Vauxhall’s Wilson is one to watch

January 20, 2020

first_imgVauxhall High’s coach, Keon Broderick, has described his wily attacker, Tyane Wilson, as one of the best in the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup competition, and after seeing the crafty striker in two matches it’s hard to disagree. Broderick has given the 18-year-old youngster a free role and charged him with the responsibility of taking Vauxhall to unprecedented heights this season. On Tuesday, the player was at his majestic best in a three-star performance against Norman Manley, showing why his coach rates him so highly and believes that if they are to make any meaningful progress this year, he will have to be at the heart of it. But Wilson, a past student of Mel Nathan Preparatory School in Hannah Town, is not feeling any pressure from being given the mantle to lead this team. On the contrary, he has full confidence in his ability and relishes the task. “It’s not a burden, I really enjoy the role because I know I can manage it,” he stated. The Brown’s Town FC midfielder carried his tally to five with his three-timer but his game is more than goals, he is the main creative spark and provider of assists as well. “I think my contribution has been great, the coach tells me the team cannot do without me. He says they feed off my energy so I have to always make my presence felt and put out extra effort, and I think I am doing that,” he continued. “This is the first hat-trick in my career and it’s a wonderful feeling, as it helped us get closer to the next round, it’s a good feeling,” he added. The win over Norman Manley edged Vauxhall even closer to a second-round berth but he is just taking things as they come. “We will leave that part (second round) to God. I will answer that part when we get there,” he said. The player was injured in the last game and was taken out after an hour, but Broderick doesn’t expect that to keep him out. “It’s not too serious, it was a precautionary measure to take him out and preserve him for the upcoming games,” he said. He also added: “This young man is spectacular … it’s just for the entire Jamaica to see, and once we reach second round they will.” Vauxhall are on top of Manning Cup Group F with 19 points from nine matches. They are ahead of Excelsior High (18 points from eight) and Jonathan Grant High, also on 18 from eight games.last_img read more

World Economic Forum Names Gwen Myers to Expert Panel

January 14, 2020

first_imgMessengers of Peace-Liberia Inc (MOP) Executive Director, Gwendolyn Myers, has been nominated as a World Economic Forum Expert in Human Rights.The announcement was made on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, the World Economic Forum announced the nomination of Ms. Myers; Executive Director of Messengers of Peace-Liberia Inc (MOP) as one of the Forum’s Experts. By this nomination, the renowned Liberian based Peace Messenger will join more than 5,000 world leading experts engaged by the Forum to help shape the global agenda.This nomination will bring to the front burner Human Rights, Peace and Security issues as they affect women and young people.“I’m honored and humbled,” Myers said in on her Facebook page in response to the announcement and congratulated all the new nominees to the Expert Network.  “Thanks to everyone for the unwavering support. God is the source and my strength! The quest for peace continues. In the coming months, we’ll consult, dialogue, analyze and report on these issues. The fundamental Rights of women and young people cannot be attained until peace is sustained,” she said.As part of MOP’s outreach, Gwen Myers has run a weekly “Messengers of Peace” column every Thursday in the Daily Observer newspaper since 2013.  The articles are targeted mainly youth, educating them about the benefits of pursuing peace and the role of peace in the lives of responsible citizenry.  In February 2017, MOP and the Daily Observer embarked on a project to encourage other young writers to contribute articles to the column.  The topic is “Peace and Security.”  Designed as a writing competition, the project selects one winning article out of several entries to be published in the Daily Observer in print and online each month.  Several insightful and highly competitive articles are received every month.  The first monthly winner was Sabrina Clay, a sophomore student at the United Methodist University, whose article was published in the Thursday, March 29 edition.  The second monthly winner will be announced soon, following the vetting of a new batch of entries that have already been submitted.  Each winning author receives a prize of L$10,000 at an award program.  Two other runner-up articles are also recognized at the award program.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – Gwendolyn Myerslast_img read more

City constable charged for shooting minibus driver

January 12, 2020

first_imgA City Constabulary Officer was on Wednesday charged for discharging a loaded firearm when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Mark Murray, 24, pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on September 26, 2018, at Water Street, Georgetown, he discharged a loaded firearm at Paul John with intent to maim, disfigure, disable or to cause him grievous bodily harm.The court heard that on the day in question, Murray approached John and told him that he could not park in the area but this resulted in an argument followed by a scuffle. It was at this time that Murray discharged his service weapon.The VC told the court that the constable shoved him which led to the scuffle and while he was walking away, the man discharged his firearm hitting him to his leg.However, other city constables disputed the man’s claims and said he tried to grab Murray’s gun.Murray’s attorney, Roger Yearwood, in a bail application told the court that his client is the sole breadwinner for his family with a six-month-old daughter, adding that he was acting in the course of his duty and is not a flight risk.Police Prosecutor Ceon Blackman did not object to bail. The accused was released on $75,000 bail by Magistrate Faith McGusty and the matter was set for April 24, 2019.last_img read more

