All to play for as Scorpions edge ahead

first_imgNORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC):Jamaica Scorpions narrowly stuck their noses in front, but opener Montcin Hodge then struck a second innings unbeaten half-century to ensure there was no Leeward Islands Hurricanes collapse, as the sixth-round first-class encounter remained open heading into today’s third day.Beginning the day on 54 for four in response to Hurricanes’ 155 all out on the Thursday’s opening day, Scorpions were on the verge of surrendering a healthy first-innings lead when they crashed to 103 for nine at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium.However, the last pair of Sheldon Cottrell and Damion Jacobs defied the Hurricanes attack to add an invaluable 55, to help Scorpions eke out a three-run first-innings lead.Cottrell was the more aggressive, striking the top score of 37 with a four and three sixes, while Jacobs finished on 15 not out.Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall was the best bowler with five for 74, while seamers Jeremiah Louis (2-16) and Gavin Tonge (2-27) finished with two wickets apiece.Hodge then gathered an attractive 62 to carry Hurricanes to the close on 124 for three – a lead of 121 at the end of the second day.They started poorly, however, losing Sherwin Peters for six at 24 for one, but Hodge then anchored two stands to consolidate the innings.He put on 40 for the second wicket with Trinidadian import Daron Cruickshank, a partnership which took Hurricanes to tea at 54 for one.Cruikshank made 20 before perishing in the fourth over following the resumption.Hodge then joined Jamaican Nkrumah Bonner (18) to put on a further 47 for the third wicket before Bonner fell lbw to leg-spinner Jacobs near the close.last_img read more

Footballer regrets quitting school

first_img “I just want to tell all the youths that when they are in school and playing football, or doing any other sport, they should do their school work first,” he said. “I also believe it is important for parents and friends who know students who are good in sports to encourage them to stay in school and complete secondary or even tertiary education.” Palache captained May Pen FC to the semi-finals of the Clarendon Division One competition last year, qualifying them for the Major League. He, however, quit the team as he was not being paid and feared that if he got injured, he would have to foot his own medical bills. He has, however, not given up on his dream of playing professionally again and says if a team comes along that can at least help him if he gets an injury, he would be ready to pick up the sport again. Pamplona, SPAIN: SportsMax La Liga Experience winner Calvin Palache watched in awe as his football idol Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid defeated Osasuna on Saturday. Palache and his partner, Tishana Sharpe, were at the stadium to witness the win courtesy of SportsMax and La Liga, but the spectacle brought back memories of his own playing days. The 28-year-old was once playing at the highest level in Jamaica, having represented Humble Lion in the National Premier League, and he still has ambitions of getting back to the top locally and even playing abroad if possible. But to this day, the Clarendon native still regrets his decision to quit school and take up football full time – a mistake he does not want other talented youngsters to make. “I stopped going to school just after completing lower sixth,” Palache revealed. “I didn’t go back to sixth form as I started playing and earning money.” Palache, who was captain of Humble Lion’s under-21 team and who also made first team appearances, revealed that it was a constant struggle for his parents to afford to send him to school, so he was happy to have been able to earn money for himself. However, upon turning 22 and no longer being able to represent the under-21 team, there was a change of coach at the senior level, and he did not figure prominently in his plans. “I started playing fewer games, and instead of getting paid every month, I started getting paid like every three months,” Palache said. “And I got a daughter, so I couldn’t work with that and had to quit football and use my six CXC subjects to get a job as a security guard.” The 28-year-old, who has now fathered a second daughter, regrets not having finished upper sixth as he believes that he would have at least been able to secure a better job. MESSAGE TO YOUTHlast_img read more

