Wolmer’s, St George’s in mega clash

first_img With regards to the game been pushed back, Reynolds said they welcomed that decision. “We would have been aware of the situation that we had three games in four days. We have been doing what we can in order for the players to recuperate for each game. It is difficult for the schools that are still in the Super Cup with the tight schedule of games,” Reynolds also said. In the opening game, both teams will look to rebound from their losses last Thursday, and stay in contention for a semi-final spot. Haile Selassie and St Catherine met in the preliminary stage twice with each team winning 1-0. It’s left to be seen if the off-the-field issues involving coach Geoffrey Maxwell with whom they parted ways last week will affect Haile Selassie. They are yet to hire a new coach. St George’s College and Wolmer’s will be engaged in a mega clash in the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup competition Group K today at Constant Spring Complex. Match time is 3 p.m. The game is the feature in the group’s double-header as Haile Selassie High face-off against St Catherine in the opener at 1 p.m. The games were originally scheduled for Monday, but was pushed back due to the constant usage of the venue. Wolmer’s and St George’s come into the game on three points apiece, however, Wolmer’s hold the advantage with a better goal difference. The game is crucial to both teams as a win for either would put that team into a good position to win the group and advance to the semi-finals. Wolmer’s will be playing their third game in five days, following their 3-0 win against St Catherine High last Thursday and their elimination of Kingston College (1-0) in a FLOW Super Cup quarter-final game last Saturday. The Vassell Reynolds- coached team has built a reputation for its meagre defence and incisive counterattacks, a threat that their opponents will have to be wary of. St George’s College are coming off a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Haile Selassie in the group last Thursday and are fully aware of the importance of today’s game. Marcel Gayle, assistance coach of St George’s College is expecting a tough encounter. “The game can decide the group. It is one of those games that no team can afford to lose,” Gayle told The Gleaner yesterday. He also said that although Wolmer’s will be playing three games in four days, it could work to the Heroes Circle based team’s advantage. “Winning can be a momentum for Wolmer’s. We will be prepared and hopefully finish the game with a victory,” he added. Reynolds, however, has a different outlook, arguing that his team will face a rested St George’s College, which he considers a big challenge. “We need to win the game to put one foot in the semi-final. We want to put things in our own hands. St George’s is still a favourite as they have a good team. They will be fresh and that is a challenge, but our team is ready for the game,” Reynolds shared. WELCOMED MOVElast_img read more

Age doesn’t matter as De Ocampo still ‘best stretch four’ in PBA at 35

first_imgSantos, who has been playing really well for the San Miguel Beermen this season, is actually 36.De Ocampo, who joined Meralco in practice for the first time Monday, was a star during his nine year stay with Talk ‘N Text where he won six championships and two Finals MVP awards.Black is convinced de Ocampo is still one of the best big men in the PBA.“Ranidel is still one of the best, if not the best stretch four in the league today,” he praised.The champion coach added he doesn’t plan on using de Ocampo for an extended period of time on the court. What Black expects from him is to do what he does best: Shoot 3s and post-up.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re not going to ask him to play 40 minutes for us, we just need him to play his role as a floor spacer and post-up.”Black also thinks de Ocampo can still play for “another four years if he wants to.”“I personally feel he’s not the type of player who depends on athletic ability. He is a very intelligent player.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Break new ground End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award A costly, catty dispute finally settled Winning start Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson At 35-years-old with a lot of mileage, Ranidel de Ocampo may not be the same player he once was, but Meralco head coach Norman Black thinks the veteran forward still has a lot left in his tank.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogDe Ocampo, who was traded to the Bolts as the main piece of a three-team deal on Monday, is in his 13th PBA season and will turn 36 in December.ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t really look too much on age. I believe Arwind is 35-years-old an he’s playing one of his best basketball right now,” Black, who shared four titles with de Ocampo at Talk ‘N Text, told INQUIRER.net Tuesday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Pumaren’s double duty for Adamson, GlobalPort up for discussion by PBA Board LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Comboy, FEU rule first UAAP 3×3 tournament

