Keys to victory: Ateneo-FEU Final Four match-up

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Ateneo certainly has a more well-rested roster since its last game was on Nov. 14 while the Tamaraws dueled it out with the Green Archers just this Wednesday.Big conundrumsAteneo’s Angelo Kouame (right) will be the biggest problem for Prince Orizu and the FEU Tamaraws. Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERAngelo Kouame was seen as just an ordinary energy big during the first round of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament with the responsibility of getting some shots up, pulling down rebounds, and blocking away field goal attempts.Then, things took a massive rise when Kouame obliterated FEU in Ateneo’s 82-62 win in the second round when he put up 33 points and pulled down 27 rebounds and that game established him as the league’s newest big man problem.Kouame’s breakout game, however, came during the absence of FEU center Prince Orizu, who was sidelined with an injury.Still, Kouame had the upper hand in his first meeting with Orizu in Ateneo’s 63-60 first round loss.The rookie Kouame had 16 points, on 7-of-12 shooting, 12 rebounds, 10 of which came under the offensive glass, and four blocks against Orizu’s eight points and eight boards.X-FactorsPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBoth FEU and Ateneo have stars that already carry a certain recall with players like Thirdy Ravena, Matt Nieto, Mike Nieto, Arvin Tolentino, and Richard Escoto but there are also the ones that don’t carry the same amount of notoriety.Enter Kenneth Tuffin and William Navarro. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES White helps No. 7 UNC beat No. 17 UCLA in Vegascenter_img Ateneo holds a slight 2-1 advantage over the Tamaraws in the last their last three semifinals meetings with the Blue Eagles and FEU each winning a title in those instances—Ateneo beat La Salle in Season 80 and FEU defeated University of Santo Tomas in Season 78.On another note, the two schools are at the top of Final Four appearances with FEU having been to the most semifinals in the Final Four era with 20 while Ateneo is in second with 19.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 ChrissDifferent pathsFEU’s Arvin Tolentino celebrates after hitting the game-winning 3-pointer that propelled the Tamaraws into the Final Four and knocked off the De La Salle Green Archers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo and FEU secured its Final Four spots in rather polarizing ways. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIf indeed familiarity breeds contempt then this Final Four series between Ateneo and Far Eastern University must harbor a slowly increasing level of hatred.For the fourth straight year, the Blue Eagles and the Tamaraws will face each other in the UAAP basketball men’s basketball Final Four and this showdown is just the tip of the iceberg for these two successful programs.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The defending champions Blue Eagles arrived to the Final Four taking an easier route as the top seed with a 12-2 record while having to deal with minimal adversity.Ateneo did lose its season opener against Adamson University, 74-70, but racked up five straight wins to go back to winning form until it lost to the Tamaraws, 63-60.The Blue Eagles’ loss to FEU was their last of the season and they have since been on a seven-game romp.FEU, meanwhile, showed promise in the first round before losing four straight in the second half of the season to fall to as low as sixth place.The Tamaraws eventually chalked up three straight wins to force a fourth-place playoff with De La Salle that they won, 71-70, after a clutch game-winner courtesy of former Blue Eagle Arvin Tolentino.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Both names don’t immediately pop in anyone’s if someone yells at him “quick name anyone from Ateneo or FEU” but Navarro and Tuffin have emerged as quality players for their teams in the latter games of the season.Navarro was entrusted in the limelight when he had to temporary fill in for Kouame, Isaac Go and Raffy Verano in Ateneo’s 71-62 win over De La Salle after the aforementioned big men got into foul trouble.And in the last two games of the Blue Eagles’ in the eliminations Navarro averaged 12 points and six rebounds.Tuffin, on his part, emerged as one FEU’s more reliable scoring wings and he was vital in the Tamaraws’ last games of the season including the playoff against the Green Archers.FEU’s sweet-shooting wing averaged 11 points, 2.3 three-point field goals, and 3.3 rebounds per game.last_img read more

