At The Finish Line…Can he or she play?

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers forward Jordan Hill, right, tries to put up a shot as Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins blocks it during the first half of an NBA basketball, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Where Only the Truth Matters•    The only question anybody should be asking about any athlete is . . . can he or she play and can they help my team win?  That’s it . . . not who they’re sleeping with!Bill Neal• We all knew Pitt would rebound against Boston College . . . okay, almost all of us.  Now the question is can they go to Notre Dame where they always have trouble as of late and take care of business.  Then they come home to wrap up the home schedule against N.C. State on Monday.  No rest for the weary in the ACC.•    The . . . no, I’m sorry . . . your Pittsburgh Pirates took two spring training games from the Yankees and Derek Jeter.  Hold on there Suzie.  These aren’t your daddy’s Yankees.  These are the new and improved “old Yankees.”  They still have plenty of work to do to match last year’s historic season.• New York Knicks’ guard, Raymond Felton, caught a break when they hit him with a lesser gun charge, but he could have been looking at 3½ mandatory . . . hello, when you’re in New York, don’t carry a gun!!!  You have a billion dollars or so, hire a private security detail.  C’mon man.• The use of the N-word is not and should not be considered endearing.  Anyone that uses the word or allows its use is more enslaved than our forefathers.  “They” want you to keep using it on each other to keep you in chains.  Wake up my brothers.  Why do you think they say the N-word and not “nigger” . . . cause the real word still causes pain when you use it!• If you want to meet some of the greatest football players of all time, mark your calendar to be at the Rivers Casino on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. to take photos and get autographs with Mel Blount, Dwayne Woodruff, J.T. Thomas, Robin Cole, Randy Grossman, Mike Wagner and Louis Lipps, just to name a few.  $25 charitable donation gets that and complimentary hors d’oeurvers, cash bar, silent auction, and the party of the new year.  Call the Champions for information at (412) 628-4856.YOU HAVE NOW CROSSED OVER THE FINISH LINElast_img read more

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Senators Grill Prosecution Witness Wesso

first_imgScene from the impeachment trial in the Senate Chamber.-Impeachment trial continues March 12, with two prosecution witnesses expectedTwo prosecution witnesses in the ongoing impeachment trial of Associate Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh were discharged from the stand last week, but not until Representatives Acarous Moses Gray and Kanie Wesso were grilled by both prosecution and respondent lawyers , and jurors of the trial.Rep. Gray, the first prosecution witness, told the hearing that the property belonging to Mrs. Anne Yancy Constance was illegally purchased by then Mr. Ja’neh in 1996 from Constance Jr., who was then 40 years old (born 1956, and legitimized in 1960 at age 4.) Justice Ja’neh joined the Supreme Court in 2006.But Rep. Gray argued that the rightful person to the property and from whom Justice Ja’neh could have acquired it was Mrs. Constance, who is the immediate next of kin. He said that the whereabouts of Mr. Constance is not known since the end of the wars.In an attempt to resolve the land issue brought to his attention by Mrs. Constance, witness Gray recalled that he offered from his personal money the amount of US$3,000 to Justice Ja’neh for the return of his constituent (District #8) member’s property, but he refused, and eventually evicted her from the same land by using his influence as Supreme Court Justice.Coming under intense grilling by the Jurors (Senators) on Friday, March 8, Rep. (witness) Kanie Wesso answered a question from Pro Tempore Albert T. Chie, confirmed that the writ that was issued by Justice Ja’neh obstructed the collection of the Road Fund in the amount of US$27 million.On the question by Senator Chie as to what might have been the motive for the obstruction, witness Wesso answered that “the companies that were involved in the collection used the money for their personal benefits, and to some extent, there is a high probability that some of that money was going to be shared by Justice Ja’neh, (now a respondent).Senator Chie then disclosed that from information received recently, from the Road Fund managers and the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) of the amount of US$27 million, “only US$285, 645 has been paid so far, so the Liberian people’s money has been consumed, and it will be difficult to get it back. So you are telling us today that the writ that was issued by Justice Ja’neh obstructed the collection of the money?” To answer your question, the answer is yes, witness Wesso said.Questioned by Senator Conmany B. Wesseh on the rules used for the impeachment of Justice Ja’neh, which he observed did not carry any signatures, and same sent to the Senate, witness Wesso said; “to answer your question, we conducted an investigation and the investigators report was signed by majority members of the Ad Hoc Committee, and that report was sent to the Senate.”Meanwhile, like the first witness, Rep. Wesso confirmed that the needed document that passed the title to Justice Ja’neh for the land was in the name of Constance Jr., “but in the mind of the House Ad Hoc committee, it should have been Mrs. Constance as the surviving heir; presumably at the time of the transfer of the deed Mr. Constance had died, because after the war, the widow told us that she did not see her husband up to the time this business was consummated.”The over four hours grilling by the jurors was closed by a question from Chief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor thus: “Honorable Cllr. Wesso, you are a lawyer and a member of the Supreme Court Bar; a writ of prohibition was issued to the House of Representatives at the time you had been appointed on a special committee to look into the petition filed by two members of that august body concerning the impeachment of Justice Ja’neh. Did you advise the House of Representatives not to respond to the petition for writ of prohibition?”Rep. Wesso: “If I advised the House of Representatives as to whether they should not respond to the prohibition that was filed by the respondent, I did not advise them to not file any response. On the day of the argument as to whether or not we should go to the Supreme Court to answer to the writ of prohibition, the records are there. I stood up and said it was prudent for us to have gone; and beside, I went all out to do research…but the general decision was that we should  not go.”Chief Justice: “I thought you would have advised correctly; because as I recall, there was a letter from the House of Representatives saying that they will not appear before the Supreme Court. In my mind, right or wrong, if a writ was issued wrongly, the place to raise that issue is in the court, and not to stay away; I thought you as Counselor of the Supreme Court would advise the House of Representatives not to appear before the High Court, but I got the answer, thank you,” and with that, and no more prosecution witness for that day’s hearing, Chief Justice adjourned the proceedings.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Mastermind jailed for 2 years

