first_img… Launch shifted to September 5 TOROINTO Cup Masters Softball cricket tournament 2017 winners SVC Mafia and New York Hustlers have confirmed their participation for Guyana’s Premier Softball Cup.Named the ‘Prime Minister’s Cup’, the three-day tournament is billed for October 27, 28 and 29.The two teams will be joined by New York President’s X1 and Try State Masters as the four teams confirmed from North America so far.According to the secretary of the Georgetown Softball Cricket Association Inc. (GSCL Inc.) Telesha Ousman, South Florida has indicated an interest, but will confirm their participation early next week.The tournament will be played in two categories, the Masters and All Stars, and Ousman indicated that the organising committee has decided to open the entry to any number of teams interested to be a part of the tournament.“When we first planned the tournament, we decided that 16 teams will participate, eight in each category, but we now decided to open to any number of teams,” Ousman said in an invited comment yesterday.Players must be over the age of 45 in order to play in the Masters category, while the All Stars format is open to all ages.Teams registering for the Over-45 category must submit photo identification, preferably valid passports for every member of their 15-man squad.The Over-45 category will make the champions $500 000 richer while in the All Stars category the winning team will collect $600 000.The proposed venues are the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC), Everest Cricket Club, Gandhi Youth Organisation (GYO), Police, GNIC and Malteenoes.Registration can be done through Russel Jadbeer on 626-8228 or 226-4205. Entrance is free.The official launch, which was billed for yesterday has now been shifted to September 5.last_img read more

first_img Comments Syracuse has never won a College Hockey America title in the program’s 10 years of existence. But even in the midst of its longest losing streak in program history — now at 10-straight games — there’s still an opportunity for an Orange title run with more conference play looming.“Obviously we’ve been struggling,” senior captain Allie Munroe said. “But throughout the room, we still have confidence in each other.”All four wins for Syracuse (4-16-1, 4-4 College Hockey America) have come against conference opponents. SU hadn’t played a conference game since Nov. 16 before Friday’s 4-2 loss to Rochester Institute of Technology. Conference play is the sole determiner of seeding for the postseason tournament, and the Orange began a stretch of 13-straight games against CHA opponents on Jan. 11. If the playoffs were to begin today, Syracuse would be the fourth seed of six teams despite being on pace for its worst program winning percentage ever (.214).Winning games has been difficult for Syracuse’s young and inexperienced defense, which relies on upperclassmen Lindsay Eastwood and Allie Olnowich. All other defenders have a plus-minus rating below minus-14. So as SU’s deficits grow from its backline’s play, its offensive play hasn’t been able to recover.While the younger defensemen have struggled, the team’s younger forwards have thrived. Freshman Lauren Bellefontaine and sophomore Emma Polaski are second and third on the team in points, respectively.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen the Orange last reached the conference finals in 2016-17, they had a 5-11-5 record before winter break. In its 10 years of existence, SU has still managed to make the finals six times, even with mediocre fall records.The first half of SU’s season is primarily against nonconference opponents — many of them ranked — in order to test SU before the home stretch in conference play, Polaski said.This season, SU finished 0-12-1 in nonconference games with nine matchups against the nation’s top-10 teams. While the Orange were outscored 47-13 in those contests, head coach Paul Flanagan sees worth in the first half of his season.“The experiences we’ve had in this first half are really going to help us in the second half,” Flanagan said, “Just knowing we have to do things quicker.”CHA teams also play with an underdog mentality, Munroe said. Considering their cumulative lack of success against top teams such as Wisconsin, Minnesota or St. Lawrence, CHA play gives teams an opportunity for a level playing field.“We know each other,” Munroe, the team’s leading goal scorer, said. “We know how they play, we know what’s on the line and we know that we might see them come playoff time.”While the extra motivation didn’t help in SU’s first conference game of the new year — in which RIT scored four first period goals — the Orange outshot the Tigers, 40-36, and goaltender Maddi Welch pitched a shutout in 40 minutes of relief.The bulk of SU’s conference games remaining are against five CHA teams, all without winning records. But with the worst overall record in its conference, Syracuse still has opportunity to reclaim its season in the final stretch.“Right now, we’re the underdog everywhere,” Munroe said. “But I don’t mind that and I don’t think anyone else in the room does. We have a lot to prove.” Published on January 13, 2019 at 9:57 pm Contact Tim: tnolan@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

