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  • Graduates Urged to Be Competitive

    first_imgMontserrado County District # 4 Representative aspirant Terrance T. Doe on Sunday called on graduates of the Paynesville Central Academy (PCA) to focus on the priorities in their search for opportunities.Mr. Doe was giving the address at the school’s 22nd graduation ceremony at the Effort Baptist Church, near the Paynesville Town Hall, outside Monrovia. He noted that there are opportunities behind obstacles and therefore they should remain stronger in the future pursuit of their various careers.He told the graduates that they should welcome competition if they want to succeed because “Competition strengthens while challenges weaken an individual’s resolve to succeed.”Doe said competition exposes one’s weaknesses and grants “you the opportunity to move on the same footing with your peers who think as you do and wish to become what you have envisioned for yourself.”‘’The world is a competitive one and so many people, institutions and countries strive daily to advance instead of remaining at the same position.’’He commended the graduates for beginning their academic journey. He also cautioned them to compete for higher education by going to university and working hard to earn degrees.Doe promised an initial contribution of arm chairs, desks and zincs to renovate parts of the school building that need repairs.The valedictorian, Emmerson Taylor, assured the gathering that she and her fellow graduates are prepared to compete and advance their education by seeking opportunities for higher education.‘’Our education is reported to be in a mess but we are confident that we have received sound and credible high school education that we can defend anywhere,’’ Taylor said. The Paynesville Central Academy (PCA) sent 199 students to sit WAEC; 158 were successful.Students who failed WAEC were not part of the graduation program.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Wine bar’s lack of health permit likely means it will stay closed

    first_img“It’s the business operators’ responsibility to do their homework and find out what permits they’re required to obtain,” Coleman said. While the city issued the wine bar a conditional use permit and a business license, those were not meant to be proof that the business could open, said Coleman and Assistant City Manager Ken Duran. “It doesn’t necessarily mean that all requirements have been met,” Duran said. “It’s up to the business owner to meet all of the requirements for their business.” At a recent City Council meeting, residents, business owners and some council members expressed dismay that the wine bar was closed down by the health department. Some blamed the closure on Sid Maksoudian, who is working to open a gourmet liquor store down the street from the wine bar. Maksoudian denied being the first person to call the health department, saying that by the time he contacted health officials, the department had already inspected the wine bar and knew about the missing health permit. “Even if I was the person who blew the whistle, what have I done wrong?” Maksoudian said, pointing out that Daniels was the one breaking the law by failing to have a health permit. He called on the Chamber of Commerce to keep Daniels off their board, for running an illegal business, and sent a letter to the City Council requesting that they revoke the wine bar’s conditional use permit for failing to have a health permit. The issue is on Tuesday’s council agenda. alison.hewitt@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN DIMAS – The popular San Dimas Wine Shop and Tasting Room, which the county health department shut down in March for lacking a health permit, probably won’t reopen, its owner said. The requirements to get the health permit – installing a hand sink and a mop sink, and converting the restroom to separate men’s and women’s rooms, among other things – would likely cost more than the business could bear, owner Heidi Daniels said. She and her father, Jerry, have run the store in downtown San Dimas for about a year and a half. “I don’t want to leave San Dimas. I’m just heartbroken over this,” she said Friday. “We’re getting lots of well-wishers and people telling us not to leave, but even if we spent the money and decided to stay here, we’d be financially ruined.” Daniels and her father are considering reopening the tasting room in a code-compliant building in Glendora, she said. She said she took responsibility for not having a health permit, adding “I had no idea that we needed a health permit” for wine tasting. “It’s difficult for me to understand how the city would allow someone to come in without having them meet health code requirements, but everyone wants to say that it’s just not their jurisdiction,” Daniels said. The store, which held wine tastings, served cheese and crackers, and sold wine and microbrews, was open for almost a year and a half before the health department closed it. The city doesn’t ensure that businesses have all the necessary permits from other agencies, said Dan Coleman, director of development services in the Planning Department. last_img read more

