is what that song is about. What happens is that he goes and whisks his lady…and they just sail away and they just get into trouble and the devil’s on their heels. It’s important.” – Sarah Kleinman, 23, of Los Angeles, film festival coordinator “How to Save a Life,” by The Fray “It’s a good song that brings out a good feeling, a positive feeling, and it just makes you happy.” – Julian Quintos, 26, of Van Nuys, handyman “The Best,” by Tina Turner “I’m committed to attaining certain goals that will improve my life and bring forth new opportunities.” – Rick Williams, 40, of Sacramento, environmental planner “Heaven,” by DJ Sammy & Yanou “It’s a nice meaning to a special loved one and it really means a lot.” – Chan Sary, 23, of Van Nuys, cable TV installer “Show Me What You Got,” by Jay-Z “It’s a fun song to start the new year off, it gets you pumped up, it gets you in a good mood.” – Valencia Patton, 22, of Northridge, CSUN student and teacher’s assistant “The Riddle” by Five for Fighting “We’re looking at 2007 to remind ourselves of what one has that is meaningful and good, for our families, our friends, and our community.” – Michel Moore, LAPD chief, commanding officer of the Valley Division “One With the Freaks,” by The Notwist “It’s about accepting yourself unconditionally and people around you unconditionally, and just being entirely in your life, entirely present, and that’s how I want my year to be.” – Amy Siegman, 23, of Van Nuys, CSUN student and traffic coordinator for an interactive design agency “I Love Lucy” theme song “It’s a very special project that I’m working on, and that’s all I’ll say, because anytime anything really works out for me, I don’t tell anybody.” – Arlene Parness, Valley Village, actress “‘Til Kingdom Come,” by Coldplay “It has a lot to bring as a positive attitude. I want my year to be positive and full of lots of fruit.” – Jake Sweetman, 18, of Studio City, recent high school graduate “The Saints are Coming,” by U2 and Green Day “It’s time for a change, it’s time for something new, and I think that song defines a difference, personal, political, however you want to take it.” – Aaron Snow, 24, of Studio City, sales manager “With Plenty of Money and You,” by GGGGHal Kemp “I’ve got a couple of projects this year that I want to make a lot of money on, and I want a relationship.” – Jim Evering, of Los Angeles, writer/producer “Happy Days are Here Again,” by Jack Yellen “If you were a Democrat it’d be, ‘Happy Days are Here Again.”‘ – Tom Barger, 71, Denton, Texas, self-employed “Imagine,” by John Lennon “It’s all about peace, imagining that there might actually be some, and we actually need it, I think. Things aren’t improving, and the Middle East crisis is getting worse and worse, so imagine.” – Shahe Mankerian, 39, of Pasadena, school principal last_img read more