first_imgFILE – Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWendell Comboy caught fire when it mattered the most, towing Far Eastern University to the first ever UAAP Season 80 men’s 3×3 basketball title with a 21-13 victory over University of the East Sunday at SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.The third-year point guard uncorked 10 points, while perfectly partnering with Richard Escoto for the title-clinching bucket with 2:06 remaining as the Tamaraws ruled the men’s tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Escoto had five markers, Ken Tuffin got four points, while Michael John Casiño got a pair for FEU.Alvin Pasaol put the Red Warriors on his shoulders with 10 points in a losing effort.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkComboy’s hot streak wasn’t only prevalent in the finals as he was also pivotal in the Tamaraws’ 15-12 win over La Salle in the Final Four.The Red Warriors, on the other hand, rode Pasaol to clinch its ticket to the finals with a 19-16 thriller over National University. UE upsets Adamson for 1st win Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Meanwhile, NU displayed their dominance in the halfcourt, topping Adamson, 15-6, to reign in the women’s division.Ria Nabalan carried the Lady Bulldogs with seven points, while Afril Bernardino got four markers.Jack Animam added three points, while Annick Tiky had one in the victory.The Lady Falcons went to Nathalia Prado, who had three markers in the runner-up finish.NU eviscerated Ateneo, 10-5 in its Final Four date, while Adamson downed UST, 15-8 to set up the titular clash.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Money talks: UFC reaches ESPN with first fight of $1.5B deal