  • Use of force

    first_imgWinnetka What if? Re “Officials promise inquiry into police use of force” (May 3): Perhaps the bottles and rocks hurled at the officers during the protest came from nowhere. Perhaps the 15 or so officers needing medical attention were fakes. Perhaps the protesters should go down to Mexico and assemble and march. Perhaps the already existent legal avenues for attaining citizenship/naturalization should be flushed down the toilet to suit the current illegal immigrants’ agenda. Perhaps the USA does not need immigration reform, just enforcement of current laws that millions of current citizens have endured and abided by. Re “Officials promise inquiry into police use of force” (May 3): Having stood in a number of skirmish lines over a 36-year career in law enforcement, I find it easy to see that the expedient route to getting people to leave has almost always been costly. Force is only justified when overcoming resistance during a lawful arrest. If Los Angeles Police Department officers were not going to arrest the criminal wrongdoers, then they used unnecessary force under color of authority. Nonlethal weapons were designed to disable noncompliant criminals, not to herd nonresistant crowds. When people started to “color outside the lines,” the LAPD officers needed to define the crime/criminals, attempt to make arrests and follow the rules. Instead, they tried to make it go away. It’s more difficult to make mass arrests, but if you are not going to arrest, you better not use force. – John McLean – Bill R. Hector Los Angeles A modest proposal Re “Officials promise inquiry into police use of force” (May 3): I propose the following ordinance for the city of Los Angeles: The police shall not be allowed within one mile of any gathering that has the potential to escalate into a riot. – Ralph Smith Woodland Hills Lessons learned Re “LAPD takes a beating” (May 3): Let’s hope the Los Angeles Police Department will learn a valuable lesson from this public-relations nightmare the LAPD is facing, after beating up journalists and demonstrators at the immigration rally on May 1 at MacArthur Park. In fact we should demand that the police learn the lesson, since as taxpayers we’ll have to pay for the lawsuits that will surely be filed by the injured. All that video – the evidence is irrefutable. The city will have to pay, no doubt. – Salvador Duran Van Nuys LAPD criticism Re “Officials promise inquiry into police use of force” (May 3): Here we go again. Los Angeles Police Department officers are a bunch of dirty rats because they are attempting to enforce the law. Overreacted, huh? Maybe we can learn from the Mexican government authorities how to deal with a protest assembly. As I recall, they just shot students who were protesting. Many of the troublemakers and scofflaws who were present at the so-called “immigrant-rights” rally should not have been in this country. They are here illegally. No wonder L.A. police recruitment is so difficult. Officers are criticized no matter how they react. Oh, Chief Parker, where are you when we need you? – George Gawlik Van Nuys On the line Re “Officials promise inquiry into police use of force” (May 3): What happened to the people in charge? Where were they hiding? Why did they make an excuse to avoid being where they needed to be? The mayor and the police chief were cowards when it came to protecting the marchers, police and the public on May 1, 2007. They were nowhere in sight at the march, but they put the blame on the officers who endured the rocks and bottle-throwing, but let the march continue. Being in harm’s way, they were only following orders from an unknown source (in a helicopter?) when the people in charge, the mayor and the police chief, should have been there on the line. – David Weatherspoon Sylmar Treated badly? Re “Officials promise inquiry into police use of force” (May 3): These illegal immigrants think they are treated badly. They should walk a mile in my Irish ancestors’ shoes when they and their Chinese counterparts were treated like slaves as they built the railroads, which helped to make this country great, and read the old signs stating: “Help wanted; no Irish need apply.” I can’t feel a whole lot of sympathy. – Gary Hannah Glendale Wrong enemy Re “L.A. marches draw 25,000 in appeal to keep families intact” (May 2): Regarding the May 1 march by immigrants demanding that their families be kept intact, I ask, Why don’t they demonstrate in front of the Mexican consulates and the embassy in Washington, D.C., or, better yet, go travel to Mexico City and march there? It’s the Mexican government’s decades of corruption and failure to provide decent working conditions with suitable wages that make it necessary for these immigrants to come to the United States. The Mexican officials are the true enemy of these immigrants, not the United States. – Jason Miranda Levi Northridge What lesson taught? Re “L.A. marches draw 25,000 in appeal to keep families intact” (May 2): Sure, tell the students not to skip classes on May 1, but if they do, transportation to and from the demonstration sites will be provided for them. What a great way to teach them that the laws of this country are to be obeyed and not broken. Let them have teach-ins on their campuses, and after school hours they can demonstrate. – Irving Leemon Northridge Flouting the laws I admit the video coverage at MacArthur park looked bad. But I was wondering how the Mexican police would have handled the situation had thousands of Americans in Mexico illegally taken to the streets flouting the laws and demanding rights. – Bill Verdell Los Angeles Kobe falling short Re “Bryant’s shot could fall short” (Sports, May 1): The column was profoundly insightful and certainly very true. Kobe Bryant was the one who forced Jerry Buss to drop Shaq so that Kobe could run the team. How absurd and laughable that proved to be. Since Shaq has gone and Kobe has run the team, the Lakers have won only four playoff games in three years; whereas during the Shaq-Kobe era, the Lakers won three NBA titles in his eight seasons, and with Shaq under the boards, Kobe just might have been able to score 80 points several times a season. How foolish for Kobe and Buss to give Shaq his walking papers. – Gene Cofsky Tarzana A military coup? In his opinion column today, Thomas Sowell voiced the following random thought: “When I see the worsening degeneracy in our politicians, our media, our educators and our intelligentsia, I can’t help wondering if the day may yet come when the only thing that can save this country is a military coup.” It is a good thing that I believe so strongly in free speech, lest I find his remark dangerously close to treason. – Jim Turner Granada Hills Feinstein Poor Sen. Diane Feinstein. After voting to put exit dates for our troops to leave Iraq, she now wants to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay so that the U.S. will have better standing in the international community. Well, I consider both these actions as aiding and abetting the enemy during a war. – Allan L. Griffith Stevenson Ranch160Want 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

