Basketball Closing, Election Saturday

first_imgThe fight for a constituted leadership against the establishment of an interim headship of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) is gradually closing in with a reassurance of holding a 2-day elective congress, scheduled this weekend.The Chairman of the Basketball Election Commission, Yanqueh Borsay, announced that a set of six persons have registered for the August 8 elections, which would be held at the Sports Commission on Broad Street.According to the roster, the candidates include: T. Rufus Anderson – president; Fred Ted – vice president for administration; Bruce Quaye – vice president for operations; Adiodu Thomas – treasurer; Darius Harris – financial secretary and Isaac Smith – chaplain.In an exclusive telephone interview with the Daily Observer yesterday, Mr. Borsay said there are 48 eligible voters and the elections would commence at 9:00am on Saturday.The basketball election chairman said 60 ballot papers have been printed and a ballot box has already been procured.He indicated that a letter of complaint from the founder and president of K-Delta, Abraham Samukai addressed to the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) is in his possession. The letter requests the LNOC to investigate his status as president, which was denied by the LBA, arguing that Alfred Sayon, still remains K-Delta president.Secretary General D. Allen Goodridge disclosed that the association has written the Liberia National Police (LNP) for “safekeeping and protection” during the congress and pointed out that all stakeholders have been informed and are expected to troop for the congress.LBA president Anderson has threatened to sue anybody who might disrupt the congress.LNOC president Philipbert Brown divulged that they would send a representative to observe the congress and would endorse the election, if it’s free, fair and transparent.Mr. Brown said the LBA would only be suspended or expelled if there is political interference or has an undue and inclined election.Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the stakeholders Calvin Diggs has threatened to upset the election on ground that Abraham Samukai – who signed on behalf of them – isn’t part of them and therefore nullifies the July 6 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).The MOU calls for an elective congress to be held this weekend after being postponed four times over “illegitimacy, financial misapplication and inclusion of bogus basketball clubs.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Campbellville man charged for hitting wife

first_imgA man who reportedly beat his wife after he found his eight-year-old daughter at home alone was before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday.Boodnauth Mohadore denied that on April 14, 2018 at Lot 4 Seaforth Street, Campbellville, he assaulted Shebad Mohadore so as to cause her actual bodily harm.In court on Tuesday, Mohadore told Magistrate Judy Latchman that he was at work and returned in the afternoon to find his daughter at home alone.He claimed that he attempted to make contact with his wife, who he could not reach. He also told the court that his wife returned home at midnight. He said that when his wife arrived home, an argument ensued. He claimed that the Virtual Complainant (VC) pushed him and then took up a pot spoon to hit him. He further claimed that while attempting to take the spoon from her, she fell.He also told the court that he was surprised when the Police showed up to arrest him after his wife reported the matter.The VC, however, told Magistrate Latchman that her husband was an alcoholic who usually assaulted her.As such, she was advised to seek a restraining order against the defendant and if he breached the restraining order, he would be jailed.The woman agreed to do same, but asked that the matter be dismissed. As such, the matter was dismissed by Magistrate Latchman.last_img read more

Compton wins on road, advances in playoffs

first_imgJustin Carter totaled 25 points and 10 rebounds and Wayne Andrews contributed 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Compton College men’s basketball team to an 87-77 victory over Chaffey in a Southern California Regional Playoffs first-round game Saturday night at Chaffey. Larry DeHughes added 13 points for the Tartars (21-9). Chaffey fell to to 28-7. Compton advances to play College of the Canyons on the road next Saturday at 7 p.m. BaseballLBCC 4, Orange Coast 3 Daniel Prieto allowed three runs – two earned – in six innings and Josh Furlong (2-2) followed with three shutout frames to lead the visiting Vikings (7-10) over the Pirates in nonconference play. Curtis Thompson went 3 for 4 for LBCC. CS Monterey Bay 11-7, CS Dominguez Hills 8-8, second game 7 inn. Houston Hernandez and Scott Moore each had three hits in the finale to help the Toros (5-6-1, 1-2) gain a CCAA split at home. SoftballLBCC 4-3, Palomar 3-2 The Vikings (5-7) swept the visiting Comets (8-9) in nonconference action. Sarah Frudakis allowed no earned runs in going the distance in the first game, and also drove in two runs. center_img In the finale, LBCC’s Brittni Rodriguez earned the win and Frudakis got the save. Cypress 15, Cuesta 9, 5 inn.; Cypress 9, Bakersfield 0, 6 inn. Sydney Woolley (5-0) and Alyssa Gutierrez (6-1) recorded complete-game victories as the Chargers (11-1) won twice in Bakersfield. Brooke Pesley went 5 for 6 with a home run, three doubles and four RBI on the day. 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