first_imgView comments Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Overweight Jhack Tepora replaced, stripped of interim featherweight title ESPN has brushed off the low ratings, convinced it can offer the cross-platform exposure UFC needs to widen its fanbase. “SportsCenter.” Studio shows. Podcasts. Fights on linear TV and streaming services. Documentaries. On-demand content. UFC, which has also aired on Spike, should feel right at home in the ESPN lineup as network bedrocks such as the NFL, the NBA and baseball.“The programming that they’re going to build around the fights and the amount of money that they’re spending on advertising just shows the overall power of ESPN,” White said.ESPN kicked off the deal with a night full of classic fights and it peppered college football’s national championship game with spots for UFC’s arrival and the Brooklyn fights. It also ran a three-hour version of “Ariel Helwani’s MMA show” on ESPN2 on New Year’s Eve, ringing in 2019 with the reporter giving 2018 awards and talking with fighters, including Cejudo and Dillashaw.“The entire company has really rallied behind this and has started to better understand the potential value here to us,” said Glenn Jacobs, ESPN vice president, UFC and Boxing. “We’re going to cover the sport the way we cover every sport, hopefully. We don’t want the UFC to be looked down or thought about any differently internally than we think about (other sports).”The contract comes with some risks. UFC will no longer have a free TV home and its most loyal fans are now expected to stretch their fight dollar each month to pay for a cable bill, ESPN-plus ($4.99), UFC Fight Pass ($7.99 to $9.99) and PPV (often $64.99 per fight) to access all content.ESPN is available in 86.8 million homes and ESPN-plus has hit 1 million subscribers; Fox was available in 119.9 million homes, FS1 in 83 million and FS2 in 57.5 million.“You get more bang for your buck right now,” White said. “Everybody has ESPN. We’re bringing all these great fights to ESPN linear that you get for free. And then it’s $5 for ESPN-plus. That’s affordable for everybody.”ESPN’s parent company, Walt Disney Co., is set to start its own Netflix-type streaming service this year that could open more doors for UFC. Imagine a day when Ariel (The Little Mermaid) throws it over to Ariel (Helwani) before a podcast.But will fight fans flock to their devices for fight nights running almost every weekend?“It’s similar to what happened with NASCAR. NASCAR took a lot of money from the cable companies to put their events on the cable channels to help grow the channels. What happened is, NASCAR ended up losing its audience,” said Neal Pilson, the former president of CBS Sports who now runs his own sports television consulting company. “But I think the biggest risk is from ESPN putting up a lot of money to try and jump-start and grow its subscriber service. That to me is more of a risk element than anything from UFC.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title White said the time was right to shift to ESPN-plus and that streaming for Endeavor-owned UFC was “absolutely the future.”“Certainly the world wants to see if subscriber TV is going to work,” Pilson said. “ESPN is chasing the younger audience. Everyone else is. But are they going to get that audience to stay with UFC on a streaming basis and watch it on your phone for hours at a time? Wow, I don’t know.”Grab the phone or iPad, UFC will also unveil new championship belts Saturday to mark the new era. But so much else will look familiar. Jon Anik remains the play-by-play announcer and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is the color commentator. Karyn Bryant will host and Megan Olivi reports backstage. Rashad Evans and Michael Bisping will also contribute from the on-site desk team.“Any time we’re on ESPN, we’re looking to deliver the biggest and the best up-and-coming fighters,” White said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img FILE – In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, Dana White, president of the UFC, speaks at a news conference after the UFC 229 mixed martial arts event in Las Vegas. ESPN will raise the curtain on the octagon Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, and air the first card of a $1.5 billion, five-year deal that will plaster UFC all over the sports network’s various platforms. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)NEW YORK — Years before UFC was worth billions, Dana White used to plead his case with ESPN for air time.This was no negotiation for a big-money rights package — the UFC president simply wanted highlights on “SportsCenter.”ADVERTISEMENT BCDA: P13-B deal with Malaysia firm for New Clark City project aboveboard PLAY LIST 03:51BCDA: P13-B deal with Malaysia firm for New Clark City project aboveboard00:50Trending Articles01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “I was out there all the time,” White said of his trips to ESPN’s Connecticut headquarters. “For most of the time, the last 18 years, I was battling just to get coverage. We used to fight just to try and get covered by them.”Call off the fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsUFC and ESPN have launched a partnership that would have seemed inconceivable even a decade ago, until stars like Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor, Anderson Silva and Brock Lesnar helped shake the mixed martial arts promotion from a fringe sport even banned in some states to a firm, mainstream player.White will get his highlights — and so much more. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ESPN will raise the curtain on the octagon Saturday and air the first card of a $1.5 billion, five-year deal that will plaster UFC all over the sports network’s various platforms.“It’s our time now on ESPN,” White said. “We want to kill it this weekend.”The UFC card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, will air on both ESPN and ESPN-plus and features a pay-per-view worthy main event: Henry Cejudo defends the 125-pound title and the fate of the flyweight division against T.J. Dillashaw, the current bantamweight champ looking to add a second belt. UFC’s career wins leader Donald Cerrone, crossover star Paige VanZant, and troubled former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy all fight on the debut show.“I would love to see my face all over ESPN,” VanZant said.UFC has opened a TV deal with a bang before: its first network prime-time appearance on Fox in 2011 earned 5.7 million viewers. UFC has soared on PPV over the last seven years — McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov in October had nearly 2.4 million buys — while TV ratings dipped on free TV. The final UFC on Fox show in December dropped 13 percent from 2017 and netted only 1.8 million viewers.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

