first_imgBoys’ Town’s Shamar Nicholson and Rohan Richards of newly promoted Jamalco Football Club are the top scorers with four goals apiece after six rounds of action of the 2016-2017 Red Stripe Premier League season. Nicholson has scored four of the Red Brigade’s five goals this season and relishes the opportunities he has been given by the team’s technical director, Andrew Price. “Coach Price is confident in my ability to score goals, so I am the man,” he told The Gleaner. “My target for the season is 30 goals, which is a lot, but that is the target,” the 19-year-old said. Rochane Smith of the UWI FC is in third position in the goalscoring tables, having scored three goals so far this season. Eleven players from seven clubs have scored two goals each. They are Damari Deacon and Lennox Russell from Arnett Gardens; Levaughan Williams and Wolry Wolfe from Humble Lion; Rodrico Wellington and Nicholas Scott from Maverley-Hughenden; Dino Williams and Allan Ottey of Montego Bay United; Rochane Sharpe of Jamalco; Jermaine Johnson of Tivoli Gardens; and Rodave Murray of Waterhouse. Seventy goals have been scored so far this season, with newcomers Jamalco, who are in third place in the team rankings, leading with 10. With seven goals scored are Arnett Gardens, Maverley-Hughenden, UWI FC, and Humble Lion. Tivoli Gardens FC have scored six goals this season, followed by Portmore United and Boys’ Town with five goals each. Waterhouse with four and Harbour View with two have the lowest number of goals.last_img

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first_imgThe UP prayed for specific orders for Korkoya and the Executive Director to recuse themselves from handling the runoff process.The Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Jerome G. Korkoya, yesterday said he will make an official complaint against Bomi County Senator Sando D. Johnson to the Senate for threatening to “deal with” the NEC Chairman “politically and legally” for the NEC Board of Commissioners’ (BOC) decision that overturn a recent ruling in favor of Rep. Edwin M. Snowe.On Thursday, August 10, the Board of Commissioners (BOC) overturned a ruling handed down by the Commission’s election disputes chief hearing officer, Muana S. Ville, and declared Rep. Edwin Melvin Snowe, the incumbent Rep. of Montserrado Electoral District #6 who has cast his political net in Senjeh, Bomi Electoral District #1, qualified to run for the district.Addressing journalists at the NEC’s weekly press briefing at the Commission’s headquarters in Monrovia, Korkoya said Sen. Johnson called him on Monday, August 14 and threatened him along with his fellow commissioners that he will deal with them politically and legally. “In consultation with our lawyers, we are not taking Sen. Johnson’s threatening comments lightly. We will, as soon as possible, take our complaint against him to the House of Senate for the threatening remarks,” he noted. He added that, should the final decision from the Senate not be satisfactory to the BOC, they will pursue justice at the Supreme Court. He said that other than the Sen. Johnson’s threatening phone calls, he (Johnson) also sent a couple of text messages saying the same threatening words. “As Africans and particularly in a case like this, I will not take Johnson’s comments for granted,” he said, noting further that Johnson may not only mean the real words “politically” and “legally.” Cllr. Korkoya continued: “He insulted me and my friends and promised to go on radio and make his invectives against us. He wants to intimidate this Commission, but we will not be deterred in executing our mandates as an autonomous body constitutionally established by law,” Korkoya said.Speaking on other issues, he said as the campaign continues, political parties should be mindful of their limitations and operate within the confines of the law. “The Ganta Declaration and the Farmington River Declaration are not dead and we expect every political party to live up its commitment to the two peace agreements,” he admonished. About the printing of ballot papers in Europe, he said there is no need for any politics to be associated with the NEC’s decision to hire a company in Slovenia to print the ballots. “We had a bidding process and this company won the bid after a transparent vetting process that was in line with the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC),” Korkoya pointed out.He also thanked the government for providing US$8.5 million to the NEC to continue with elections related activities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

first_imgA cross view of the new students shortly after they were admitted.Associate Justice warns as Louis Arthur Grimes Law School admits 63The Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia (UL) has admitted 63 new students into its 2019 academic program, a release has said.At the ceremony, associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Sianeh Yuoh, admonished the in-coming and re-admitted students of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law to go the extra mile in their pursuit for legal knowledge, insisting that those who do not love and respect the profession should ‘get out.’Justice Yuoh, who spoke on Monday, September 2, during the opening of a week-long orientation in legal research, analysis and writing for the in-coming and re-admitted students, also urged the students to do everything they can to go for their chosen passion.According to the release, Associate Justice Yuoh entreated the students to search their hearts and make sure they want to be lawyers, citing an experience with a lawyer who the Supreme Court fined and suspended for “incompetence and reckless appearance before the Court.”“So go and think about it, because, if you want to be a lawyer, be a lawyer; you got one week in which to make up your mind. If you do not love and respect this profession, get out,” she admonished.“I’m only saying this to let you know that you have to do more than just getting up one morning and saying, ‘Instead of sitting down and doing nothing, let me go and do law,’” Justice Yuoh warned.The president of the National Trial Judges Association, Judge Roosevelt Willie, urged the students to make maximum use of all that they will be learning to become one of Liberia’s best lawyers.Judge Willie, who was ken on the writing and speaking ability of some lawyers, implored the first-year law students to strive to become the best legal practitioners.Professor Geegbae A. Geegbae, UL Vice President for Institutional Development and Planning, challenged the first-year law students to cultivate a culture of reading and doing more research if they must become professional lawyers. Prof. Geegbae proxied for UL President Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks.He then encouraged the students to be cognizant of the rules enshrined in the student handbook, adding, “Focus your attention to achieve academic excellence.”Cllr. T. Negbalee Warner, Dean of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, said that the study of law is an exciting thing to do, yet challenging and requires having adequate information, preparation and endurance.“A key prerequisite for any decent chance of succeeding in the study and practice of law is knowing how the law is taught, studied and applied,” Warner said.This year, according to Associate Dean, Jamal C. Dehtho, Jr., more than 250 applications were received, but after a rigorous vetting process that included credential screening, the administering of two separate aptitude tests, and an in-person interview process, only 63 students (20 females and 43 males) met the Law School’s admission threshold.The in-coming students were meanwhile introduced to “legal baptism” into case briefing—a tedious academic exercise that dissects a court’s opinion and key elements and discusses its essence.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

