CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED TRAINERS TO PARTICIPATE IN FUND-RAISING FOR STANDING MRI AT SANTA ANITAAt a special Board of Directors meeting held Sunday, October 27, the leadership of California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT) voted to assist in immediate fund-raising for the Southern California Equine Foundation (SCEF) purchase of an equine MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) facility to be added to the Equine Imaging Center at Santa Anita Park. The proven technology has been in use elsewhere previously, whereby the horse is standing while scanned.The urgency of the fund-raising effort is based on a November 15 deadline to contract for the equipment which would then be installed at Santa Anita prior to the start of the upcoming Winter/Spring Thoroughbred race meeting commencing on December 26. SCEF, via the Dolly Green Foundation, has already pledged $450,000 to the project. Raising a matching amount would not only secure the standing MRI for use with horses at Santa Anita and training elsewhere in Southern California, but also reduce the ongoing per-scan charges for veterinarians, owners, and trainers, once the facility is installed.The addition of the standing MRI would complete the state-of-the-art Santa Anita Imaging Center, which already includes nuclear scintigraphy (“nuc scan”) technology and will soon add a newly-developed equine PET scan (Positron Emission Tomography) installation, made possible by a $500,000 contribution from The Stronach Group (TSG), owner of Santa Anita Park, and $200,000 via the Dolly Green Foundation. Between the two projects, the Dolly Green Foundation will have committed $650,000. TSG will also provide all installation infrastructure required for the addition of the standing MRI. The Imaging Center is a companion facility to the renowned Equine Hospital at Santa Anita Park, founded 40 years ago as the first-ever at a race track.Donations of any amount to SCEF, organized under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by law.The completion of the Imaging Center is of critical importance for the future of racing in California, and elsewhere, given the increasing public scrutiny of the welfare of race horses. All techniques possible must be employed for purposes of diagnosis and injury prevention, and California racing has led the way for decades in equine welfare. The sport employs tens of thousands throughout California, directly and indirectly, who depend on its continuation and improvement for their own livelihoods. The thousands of horses in training for racing in California and elsewhere deserve the best diagnostic and treatment techniques possible to ensure their soundness and appropriate care.To donate, contact Southern California Equine Foundation [scef-inc.com], California Thoroughbred Trainers at Santa Anita Park, or contribute via GoFundMe. Donations of any amount are very much appreciated.
Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “For us to get a win, that was big time,” Wall said. “Playing against a great team, one of the hottest teams in the league. They’ve been in a slump lately, but it’s a team that we know we might have to battle later on, and to get a win it was great.”Otto Porter Jr. added 20 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. finished with 16, helping Washington take the first meeting between the teams since Boston’s Game 7 victory at home in the second round of the playoffs last spring.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I felt a little nostalgic out there,” Oubre said. “It brought me back to the playoffs and all the good memories that we have in here. The fans chanting crazy stuff, it just brought me back to a place where you know it got me locked in man, like it was the playoffs, so it was a great atmosphere out there.”Eastern Conference-leading Boston lost for the third time in four games. Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum each scored 20 points for the Celtics, and Terry Rozier had 16. Wall added a layup and two free throws down the stretch to help Washington hold onLast season, the teams had a testy rivalry with lots of trash-talking and a few games filled with hard fouls. It was more civil on Monday, just a tight defensive game with numerous contested shots and a few hard screens.The Wizards led by two at halftime and opened the third quarter by scoring 13 of the first 17 points, pulling ahead 65-54 on Marcin Gortat’s three-point play. Gortat had 11 points and 10 rebounds.TIP-INSWizards: It was Gortat’s ninth double-double this season. … Wall was scoreless in the opening quarter.Celtics: F Marcus Morris returned after missing 10 of the last 11 games with a sore left knee. … Reserve F Semi Ojeleye missed the game with a sore back after he tested it during pregame warmups. . Jaylen Brown left the arena with one crutch and appeared to favoring his left leg.FIRST NOELThe Celtics played for the 31st time on Christmas, with 28 of the previous games on the road and the other two at neutral sites before Monday.“As much fun as it is to be with family, this is what our family does,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said. “We’ve been in gyms for most Christmases of our lives, so it’s really fun to get a chance to compete on Christmas Day.”GRONK SIGHTING Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal (3) drives past Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart, behind, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Washington’s talented guards made themselves at home at Boston’s Christmas party.Bradley Beal scored 25 points, John Wall had 21 points and 14 assists, and the Wizards beat Boston 111-103 on Monday (Tuesday Manila time) in the Celtics’ first Christmas Day home game in franchise history.ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone The Celtics are 11-8 since opening the season 16-2.“It hasn’t been one of the best stretches for us, but we have a resilient group,” Irving said. “That right there is enough for us to go on and make progress in the right direction.”Boston forward Al Horford thinks it’s just a normal course of a season.“You go through ups and downs in a season,” he said. “Tonight, I felt good about our chances. We put ourselves in position to win the game and we weren’t able to do it.”Boston opened a 95-90 lead on Irving’s 3-pointer with 6:18 left, but the Wizards responded with a 12-0 run. Beal capped the spurt with a three-point play and a breakaway dunk off a turnover.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES View comments Durant delivers on both ends, Warriors top Cavaliers Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was seated courtside wearing a Santa hat. He got a huge ovation when he was shown on the videoboard.FAMILY TIMEMorris brothers Marcus (Boston) and Markieff (Wizards) were matched up against each other a few times. At one point, it looked as if they were both smiling when Marcus missed a jumper over his brother.WARM WELCOMINGInjured forward Gordon Hayward walked out to center court before the game and wished the fans a merry Christmas and happy holidays on behalf of the Celtics’ organization.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 MOST READ
LATEST STORIES “You can’t control that,” said Brownlee Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “The referees are not perfect, I’m not a perfect basketball player, so they make mistakes.”Alexander looked to have committed a traveling violation late in the fourth quarter but escaped to drill a mid-range jumper that gave the Slingers an 84-76 lead with 2:02 left in the game. Singapore held on to bust Alab’s streak, 90-80.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“They try to do their best and I’ll try to do my best because that’s what I can control… We just need to win more games and get our rhythm back,” Brownlee added.Alab, which now sits with a 3-4 card, came out firing earlier in the game and built a 10-2 lead at the 5:23 mark of the first period. Singapore, however, stormed back in the second to take a 26-21 lead off a 12-2 run that AJ Mandani capped off with a three-pointer at the 5:41 mark.And although Alab tied the game at 64-64 at the end of the third quarter, Mandani once more caught fire in the final frame and capped off the Slingers’ 11-2 run with a triple with 5:58 left.“We came out trying to set the tone early but give credit to Singapore, coming off a loss, they just came out with a lot of energy, a lot of awareness, and they were focused,” said Brownlee after his Alab team beat the Slingers 89-80 in Singapore on Jan. 7.“They came in, and they fought hard. They deserve it. I think we relaxed a little bit. Coming off a couple of wins, by human nature, you tend to do that.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Alapag livid over ‘really bad call’ but won’t blame refs for Alab loss Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Justin Brownlee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHolding on to the past isn’t something Justin Brownlee is fond of.The Alab forward said the non-call on Singapore’s Xavier Alexander supposed travel is all water under the bridge as they now shift their focus on their future games in the ASEAN Basketball League.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) will challenge WBA “regular” welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) on July 14 in Kuala Lumpur.“Manny has told me Buboy (Fernandez) will be handling the training on this fight,” Pacquiao’s manager, Michael Koncz, told ESPN. “What’s important to Manny is that he has one voice to listen to in the corner that he trusts, and that’s Buboy for this fight.”Fernandez is Pacquiao’s best friend and assistant trainer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe bout will be Pacquiao’s first since a 12-round decision loss to Australian Jeff Horn last July at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.—INTERNATIONAL BOXING SCENE Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Tiu scores double in drag racing third leg Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames It’s official: Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring sans longtime trainer Freddie Roach.Roach has been training Pacquiao since 2001 and the duo worked side by side for 34 fights.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Djokovic, who has now won four titles this season, will move up one ranking spot to No. 2, pushing Roger Federer back to No. 3.The victory extended his winning streak to 18 matches, the longest of the season by any male player. Federer and Nadal both had 17-match winning streaks during the year.Coric, who had his right thigh wrapped throughout the match, saved three match points on his own serve in the ninth game of the second set.But the Croatian couldn’t prevent Djokovic from snatching the title on a fourth match point in the next game. Djokovic won the final game to love when Coric sailed a backhand long.