Santa Clarita home sales solid in January

January 11, 2020

first_imgThere is more than a seven-month inventory of homes on the market, while about a six-month inventory is considered a balanced market. “I think the people who are selling now are people who want to actually move,” Gasinski said, “and not the ones trying to make a huge profit on it.” (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The home sales market is returning to normal, not generating spectacular profits but staying solid, real estate experts said. Sales of single-family homes in the Santa Clarita Valley were up 11.7 percent in January compared to a year ago. The month saw escrows close on 172 houses, compared to 154 in January 2006. The market is expected to be steady in the year ahead. “It’s not going to be like it was the last two or three years, where we were seeing huge numbers of sales and huge price increases,” said Larry Gasinski, president of the Santa Clarita Valley division of the Southland Regional Association of Realtors Inc. In January, the median price of a single-family home in the valley went down to $587,900, compared to $620,000 a year ago, a 5.2 percent decrease, according to the association. The median price of a condominium was $360,000 in January, the association stated. In January 2006 it was 9.3 percent higher, at $397,000. There were 73 condominium sales last month, compared to 82 in January 2006, a difference of 11 percent. Unlike in recent months, sellers are less likely to dip their toes in the market and pick up the for-sale sign if they cannot get their asking price, said Pam Ingram, with Remax of Santa Clarita. “I think the market has definitely picked back up,” Ingram said. “I don’t see that prices are going up a lot but they’re also not going down. I’ve seen prices level off, but the buyers are back out buying. It looks like it’s going to be a good year.” last_img read more

Young’s presence not felt in tournament

January 11, 2020

first_imgYoung took just eight shots in 23 minutes Saturday afternoon in USC’s lopsided 81-57 loss to Oregon in the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament championship game at Staples Center. He took just seven shots in Friday’s victory over Washington State, six of which came in the first half. “They were trying to contain me,” said Young, who had averaged 12.5 shots a game this season before the past two games. “My shot wasn’t going in, so I was hoping my teammates could get something going and was trying to get them the ball.” Maybe it was because Nick Young scored a game-high 26points in the overtime victory over Stanford on Thursday. Or, maybe it was because he was honored as first-team all-conference last week. Either way, Young’s name didn’t appear much in the boxscore the past couple of games. The largest championship-game margin of victory in Pac-10 tournament history was Arizona’s 93-67 win over Oregon State in the 1988 final. Also: Bryce Taylor’s 11-for-11 shooting night was a Pac-10 tournament record and was the best shooting performance USC had allowed all season. … Oregon freshman TaJuan Porter hit two more 3-pointers Saturday, giving him 95 on the season, a school record. ramona.shelburne@ (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!center_img Bush got tickets this time: Reggie Bush couldn’t score a sideline pass to the Rose Bowl a few months ago, but he landed a courtside seat Saturday. Asked if he flew in especially for this game, Bush said, “No. I live here. I’m a USC fan. Period.” USC’s not alone: With the game mostly out of hand in the second half, there wasn’t much to do but start thumbing through the tournament record books. Somewhat surprisingly, and much to the chagrin of CBS, it hasn’t been uncommon for Pac-10 tournament championship games to end in blowouts. Of the nine previous championship games, only two have been decided by less than 10points. The closest final in tournament history was the Ducks’ eight-point win over USC in 2003. The average margin of victory in the nine previous championship games was 14.4 points. After Saturday’s game, the average margin of victory jumped to 15.4 points. last_img read more