The cops, who were assigned to the Homicide Street Violence Task Force, \were part of a multi-agency gang enforcement sweep.According to detectives, shortly after 10:00 p.m. Mondaythe two detectives were inside of an unmarked police vehicle within an apartment complex, located at 1937 NW 60 Street, conducting surveillance for gang activity.  The undercover detectives were ambushed by at least two armed subjects, who approached the unmarked police vehicle and began shooting at the detectives.  One detective sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and the other sustained a gunshot wound to the arm.  One of the two detectives was able to return fire, it is unknown if any of the attackers wereshot.A responding officer coming to their aide arrived on scene, placed the wounded detectives into his unmarked police vehicle and transported them to Jackson Ryder Trauma Center in stable condition.Officers from multiple agencies responded to assist in the search for the shooters, who remain at large. Two Miami-Dade police officers are now in hospital after they were ambushed and shot while on a stake out in Northwest Miami-Dade County on Monday night. read more

first_imgDENVER — Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari hit successive 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter, and the Denver Nuggets regrouped after blowing a 16-point halftime lead to beat the Clippers 109-106 on Friday night.Nate Robinson scored 20 points off the bench to lead the Nuggets, who snapped a three-game losing streak.Blake Griffin had his second 30-point performance in a row, finishing with 32 for the Clippers, who have dropped their last three games on the road.Jamal Crawford added 20 points and Chris Paul had 17 points and 15 assists. Trailing by 16 at halftime, the Clippers began the third quarter with a 16-0 run to pull into a 59-all tie on a driving layup by Matt Barnes. Denver missed its first 10 shots of the second half before Gallinari connected on a tiebreaking 3.Barnes came back to score on successive drives to the basket, triggering a 12-2 spurt that put the Clippers on top 71-64. Los Angeles took a 74-71 lead into the fourth quarter.The Clippers, though, went cold at the start of the fourth as Denver scored nine straight points for an 80-74 advantage.Things got heated between the teams after Kenneth Faried’s hard foul on DeAndre Jordan with 8:19 remaining. Clippers coach Doc Rivers, Jordan and Hedo Turkoglu were all hit with technicals and Faried’s foul was upgraded to a flagrant-1 following a review.With 4:40 remaining, the Clippers pulled back into a tie at 93-all on a pair of free throws by Griffin. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img No more than two points separated the teams until Chandler and Gallinari hit back-to-back 3s for a 105-98 Denver lead with 2:02 left.J.J. Redick made three free throws to pull the Clippers to 107-103 with a minute remaining and Griffin made his first free throw to cut the margin to three with 12.6 seconds left. He missed the second and the Clippers chased down the long rebound, getting off three desperate shots from 3-point range. But they all missed, the last by Paul going off the rim.Despite committing 13 turnovers in the first half, the Nuggets opened a 59-43 lead, leaning on their outside shooting. Robinson came off the bench early in the second quarter to score 11 consecutive points in a 2-minute span, including three 3-pointers.NotesThe Clippers’ Spencer Hawes missed the game because of a bruised left knee. … The Clippers were called for five technical fouls. … Jordan played in his 266th consecutive game, the longest active streak in the NBA. last_img read more

first_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers declined to officially comment, with Coach Frank Vogel saying: “I don’t have any comment about rumors or reports.”Morris is the latest chess move as Western Conference contenders have worked to improve their rosters for the playoffs, but it’s the first addition the Lakers have made during the season. The Clippers added veteran guard Reggie Jackson and Morris’ twin brother, Marcus; the Rockets added veterans Robert Covington, Jeff Green and Demarre Carroll. Morris could still be claimed by another team with cap space – or trade exceptions – off waivers before Sunday.Morris, 30, was averaging 11 points and 3.9 rebounds while shooting 39.7 percent from 3-point range in 44 games for the Pistons, who have torn down their roster for a full rebuild. Over nine seasons, he has averaged 11.