first_imgStaged robberyAkeem Goodluck, the accused mastermind behind a staged robbery, has been sentenced to two years in prison by Magistrate Annette Singh.Goodluck is accused of setting up the staged robbery with Parbattie Batteram, who had been entrusted by her employer, Fazil Amid, with $200,000 to be placed in a bank account.The Prosecution’s contention is that Goodluck was contacted by Batteram via cellular phone to plan and execute the robbery.According to the facts presented on April 18, the money was handed over to Batteram, and as Goodluck was about to carry out the robbery, he was apprehended by public spirited-persons and handed over to ranks of the City Constabulary.Lance Corporal James Goodman told the court that on the day in question, Batteram was about to enter a minibus on Regent Street, Georgetown when Goodluck snatched her handbag containing the money.However, charges were not pressed against Batteram.last_img read more

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Local businesses need to be innovative, competitive – GNBS

first_img– improved quality needed in light of Regional, International companies’ presenceIn light the presence of regional and international companies, innovation and competitiveness are essential for the sustainability of local businesses as Guyana prepares for first oil.GNBS Head of Legal Metrology Department, Shailendra RaiThis is according to the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) Head of Legal Metrology Department, Shailendra Rai, who told a gathering of business owners and managers at the recent GNBS Quality Awards ceremony that the presence of foreign companies will make it more difficult for local companies to compete in the Guyanese market if they are not prepared.“So it is very important for us to be very innovative as we move forward in terms of developing the quality of our products and services. Local companies should look at not only the local market but also Regional and International markets as well because that is the aim to move forward…the Bureau commits to working with companies (stakeholders) to ensure that we provide the necessary technical assistance and other forms of assistance to help local businesses in this regard,” he stated.According to Rai, a business can only be successful if it is able to sustain itself. “It is important that you sustain what you achieve because if you don’t do that, then your competitive advantage would decrease,” he noted.Meanwhile, Guyana’s Business Minister, Haimraj Rajkumar explained that for the companies that copped awards at this year’s event hosted by the GNBS, it speaks volumes.He said that they would have been judged on international standards and for those that participated but did not emerge victorious, they would have also displayed such quality work to have been selected in the first place.The Minister also noted that more and more businesses in Guyana are developing and expanding with the “Green State” agenda in mind.This, he added, is a move in the right direction and is in keeping with global trends.“There are more efforts of local companies and businesses that embrace sustainable business practices and incorporate with more green initiatives in their operations. As we are seeing these days consumers are demanding more of this and are holding companies to higher standards.”last_img read more