President Sirleaf Congratulates France on 227th National Day

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of congratulations to the Government and people of the Republic of France on the occasion marking their 227th National Day.July 14 commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the storming of the Bastille on this day in 1789, an important event in Paris, in a violent revolution that had begun two days earlier, as well as the Fête de la Fédération, which celebrated the unity of the French people on July 14, 1790.According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry release, in her message to President François Gérard Hollande, President Sirleaf extended warmest felicitations and sincere best wishes to the Government and people of France on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia. She reflected on the principle of freedom, which postulates that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and civil liberties.President Sirleaf hoped that as France celebrates this monumental anniversary, the people of France will be endowed with renewed peace and prosperity and that the excellent relations already subsisting between Liberia and France will continue to flourish, the release stated. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police unearth 125lbs ganja in Alberttown house

first_imgFour males are currently in Police custody after they were found with over 56 kilograms (126 pounds) of compressed ganja.The discovery was made sometime around 10:30h on Wednesday during a stingThe 126 pounds of compressed ganja unearthed during the sting operationoperation carried out by ranks of the Guyana Police Force’s Major Crime Unit.According to Police reports, the officers went to a house located at Third and Albert Streets, Alberttown, Georgetown, where they executed the operation and unearthed the marijuana.The four suspects remain in custody, and are assisting with the investigations that are on-going.last_img read more

Delinquent City Hall exploring options to pay off NIS debt

first_imgThe Mayor and City Council (M&CC) is yet to figure out how it will clear its $218 million debt to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), but has begun a series of meetings with that agency to find a solution.City Hall, GeorgetownThis is according to Mayor of Georgetown, Ubraj Narine, who told this publication during an interview on Wednesday that several options are presently being explored by City Hall to pay NIS.Blaming taxpayers for the situation, the Mayor claimed that had taxpayers paid their taxes, the M&CC would not have been in its current financial state.“It is a norm at City Hall, which in the entire public is aware of that if people do not pay their rates and taxes, how can we do work in the city? How can we sustain our staff? I must say that the struggle is on at City Hall where we are trying to battle all around to find ways and means in the right way to garner revenue to maintain the City,” the Georgetown Mayor explained.He stated that City Hall has been experiencing major financial difficulties for many years to date that range from late payments to staff, non-payment to garbage collectors, and failure to pay NIS the monthly contributions of its workers.“These NIS and all these issues with finance should not happen in the first instance. Anything you do, whether at a country level or at a city level, you need money, you cannot expect the city to come at your door and do something. Where would we find this money to pay these people to execute the duty of the City Hall?”Narine also reminded and reiterated that several taxpayers, both commercial and residential, still owe millions of dollars in arrears to City Hall and that they are yet to settle those accounts. In fact, he had previously revealed that over 100 city businesses owe taxes to the M&CC.The Mayor has recently admitted that the situation becomes so severe at times that the Council is unable to pay staffers some months. According to the Insurance Act, it is a criminal offence if entities fail to pay their contributions by the due date. Those who refuse to pay can be prosecuted.Last August, City Hall workers took to the streets in front of City Hall as they protested the non-payment of NIS contributions among others. It was reported that City Hall deducts the NIS contributions, PAYE, and credit union dues from the earnings of workers but do not pay the relevant agencies.last_img read more