‘Bad Pitch’ Pauses President’s Cup Tourney

first_imgThe on-going President’s Cup which brought 20 teams from the 1st, 2nd and female divisions was suspended on Saturday, May 16 owing to complains about the poor condition of the Blue Field.The clubs complaint to the Liberia Football Association on Friday, May 15, said the venue of the game, BYC home ground, dubbed the Blue Field, isn’t only injurious to their players but also cost demanding as it relates to destroying teams’ materials.The letter, under the signature of three clubs, indicated that their observation dated from the just ended Coca-Cola Big 8 Tournament in which some of their players are still undergoing treatment, while players’ boots have been torn.The Secretary General of the LFA, B. Alphonso Armah in a telephone interview yesterday said a committee; headed by Technical Director Henry Brown has been set-up to investigate the complaint for further action.In the opener, Keitrace FC whipped Aries FC 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 pulsating draw.In the second derby, Darling Club, IE defeated Mighty Barrolle 2-0.Meanwhile, statistics indicated that 13 players sustained injuries during the Coca-Cola Tournament from bad condition of the Blue Field. Three other players also sustained injuries from the two games on Friday.An LFA engineer told the Daily Observer that the bad condition of the Blue Field is because the groundwork under the artificial turf is concrete, instead of sand.However, if the LFA rules against the Blue Field, there would be no LFA sanctioned games there.The Blue Field and the Antoinette Tubman Stadium are two artificial turfs in Monrovia.The third artificial turf is the Kakata Sports Stadium in Margibi County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Action Sports Pro Tour has new look

first_imgAthletes who do the Dew will be doing it in different cities and under a new name this season. The five-event ASPT Dew Tour tour will make stops at two new cities, and possibly a third. Cleveland and Salt Lake City will be new stops, and the season-opening Panasonic Open on June 21-24 will be held in either Louisville, Ky. or Baltimore, a Dew Tour official said on Monday. Louisville has been the site of the the previous openers. “We’re working out the logistics,” Tour spokeswoman Nicole Nanduso said of finalizing the series opener site. The Action Sports Pro Tour, owned and operated by NBC Universal and Live Nation, also will serve as the umbrella organization for the Dew Tour. The ASPT operates the pro Dew Tour and the amateur Free Flow Tour, which makes two stops in Southern California. Cleveland and Salt Lake City have replaced Denver and San Jose. Cleveland will hold the Right Guard Open July 19-23 in place of Denver, and Salt Lake City will hold the Toyota Challenge on Sept. 20-23, replacing San Jose. Portland’s Vans Open will be Aug. 16-19 and the PlayStation Open will be Oct. 18-21 in Orlando. “Not unlike NASCAR or the PGA Tour, we want the ASPT to be seen as the gold standard in competitive action sports,” ASPT general manager Wade Martin said of the name change. “The new ASPT mark and logo provide our property with a consistent messaging and the opportunity to expand under one umbrella. The 2006 Dew Cup winners were Nate Adams (Freestyle Motocross), Jamie Bestwick (BMX Vert), Anthony Napolitan (BMX Dirt), Daniel Dhers (BMX Park), Bucky Lasek (Skateboard Vert) and Ryan Sheckler (Skateboard Park). Women’s surfing has been added to the 2007 X Games, while BMX dirt has been eliminated. center_img Like the men’s surfing competition, the National Surf League’s The Game again will be the focus of the event, with competition scheduled for July 5-8 at Puerto Escondido in Mexico. BMX dirt has been a part of all 12 previous X Games. Cory Bohan won his third consecutive gold medal at last year’s event at Staples Center, where he edged Ryan Nyquist. The rest of the X Games 13 schedule will take place at the Home Depot Center in Carson and the Staples Center on Aug. 3-5. Tickets for X Games 13 will be available for purchase June 14 at all Ticketmaster locations and the box offices at Staples Center and Home Depot Center. Shaun White will be seeking another national title when he competes in the 25th annual U.S. Open Snowboarding championships on March 12-18 at Stratton Mountain, Vt. Santa Barbara’s Bobby Martinez has been named 2006 Association of Surfing Professionals Rookie of the Year. Martinez scored victories at Teahupoo, Tahiti and Mundaka, Spain, a feat previously accomplished by only eight-time world champion Kelly Slater. Martinez finished fifth in the series. “I’m just really excited to get back in the water and use the experience from my rookie year to move forward and focus on this year’s tour,” he said. “My goal is to go out there and try to win every heat, and every contest I can.” keith.lair@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2272 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Jet crashes in Africa; wreckage sought