  • Without Bryant, Lakers take the fifth

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson SALT LAKE CITY – Maybe in another couple of years or so, after he has retired to the lake in Montana and left basketball for good, Phil Jackson can appreciate the significance of suffering only two five-game losing streaks in his 15 seasons as an NBA coach. But Jackson was in no mood to reflect Tuesday night at Delta Center. Not after the Lakers collapsed in the fourth quarter and fell 90-80 to the Utah Jazz, losing both games while Kobe Bryant served a suspension for last week’s flagrant foul. It was the Lakers’ fifth consecutive loss and the first time a Jackson-coached team has endured such a skid since March 1994, back when Michael Jordan was playing baseball. “That’s a lot of losses,” Jackson said. “I guess it is amazing, but to me it feels like it’s been a week and a half of losing games. This is not an easy part for our team here. These guys are suffering underneath it too.” The Lakers (15-16) have won just 6 of 18 games the past two seasons without Bryant. They were outrebounded 39-28 Tuesday, fell below .500 for the first time since Dec. 6 and out of the Western Conference’s top eight. “We just multiplied some mistakes in this last week and a half,” Jackson said, “and set ourselves right back to where we were a month ago.” The Lakers had lost their four previous games by a combined 13 points, but couldn’t stay close into the last minutes against the Jazz. They led by eight points in the third and trailed 73-70 as forward Lamar Odom checked back in with 7:35 left in the fourth. It was Odom who took over the game at the end of the first half, scoring 11 points in the second quarter and factoring into six of the Lakers’ last seven baskets before halftime. He appeared on his way to the triple-double he talked about prior to the game. But while the Lakers needed a big game out of Odom, the 6-foot-10 forward only could deliver a big quarter. He tried to post up Utah’s Andrei Kirilenko on his first play after returning in the fourth but had his shot smothered inside. At the other end, Mehmet Okur lost Odom for a layup as the Jazz went ahead 75-70. Odom finished with seven of his team-high 25 points in the fourth quarter but had two baskets in the last 1:30 with the game already decided. “We didn’t play around each other,” Odom said. “We didn’t help each other offensively or defensively.” Kirilenko, meanwhile, blocked four shots and had three steals in the fourth in addition to scoring seven points. The Jazz are 5-0 since Kirilenko returned from a bout with back spasms, and it was easy to see why Tuesday. His final line was astounding: 14 points, nine assists, eight rebounds, seven blocks, six steals and one turnover. The words of former Lakers coach Rudy Tomjanovich, who referred to Kirilenko last season as “Andrei Mutombo,” echoed afterward. “He was playing pingpong out there or volleyball or something,” Jackson said. Jackson was reluctant to fault Odom, who was the only Laker in double figures. Devean George and Smush Parker combined to shoot 5 of 19 and the Lakers failed to stop rookie guard Deron Williams, who finished with 19 points. “We had a mine shift there where guys went to natural instincts rather than playing basketball the way Lakers play basketball,” Jackson said. The one bright spot might have been rookie guard Von Wafer, who hit three shots and finished with nine points in 17 minutes. Wafer did take nine shots, though, and Jackson was not happy when he rushed one in the second half rather than looking inside first. “The second half he didn’t let himself get into the game,” Jackson said. “He just forced his way in the game.” Wafer launched shots early and often and had one mishap as he fumbled away a sure dunk, saying afterward he was “trying to rip the rim off.” The Lakers still have a ways to go to match the dark days of last season, when they lost eight consecutive games in March. But this is losing on an almost unprecedented scale for Jackson, who never has been part of a six-game skid as an NBA coach. His 1995-96 Chicago Bulls team, as a matter of comparison, lost only 10 games all season and never more than two in a row. “You hope you can stem the tide after a couple games that you lose and bounce back,” Jackson said. Ross Siler, (818) 713-3610 ross.siler@dailynews.com 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