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 623 games while shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc. The Athletic reported that Morris was told the Lakers would use him as a reserve power forward, potentially freeing up Kyle Kuzma to see more minutes at small forward.The Lakers were in the running to add Morris last season, when he was bought out by the Washington Wizards, but he instead signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder.Morris reportedly is leaving $4.3 million, the remainder of this season and his 2020-21 salary, on the table, according to ESPN. The Lakers can use a $1.75 million exception, awarded by the NBA when Cousins suffered his injury, to help sign Morris – significantly higher than the veteran’s minimum. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions The move seems to acknowledge that Cousins’ medical progress didn’t look good to return this year. Vogel said that it wouldn’t be “ideal” for the 29-year-old to be finding his rhythm again during the postseason.The New York Times reported that Cousins, if he is not picked up by another team, might be permitted to continue rehabbing his injury at the Lakers’ practice facility.The Lakers originally signed Cousins in July, hoping the former All-Star’s bond with Anthony Davis would lead to something special. Cousins came in with injury concerns, suffering an Achilles rupture in 2018 when he played with Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans, and tearing his left quadriceps in the middle of Golden State’s 2019 postseason run.The move comes as Cousins made his first public comments about his injury and his offseason misdemeanor domestic violence allegation (since dismissed) on a podcast earlier in the week. On “All The Smoke” with former NBA players Steven Jackson and Matt Barnes, Cousins said: “I said the wrong thing. Heat of the moment, we’ve all done it.”News services contributed to this story.center_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs LOS ANGELES — On Friday evening, just as he has for almost every day this season, DeMarcus Cousins showed up for work.He hugged employees on his way to the locker room roughly two hours before tip-off against the Memphis Grizzlies. Then he sat inside under the locker bearing his last name. While he has not played this season since tearing his left ACL, Cousins has been a consistent presence around the team – even on trips.It’s likely one of the last such days Cousins will have this season as a Laker: Multiple media reports indicate the team is making a move in the buyout market, intending to add forward Markieff Morris if he clears waivers on Sunday, and waiving Cousins to create the necessary roster spot.The Athletic reported that Morris was entering the market after agreeing to a buyout with the Detroit Pistons on Friday. ESPN was first to report that Cousins, a former All-Star who was injured in August, would be cut to make room for an addition the Lakers hope can bolster their frontcourt for the postseason. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years A subplot of the potential move is a rivalry between the twin Morris brothers for the Los Angeles franchises. At Clippers practice on Friday, Marcus Morris said he’d still support his brother even though he would be playing for the Lakers.“I’m gonna be in Staples Center all the time,” he said. “I think maybe to y’all it might be weird that I’m going to all his games, but that’s what’ll probably happen. And we’ll probably get a house together.”As recently as Thursday, the Lakers addressed questions as to whether Cousins, a popular player in the Lakers locker room, would be ready for the playoffs. Vogel said Cousins was “a long ways away,” but he had not been fully ruled out.Related Articleslast_img read more

first_imgHe is three years older than American Andre Agassi was when previously holding the record for oldest No.1 back in 2003.This was his third title in Rotterdam following successes in 2005 and 2012 and he now stands 12-0 for the season.The iconic Swiss star needed just 55 minutes to dispatch Dimitrov who looked to be under-cooked in the quickfire final.Roger Federer, ATP NO.1 again, 2018 Rotterdam champion????!!! pic.twitter.com/xCSb3nyS69— Jeremy Jiang (@JeremyJiang_) February 18, 2018Federer now stands a perfect 7-0 over the Bulgarian in their head-to-head series.Two breaks per set were enough for Federer to advance to the trophy.Federer will now decide within a few days whether or not to travel to Dubai for the ATP event starting a week from Monday.Federer has a home and training base in the UAE and has won the hardcourt tournament seven times.His effort in Rotterdam appeared to take little out of him physically, with his only loss of a set coming in the quarter-final against Robin Haase.Share on: WhatsApp Rotterdam, Netherlands | AFP | Roger Federer celebrated his return to the top of the world rankings by winning the Rotterdam Open on Sunday, his 97th career title.The 36-year-old, the oldest No.1 in history, thrashed Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2 in a one-sided final.In the Open era, only American Jimmy Connors has won more titles with 109.“What a fantastic week,” the top seed said. “The goal at start of week was to make it to the semi-finals. This is absolutely amazing, I’m really pleased.” Federer, the record 20-time Grand Slam winner, will reclaim the number one ranking he last held in October 2012 when the new ATP rankings are published on Monday.He has played two tournaments this year and won both — the other being January’s Australian Open.last_img read more

