3 get prison in college basketball recruiting scandal

first_imgNCAA President Mark Emmert has said an independent enforcement body to adjudicate major infractions cases could be in place by August.Kaplan said leniency for the defendants, who faced as much as three years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines, could only go so far.“These defendants all knew what they were doing was wrong,” he said.The judge added that he wanted to send “a great big warning light to the basketball world.”“I deeply regret my actions,” Gatto said in a shaky voice.ADVERTISEMENT Former Adidas executive James Gatto, business manager Christian Dawkins and Merl Code, a former Adidas consultant, were convicted in October of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for funneling illegal payments to families of recruits to Louisville, Kansas and North Carolina State.Gatto, 48, of Wilsonville, Oregon, got nine months in prison; Dawkins, 26, of Atlanta, and Code, 45, of Greer, South Carolina, got six months each. Code and Dawkins were each also ordered to pay $28,261 in restitution to the University of Louisville.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe judge said each can remain free until a federal appeals court decides whether to uphold their convictions.Prosecutors say coaches teamed with Gatto and others to trade hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence star athletes’ choice of schools, shoe sponsors, agents and even tailors. This combo of images shows, from left, amateur basketball league director Merl Code, Former Adidas executive James Gatto, and business manager Christian Dawkins. The three men were sentenced Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in the widespread college basketball recruiting scandal that has tainted two dozen schools. Gatto got nine months in prison. Dawkins and Code got six months each. (AP Photo/Bebeto Mathews, left, Seth Wenig, center and right)NEW YORK — A former Adidas executive and two others who paid families to persuade top college basketball recruits to play for schools sponsored by the shoe brand were sentenced to prison Tuesday by a judge who said he wanted to send a “great big warning light to the basketball world.”U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan said he had to balance the need for a stern message with the realization that others who did similar crimes were not prosecuted in a widespread college basketball recruiting scandal that has tainted two dozen schools.ADVERTISEMENT Warriors draft first woman player into NBA 2K esports league Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Dawkins referenced “social dysfunction” in college basketball and said his actions were “clouded” by a “system that takes advantage of kids.”“I realize now more than ever none of this was worth it,” Dawkins said.Code, a former Amateur Athletic Union coach, said he also regretted his actions but added: “Some things really got to be changed about college basketball.”The judge acknowledged none of the defendants “took home a nickel” from the scheme, but said it was wrong to say there was no economic motive because each defendant’s career stood to benefit.Kaplan said all the harm could not be measured in dollars, citing testimony by the father of Brian Bowen Jr., once one of America’s bright high school basketball stars who seemed destined for the NBA until it was revealed that his father was to be paid $100,000 so his son would go to Louisville.The judge recalled that the father cried as he testified that he had wrecked his son’s life. The younger Bowen now plays basketball in Australia.Kaplan also cited the playing at trial of a recorded conversation between Code and Dawkins in which the men discussed giving Louisville basketball coaches “plausible deniability” about the scheme.“I’ll never forget that,” Kaplan said. “They were making sure Rick Pitino’s tracks were being covered.”Pitino was fired by Louisville after arrests were made in 2017 in the corruption investigation. He has denied wrongdoing.In a release, Deputy U.S. Attorney Robert Khuzami said the sentences “only begin to reflect the magnitude of the harm these defendants caused through a scheme that not only defrauded multiple public universities but upended the lives of young student-athletes and corrupted a game cherished by so many.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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‘Think Out of the Box’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called upon Liberia’s female lawyers, gender advocates and civil society to “think out of the box” and come up with suggestions on how to address the increasing incidences of rape against young girls in the country.At a roundtable meeting convened by the Liberian leader on Thursday, January 9, 2014, to purposely discuss with women’s representatives the alarming trend of rape of under-age girls, she challenged them to come up with ideas on how to address this social menace.Present at the meeting were 14 women representatives of the Ministry of Gender and Development, the Ministry of Justice, the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL), and civil society represented by the Women NGOs Secretariat of Liberia (WONGOSOL).President Sirleaf told the gathering that the statistics on rape cases in the country were alarming. She said measures against the crime included the Rape Law; which categorizes rape as an unbailable crime, and the just completed Code of Conduct for teachers regarding the crime of rape in the schools, are in existence.She applauded the Ministry of Gender and Development for all of its efforts, but added: “We’ve got to think out of the box, and that’s why we called you here, to ask for some of your ideas. We have to find a way to deal with this problem.”The Liberian leader herself, who is a longstanding women’s rights advocate, indicated that the breakdown of the family unit and the fact that heads of households today are practically children themselves makes the problem even more difficult to solve.