  • MAYOR WISHES STUDENTS GOOD LUCK AS HIS TWO DAUGHTERS START LEAVING CERT

    first_imgDonegal Mayor Cllr Frank McBrearty Jnr has wished all students taking their Junior and Leaving certificate exams this year his best wishes and good luck.Mayor Frank McBreartyThe Raphoe politician has revealed he has two daughters sitting the Leaving Cert which starts tomorrow.“Exam time is stressful for all but remember at this point the work has been done and all you can do now is do the best you can. “If you are feeling under pressure or stressed do not hesitate to seek support from parents, family or friends. Take care of yourself by eating and sleeping properly during this exam period and take regular study breaks and exercise.“I have two daughters doing their Leaving certificate and have told them that even though these exams are important, they need to keep things in perspective and remember that they will not define their lives. Once again best wishes and good luck to all,” he said.MAYOR WISHES STUDENTS GOOD LUCK AS HIS TWO DAUGHTERS START LEAVING CERT was last modified: June 4th, 2013 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:examsFrank McBreartyJunior CertLeaving certlucklast_img read more

  • MILFORD GAA CLUB TAKING THE PLUNGE FOR DONEGAL COUNTY TRAINING FUND

    first_imgMilford GAA Club is hosting a unique event for all die-hard Donegal fans this Sunday. Taking place at Rathmullan beach, the ‘Double Dip for Donegal’ invites members of the public to jump into the sea, not once, but twice, to show their support for the county minor and senior teams ahead of their double header at Croke Park the following week.The ‘Double Dip for Donegal’ is open to all ages and participants are more than welcome to wear their Milford or Donegal jerseys. Donation boxes will be placed on the beach and all funds raised are in aid of the Donegal County Training Fund.This is a great chance to show the county minor and senior teams that our parishes are fully behind them.So make sure you make it to Rathmullan Beach on Sunday, 14th September at 6.00pm, (beside the car park, to the left hand side of the pier).You can also keep an eye on the Milford GAA Facebook for further updates. The county is awash with colour and excitement ahead of the All-Ireland SFC final with Kerry at Croke Park.However, it’s not just us living in Donegal that are excited for the match, the large Donegal diaspora that are spread all over the globe are gearing up for the big match on September the 21st.Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure has been inundated with requests for jerseys, t-shirts, hats, flags and scarves by Donegal GAA fans all over the world.In the past two weeks, the store has shipped Donegal products to a range of countries including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany and the United Arab Emirates.Anticipation in the shop has been building all week as Donegal gears up for the All Ireland Final against Kerry in under two weeks’ time. A steady stream of Donegal fans visit the store daily, all determined to be decked out in their county colours for the double clash with Kerry on September 21st.The shop’s Assistant Manager, Martin Sweeney told Donegal Daily, “People are so excited about the Donegal minor and senior teams making it to the All-Ireland Final.“There is also heightened sense of pride among Donegal people living abroad.“From the sales and queries we’ve received, we can imagine Donegal fans from Canada to Canberra will be decked out in their county colours on Sept 21st. “We are delighted to be able to provide an extra link to Donegal people abroad for this exciting occasion.”MILFORD GAA CLUB TAKING THE PLUNGE FOR DONEGAL COUNTY TRAINING FUND was last modified: September 11th, 2014 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:donegalDouble DipGAAJerseys. Michael MurphyMilfordnewsSportlast_img read more

