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Phoenix pounces on chance to get more experience, trades away no. 4 PBA draft pick

first_imgNo.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES Alas said Mallari and Marcelo, who were both drafted in 2012, already have the experience and have five titles between them.Phoenix still has the 12th pick in the Draft and Alas said the team will still look for a big man or a point guard who’s not afraid to be gritty.CJ Perez, Robert Bolick, and Bobby Ray Parks Jr. are the expected top three selections in this year’s rookie class and the Fuel Masters were one slot away from selecting either of those names.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Paul Lee: BPC award won’t mean anything if Magnolia doesn’t win PBA title MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MANILA, Philippines—Phoenix head coach Louie Alas chose to play it safe in the upcoming PBA season after his club reportedly traded away the fourth pick in the 2018 Draft to acquire a couple of veterans from NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Fuel Masters received combo guard Alex Mallari and power forward Dave Marcelo in exchange for the fourth pick.Alas said Phoenix chose to get who are available instead of waiting for its fortune in the Draft.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We’re looking for a point guard in this year’s Draft but this offer was presented to us so why not?” said Alas in Filipino during the Combine Thursday at Gatorade Hoops Center.“Why wait and eventually miss out on the chance because we don’t know who’ll be selected from one to three.” View commentslast_img read more

Education: The ‘Messy Sector’ In Review

first_imgThe education sector came under the spotlight in 2013 when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, being disappointed with certain officials from the Ministry of Education (MOE), and some school authorities, described the sector-as ‘a mess.’The President made the pronouncement at a retreat on the outskirts of Monrovia organized by the arm of government that manages the education sector.In her remarks the President made specific reference to how official business is being conducted at the Ministry by some of her officials.Following her observation, the President subsequently reshuffled her government; dismissing some of the officials, while some were resituated, particularly the deputies. This exercise affected mainly the MOE.Further emphasizing the President’s description of the sector, all 25,000 applicants for the University of Liberia’s (UL) placement/ entrance examination administered in July, failed the test. Prior to the administration of the test, the UL authority itself blundered in several ways when they failed to go by the schedule earlier set aside for the test.  UL Placement ExamsThe 25,000 candidates who registered for the UL entrance and placement examinations were, on June 22, left hanging around the various designated exam centers because the UL Administration failed to administer the tests. The state-owned flagship institution also failed to feed the candidates with any explanation why the tests wouldn’t be administered as scheduled.The various centers designated by the UL for its entrance exams were inundated with scores of young people aspiring to gain admission. They began gathering in their numbers as early as 7 a.m., but were left to linger until 5 p.m. when the UL administration finally announced an indefinite postponement of the exercise. This nearly plunged the institution into turmoil. Nearly 50 schools across Monrovia were being prepared as test centers for the administration of the exams. The university’s president, Dr. Emmet E. Dennis, did not provide any reason why the exams were canceled until two weeks later.A commotion began around 10:30 a.m. when a group of students who had become disgruntled stormed the Stella Maris Polytechnic campus, near the UL main campus on Capitol Hill, in an effort to disrupt any test being administered there. The brief fracas at Stella Maris foreshadowed things to come for UL vice president for Academic Affairs/Provost, Dr. Wede Elliot-Brownell and the vice president for UL Relations, Dr. S. Momolu Getaweh Sr.In a nation-wide announcement on June 18, 2013, Dr. S. Momolu Getaweh, Sr., of the UL informed all registered candidates for undergraduate admission and placement exams that the exams were officially scheduled for Saturday, June 22.The candidates were advised to be stationed at their respective testing centers not later than 9:30 a.m. on the morning of the test. Most of the candidates who spoke with the Daily Observer, said the failure of the UL to live up to its pronouncement and their unfair treatment by its authority all pointed to the “fact that the Liberian educational system is indeed messy” as described by President Ellen Jo0hnson Sirleaf.The worst situation came  when the UL ‘read the riot Act (issued a strong warning) to those hoping to enter, believing that some members of admission personnel could be counted on to  continue ‘business-as-usual,’ willing to give some an easy way through.Doing what they can to prepare for the school’s entrance exam—if they are serious about making something of themselves—seems to be the new message the UL administration is trying to encourage.The days are over