MOST READ Losing its second straight after a 78-93 defeat to Ginebra on Sunday, Castro called for his side to perform consistently if TNT desires to advance to the next stage.“We haven’t had consistency this conference. We’ve been up-and-down in our games and that also happens within the game. That’s what we need,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCastro urged the KaTropa to have that sense of urgency in their last two games beginning against GlobalPort on Wednesday.“We need to find ways to get back in the winning column. This loss was hard on us because of how close the standings is. We need to get our act together and it also posed a challenge for us veterans like me and Harvey (Carey) to handle this situation and show it to the young guys,” he said. ‘Playoff mode’ Ginebra ready for anything, says Tenorio LATEST STORIES With that being said, Castro made it clear that the duel with GlobalPort will be a make-or-break game for TNT.“It’s really a do-or-die for us. We can’t lose,” he said. “It’s no longer about the Xs and Os. We need to show the effort until the end of the game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PBA IMAGESEven Jayson Castro admitted that being one of the bottom teams in the standings is a foreign feeling for TNT.“We’re not used to this,” Castro said after the KaTropa slid to eighth with a 4-5 card in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
The Daily Observer expresses its deepest condolence to the families of those children who perished in the fire disaster in the Paynesville Red Light area in the early hours of Wednesday, September 18, 2019. The Daily Observer prays that the Good Lord grants their souls peaceful eternal rest.This latest fire disaster has left the public wondering just when or how long will it take for the Government of Liberia to recognize the importance of having a functional and efficient National Fire Service. From all indications, the National Fire Service was left out of the Security Sector Reform process, although it operates under the Ministry of Justice and forms part of the joint security apparatus.This newspaper recalls that in its February 22, 2018 editorial entitled, “Govt. Must End Official Neglect of Liberia National Fire Service”, it drew official attention to the fact that the performance of the Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS) was severely hamstrung by the lack of sufficient and adequately trained manpower, generally low salaries, poor incentives and, above all, the lack of up-to-date firefighting equipment, which constrained its already poor and inadequate fire response capacity.Most fire outbreaks, according to official statistics, usually occur in and around Monrovia, the nation’s capital and largest population center. The major causes of these fire outbreaks, according to the National Fire Service, is due to burning candles left unattended, mosquito coils, electrical faults, etc.This dire situation is not helped by the lack of pipe borne water in most parts of the capital. Years prior to the conflict, this newspaper recalls, fire hydrants were installed at various points around the city and this helped enhance the ability of the Fire Service to respond to fires.That situation, however, no longer exists and the LNFS is being hard-pressed to deliver. Cognizant of the need to derive solutions, the LNFS in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) unveiled a five-year plan in 2015 detailing where the institution hopes to find itself within a five-year period. The Strategic Plan emphasized the need for training of fire fighting personnel, including the provision of modern firefighting equipment such as trucks, hoists, fireproof garments, etc.Currently, the Fire Service boasts of only four (4) fire trucks to serve a population of 4.3 million people distributed across the 15 counties of Liberia, with a total manpower strength of about 600 persons. It also has a total of six substations around the country, with half of that number in Monrovia while the remaining three (3) substations are located outside Monrovia in Sanniquellie, Nimba County, Buchanan, in Grand Bassa County and Harper, in Maryland County.Each of the substations located in Monrovia have a fire truck but none are in full working order while the remaining substations in the counties have no fire trucks at all. Although the LNFS’ strategic plan calls for the construction of 11 additional substations around the country and the provision of adequate firefighting equipment and trained manpower, it remains unclear whether anything will be done soon to remedy the problem in view of the upsurge in fire outbreaks around Monrovia and the LNFS’ feeble response to such outbreaks.That said, this latest fire outbreak, which resulted in such huge loss of lives, has raised questions about the conditions in which those children were being housed. If the building was indeed a school, did it have dormitory facilities that were up to standard? Further, what kind of education was being offered these children?Moreover, what was the involvement of the Ministry of Education in the establishment of