“But we have to find a way. So many kids’ lives and future have been taken from them because of this crime. We want AFELL to be more active in this,” the President said, indicating that the rate is ever increasing.President Sirleaf drew her audience’s attention to the regular Security Report she receives from the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, a segment of which deals with rape.  According to the report, during the period from November 12, 2013, to January 7, 2014, there were 119 cases of rape reported, compared to 83 in the previously report. Of the total 119, 53 rape cases occurred in Monrovia and its environs, while 66 cases were outside Monrovia. The victims included girls as young as four years old.  There were a total of 61 arrests of the 119 or more perpetrators.The Liberian President lauded women in Peacebuilding Network (WIPNET) for going to court religiously every time there’s a rape case, noting that their presence always shows strong concern and support to the victims and their families.Meanwhile, during the hour-long discussion, many concrete suggestions proposals were put forth by members of the participants some of which working more with their male counterpart, including those already behind bars, to change their mental attitude, their behavior and their thinking about who women are; research, in the various communities, into why men rape; and naming and shaming rapists by putting them in prison garb and making them clean the streets.The group also proposed a critical look to be taken at the Rape Law in order to make revisions to close loopholes, such as provisions pertaining to the age of the perpetrator, and those who would compromise a case; training more lawyers in prosecuting sexual violence; advocacy and training for judges and the police; engaging police commanders to understand their critical role in protecting children who are molested.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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11 CEOs Want More from Global Community

first_imgThe chief executive officers (CEOs) of 11 companies operating in the Ebola-affected countries within the West African sub-region have observed that a larger coordinated global effort is required to tackle the Ebola virus outbreak in the region. African Mining Services ArcelorMittal, Aureus Mining Inc., Dawnus Group, Golden Veroleum Liberia, Hummingbird Resources Plc, IAMGOLD Corporation, London Mining Plc, MonuRent, Newmont Mining Corporation and Randgold CEOs observed on September 8, 2014 the global community has a strong track record in responding to natural disasters such as hurricanes or earthquakes. “We need a similar strength of resolve to tackle an epidemic that has the potential to cause great harm to this region.” They urged the international community to pool its resources and lend support to help reverse the virus and enable post-conflict Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to recover as swiftly as possible from dealing with the epidemic. The CEOs observed that there is a risk the measures being taken to restrict travel to countries most impacted by the virus will aggravate the growing humanitarian crisis.“Ebola is without doubt a horrific virus. But it is a virus that with the right understanding, precautions and processes in place should be avoidable and containable. That’s why we are calling for the immediate opening of humanitarian and economic corridors to the affected countries and urge the international community to respect the ECOWAS and the African Union’s call to lift any travel bans in accordance with the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation,” the CEOs added. They warned of catastrophic consequences for the affected economies if the international community fails to land the needed support to fight and defeat the Ebola virus. The CEOs expressed concern about the impact of the Ebola virus on affected countries’ economies and the well-being of their people, which, they observed, is being compounded by subsequent decisions and actions that affect travel to and trade with the region.The CEOs noted that their companies have made long term commitments to these countries and their people and “we intend to honor that commitment.” “We have strong ties to hundreds of local communities that depend on our operations. “Despite the challenging environment, we are continuing where possible with normal operations, with the health and safety of our employees being the absolute priority at all times. We have enormous respect for the organizations and selfless individuals working to contain this outbreak and are committed to support them and the governments concerned to bring the epidemic to an end,” the CEOs sated. CEOs that signed the statement are: Mr. John Kavanagh of African Mining Services, Lakshmi Mitta of ArcelorMittal, David Reading of Aureus Mining Inc., Bob Jones of Dawnus Group and David Rothschild of Golden Veroleum Liberia signed the statement. Others are Dan Betts of Hummingbird Resources Plc, Stephen J. J. Letwin of IAMGOLD Corporation, Graeme Hossie of London Mining Plc, Tony Carr of MonuRent , Gary Goldberg of Newmont Mining Corporation and Mark Bristow of Randgold.Our business desk has meanwhile observed that expatriates contractors for most of these companies have declared force majeure and left the sub-region due to the virus outbreak.The Ebola virus has killed over 2,200 people in four countries in West Africa name: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria and infected over 4,000 people in the four countries, said WHO.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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Civil Law Court Removes Injunction in NTAL 50K Bond