The Moth in Spider’s Clothing

first_imgNational Geographic News has a picture story about a moth that mimics a jumping spider.  It appears to work.  Scientists staged a battle royale between contestants of mimics and non-mimics in the ring with their jumping spider enemies, and the mimics won hands down.  The spiders went for the normal moths 62% of the time, but backed away from their mirror-images, the moths in spider clothing, in all but 6% of cases.  The fooled spiders even made aggressive territorial displays against some of their mimics.  The metalmark moths of Costa Rica flare up their wings and make a spidery pose when threatened.  A somewhat similar strategy is recommended for humans when facing a mountain lion.Mimicry is a common occurrence in nature.  Evolutionists explain this as a result of natural selection, and it is, but not in the macroevolutionary sense Darwin needs.  These moths already have wings, legs, and sophisticated pigmentation software.  If Darwin had discovered a deterministic law, all species would follow this strategy, and every prey would look like its predator.  If the non-mimic moths had the same amount of evolutionary time, why did they remain behind?  Didn’t they learn the Darwinian lesson?  And if the predators also had the same time, why didn’t they catch onto the trick?    Horizontal changes can occur rapidly under sufficient predation pressure or competition (cp. 02/26/2007 with orchids).  A population of dogs isolated in the Arctic will favor long-haired survivors if the genes for long hair already exist.  A population of desert plants will favor those able to reach deep if the genes to do so already exist.  Find a moth that evolves a machine gun via slow, incremental steps and creationists will take notice (requirement: all the intermediate forms must be found, too).Suggested new book:  A medical doctor, Geoffrey Simmons, has just completed a new book Billions of Missing Links (Harvest House, 2006).  It is loaded with examples of clever and sophisticated designs in nature that could never have evolved by gradual evolutionary steps.(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Delta provides more flexible upgrades

first_imgPhoto: Delta Air Lines Delta Air Lines customers prepared to pay extra for their trip now have new, more flexible ways of avoiding the cattle class squeeze.The airline is now allowing its customers to upgrade to the airline’s Comfort+ extra-legroom seats, or even to first class, as a post-purchase add-on and for a smaller part of their journey.This includes passengers who buy tickets through third parties and allows changes to be made using a different method of payment to the original ticket purchase.The airline uses a return trip from Savannah, Georgia, to Los Angeles via Atlanta to illustrate one of the major changes.Under the old system, passengers could upgrade by direction only. This meant they could travel in the main cabin from Savannah to LA and buy an upgrade to Comfort+ or better on the way back.The new system allows them to buy Comfort+, first class, or Delta One upgrades as an ancillary purchase for an individual segment of their journey.This means passengers on the Savannah-LA itinerary can now buy one product on the short hop from Savannah to Atlanta and another on the longer haul from Atlanta to LA.However, they can only do this on itineraries wholly operated by Delta and where the seats are available.“This is all about consumer choice,” said Rhonda Crawford, Delta’s vice president global distribution & digital strategy said in a statement. “This flexibility is what our corporate travel customers, in particular, have told Delta they want because it lets them select their desired experience, regardless of how or where their ticket was bought.”Delta also announced a new app for SkyMiles Medallion members that allows them to select their own seats in complimentary upgrades or revert to the main cabin if they’re not happy with the seat selected in an automatic upgrade.And in the pipeline for Delta customers is a new choice of destinations thanks to its partnership with Aeromexico.Subject to government approval, the airlines will this fall launch five flights in new markets, add frequency in four markets and upgrade aircraft in two markets.The partners say this equates to a 10 percent increase in trans-border seat capacity by the end of 2017, with growth continuing in 2018.The expansion will see new flights from Delta’s Atlanta hub to Mexico’s Merida and  Queretaro as well as between LA and the Mexican destination of Leon. There will also be new flights from Seattle and Portland to Mexico City.Increased services include a second daily flight between LA  and Los Cabos and a third daily service between New York-JFK and Cancun. Flights from Atlanta to Leon and Guadalajara will also each increase to twice daily.last_img read more