Nimba Former Lawmaker, Entrepreneur Laid to Rest

first_imgThe late David W. Queeglay, a former Nimba County lawmaker and well established entrepreneur, was on Saturday July 9 laid to rest in his home Town of Saclapea.Mr. Queeglay died on June 10 at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia after a period of illness.The late Queeglay began his political career in 1984 when he served as chairman of Nimba County branch of the National Democratic Party of Liberia (NDPL).In 1985, he contested for the position of representative in Saclepea Mahn District and won on the ticket of the NDPL. While in the House of Representative, the late Queeglay chaired the Committee on Pension and served in other capacities until the outbreak of the Liberian civil crisis in 1990.Despite the unconditional end to his position as Representative owing to the outbreak of civil war, Mr. Queeglay, under the regime of former President Charles Taylor, served as Statutory District Superintendent for Saclepea Mahn until he was retired in 2014.He earlier served as chairman of the Nimba County Development fund drive prior to his joining the NDPL.Queeglay began his entrepreneurship in the 70s by buying cocoa and coffee, but later joined partnership with Harry Yuan, a prominent son of Nimba County, to establish an agriculture cooperative, then known as Yuanglay Enterprise.The Yuanglay Enterprise grew successfully and became a major link between National Produce Farmers and the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) for many years. It was believed that the Yuanglay Enterprise, from 1978 to 1980, recorded the highest turnover in excess of US$4 million, thereby becoming the largest produce buyers with the LPMC.Zealous with the entrepreneurial spirit, the late Queeglay began a light vehicle transportation business in 1983, then known as “Kids Choice.”The service consisted of about 12 taxi cabs, two pickup trucks and a 32 seater bus which was plying between MacDonald Street and Paynesville on a daily basis, helping to facilitate the transportation needs of youth, low income earners and students.The late Queeglay began his public service as an administrator of the Ganta United Methodist Hospital from 1967 to 1968. He worked for the American Peace Corps and was business manager at the ELWA Hospital from 1969 to 1976.The deceased began his education at the United Liberia Inland Mission in Flompa, Nimba County in 1959. Thereafter, he enrolled at the Booker T. Washington Institute where he graduated with a diploma in Bookkeeping in 1967.He later matriculated to the University of Liberia and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in 1975. Mr. Queeglay also attended the Arthur Grimes School of Law, but did not complete his course of study due to his demanding business engagements.The late Queeglay was born on June 10, 1942, unto the Union of Mr. Paul Queeglay and Mrs. Dorcas Kahn Queeglay in Saclepea, Nimba County. His parents have long since predeceased him. He was the first of eight siblings. He was a member of the United Liberia Inland Church.He leaves to mourn his loss his widows, Eugenia Giah and Cecelia N. Wehyee, 18 children, several grandchildren, great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.Nimbaians, including Senator Thomas Gruppe, Reps. Worlea Sarwah Dunah and Larry Younquoi, Harry T. Yaun and Jackson Paye, were among those who turned out in their numbers to pay their last respects during Mr. Queeglay’s burial on Saturday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police called in to investigate dual citizenship MPs