first_imgYAOUNDE, Cameroon – A Kenya Airways jet that took off during a midnight storm crashed early Saturday with 114 on board after sending out a distress signal over remote southern Cameroon, officials said. Nearby villagers reported hearing an explosion and seeing a flash of fire. The jet bound for the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, went down near the town of Lolodorf, about 90 miles southeast of the coastal city of Douala, where it had taken off after midnight, said Alex Bayeck, a regional communications officer. There was no word on survivors, Bayeck said by telephone en route to the crash site. He said search planes were flying over the forested area where the airliner gave off a distress signal but no wreckage has been spotted. Residents in the area, which has few roads and is dotted by small villages, reported hearing a “large boom” during the night, and some described a flash of fire that looked markedly different from lightning, Bayeck said. The Boeing 737-800 was carrying 114 people, including 105 passengers from at least 23 countries, Kenyan airline officials said. A Nairobi-based Associated Press correspondent, Anthony Mitchell, was believed to be among them.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In Lolodorf, close to a dozen ambulances stood ready and a handful of family members of passengers gathered in the city center. Some said they had traveled as far as 250 miles that day. “I don’t know what to do. I’m just terribly confused. My younger sister boarded this plane that is supposed to have crashed. I hope we can still find her alive,” said Innocent Bonu, a lawyer from the southwestern town of Buea. Jean Francois Villong, a local official who is coordinating the rescue effort, said the air search stopped with nightfall because helicopters could not operate effectively in the dark, but the ground search was continuing. “It is very difficult because this area is very mountainous and heavily forested. And we suspect the plane may have fallen into a valley,” Villong said. Much of Friday’s searching was done by volunteers from local villages, Villong added. last_img read more

Spector’s driver questioned over incriminating statement

first_img“With regards to the defendant stepping out on the porch and saying, `I think I killed somebody,’ is that clear in your mind?” Jackson said. “Oh, yes,” De Souza responded. Jackson stood about seven feet from where De Souza was sitting on the stand, showing jurors how far De Souza was standing from Spector when Spector allegedly made the self-incriminating statement. Defense attorney Bradley Brunon also described what could be perceived as benefits offered by the prosecution in return for De Souza being its witness. He showed a letter dated Dec. 22, 2003, from the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office to U.S. immigration officials, asking them to defer De Souza’s deportation. De Souza was apparently in violation of the terms of his visa. The letter stated De Souza was a “material witness” for the Spector case and also asked that his mother and sister be allowed into the United States, a request De Souza admitted that he made through his attorney to the DA’s office. “Did you feel grateful for that?” Brunon asked about the advantages the prosecution provided De Souza. “No,” he replied. “Did you appreciate that?” Brunon said. “Yes, I appreciated it,” De Souza replied. “Don’t you think that’s a favor?” Brunon asked. “No,” De Souza said, noting his mother was never able to come to the United States. On Monday De Souza also denied accusations he was motivated by the prosecution to alter statements from the time he was interviewed by police shortly after the death to his testimony last week in court. Last week, De Souza indicated Spector sounded and appeared drunk on the the night of Clark’s death. But when asked by police after the shooting, his replies indicated he did not see evidence that Spector was intoxicated. “Was that motivated by a desire to help the prosecution?” Brunon said. “No, sir,” De Souza replied. “I’m here because it’s the right thing to do.” “But you’ll accept whatever help you can get while doing the right thing?” Brunon countered. “No,” De Souza replied. At the end of the afternoon session, the prosecution began to play a 90-minute videotape of L.A. County sheriff’s detectives interviewing De Souza at 9:45 a.m. Feb. 3, 2003. In the interview, De Souza was repeatedly asked by detectives what words Spector said when he emerged from his home that morning. He quoted Spector as saying, “I think I killed somebody,” several times throughout the session, although he once quoted Spector as saying, “I think I shot somebody.” Testimony will continue at 9:30 a.m. today. molly.okeon@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – The substitute driver for record producer Phil Spector held steadfast under cross-examination Monday, claiming he was certain he heard Spector say the words: “I think I killed somebody,” after he emerged from a door of Spector’s Alhambra mansion with a gun in his hand around 5 a.m. Feb. 3, 2003. But Adriano De Souza, a Brazilian who was in the United States on a student visa at the time of the alleged murder, also admitted he told police hours after the shooting of actress Lana Clarkson, 40, that he wasn’t sure exactly what words Spector had used. De Souza, who acted as chauffeur for Spector when his regular driver was unavailable, had been in the United States, studying English for four years at the time of the incident. Defense attorneys have contended he did not have a clear grasp of the English language. Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson worked to clear up any confusion about whether De Souza is now sure of what he heard Spector say that morning. last_img