Harman letter angers Armenian activists

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityHarman, who is a co-sponsor of the resolution, was confronted Saturday at a rally for Assembly candidate Warren Furutani by young Armenian activists chanting “Hypocrite, liar, genocide denier.” The protesters plan to appear at more events where the South Bay Democrat is scheduled to speak, said Zanku Armenian, spokesman for the Armenian National Committee of America. “We will be following her around,” Armenian said, “to the point where people are not going to want to invite her because she will be radioactive.” The controversy erupted last week, after Rep. Tom Lantos, D-San Mateo, scheduled a vote on the resolution in the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The vote is scheduled for today. On Oct. 3, Harman sent Lantos a letter urging him to reconsider. She warned that the resolution would be “destabilizing not only to Armenian-Turkish relations but also to our efforts to create stability in the greater Middle East.” HOUSE: South Bay legislator says genocide resolution she co-sponsored could destabilize the greater Mideast. By Gene Maddaus STAFF WRITER Rep. Jane Harman is facing protests and a flood of angry phone calls after urging a House committee chairman not to allow a vote on a resolution to recognize the Armenian genocide. The issue is of utmost concern to the local Armenian community. Though more than a million Armenians died at the hands of the Ottoman Turks from 1915 to 1923, the U.S. government has steadfastly refused to characterize those events as a “genocide.” Turkey, a key U.S. ally in the region, has hired lobbyists to defeat similar resolutions in the past. In the letter, Harman warned Lantos that now is “the wrong time” to consider the resolution and urged him to avoid anything that would “embarrass or isolate the Turkish leadership.” She also mentioned that she had traveled to Turkey earlier this year and met with the prime minister. The Armenian groups obtained the letter, after which Harman released it on her Web site. Harman is one of the resolution’s 226 co-sponsors, a fact that especially galls the activists. “Although she was a co-sponsor, she covertly flipped her position and in a secret manner sent a letter to Tom Lantos,” said Vache Thomassian, co-chairperson of the Armenian Youth Federation. “She went all the way to the absolute opposite end and was advocating its complete dismissal.” The activists said they knew of no other representative who had publicly endorsed the measure while privately working against it. “I was infuriated that she would change her mind that way,” said Lori Khajadourian, a member of the federation’s South Bay chapter. “To us, it seems like a betrayal.” A few dozen protesters showed up Saturday at the Furutani event in Lakewood. Harman was there to support Furutani’s campaign for the 55th District Assembly seat, but her speech was interrupted by chanting. Afterwards, she met the group in the parking lot, where she argued that her objection was about timing and not about the substance of the resolution. “I am not arguing for a second about what happened in Turkey 100 years ago,” she said in a video clip that the activists posted on YouTube. “I condemn acts of – I would use the `genocide’ word, sure I would – I’m not denying it.” She also noted that her father had fled Nazi Germany. “I come from a community where there was genocide against my people, too,” she said. “The letter I sent was about the timing of the vote and not about the grievous harm that was caused to your community.” She went on to argue that the current Turkish government is playing a helpful role in the Middle East and in Darfur. The activists were not satisfied. “I don’t think a country that denies genocide should be patted on their back for what they’re doing in Darfur,” Khajadourian said. “She shouldn’t be allowing herself to be bullied by what this country might do if they pass this resolution.” Armenian said he believed Harman had been influenced by Turkey’s lobbyists, including the firms of former House Democratic leader Dick Gephardt and former House Appropriations Chairman Bob Livingston, a Republican. Though Harman has vowed to vote against the resolution if it comes to the floor, the activists are hoping she will change her mind. Failing that, they believe she should be voted out of office. “Her hypocrisy on this issue is morally reprehensible,” Armenian said. “By signing the letter to Lantos, she may as well have been signing her resignation letter.” Furutani’s campaign manager, Sandra Sanchez, said the protest did not derail the kickoff event. “Everything was resolved very amicably,” she said, adding that Furutani supports the resolution. gene.maddaus@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgLetterkenny Blaze U18 Men’s team have secured a place in this year’s National Finals to be held in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on January 25th.Having made the long journey to Cork last weekend to play local team Fr Mathews, in the Neptune Stadium, the Letterkenny lads came away with a narrow 4 point victory. This was always going to be a close game between two well drilled teams and despite the fact that Cork’s basketball journalist John Coughlan was tipping Blaze to come out easy winners, nothing was being taken for granted by the Letterkenny team.Letterkenny settled early with the first basket of the day coming from Matthew Deeney and this was quickly followed by a 3 pointer by Andrew McGeever. Fr Mathews replied with scores of their own by Pineda and Lynch. The first quarter saw further scores coming from Mark Thornton, Cian & Tadhg Hickey however Fr Mathews worked the ball well inside to their big men and went in at the end of the first quarter 2 points up with a 23-21 score line.The second quarter belonged to Letterkenny as they kept Fr Mathews to 7 points and amassed 17 points of their own through a good mixture of outside shooting and driving to the hoop by international players Cian & Tadhg Hickey along with Andrew McGeever. This meant that Letterkenny went in at halftime with a lead of 8 points at 38 – 30.Just as the second quarter belonged to Letterkenny, the third quarter belonged to Fr Mathews as it was their turn to hold the lads from Blaze to 7 points and rack up 14 points of their own. Ten of these points came from Jack O’Mahoney having been held to only 2 for the first two quarters. Even though the Cork side dominated the third quarter they were unable to regain the lead and Letterkenny went into the last quarter with a one point advantage on a score of 45 – 44. The last quarter of this game was a demonstration of quality basketball from both teams and brought the large crowd to their feet as scores were traded on both sides of the court. There was 5 three point scores in the final quarter with 2 from Fr Mathews and 3 from Blaze through Andrew McGeever, Cian Hickey & Tadhg Hickey. Some fantastic rebounding by Matthew Deeney and Peter Lynch on the defence and offensive boards helped Letterkenny hold the ball to help run down the clock and allow Letterkenny Blaze run out narrow winners with the final score of 71 – 67.Speaking after the game one of the Letterkenny coaches, Ian McGeever, praised his players for coming through a tough game with a very strong Cork team.“We knew we had to come here and play well as Fr Mathews are a very good team and it was always going to be a game that could have went either way.“We are delighted to have come out on top today and one of the big differences was our ability to put the ball in the basket from the free throw line amassing 12 points against 4 from Fr Mathews.“Our players also played at least 6 inches bigger than their height, winning rebounds of our own boards and the opposition boards providing valuable recycled ball leading to second chance opportunities.”Ian and his fellow coach Mark Cannon expressed their thanks to the large crowd that made the long journey to Cork who nullified the impact and matched the noise levels of the 300 supporters for the local Fr Mathews side. They also thanked Fr Mathews for a good competitive game that was always played in the right spirits by both teams, in what was deemed the game of the day by Basketball Ireland.Next up for Letterkenny is a match up with Templeogue in the final on the 25th of January in Dublin and we wish them every success.BASKETBALL – LETTERKENNY BLAZE INTO NATIONAL FINALS was last modified: January 14th, 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:Blaze Basketballnational finalUnder 18slast_img read more