the school? Was the school and its curriculum approved by the Ministry of Education? Additionally, was the construction approved by the Ministry of Public Works and did the school meet National Fire Service safety standards? Further, how come the imam and his wife were taken out first and the children left to their fate?These are all questions that need answers as we mourn the loss of precious lives. In the view of the Daily Observer, the school authorities should be held to account for housing students in a building that lacked appropriate and adequate entry and exit points, to facilitate easy evacuation in case of critical incidents such as the fire which consumed so many lives.Sources told this newspaper that the building was kept locked at night because of threats posed by armed robbers. If that was the case, then why the school did not hire security guards to provide adequate security to the students being housed, and why were the students not familiarized with the safety procedures for the building?In view of this grave situation, the Daily Observer calls on the Government of Liberia to launch a full-scale inquiry into the disaster, with a view to uncovering the true cause of the fire, determining responsibility and holding accountable those who, by their negligence, unwittingly contributed to the disaster.The Daily Observer commends President Weah for responding quickly by personally visiting the scene of the disaster, to console family members of the deceased. The Daily Observer however suggests that he goes a step further by declaring a period of national mourning in honor of those innocent children whose lives were untimely taken away due to the negligence of others and follow through with a full-scale inquiry.It must be emphasized that no religious sentiments should be brought to bear in this case. This fire disaster is by no means the will of Allah. It is the product of gross negligence and should be treated as such. Those found responsible should be made to face the full weight of the law, to serve as deterrence against future incidents of such nature.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The smuggled vehicle in question is now ‘impounded’ at the Customs Post. One police officer arrested for ‘smuggling vehicle’ in GantaAuthorities at the Ganta Port of entry along the Liberian/Guinean border in Nimba County, on Friday, April 25, 2019, arrested a police officer, who was said to have clandestinely penetrated security corridors with a car in an attempt to evade tax.Security source at the border informed the Daily Observer on Friday that the officer, Vamayan Kenneh of the Police Highway Patrol, entered the border with a police patrol car, marked 226 at about 1:13 p.m., under the pretext that he was going to speak to his loved one, who he claimed lived within the vicinity of the border.The security at border said, while officer Kenneh was returning from the Guinean side of the border, he entered Liberia with a patrol car that has the siren on, followed by a white Ford Jeep, bearing a Guinea license plate, RC – 3855 – AM, forcibly penetrating the two gates without any of the officers assigned at the gate making any inquiry due to severity of sound from the siren.“When he got to the police gate, almost to enter Liberia side of the gate, he ordered the gate be opened for the Ford Car to pass without reference to any of the officers, and also made the vehicle in question non-declared for duty payment,” said a police officer, who pleaded for anonymity.Upon leaving the corridor of the port, officer Kenneh reportedly sped up with the vehicle heading for Monrovia.“Before we could come to ourselves, the officer was already en-route to Monrovia, but we chased after him and his crew that were intersected around almost at the Ganta/Monrovia checkpoint; from where we brought them back to the Custom post to pay duty,” said one Sheriff, a police officer assigned at the border.The car has since been impounded with the four tires deflated for fear that it would be removed overnight.This is not the first time for such an act to have taken place at the border post.It can be recalled that few years ago, a mini truck disappeared at the border under mysterious circumstance, after it was parked to pay the custom duty. What happened to the case remains unanswered, at least not to the knowledge of this newspaper’s investigation.In the recent saga, other nearby residents are blaming the border authorities for being negligent, something many believed is a threat to national security.“On many occasions we see uniformed officers on board vehicles crossing the border, whether they go through the normal procedures is yet to be established,” said an eyewitness at the border.Due to the proximity of Ganta to the borderline, it is alleged that most of the motorcycle dealers around the city brought in their goods (bikes) through smuggling method under the cover of darkness, specifically during the dry season, when the St. John River that borders the two countries from that entry point gets dried, thus giving way to travelers to walk over the main source.Series of efforts to get the Custom Collector officially to speak on the latest incident did not materialize because he claimed not to be clothed with authority to address the issue. However, the smuggling of goods, including vehicles have overshadowed activities at the border crossing points.