Djakadam confined to ‘walking for a few days’ but Gold Cup dream still alive

first_img Press Association Djakadam will not run again before the Timico Gold Cup after sustaining a cut when falling at Cheltenham on Saturday. Mullins said: “Djakadam had a few stitches put in at the top of his chest and will be just walking for a few days. As long as the stitches hold he will be fine and he did plenty of walking this morning. “The vet had to give him an injection which rules out running again before Cheltenham. “I think I’ve enough time (for Cheltenham) providing the cut doesn’t get infected.” Djakadam’s fall was just one of a number of disappointments for Mullins on the day, with Shaneshill and Up For Review both well beaten at Doncaster. He said: “I was not happy with all the horses at Doncaster and I’d say they picked up a bit of a chill on the ferry. I thought they ran too bad to be true and it was just not their running. “Paul (Townend) said he was flat out all the way on Shaneshill (in the Lightning Novices’ Chase) and he will go up in trip next time. “Morning Run is probably not back to herself yet this season, while Up For Review was beaten too far out. I would not be writing off Cheltenham with him yet.” center_img Willie Mullins’ charge was sent off the 5-6 favourite for the Grade Two event in what was supposed to be his prep run for another tilt at the blue riband in March, where he was second to Coneygree 12 months ago. He was still travelling well when he crashed out at the 10th fence, with the cut requiring stitches. last_img read more

MMA lacrosse named to Academic Squad

first_imgCASTINE — The Maine Maritime Academy women’s lacrosse team has been named to the 2015 Division III Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Academic Squad.To be considered an Academic Squad, programs must have compiled a cumulative GPA or 3.0 or greater. The Mariners are the only North Atlantic Conference team to receive the honor, joining 127 teams from around Division III.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img

Tennis fights off Florida, remains unbeaten

first_imgThe No. 8 men’s tennis team maintained its undefeated season and moved to 3-0 on the year after outlasting No. 20 Florida in a tight match in the Pac-12/SEC Showdown. Big play from the Trojan freshmen secured the match.The Trojans were scheduled to play Georgia on Sunday in their second match, but inclement weather prevailed. The match was canceled and will not be rescheduled.While the sun was still shining on Saturday, the Trojans and the Gators battled at the Los Angeles Tennis Center in Westwood. USC would go on to win the match 4-3.The Men of Troy were able to take the early lead after they won the doubles point. The No. 3 spot on the roster, the team of junior Rob Bellamy and freshman Jake DeVine, powered to an early 6-2 victory.The win was complemented by the unranked team of senior Max de Vroome and freshman Jack Jaede, who upset the No. 40 team in the nation with a score of 7-5. With two of the three matches already in USC’s favor, play was suspended between the No. 1 teams that were still playing.Sophomore Thibault Forget, playing from the No. 6 spot, gave the Trojans a 2-0 advantage in the match with his 6-3, 6-0 win. USC then took a 3-0 lead behind the play of freshman Logan Smith. Smith is ranked No. 69 in the country and beat Florida’s No. 63-ranked Chase Perez-Blanco 6-3, 6-1.From there, USC would lose the next three singles matches, and Florida tied the match 3-3. No. 1 singles player and No. 115 in the nation, de Vroome lost to Florida’s Diego Hidalgo, ranked No. 31 in the country, 4-6, 3-6.No. 41 in the country, junior Nick Crystal, also dropped his match, losing to No. 49 Elliot Orkin 3-6, 4-6.The tying match came when Florida’s Gordon Watson beat Jaede in two close sets, 6-7, 5-7.The Trojans prevailed behind No. 83 DeVine who battled No. 91 Alfredo Perez and won in two tight sets, 7-6 (6), 7-5.The Men of Troy will now turn their attention to next Saturday when they will have a double-header. USC will host Grand Canyon and LMU at Marks Stadium at 10 a.m and 2 p.m. respectively.last_img read more

SU Catholic chaplain says Pearl Washington is getting better

first_imgFormer Syracuse basketball player Dwayne “Pearl” Washington’s condition is improving, Father Linus DeSantis said at a vigil held for Washington at Hendricks Chapel Thursday.“We were just informed, actually this morning … he’s progressing,” DeSantis said. “He’s getting better. That’s a fact. That’s not heresy.”Washington was reportedly diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and surgery was unsuccessful in fully removing the mass. This is not his first brain tumor — Washington was also reportedly diagnosed with a brain tumor 20 years ago, but it was benign.The vigil Thursday was held at the request of a student, Maggie Byrne, a Syracuse campus minister announced at the vigil, and a bigger vigil is planned for later this year. A picture of Washington wearing his No. 31 Boys and Girls (New York) High School jersey was placed between two lit candles at the ceremony.He played at SU for three seasons, starting in 1983. Washington is most remembered for his half-court shot against Boston College in 1984, when he won the game at the buzzer. The highlight is still played before SU basketball games in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on September 10, 2015 at 2:49 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonati Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Prez. Sirleaf Bemoans MOJ’s Prosecutorial Capacity