Calabasas split on development issues

first_imgCalabasas voters appeared split Tuesday on two development issues on the ballot, while they and voters from Agoura Hills sorted out a crowded field of candidates for city and school board seats. According to early returns, Measure C, an advisory measure, appeared to be headed for defeat. It asked Calabasas voters to recommend whether the city should annex 52 acres on Mulholland Highway, east of Las Virgenes Road, for a 203-room hotel and resort, with sites for five estate homes. However, Calabasas voters were favoring Measure D – a city ordinance designed to protect open space. In the Las Virgenes Unified School District – which encompasses Calabasas, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village, four candidates sought three seats on the board of governors. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Incumbents Gordon Whitehead, who is an accountant, and Cindy Iser, an attorney, were leading Joann Melancon and businessman David Moorman, both community volunteers who have taken leadership roles with a number of education-oriented groups in the area. Six candidates were vying for three open seats on the Agoura Hills City Council. Incumbent Denis Weber, and challengers Bill Koehler and Harry Schwarz were leading, according to early returns. Also running were Todd August, Adam Lewis Guynes and George Christopher Thomas. Mayor Ed Corridori and Councilman Jeff Reinhardt decided against seeking re-election. last_img read more

SA airports increase security

first_img29 May 2007As of 1 June 2007, international travellers using South Africa’s airports will be prohibited from carrying hand luggage containing liquids, aerosols and gels exceeding 100 millilitres.The Airports Company of South Africa’s (Acsa) operations director, Bongani Maseko, said last week that the new security measures were in line with the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s standards.“We recommend that passengers should place all liquids, aerosols and gels (LAG) in their check-in luggage, however passengers who decide to carry LAGs for various reasons need to take these regulations into account when planning their trips,” Maseko said.With the new regulations, passengers will not be allowed to carry on board items in their hand luggage which exceed 100ml, such as perfume, shampoo, suntan lotion, creams, toothpaste and hair gel.Maseko warned that hand luggage with LAGs exceeding 100ml would be confiscated, while passengers would only be allowed to carry one parcel onboard.International travellers would be required to place essential liquids to be carried on board in a re-sealable clear, plastic bag with a capacity of not more than one litre and a total diameter of 80 centimetres.Each item containing liquid cannot exceed 100ml in quantity and must fit comfortably inside of the sealed bag.Acsa has ordered 200 000 plastic bags, which will be handed out to passengers at the country’s three main airports free of charge until the end of June. They will also be made available at retail stores countrywide.With prior arrangement, permission will be granted to people with medical problems if they produce a doctor’s prescription to that effect.Items carried on board that need to be placed in bags include formula, milk and food for babies in small containers, prescription medicine in liquid and gel form, essential non-prescription medication not exceeding 100ml per container, eye care products, liquids and gels, including juice needed by diabetic passengers.Lipsticks in tubes, solid deodorant, lip balm and similar solids will be allowed on board as well.Any duty free liquid, gel or aerosol products purchased after security checkpoints should be placed in special security bags by the store and customers connecting to further destinations are advised to keep these sealed throughout their journey.Maseko assured the air travellers that as part of Acsa’s efforts to ensure passengers comply with the new requirements, an educational campaign would be initiated countrywide.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more