January 19

Red Force take control at Sabina

first_imgNikita Miller of Jamaica Scorpions and Trinidad and Tobago Red Force’s Anderson Phillip shared individual honours on the day but the Red Force held a distinct advantage over the hosts at stumps on day two of their WICB Professional Cricket League Four-day match at Sabina Park yesterday. The visitors closed the day on 62 for two, an overall lead of 153. The woeful form of the Jamaica Scorpions batsmen continued in their first innings when they were blown away for 112. Pacer Anderson Phillip took a spectacular hat-trick, inducing Assad Fudadin and Kenroy Williams to edge to slip before knocking over the stumps of Aldane Thomas first ball. He ended with three for 26. Daniel St Clair, Khary Pierre and Odean Smith all took two wickets each. Top scorer for the Scorpions was Chadwick Walton who made 35. Captain Paul Palmer made 26. All-rounder Rovman Powell, who was forced to bat at 11 due to an injured leg, was left not out on 19. Earlier, the Red Force, resuming on 135 for seven, were bowled out for 203. Nikita Miller took all three wickets to fall to end with five for 62. It was the 33rd time in his career that he has taken a five-wicket haul. Powell took three for 40 and Oshane Thomas, two for 30. Top scorer for the Trinidad Red Force was Yannick Cariah who made 61. Khary Pierre was next best with 35. Miller has bagged both wickets in the Red Force’s second innings. The two openers are the ones dismissed. Jeremy Solazano was bowled for 13 and Kyle Hope went leg before wicket for 20. Daren Bravo, 20, and Khary Pierre on two, are the not-out batsmen. Play resumes on today’s third day at 9.30 a.m. RED FORCE 1st Innings (overnight 135 for seven) Y. Cariah lbw b Miller 61 K. Pierre b Miller 35 D. St Clair not out 9 A. Phillip c and b Miller 1 Extras (b1, lb10, w1, nb7) 19 Total (all out, 66 overs) 203 Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-23, 3-57, 4-64, 5-64, 6-85, 7-94, 8-172, 9-201, 10-203. Bowling: Thomas 13-4-30-2 (nb4), Leveridge 11-3-28-0 (nb1, w1), Powell 12-3-40-3 (nb1); Miller 18-2-65-2; K Williams 12-1-32-0. SCORPIONS 1st Innings C. Walton c Bravo b Smith 35 O. Williams c Hope b Pierre 2 A. McCarthy b Smith 0 A. Fudadin c Bravo b Phillip 12 *P. Palmer c wk Ramdin b St Clair 26 K. Williams c (sub) Jangoo b Phillip 0 +A. Thomas b Phillip 0 N. Miller lbw b Pierre 1 R. Leveridge run out 1 O. Thomas c Phillip b St Clair 6 R. Powell not out 19 Extras (lb5, w2, nb3) 10 Total (all out, 38.3 overs) 112 Fall of wickets: 1-20, 2-29, 3-43, 4-63, 5-63, 6-63, 7-64, 8-65, 9-87, 10-112. Bowling: Philip 8-2-26-3, St Clair 6.3-1- 40-2, Pierre 5-2-7-2, Smith 9-2-14-2, Mohammed 9-4-14-0, Imran Khan 1-0-6-0. RED FORCE 2nd Innings K. Hope c Thomas b Miller 20 J. Solozano b Miller 13 D. Bravo not out 20 K. Pierre not ou t 2 Extras (lb6, nb1) 7 Total (2 wkts, 29 overs) 62 Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-59. Bowling: Thomas 6-1-18-0, Leveridge 6-4-2-0, Miller 11-3-24-2, K Williams 6-1-12-0. Position: Red Force lead by 153 runs with eight second innings wickets intact. Toss: Scorpions. Umpires: C. Taylor, D. Butler.last_img read more