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Secondary School’s sports teams have a busy weekend ahead of them.The Senior Boys and Girls Volleyball teams are playing in their first home tournament of the season which starts on Saturday. Both teams are coming off disappointing weekends in Grande Prairie where they were competing in the Pow Wow tournament.The boys soccer team is headed to Williams Lake to take on the team from Lake City Secondary School.- Advertisement -The Cross Country team was successful in Dawson Creek last weekend at the Escape From Fish Creek Cross Country Run. They are headed to Prince George tomorrow to compete in the North Zones finals, from which the top runners will advance to provincials.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board, where Antonovich also has a seat, is exploring the inland transfer station along with other plans to move products through the county’s highways, railways and ports as part of a statewide program to increase commerce while creating as little pollution as possible. The money for the ambitious plan could come from a $20 billion transportation bond approved by voters last year. Of that pool, about $2 billion is up for grabs for projects like the inland port. It could also get some of an additional $1 billion set aside for air-quality programs. The California Transportation Commission will divvy up the money this year after state lawmakers decide what kinds of projects qualify. The inland port is also under consideration for the eastern edge of the San Gabriel Valley, but the wide open spaces of the Antelope Valley make that region a more attractive prospect, said Michael Cano, Antonovich’s transportation deputy. An exact spot for the facility has not been determined. Cano said there are several factors why an inland port in the Antelope Valley might make more sense than one in the eastern San Gabriel Valley. “The Antelope Valley has plenty of land that the county owns that can be used as leverage to attract business, while the east San Gabriel Valley is pretty built out,” he said. “That doesn’t dampen our interest in looking at that, but it seems the first alternative is more natural.” Cano added that besides higher land prices in the East San Gabriel Valley, the rail lines leading from the ports to the Antelope Valley are already controlled by the county’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Those running east-west through the San Gabriel Valley belong to Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe. “Convincing to let us use their tracks for the public good gets more complicated,” Cano said. But even with an inland port in the northern reaches of the county, the San Gabriel Valley could stand to benefit in terms of decreased traffic and pollution, Cano said. Besides keeping north-south truck traffic out of the Los Angeles Basin, truckers using a north county facility could take advantage of the proposed High Desert Corridor, which would provide a high-speed traffic link between the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway and Interstate 15. The corridor would allow trucks carrying freight eastbound to pick up the goods at the inland port, head east and south on the I-15 to I- 215 and then on to the San Bernardino (10) Freeway, bypassing the San Gabriel Valley altogether. “About 30 to 35 percent of the goods coming into local points are consumed locally, but the majority, the remainder, don’t need to see the light of day in L.A. County,” Cano said. “If \ have an alternative, you basically have trucks that don’t have to take the 10, 210 or 60 east through the Valley.” And it is imperative to start addressing the situation now, before it gets worse, Cano said. Last year, 15.76 million freight containers moved through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, according to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. That number is expected to increase to 26.1 million containers by 2015. Willie Cook, who hauls truckloads of produce and meat between Nebraska and L.A., said a port in the Antelope Valley would be a tremendous relief from his long trek to the oceanside ports, where there’s little room to park his rig or safely stay overnight. “It would be so nice if we didn’t have to drive to L.A.,” the 61-year-old Cook said at a truck stop in Castaic. The port could spark economic growth for the region by creating a new industry and jobs for residents, Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford said. The proposal also includes connecting the 14 and 15 freeways via a high-speed route that could link airports in Victorville and Palmdale, making the facilities bigger players in the movement of goods. “We certainly have lots of room,” Ledford said. “This could make us more competitive.” And with activity at both ports expected to increase as overseas trade