  • PROGRESS CONFIRMED ON NEW STRANORLAR SCHOOL PROJECT

    first_imgAn architectural design team will be appointed for a new school project in Stranorlar in the coming weeks.Senator O’DomhnaillLocal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has received confirmation from the Secretary General at the Department of Education the work will commence by Easter.The Donegal Senator said; “It was extremely disappointing for everyone when the Government dropped the project from the multi-annual School Building Programme 2012-2016, despite the fact that the project reached an advanced stage.” “Notwithstanding this, I have been continuing to pursue the urgent need for a new School and i now welcome the fact that an Architectural Design Team for the project will be appointed by Easter.“This follows a tendering process which commenced on January 13th. Following the appointment of the team I can confirm that the architectural planning process will begin with immediate effect.”A meeting will take place in the Department of Education Offices in Tullamore between representatives from the School Board of Management and Department officials on Monday 10th February next to discuss the design process.The Fianna Fail Senator added “It is important to note that the project is still not included in the five year Programme, but the project will now continue to be progresses to final design stages in anticipation of the possibility of further funds being made available to the Department. “I will be continuing to pursue the need to progress this project to construction at every turn as new enrolments at the School have continued to grow over the last number of years with 57 new pupils enrolling in 2010, 67 in 2011, 74 in 2012 and 68 in 2013. This brings the total number of pupils at the School to 479.“However it’s unacceptable that 33% of the pupils continue to be taught in prefabricated units and in addition to this it is wholly unacceptable that 41% of the children are being taught in classrooms with no running water, shared toiled facilities which date back to the 1950’s.”PROGRESS CONFIRMED ON NEW STRANORLAR SCHOOL PROJECT was last modified: February 6th, 2014 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:new schoolSENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILLStranorlarlast_img read more

  • TRAFFIC CHAOS AFTER LETTERKENNY TOWN CRASH

    first_imgEmergency personnel at the scene of this evening’s crash in Letterkenny.THERE is heavy traffic in Letterkenny this evening after a road traffic collision.The emergency services are at the scene of the incident on De Valera Road in the town.As a result several other routes are now blocked. Gardai have appealed for motorists to be patient.  TRAFFIC CHAOS AFTER LETTERKENNY TOWN CRASH was last modified: March 5th, 2014 by John2Share 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:crashde valera roadlast_img read more

  • TAXI REGULATOR IN CLAMPDOWN

    first_imgTHE possibility of a large number of illegal taxis operating in Letterkenny has been the conclusion of a weekend investigation by the authorities.The Taxi Regulator carried out spot checks on vehicles in the town on Saturday night.It was noted that at midnight on Saturday there were just four taxis available for hire on at the rank on Main Street, while just one taxi was available for hire on the Ramelton Road. It’s understood the checks were part of a pre-planned operation with inspectors reacting after several weeks of intelligence work.We also understand that more spot checks will take place in the run-up to Christmas. TAXI REGULATOR IN CLAMPDOWN was last modified: November 23rd, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalillegal taxisletterkennyTaxi Regulatorlast_img read more

  • Brilliant Farah storms to Olympic gold

    first_imgTwickenham’s Mo Farah stormed to a stunning victory to become the first Briton to win Olympic 10,000m gold.The home favourite triumphed in a time of 27 minutes, 30.42 seconds – four years after failing to qualify for the 5,000m final in Beijing.Farah, 29, was roared home by an ecstatic 80,000 crowd at the Olympic Stadium as he kicked past Ethiopian world record holder Kenenisa Bekele in a sprint finish.“It’s the best moment of my life,” he declared after being greeted on the track by his wife and children.“I have had great support from the crowd. They got so behind me. My legs were getting tired and I could see the crowd and it gave me that boost.“The crowd was getting louder and louder. I have never experienced anything like it. I just want to thank everyone who has supported me.”See also: Legend Cram backs Farah to shine (11 May)Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more