first_imgThe Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice has lifted a writ of injunction on the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL), following a US$50,000 bond filed by the embattled former President of the body, Rev. Ellen Fartu Varfley, challenging her impeachment by members of the association.The decision taken by the court was based on the grounds that the NTAL had filed a guarantee bond valued at US$150,000 as ordered by the Civil Law Court during its Sixth Judicial Circuit Sitting which was deemed sufficient to all parties.According to the document signed by assigned Circuit Court Judge Peter W. Gbenewelleh, the clerk of the court should ensure that the public be aware of the lifting of the injunction filed against the NTAL.The NTAL had argued that the injunction be lifted to enable the Association to carry out its operations and functions, paying staff and adequately defending members while carrying out its functions in accordance with the rules of the body.It may be recalled that on the 18th of April 2016, Rev. Ellen Fatu Varfley filed a petition for Declaratory Judgment, alleging that she was impeached by the Representative Council of the National Teachers Association of Liberia without due process.Rev. Varfley argued that her impeachment is aimed at denying her from conducting the administrative functions on behalf of the National Teachers Association of Liberia as well as depriving her of access to the entity’s various bank accounts.On the other hand, the NTAL noted that Rev. Varfley’s impeachment was legal, thus prompting the association through its Representative Council to unanimously endorse the Vice President for Gender Affairs, Mary W. Mulbah, in April 2016 as the Acting President pending its 2017 convention as provided by its constitution.“Moreover, the movant maintained that prior to the petitioners’ impeachment, she presided over two separate meetings of the representative council during which two of the council members were impeached through a similar procedure,” the document said.“Since the conduct of that transaction and subsequent impeachment and removal of the Rev. Ellen Fatu G. Varfley as President of the NTAL, which action was followed by the court’s restraining order, no further transaction has taken place under the authority of the Representative Council not even Mary Mulbah or the secretariat”.But Rev. Varfley has argued that the bank account be frozen because her impeachment is geared towards depleting the accounts of the National Teachers’ Association of Liberia, terming the group’s decision as illegal.“The Respondent did not challenge indemnity bond of the Movant or National Teachers Association of Liberia.“Her Indemnity Bond filed by the association is valid. It is the ruling in court that the Motion to vacate as prayed for by the Movants be and it is granted and the preliminary injunction as filed by the respondent is hereby lifted, a court document stated.”She also registered that Rev. Ellen Fatu Varfley, the ousted President of the National Teachers’ Association of Liberia, will no longer form a part of the group since the impeachment decision has not only overturned her authority but also limited the trust built in her over the years.Meanwhile, the National Teachers’ Association of Liberia, through its Acting President, Mary Mulbah, who spoke to this paper in an interview, reiterated the organization’s position against the Public Private Partnership introduced by the Ministry of Education.The move, according to her, is not appropriate and in the best interest of the general teaching populace, but a tactic to create joblessness for some public school teachers who have been working tirelessly over the years.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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Dangers of War (Part 1)

first_imgPhysical war is a crime against mankind! And yet in all history, war has been glorified, and many thousands have sacrificed their precious lives to the god of war. And in fact, with a little research into history, it is safe to say that there will always be war as a man searches for a way to be superior and dominate the rest of his own.Before the recent Liberian so-called civil-war, there had been a few others.There was the one between Iraq and Iran, which took ten years to finish and there is the ever-present war between the Israelis and the Palestinians. And therefore when the Liberian war broke out and everything seemed set to change, there was no way that we could have known the suffering in store for us. There was every indication that death and destruction would be its by-products. Though we could not be too sure about them, there was a sense of optimism that it would be a nine-day wonder.My name is Sam Lonestar, and I am a middle-aged fellow of many talents, trust me. During the Liberian war, I had several encounters and I am telling one of them. It could be described as the “story that touched the heart” or whatever you would choose to consider it, it is fine with me.The first of my encounters began when the West African Peacekeepers, known as ECOMOG, arrived in Monrovia to rescue us from ourselves. At the time