Pelicans add free agent Tony Allen

first_imgCarpio 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 The 6-7 Webster, a 2005 draft choice by Portland, has not played in the NBA in two seasons. Sidetracked by injuries, he is attempting a comeback on a club in need of healthy wing players.Last month, Pelicans starting small forward Solomon Hill needed surgery to repair a hamstring tear that is expected to sideline him six to eight months. New Orleans then traded Quincy Pondexter to free up cash, leaving the 6-8 Darius Miller and 6-7 Jalen Jones as the only healthy true small forwards on the club.Webster last played in the NBA in the 2014-15 season, appearing in 32 games with Washington and averaging 3.3 points and 1.4 rebounds. He had career-high averages of 11.4 points and 3.9 rebounds with the Wizards in the 2012-13 season.The 25-year-old Jones also has not played in the NBA since the 2014-15 season, his third with Oklahoma City. He spent last season in the developmental NBA G League.Without guaranteed deals, Webster and Jones will have to make the team in training camp.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Martell Webster and Perry Jones also have agreed to terms on non-guaranteed contracts which are expected to become official next week, the person said. The addition of the 6-foot-4 Allen provides back-court depth as well as an option on the wing when using a smaller lineup. Allen also brings a reputation for defense dating back to when he helped the Boston Celtics win the 2008 NBA title. He has been named to the NBA all-defensive first team three times, most recently in 2015.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAllen has spent the past seven seasons with Memphis, mostly in a starting role. Last season, Allen averaged 9.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.6 steals.The 35-year-old Allen began his NBA career in 2004 when he was drafted 25th overall by Boston out of Oklahoma State. Winning start A costly, catty dispute finally settled Break new ground LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tony Allen. APMETAIRIE, La. — The Pelicans signed free-agent guard Tony Allen on Friday, and a pair of free-agent forwards also agreed to terms with New Orleans.Allen’s contract is worth $2.3 million for one year, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because financial terms have not been disclosed.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Lomachenko and Rigondeaux to meet Dec. 9 A costly, catty dispute finally settled MOST READlast_img read more

PQSJ Elects First Student Leadership

first_imgA four-team student leadership has been set-up at the Peter Quaqua School of Journalism (PQSJ) to lead student activities at the institution.The first student leadership came out of an election held on Friday, September 11 by some 40 trainees who turned out to vote on polling day.According to a release by MediaAid Foundation, those elected are, Gerald Koin-yeneh, President; Charles Lamadine, Vice President; Maresa Fahnbulleh, Secretary General; and Deborah Saah, Financial Secretary.Speaking to a cross-section of the trainees after the election, MediaAid Foundation’s Founder and Executive Director, Titus Tokpah, applauded both losers and winners, and urged them to work together for the advancement of the Peter Quaqua School of Journalism.Mr. Tokpah reminded the new student leadership of the high ethical standards on which the journalism training project is built, as such, the leadership must be responsible and accountable to all.Meanwhile, the President-elect Koin-yeneh, praised his colleagues for the election, and assured quality leadership following their induction.The student leadership will lead until December 2015, the period for the first graduating class.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fraud, Irregularity and Illegality in Elections: How much is too much? A comparison of…