first_imgExercise rider Willie Delgado gallops Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md., Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The Preakness Stakes horse race is scheduled for May 17 at Pimlico. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)BALTIMORE (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome was made the odds-on favorite at 3-5 on Wednesday for the Preakness Stakes, and he drew an inside post position in the 10-horse field that includes a filly for the first time in five years.Trained by Art Sherman and ridden by Victor Espinoza, California Chrome will break from the No. 3 post, which has produced 10 winners in the previous 138 runnings of the 1 3/16-mile race, the last being Prairie Bayou in 1993.“Three is fine with me,” Sherman said. “Most of the speed is on the outside of me. If they go, they go, I can tuck in right behind them without any problems. I think my horse will perform.”So does California Chrome’s co-owner Steve Coburn, who dared to look ahead.“One race at a time,” he said, “but I’m still thinking Triple Crown.”If California Chrome wins on Saturday, next up would be the Belmont Stakes on June 7. Only 11 horses have swept the Derby, Preakness and Belmont and none since 1978.California Chrome brings a five-race winning streak into the Preakness, having won that many by a combined 26 lengths. Still, his overwhelming odds surprised Sherman, a 77-year-old trainer who has never had a colt this good.“I never thought I’d be that kind of price,” he said. “I really thought I’d be 6-5.”Speedster Social Inclusion was the 5-1 second choice of new Pimlico oddsmaker Keith Feustle. The colt drew the No. 8 post. He skipped the Kentucky Derby and is one of seven new horses lining up to challenge California Chrome.“I’m never afraid of nothing,” owner Ron Sanchez said. “We have a great post position. We have slow horses to our outside. That’s going to help us a lot.”Bayern and Ride On Curlin are the co-third choices at 10-1. Bayern, who drew the No. 5 post, is trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, who is seeking a sixth Preakness win. Rosie Napravnik will ride the colt, trying to become the first female jockey to win the race.Ride On Curlin finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago.Once again, Ride On Curlin drew an outside post, landing in the No. 10 spot after breaking from the 19th position in the Derby starting gate under Calvin Borel. This time, Joel Rosario will ride the colt.Borel has switched to filly Ria Antonia, who is the longest shot in the field at 30-1.“I wish she was 50-1,” co-owner Ron Paolucci said. “The way she works and trains, she thinks she’s 3-5.”She will try to become the first filly to win the Preakness since Rachel Alexandra beat the boys in 2009. Like Rachel, Ria Antonia did not run in the Derby first. She finished sixth in the Kentucky Oaks, held the day before the Derby. After the Oaks, Ria Antonia’s owners switched trainers, dumping Baffert for Tom Amoss.“I always wanted to run in this race,” Paolucci said. “My filly is a really big filly, she’s really solid. Coming back in two weeks gives her an absolute edge. I know it’s really going to help her.”General a Rod is the only other Derby horse to try the Preakness. He was 11th at Churchill Downs.There is a trio of 20-1 shots in the field. One of them, Kid Cruz, is trained by Linda Rice, giving the Preakness a female trainer, jockey and filly in the same race for the first time.The other 20-1 shots are Pablo Del Monte, who drew the No. 9 post, and Ring Weekend, who will break from the No. 4 spot.Illinois Derby winner Dynamic Impact drew the No. 1 post, putting the colt along the rail, a spot not favored by most trainers who fear getting trapped inside.last_img read more

first_imgThe Presidential Press Secretary in the Office of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has reacted sharply to Mr. Simeon Freeman’s comments against President Sirleaf’s recent nation address.Press Secretary Jerolinmek Matthew Piah described comments from the Movement for Progressive Change’s former standard bearer Freeman as “gross indiscipline and naked political gimmick.”Simeon Monseegar Freeman had been commenting on President Sirleaf’s address to Liberians on the State of the Nation’s economy.In his reaction to the President’s address, Freeman stated as “worst” the condition of the state under the leadership of Madam Sirleaf than past Liberian governments.Freeman also stated among other things: “Today, Liberia, like the late 80s, is a place of huge capital flight, huge trade deficit, extremely low employment and especially high youth unemployment rate, non-performing educational institutions, very poor infrastructure and non-existing health delivery structure.”But Mr. Piah reacting said: “In a democratic environment such as the one we have created in Liberia, it is normal that there will be comments and reactions to everything that comes from the Government, the Presidency included.”He stated that inasmuch as they are tolerant to people’s comments and opinions, they won’t compromise their right to also put in “check misconduct and political- gambling as has always been the case with Mr. Simeon Freeman.”He indicated that while they appreciated Mr. Piah’s perspectives on the President’s address particularly on the overall State of the Nation’s economy, however, drew public’s attention to what he termed as “disrespect and misconduct to the Office of the Presidency.”