Insurers Refusing Bond for Patricks?

first_imgHighly placed sources has informed the Daily Observer that almost all of the insurance companies registered with the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) to do bail business are reportedly ‘behind time,’ or slow (not willing) to do business with the Patricks family, who is making frantic attempts to secure a US$15,000 bond for political activist Vandalark Patricks. The bond would temporarily release him from prison to await trial.Facing sedition and criminal libel charges against President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Patricks will remain at the Monrovia Central Prison (MCP) until his lawyers can file a credible bond for him to appear in court, the Daily Observer was informed yesterday. The US$15,000 bond was determined by Criminal Court ‘A’, where Patricks is expected to stand trial should his lawyers meet the legal requirements.Up to press time last night, there was no news about the ‘activist’ being bailed out of jail.Patricks was indicted immediately a day after he was investigated and charged by officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) on multiple charges of “Sedition and Criminal Libel against the President.”Last Tuesday, February 23, police invited Patricks in connection to a statement he made on Sunday, February 21, insinuating that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf gave direct orders to shoot at the then Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) standard bearer, Winston Tubman, vice standard bearer, George Weah, and murdered innocent and defenseless citizens on November 7, 2011.Patricks also said the government hired “assassins to murder the former Liberia Petroleum Refinery (LPRC) Managing Director, Harry A. Greaves Jr., and eliminate other political opponents to maintain state power.” In a statement, the LNP said, “Mr. Patricks was called in to assist security authorities establish facts surrounding his statements,” which the police believe, “has the potential to undermine the peace of the state.”The LNP maintains that the statements made by Mr. Patricks are “grave and require the establishment of truthfulness for the common good of the Liberian society.” The LNP also notes that speech that incites violence and maliciously defames the government does not fall under the category of “protected free speech,” and as such, emphasizes that “this action ought not to reflect on the enviable record of the government in protecting freedom of speech and the press.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

District’s plans to honor former principal run afoul of man’s family

first_imgPlans to rename a multi-purpose room at Nelson Elementary School for a longtime principal continue, despite a stand-off between the man’s family and school district officials. Mike Gomez served as the school’s principal for 23 years. He died in 2005 after being mauled by two dogs. The Hacienda La Puente School District school board voted in January to rename the room the school uses as a cafeteria and auditorium after Gomez. In addition to renaming the building the “Mike Gomez Learning Center,” district officials said they intend to install a plaque on the building and revise the school’s marquee to reflect the change. Six people spoke in favor of renaming Nelson School at the March 29 school board meeting, including Barbara Fraracci, district programs specialist. Gomez hired Fraracci as a teacher in 1977. Fraracci would prefer if the school was renamed, because “Mike knew every inch of the school. Not just one area,” she said. However, Fraracci acknowledged that being a realist and one who works for the district, “there are parameters we have to live within.” Gomez’s family “want his memory to live on in the district,” said Carmen Gomez, his widow. The board’s action in January was following district policy, said Nakaoka, which allows for the board to approve buildings on schools to be renamed, such as Patrick Mauch Stadium, in honor of a former principal at Los Altos High School. School sites have not been renamed – the closest the board came to approving a change was when Temple Elementary School became Temple Academy. Because “Temple” remained in the school’s name, the school avoided a “major process” that comes with renaming a school, Nakaoka said. Rudy Chavarria, a school board member, supports renaming Nelson School after Gomez and will ask board members to revisit the issue. “I hope they will reconsider,” Chavarria said. “I feel that it would be a nice thing to do recognize all the years of service and the mentoring he did.” Gary Matsumoto, the district’s chief business officer, said the proposal was meant to show respect for the long-time administrator. The marquee would feature Gomez’s name more prominently “to help people realize he made major contributions to that community,” Matsumoto said. “Both sides want to honor the man,” he added. “We want to be sensitive to the family and we are all trying to do the good thing.” Gomez, former colleagues recalled, had high expectations for his staff and students, said Neil Edwards, a former teacher at Nelson. “If something needed doing, he would do it,” Edwards said. “He physically changed the school. Classrooms had to be sharp, clean and ready for school.” caroline.an@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Friends and family said they appreciated the district’s gesture, but that renaming the school after Gomez would be a more fitting tribute. “The bottom line is we want the school renamed,” said Estella Romero, a former district community liaison. District officials said that renaming a school is a “major process” that includes changing everything related to school scores and funding applications, said Barbara Nakaoka, district superintendent. Former students, parents and colleagues have asked the school board to reconsider their decision. Residents who knew Gomez have collected letters from former students and have read them at board meetings. last_img read more