Cheney in cross hairs

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – Vice President Dick Cheney apparently broke the No. 1 rule of hunting: Be sure of what you’re shooting at. He also violated Texas game law by failing to buy a required hunting stamp. Cheney wounded fellow hunter Harry Whittington in the face, neck and chest Saturday, apparently because he didn’t see Whittington approaching as he fired on a covey of quail in Texas. Hunting safety experts interviewed Monday agreed it would have been a good idea for Whittington to announce himself _ something he apparently didn’t do, according to a witness. But they stressed that the shooter is responsible for knowing his surroundings and avoiding hitting other people. “We always stress to anybody that before you make any kind of a shot, it’s incumbent upon the shooter to assess the situation and make sure it’s a safe shot,” said Mark Birkhauser, president-elect of the International Hunter Education Association and hunter education coordinator in New Mexico. “Once you squeeze that trigger, you can’t bring that shot back.” The Parks and Wildlife Department said Cheney and Whittington will be given warning citations for violating game law by not having an upland game bird stamp, a requirement that went into effect in September. Cheney had the required $125 nonresident hunting license, the vice president’s office said Monday night in a statement, and he has sent a $7 check to the state to cover the cost of the stamp. Cheney, an experienced hunter, has not commented publicly about the accident. He avoided reporters by leaving an Oval Office meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan before the press was escorted in. President Bush was told about Cheney’s involvement in the accident shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday – about an hour after it occurred – but the White House did not disclose the accident until Sunday afternoon, and then only in response to press questions. Press secretary Scott McClellan said he did not know until Sunday morning that Cheney had shot someone. Facing a press corps upset that news had been withheld, McClellan said, “I think you can always look back at these issues and look at how to do a better job.” Katharine Armstrong, the owner of the ranch where the shooting occurred, said she told Cheney on Sunday morning that she was going to inform the local paper, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. She said he agreed, and the newspaper reported it on its Web site Sunday afternoon. Secret Service spokesman Eric Zahren said that about an hour after Cheney shot Whittington, the head of the Secret Service’s local office called the Kenedy County sheriff to report the accident. “They made arrangements at the sheriff’s request to have deputies come out and interview the vice president the following morning at 8 a.m. and that indeed did happen,” Zahren said. At least one deputy showed up at the ranch’s front gate later in the evening and asked to speak to Cheney but was turned away by the Secret Service, Zahren said. There was some miscommunication that arrangements had already been made to interview the vice president, he said. Gilbert San Miguel, chief deputy sheriff for Kenedy County, said the report had not been completed Monday and that it was being handled as a hunting accident, although he would not comment about what that meant they were investigating. He said his department’s investigation had found that alcohol was not a factor in the shooting, but he would not elaborate about how that had been determined. The Texas Parks and Wildlife hunting accident report also said neither Cheney nor Whittington appeared to be under the influence of intoxicants or drugs. The National Rifle Association, a close ally of the White House, would not comment on who was to blame in the accident. Whittington, a prominent Republican attorney in the Texas capital of Austin, was in stable condition at Christus Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Memorial and was moved from intensive care to a “step-down unit” Monday. Doctors decided to leave several birdshot pellets lodged in his skin rather than try to remove them. Armstrong said the accident occurred as Whittington was retrieving a bird he had shot in the tall grasses on her property. Cheney and another hunter, Pamela Willeford, the U.S. ambassador to Switzerland, moved on to another covey of quail – Armstrong estimated it was roughly 100-150 yards away – and Cheney fired on a bird just as Whittington rejoined them. She said Whittington was in tall grass and thick brush about 30 yards away, which made it difficult for Cheney to see him, although both men were wearing bright-orange safety vests. “Typically when you are coming back to a line, you would say, ‘I’m coming up,’ or whatever,” Armstrong told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “It was completely unbeknownst to the vice president or the other shooter that Mr. Whittington was coming back up.” Duane Harvey, president of the Wisconsin Hunter Education Instructors Association, said if Whittington had made his presence known “that would have been a polite thing to do.” But, he added, “it’s still the fault upon the shooter to identify his target and what is beyond it.” Despite all the safety tips and training, hunting accidents are an unfortunate part of the sport. In Texas, there were 30 accidents and two hunting deaths last year, according to the state Parks and Wildlife Department. National figures kept by the International Hunter Education Association show 744 shooting accidents, with 74 deaths, in 2002, the last year for which figures were available. Twenty-six accidents involving quail hunting were reported. The association estimates there are 15.7 million hunters who will spend about 250 million days hunting in the United States this year. Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal, a Democrat, said the accident wouldn’t keep him from going on a bipartisan hunt with Cheney. “I would be proud to hunt with the vice president – cautious, but proud,” he told reporters. Associated Press writers Elizabeth White in Washington, T.A. Badger in Sarita, Texas, Jim Vertuno in Austin, Lynn Brezosky in Corpus Christi and Dan Lewerenz in Cheyenne, Wyo., contributed to this report. 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PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS BEING FAILED AGAIN – DCCC