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Brady, Patriots top Chiefs for wild 43-40 win LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 “Well, to be honest, I’m not sure whether it has happened ever, you know, that I go through a tournament without dropping one service game,” Djokovic said. “I’m sure that it hasn’t happened too many times if it did. So this was definitely one of the best service weeks that I had in my career.“But for me serve was always, so to say, a hidden weapon, the shot in the game that is obviously very important, “the” most important. But I always try to use it with an accuracy and efficiency rather than speed and power.”The Serb offered 13th-seeded Coric one break point in the match, in the sixth game of the second set. Coric, who has yet to win a set against Djokovic in three matches played, sailed a forehand wide to miss out on the rare opportunity.“It was really tough,” Coric said. “I didn’t know what to do exactly. I thought I was playing actually really well, which is in that moment not good because if I play bad, okay, I know I need to start playing better, need to change something.“I’m just happy with the whole week. I think it was a really good week for me.”ADVERTISEMENT Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Borna Coric of Croatia in their men’s singles final match in the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)SHANGHAI — Novak Djokovic won a record fourth Shanghai Masters title with a 6-3, 6-4 win over 13th-seeded Borna Coric on Sunday.The second-seeded Djokovic has won all four Shanghai finals he’s contested in his career (2012, 2013, 2015 and 2018). He previously shared the record of winning three Shanghai titles with Andy Murray.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Djokovic holds an 11-0 overall record in finals played in China, where he also won the Beijing tournament six times and the 2008 year-end Tennis Masters Cup held in Shanghai.“Maybe I was Chinese in the past life,” said Djokovic, smiling, in explaining impressive record in the country. “I wouldn’t be surprised, to be honest, with the way I feel here and the way I communicate and have relationship with the people.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 Chriss“It’s all very, very positive, for more than ten years that I have been coming to China. There is something special about this place that makes me feel like at home.”Djokovic dominated opponents behind his powerful serve, winning all 47 of his service games during the tournament. View comments
NEC Chair Jerome KokoyaAuthorities at the National Elections Commission (NEC) have announced the Commission’s preparedness to conduct the July 31 Senatorial by-elections in Bong and Montserrado counties by procuring all materials, including ballot papers, which arrived in the country over the weekend.Cllr. Jerome George Kokoya on Monday, July 23, informed journalists in Monrovia that all items, including prepacked kits and ballot papers, which were procured (obtained) outside the country, have arrived.“For your ease of reference, there are 669 voting precincts and 2,292 polling places in both counties,” Kokoya said.Although it is not known how many ballot papers were brought into the country for the Senatorial by-elections, Kokoya said for the collection and processing of data on the elections, NEC has recruited 78 data center staffs to beef up the strength of those already working with the Commission.“In addition to data center staff, the NEC has also recruited 148 electoral supervisors and 12,956 polling staff, including presiding officers, voter identification officers, ballot paper issuers, ink makers and ballot box controllers as well as queue controllers. Training for these staff will commence today, Tuesday, in the two counties,” Kokoya declared.“In addition to civic educators deployed in the field, the Commission, in collaboration with International Foundation for Electoral System, has produced jingles and dramas, which are being aired on a number of radio stations in Bong and Montserrado counties, highlighting peaceful conduct of the elections,” Kokoya said.Although the NEC has declared campaign opened for the exercise, Kokoya said the Commission has received no complaint of campaign-related violence. He said this news, which is about a violence free campaign process, is welcoming not only to the NEC, but the entire country and partners.About ensuring that there is security on the day of the by-elections, the NEC chairman said the leadership of the Liberia National Police (LNP) will submit a budget (amount undisclosed) to the Commission for review and consideration so as to protect all polling centers on the day of the elections.“Seventy-seven civic educators and gender mobilizers were recruited, trained and deployed across the two counties,’ he said.He added that 35 are assigned in Montserrado, while 42 have been deployed in Bong County and that the civic educators are mobilizing voters to turn out on Tuesday, July 31, to exercise their political franchise.