January 17

Bill Clinton Celebrates Liberia’s Return to ‘Normal Life’

first_imgFormer United States President William (Bill) Clinton yesterday told a hall packed with major health stakeholders that his visit to Liberia is in celebration of the country’s return to “normal life.”“We are here to celebrate in theory Liberia’s return to normal life,” President Clinton said as he made remarks at a health stakeholders’ gathering yesterday at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Sinkor.If no new Ebola case is reported in the country by Saturday, May 9, Liberia will be declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO).The former US President, who was in the country along with his daughter, Chelsea Clinton Mezvinsky, said they joined Liberians both at home and abroad and the many partners in the fight to eradicate the virus as they anxiously await that day. President Clinton could not hide his excitement in seeing how much progress the country has made in defeating the deadly virus.During his one-day visit in the country President Clinton held a major meeting with health stakeholders. He praised President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberians and everyone who ensured that the country reached the stage where the Ebola virus has receded.He noted that the global community, in collaboration with the affected countries needs to figure out how to keep such a devastating pandemic from happening again.He said this can only be done by building a vibrant health sector and training of healthcare practitioners. He indicated that training healthcare workers adequately to tackle such an emergency will help to prevent it from recurring.Included in the former US President’s itinerary was the opportunity for him to interact with some of the many Ebola survivors and learn how he and his family, as well as his Clinton Foundation could be of help to them.Mr. Clinton spoke against stigmatization of survivors, who he said need to be embraced by the larger society.He also stated that he was in the country to support the government in whatever way possible to restore the country and to keep things moving again.Before he made his remarks in the hall, he interacted with the Ebola survivors. He asked them about their major challenges, which they said included stigmatization, community rejection, medical conditions and job loss.Following her dad’s remarks, Ms. Clinton, who also spoke of the joy of Liberia returning to normal life, called for a moment of silence for the many who died as a result of the virus infestation.Speaking earlier, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf stated that the Clintons’ visit added more impetus to the hard work that she and her lieutenants are doing to stamp out the disease and begin the building of resilient health sector. President Sirleaf also told President Clinton and his entourage that Liberians had to come together as a team in order to defeat the virus.As the Ebola virus still rages in neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea, Liberia has now officially gone 36 days without a confirmed case. It is now remaining six more days to complete the 42 days — two incubation periods of the virus — to be declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 17

Liberia’s Judiciary ‘Influenced by Corruption’