when anyone could ace his or her way into the school, relying on some quid pro quo (something in exchange for another: be it money, a handshake or what have you) went the warning.The administration of the state-run university then announced the mass failure from the 2013 entrance examination should serve as a wakeup call to students who have not seen the proverbial “writing on the wall.”Forget about throwing away your resources: business as usual is now a thing of the past. Paying money to pass the school’s entrance exam will no longer be tolerated, or words to that effect reverberated through the halls.The vice president for Academic Affairs & Provost, Dr. Weade Elliott-Brownell including other members of the administration asserted that paying money to enter the UL has been a custom-with bad consequences on the education system of the country.Admitting to the mass failure in the entrance Dr. Brownell, joined by her colleagues, stressed that the failure signals to stakeholders that high schools around the country are not doing enough to prepare students for university studies, and that the UL is quite pleased to have such results because they were not tampered with this time around.She also indicated that the result serves as a warning to candidates to prepare before coming to sit for the tests, noting with strong emphasis, “No more passing behind the back door to enter the university as our students have been doing over the years.”Other professors stressed that the result of the entrance was sad for the country, “not because the university has performed poorly, but because students are not learning in high schools as expected.”The results indicate that no candidate out rightly earned the scores of 50% in Math and 70% in English, previously set by the Faculty Senate of the university as the passing scores for undergraduate examinations.Similarly, no candidate who sat for the graduate programs, Law School and School of Pharmacy exams earned the score of 70% also set by the senate as a passing score. Interestingly, the UL administration arrived at admitting 1,626 candidates who scored either at least 40% in Math or 50% in English in the undergraduate program, 25 for the College of General Studies (Continuing Education), 93 in the six graduate programs, 37 for the Law School and 24 for the School of Pharmacy for Academic 2013/2014.  UL admitted a lower number of candidates under ‘conditions,’ which included candidates in the undergraduate division taking two transitional courses; one in Math 100 and the other in English 100.  Both courses will be administered for six hours a week without academic credit.Also candidates admitted in this category will be permitted to take an additional three credit hour course, which shall be determined by their respective colleges, with total hours of academic work for the first semester of 2013/2014 not exceeding nine hours a week.They must pass the transitional courses within two semesters if they wish to continue at the UL, and that upon admission, rules governing poor academic performance shall be applied.UL Entrance-July 13 Following the failure on the UL Administration to administer the tests as scheduled, they said it was regrettable to annul the tests and that the sudden postponement of the Saturday, June 22, 2013, Entrance Examinations was primarily due to circumstances beyond its control.As such, the test was administered [only in the Monrovia area] on July 13, 2013.  In the meantime, it then said, the exams administered in the leeward counties would remain valid.Additionally, the entrance exams for the graduate programs and the College of General Studies scheduled for June 29, 2013 remains unchanged (July 22).“It is the policy of the UL to protect the integrity of the exams by printing the materials as close as possible to the exam time,” the UL said in a statement issued in Monrovia.The state-owned university explained that after successfully printing and dispatching test materials to leeward counties, a technical breakdown of IT and reproduction equipment occurred; resulting in difficulty producing adequate test copies of the exam for Central Monrovia and its immediate environs.“In spite of this, the Committee had hoped it could still administer the exam as scheduled.” By this mix-up of policy in the administration of the exam, the entire exercise was placed under scrutiny concerning its authenticity (genuineness, accuracy.)The university was in constant communication with its county supervisors and coordinators, and according to them, the examination was going on smoothly. “The University of Liberia, wishes to sincerely apologize to parents, applicants, and the general public for any inconvenience experienced as a result of Saturday’s unfortunate event. The University is taking steps to prevent the recurrence of this unfortunate incident,” added the statement.Teacher StrikesIn the wake of all of this academic rigmarole, teachers who were supposed to be in the classrooms teaching the basics of education were on many occasions protesting for full employment status, reinstatement, salaries and other benefits. Taking into consideration all these noisy situations in the sector, one would agree that, indeed, the educational system was a mess during the year 2013.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Energy Industry Strikes Back