all jobs had ceased and men, in general, were pure liabilities.Women in Monrovia had the advantage since they could venture into several areas, including the Freeport of Monrovia, to secure some food from the soldiers who had come to help stop the war. Though like many people, I was glad that the soldiers came, what I did not know was that their coming would mean many of us losing our dear ones to them, if you know what I mean.This was how my loss happened.I was going out with a beautiful lady of moderate height and weight. I was one of the few who liked their women slim, and when Mamie would walk down the road, her body contours would be visible behind her, like a snake slithering down the grass. Her body was gracious and showed off her beauty’s landscape, and do you see why I was not prepared to let anyone snatch her away from me? And by every account, Mamie was a woman of substance.Mamie was tall and very often wore rose-colored skirts. Her small black eyes matched her long braided hair. Her voice was somber, and it resembled the evening echoes of a stream, or a river or a creek, like Stockton Creek outside Monrovia.With all the danger around, she apparently decided not to notice the difference as to what was happening in the country. To her, the mere attention paid her by certain ECOMOG soldiers was enough, and since she was able to squeeze money from them to adorn herself, she felt life was too sweet with the soldiers to waste her time with a broke loser like me who was only proclaiming my love to her without concrete proof of my manhood.She would not accept the reality that the war had rendered me and many Liberian non-fighting-men incapable of even taking care of ourselves.So as events continued to worsen, and I was unable to support her like before, she continued to teach me the other side of love. And until today, I have accepted the fact, whether anyone agrees with me or not, that love is a pain.I told you my name is Sam Lonestar, right? Maybe you’re intrigued by my name and how I got it. My surname is Lonestar, and I am not in the position to explain whether I earned it because of my father’s love for the national soccer team, Lone Star. I did not know that my surname had that popularity till I came of age, since that time many people would call me by my initials, SL. There were other friends that I knew who were also called by their initials. There was this fellow I knew called JR, and still another D. Square.It might have been that my birth date coincided with events surrounding Lone Star, and therefore let me leave you with any idea about my name and hurry on to tell you the first of my stories.My beautiful Mamie finally decided that she would join the ECOMOG and give me the boot. On the first thought, because I loved her so much, I decided to fight back.“I cannot leave you, Mamie,” I protested, “leaving you is like killing my soul.”“Then what are you going to do about it?” The beautiful woman said to me. Her forceful points of disengagement surprised me, and I felt like throwing up. I could not accept the truth that I was losing her.“Can we talk about this?” I could hear my voice, pleading with her. The beautiful woman I had known for many years changed suddenly. It was apparent that she was waiting for someone since the hour was pushing to six in the evening. But suppose the ECOMOG boyfriend came and decided to flog me? I was trying to make sense of any eventuality just in case it happened.The Nigerian soldiers were noted for flogging boyfriends of the girlfriends they had just met, and there were stories I knew about where some Liberian fellows were shot, “accidentally,” by the soldiers, and killed. And so I was being smart to consider that option, just in case, I had to put up a fight.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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The Paradigm of Infertility

first_imgSovich-Sankoh Karmorh, MD-An evolving era for Sub-Saharan AfricaBy Dr. Sovich Sankoh-KarmorhThe traditional concepts versus the tested and proven realities as well as the way forward:What makes lack of childbearing between couples in Sub-Saharan Africa a matter of urgency and immediate attention?This article is constructively designed to partially outline some of the main reasons of the challenge which is usually associated, in most parts of Africa, with lack of proper medical diagnosis and investigation with subsequent treatment and or attempted treatment or remedies.A lot of the myths we know about failure of childbearing in our setting is blamed on the female. If a woman fails to conceive after marriage, the cause of of the failure is immediately attributed to the her, thereby disregarding any reproductive issues her husband or partner may have.This notion has been dispelled by neo-science and research, evidenced by the World Health Organization (WHO 2012) report on the infertile couple.In this report, it is estimated that 48.5 million couples are affected globally and males are found to be solely responsible for 20-30% of the problem and contribute an overall 50% to the case overall. Female factors contribute 50% to all cases and the remaining 20-30% are due to a combination of factors from both couple.Other researches include a 15% to the ratio, representing all unexplained cases. This means, both partners have been properly investigated and no physical or medical issues have been found to link to either of them to an infertility problem.Infertility or sub fertility is failure of a non-contracepting couple to achieve a successful pregnancy after a year of unprotected coitus (sexual intercourse). Notice that the definition states “couple” meaning it