first_imgConstitutional breachAttorney Christopher Ram has formally requested the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to launch an investigation into the possible violation of the Constitution of Guyana by parliamentarians who hold dual citizenship.Listed as suspected violators of Article 155 of the Constitution, the Representation of the People’s Act and the Statutory Declarations Act are Members of Parliament (MPs) from both the Opposition and APNU/AFC Coalition Government. They are Ministers Dominic Gaskin, Carl Greenidge, Joseph Harmon, Rupert Roopnaraine; and Opposition members Gail Teixeira, Odinga Lumumba and Adrian Anamayah.“You, as Commissioner of Police, will immediately appreciate that the Constitution is the country’s supreme law and is underpinned by the rule of law,” Ram penned in the letter which was dispatched to Top Cop Leslie James on February 18.He also asked the Police to expand this investigation to all MPs, since others may have dual citizenships unbeknownst to the public.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has since made it clear that parliamentarians of the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) will uphold the law. Jagdeo said those MPs who want to retain their dual citizenship would be recalled and replaced.Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George recently ruled that anyone who holds dual citizenship; that is, citizenship of Guyana and of a foreign power or state, as envisaged by Article 155 (1) (a), therefore falls in this category of disqualified persons pursuant to Article 156 (1) (d), and should not, and cannot, be a member of the National Assembly ….Ram called the Police Commissioner’s attention to the ruling, and also cited other laws which he believes are being breached by MPs with dual citizenship.These is Section 11 (3) of the Representation of the People Act, which states, “A list of candidates [for election to the National Assembly] shall set out the names, one below the other in such order as each party may determine of the surnames and other names, of at least 42 persons qualified to be elected to the National Assembly and who have consented to the inclusion of their names in the list as candidates for election, together with the address and occupation of each such person.”There also is Section 11 (4) of the said Act, which reads, “Each list of candidates shall be accompanied by a statutory declaration in Form ~’l 3 by each person named therein as a candidate of his qualifications and consent, made before a justice of the peace, commissioner of oaths, notary public, or other person authorised by law to administer an oath in the place where the declaration is made.”Section 4 of the Statutory Declarations Act, Cap 5:09, provides that “Everyone who makes a declaration according to this Act containing any statement false in fact, which he knows or believes to be false or does not believe to be true, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be liable to imprisonment for one year.”Ram is therefore contending that parliamentarians who hold dual citizenship have falsely declared that they are qualified to be MPs.While PPP/C MP Gail Teixeira has signalled her intention to give up her foreign citizenship to continue serving in the National Assembly, no one from the Government side has made such a commitment.The AFC has argued that the issue of renouncing citizenship does not apply to its parliamentarian Dominic Gaskin, who was born in the United Kingdom.On the other hand, none of the APNU members have indicated a willingness to give up their foreign citizenships.The issue of persons with dual citizenship in the National Assembly existed for years, but only resurfaced after former Government MP Charrandas Persaud voted in favour of a no-confidence motion which was tabled by the Opposition and validly passed in the National Assembly.Government supporter Compton Reid has challenged the validity of the vote cast by Persaud in the National Assembly on the basis that he breached Article 155 of the Constitution, which bars MPs from having dual citizenship.But the Chief Justice noted that while Persaud should not have been a sitting parliamentarian because of his dual citizenship, at the time of his vote on the motion, he was a valid MP, hence his vote is valid.last_img read more

CSUN falls at UCSB

first_img Antelope Valley 76, Santa Ana 75: Ade’ Dagunduro hit two free throws with 0.3 seconds remaining as the ninth-seeded Marauders (29-6) advanced to the Community College state championships with the victory over Santa Ana (25-9). Dagunduro had a game-high 24 points, along with nine rebounds and six assists. AVC will go into the state finals next week as the No. 3 seed from the South Region. – Jaime Cardenas WOMEN’S By virtue of Pacific’s loss at Cal Poly, CSUN will be the No. 6 seed in the Big West tournament and will take on Pacific on Wednesday at the Anaheim Convention Center. Chitwood, who had four points in the first half, scored 17 in the second half to held spur a Matadors comeback. CSUN cut a 16-point deficit to eight, 59-51, with 6:50remaining, but UCSB went on a 7-2 run over the next three minutes to build the lead back to 13 points with 3:14 left. BASKETBALL USC 81, Washington 77: Shay Murphy made all six of her free throws in the final minute and scored 14 points to lead the Trojans (17-12) past the Huskies (18-12) in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 tournament at San Jose. Jamie Funn scored 13points, including a crucial jumper after making a key block in the final two minutes, for No. 5 seed USC, which will play top-seeded Stanford in today’s semifinals. No. 9 Arizona St. 74, UCLA 64: Emily Westerberg scored five straight points during a key second-half stretch to finish with 13 points, leading the Sun Devils (27-3) past the Bruins (14-18) in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 tournament at San Jose. Noelle Quinn scored 25points and had six assists, Chinyere Ibekwe had 16points and seven rebounds and Lindsey Pluimer had 12points for UCLA. UCSB 90, CSUN 79: Ofa Tulikihihifo had a game-high 23 points and LaJoyce King had 16 points and 14 assists, but but the Matadors (13-15, 9-5) fell to the visiting Gauchos (17-12, 10-4) and failed to earn the No. 2 seed for the Big West Conference tournament and a bye to the semifinals. CSUN will instead play in the quarterfinals Thursday at the Anaheim Convention Center. LMU 64, Pepperdine 61 (OT): The Waves went (14-17) made just one field goal in overtime in the season-ending loss to Loyola Marymount (19-11) West Coast Conference tournament semifinals at Portland, Ore. Teisoha George and Daphanie Kennedy each scored 14 points to lead Pepperdine. BASEBALL USC 4, Georgia 2: J.J.Owen’s two-run, two-out single in the sixth inning snapped a 2-2 tie as the visiting Trojans (12-7) defeated the Bulldogs (4-6) for the second day in a row. Pepperdine 3, W. Carolina 1: Donald Brown’s two-run home run to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning broke a 1-1 tie and sparked the Waves (12-4) to the win over Western Carolina (6-3) in the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, N.C. CSUN 8, Texas Tech 3: Jorge Andrade Jr. hit his first home run of the season, a two-run blast and Kris Kasarjian added three hits as the visiting Matadors (11-8) defeated the Red Raiders (11-5). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Junior Calvin Chitwood scored a team-high 21 points and Thomas Shewmake added 14, but Cal State Northridge’s second-half comeback came up short as UC Santa Barbara defeated the visiting Matadors 75-59 Saturday. With the win, the Gauchos improve to 18-10 overall and 9-5 in the Big West. The Matadors close the regular season at 14-16 overall and 5-9 in conference play. last_img read more