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday, January 28, admitted that the prosecutorial ability of her government currently lacks sufficient strength to provide an effective and efficient justice system. “The prosecutorial capacity of the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) remains weak, although greatly enhanced by the appointment of a new Solicitor General,” President Sirleaf admitted when she delivered her annual message before the joint session of the 53rd Legislature.She was swift to remind her audience that the MOJ has made progress in the prosecution of gender-based violence, bank fraud, murder, armed robbery and corruption cases.According to her, a total of 172 cases were tried throughout the country, with the government winning guilty verdicts in 144 of them.To buttress the MOJ’s capacity, she said, her government with assistance from the United Nations Peacekeeping Department managed to establish a regional justice and security hub.The hub, she noted, helped to decentralize and strengthen the Criminal Justice System. The first hub, established in Gbarnga to serve Bong, Lofa and Nimba, was inaugurated in February 2013, and is currently at 95 percent completion.She said the hub facilitated successful management of disruptions in the three counties in that region over the past year.“The new Circuit Courthouses will open within a month,” she said adding, “They will be buttressed by construction of three Magisterial Courts in each of the other two hub counties.”“It would further strengthen and make the justice system more accessible to our citizens in the leeward counties,” the President explained.According to President Sirleaf, the inclusion of immigration services, starting in the Gbarnga hub region, would pre-empt the need to travel to Monrovia to regularize immigration status..Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CSO Asks Legislature to Reject President Sirleaf’s Request

first_imgHon. J. Alex TylerSpeaker of the House of RepresentativesCapitol BuildingCapitol Hill, MonroviaDear Speaker Tyler:The Civil Society in Liberia writes to express its deepest concerns of a letter addressed to the Legislature from the President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf seeking extra-constitutional powers to respond to the ebola outbreak in Liberia.We are of the opinion that no one has the power or authority to suspend Article 1 of the Liberian Constitution regardless of the circumstances. When the framers of the Constitution fashioned Article 1 in the way they framed it, they were making clear that Constitutional power lies only in the people of the country:“All power is inherent in the people. All free governments are instituted by their authority and for their benefit and they have the right to alter and reform the same when their safety and happiness so require.”We fear that a move like this has the propensity to set a dangerous precedence for future governance of the country as unscrupulous persons can easily abuse it and plunge the country into chaos. Even now, there is a possibility of such a power being abused by the president.In regards to Article 12, Civil Society argues that The President does not need extra powers over this provision of the Constitution, and we are quite sure that Liberians do not have to be made slaves in order to end the scourge of the Ebola Virus Disease in the country.While we accept the necessity of restricting the movement of people in and out of the country on legitimate public health grounds, the power to do this should rest with the courts and not solely in the hands of the President. As before, concentrating such a power in the hands of one person can lead to the wanton abuse of the rights of the people of this country.Honorable Speaker, Article 14 is one of the bedrocks of our democracy and system of government. The Constitution has already indicated at this article how religious freedoms can be curtailed and the process through which it may be done. There is nowhere in this provision or anywhere else in the Constitution that any one individual is given the right to place restrictions on religion. That power is the sole preserve of the Liberian Legislature and the article clearly says that, “All persons shall be entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion and no person shall be hindered in the enjoyment thereof except as may be required by law to protect public safety, order, health. or morals or in the fundamental rights and freedoms of others.”On the President’s request to continue exercising powers restricting Article 15 rights, it is once more our considered opinion that such powers are best exercised through the Judiciary or the Legislature. There are already statutes which stop people from exercising this right irresponsibly. Even the Constitution provides safeguards. We agree that no one should be allowed to cause a state of panic in the country regardless of the reason. What we do not agree with is the power to restrict Article 15 rights should be left to one person’s discretion.As regards Article 17, it is well understood that public assemblies of large groups may not be a wise thing to do in the current health crisis especially as it relates to a disease like Ebola which spreads through close bodily contact. In spite of that fact, we still do not think that the power to restrict this right should be held by any one person. The government already exercises the people to stop people from demonstrating on grounds of a statute. The restriction on this right may continue to be enjoined in this manner.Mr. Speaker, we think it is an absolute violation of the Constitution to allow the President the right to continue exercising the powers she has requested you to endorse under Article 24. The Constitution, at this article, has already given the government the right to expropriate private property in a situation like this. What the Constitution has clearly not allowed is for such expropriation to be done without just compensation as the President has asked. The Constitution also does not give the President the power to remove the right of any such property owner except through a recourse to the courts.Finally Mr. Speaker and Honorable Members of the House of Representatives, the Emergency Powers provisions of the Constitution have been misconstrued in many corners of this country. Clearly Article 86b states that “A state of emergency may be declared only where there is a threat or outbreak of war or where there is civil unrest affecting the existence, security or wellbeing of the Republic amounting to a clear and present danger.” While the EVD presents a danger to Liberia, it does not meet the critical legal test (threat or outbreak of war or…civil unrest) to serve as the basis for declaring a state of emergency.Further, Articles 86a and 87 clearly state restrictions on the exercise of legislative powers. Article 88 makes it clear that at the time you voted to impose the state of emergency, included in your joint resolution with the Liberian Senate, there should have been all the justifications and restrictions necessary and justified for making the declarations. The constitution is clear when it says “…The Legislature shall within seventy two hours, by joint resolution voted by two thirds of the membership of each house, decide whether the proclamation of a state of emergency is justified or whether the measures taken thereunder are appropriate.”Mr. Speaker and Honorable Members of the House of Representatives,  In addition to the acknowledged facts that the letter seeks to limit basic freedoms, the Civil Society the following reasons for which the request should not be accepted.The circumstance in our country is now more in terms of health services, and the issues being proposed could not provide any more response to the ebola situation now in the country than the health services being provided.In addition, the proposal suggests the suspension of rights provided for under the state of emergency, but the time frame provided by the constitution has been exhausted, so we request that these measures be ignored.Mr Speaker,In conclusion, Civil Society like to note that the issues raised by the president do not seem to be considerate of the due respect for the constitution. It is our expectation that you would take the prudent decision of rejecting this request of President Sirleaf and remain on the path of promoting democracy in our country.Sincerely yours,Civil Society in LiberiaLancedell J. MatthewsOn Behalf of the OrganizationsShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mechanic slapped with fraud charge