takes two biologically opposite sexed individuals to conceive.However, it is a choice for the both individuals in a union, more so in their right frames of mind to determine if they want pregnancy, when they want it and if so, to decide on the size of the family they would love to have.It is somehow difficult to address the burden of infertility and its prevalence globally and this is because of lack of common tools to diagnose and report infertile couples, coupled with a lack of consistent use of definitions, which are critical barriers to reporting, (WHO/Petra Nohavicova reports).Infertility has its own burden on the infertile couple. It can lead to shame, stigma and anxiety and even depression with low self-esteem and guilt.Although many new options are available to resolve this problem, most couples in Sub-Saharan Africa still may not be able to access these services due to lack of its availability within countries and or cost of treatment, leaving them vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. (Mahmoud Fathalla, HRP 2010)Most cases of subfertility in women are caused by anovulatory cycles or ovulation disorders. In such cases, the woman is receiving her monthly flow but mostly irregularly with long intervals between the last menstrual period (LMP) and the current one; or not receiving her period at all.Normally a woman sees her period every 21-40 days; with an average of 28 day cycle for most. Anovulatory cycles do not release mature ovum (eggs, the female vehicle of reproduction), even if they are produced they are generally primary follicles with poor quality and not equipped for fertilization.Another common condition associated with reproductive age women is polycystic ovarian syndrome, which is most often misdiagnosed, because of its associated endocrine disorder (obesity, hyperandrogenesim and hirsuitism). Additionally Premature ovarian failure is also one of the contributing factors to anovulatory cycles.In addition to endocrine disorders, tubal problems appear to form a significant portion of the female infertility burden in Sub-Saharan Africa, typically because sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as PIDS and syphilis are still major issues within child-bearing age women.Moreover, uterine fibroids have become an annoying concern for most women as well. Although this condition may or may not contribute to the infertility, the fact that a woman has uterine fibroids whilst trying to conceive is a need for concern.It has been noted from several clinical studies from the continent, that infertility makes up 25-50% of cases that visit the gynecologists. Of this amount more than half are diagnosed of secondary infertility.This diagnosis, although evidenced based, requires require more research. This diagnosis is reached after delving into the patients’ reproductive history and investigating clinically.Also, justifying this diagnosis is the fact that either of the partners has had a previous clinical successful pregnancy either with the current partner or a previous one.Moreover, women who have had long periods of combined oral contraceptives or other methods tend to experience periods of subfertility once they stop the usage.This is because of the ability of the method to affect the individual’s pre-existing fecundity potential.We are not being controversial about contraception, nonetheless, we are recognizing that factors such as its long term usage, mode of action of the method used and adverse effects most probably lead to its long-term sequelae with reproduction.Let’s state with emphasis that Family Planning worldwide has notably reduced the rate of unsafe abortions and encouraged planned parenthood. Most couples will conceive after a while without treatment but if the woman’s age is above 35, chances become slimmer.On the other hand, male fertility problems range from abnormal sperm production or function to problems associated with delivery of the sperm. The former may originate from hereditary diseases or structural problems.Additionally, environmental factors such as radiation, pesticides and other industrial chemicals have shown to harm sperm production and function; however, smoking and alcohol usage which were long being thought to affect male sperm semen production have not been clinically proven.Nonetheless, over exposure may play a role in affecting fertility and it is advisable to either minimize smoking or cease for a period when you are trying to conceive.Other chronic acquired diseases such as diabetes mellitus, cancers and inherited genetic conditions and their management may affect potency and sperm production.What should now be a proper approach to Infertility?Treatment for subfertility and infertility requires a thorough investigation of both the woman and her male partner.A fertility specialist must assess all these parameters in both partners before submitting an informed decision. A clinician must first be aware of the cultural setting of a given infertile population.The World Health Organization (WHO) defines traditional medicine as the sum total of the knowledge, skills, and practices based on the beliefs and experiences of different cultures, and it is used in physical and mental illness prevention, diagnosis, healing or treatment, as well as in maintaining good health.For years now people have resorted to traditional practices to solve fertility problems.Today, many traditional practices to solve fertility still vary from culture to culture worldwide, but with Sub-Sharan Africa, obvious similarities exist.For example, most cultures in Africa still use methods such as visiting religious leaders, visiting tombs, killing a red rooster