“Firstly, Mr. Freeman analyses on the economy are dead wrong. The substantive discussions on the economy is out for a debate and some of our people charged directly with matters concerning the economy at the Executive Mansion are herewith throwing out the challenge to Mr. Freeman on the address in particular, and the State of the Nation’s economy in general. With his consent, we can take advantage of the very platform he used on Monday and any other alternative pleasing and comfortable for him.”“We know that Mr. Freeman as a former operative of the Taylor regime will never fall short of a flawed and baseless analysis and attribution of comparing the current very democratic and results-based government to not just the Taylor regime from which he amassed the wealth he brags about today, but to others he and his likes similarly condemned. We will therefore not be surprised were he to shower praises on the Sirleaf administration long after she leaves power; this is how most Liberians see one’s worth when they leave the stage. Mr. Freeman suggests that President Sirleaf must apologize to some former leaders of Liberia, including his former boss Taylor. We would simply like to advise Mr. Freeman to stop living in the past and from being a constant victim of hallucination because the past that he so greatly benefitted from is gone and no amount of anger and hate from him can return those dark days.”“It remains clear from Mr. Freeman’s constant campaign about the President’s resignation and/or impeachment that he recognizes the near non-existence of an empty talking machine call MPC which due to its empty nature has no faith in the democratic process, and that his only hope of imagining state power is through vain political agitation. Mr. Freeman ought to know that President Sirleaf remains pleased with her governance record and will not get distracted by loud and empty talk from Freeman and his likes. He described his leader [President Sirleaf] as a loud talker and that there were no more lies to be told. How can such a young man speak so condescendingly about a leader aged enough to be his mother? Is it so difficult for Mr. Freeman to address issues of national concern without his usual acts of misconduct and indiscipline? In a talk show appearance that followed his so-called press conference today, he urged the President to attend classes under his tutelage and persistently referred to her as “Ellen” leaving more question about his moral upbringing.”Piah rhetorically asked about Mr. Piah’s credentials: “How can a guy whose credentials are still being debated and questioned speak derogatorily about a leader whose credentials are replete and venerated? In fact, what is Mr. Freeman’s governance or work record that enabled him to make such a provocative comment to the President? Is something happening to him, or has his sense of simple reasoning and understanding being swallowed to the level of hate and anger that have overwhelmed him?”Piah jibed that Freeman, who according to him (Piah), without a better sense of judgment, was seriously hallucinating when he made his “rants” and must try to act quickly to stabilize himself because take it or leave it, the Sirleaf Administration remains the best the country has ever had.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgQuite recently there has been a rousing interest in the political future of Liberia with the distant bells tolling the knell of the arrival of the 2017 elections. Consistent with the political habits of the political “wannabes” the interest of the Republic suddenly takes center stage when any election season is suddenly bearing down upon us, forgetting that the interest of the state and its people should be an unending saga preceding days long before elections and the day after the conclusion of any electoral process.This gives flesh to the phrase popularized by Chea Cheapoo’s PPP party prior to Charles Taylor’s quest for the Liberian presidency in terming those brands of politicians as “political ricebirds” who migrate and swoon over Liberia, only during elections season. Lest we forget that the ultimate reward for success is timely and early planning; but in my country there seems to be a mental fixation that one does not have to plan ahead and put in motion any tested strategies for success but the illusion that success is achieved thru sudden urgency. This unpreparedness might have led us to the many failures even in our international sporting