Contracts bring calamity

first_imgIn one case, Mahmood Sotoudeh of Torrance is accused of collecting $195,000 to refurbish a South Los Angeles commercial building before he walked away. “Because of this fraudulent behavior, the property owner is left with no business, … only shattered hopes and broken dreams,” Delgadillo said. Delgadillo spoke before a duplex in the 1700 block of West 25th Street, where he said an unlicensed North Hollywood builder ripped off homeowners Samuel and Isabel Rosa for more than $18,000 in 2004 before he walked off a $60,000 job to build an addition. The couple’s son, Sam Rosa, said builder Ricardo Araya had the confidence of his parents because he was recommended by a relative. He strung the family along for nearly a year with promises of a refund after he stopped showing up two months into the job, Sam Rosa said. “My mom would call him up, and the guy would say, `I got a problem; I got a divorce,”‘ he said. “My mom was still being nice to the guy. … After a while, that’s when I came in. I decided to put the complaint in.” Araya is now facing charges including unlicensed contracting, grand theft and charging an excessive down payment. If convicted, he could be jailed up to a year or fined $5,000 on several of the charges. As for Cortez, he said his home-improvement nightmare began a year ago when he offered a $50,000 remodeling job to Albert Diaz and William Chacon, both of Los Angeles. Cortez said he knew one of them because he had done small jobs for him. He decided to hire the pair when they told him they were state-licensed and one gave him the license number. “They have an office and a business card,” he said. “We found out that wasn’t his license number, that he was using somebody else’s license.” Cortez said he paid $12,500 every two weeks. Six weeks and $37,500 later, the contractors disappeared, he said, and left behind a mountain of trash, including a pile of charred lumber. Apparently, they had tried to save on trash fees by burning waste in the backyard. “It looks like they ran out of money,” Cortez said. “… They only spent about $8,000 in materials. They couldn’t get the job done.” In both these cases, the unlicensed builders appeared reliable to their clients. But Lopes said it takes more than a good pair of hands to be a contractor. And a licensed one has passed a business-law test and carries proper insurance. Cortez said he would do thorough research for his next job. “I would have to do my work – make sure to get some references to begin with, a license number, a copy of the driver’s license or ID. That would help.” eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304 Tips to consider The Contractors State License Board offers the following tips to consider before hiring a contractor for a construction job: Shop around before hiring a contractor. Get at least three written bids on your project. Check with the Contractors State License Board to make sure the contractor is properly licensed; check the status and disciplinary history of the license. Check out contractors with your local building department, trade associations or unions, consumer protection agency and the Better Business Bureau. Get references for previous projects the contractor has done, and follow up on them. Pay only 10 percent of the project price or $1,000, whichever is less, as a down payment. Make sure everything you and your contractor have agreed to is included in your contract and don’t sign anything until you understand and agree with all terms. Make frequent inspections of the work, including a final walk-through. Don’t let your payments get ahead of the contractor’s completed work. Don’t pay cash. For more information, visit the CSLB Web site, www.cslb.ca.gov, or call the CSLB’s toll-free line at (800) 321-2752.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Elmer Cortez wanted to remodel a fixer-upper he bought a year ago in Highland Park and flip it for a profit amid the still-sizzling housing market. Instead, his plans belly-flopped because of an unlicensed contractor who left a pit of beer cans, torn drywall and charred lumber at the job site and put Cortez more than $37,000 in the hole. “Once we gave him the (down) payment, then he started disappearing,” Cortez said Wednesday after hiring another contractor to clean up the mess. “We just sold it for below market price because we couldn’t take it anymore.” Now, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office is prosecuting Cortez’s case and defendants in 28 others on allegations of unlicensed contracting, grand theft, fraud and charging excessive down payments. “We’re sending a message that, in Los Angeles, we will not tolerate or allow our homeowners to be bilked out of their hard-earned money by con artists who flout the law and cut corners to turn profit,” City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo said Wednesday as he announced the charges. Delgadillo said his office has prosecuted some 80 contractors since a crackdown in cooperation with the Contractors State License Board began a year ago. In fact, contractor fraud is an old problem exacerbated in California in recent years, with high property values driving equity- rich homeowners to remodel old homes or improve new ones. “We’re seeing a lot of people targeted in both groups,” said Rick Lopes, a Contractors State License Board spokesman. “We’ve got teams conducting at least one sting on average around the state every week. … We’re usually busting 15 to 20 people a day when we’re doing these things.” The 32 contractors the city attorney targeted Wednesday include at least seven from the San Fernando Valley and others who came from as far away as Oxnard and Riverside. last_img

Ride for the Disabled’s country dinner happening Saturday night

first_imgThe North Peace Ride for the Disabled will be hosting their 5th Annual Country Dinner, at the Charlie Lake Community Hall tomorrow night.Doors are open at 4:30 PM, and the dinner is served at 6:00 PM.The dinner is a ‘home cooked meal, ham, roast beef, biscuits, pork and beans and of course potatoes gravy, veggies and salad.’ A fruit crumble made with several different fruits will be served for dessert.- Advertisement -It is a non-alcoholic function, and typically evolves into a dance in the evening.A silent auction will also be happening.“We’ve been hugely fortunate with the community support in the silent auction, last year we made $7,000 just in our silent auction.” said Liz Calder, president of the NPRftD.Advertisement Calder says there are still many tickets available – so far, they have sold 125 out of 200 tickets. They can be bought in advance at Lillies and Lavenders, or at the door – where she hopes she sees some numbers.It is $30 for people ages 13-59, $20 for children ages 6-12, adults 60+, and riders/support staff, and free for children under five.A family pass can also be purchased for $85 – Calder says it quickly becomes worth it to buy the pass instead of individual admission for immediate family members.The Ride for the Disabled itself will be starting on October 14th. It provides horseback riding for people with a wide-range of disabilities.Advertisement The NPRftD says horseback riding brings improved coordination, muscle strength, joint mobility, perceptual skills and self-confidence.They add that ‘the opportunity to work with a horse by grooming and helping to saddle it are very real sources of excitement and pride.’last_img read more