‘I cheered Rooney sub more than Terry’s Moscow penalty’ – United fans on captain’s performance

first_img One fan joked that this was Wayne Rooney’s heatmap in the game against Leicester Man United drew with Leicester 1-1 at the King Power Stadium and both teams’ strikers had very different evenings.While Jamie Vardy scored in his 11th straight Premier League game, Wayne Rooney struggled up front.In the end the Man United captain was taken off midway through the second half where he appeared to be injured and he was replaced by Memphis Depay.Here, talkSPORT looks at some of the reaction from supporters watching the game. 1last_img

‘Crash,’ ‘Brokeback’ top tales

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card For adapted screenplay, Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana for “Brokeback Mountain” won over Dan Futterman for “Capote,” Jeffrey Caine for “The Constant Gardener,” Josh Olson for “A History of Violence” and Steven Gaghan for “Syriana.” “This is truly amazing. The fact that we’re in such stellar company makes it all the more amazing,” Ossana said. Two days prior to the awards ceremony, screenplay nominees from both categories gathered at the WGA Theater in Beverly Hills for a free-ranging panel discussion about their films. Ossana said bringing “Brokeback” to the screen was a seven-year journey that began when she read and fell in love with the short story by Annie Proulx on which the movie is based. “I wanted to get it out into the world in a major, major way,” Ossana said. “The best way I could think of was to write a script and get a film made. I thought, ‘This has the potential to be really, really powerful.”‘ The writers of “Crash” and “Brokeback Mountain” won top honors at the 2006 Writers Guild of America awards during ceremonies held simultaneously Saturday in Hollywood and New York. “Crash” writers Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco triumphed in the original screenplay category over other nominees Cliff Hollingsworth and Akiva Goldsman for “Cinderella Man,” Judd Apatow and Steve Carell for “The 40 Year Old Virgin,” George Clooney and Grant Heslov for “Good Night, and Good Luck” and Noah Baumbach for “The Squid and the Whale.” In his acceptance speech, Moresco dedicated the award to “every writer that sits at 4 a.m. at his desk and knows and believes that he belongs in another business but writes the next line anyway.” Moresco added: “To say our film is even a little bit better than some of these other films is just nuts. It’s not a competition and we all know it.” For Haggis, the seeds for “Crash” were planted by a carjacking. One night he was awake at 2 a.m. thinking about the robbery and his assailants. “I started asking myself questions like, ‘Who did they bump into?’ I kept following them and by 10 a.m., I had the whole story,” said Haggis, whose film has the characters played by Brendan Fraser and Sandra Bullock being carjacked by two men. When Gaghan decided to develop his script for “Syriana,” it required traveling to the Middle East to do research, and during this process, he said, many good stories presented themselves. “I just didn’t know anything about the worlds I was writing about,” Gaghan said. “Beirut? Is that east of the 405? I looked at it as a big adventure.” Gaghan, a WGA and Academy Award winner for his screenplay of “Traffic,” had learned enough that when he sat down in a Paris cafe, powered by about seven cups of coffee, the story just poured out of him in about two hours. “The gift of this job is to just keep learning,” Gaghan said. Heslov said he and his old friend Clooney had been looking for something to write together and finally decided on a movie focusing on journalist Edward R. Murrow’s showdowns with Sen. Joseph McCarthy and the violation of civil liberties that were taking place at that time. “George’s father (Nick Clooney) is a broadcast journalist, so when he grew up Murrow was a hero in their house,” Heslov said. “You research and you listen to those speeches and you can’t help but think of how it applies to today. We didn’t know who was going to be president at the time.” Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 greg.hernandez@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