and feeding it to a child, using amulets, drinking Zamzam water (water brought from a holy pilgrimage), herbs, mineral supplements and vitamins, chiropractic, homeopathy and acupuncture to name to solve infertility problems.In Nigeria and several other countries, in the sub-region, including Liberia visiting religious leaders, using amulets and folk medicine are some of the most common practices.Issues to consider for remedyA fertility clinician must assess all parameters for both partners before rendering a decision. In our African setting, men are the dominant figures and most do not attend clinics with their female partners.In fact it becomes almost difficult to have male partners visit the fertility specialist for consultation, especially if he has had children from previous relationships. During such scenarios, appropriate counseling cannot be overly emphasized.Experts should also be aware of traditional practices, respect their usage for individual couples and offer an appropriate medical option with patients’ consent, with the aim of improving fertility.Also, there is a need to study widely used practices and evaluate the effects and benefits if any and for literate couples directing them to reliable sources  such as the internet aids in the process.In conclusion, Infertility is a medical disease that affects anyone. The physical and mental dilemma attached overwhelming for most couples. It is, however, encouraging to note that every man can father a child and every woman too, regardless of the fertility issue, can father a child.Couples need to seek help from the right sources if and when they have tried for more than a year and no clinically evident conception occurs.Hopefully, Liberia is now heading in the direction of fertility treatment, a decision which is laudable and worth investing into. Needy couples can now access standard treatment at several private facilities within Monrovia and get a significant level of successful treatment without the burden of traveling to the sub region or beyond, a venture too costly for the average infertile couple.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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2 arrested following discovery of 27kg ganja

first_imgTwo persons were arrested on Monday following the discovery of 27 kilograms of compressed marijuana in an apartment building in Eccles Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara.Based on information received, the discovery and ultimate arrest were a result of an intelligence-led operation by ranks of the Police Narcotics Branch.The suspects, a foreign male national and a female, are expected to make their first court appearance today (Wednesday).last_img

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Fort St. John drops in average home sale price rankings

first_imgFort St. John has dropped to second place, behind Fort Nelson, on the B.C. Northern Real Estate Board’s list of average home prices.Although the city has experienced a slight increase in property sales, there has also been a decrease in single family homes in the first six months of 2011 compared to the same time last year.- Advertisement -There were 374 properties sold from January to June, worth $103.4 million, which is up from 342 and a $91.6 million in 2010. The properties sold represented a mix of homes and vacant land.However, there was a slight decrease in the number of single family homes sold, along with the average price, dropping from 179 to 172 and from $326,197 to $310,686 from 2010 to 2011. That decrease was accompanied by an increase in the average home price in Fort Nelson, raising it to the number one spot on the list with an average selling price of $325,286.Over the north, the B.C. Northern Real Estate Board has reported a slight decrease in property sales through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) from 2,256 to 2,153 in the first six months of this year. With the drop in sales, there was also a drop in to the total property value from $468.5 million to $463 million.The Board says although the real estate area is so large and difficult to make general assessments, the home sales prices appear to be decreasing.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Lawsuit filed in special-ed assault case

first_imgLANCASTER – A Littlerock High School special-education student was sexually assaulted by a fellow special-education student as other students watched, a lawsuit says. The girl’s mother is suing the Antelope Valley Union High School District in a lawsuit that says the girl was assaulted during a midmorning class break and again at the lunch break in a campus common area May 6, 2005. “The school has the obligation to supervise students, and that’s especially true with special-education students,” attorney Steven Hilst said. “That this happened several times is very troublesome.” The high school district’s attorney said she could not comment directly on pending litigation. Hilst said the district denied a claim filed earlier by the plaintiff. Hilst said the incident was reported to school officials and authorities but he believes the boy has not been arrested and no charges have been filed. 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe girl was 16 when the incident occurred. The lawsuit states the defendants failed to provide an adequate and safe school environment and knew that both the girl and her alleged assailant were in need of special supervision. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744last_img read more

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Do you fancy dinner and a show with singer Brian Kennedy at The Shandon?