Wanga in line to scoop Golden Boot, Posta in Playoff

first_imgWanga’s Homeboyz suffered a 2-0 defeat against Sofapaka where Umaru Kasumba who was the other Golden Boot contender, having 17 goals failed to score as Stephen Waruru netted a brace.In the relegation battle, Chemelil and Zoo FC survived while Posta Rangers dropped to the promotion playoff where they are set to face the third team in the National Super League.Posta will have to go through a relagation/promotion playoff two-legged clash if they are to maintain their status for another season in the Kenyan Premier League after they squandered their chance of avoiding the situation.This comes after Posta lost 2-0 to Tusker FC in their final match.Rangers came into the round on 32 points, a point above the relegation playoff slot and only needed to replicate or better the results of Zoo FC (32) and Chemelil Sugar (31), the two teams beneath them, to maintain their place in the topflight.But they were unable to do so as they fell 2-1 to Tusker at the Ruaraka grounds with Chemelil winning against Sony Sugar and Zoo sealing a point against KCB.With the league title and automatic relegation slots already wrapped up, the other race that needed to be decided on the final day was the golden boot race with three candidates locked neck and neck.-Additional reporting from Soka.co.ke-0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Allan Wanga scoops 2018/19 KPL Golden BootNAIROBI, Kenya, May 29 – Kakamega Homeboyz striker Allan Wanga is in line to win the 2018/19 Kenyan Premier League Golden Boot with 18 goals despite not scoring in their final season match against Sofapaka on Wednesday.This is after Enosh Ochieng, who has 17 goals saw his Ulinzi Stars side match against relegated Mount Kenya United postponed to Sunday.last_img read more

Supervisors call for inquiry into integrity of power lines

first_imgConcerned about the role power lines may have had in last week’s wildfires, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors directed officials Tuesday to investigate strengthening lines most susceptible to collapsing during high winds. “It’s not officially confirmed, but widely suspected, that in the case of the Malibu fire power lines were blown down (and ignited the fire),” Chairman Zev Yaroslavsky said. “We can’t underground all the power lines. It’s exceedingly expensive. But beyond that, what can we do to better secure those lines? This isn’t the first time this has happened, or the second time, but the 18th time fires have been started because of downed power lines.” The supervisors directed fire department and other officials to examine why power lines may have failed and determine what measures can be taken to strengthen them. troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But beyond the sheer expense of putting power lines underground, funding for such efforts is heavily restricted. Certain sources of funding, for example, may not be combined with other funds to pay for putting lines underground. Yaroslavsky said such restrictions should be lifted in areas deemed high fire-hazard zones. Supervisors also directed officials to assess the county’s response to the recent fires and whether it offers any new lessons. “The fire and sheriff’s departments worked extremely collaboratively to evacuate and save thousands of lives and property,” Supervisor Michael Antonovich said. “A large part of their success in managing this disaster is the result of lessons learned from prior disasters and ongoing emergency preparedness exercises.” last_img read more

Things to Do

first_img Backpages will perform classic rock, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at the Santa Clarita Open Air Market at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission: $1.50 for adults, children 11 and under are free. Call (661) 259-3886. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Winter concert, 7 p.m. today and Thursday in the Hart Auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-7575. By the Light of the Silvery Moon Hike, 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Wendy Langhans at (310) 858-7272, Ext. 115. Winter band and choir concert, 7 p.m. Thursday in the Valencia Theater at Valencia High School, 27801 N. Dickason Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 294-1188. Cirque Sur Glace theatrical ice spectacular will feature stars from the world of figure skating, gymnastics, acrobatics and comedy, 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday at Ice Station Valencia, 27745 N. Smyth Drive, Valencia. Tickets: $50. Call (866) 468-3399 or visit www.TicketWeb.com. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “A Christmas Carol” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 22, and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $13-$17 for adults and $10-$13 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Bird Walk, 8-10 a.m. Saturday at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Wendy Langhans at (310) 858-7272, Ext. 115. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m., every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. last_img read more