first_imgUS Human Rights Reports in 2015 has branded the Judiciary and the entire justice system of Liberia as “corrupt.”Accordingly, acceptance of bribes by judges and juries, police harassment and extortion of money from drivers and biased treatment given alleged corrupt government officials are highlighted in the 2015 report concerning Liberia.In line with the Liberian Constitution, the report says, there should be an independent Judiciary, but the third branch of government that is responsible for interpreting the law is highly influenced by corruption.“The constitution and law provide for an independent judiciary, but judges and magistrates were subject to influence and corruption. Uneven application of the law and unequal distribution of personnel and resources remained problems throughout the judicial system. The government continued efforts to harmonize the traditional and formal justice systems in particular through campaigns focused on trying criminal cases in formal courts. These cases included murder, rape, and human trafficking, as well as some civil cases that could be resolved in either formal or traditional systems,” the report says.The report went further to note that bribery was a factor in determining which cases were tried and what the outcome of cases would be.“Some judges accepted bribes to award damages in civil cases. Judges sometimes solicited bribes to try cases, release detainees from prison, or find defendants not guilty in criminal cases. Defense attorneys and prosecutors sometimes suggested defendants pay bribes to secure favorable decisions from judges, prosecutors, and jurors. Corrections officers sometimes demanded payment to bring a detainee before the Magistrate Sitting Program.”It is also stressed in the report that there is an overwhelming pretrial detainee problem at the Monrovia Central Prison (MCP), which is in violation of the Liberian Constitution and the international convention on human rights.“Although the law provides for a defendant to receive an expeditious trial, lengthy pretrial and pre-arraignment detention remained serious problems. An estimated 78 percent of prisoners were pretrial detainees as of November, despite the large number of detainees released by the Magistrate Sitting Program during 2014 to reduce Ebola virus disease (EVD) transmission in overcrowded prisons. Unavailability of counsel at the early stages of proceedings contributed to prolonged pretrial detention. A 2013 study of the MCP population revealed pretrial detainees were held on average more than 10 months. For example, an LNP officer was detained for nearly four months without a formal charge on suspicion of manslaughter after a civil disturbance in Paynesville in April.”Juries are also accused in the report of being partial due to acceptance of bribes that influence their decisions.“Trials are public. Juries are used in circuit court trials, but not at the magistrate level. Jurors were subject to influence and corrupt practices that undermined their neutrality. Defendants have the right to be present at their trials, consult with an attorney in a timely manner, and have access to government-held evidence relevant to their case. Defendants have the right to be informed of the charges promptly and in detail. If a defendant, complainant, or witness does not speak or understand English, the court provides interpreters for the trial. Defendants also have the right to a trial without delay and to have adequate time and facilities to prepare their defense, although these rights often were not observed. Defendants are presumed innocent and they have the right to confront and question adverse