continues to grow, the traffic will only get worse. With money from the 2006 bond measure still hanging in the balance, Antonovich will also look for financial support for the project from state and congressional leaders. He’s also considering other techniques to pay for the freeway connections, from truck tolls to public-and-private partnerships. In addition, Antonovich is looking to establish a federal freight trust fund that could be generated by money coming into the ports and used directly for roadway improvements and expansion, Cano said. Currently, money to build roadways comes from the federal Highway Trust Fund, financed by a gasoline tax. Officials say the fund is dwindling because Americans are driving more fuel-efficient cars and filling up less at the pump. Still, to truck driver Patrick Zurakowski, driving in L.A. traffic is simply part of the job, although he admits that having a new port in northern Los Angeles County would make the trip smoother. “It would be easier not to drive to the ports in L.A.,” he said. “But somebody is going to still have to do it.” email@example.com (818)713-3746160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Seeking a solution to L.A’s congested freeways, a county official has proposed creating an “inland port” in the Antelope Valley where big rigs would pick up goods transported there by rail instead of driving to seaside ports. The idea by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich aims to shift a significant chunk of the 22,000 truck trips made each day in and out of the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to the county’s rural outskirts on the 5, 14 and 15 freeways. Goods would be hauled from the L.A. and Long Beach ports on existing train tracks to the Antelope Valley, where they would be loaded onto trucks bound for markets nationwide. “An inland port would reduce truck-related congestion and pollution throughout the county,” Antonovich said.
He said 40 percent of probationers have been found to be in possession of weapons or drugs since the program’s inception. “It’s a crackdown on the gangs,” Antonovich said in front of a home authorities searched in the 1400 block of Jackman Street West. “We have an epidemic of gang activity… a warfare taking place. The ones we’re going after are those who are on probation and armed and are continuing their active membership in these gangs.” At the Jackman Street home, authorities arrested three men suspected of being gang members – two on parole violations and one on a probation violation – and seized a loaded firearm found in a room to which two young children had access, authorities said. The two children – ages 3
Other participating locations include Safeway, Totem Mall, Home Hardware, Walmart and Rona. Focklage says the most common locations for these types of infractions are the Alaska Highway and back roads near areas like Cecil Lake.“It seems like everyone is in a hurry – either going to work or getting their kids somewhere,” Focklage goes on to say. “…People think, ‘oh we’re down a back road, there’s not that much traffic; we’re just going to keep going through.’”Focklage will be at Save On Foods with her school bus until 1:00 p.m. She says the turnout has so far been minimal – something she attributes to the poor weather.“We should have maybe done it on Monday when it was nicer,” Focklage lightheartedly explains. “…Instead of people just waiting for me, I am going to start going to them.”Advertisement This initiative is part of the recently incorporated Safe Stop Education Day in Fort St. John.Bus driver Brandy Frocklage is at Save On Foods, and says she experiences this type of incident at least once a week.“I’ve actually almost had a kid hit on the highway by somebody passing me from behind while my stop sign was out,” says Frocklage. “He was starting to cross and the vehicle went, and missed the kid by maybe a foot.”- Advertisement -She says drivers need to meet school buses half way in ensuring the students get to school and home safely.“We carry the most precious cargo – people’s kids,” pleas Frocklage to drivers. “It’s very stressful for us sometimes when people just blow through our stop signs like it’s nothing.”“If our sign comes out – just stop. It’s not going to make you any later to where you’re going.”Advertisement
A Co Donegal solicitor who admitted dishonesty and professional misconduct has been struck off the roll of solicitors by the president of the High Court.Mr Justice Peter Kelly was told it is “very uncertain” at this stage whether the Law Society’s compensation fund will have to reimburse clients of Moya O’Donnell’s practice. If all claims are paid out, there could be a deficit of some €450,000 but the picture is “very uncertain” and claims are still being processed, Nessa Bird BL, for the Society said. A number of claims had been refused, she noted.Sean Sexton, a solicitor representing Ms O’Donnell, said monies from the estate of her late husband David Madden, who died in tragic circumstances just before Christmas 2017, will become available to go towards meeting at least some of any deficit established.Because of