first_imgHowever, the Herald says Erin Weir, an economist with the United Steelworkers Union in Toronto questioned that statement.He cautioned that a booming oil-and-gas sector in the West creates problems like a high dollar that hurts manufacturing in Central Canada. In addition, he said people are concerned about environmental impacts such as greenhouse gas emissions.He concluded, while the oil and gas industry is an important piece of the puzzle, he believes it’s going too far to say it’s the economic engine of Canada.Advertisement By Dwight FordThe Calgary Hearld says, Alberta’s oil-and-gas industry initiated a board-based publicity campaign yesterday, to raise awareness of the economic benefits of energy and counter what it claims are often misleading and negative perceptions of the sector.The effort will consist of a website, a media campaign and “town hall” style meetings, to promote the role of oil and gas in sectors such as hospitality, retail and construction.- Advertisement -Similar campaigns will be launched in BC and Saskatchewan at a later date.In a speech to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce yesterday, David Collyer, the president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, said the campaign is really about winning at home and creating a different kind of engagement and relationship with the three western producing provinces. He and others also noted the contributions of oil-and-gas to other parts of the country, including Ontario and Quebec, describing the industry as the economic engine of Canada.Advertisementlast_img read more

Guyana offers support to hurricane-hit Bahamas

first_img…PPP urges consistent regional and global support…lauds bravery of Bahamians during storm…GBTI donates $3MAs support pours in from across the world for the Bahamas, the Guyana Government has activated a response mechanism to facilitate assistance and support for the Caribbean island, which was ravaged by Hurricane Dorian over the last few days.The destruction by Dorian – the Category 5 hurricane that made landfall on the Bahamas at about 12:40h with 185 mph winds on SundayThe Category 5 hurricane left widespread and extensive destruction in the Bahamas with many homes, businesses and other buildings completely or partially destroyed. This devastation has triggered a worldwide show of solidarity as countries lend support to the island via various means.Local relief efforts are being led by the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) and according to its Director General, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig, he will be meeting with members of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) today with the view of mobilising and dispatching resources to the hurricane-ravaged island.The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is currently monitoring the effects of Hurricane Dorian. The Rapid Needs Assessment Team (RNAT) located in Bahamas has prepared a pre-impact analysis, in collaboration with the national lead agencies, which is currently being reviewed by the Government of Bahamas through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).According to Craig, the island has identified water pumps, reverse osmosis plant, bladder tanks, generators and hygiene kits as immediate needs. But he noted the most appropriate need at this time is financial support.To this end, the CDC says it has established accounts at various commercial banks in Guyana so that persons can make donations for relief efforts. The accounts’ information will be circulated as soon as they are made available. The monies raised would be used to support response teams deploy, establish and manage shelters and to procure relief supplies.DonationIn addition to setting up an account, the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) has also donated $3 million to the relief efforts.“We see the destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian and we understand the need for the people to get back to their normal lives and it is inherent within us to help,” said GBTI Executive Director Richard Isava.Persons interested in making contributions can use the ‘GBTI Hurricane Relief Fund – Bahamas’ with account number 011802963011.Another account ‘Disaster Relief Fund’ with account number 651-993-8 was established at Republic Bank Limited for persons to make donations to the relief efforts.Meanwhile, the Commission will also be reaching out to Guyanese living in the Bahamas who were impacted to determine what level of support is needed. Craig told Guyana Times on Wednesday that the Foreign Affairs Ministry here was in the process of obtaining the information of Guyanese on the island.Additionally, the CDC is in talks with the Department of Energy (DoE) and other key partners after CDEMA made a request for an Oil and Gas Specialist in refineries to be identified within Member States so they can be deployed to the island as part of the RNAT.The Commission has since updated Minister of State, Dawn Hastings-Williams, on the situation and she has, in turn, briefed Cabinet on Guyana’s preparedness to respond. The Government has committed to tangibly contribute to relief efforts after the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian.Regional and global supportMeanwhile, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has also joined in extending sympathy and support to the Government and people of the Bahamas in this time of devastation.“Guyanese are horrified by the unspeakable destruction of life and property on the Abaco and the Grand Bahama Islands. At the same time, we salute the bravery and selflessness of so many Bahamians to rescue people in their communities under dangerous conditions,” the Party stated.Furthermore, the PPP recognised that the Bahamas will require consistent regional and global support for a long time to come as it reconstructs the once tourist-haven.“Guyana must extend its support to Bahamas as quickly as possible, as it has unflinchingly done in the past for fellow brothers and sisters in the Caribbean who suffered terrible natural disasters”.On Sunday, the Category 5 hurricane made landfall on the Bahamas at approximately 12:40h with 185 mph winds. The following day, it downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane but it still exhibited slow forward movement.The total population expected to be affected on Grand Bahama and Abacos Islands— the two of the worst affected islands within the Bahamas— is estimated at 76,278.Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis has so far confirmed seven deaths, but noted this might increase. He called the storm a historic tragedy.“This was a crisis of epic proportions,” he told reporters on Tuesday evening.last_img read more