witnesses, present their own evidence and witnesses, and appeal adverse decisions. These rights, however, were not observed consistently.”The Liberia National Police (LNP) is accused in the report of misconduct and corruption as evidenced by suspension or dismissal of several of its officers.It further indicated that in January of 2015, police authorities dismissed and referred to the judicial system for trial of two officers for alleged misappropriation of L$2.9 million entrusted to them for the EVD control operations.The Report also indicated that “The LNP’s Professional Standards Division (PSD) is responsible for investigating allegations of police misconduct, and referring cases for prosecution. In January 25 officers of the division participated in a three-day training activity related to a plan intended to decentralize its operations into five regions; training covered PSD policy and procedure, investigation, and report writing. “The National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) reported that violent police action during arrests was the most common complaint of misconduct.”However, the report also alluded to the fact that regular LNP officers are poorly equipped, ineffective, and slow to respond to criminal activity; although foot patrols met with some successes in curbing crimes in some areas.Limited transportation, communication and forensic capabilities, and lack of capacity to investigate crimes including violence constitute some of LNP’s challenges.“The lack of a crime laboratory and other investigative tools hampered police investigations and evidence gathering that, in turn, hampered prosecutors’ ability to prepare court cases,” the report emphasizes.In reference to the Constitution on free movement within Liberia, foreign travel, emigration and repatriation, the report noted that the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) and the LNP subjected travelers to arbitrary searches and petty extortion at unofficial checkpoints.Regarding corruption in government, the report said some officials engaged in corrupt practices and went with impunity. It did not state who were involved.It mentioned low salary for civil servants, minimal job training, and little judicial accountability as conditions that exacerbated official corruption and contributed to a culture of impunity.According to the report, the President will dismiss or suspend some officials for corruption, while others will be dismissed and sent to court for prosecution; something that seems to manifest conflict of interest in decision making on the part of the President.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 11

Debuchy out for three months

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, September 23-Arsenal will be without the services of right-back Mathieu Debuchy for three months after he underwent surgery on an ankle injury.The Frenchman, who joined Arsenal in July for a fee believed to be around £12 million, suffered the injury during the Gunners’ 2-2 draw with Manchester City earlier in the month. It was initially hoped that Debuchy had only suffered a sprain, but further tests revealed ligament damage and he will now spend a substantial period out of action.“He had surgery on Friday and will be out for three months,” said manager Arsene Wenger.“A reasonable delay is three months. All went well, but it can be a week or two earlier or a week or two later, but it will be around three months.“It is a blow of course, how big it will be we will only know afterwards because it will be down to how well we replace him. We bought [Calum] Chambers for that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