Judge refuses bail after huge brawl in Letterkenny

first_imgMore than 20 people were involved in a day-long altercation at Canal Road in Letterkenny last Sunday, a court has heard.Tommy Connors of 4 Canal Road was arrested at Letterkenny University Hospital on Sunday for his part in the fracas and gardai objected to bail being granted. Gardai outlined that on Sunday afternoon, Connors used a rope with hooks attached at the end to break three windows in a violent incident at Canal Road. He was also in possession of a steel bar.The court heard that a number of witness statements were taken and gardai are seeking further more serious charges in relation to this matter.Garda McLaughlin told Judge Paul Kelly that bail was being objected to on a number of grounds. These included the fact that Connors could interfere with witnesses and would not turn up to court to answer the charges against him.He confirmed that Connors was not the only person involved in this altercation and there were up to 20 persons involved throughout the day and there is an ongoing garda investigation in relation to it.Solicitor for the defendant, Mr Michael Shiel, asked Judge Kelly to grant bail and said his client had lived at that address for more than ten years.He said he has been in court on a number of occasions since then on public order charges and has had no warrants issued in the last five years.Mr Shiel suggested that Connors could provide an alternate address at which to reside but Garda McLaughlin said this would not change his view on the objection to bail.“I still believe that he would return to his brothers at 4 Canal Road,” said Garda McLaughlin.Judge Kelly noted that there was another incident recently involving parties related to the defendant at the same location and said he was refusing bail on the basis of possible interference with witnesses.Judge refuses bail after huge brawl in Letterkenny was last modified: June 14th, 2019 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)last_img read more

Arrest warrant issued for actor after he damaged Garda station cell

first_imgAn arrest warrant has been issued for well-known actor Gerard McSorley after he failed to turn up in court to face a series of charges.The Fr Ted actor was due to appear at Letterkenny District Court after being arrested on November 26th last for a breach of the peace. The 69-year-old actor had been taken to Letterkenny Garda station after engaging in threatening, insulting or abusive behaviour.While at the station, McSorley continued to breach the peace.He is also charged with damaging property while in the cell at Letterkenny Garda station.Details of the second charge against the actor are revealed in the charge sheets.It reveals how McSorley consistently spat at the cell door.The charge reads “(You) did without lawful excuse damage property, to with, cell door by constantly spitting on it during your stay in Garda custody and covering same in saliva resulting in the cell having to be cleaned belonging to Chief Superintendent of Letterkenny Garda station.”McSorley, with an address at Trinity Court, Newtowncunningham, Co Donegal, did not appear in court to answer the charges.He also did not have any legal representation when the case was called before Judge Paul Kelly.Judge Kelly issued a bench warrant for McSorley’s arrest.The actor, who has appeared in several films and tv plays, was famously Fr Todd Unctious in the Fr Ted series and he also appeared in many well-known films including Braveheart, Veronica Guerin and Angela’s Ashes.McSorley has previous convictions for a number public order offences.In 2016 he was convicted of damaging two flower pots belonging to Bank of Ireland in Bunbeg.He paid the bank €40 compensation and apologised to the court.In 2001 at Kilmainham District Court, he was charged with impersonating a member of An Garda Síochána for which he was fined €50 and was also fined €200 for drink-driving on the same occasion.He is originally from Omagh in Co Tyrone but has been living in Co Donegal for many years.EndsArrest warrant issued for actor after he damaged Garda station cell was last modified: December 6th, 2019 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:ACTORarrestcelldonegalGarda stationGerard McSorleyletterkennyspatlast_img read more