first_imgIbrahim B. NyeiIbrahim Al-bakri NyeiOn September 1, 2017, the Supreme Court of Kenya defied popular expectations by declaring null and void the Kenyan Presidential elections of August 8, 2017 in which incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner by the Independent Electoral and Borders Commission (IEBC). The decision gave African opposition politicians, who have long sought justice through the courts relief but failed against ruling parties that allegedly rig or steal elections, renewed optimism. Before the September 2017 ruling, landmark contests against outcomes of presidential elections accused of being fraudulent had failed in Uganda (2016) and Ghana (2012), and Nigeria (2007).Three months after the ruling of the Supreme Court of Kenya, the Supreme Court of Liberia rejected a petition filed by four political parties, and ruled to uphold the outcome of the first round of the presidential election held October 10, 2017.The political reaction to the intervention of the two courts has been concerning. In Kenya, the judges were threatened by President Uhuru Kenyatta and labelled as “crooks”; while in Liberia – after the first ruling by the Court on November 6, 2017 prohibiting a run-off election before the parties’ complaints were adjudged by the National Elections Commission (NEC) outgoing President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf praised the parties for consistently seeking redress through the rule of law, but lamented that the country’s democracy was under assault, an apparent reference to the Stay Order imposed by the court.While the judgements of the courts epitomize the growing independence of the judiciary, the reactions of the two presidents symbolize the resentment of politicians to such independence, and their ever-present desire to cow and manipulate the judiciary.Crying Foul: Fraud, irregularity and illegality The complaints of the parties in Kenya and Liberia were based on the same fundamental principles: irregularity, illegality, and electoral fraud. Interestingly, in the case of Liberia, the ruling Unity Party was a part of those alleging fraud, a strange phenomenon in an African context.In Kenya the opposition petitioned the court for the third consecutive election, claiming that the electronic system set up to transmit results from the polling stations to the tally centers was hacked in favor of Uhuru Kenyatta and his Jubilee Party. Several claims of irregularity and illegality were also filed on grounds that the IEBC proceeded with the process without following laid downs rules in the constitution and electoral laws.For example they argued that during the final tally the IEBC admitted some unstamped result forms (34A) and this impacted the overall total. The opposition’s petition followed a marathon of court cases before the election, including an unsuccessful legal challenge against the IEBC on procurement practices, and acrimonious exchanges among the political actors in Kenya that involved violent clashes.In the end, the Supreme Court ruled that the IEBC did not conduct the election in accordance with the “dictates of the constitution and the applicable principles”. The court found no evidence of fraud, but by failing to comply with the constitution, the opposition’s argument of illegality and irregularity was accepted and the election therefore was an illegal election, thus rendering it “invalid, null and void”.In Liberia, when the complaining parties lost their petition for a rerun at both stages of the adjudication process at the National Elections Commission (NEC), they filed an appeal to the Supreme Court accusing the NEC of “violations of the constitution and election law, fraudulent acts and gross irregularities during the October 10, 2017 elections”.The ruling of the Supreme Court of Liberia, like that of Kenya, was equally stunning but in a different way. The Supreme Court of Liberia indeed found that there were irregularities, fraud, and violations of the election law, but denied the petition for a rerun of the entire election on grounds that the complainants “failed to show, however, that the evidence pervaded the entire spectrum of the elections throughout or in a considerably wide or most parts of the country”.Fraud, Irregularity and Illegality: How much is too much?By their rulings, the two Supreme Courts have brought into sharp focus the question of the overall validity of an election: what constitutes fraud, irregularity, and illegality; and what degree or threshold of fraud, irregularity or illegality is sufficient to question the credibility of an electoral process and its outcome, or to nullify it entirely. The ruling by the Liberian Supreme Court, in particular, has given more salience to the latter question.In a number reports, observer groups including the African Union, recognize these issues of irregularity and illegality in some cases, but consider them as isolated challenges that are  inconsequential when compared to the total number of votes.But for the United States Supreme Court, voter fraud, when identified and proven, “demonstrates that not only is the risk of voter fraud real but that it could affect the outcome of a close election.” Regardless of their spread or magnitude, a single incident, in the opinion of the US Supreme Court, is sufficient to sway the outcome of the votes in a closely contested election.Election UmpiresEqually important alongside these developments is the fact that the electoral cases in Kenya and Liberia have brought to the fore more pointedly, the salience of the role of a credible electoral management body in managing polls. Unlike the institutional arrangements in other countries where a separate national institution, such as a constitutional court (eg. Mali, Niger), an election tribunal (Nigeria) or a Supreme Court (Kenya) is tasked with arbitrating electoral disputes, in Liberia the electoral commission – in addition to being an election management body – is the ‘court’ of first instance, presiding over cases in which it is often the primary defendant.An aggrieved party in a Liberian election must seek redress first from the electoral commission before it can file an appeal to the Supreme Court – in the case of unsatisfactory ruling against a party – where final arbitration is done. This dual responsibility not only compromises justice, but strains the capacity of the electoral commission to properly fulfil its responsibilities of organizing, managing and delivering credible elections.While the courts in Kenya and Liberia have projected sufficient independence and demonstrated the relevance of the judiciary in electoral matters, they have exposed lapses in the electoral management bodies, particularly with the introduction of new technologies (software for transmitting results and electronic databases of the voter register) which became central to the disputes in both countries. Better electoral management, and greater transparency of the electoral cycle, including access to all systems and processes for all parties would enhance the credibility of elections and perhaps limit the need for parties to seek interventions from the courts.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Team Canada to begin week three of FIVB World Grand Prix

first_imgToday’s game against Cuba is at 2:40 p.m. local time. The game will be shown on tape delay on Sportsnet One at 8 p.m. tonight.The team will be looking for their second win over Argentina on Saturday. That game happens at 4:30 p.m. on Sportsnet One.Team Canada will close out the weekend with a game against Peru on Sunday on Sportsnet One at 2 p.m.- Advertisement -The schedule and TV coverage can be seen by clicking here.last_img