Lee-Anne Pace makes SA golf history

first_img3 April 2014 Lee-Anne Pace made South African golf history this week by becoming the first woman to be named the country’s outright Golfer of the Year at the annual Compleat Golfer Awards In 2010, Pace shared the award with Open champion Louis Oosthuizen after a watershed season that saw her finish the year ranked as the number one golfer on the Ladies European Tour. Stellar season Pace enjoyed another stellar season in 2013, finishing in second place on the Ladies European Tour’s ISPS Handa Order of Merit. She raised her winning tally in Europe to eight with victories at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open in May, the Open de Espana in July and the Sanya Ladies Open in China in October. She also finished as runner-up in the Allianz Ladies Slovak Open. In addition, Pace recorded another five top 10 finishes that helped lift her season’s earnings to €250 927. Players’ Player of the Year Pace was named the Ladies European Tour’s Players’ Player of 2013 by her peers, a distinction she also earned in 2010, and was nominated as Sports Woman of the Year at the South African Sports Awards. The Pearl Valley Golf Estate player, who also received the Women’s Professional Golf Association (WPGA) Golfer of the Year award for a fourth year running, enjoyed a superb start to her 2014 season on the inaugural Sunshine Ladies Tour. In three starts, she finished fourth at the Dimension Data Ladies Pro-Am, third in the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies at Glendower and second at the SuperSport Challenge. With that strong run she qualified for the season-ending finale, which was limited to the top 10 available pros on the Order of Merit, and romped to a six-stroke victory in the Investec Cup for Ladies at Sun City.Winner’s speech The 33-year-old recorded a video for this week’s Compleat Golfer Awards before she left for the United States for the season’s first Major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship in California “I suppose I should first thank the boys for not winning a Major last year,” Pace quipped. “I am incredibly honoured to have been named Golfer of the Year. To be the first female to receive this award is a privilege and honour. “I would like to thank my sponsors Investec, Cobra-Puma, Oakley and First Car Rental for their unbelievable support in 2013, and who allowed me to compete in a stress-free environment, and [they] should all share in this honour. “My appreciation also goes to my two coaches, Val Holland and James Petts, without whom this incredible season would not have been possible. “Finally, I would like to thank the Compleat Golfer for hosting these awards each year. You have been fantastic in your support of all the South African golfers and we appreciate everything you do to promote the game, especially for female players. “I hope this achievement will inspire other players and help to grow the Sunshine Ladies Tour.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Refineries Petition Courts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — Two small refiners not receiving exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard in EPA’s latest round of waivers announced on Aug. 9, continue to fight the agency’s rejection in federal court. At the same time, agriculture and biofuel interests continue to wait for a potential biofuels deal from the Trump administration.On Aug. 9, the EPA announced the approval of 31 new small-refinery exemptions to the RFS for 2018 and rejected six total requests. The agency still has two additional requests for 2018 pending.At this point, two refiners have petitioned federal courts for a review of the EPA’s decision. That includes Big West Oil Company in Salt Lake City, Utah, which operates a 31,500-barrel-per-day refiner, and Sinclair Wyoming Refining Company in Sinclair, Wyoming, a 75,000 barrel per day (bpd) facility.In all, President Donald Trump’s EPA has granted 85 exemptions, totaling more than 4 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons not blended in petroleum. That includes several hundred million gallons of biodiesel.The Trump administration’s Aug. 9 announcement rocked rural America when it was reported the president himself ordered the agency to grant the latest exemptions.Since then, both oil and ethanol interests have had meetings at the White House to consider a supposed deal to make changes to the RFS as a result of the outcry about the exemptions.Earlier this week, reports in Reuters and Bloomberg said the White House has agreed to make changes to the RFS to reallocate exempted gallons.DTN contacted EPA Tuesday afternoon requesting more information, but as of Wednesday morning, the agency had not responded.Meanwhile, Big West has petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, https://www.epa.gov/…, and Sinclair has filed two petitions in separate courts. including the appeals court in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver, https://www.epa.gov/….“The action in this case applies only to one refinery that is located in Wyoming and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of a parent company located in Utah,” Sinclair said in its petition. “Notwithstanding this fact, EPA argues that its action is ‘nationally applicable’ under Section 307(b)(1) of the Clean Air Act because a senior EPA official sent a short memorandum to another EPA official saying that she had granted 31 small-refinery RFS exemption petitions and denied six others. Although Sinclair was not mentioned in this memorandum, and the memorandum contained no justification for denying Sinclair’s petition, EPA argues that the memorandum was a nationally applicable action in which Sinclair’s petition was denied.”The EPA has filed a motion to dismiss Sinclair’s petition in the 10th Circuit, which prompted the company to file the same petition in the D.C. court.Ironically, the EPA frequently has cited an August 2017 10th Circuit ruling related to the denial of a previous Sinclair exemption request. In that case, the court found the EPA had used too strict of a standard when it denied Sinclair’s request.Todd Neeley can be reached at todd.neeley@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(AG/BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Govt. told SC that arrested activists had no link to plot to kill PM: Justice D.Y. Chandrachud