Kings have heart and then get Wild

first_imgNHL: Kopitar’s flashy goal in the shootout clinches the victory. By Matthew Kredell STAFF WRITER Kings general manager Dean Lombardi said in a conference call Monday that he didn’t think a lack of heart was the problem with his struggling team. The fans certainly thought so, with a season-low announced crowd of 14,239 at the game. But the Kings came out with the fire the team has lacked all season, improving to 2-5 while dropping the Wild to 5-1. Coach Marc Crawford sent a message before the game by scratching forward Ladislav Nagy, who was scoreless in the first six games playing on the top two lines. “We just didn’t feel he’s played at the level he needs to play at and we wanted to give him a real strong message that you’ve got to be a lot better,” Crawford said. “He’ll get an opportunity again and we expect more from him. He’s paid to be a top scorer in this league and he needs to perform like that.” With Nagy out, Cammalleri moved back to the top line alongside Kopitar and Brown. Patrick O’Sullivan, who had filled a defensive role on the season, moved up to the second scoring line with Derek Armstrong and Alexander Frolov. Kopitar said he planned his unorthodox shootout goal. The left-hander went to his left and had Backstrom on the ice before reaching over and pushing the puck in ever so gently with his off hand. “I knew I had to score and I felt comfortable with that move,” Kopitar said. “I actually tried it in the morning skate and it worked, so I was confident it was going in.” Aubin, who came off the injured reserve list Monday to replace 19-year-old Jonathan Bernier after he was sent back to juniors, stopped 28 of 31 shots in his Kings debut. On the second goal, he left the puck behind the net for Tom Preissing, but Minnesota’s Branko Radivojevic swooped in and stole the puck against the boards. He found Mikko Koivu coming up for an easy goal before Aubin could really get set. With the Kings up, 3-2, in the third period after a Kopitar goal, Aubin was beaten by a slap shot from Brian Rolston to tie the game and force overtime. The Kings protected Aubin well by only committing three penalties and limiting mistakes. “I thought our team made sure he didn’t have the type of night we’ve been exposing our other goaltenders to so far this year,” Crawford said. “It was a good team win and J-S was adequate in the net, and hopefully he can build on that.” matthew.kredell@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Kings went out and proved him right Tuesday, upending the only undefeated team left in the NHL with a 4-3 victory over Minnesota in a shootout at Staples Center. Anze Kopitar scored the game-winner, reaching out with one hand to slip the puck past a diving Niklas Backstrom. “It feels really good to come into the locker room with the win,” Kopitar said. “We played like a really desperate team on the ice.” Dustin Brown and Michael Cammalleri also scored in the shootout, and Jean-Sebastien Aubin stopped the Wild’s second attempt with his pads. An undefeated opponent has to be the last thing a struggling team wants to see come into its building. last_img read more