Local wrestlers advance to third round at CIF State wrestling championships

first_img2:15 p.m.Fourteen area wrestlers are still in position to win individual titles after advancing to the third round today at the CIF State Wrestling Championships in Bakersfield. Still alive in their respective divisions are Santa Fe’s Marcus Orona (119 pounds) and Lenny Romero (Heavyweight), Schurr’s Julian Zuniga (215), California’s Ruben Warr (130), Rosemead’s Anthony Gonzalez (Hwt.), Northview’s Steven De LA Fuente (140) and Oscar Molina (119), West Covina’s Taylor Louie (103), AJ Gaurdado (135) and Georgo Munoz (152), South Hills’ Thomas Williams (112), San Dimas’ Angel Garcia (119) and Diamond Bar’s Marcus Johnson (215). 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

Apartment explodes during fumigation

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The entire apartment building has been condemned until inspectors can determine the level of damage to the structure’s integrity, Middleton said. All the displaced residents found places to stay with friends or family, he added, so assistance from the Red Cross was not required. Robber hits video rental store NORWALK – A masked robber used a handgun to steal an unknown amount of cash and electronic equipment from a video rental store Friday, officials said. The crime was reported just before 5:30 p.m. at Hollywood Video, 10965 Firestone Blvd., said Norwalk sheriff’s Lt. Tommy Garcia. AZUSA – An explosion occurred in an apartment building Thursday when residents tried to fumigate their unit while still inside, officials said. Two adults and five children were inside the apartment at the time of the explosion, which was believed to have been sparked when the chemicals from several pesticide “foggers” reached a pilot light in a gas or stove, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. David Middleton. The incident was reported about 5:45 p.m. in a 4-unit apartment complex at 618 Glenfinnan Ave., Middleton said. The force of the blast blew out most of the apartment’s windows and lifted the ceiling from the walls, but no one was injured inside or outside of the affected apartment, said Middleton. A description of the suspect was not available, he said. In addition to money, the robber made off with merchandise, said Garcia. Before fleeing, Garcia added, the suspect reportedly told the employees of the store, “thank you.” No getaway vehicle was seen by witnesses, he said. San Dimas offers E-waste collection The city of San Dimas and its Chamber of Commerce are hosting an E-waste collection event. Residents and businesses from local cities can dispose of electronic waste for free. The event is today and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of San Dimas High School, 800 W. Covina Blvd. National forests to reopen Thursday LOS ANGELES – Three national forests closed for the past two weeks because of wildfires will reopen Thursday, officials said. Authorities warn that extreme fire risk remains, but much of the Angeles, Los Padres and San Bernardino national forests will be open once again to the public. Officials looked at the forest land as well as the current fire activity and determined they were safe to open again. In the Angeles National Forest, areas burned during the Ranch and Buckweed fires will remain closed so vegetation can grow. Tree trimmer pulled into chipper TUSTIN – An Orange County tree trimmer feeding branches into a wood chipper was pulled into the shredding machine and killed. The name of the worker is being withheld until relatives can be located. The Wednesday afternoon accident in Tustin is being investigated by the California Occupation and Safety Health Administration. Police called to the residential area just after 4 p.m. found the landscape worker’s body inside the wood chipper. It isn’t clear if the victim was a man or a woman. Thirty-one people were killed in wood chipper accidents between 1992 and 2002, according to a 2005 Journal of the American Medical Association report. Two pit bulls shot, killed by police LONG BEACH – Two pit bulls roaming an east Long Beach neighborhood were shot to death by Long Beach police officers responding to calls of a woman and her dog being attacked. The woman wasn’t hurt but her leashed dog was mauled by the pit bulls and taken to a veterinarian hospital for surgery. Sgt. Dina Zapalski says officers found the dogs in the front yard of a home midmorning Wednesday and they tried to corral the animals. But one of the pit bulls turned aggressively on one of the officers and both pit bulls were shot to death. Before officers arrived, several residents tried to stop the attack, including an elderly woman who beat one of the pit bulls with her cane. Parolee arrested, linked to ramming PICO RIVERA – Deputies arrested a parolee Thursday suspected of ramming a sheriff’s deputy with his car late last month at a motel parking lot in Santa Fe Springs, officials said. The suspect, a 21-year-old Norwalk man whose name was not immediately released, was captured shortly after 5:30 p.m. in the vicinity of Durfee Avenue and Beverly Boulevard, said Norwalk sheriff’s Detective Jerry Saba. Deputies had been surveilling the man while he was driving with two women in a green Mazda 626 when they decided to pull the car over, Saba said. The suspect jumped out of the car and ran, but was caught nearby, said Saba. The man was hospitalized with minor injuries, he added, and will soon be booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer. The two women in the car were also arrested on unrelated charges, Saba said. The original incident occurred on Oct. 30 in the parking lot of a Santa Fe Springs Motel 6, located in the 13400 block of Exelsior Drive, sheriff’s officials said. Deputies approached the suspect’s vehicle as the man allegedly backed up his car, striking a deputy and a squad car, officials said. The deputies were not injured, but fearing for their safety, one of them fired at the suspect’s car, said sheriff’s spokesman Hugo Macias. The suspect was not believed to have been struck by the gunfire, he added. Investigators found the vehicle used in the attack abandoned in the 12600 block of Zeus Avenue in Norwalk with bullet holes in it later that day, officials said. Since the suspect is a parolee, he will be held without bail, Saba said. – From staff and wire reports160Want 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