Kings’ captain shipped

first_imgThe Norstrom deal took several days. Lombardi began talking to teams about Norstrom during last week’s GM meetings and, out of respect, told Norstrom that a deal might be in the works. Lombardi had a tentative deal in place Monday night and finalized it about a half hour before the noon deadline. “We weren’t going to just move him for anything,” Lombardi said. “Sometimes you just see guys getting moved for a bag of baseballs, but that wasn’t the case here. … We needed to get that (first-round) pick.” But Lombardi’s late moves put a dent in the Kings’ defense, one that will need to be addressed this summer. In dealing Norstrom and Brent Sopel (on Monday), Lombardi sent away two of the Kings’ top five defensemen, and another, Aaron Miller, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Modry, 36, scored a career-high 13goals in 2002-03 during his first stint with the Kings, which lasted seven-plus seasons. But Modry has just one goal and nine assists in 57games this season. Add to that Rob Blake is 37, and the Kings have defensive issues. Highly touted prospect Jack Johnson will step into the lineup if he leaves college early, but more help will be needed. Beyond that, there are leadership issues. Norstrom, acquired from the New York Rangers in March 1996, was by far the longest-tenured King and played 780games, the most among any defenseman in Kings history. He took over as team captain during the 2001-02 season when Blake was traded to Colorado. “Even though I’ve only been here for a short time, I had so much respect for the guy,” Lombardi said of Norstrom. “Sometimes you admire a guy from afar and he doesn’t turn out to be quite the same guy you thought he was. Matty was every bit and more of what I perceived him to be.” It is believed Blake will take over Norstrom’s team-captain responsibilities, but regardless, the Kings will have a much different look when they face the Ducks on Thursday. Heward, 35, is a veteran of 362 career NHL games and has 16 points in 52games this season. Fransson, Dallas’ second-round pick in 2004, has spent this season in the Swedish Elite League. Pushkarev, 22, played 22games with the Kings this season but did not make an impact. rich.hammond@dailynews.com (818) 713-3611160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Kings also acquired veteran defenseman Jamie Heward from Washington for a 2008 fifth-round pick and traded forward Jason Ward to Tampa Bay for a 2007 fifth-round pick. When the dust settled, the Kings were left without Norstrom, their captain since 2001-02, a rock-steady presence on the ice and in the dressing room but also a defenseman with a burdensome contract. Norstrom, 35, is due $4.25million next season as part of the two-year extension he signed last March. By trading Norstrom, Lombardi accomplished his two primary goals: He cleared roster space – Modry will be a free agent this summer – and stockpiled more draft picks. With the Kings long since out of the playoff race, Lombardi has focused on the future. In the past four weeks he has traded Craig Conroy, Sean Avery, Brent Sopel and Norstrom. Since his hiring last April, Lombardi has made a net gain of five draft picks in 2007 and 2008. The Kings have committed roughly $22.5 million to 11 players for next season, giving them significant cap room. At the end of a long day, Kings general manager Dean Lombardi found himself with a heavy heart, a depleted roster and a team without a captain – and also with major optimism for the future. The Kings made three deals in the waning moments before Tuesday afternoon’s trade deadline, the most notable of which sent defenseman and team captain Mattias Norstrom to the Dallas Stars. In the centerpiece deal of a busy day, the Kings sent Norstrom, winger Konstantin Pushkarev and 2007 third- and fourth- round draft picks to Dallas for defenseman Jaroslav Modry, a first-round pick in 2008, second- and third-round picks in 2007 and the rights to defenseman Johan Fransson. “This is my hardest day, other than the day I was fired (by San Jose),” Lombardi said. “Emotionally it rips your heart out, but this was something I thought we needed to do.” last_img read more