first_imgSupreme Court judge Justice D.Y. Chandrachud in a dissenting opinion said that the Additional Solicitor General had stated that there was no basis to the Maharashtra government’s theory linking the five activists arrested by the Pune Police to a plot to assassinate the Prime Minister.In his opinion, Justice Chandrachud said, “Such an allegation is indeed of a serious order. Such allegations require responsible attention and cannot be bandied about by police officers in media briefings. But during the course of the present hearing, no effort has been made by the ASG to submit that any such investigation is being conducted in regard to the five individuals.”He further pointed out, “On the contrary, he [ASG] fairly stated that there was no basis to link the five arrested individuals to any such alleged plot against the Prime Minister. Nor does the counter affidavit makes any averment to that effect.”His opinion dissenting with the majority view of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar raises questions over the claims made by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on the day of the judgment and by the Maharashtra Police in a press conference held last month.The Supreme Court Bench had heard the petition filed by historian Romila Thapar and four others alleging that the arrest of poet Varavara Rao, lawyer Sudha Bhardwaj and activists Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves and Gautam Navlakha were made under questionable circumstances.Mr. Fadnavis, in his hurriedly called press conference on Friday morning after the apex court’s judgment, had welcomed the order and claimed that his government possessed “large number of evidences against these individuals who are conspiring against the nation, plotting the assassination of the country’s Prime Minister and pitting castes against each other”.The Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), Maharashtra, in his press conference last month had said that the activists arrested were all working to further the designs of banned organisations that were plotting to carry out a ‘Rajiv Gandhi-like’ assassination to end ‘Modi (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) Raj’.Justice Chandrachud has also raised questions over the impartiality and independence of the Maharashtra Police. His judgment read, “All this has certainly a bearing on the basic question as to whether the Maharashtra Police can now be trusted to carry out an independent and impartial investigation.”last_img read more

PM hails sportspersons of Mizoram

first_imgAizawl, Dec 16 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed optimism that Mizoram would continue to produce sportspersons who would excel on the world stage. Addressing a public meeting at the Assam Rifles ground here, Modi great sportspersons of the state including Olympian archer C Lalremsanga, boxer Jenny Lalremliani, weight lifter S Lalchhahimi and hockey player Lalruatfeli. “There are many other prominent sports persons from Mizoram who have brought glory to the state and the country,” he said.The soft power of football can become Mizorams global identity, the prime minister said. He made special mention to Mizoram clinching the Santosh Trophy in 2014 and the Aizawl Football Club becoming champions in the I-League last year. PTI HCV NNlast_img read more