first_imgReggie was not happy. “He was thrashing and hissing,” said Fred Dowell, nicknamed the “alligator whisperer” by Councilwoman Janice Hahn because he probably saw more of Reggie in the past two years than anyone else. Within minutes, 13 city firefighters received the call to assist and joined the pile-up to restrain the surprised, thrashing animal. Right behind them was Hahn, who coincidentally was in a meeting about the alligator with Recchio and fire officials at her San Pedro office, just minutes away. “We jumped in our cars as fast as we could” when the call came in from the park, Hahn said. At Machado Lake, Hahn finally got her long-awaited formal introduction to Reggie, daring even to pet the hissing reptile ever so briefly. Tied up and pulled onto a plastic skid by park rangers and firefighters, the protesting alligator was carried to a waiting animal control truck and driven, caravan-style with some of his capturers, north in an hourlong trek to the zoo. The lightning-fast capture ended a story that had turned legendary in Harbor City – the story of the seemingly invincible alligator that lurked beneath the lake’s waters, often unseen, and seemed destined to never be caught. News of his capture spread quickly as Reggie fans, television cameras and reporters descended on Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park. The Reggie caravan to the zoo was given all the pomp of a presidential motorcade, with sirens wailing and lights blaring – and, of course, this being L.A., live television coverage from overhead. “It was unbelievable,” Hahn said. “We had helicopters following us.” The alligator will remain in quarantine at the zoo, where veterinarians will examine him. Or her. Although Reggie has been referred to as “he,” the gator’s sex is one of many questions expected to finally be answered in the coming days. A zoo official referred to Reggie’s new home as akin to Club Med, where he will be fed chicken, fish and other meats. “He looked very healthy,” Hahn said. “He looked good.It was actually very emotional to be that close to him. I was petting him and saying good-bye.” Los Angeles fire Capt. Lafayette Carter, struggling to maintain a serious tone as he recounted the call that came into Station 85, said he’d just returned from a paramedic run when he was summoned to respond to “an alligator.” Minutes later, the Habor City captain found himself, strangely enough, sitting on an alligator’s swinging tail. Assistant Fire Chief Lou Roupoli helped restrain the gator. He estimated Reggie weighed 120 to 140 pounds. Freelance photographer Efrain Iniguez of Wilmington was in the park, ready to take some more shots of Reggie in the lake, when the capture occurred. “(Reggie) was fighting. He didn’t want to get caught,” Iniguez said. Reggie was first spotted on Aug. 12, 2005, and became an instant celebrity as journalists and residents watched as a succession of wranglers from Colorado and Florida attempted to capture the gator. Before he was killed last year in an underwater accident, “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin promised to be the next in line. Reggie disappeared from view for all of 2006, leading some to speculate that he’d died. But when the alligator suddenly resurfaced last month, Irwin’s crew from Australia said they’d come in July to follow through on Irwin’s personal promise made to Hahn. Now that he’s in custody, many would like to see Reggie kept at the zoo. “They should stamp him `Property of Harbor City,”‘ said Leroy Martinez of Harbor City, suggesting that residents will charter a bus to visit Reggie once he’s on exhibit.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Officially, the gator known as Reggie measured in at 6 1/2 feet long and appeared to be healthy with no obvious cuts or bruises, according to a Los Angeles Zoo official. That pronouncement ended what was a remarkable afternoon, the day the celebrity gator was finally nabbed. It all began when a pair of park workers spotted Reggie sunning himself on the southern shore of Machado Lake – with a partially eaten chicken leg lying nearby. He appeared to be settling in for a peaceful afternoon, conveniently wedged in behind a chain-link fence out of public view. The two workers decided to seize the moment. Soon joined by Ian Recchio of the Los Angeles Zoo, who was summoned from a meeting in San Pedro, they crept up from behind – and pounced. Holding the panicked reptile down, the three managed to get a loop around Reggie’s neck and taped his mouth shut with duct tape. Life was getting good for Reggie the alligator. The scaly, long abandoned pet had basked in his own legend on the shores of Machado Lake for nearly two years, eluding one professional gator wrangler after another. But about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Reggie’s luck simply ran out. When the storied gator was finally captured by a team of quick-thinking park rangers, firefighters and a zoo worker, it all ended remarkably easily, and within about 20 minutes. last_img

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