Datebook

first_img 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. TUESDAY: The Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council will hold a board meeting, 6:30 p.m. at the Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center assembly room, 10631 Vinedale St., Sun Valley. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will discuss transportation, health care, the jail system and environmental challenges facing Los Angeles County, 7:30 p.m. at the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association meeting at the Sunkist Building, 14130 Riverside Drive. Social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. Daylong Valentine’s Day celebration for seniors, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Sparr Heights Community Center, 1613 Glencoe Way, Burbank. (818) 548-2188. Tiny Tuesday story for infants to 3 years, 11 a.m.-noon, Storyopolis, 12348 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. (818) 509-6500. “Love, Gershwin Style,” 8 p.m., College of the Canyons Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets $25-$50. (661) 362-5304. last_img read more

FAIRYTALE WEEK FOR CARL AS LETTERMACAWARD MAN CALLED INTO IRELAND SQUAD

first_imgDONEGAL’S Carl McHugh has capped an incredible week in his football career after being called into the Ireland U-21 squad.The Lettermacaward man was making all the headlines this week as he helped Bradford City knock Aston Villa out of the League Cup – booking a place at Wembey against Swansea next month.Carl celebrated the game by wearing the Donegal GAA flag at Villa Park. He has now been given a call up to Noel King’s U21 Ireland squad.“I was at Bradford’s cup ties against Wigan and Villa and Carl was excellent in both. He’s a fiercely competitive defender,” said King, the former Derry City boss and player.Kick-off at Tallaght Stadium is at 1pm on Wednesday, 6 February, with free entry for those who have bought tickets to the senior friendly against Poland in the Aviva Stadium later that evening.Ireland U21 squad (for friendly v Netherlands) Aaron McCarey (Wolves), Sean McDermott (Sandnes Ulf), Shane Duffy (Everton), Sean McGinty (Manchester United), Anthony O’Connor (on loan at Burton Albion), Derrick Williams (Aston Villa), Mark O’Brien (Derby County), Matt Doherty (Wolves), Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen), Carl McHugh (Bradford City), Cian Bolger (Leicester City), Callum Reilly (Birmingham City), John O’Sullivan (Blackburn Rovers), Kane Ferdinand (Peterborough United), Samir Carruthers (Aston Villa), Frankie Sutherland (on loan at Portsmouth), Chris Forrester (St Patrick’s Athletic), Anthony Forde (Wolves), Sean Murray (Watford), Aiden O’Brien (Millwall), Connor Smith (Watford). FAIRYTALE WEEK FOR CARL AS LETTERMACAWARD MAN CALLED INTO IRELAND SQUAD was last modified: January 26th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:FAIRYTALE WEEK FOR CARL AS LETTERMACAWARD MAN CALLED INTO IRELAND SQUADlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: LADIES REGISTRATION FOR FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NEXT THURSDAY

first_imgClub Notes:Ladies Registration: Ladies registration will take place on Thursday 10th March in Tir Chonaill Park at 6:30pm. Club Adult membership: €30.00 + €20.00 development levy for adult members is now due for 2016 season. Payable to senior Register Shirley Doherty 0873140486 or Paul Timoney Treasurer 0872791305 . Note to all senior men registration must be paid before yous go to play as yous are not insured to play or train.Club Lotto: Renew Subscriptions, the club would ask all persons that are members of our lotto to pay annual subscription to sellers of to treasurer Paul Timoney 0872791305. New members are welcome with quarterly and half yearly subscriptions available.Club Notes: Any club managers, mentors or members who wish to have information included in the club notes should email fourmasterspro@gmail.com before Monday at lunchtime to ensure it is included.Follow us via facebook, twitter, club app and www.fourmastersgaa.com GAA NEWS: LADIES REGISTRATION FOR FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NEXT THURSDAY was last modified: March 1st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:four mastersGAASportlast_img read more