January 11

Messi trial for tax fraud starts May 31

first_imgThe pair are accused of ceding the player’s image rights to the companies in order to avoid declaring money made from lucrative deals with sponsors in Spain.Public prosecutors had asked for the case against the Argentine player to be dropped as they considered the alleged fraud was carried out by his father, who has managed his son’s affairs since he was a child.But in October 2015 the judge in charge of the case rejected the request, writing in a court filing that “there are rational signs that the criminality was committed by both accused parties.”Lawyers acting on behalf of the tax office have asked for both defendants to be slapped with prison sentences of 22 and a half months.Both father and son have denied the accusations and instead blamed a former financial advisor.Jorge Messi made a voluntary corrective payment of five million euros in August 2013 which is expected to mitigate any sentence.Even if convicted it is unlikely that either Messi or his father would enter prison as jail terms of less than two years are usually suspended for first time offences in Spain.The trial will run until June 3, the Catalan Superior Court of Justice said in a statement, which means it will not interfere with Barcelona’s committment since La Liga and the Champions League will have wrapped up by then.But it could complicate Messi’s participation in the three-week centenary Copa America which gets underway on June 3, although Argentina’s first match is on June 6.Messi earlier this month won a record Ballon d’Or for the world’s best player after helping Barcelona to a treble last season of the Champions League, La Liga and the Spanish Cup.Last month Messi and his father were cleared of separate allegations relating to charitable friendlies played in 2012 and 2013 after a judge heard testimony from an Argentine businessman who organised the matches.The player had been investigated in that case to see if he had failed to declare to the tax man any revenue made from taking part in a series of friendlies in Mexico, Colombia, the United States and Peru. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi kicks the ball during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Real Betis Balompie at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on December 30, 2015 (AFP Photo/Pau Barrena)BARCELONA, January 20 – Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his father’s trial for tax fraud will begin on May 31 at a court in Barcelona, a regional superior court said Wednesday.Messi and his father Jorge have been charged with tax fraud for allegedly failing to declare 4.16 million euros ($4.69 million) in taxes related to his image rights between 2007 and 2009 through front companies in Belize and Uruguay.last_img read more

January 6

Man opens fire in Las Vegas casino, 3 wounded, including Van Nuys boy

first_img“These are the real heroes. They saw him shooting and tackled him and held him,” police Lt. Randy Sutton said. He identified those who stepped in as three off-duty out-of-town police officers and two military personnel, but said he did not know their names. “Amazingly, few people were hurt,” Sutton said. Troy Sanchez, a 13-year-old from Van Nuys, who was wounded in the left ankle, said he heard more than 10 gunshots from a balcony over an escalator that takes customers to the casino floor. “We thought it was fireworks,” Sanchez said of himself, his mother and his older brother, a worker at the casino’s Manhattan Express roller coaster who was off work at the time. A man opened fire from a casino mezzanine inside a Las Vegas Strip casino early Friday, wounding three people, including a 13-year-old boy from Van Nuys, before being tackled by officers and patrons, authorities said. “It was crazy, pandemonium,” said Jade Jacobson, 28, a tourist from Deland, Fla., whose cousin, a dance teacher from Pennsylvania, was wounded in the leg. “People were running and jumping over slot machines and knocking over chairs,” Jacobson said. “It was the scariest thing I ever dealt with. All I was thinking was that I could die right now.” Police revised initial reports that four people were wounded in the 12:45 a.m. shooting at the New York New York hotel-casino, and credited bystanders with subduing the gunman before on-duty police arrived. They were in a tile-floored promenade near the escalator, watching a promotional video for the roller coaster, when panicked people began pushing and running and he was wounded. Sanchez said he didn’t think he was targeted. “I didn’t even see the guy at all,” the teen said. “He was just firing randomly anywhere.” The man, believed to be in his early 50s and a Las Vegas resident, “discharged his firearm several times” at patrons below, said Officer Ramon Denby, a Las Vegas police spokesman. Sutton and police Capt. James Dillon said three people were wounded, despite early reports were that two women and two men were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening wounds. Sanchez and Jacobson’s cousin, who refused to be identified, were treated at University Medical Center in Las Vegas and released. Police said a third person was treated at the scene for a graze wound and released. Police were not immediately sure how many shots were fired. Denby said investigators were collecting bullet shell casings. Denby said the casino was packed with people in town after Independence Day for a holiday weekend. The man, whose identity has not been released, was not a hotel employee or a guest, Denby said. He was being questioned by police while investigators reviewed surveillance tapes from inside and outside the casino, Sutton said. The man entered the casino from a Las Vegas Boulevard walkway connecting the New York-New York to the MGM Grand hotel-casino about 12:45 a.m. and opened fire with a handgun, randomly shooting at people on the casino floor below, authorities said. “This is a very rare incident,” said Denby. “It seems like some local guy who snapped and went to the hotel to do it.” Denby said the casino remained open while investigators were interviewing witnesses. Casino spokeswoman Yvette Monet said hotel and casino operations were fully restored by 6 a.m. “We are handling guest inquires as they come in,” said Monet. “Guests are being informed that it’s business as usual.” New York-New York, which has about 2,000 rooms, is owned by casino giant MGM Mirage Inc.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