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100 Street Collision involves RCMP

first_imgA member of the Fort St. John RCMP has been involved in a motor vehicle collision.The incident occurred at 2:30 Tuesday morning. The officer was driving a patrol car north along 100 St., when an un-insured vehicle driving east on 102 Ave. allegedly drove through a stop sign at a high speed. Police are continuing to investigate the incident- Advertisement – The male driver was arrested for investigation of impaired driving. He did provide a breath sample which was over the legal limit. He remains in custody while awaiting a hearing before a Judicial Justice of the Peace on various criminal charges, as well as charges under the Motor Vehicle Act. The vehicle continued to travel east before coming to a stop approximately half a block further down the road, where the male driver left the vehicle and began to run east. Both the police officer and the driver were assessed on scene by emergency health services and were released with only minor injuries.center_img The RCMP officer involved in the collision was able to apprehend the male. The police car then hit the passenger side of the un-insured vehicle, which was occupied by a single driver who is described as a 24 year old caucasian male. last_img read more

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Doctors prescribe forming healthy habits at young ages

first_img• Photo Gallery: 02/24: Fighting childhood obesity • Video: 02/24: Fighting childhood obesity DUARTE – In a playroom at the Hayden Child Care Center, 20 “horses” followed the leader, galloping and jumping over a long piece of rope. The horses, in this case, were 3- and 4-year-old students, who relished the chance to be a stallion or a palomino. For Michele Silence, the leader and the fitness teacher, it’s an easy way for kids to get some aerobic exercise and work up a sweat. “It is too late to break a bad a habit for children ages 8 to 12,” said Silence, president of Aerobic Fitness Consultants which provides adults and preschool children with physical fitness classes. “They are set in their ways.” With television, game systems and social networking Web sites cramming children’s after-school activities, getting kids to run a mile or even around the corner is becoming more difficult. While the focus on combatting the soaring rates of childhood obesity has primarily been on older children, doctors and fitness experts say children need to know the benefits of exercise and healthy eating at a much earlier age. Doctors are observing an increase in younger children coming in for check-ups who at the risk of developing type-2 diabetes and other symptoms related to childhood obesity. Twenty-five million U.S. children and adolescents are overweight or nearly overweight, according to the Center for Disease Control. Dr. Francine Kaufman, a pediatric endocrinologist at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, said more obesity is being seen in children ages 8 and under. That used to be a rare occurrence, she said. Obese children can suffer from Acanthosis nigricans, disorder that causes velvety, light-brown-to-black, markings usually on the neck, under the arms or in the groin. The American Obesity Association said that nearly 31 percent of children ages 6 to 11 are overweight; of those children, more than 15 percent are obese. Childhood obesity has been a chronic problem, but hit a crisis level in the mid-1990s, Kaufman said. Good habits need to be instilled in children early, experts said. Parents should not overfeed a baby and should refrain from telling a child to clean his plate, they added. Additionally, parents need to be good role models because children follow their examples. “I have been told from parents that their baby’s first solid food was a french fry and their first non-milk item was soda,” Kaufman said. “I have seen baby bottles filled with soda.” At the Hayden Child Care Center, Silence used the activity of grocery shopping to help children determine the good versus bad food. Plastic hot dogs, doughnuts and sodas are put in one basket, and fruits and vegetables and a carton of cottage cheese is put in the other. While the children can discern what is healthy and what is not, their family may need a lesson. At the end of the 30-minute workout, one girl shyly admits that “I had a hamburger on my way to school today.” Children should get at about two hours of exercise every day. School recess and PE classes allows for some calorie burning, but some states may not require having PE in their schools. During recess, some children may not exercise and may talk with friends instead. Parents should be promoting a healthy lifestyle in the home and not relying on the schools to do their work, experts say. “Exercise doesn’t have to cost anything,” Silence said. The push to promote healthy eating and curb junk food prompted lawmakers in California to pass laws that establish guidelines on food sold and school and restricts the sale of certain beverages and sodas. The Health and Human Services Department has extended its “Small Step” Childhood Obesity Prevention campaign with public service announcements that urge children to be more physically active and promote the benefits of eating healthy food. caroline.an@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108 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