competitions. My people the glorious future is for those who prepared and work at or for it. So if you are thinking of any political engagement do your homework; either you plan for it now and get to know your constituents now or you forfeit those glorious intentions goodbye.I decided to write this very short article about our electoral proclivities as we are once more being mesmerized by political pundits in the speculative game of “probables” in the ensuing political season of 2017 with surprising redemption armor for Liberia. The chilling reality in Liberia is that most of the potentials on the peoples’ political radar have not shown any piercing visionary leadership which any future political leadership at this time is begging for. Then I am hoping that our “wanabes” will now begin to demonstrate objectivity, integrity, sheer truthfulness and honest seizure with the rice and palm oil concerns of our people.The season for pandering for political office is only a stone’s throw away; let us say less than twenty four months hanging time, and already we are being bombarded with rumors of not only potential contenders and self anointed political messiahs, mergers and expedient future collaborations, scheming, abject sycophancy, public relations ploys cum political planning. The political clowning will always be there as it is systemic in us to assume this gimmickry, underpinned by unpretentious deceptions, betrayals and often times darn right lies defining “Liberian Politics”—–promises of building pies in the skies; a season for promising what you know you really cannot accomplish.  So what is new? One would have thought that with the much trumpeted new dispensation we will now commit to better and REAL POLITIKS.We have seen time in and time out the despicable practice of our “wannabes” to political office mushrooming when the political season is on the horizon, manifest and ostentatious dangling of themselves before the electorates, fueled by a very strange mixture of over-bloated egos, wanting to be wanted and trying to out- portray themselves as the “knights in white armor” singled out by some magical wand to be the political saviors of our time, even doing the St. Peter thing of denying their masters. Most disparagingly, our electorates seem to idolize personalities rather than judge past contributive performances, and misplace substantively by the immediate availability of the mighty “dollar” amount, oblivious to the legitimacy of the source; you see seeking for electoral support now degenerates to who can dole out to his constituents rather than the cohesion of your colleagues and constituents to support their parochial development needs. You are not judged by what funding one has sourced to impact the educational needs of the students or focus on the “HOW” one will coerce his companions if and when elected to approve the relevant bills essentially targeting his electoral domain? I am talking about improvement for qualified teachers, improvement of the learning environments and conditions. I am talking about any funding for the health needs of your constituency to cope with the often occurrences of infectious transmissible diseases? The public might not know, that you as a Legislator, cannot within your salary construct roads, but you can incessantly engage your constituents who in most cases might not even have consulted you, except when they needed and secured access to your funds to address their personal needs.This well orchestrated foreplay of contemplating and pretending to run for high office gives a lot of political under-achievers, political cast-offs preceptors of political exclusivity, sometimes bearers of no credible track record of public office, the opportunity to preen their opinions on half-baked theories and mostly “pie-in-sky” manifestoes of political solutions. Some of our pretenders are suitcase politicians who are convinced that mere coatings of  being a “BEEN_TO” in the diaspora now bestows on you that cloak of entitlement pregnated with the commanding advantage over a “stay to”— home grown survivalist. Much more than that they even vent  “paper-thin”  populous rhetoric on the unsuspecting mostly minimally illiterate populace, pretending to provide a clamor of social answers that are mostly in their heads and their imaginations, so paper thin that even a 1947 third grader can put holes thru. They refuse to take lessons from the experiences of political veterans whose political wisdom and coaching could make an ocean of a difference. Hey what? That in the diaspora they do it this wayism does not transform itself to and contributive political plus in Liberia with her own political culture. We see the likes of former war lords still reeling from the explosions of the TRC’s expose of tortuous roles of “salvation” in our devastating civil crisis. They forget the adage that says “fool me first time, shame on you, but fool me second time, shame on me.” There will always come a time when cushioning behind their present statuses will eventually self exhaust their limitations and the chickens will come home to roost. We should learn to distinguish those who have their roles and have sought the forgiveness of the electorate and whose commitments and sincerity to help our country are determinable, tangible, demonstrative and sincere.  