first_imgThe Shandon Hotel & Spa is excited to announce a glamorous dinner date with Brian Kennedy.Enjoy Shandon G&T drinks reception and a sumptuous 4-course gourmet meal before Brian Kennedy takes to the stage to perform.Brian Kennedy survived a childhood on the infamous Falls Road, West Belfast at the height of its hellish history against all the odds to carve an extraordinary career in music. In his own words he says, “It’s a miracle that I survived my childhood and became a singer really, given where and how my life started, but somehow my voice had other plans and saved me in the end.” That voice set him on a course that changed his whole life forever.From harmonising with ambulance sirens as a child to finally overcoming stage fright, his gradual ascent was nothing short of incredible. He busked on the dangerous streets of his hometown whatever the political weather until a sudden escape to London, when only 18 saw him surviving in the only way he knew how.He sang unaccompanied in the underground stations and outside the Dominion Theatre, sometimes literally in order to eat and until he finally saved up enough money for a guitar.He lived in various illegal squats before eventually being discovered by the now legendary Svengali Simon Fuller- [Pop Idol, Annie Lennox, The Spice Girls.] Brian is first and foremost a live performer and songwriter. As he bluntly puts it himself, “Music is my lifeblood.” His constant touring from Ireland and the UK to Australia, Germany and the USA, including the major global festivals, has resulted in an ever-growing international fan base the old fashioned way, over a phenomenal twenty-five year career on the rollercoaster ride that is the unpredictable music industry.The Shandon Hotel and Spa in Portnablagh.His work with Van Morrison has been well documented. The Belfast legend invited Brian to a rehearsal one day that resulted in him being featured as guest lead singer on the now unforgettable ‘Blues & Soul Revue’.Courtesy of Van’s continuing mentoring and generosity, Brian ended up sharing vocal duties on stages across the globe over a six-year period with Morrison and a breathtaking cast of some of the greatest artists in history: Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker to name but a few. Madison Square Gardens was a far cry from the Falls Road.That unique Irish voice can be heard harmonising and answering Van on five of his major hit albums including “A Night In San Francisco” to “Days Like This”.As if that wasn’t impressive enough, you might be less familiar with Brian’s impromptu performances with Stevie Wonder at Ronnie Scotts in London. Incredibly and proudly he is one of only a few to have also sung with the late legendary Jeff Buckley at Sin-É in New York. Throughout the relentless touring with Van Morrison, Brian somehow managed to maintain a stream of chart-making albums. ‘A Better Man’ (1996) and ‘Now That I Know What I Want’ (1999), both went platinum at No.1 and earned him the awards of Irish Best Male Artist and Irish Best Male Album, as did the highly acclaimed ‘Homebird’ (2006) and cover album ‘Interpretations’ (2008). But it was Brian’s heart wrenching LIVE performance of ‘You Raise Me Up’ at the funeral of football Legend George Best that earned him a spot in the top 5 of the UK charts.He is a natural TV & Radio host as well as lead performer on diverse international stages, from his Role in New York’s Riverdance on Broadway for 9 months of over 300 performances to Eurovision 2006 in Athens. Remarkably Brian also found time to write and publish 2 fiction novels that were an instant success and he continues to receive many prestigious awards, including the 2010 Ireland Meteor Lifetime Achievement Award for Music, and an even rarer Honorary Doctorate Degree of Letters by the University of Ulster for his contribution to literature and Arts.In 2016 Brian was busy in the studio recording a 32 track double CD ‘Essential Collection’ comprising all brand new recordings from the past and present including a duet with Boy George. Brian maintains that “music is the language of emotion,” and after all his years gigging and recording with Van Morrison he prizes the live gig above all else, “ Van always said you’re only as good as your last gig”. Seeing and hearing is the only way to experience this national treasure of a man.During October 2016, Brian celebrated two birthdays. His iconic album ‘A Better Man’ turned 20 and that same week the man himself turned 50, so what better place to celebrate than on stage doing what he loves best. He performed the entire album in Dublin’s prestigious Vicar Street venue on October 13th 2016 and it is in the process of being related this year on CD/DVD on his own label. Last year saw Brian begin a challenging journey with cancer and he cites singing and performing as the motivation for staying positive. In Brian’s words: “The gigs make everything worthwhile, the fans’ support means the world to me, if anything the diagnosis and treatment has given me greater focus and determination to get through it all. Music is the ultimate healer and my voice has never let me down.” Seeing him perform live is all the proof that’s needed.Well over two decades later and Brian genuinely feels like he is only really getting into his stride. So, what else is left for a multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter, highly regarded radio & television presenter, an Honorary Doctor of Letters from The University of Ulster, a published author of two successful novels – not surprisingly, for a lyricist of his calibre. “Dr Kennedy” simply raises those eyebrows and answers playfully, ” Ah sure I’m only getting started!”www.briankennedy.co.ukFor more information or to book, please contact the hotel 00353 (0) 749136137 or email info@shandonhotelspa.com.Tickets are €59pp – ticket and B&B €109pps.Tickets must be purchased in full. Ticket price is non-refundable.Do you fancy dinner and a show with singer Brian Kennedy at The Shandon? was last modified: August 16th, 2017 by StephenShare 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)Tags:Brian Kennedyshandonlast_img read more

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