the tragic circumstances of his death, there are issues concerning life policies, Mr Sexton added.Mr Justice Kelly said, given the dishonesty involved, the Society and Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) had no choice but to seek a strike off order and the court had to make that order.He reduced the legal costs by some €7,000 after noting, arising from her husband’s death, Ms O’Donnell is a lone parent of four children with no means of livelihood as a solicitor.Read the full story here https://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/high-court-president-strikes-off-solicitor-who-admitted-dishonesty-and-misconduct-905316.htmlDonegal solicitor struck off for dishonesty and professional misconduct was last modified: February 18th, 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:donegalHIGH COURTMOya O’Donnellsoliitorstruck off
Detectives outside the home where a husband and wife in their 70’s were found dead this morning. Pic by North-west-newspix.MURDER squad detectives are investigating a double killing this morning in Carndonagh. It’s understood a man and his wife have died as a result of the incident.A man has been arrested at the scene. It’s understood Gardai are investigating the possibility that the couple died as a result of multiple wounds.There is widespread shock in Carndonagh.The dead couple are well known in the area.A priest has been called to the house to give the last rites. A man was detained by Gardai who were called to the scene. The house has been sealed off and the office of the State Pathologist has been informed.Gardaí have just issued the following press statement in relation to the incident.Gardaí in Buncrana are investigating all the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a man and woman in their 70’s at their home in Carndonagh shortly after 9am this morning.A short time later a man in his 40’s was arrested and he is currently being detained at Buncrana Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.The scene is currently preserved pending a Garda forensic examination. The office of the State Pathologist has been informed and investigations are continuing.BREAKING NEWS: COUPLE MURDERED AT THEIR HOME, MAN ARRESTED was last modified: October 23rd, 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:CarndonaghKILLINGmurdersshooting
He put on a dark blue shirt, khaki pants and white tennis shoes, which authorities believe were the clothes Thompson wore during his sentencing. Martin said investigators do not know how he managed to keep them. Thompson somehow left the prisoners booth in the visiting room. “The booth should be locked,” Martin said. “We don’t know exactly whether the door was never locked or he was able to defeat the locking mechanism.” Once out of the room, Thompson flashed a fake ID badge that apparently no one examined as he passed at least four jail employees at work stations, including one who let him into the visitors’ lobby, Martin said. From there, Thompson walked out into the street. “Nobody got a real good look at the card, if it was real or not,” Martin said. The card had Thompson’s photograph. This was the first escape from the three-year old jail, which has about 3,300 inmates. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HOUSTON – Authorities searched for a Death Row inmate Friday who slipped off his handcuffs, changed into street clothes and bluffed his way out of jail by flashing a fake ID badge with a photo of himself. Charles Victor Thompson, who was sentenced to die for killing his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend, got past at least four employees at the Harris County Jail by claiming he worked for the Texas Attorney General’s office. “He’s a charming, affable, articulate guy, and I’m sure he used his charming abilities to talk his way out of the jail,” said Thompson’s attorney, Terrence Gaiser. “He didn’t present himself as the desperate, I’ll-do-anything type.” The sheriff’s department is investigating whether Thompson, 35, had inside help. Investigators found a truck Friday that they said might be connected to the brazen escape. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Sheriff’s Lt. John Martin said officials fear Thompson might retaliate against relatives of the woman he murdered. “He’s extremely dangerous,” Martin said. Thompson, 35, of the Houston suburb of Tomball was condemned in 1999 for the shooting deaths a year earlier of Dennise Hayslip, 39, and Darren Keith Cain, 30. He had been transferred to the jail in Houston because an appeals court had ordered that he be resentenced. A jury issued a new death sentence Oct. 28, but Thompson was still waiting to be transferred back to a prison about 75 miles away. On Thursday, a deputy took Thompson to a meeting room because Thompson said he had a meeting with his attorney. The visitor, however, was not Gaiser, who said he had no plans to meet Thompson that day. Investigators were questioning the visitor. The visitor left after a short time, and once Thompson was alone he managed to remove his handcuffs and slip off his bright orange prison jumpsuit, Martin said.