Late Ceaser Okhuti strike stuns Express at Wankulukuku

first_imgExpress’ Stephen Luswata shields the ball from onduparaka’s Simba Sibir. Courtesy photo.FOOTBALL–Express FC’s run of two consecutive wins came to an end as Onduparaka defeated the Red Eagles 2-1 at Wankulukuku.Express who had defeated Maroons and URA coming into the fixture where high on confidence but did not have answers to whatever Onduparaka threw at the in the second half.The Caterpillars required a late Ceaser OKhuti stunner to win it and move top of the table for at least 24 hours as Police who are only three points behind them and with a better goal difference can leap frog them with a win away to Mbarara city.Onduparaka took a while to get started with Express dominating proceedings in the first half despite not creating any clear openings.The only chances Onduparaka created in the first half where wasted by Viane Ssekajugo and Gadafi Gadinho as Express continued to assert their dominance on the game.In the second half, Onduparaka took the initiative immediately as Vipers reject Alfred Leku tapped in from close range after the ball was layed off brilliantly by the pacey Ssekajugo with only one minute after the re-start.Express top scorer Daniel Sserunkuma restored purity for the Red Eagles with only 14 minutes to play, expertly converting a Jingo Sula cross past Nicholas Ssebwato in the Onduparaka goal.This was Sserunkuma’s third goal of the season since he rejoined the Red Eagles in the off season.After the reverse fixture ended 1-1, it was thought that even this one would tak the same out come but only for Ceaser Ochuti who had other ideas.The former Express and KCCA striker who started the game on the bench pounced onto indecisive defending by the Express defenders and scored with an over head beauty deep into stoppage time to ensure that the Catapillers grab thier first three points at Wankulukuku and move on top of the league standings.“As a striker, it feels good that i am scoring but if i find the back of the net and my team does not win, it is another issue. Said Express striker Daniel Sserunkuma after the game.“We still have some issues to sort and hopefully we can do this as soon as possible so as we can get back to winning ways in our next game.Onduparaka are now on 13 points for the season, two ahead of both Vipers and Kirinya JSS all having played six games this season. Express remain 1oth on the table.Azam Uganda Premier LeagueExpress 1-2 OnduparakaMutessa II war memorial stadium, WamkulukukuCommentslast_img read more

CCTV takes on ‘monstrous persona’ and leaves accused ‘all at sea’

first_imgCCTV has taken on a ‘monstrous persona’ in the case of a Ballybofey man charged with public order offences.Daniel Merritt (30), of 11 Barnes Court, Ballybofey, is charged with threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour and of being intoxicated in a public place at Chestnut Road, Ballybofey, on January 7, 2017. A witness in the case was out of the county when it was before Letterkenny District Court.The court heard that CCTV in the case had ‘gone missing’.“Gardai seem to be of the view that the system had been changed, but now we’re told that the footage was viewed,” Solicitor for Merritt, Mr Frank Dorrian said.“CCTV has taken on a monstrous persona.“Mr Merritt is now left at see. If we are to proceed and he is convicted, how can he get a fair shake.“There is an obligation to seek out any relevant evidence.“There has been a signal failure or a reluctance on the part of the state to pick up the CCTV. That CCTV will prove his innocence and he knows whats on it.”Mr Dorrian said there were ‘dozens of civilians’ present at the time of the alleged incident and said: “If Gardai felt compromised, there was nothing to stop them from identifying other people who were the source of the complaint.“Mr Merritt says he has been wrongly accused.“The basis of the search was also dubious. Sometime tried to film and a phone was taken from the person on the basis that they weren’t allowed to film. That footage was on YouTube for a while and now we have different reasons that the CCTV is not available.”Footage from the cameras concerned was gone when the technician attempted to download it.There were also differing accounts on when Merritt, through Mr Dorrian’s office, had first sought the CCTV.Merritt was remanded on continuing bail to appear at Letterkenny District Court this Friday, September 15.CCTV takes on ‘monstrous persona’ and leaves accused ‘all at sea’ was last modified: September 16th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Daniel MerrittJudge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more