Regrettably, some of those riding the crescendo of tomfoolery, with its companion undependability, encountered the wrath of their now believers. Lucky for us we frequently are often entertained to their intemperate fire-ups and kooky talk of corruption and human rights abuse, with claims of their constant “sashaying” with and being wooed by international operatives or perceived political nobodies and has now laced up their running shoes for a sprint at the much coveted  “Presidency” of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf whose tolerances on most indiscipline confrontations under the aegis of the sanctity of Universal Freedoms on alleged  issues of corruption, and blaring the accusations of recycling of accused abettors of “cookie jar” offenders gives the impression of a soft political target. Make no mistake that TARGET is by no means soft. Just do not keep making the error of thinking that the leopard you may encounter is by no means a domesticated cat. It is no wonder we hear rumors of the well veiled intentions of a compendium of “loyal” partisans and members of the ruling cabinet, including some of whom who prize themselves of always reaching across the aisle to the grass-rooters when no such hands are reaching back, to them. Folks shine your eyes, oh; be aware of the ides of March. Let us all put our political toys away and start to have some refreshed and fresh political conversations on where we intend to take this country come 2017. Those conversations should now begin to take shape and poise to take flight. If there were any time to consult, the time is NOW.The author: President Pro Temporare Emeritus of the Liberian Senate; Winner of the Primary of the Alliance of Seven Political Parties of the “Progressives”, 1997 for the Presidential Candidacy. Ranking Executive member of the Ruling Unity Party. Professional Geoscientist; former Assistant Professor of the University of Liberia; Former CEO of the Liberia Football Association and two time President of the Liberia Basketball Federation and a Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant of the AFLShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgOrozco, 29, is charged with one count of murder in the deputy’s June 24, 2005, slaying, along with the special circumstance allegations of murder of a peace officer, murder while lying in wait and murder to avoid arrest. He also faces one count of attempted murder stemming from a shooting four days before the deputy was killed, and two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon. Ortiz was investigating the earlier shooting when he was “shot in an ambush from behind an apartment door,” District Attorney Steve Cooley said last year. “As the deputy lay dying, his killer ran away.” The county’s top prosecutor said Orozco was arrested several hours after the shooting. He was found hiding in a house a few doors away. The alleged murder weapon, a .38-caliber revolver, was recovered, according to Cooley. The deputy, a member of the anti-gang detail at the sheriff’s Lakewood Station, was checking identifications of people inside units of an apartment building in the 12200 block of East 223rd Street when he was shot point-blank in the face. The attempted-murder charge stems from Orozco’s alleged attack on a man who was shot in the back while doing yard work at a Hawaiian Gardens home. Orozco has prior felony convictions – for auto burglary, possession of a firearm by a felon and resisting an executive officer – and served three terms in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office. None of his prior convictions are considered a “strike” under the state’s three-strikes law, according to Cooley. Ortiz got married less than a month before his death. He is also survived by two sons from a previous marriage, who were age 6 and 16 at the time of their father’s death. Thousands of mourners, most of them uniformed officers and deputies, attended Ortiz’s funeral at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. – City News Service160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORWALK – The first phase of jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of a parolee charged in the ambush-style shooting of a gang enforcement deputy in Hawaiian Gardens. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for gang member Jose Luis Orozco, who allegedly shot 35-year-old Luis Gerardo “Jerry” Ortiz of Diamond Bar in the face as the sheriff’s deputy was checking identifications in an East 223rd Street apartment complex. Thirty prospective jurors filled out questionnaires this morning and were asked about their views of the death penalty. The plan is for 30 prospective panelists to be brought in each day this week, with general jury selection scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Monday. last_img read more