U.S. commander of prison in Iraq charged with aiding the enemy

January 11, 2020

first_imgBAGHDAD, Iraq — The American military has charged a top commander at its main detention center here with nine violations of military law, including “aiding the enemy,” a rare and serious accusation that could carry a death sentence. According to a military statement released Thursday, the officer, Lt. Col. William H. Steele, provided aid to the enemy between Oct. 1, 2005, and Oct. 31, 2006, “by providing an unmonitored cellular phone to detainees” at Camp Cropper, an expansive prison near Baghdad International Airport that held Saddam Hussein before he was hanged. Steele, who oversaw one of several compounds at Camp Cropper as commander of the 451st Military Police Detachment, was also charged with several counts of illegally storing and marking classified information; failure to obey an order; possession of pornographic videos; dereliction of duty regarding government funds; and conduct unbecoming of an officer — for fraternizing with the daughter of a detainee since 2005, and for maintaining “an inappropriate relationship” with an interpreter in 2005 and 2006. There were no further details given to explain the circumstances of the accusations. Military officials said Steele was detained last month and was now in Kuwait awaiting a military hearing to determine whether the case would proceed. “Is there enough evidence or information that this needs to go to a court-martial?” said Lt. Col. Josslyn L. Aberle, a military spokeswoman. “That’s where we’re at right now.” Walter Huffman, a former Army judge advocate general and now the dean of the Texas Tech University law school, said a death sentence was unlikely, because to convict Steele of the most severe form of aiding the enemy, prosecutors would have to show that he intentionally endangered American troops or missions. In this particular case, he added, that would mean proving that he knew the cell phone was being used to make calls that would put Americans at risk. “That is a difficult charge to prove,” he said. Huffman, who emphasized that he had not seen the specific charges or details of Steele’s case, said the fraternization charge sounded as if it was not code for sex but rather a reference to the simple impropriety of regular contact with a detainee’s relative. That would take on added seriousness in a Muslim country, where speaking to young women outside of one’s family is considered highly inappropriate.last_img read more

Business `leaders’ bar safe alternative to LAX

December 29, 2019

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champA NASA review of airport safety found at least one instance when both pilot and co-pilot were sound asleep on approach to Denver, with the controller yelling at them that they were approaching too fast. Luckily, the pilot woke up and was able to save the day. So what is the FAA’s response to the GAO report? That LAX, the smallest major airport in the country, should move its runways closer to adjacent communities so that sleep-deprived personnel will be less likely to run planes into each other. And what is our response as the biggest part of the fifth-largest economy in the world? In the face of current concerns about airport safety and the “need” to destroy airport-adjacent communities, it may finally be time to look seriously at the future. Clifton “Cliff” Moore, the only Los Angeles airport director who ever truly understood the future of aviation, tried in the 1960s and ’70s to face the fact that LAX will never be adequate for 21st-century aviation. He ran LAX during the onset of the jet age, when planes began to need more space and the number of people flying increased, thus making airports increasingly complex. He knew that LAX (at 3,500 acres) was too small and that even expansion had practical limits. So Cliff persuaded the city administration and airport commission to plan for a much larger airport where land was available without overrunning residential neighborhoods. In the 1970s, Los Angeles bought 11,000 acres at Palmdale adjacent to a military air facility and signed a joint-use agreement so that military and civilian authorities could coordinate. And, alas, that’s more or less the end of that story. Is there anyone who truly likes flying in and out of Los Angeles International Airport? Recent growth at other local airports – Burbank and Long Beach in particular – certainly suggests that people would rather go elsewhere as long as flights are available. Besides, is it safe to fly at LAX today? According to a General Accountability Office review, the Federal Aviation Administration has fallen down on the job of maintaining aviation safety. The result is overly tired air-traffic controllers and sleepless pilots – a recipe for disaster. Our local air traffic controllers, like their national leaders, complain that shifts are too long and experienced controllers too few. They and others have pointed out that the FAA has failed to install lighting and other equipment at LAX that would improve safety. Subsequent city administrations, egged on by the airlines and by the business establishment, have devoted themselves not to planning for the future, but to fixing the obvious flaws at an airport that can never become a truly efficient modern facility. Communities surrounding the outmoded LAX have, like communities everywhere, an interest in maintaining their homes and businesses, to say nothing of their quality of life. For this understandable concern, they are vilified by the members of the downtown business establishment as standing in the way of progress. But who is really standing in the way of progress? Instead of arguing that – because public officials dropped the ball 40 years ago – Palmdale is today not well served by roads, doesn’t it make sense for business “leaders” to demand that ground-access improvements start now, so that we will have a useful modern airport 10 or 20 years from now? Cliff Moore never pretended to be a “business leader,” but his ability to look realistically into the future should be a model for us all. Ruth Galanter is a former member and president of the Los Angeles City Council, on which she served for 16 years.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