first_imgAvril McMonagleThe Donegal County Childcare Census 2015 has revealed a shocking trend regarding children with special education needs across County Donegal. Out of over 170 children with special needs participating in the free pre-school year, Donegal childcare providers have reported that 63% are unsupported by any form of grant assistance or specialist support.The ratio of males to females is double and proportionally, the highest concentration of children not receiving specialist supports is in Glenties followed by Letterkenny and then the Inishowen region. Avril McMonagle, Manager of Donegal County Childcare who commissioned the census survey says ‘This means that children are not getting the specialised supports they require to enable their full participation in pre-school and to achieve their full potential. On the most basic level, this can be caused by a service not having the funding to train a member of staff in language support skills or personal handling. For children who require one to one supervision and learning support, the situation can be untenable for not only the child with special needs, but all other children in the service’.Donegal County Childcare have been informed that a report will be available next month from an interdepartmental group set up to address this situation which Government has recognised as ‘unsatisfactory’.However Ms. McMonagle comments ‘yet another report identifying the problem without immediate action will not help children with special needs starting pre-school in Donegal this September. Pre-school providers have been struggling with this issue since the introduction of the free pre-school year in 2010 and five years on – internal political wrangling between departments has resulted in children all over the county being failed year after year’.Currently there are huge deficits in mainstream pre-school provision for children with special needs – there is no specific budget available to train staff to provide specialised supports for children and special educational needs assistants are largely employed through fundraising activates. Ms. Mc Monagle concluded ‘A ringfenced SEN support fund – accessible at local level through the County Childcare Committee needs to be central to budget negotiations from the HSE, Department of Education and Department of Children and Youth Affairs. One Department needs to take lead responsibly in this area and the perpetual, shameful buck passing must end’.PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS BEING FAILED AGAIN – DCCC was last modified: August 24th, 2015 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)last_img read more