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Naomi B. Harris, president-elect, NUODSamuel G. Dweh/freelance journalist (0886618906/ 0776583266/ email@example.com)“I feel overwhelmed. My victory in the election today is a proof of my people’s confidence in me based on my works or performances in the immediate past government.”These were some of the words of Madam Naomi B. Harris, a physically challenged and crutches-mobile, during interview by journalists at the end of her organization’s elections for new leaders on March 29, 2019 at a resort in Monrovia.The elections was organized by the National Union of Organizations of the Disabled (NUOD).The electoral journey for ‘presidential candidate’ Naomi B. Harris, who was hit by paralysis on one of her legs at age 2, was dotted with bodily pains, emotional pangs, and psychological pinches for her, and all other disabled persons, who participated in the electoral stages.The process began at NUOD’s Congress—where candidates sell their campaign platforms to registered voters and an independent elections body carries out voter education. The congress, by NUOD’s constitution, is held on the eve of the elections. The elections eventually ushered in Ms. Naomi B. Harris as the president for the first time.Before the debates began, a five-member Independent Disability Elections Commission had set all materials needed for the process. The tools included seven white square-shaped plastic buckets (each with black top), seven cups of indelible ink for thumb-signing, seven voters’ queues dividers, and an assortment of stationery materials.The National Elections Commission (NEC) provided all the materials, except the stationery provided by the leadership of NUOD. Amos Harris, representing the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), was the Commissioner for the NUOD’s elections.Other members of the Independent Disability Elections Commission were also drawn from Government institutions and private organizations. They included: Teatema M. Yarsiah, Chairperson (working in the Division of Inclusive Education at the Ministry of Education); Bill Karmo, Co-Chair (a private consultant for organization development); Venus K. G. Quite, Procurement Coordinator (working with the Liberia Labour Congress); and Alexander Mingei Nakamu, Jr., Secretary (working in the Division of Inclusive Education at the Ministry of Education).Marking of ballot boxes with serial numbers was done by Commissioner Bill Karmo.Positions being vied for included: President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, General Secretary, Financial Secretary, Treasurer, and Chaplain.Seventy-eight persons—from all of Liberia’s 15 Counties—registered to vote. The total number of candidates’ agents/observers was 17—10 females and 7 males.The Elections Commission printed a total of 100 ballots for each position, Elections Chair Teatema M. Yarsiah announced to the audience. “The extra 28 ballots are stand-by replacements for ballots that will be damaged during voting,” she explained.Debate started, first with presidential candidates, after voter education by the Election Commissioners.“I have not come here with big promises to impress you to vote for me. You are already aware of my performances in the past government, which are speaking to you on me here,” Madam Harris, the organization’s immediate past president, declared to voters during the presidential debate.“Naomi Harris lacks advocacy skills,” candidate Joseph Kortu exclaimed, in an attack against his sole opponent in the presidential race. “She doesn’t speak on the disability issues on the radio, as her fellow leaders in other groups do. And she is not media-friendly.”The Elections Chairperson remarked on candidate Kortu’s comments. “On the debate, we instructed each candidate to only tell the voters what he or she would do for the Union, if elected, and never to attack the other candidate,” she reminded.After the platform sell-out session, the elections commission opened the floor for each candidate throw questions to their opponents, if there were any.“Mr. Kortu, you said Naomi Harris doesn’t speak on disability issues on the radio. Please provide proof,” the female presidential candidate spoke first.“Candidate Joseph Kortu, do you have answer to candidate Naomi Harris’s question?” Elections Chair Yarsiah enquired from the visually impaired candidate.Kortu, in his response, simply insisted that Harris does not speak on disability issues. However, he could not provide proof as requested.For his question, candidate Joseph Korto asked his opponent to give account of food rations she had received from G-77, a pro-government disabled group directly under the Vice President of Liberia, on behalf of all members of NUOD. The full nomenclature of “G-77” is “Group of 77”.Candidate Harris said she passed the foods to leaders of DPOs (Disabled People Organizations) to share them among members.The Elections Commission turned the voters’ sections to interact with the presidential candidates on their respective platforms.“I have a question for Naomi Harris!” a call came from a visually impaired voter. “I’m informed that you warned NUOD’s members against interacting with leadership of G-77.”Candidate Naomi B. Harris responded to the concern: “I never told NUOD’s members to not interact with the leadership of G-77. What I said is this: Do not get involved into the political scheme of G-77 whose leadership is blocking NUOD’s access to support from the national government.”Voter Joseph T.K. Barfeh, visually impaired, threw two questions to presidential candidate Joseph Kortu: “You are employed with the government. How can you independently run NUOD, an independent advocacy body critical on the government? And, how can you run Montserrado County-based Headquarter of NUOD while you are living in Grand Bassa County, your current permanent base?”Candidate Joseph Kortu replied: “To your first question: I’m a consultant to the government, not an employee. To your second question: I’m partially based in Monrovia, and will be here fully if I’m the president.”After the Presidential debate, the Elections Commission called candidates for the other positions.The ballot casting was slow—mostly due to sight problems of some of the voters.After the voting, the Elections Commission called all candidates’ agents to witness the counting of ballots.