January 6

Burton times it just right

first_imgIt was the third victory of the season and 25th of his Busch career for Burton, whose first win of 2007 came in Las Vegas when he spun out Busch just before the finish line. Nextel Cup drivers, set to compete today in the Sharp Aquos 500, took the top 11 spots in the Busch race, with Jimmie Johnson fourth, followed by Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray, Robby Gordon, rookie David Ragan and Reed Sorenson. Both Hamlin and Kahne overcame spinouts during the race on the track made more treacherous than usual by temperatures still hovering in the 90s after the sun went down. Runaway series points leader Carl Edwards, who went into the night leading David Reutimann by 690 points, was running in the top 10 until he was involved in a late crash. Edwards finished 25th and now leads new runner-up Harvick by 654 points. A hard, fiery crash midway through the race sent rookie Brad Keselowski to a hospital for evaluation of an apparent leg injury. ETC.: Two executives with the Arizona Diamondbacks have purchased majority interest in the NASCAR team owned by Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach, The Associated Press has learned. Jeff Moorad, chief executive officer of the Diamondbacks, and Tom Garfinkel, the chief operating officer, will be introduced as the controlling owners of Hall of Fame Racing at a news conference today at California Speedway, two people familiar with the deal told the AP. They requested anonymity because the formal announcement had yet to be made. Detroit Indy Grand Prix Helio Castroneves won his IndyCar Series-record seventh pole of the season, edging Dario Franchitti for the top spot in the 18-car field. Castroneves, who averaged 103.401 mph, broke Billy Boat’s 1998 record of six pole position victories in a season and added to his series record total of 23. Series points leader Scott Dixon qualified third, and Tony Kanaan rounded out the second row. Rookie Ryan Hunter-Reay was fifth, followed by Marco Andretti. With two races left, Dixon and Franchitti are separated by four points for the series championship, while Kanaan is in third-place, 62 points off of the lead. Castroneves took exception to the idea that he and the rest of the field are content to go through the motions. “I don’t care if they are fighting for a championship,” Castroneves said. “They have got to be careful of me because I am going to go for it.” The pole win is only the latest of Castroneves’ successes in Detroit. The Brazilian won his first IndyCar race on Belle Isle in 2000, and followed up with another victory in 2001. Today’s race will be the first IndyCar race the city has hosted in six years, and Castroneves will be vying for a third straight win. Dutch Grand Prix Three-time champion Sebastien Bourdais won the pole at Champ Car’s maiden race at Assen, Netherlands, edging Justin Wilson for the top starting spot. Bourdais, hoping to become the first Champ Car driver to claim four straight titles, was timed in 1 minute 18.765 seconds around the 2.83-mile track. The pole was the sixth this season for the Frenchman, who is switching to Formula One next year. Wilson clocked 1:19.710 to take the second spot, and rookie Tristan Gommendy qualified third in 1:19.025. Ram Tough 200 Johnny Benson raced to his second straight NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory, holding off Ron Hornaday Jr. Points leader Mike Skinner had the pole position and led the first 30 laps on the 1.25-mile Gateway International Raceway oval in Madison, Ill., but dropped from contention after blowing out his right front tire. Hornaday finished second and two-time Gateway winner Ted Musgrave was third. Todd Bodine, Musgrave’s teammate and defending champion, finished fourth. NHRA U.S. Nationals John Force is close to missing Monday’s finals at Clermont, Ind. He needs a run of at least 4.826 seconds in his Funny Car today to qualify, after there was little movement at the top of the qualifying field. All four leaders from Friday stayed on top. Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Jeff Arend (Funny Car), Max Naylor (Pro Stock), and Chip Ellis (Pro Stock Motorcycle) remained provisional No. 1s when no one topped their Friday runs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services Jeff Burton turned a late pit stop and fresh tires into a NASCAR Busch Series win Saturday night at California Speedway in Fontana. He passed Kyle Busch for the lead just eight laps from the end of the Camping World 300 and pulled away to win by 2.859 seconds – about 12 car-lengths – as Busch barely held off pole-winner Denny Hamlin for second place. “You’re never sure you can get around Kyle Busch,” Burton said. “He’s an incredible race car driver. We had much better tires than he did at that point, and that made my job easier. But by no means did I think it was a gimme.” Burton, knowing he was going to come up about three laps short on gas without a stop, gave up the lead to Busch, who stayed on track when Burton pitted on lap 127 during the fifth of six caution flags. Burton fell to sixth for the restart on lap 131 of 150 on the two-mile oval. But he quickly began to overtake Busch, whose last tire stop came on lap 96. Burton was up to second when the final caution waved on lap 132 for a four-car crash. When the green came out for the final time on lap 141, Burton began to pressure Busch. He managed to get his nose ahead to take the lead on lap 143 and the two drove side-by-side for nearly half a lap before Burton’s Chevrolet took control. “It was fun, I guess,” he said. “We had a car that was really, really fast at the beginning of the race, but it was so tight I told my guys to make some big changes on it and we got really, really loose.” Asked why he stayed on track during the last caution, Busch said, “I figured the tires were going to be a bigger deal than track position was. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to hold him off, but I was kind of surprised I was able to hold him off as long as I did.” last_img read more