President’s budget boosts military spending, trims education

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush sent Congress a $2.77 trillion budget plan on Monday that would boost spending in the war against terror but squeeze a wide swath of other government programs to deal with exploding budget deficits. Bush, hoping to get his domestic agenda back on track after a year of political setbacks, unveiled a budget blueprint with a heavy emphasis on keeping the country strong militarily. It would also make his first-term tax cuts permanent, at a cost of $1.4 trillion over 10 years, and still achieve his goal of cutting the deficit in half by 2009. Achieving these two goals constrained Bush’s efforts to offer new initiatives although he did put forward a few mostly modest programs to deal with American anxieties about global competition, soaring energy costs and skyrocketing medical bills. But among the losers were 141 government programs that Bush sought to sharply reduce or eliminate entirely. Almost one-third of the targeted programs are in education including ones that provide money to support the arts, vocational education, parent resource centers and drug-free schools. “My administration has focused the nation’s resources on our highest priority – protecting our citizens and our homeland,” Bush said in his budget message. Bush’s spending proposals, contained in four massive volumes featuring green and beige covers, are for the 2007 budget year that begins next Oct. 1. The $2.77 trillion in spending would be up by 2.3 percent from projected spending of $2.71 trillion this year. The administration in its budget documents said the deficit for this year will soar to an all-time high of $423 billion, reflecting increased outlays for the Iraq war and hurricane relief. But the administration says the deficits will be on a declining path over the next five years, which would allow the president to achieve his goal of cutting the deficit in half by 2009, the year he leaves office. However, the deficit of $354 billion that the administration is projecting for 2007 probably will be higher because the budget at present only contains $50 billion in spending for Iraq, White House Budget Director Joshua Bolten told reporters. Bush is also seeking savings by trimming the growth of spending in Medicare, the government’s giant health care program for the elderly and disabled, by $35.9 billion over five years. The reductions, which are certain to face stiff opposition in Congress, would among other things reduce inflation adjustments for hospitals, nursing homes, home health care providers and hospices. “These are not cuts,” Bolten said of Bush’s Medicare plans. “These are modest reductions in the rate of growth.” Democrats attacked what they said were Bush’s skewed priorities. They said he was trying to impose austere budgets that will harm programs for the poor while protecting tax cuts Democrats said were going primarily to the wealthy. They also charged that Bush was understating future budget deficits by leaving out major items such as the true costs of the Iraq war and a long-term fix to keep the alternative minimum tax from hitting more middle class taxpayers. “It explodes deficits, but then conceals them by providing only five years of numbers and leaving out large costs,” said Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota, the top Democrat on the Senate Budget Committee. “The result will be more debt passed on to our children.” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said that the budget was “filled with pages of giveaways to special interests and cuts to those who can least afford it.” Responding, presidential spokesman Scott McClellan said, “The president is focused on making sure that we keep our economy growing, and that means keeping taxes low.” Republicans in Congress expressed support for the spending document, which will kick off months of debate likely to last until the next budget year begins in October and perhaps beyond. “We have to face up to this fiscal reality that this baby boom generation is going to retire soon and we need to do something about it,” said Senate Budget Committee Chairman Judd Gregg, R-N.H. In addition to trimming Medicare, other proposed Bush savings in so-called mandatory spending, because the payments are set in law for all who are eligible, include $4.99 billion in changes in farm commodity programs, and $16.7 billion in reforms of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., the government program that backs private pensions. The biggest spending increase would go to the military, a 6.9 percent rise to $439.3 billion for 2007, a figure that does not include the costs of fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The administration said last week it will ask Congress for an additional $120 billion to cover fighting for the rest of this year and the early part of 2007 while seeking another $18 billion in hurricane relief this year. While the Department of Homeland Security would also see an increase for 2007, nine of the 15 Cabinet agencies would see outright cuts in their discretionary spending for next year with the biggest percentage reductions occurring in the departments of Transportation, Justice and Agriculture. Bush is proposing to continue a serious squeeze on the one-sixth of the budget outside of defense and homeland security that is subject to annual appropriations. This year he would cut spending in this area by 0.5 percent. To achieve this goal, Bush is seeking savings of $14.5 billion by eliminating and drastically scaling back 141 government programs. Last year, he targeted 154 such programs and won two-fifths of the spending cuts he requested, amounting to $6.5 billion in savings. Even programs not targeted for elimination are subject to tight budgets including previously favored agencies such as the National Institutes of Health which would see its spending essentially frozen at this year’s level. Robert Eckel, president of the American Heart Association, said that it was a disappointment for the 71 million Americans who suffer from heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular disease that Bush’s budget has placed funding for programs “that help prevent, treat and cure these diseases on the back burner of his domestic agenda.” Bush’s proposed Medicare reductions are expected to draw determined opposition in Congress, which just approved a package of $39 billion in cuts in benefit programs over five years, including $6.4 billion in reductions in the growth of Medicare and $4.7 billion in cuts in the growth of Medicaid, the joint state-federal program that provides health care to the poor. The spending plan does contain some winners in the domestic arena. Set for higher spending, as highlighted in Bush’s State of the Union address, are programs to address soaring energy costs through development of alternative fuels, rising medical bills through expanded health savings accounts and global competition through a new “American Competitiveness Initiative.” That initiative would extend an expired business tax break for research and development, double the government’s commitment to basic scientific research and train thousands of new science and math teachers. Instead of pushing last year’s Social Security overhaul proposal, the president is calling for creation of a bipartisan commission to study ways to deal with soaring spending for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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‘ROBOCOP’ CHRISTY CALLS IT A DAY