“Thank you for your cooperation that made this election successful and without violence,” Elections Commission announced after the ballots had been county.Next, she announced the name of the winners, beginning with the presidency.“Candidate Naomi B. Harris got 73 votes; Joseph Kortu got 15 votes. Naomi B. Harris is hereforth declared winner of the presidential election.”Screams rippled through the audience on the mention ‘Naomi B. Harris’. It was the same with most of the other names mentioned as winners of the other positions.The list of the other officers-elect included: Peter Flomo (visually impaired), First Vice President; Daniel Dargbe (visually impaired), Second Vice President; Alonso Dixon (physically challenged), Secretary; Heylove R. Mark (physically challenged), Treasurer; Mrs. Alberline Dennis (physically challenged); and Comfort Mulbah (visually impaired), Chaplain.The major inconvenience at the elections venue was accessibility problem, especially for participants who came in wheel chairs and those with crutches.For the ‘wheelchair’ group the main victims were Weedor N’dorleh, president, United Disabled Women of Liberia; Nenlay G. Doe, Nimba County Coordinator, NUOD; and Agnes M. Effiong, president, Association of Disabled Women. Each person, in the wheel chair, was carried into and, when the wanted to use the restroom, out of the venue.“I will not vote in NUOD’s elections again, if organizers of the next elections choose this place where wheelchair people suffer to enter,” Madam Weedor N’dorleh complained when she was being led by her son out of the compound of the Eco Hotel.Lester M. Stuart, from the ‘crutches’ felt off, and dropped back on the ground, when climbing the stairs to enter the hall.Josephine Williams and Matthew Boborwie—both employees of the National Commission on Disabilities (NCD)—served as sign language interpreters for hearing impaired participants of the elections.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– Advertisement – This video shows part of the RCMP Press Conference on Thursday October 1st, 2009The investigation continues, in the death of a Buick Creek farmer.An unidentified man was shot dead on Wednesday afternoon, after an altercation that began on the weekend.The Fort St. John RCMP was notified of a domestic dispute on Saturday. The man had reportedly pursued a van carrying his wife, children, and a friend. Officers say the man then confined himself to his farm, near Buick Creek.Officers remained at the scene during the standoff, and say the man was shot on another attempt to leave his property.Advertisement Corperal Dan Moskaluk spoke to reporters about the incident this afternoon in Fort St. John.[asset|aid=1938|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=bf9587909fc6912b46923ac094e885d0-Moskaluk 2_1_Pub.mp3]Moskaluk didn’t reveal many details about the incident, as the investigation is ongoing.However, he says the process could take a while to go through.Advertisement [asset|aid=1939|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=bf9587909fc6912b46923ac094e885d0-Moskaluk 1_1_Pub.mp3]Moskaluk says the Fort St. John victim service unit was brought in to assist the family.Click Here for a story on a neighbour’s reaction to the incident
A group headed to Victoria to join the protest against Site C held a press conference Friday morning. – Advertisement –
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – In a story published in the Journal of Commerce, BC Hydro has put forward preliminary design plans for the relocation and realignment of Highway 29, a key component of the Site C dam construction work.The 83 kilometre long project reservoir will be on average two to three times the current width of the river and will flood portions of the current highway.As a result the river valley flooding will require the realignment of about 30 kilometers of Highway 29 between Charlie Lake and Hudson’s Hope and Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure investigation and analysis is underway to finalize alignment, bridge, and roadwork design at six highway locations.- Advertisement -The definition design has resulted in a trio of preferred alignments at Lynx Creek, Farrell Creek and Halfway River segments, and in addition there are three corridors in which an alignment will be determined, pending further analysis at Bear Flat/Cache Creek, Farrell Creek East and Dry Creek. The flooding of the Bear Flat/Cache Creek segment will require the relocation of about eight and half kilometres of the current highway, and it would cross Cache Creek with a 200 metre bridge and a 240 metre causeway.About four kilometres of the highway will be flooded by the reservoir at the Halfway River segment, and the new route would follow the reservoir shoreline and cross over the Halfway with a 300 metre bridge and a 650 metre causeway.Advertisement At the Farrell Creek East segment, located within the preliminary stability and erosion reservoir impact lines, up to six kilometres will be relocated. Construction of these segments is scheduled to begin in the summer of next year but not to be completed until the fall of 2021.In the meantime, the Ministry says a $7.9 million dollar road work project is underway to improve access to the dam construction site through rural roads immediately south of Fort St. John, and the contract for that work has been awarded to a Prince George Firm, A.L. Sims and Sons.