Women’s college basketball: ASU holds off Oregon

December 29, 2019

first_img (OT) Aya Traore scored 17 of her 19 points in the second half and overtime to lead the Boilermakers (13-2, 5-0 Big Ten) over the Gophers (10-4, 3-1). at 3 LSU 79, South Carolina 46 Seimone Augustus scored 22 points for the Lady Tigers (14-0, 3-0 SEC), handing the Gamecocks (9-6, 0-3) their worst loss of the season. at 7 UConn 92, Cincinnati 71 15 Arizona St. 44, Oregon 43 Emily Westerberg’s 3-pointer with 13 seconds left lifted the Sun Devils (13-3, 4-2 Pac-10) over the Ducks (10-5, 1-4). The basket ended a drought of more than 11 minutes when the Sun Devils failed to hit a field goal. Ohio St. 72, at Iowa 62 Jessica Davenport scored a season-high 34 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and had six assists for the Buckeyes (12-2, 3-1 Big Ten). Crystal Smith led the Hawkeyes (10-6, 3-2) with 26 points. at 1 Tennessee 94, 13 Georgia 85 Candace Parker scored a career-high 26 points and had 10 rebounds for the Lady Vols (16-0, 2-0 SEC), who won their 62nd consecutive league home game. The Lady Bulldogs (11-4, 2-1) trailed by one with 3:53 to go before Tennessee went on a 7-0 run. 12 Purdue 60, at 17 Minnesota 56 center_img Mel Thomas had 16 of her 21 points in the second half as the Huskies (14-2, 4-0 Big East) shot 61 percent from the floor after halftime to hold off the Bearcats (10-4, 0-3). 9 Michigan St. 69, at Wisconsin 63 Liz Shimek scored 18 points and grabbed her 1,000th career rebound for the Spartans (13-4, 3-1 Big Ten). at 23 Vanderbilt 87, Mississippi St. 48 Liz Sherwood scored 16 of her 22 points in the first half to ignite Vanderbilt (12-4, 1-1 SEC), which scored the game’s first 14 points. LOCAL WOMEN: WAVES WIN IN OT at Pepperdine 59, Gonzaga 58 (OT) Jasmane Clarendon scored 13 and Teiosha George had 11 off the bench as the Waves (5-11, 2-1 WCC) outscored the Zags 4-3 in the extra period to win. Gonzaga fell to 7-11 and 2-1. USC 81, at Washington St. 60 Eshaya Murphy scored 18, Jamie Hagiya had 16 and Chole Kerr had 12 as the Women of Troy (11-5, 5-2 Pac-10) outlasted the Cougars. at Washington 96, UCLA 75 Junior guard Cameo Hicks scored 13 of her game-high 17 points in the second half to lead the Huskies (12-3, 5-1 Pac-10) past the Bruins (9-7, 4-3), who were led by Nikki Blue’s 24 points. 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

Revived parade celebrates Burbank

December 28, 2019

first_imgBURBANK – After a year off, Burbank on Parade returns Saturday, with thousands expected to check out classic cars and enjoy food and music along Olive Avenue. “We really expect this to be a very special event this year,” said Renee Hoenig, co-chair of publicity for the event. “We are really excited.” Residents can watch as decades-old cars and fire engines roll up the street, with athletes from Burbank schools waving and riding along to this year’s theme of “For the Love of the Game.” Rob Fukuzaki, a sports anchor at KABC (Channel 7), is the grand marshal, and Olympic pole vaulter Ron Morris, who won a silver medal in 1960, is expected to participate. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe parade was canceled last year after organizers were unable to gather the 100 volunteers needed to get the parade entries together. From 1947-57, Burbank had an annual parade organized by the city’s Junior Chamber of Commerce. It was revived in 1982, and its organizers have been involved since then. But many are in their 60s and don’t have as much energy, Hoenig said. “It is a lot of work,” she said. “I think people just needed rest. This year people are raring to go.” The landmark parade, which has been a staple of Burbank for years, has drawn 150 entries, up to 20,000 spectators and big names such as comedian George Lopez, 2004’s grand marshal. The city and local businesses provided the $26,000 for the parade this year, a boost from previous years, which usually averaged about $13,000. The increase came from money saved up from the cancelation of last year’s event, Hoenig said. “It’s the only parade that takes place in Burbank, Burbank’s own,” said Michael McManus, spokesman for the City of Burbank. “People come from all over the state to participate. It’s a fun, great, community-spirit building thing.” (818) 546-3306 ——— IF YOU GO: Burbank On Parade is Saturday at 11 a.m. The parade starts on Olive Avenue at Keystone Street and ends at Lomita Street. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be a craft fair, car display and music at George Izay Park on Olive at Lomita.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

Some Spurs fans try to convince themselves Kyle Walker won’t be missed

December 27, 2019

first_imgKyle Walker is off to Man City, according to reports.The club are believed to have agreed a £50m fee with Tottenham for the right-back, who is expected to have a medical at the club on Friday.Although Spurs fans are not surprised by the deal, it is still hard to stomach seeing one of your best players join a Premier League rival. As a result some supporters have been expressing their belief on Twitter that Kieran Trippier is a better option. 1 Kyle Walker is on the verge of joining Man City last_img read more