first_imgOne of Donegal’s best-known Garda has retired.Sgt Christy Galligan is just 52 but has served An Garda Siochana for 29 years as well as another year in the Naval Service.Christy closed the door on Carrigart Garda station where he has been stationed recently. His father Mick was also a member of the force and Christy was actually born in the next house to the Garda station he ended his three decade career in.He famously earned the nickname ‘Robocop’ after making a number of arrests even while not on duty.He has been involved in some of the most high profile cases in recent years in the county and was famously pictured bringing Jamie McGrenaghan to court after he killed Christy’s colleague, the late Garda Robbie McCallion.He admits the force has changed a lot in recent years which has influenced his decision to retire. Christy said he is looking at spending more time with his family now that he has retired. ‘ROBOCOP’ CHRISTY CALLS IT A DAY was last modified: May 25th, 2012 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:Christy GalliganGardairetirelast_img read more

ELECTION 2014: BOYLE WELCOMES LOBBYING OF MINISTER OVER BEEF CRISIS

first_imgFine Gael local election Candidate Grace Boyle has welcomed the news that Deputy Joe McHugh, TD, has raised the issue of the ongoing challenges in the beef sector with Minister Simon Coveney.These challenges are seriously affecting farmers in the Milford-Letterkenny electoral area and Donegal in general, she said While Deputy McHugh welcomed and acknowledged the very good work that Minister Coveney did during the CAP negotiations, in securing €12.5 billion up to 2020, he explained that things have since moved on and there are real and genuine concerns in the farming sector that need to be addressed. In their meeting, Deputy McHugh outlined the massive decline in the suckler herd. They also discussed the bull beef crisis and the market place in it’s current form. While the Minister cannot involve himself directly in the market, there is a perception amongst farmers that processors are influencing prices too heavily. Adding to this issue is the absence of the Northern buyer at our marts and not being able to take animals across the border to finish, both impacting negatively on the market.Deputy McHugh said that, “while it’s important to acknowledge that the price of beef is up 30% on three years ago, it is still down substantially on last year’s prices and with increases in costs, this is adding further pressure on the farmers”.The Minister called a meeting today with the various farming organisations, including the processors, in an effort to engage with all parties relevant to this issue and discuss a way forward. According to Grace Boyle, “Engagement of this type is absolutely necessary so that the interested parties can voice their concerns to the Minister and engage positively with him to try to find a solution. I welcome this news and will follow up the matter with Deputy McHugh again soon”.  ELECTION 2014: BOYLE WELCOMES LOBBYING OF MINISTER OVER BEEF CRISIS was last modified: April 17th, 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:Beef crisisElection CandidateFine GaelGrace Boylelast_img read more