Poor hit hardest

first_img Martinez’s husband drives hundreds of miles a week to install countertops and flooring in homes as far as San Bernardino. She cares for the disabled at a nursing home not far from their Van Nuys home. Gas now costs the family about $400 a month, more than 15 percent of their total budget. It used to be less than $300 a month and that was tight. With bills already eating away most of their salary, the couple is sometimes sacrificing basic needs. “It’s hard,” Martinez explains. “The $20 that goes in the gas tank, I need to buy baby diapers. “The poor are the ones most affected by all this. The rich, they are OK. For them, they just pay more.” Aleman, who runs his lawn-care business out of his North Hollywood home, considers himself lucky. His wife, a teacher, can make up for the $1-an-hour loss in his salary – money that goes to fuel his work truck, his lawn mowers and weed trimmers. “I am talking to other gardeners and they are afraid they are going to lose clients (if they charge more). All we talk about is gasoline,” Aleman said. “I worry about my friends. They are hard-working people. They work hard for a little.” — Rachel Uranga, (818) 713-3741 rachel.uranga@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 For many, it’s easy to absorb the cost. But for the working poor, the extra expenditure quickly eats up a small end-of-the-month stash that could otherwise be put toward clothes, shoes or savings. “Any additional rise in gas prices is going to have a substantial impact on the working poor,” said Michael Stoll, associate professor of public policy at the University of California, Los Angeles. “For them, it’s going to have to come out of necessities like food.” Nearly one in five Los Angeles County families with children lives below the poverty line, according to 2004 Census figures. Many live in job-deficient areas and are forced to drive to more affluent neighborhoods for work. For them, taking the bus could cost them a better job or hours of lost time that could be spent on work. “A car is indispensable. Can you imagine how hard it would be for me to take a bus?” Martinez said, bouncing her 13-month-old daughter on her hip and loading groceries into the trunk of her Nissan Sentra. “The bus takes a long time and you have to wait for it.” The steady increase in gas prices has hit everyone, but it’s low-wage workers and those with small businesses that depend on gasoline who are most vulnerable to sharp jumps. Gardener Jaime Aleman is losing $1 an hour from his paycheck to gas. Lucy Martinez, a mother of two, can barely make ends meet at the end of the month. Siraj Khan, a handyman who feeds his five children with donated food, must choose between gasoline and other necessities. “I am not buying clothes, I am not buying things for the kids anymore,” said Khan, a Canoga Park resident. “I have a limited budget, limited money. I can’t afford it anymore.” Prices at the pump have climbed steadily and rest nearly $1 above last October’s average. Filling up a 12-gallon tank now costs about $10 more than it did at the beginning of the year.last_img read more

Warning over fireworks after gardai seize illegal haul in Donegal

first_imgParents have been warned to be mindful of their children this Halloween by outlining the dangers fireworks pose. Fireworks are often used at Halloween time, but without a licence, it is illegal to use them.It emerged last week that gardaí in Inishowen seized fireworks during Operation Tombola in Buncrana and Clonmany. Inishowen Councillor, Jack Murray, welcomed the illegal haul, while urging parents to be mindful of their children this Halloween season.He told Donegal Daily: “Incidents around fireworks at Halloween has been a trend now for over the last couple of years.“And incidents, especially in Buncrana around the Ferris Lane area, have proved a problem with fireworks being thrown at cars, which is just torturing local residents.“So, I welcome the seizure of fireworks and I am glad that they won’t be as accessible if gardaí are clamping down on them. “Fireworks make for a good spectacle if used in a safe environment, but they are very dangerous and if young children get their hands on them they can be particularly dangerous.”Gardaí said fireworks, bar the smallest types, will be confiscated if found, while people who throw any ignited fireworks in public places can face up to five years in jail, plus fines.Urging parents to talk to their children about the dangers fireworks pose, the Donegal Fire Service said: “Members of the public are asked not to buy, use or supply fireworks and parents are requested to monitor their children and make sure they do not play with fireworks including bangers.“Every year children end up tragically injured and often scarred for life after using illegal fireworks.”Warning over fireworks after gardai seize illegal haul in Donegal was last modified: September 30th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Eureka Loggers snap 15-game losing streak to Arcata Tigers with straight-set win

first_img“It’s been a long time since Eureka beat Arcata,” said Eureka’s … Arcata >> When you talk about Humboldt-Del Norte League Big 5 volleyball, two school’s have been at the forefront for a long time — Arcata and Del Norte. Not anymore.After a convincing 3-0 win over Arcata, the Eureka Loggers made a statement: They’ve arrived. Eureka brought its A-game on Tuesday, beating the Tigers for the first time since the 2012 season with a 26-24, 25-23 and 25-19 victory at Arcata High School.last_img

Crabs wrap season with 3-game sweep

first_imgBronson Grubbs had a game-high four hits and three RBIs in the Humboldt Crabs season finale as the Crabs defeated the visiting Bay Area Blues 19-6 Sunday afternoon at the Arcata Ballpark.“A great group of guys up and down the roster,” Crabs manager Robin Guiver said. “They came to play the right way.”The win on Sunday was the in a fourth win in a row for the Crabs (37-10), who swept the Blues in three games. They outscord the Blues 40-16 over the three games.The Crabs scored their first run …last_img