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Kanowsky picked as a top attorney

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “My clients and fellow attorneys apparently said some nice things. I appreciate being chosen,” he said. An example of what his clients said about him comes from Christopher Jones. Jones, president and CEO of Dynamic Interventions based in Valencia, said, “Mr. Kanowsky was instrumental in setting up my company, the first of its kind in California. There were a number of attorneys that could have helped me in the endeavor. I chose Carl for one simple reason: He is invested in our success and the positive impact we have on the community.” To post your own stories and photos, log on to valleynews.com On March 7, Santa Clarita attorney Carl Kanowsky was named one of the Top 25 Lawyers of the Valley by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal at a ceremony held at the Beverly Garland Holiday Inn in North Hollywood. Kanowsky was selected from a pool of more than 2,000 attorneys from both the San Fernando and the Santa Clarita valleys. While there were other nominees from the Santa Clarita Valley, he was the only one chosen for the top 25. Some of the other top 25 lawyers included former justices of the California Supreme Court, managing partners from major law firms, and well-respected prosecutors. The nominees for Lawyers of the Year came from subscribers to the San Fernando Valley Business Journal as well as business and community leaders in both valleys. Kanowsky was very gratified by the honor. last_img read more

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City to spend another $120,000 on passivhaus

first_imgPassivhaus is a construction standard that requires very little energy to maintain a comfortable living environment, achieved by utilizing very high levels of insulation, efficient windows and doors, while ensuring the home is built with very low level of air leakage.“This was a pilot, we’re probably running over cost by I would say $20-$30 at this stage,” Director of Corporate Services, Mike Roy said. “…as with any other builder, one you build the same house over and over, the cost escalades downwards through efficiency.”The location of the passivhaus is 9904 – 95 street. The house includes 3 bedrooms, upstairs and downstairs living space, 1 office, 2 full bathrooms and a powder room.- Advertisement -In August 2013, Council approved another $150,000 for the project, at the time bringing the total cost of the home to $490,000.The City still says the cost of the house remains on par with the cost to build a new home in Fort St. John. The passivhaus is 1,895 square feet and with the value of the land included, the cost is $350 per square foot, similar to newly constructed homes in Fort St. John.The City plans to keep the house as a demonstration project for the next two to three years. The plan is to rent the home out and show developers and the community a passivhaus can be built at similar costs to a normal home. According to the City Manager, at least one developer has already expressed interest in building more passivhaus’ in Fort St. John.Advertisement This project also will be featured at the Passive and Low Energy Architecture conference being held in mid-December in Ahmedabad, India.last_img read more

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GARDAÍ AND RSA IN SCHOOL BUS AND CAR SAFETY BLITZ

first_imgGARDAÍ and officials from the Road Safety Authority have carried out a series of checks on school buses and parents cars across Co Donegal.The operation will continue for several weeks.Earlier this week Gardaí checked vehicles of parents outside Loreto in Letterkenny. Close by two officials from the RSA checked to make sure all buses being used by pupils at the school met safety requirements.It’s understood no offences were detected.Gardaí were making sure seatbelts were being worn by both parents and their children.Tax discs and insurance were also subject to random checks.  GARDAÍ AND RSA IN SCHOOL BUS AND CAR SAFETY BLITZ was last modified: October 4th, 2013 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)last_img read more

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MAYOR GIVES €2K TO RELAY FOR LIFE

first_imgOutgoing Donegal County Mayor, Ian McGarvey has donated €2,000 to Relay for Life Donegal from his development fund members allocation.Robert O Connor, Chairperson of Relay for Life Donegal said: “We are extremely grateful to Ian McGarvey for his generous act. It is very, very much appreciated”.Siobhan Diver, Marketing Manager of Relay for Life Donegal 2014 added: “The Relay for Life Donegal 2014 committee are overwhelmed by the staggering generosity shown to Relay for Life Donegal by Donegal County Mayor, Ian McGarvey. Mr McGarvey is a true gentleman. His act of kindness will have a significant positive impact on the lives of people from Donegal who are impacted by a cancer diagnosis. For that, we, the committee of Relay for Life Donegal 2014 are tremendously grateful”.  MAYOR GIVES €2K TO RELAY FOR LIFE was last modified: May 15th, 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)last_img read more

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