December 28

Chelsea face losing Hazard AND Costa… and mammoth £200m bill to replace them

first_img1 Hazard is wanted by Real Madrid and Costa could head for the big money in China Chelsea face losing both Eden Hazard and Diego Costa this summer, leaving the club with the massive task of replacing two of their most influential players. Hazard has been back to his world-class best this season and Costa has scored 18 goals in all competitions with the Blues looking on course to land their fifth Premier League crown.Real Madrid are increasingly confident of landing Hazard this summer and Costa has confided to friends that he is sick of the English weather, according to The Sun. The cost of replacing the pair could be as much as £200million.Real are poised to dip into the market to land their latest Galactico as part of president Florentio Perez’s re-election plans. And Costa can choose between returning to Spain or heading to China – where he could easily earn a massive payrise on his current £185,000-a-week wages.last_img read more

December 27

At least 132 deaths linked to heat wave

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 “They’ve dealt with heat forever,” said Sgt. Sue Norris, supervisor of the Merced County coroner’s office. “They don’t think that it could be a real danger.” Both Northern and Southern California had been gripped by triple-digit temperatures since July 16, with the Central Valley suffering the most with temperatures as high as 115. The heat wave appeared to be nearing its end Friday as regions that saw the mercury soar past 100 degrees early in the week fell back into the 80s and 90s, said Mike Delman, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service. “By Monday, Tuesday we’ll be even cooler than normal,” Delman said. In the extended forecast, “It might warm up a bit, but nothing like what we had.” Californians trying to keep cool have set records for energy consumption. Before this week, the utility’s highest peak energy use was recorded at 5,661 megawatts. The heat wave created a demand of 6,165 megawatts — shocking officials who predicted usage wouldn’t top 6,100 megawatts for another four years. In Northern California, a wildfire near the Oregon state line was threatening major power transmission lines between California and the Pacific Northwest. Grid operators said they could reroute electricity if the lines go dead, but those three lines carry about 4,200 megawatts to California. Farmers have been struggling as well, trying get work crews into the fields in the early mornings to avoid the worst of the heat and running water misters to keep cattle from dying. Vegetables, fruit and even wine grapes could be affected. “The conditions, staying this hot for this long, are simply too much for the most vulnerable residents,” state Sen. Dean Florez said Thursday as he called on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to declare a state of emergency in the Central Valley to make more financial and personnel resources available. Schwarzenegger said he had already taken action to help residents cope with the heat, pointing to 75 cooling centers available at fairgrounds and conservation measures to avoid blackouts. “There’s not much more we can do,” he said. “I don’t know what it means to declare a state of emergency when we’re already doing everything.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — At least 132 deaths, mostly elderly residents, were likely linked to a nearly two-week heat wave in California, county coroner’s offices reported Friday. The big jump from a day earlier came primarily from Los Angeles, Merced, and Stanislaus counties, where coroners struggled to keep up. “This is unprecedented for the county,” said Stanislaus County Office of Emergency Services spokesman David Jones. The county typically suffers one heat-related death a year, he said. On Friday, he reported 29 deaths in a survey by The Associated Press. The state’s elderly may have underestimated the potential for harm.last_img read more

December 24

Murty: Predictions of ‘a doing’ will motivate Rangers

first_imgRangers caretaker manager Graeme Murty believes predictions of a heavy defeat at the hands of Celtic are all the motivation his players need to inspire them to an upset.Brendan Rodgers’ side are 27 points clear at the top of the league, unbeaten in domestic football and looking for a 23rd consecutive win in the Premiership. That has led some pundits to expect a comfortable home win for Celtic but Murty thinks that talk will sharpen his players’ focus.“It’s easy for me,” he said. “I just show them everything that’s been written about them, how they’ve been written off and Celtic are fantastic and we’re going to get an absolute doing. “You can’t actually control anything about it and it would be a massive waste of energy to be looking at that when I’ve got something fairly large on Sunday to consider,” he said.“[My preparation] doesn’t change. I’m merely here to make sure the players have the detail on Celtic, have the detail on the occasion, make sure we get all of any extraneous detail out of the way and out of their heads so they can go and focus on being excellent on the pitch.“It’s difficult, it’s hard but that’s the job. The job is purely to concentrate on the game.”He added: “We know it’s going to be a difficult game. [A new manager watching] doesn’t make it doubly difficult. The players have been in this situation before. “There’s been no one at the helm apart from me, there’s still been no one appointed so they just have to make sure they concentrate on what we can control. “They can’t control what the weather is going to be like, they can’t control what the surface is going to be like, all we can control is our approach to it and they have to concentrate on putting themselves forward in a very, very good light for this football club.”Murty said his concentration on the game meant he had not given any thought to his part in any future coaching team but expected discussions to take place. “I don’t actually have to motivate them, I just have to say ‘this is what the world thinks about you’. “You can either listen to the noise or be really close together and go and show them what we’re about. Thankfully, you [pundits and the media] have all done my job for me.”Murty is expected to be in the dugout for the last time, with Pedro Caixinha’s appointment as permanent manager imminent. The Portuguese coach is expected to be in the stand watching on Sunday but Murty said the peculiar situation had not been a distraction as he prepared for a “difficult” game.last_img read more