first_imgA mechanic of Fourth Street, Campbellville, Georgetown was on Thursday slapped with a fraud charge when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Adrian Cole, 35, pleaded guilty to the charge stating that he was willing to refund the Virtual Complainant (VC) in full if he was given the opportunity.It is alleged that between September 29 and October 6, 2017 at Campbellville, Georgetown, while being solely entrusted by Harvey Suddand with $325,000 to purchase a vehicle transmission, Cole converted the same to his own use and benefit.According to Police facts, the VC is the owner of a pick-up and had given a total of $325,000 over time to purchase the transmission to fix his vehicle.Cole allegedly collected the money, but failed to purchase the transmission. As such, the matter was reported to the Kitty Police Station where an investigation was carried out, and the mechanic was subsequently arrested and charged.In court on Thursday, the defendant told the court that he had already begun to repay the money, but this was denied by the VC, who indicated that they were negotiating when the suspect disappeared. He was placed on $20,000 bail by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, providing he makes payment arrangements with the victim.Cole will return to court on March 28, 2019.last_img read more

Kenai blanks Rage in first game

first_imgFriday night the Rage started the two game series with a 4-0 loss to Kenai.  There was no scoring in the first period and then Kenai turned it on in the second scoring two goals, one each from Zac Lazzaro and Keil Zornow.In the third, the Bears scored two more times to give the game a final score of 4-0.- Advertisement -The Rage will play Kenai again tonight.last_img

January 16th Community Events Photos

first_imgThe Regional Mayor’s Ice Carving Challenge was one of the many ice carving competitions at Centennial Park for the High on Ice Festival.                                                                    Picture: Amber DavyChildren enjoy the 5-slide hill at Centennial Park. The hill was built by the City of Fort St. John for the High on Ice Festival.                                                                                      Picture: Amber DavyMany people gather at the Toboggan Hill beside the North Peace Secondary School to enjoy sleigh rides around the hill.                                                                                   Picture: Amber Davy- Advertisement –FSJ Mukluk Independent Plumbing held a Mixed Bonspiel at the Fort St. John Curling Club.                                                                                                             Picture: Amber Davylast_img read more

Man tried to bite other man’s ear off in row over rent money

first_imgA man tried to bite the ear off his housemate after claiming he had spent the rent money.Mark Patton appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal charged with a vicious assault on former house-mate Peter Maughan. The pair had been drinking at their home at Gort na Greine in Letterkenny on February 10th last when a row broke out.Patton accused Maughan of stealing €40 in rent money but Maughan said the money had been collected by the landlord.The accused man attacked Maughan but he managed to flee outside.However, Patton pursued him and bit his ear and then kicked him in the head and body after he had fallen to the ground.Maughan needed stitching to his ear as a result of the ear bite by Patton.The court heard how Patton, who works in construction, had since signed himself in for therapy for alcohol addiction.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Frank Dorrian, said his client was deeply apologetic and that at the time he was in the depts of his addiction.The court heard that he has previous convictions for drugs offences, criminal damage, assault and traffic.A letter of apology was handed into court on Patton’s behalf.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until December 10th and ordered a probation report on the accused.Man tried to bite other man’s ear off in row over rent money was last modified: September 6th, 2018 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:bitecourtearGardailetterkennyMArk Pattonlast_img read more