first_imgEXCLUSIVE: A CON ARTIST who tricked dozens of Donegal investors out of their cash has referred to them as ‘turkeys’ and boasted: “They’ll never see a cent.”The brazen foreign national crook has bagged millions of euro in a get-rich-quick scam which is being investigated by the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation.Detectives have already raided rented premises in a number of towns in Donegal as part of extensive international investigations into the swindler. has been talking to a number of sources about how the fraudster operated his scam.He told cash investors they could get returns of up to 40% in a matter of months – and that he bought liquidated stock and companies and re-sold them at huge profit.The fact is that he just kept the cash. And now he is telling investors that if they want their money back, they should sue him.And he is also boasting: “They should have read the small print – the investment can go down as well as up.” But it is his brass-necked boasts – details of which have been passed to us – which will infuriate up to 90 out-of-pocket investors right across the county this morning.We are told that when he was asked if people would get their money back, he said: “There are no guarantees in this life. If they (the investors) think they can have their money back, then they are a bunch of turkeys.”One source told us: “He is wrapping himself up in legals. He is basically saying the investments didn’t work and that’s the end of it. If people want to sue him, they can go ahead. He doesn’t care.”Detectives however believe the balding roly-poly swindler has tried to pull off the ‘perfect crime’ – persuading people with hidden cash to invest and hoping they won’t report it to the authorities for fear of being investigated by the Revenue Commissioners.One investor who has lost a huge six figure sum told us last night: “My money was legitimate and all declared. In fact I took it out of the bank to give to that fat bastard. “If he thinks he can come here and pull the wool over my eyes, he had better think again. I can’t begin to tell you how angry people are.”We have been told that four cars loaded with investors has been looking for both the swindler and his sales people in recent days.The crook ran a so-called Ponzi scheme, similar to the one run in the USA by conman Bernard Madoff. He is serving 150 years behind bars for conning investors out of billions of dollars.The Donegal con is believed to have involved up to €10M. The crook is currently winding up all his business concerns both here and in Belfast.More to follow later….EXCLUSIVE: SHOCK CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM INVESTMENT SWINDLER – YOU’RE A BUNCH OF TURKEYS! was last modified: December 20th, 2010 by gregShare 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

Flames, gas erupt from refinery

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonSafety flares are an infrequent occurrence, but Spackman said that when they do happen there is no risk of danger. The amount of noxious gases and smoke emitted from the plant due to the safety flare will be reported to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. “There was not a huge quantity (of gas burned) but obviously there was a significant visual aspect to it,” Spackman said about the flames and smoke that could be seen for miles. No representative of AQMD could be reached due to the holiday. After stabilizing the coker unit, engineers analyzed the problem and hoped to restart the compressor by the end of the day, Spackman said. A safety flare at El Segundo’s Chevron refinery Monday morning produced large flames and smoke clouds that spread over the South Bay. A problem with the compressor in the coker unit automatically caused that unit of the plant to shut down about 6:30 a.m., said Chevron spokesman Rod Spackman. Such an interruption in the refining process leaves excess process material, such as fuel gas. “So the fuel gas had to be disposed of and the way you do that is you burn it,” Spackman said. megan.bagdonas@dailybreeze.com160Want 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


first_imgTHEY were patrolling the skies above Glenveagh during the royal visit to Donegal last week.But that didn’t mean those at the controls of the Garda Air Support Unit couldn’t also enjoy the views.They did. And here’s their incredible images…    WOW! GARDA HELICOPTER PILOT’S STUNNING GLENVEAGH PIX was last modified: May 29th, 2016 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:aerial viewdonegalglenveagh national parklast_img read more


first_imgThis is the moment a casualty was lifted from Mt Errigal yesterday.The footage was caught by Donegal Mountain Rescue team member Johnny Sharkey as Rescue chopper 118 lifted the man form the mountain.The man fell and hurt his shoulder just after 1.30pm and was lifted to Letterkenny General Hospital. He is making a full recovery. SIMPLY CLICK TO PLAY! DDTV – THE MOMENT CASUALTY WAS RESCUED FROM MT ERRIGAL was last modified: April 28th, 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:Mt Errigalrescuelast_img read more