Children’s Museum welcomes Nannie

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week After a lifetime of traveling around the world for Robert’s job as a petroleum engineer, and after their own visits to England, Ireland, Singapore and Japan, the couple had collected so many souvenirs that they decided to put them to good use, Jane Gaul said. “We always visited a lot of museums and art galleries with our children, so I wanted to give this museum something children could look at, touch and appreciate,” said Gaul, 72. “It also seemed like a good time in our lives to do this.” About four months ago, they called Baxter to see if she could make use of the items. “I get a lot of calls, but this sounded interesting. So I drove there to take a look,” she said. The objects she saw were impressive – a wood carving from Indonesia that depicts a story from the Hindu epic, “The Ramayana”; a dog-shaped game from the island of Java; drums from the Middle East; and much more. After viewing “all the interesting things from so many years living in other places,” Baxter decided to turn them into a permanent cultural exhibit for kids. PICO RIVERA – Taking a trip to grandma’s house is now as easy as walking through the front door of The Children’s Museum at La Habra. On Saturday, the museum opens Nannie’s Travels, a new permanent exhibit that duplicates the living room of a beloved and well-traveled grandparent, filled with dozens of curious objects collected during her travels. “These are not necessarily items you would find in the Smithsonian, but they are items that children and adults will enjoy,” April Baxter, curator of exhibits and education, said Thursday as she placed sculptures of Indonesian fishermen in the exhibit in the museum’s old east wing. More than 200 sculptures, paintings and other items from such far-flung locales as Indonesia and Russia are included in the exhibit. Many of the curios were donated by Jane and Robert Gaul of Huntington Beach, whose portrait, titled “Nannie and Granddaddy,” hangs on a wall of Nannie’s living room. Staffers were placing the finishing touches on the exhibit this week. “I think it will be a neat place to bring kids,” said Judith Watkins, a young mother walking through the museum with her children Thursday. “There are so many objects here that you don’t encounter every day.” debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com 562)698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want 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

Candles may be fire cause

first_imgVALENCIA – A fire that gutted a Valencia home and seriously burned three family members likely was caused by candles left burning after a Christmas party the night before, a sheriff’s fire investigator said Thursday. The fire, ruled accidental, started before dawn Tuesday in the dining room of the two-story Via Escovar home, where a team of nine investigators found the remnants of some 20 candles and charred shreds of a table cloth, sheriff’s detective Ed Nordskog said. “Nobody will be able to tell 100 percent, but it started in an area where there were candles,” said Nordskog, who worked with a team composed of Los Angeles County sheriff’s and fire department specialists. “Candles are a huge culprit in a lot of fires.” Another possibility was an electricity overload – the house was filled with holiday lights and at one point the family used “borrowed” power from next door, Nordskog said. That, however, wasn’t likely, he said, noting that it’s rare for electricity to cause house fires. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake David Ewart, his three children and his parents were sleeping upstairs and were awakened by noise from the fire, perhaps glass cracking and things falling as flames roared through the downstairs, Nordskog said. “That’s normal in the course of a fire going along for several minutes,” he said. “They were very lucky, it could have been really bad, multiple fatalities.” The family escaped through a rear-second story window and onto a balcony. Ewart, his 81-year-old father Hugh Ewart and his son Michael, 15, were scheduled to undergo surgery on Thursday. The trio was in serious condition as doctors at the Grossman Burn Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital began the process of removing damaged skin. Two younger children and Ewart’s mother were treated for minor injuries. How to help: A blood drive will be held from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Valencia Hills Club house, 24060 Oak Vale Drive for injured members of the Ewart family. Information is available by emailing Linda Skvarna at nittanyls@aol.com. — Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 pat.aidem@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