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Oral Tracey: Usain Bolt should pay me (lol)

first_img PIVOTAL ROLE In all fairness, some unique and significant credit should be given for the pivotal role I played in the success story of Bolt. The mere fact that those stinging words resonated with him through the ebbs and flows of his now mega successful career suggests that those words helped to motivate, if not inspire, the now greatest sprinter of all time to the lofty heights he has attained. Criticism tends to spark the fire of excellence, and Bolt has risen above many challenges, including some moments worthy of criticism, to be now blazing a furnace of excellence. Even his exploits at last year’s World Championships in Beijing when the odds were stacked against him because of poor form and injuries, with the debate raging as to whether he would be able to overcome the challenge of a then marauding Gatlin, Bolt must have been well aware that in my capacity as his ‘main motivator’, I was early and emphatic in my prediction that he would lose to Gatlin in that 100-metre final. It is also reasonable to assume that Bolt, and the innate champion in him, must have drawn some motivation from that swirling sentiment, which helped him to put in that extra work needed to overcome the odds and prove the critics wrong in the emphatic way he did. During the last decade spanning the 2005 World Championships, through the thick and thin and ups and downs up to the 2015 Beijing World Championships, I genuinely believe that my motivational role in the building of Bolt the athlete and Bolt the brand has been immeasurable. In my retort to Bolt’s recent accusations, I suggested publicly that I was preparing an invoice to be delivered for my services. The big man subsequently responded on Twitter that he was looking forward to receiving that invoice. The tabulation continues, and the invoice will be delivered as I look forward to the day when l will be finally and adequately compensated. When Usain Bolt accused me of calling him a ‘sell-out’ who ‘sold out’ to Justin Gatlin in that infamous 200 metres final at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki I reacted with dismay, knowing that I had never, called, and would never call Bolt a sell-out. For the record, I want to here and now categorically deny calling Bolt a sell-out. Desperate attempts are still being made to find the relevant commentary aired on August 11, 2005, the day of that fateful race, to verify that what I did say was that Bolt’s decision to jog the last 70 or 80 metres of that race was an act of cowardice, and he should have stopped if he was injured instead of walking to the line. I maintain to this day that it was a reasonable criticism of Bolt’s performance on that particular occasion, an opinion that many Jamaicans somehow equate with writing off the then emerging sprinter. There is, however, a fundamental difference between writing off an athlete and being critical of a specific performance by that athlete. Absolutely no one is beyond criticism, which in and of itself when merited is not necessarily a bad thing. It is how the individual responds to criticism that determines the effect of that criticism. I remember being confronted personally by Bolt about the particular incident in question. I remember telling him that my critique of him was not meant to tear him down, but to make him a better and stronger athlete and that those harsh words seemed to have done him well.last_img read more

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Ellington ties career-best with 28 as Heat top Mavs

first_imgMiami Heat guard Wayne Ellington (2) shoots under pressure from Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris (34) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game. APMIAMI — Wayne Ellington tied a career high with 28 points, Josh Richardson scored 24 and the injury-ravaged Miami Heat never trailed on the way to beating the Dallas Mavericks, 113-101 on Friday (Saturday Manila time).Tyler Johnson scored 19 and Bam Adebayo scored 14 for Miami, which shot 64 percent — second-best in franchise history. The Heat started both halves with 12-0 runs and went 16 for 25 from 3-point range.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Waiters missed the final 13 games of last season with a left ankle sprain, and it’s nagged him at times ever since.Nowitzki made back-to-back 3s late in the third, pulling Dallas within 77-73. The Mavs had two possessions with a chance to take the lead in the fourth, misfiring on both, and Miami scored 31 points in the final 8 1/2 minutes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Ellington made 3s on back-to-back possessions early in the fourth, pushing what was a two-point Heat lead out to 90-82. He connected on his seventh 3 with about four minutes left for a 99-88 lead, and Miami stayed in control the rest of the way.Richardson made 11 of 14 shots for Miami, which has won four of its last five.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 folkYogi Ferrell scored a season-high 23 for the Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki and Harrison Barnes each had 20 for Dallas, which got outrebounded 35-22. The 22 rebounds were the fewest by an NBA team this season.Miami guard Dion Waiters left in the first quarter after turning his long-problematic left ankle on a drive, meaning the Heat now have seven players dealing with injuries. Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic, James Johnson and Justise Winslow all remained out with various injuries, Rodney McGruder and Okaro White are likely not returning anytime soon, and now Waiters is ailing again. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone 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 Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalscenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Nets rout Wizards to end four-game losing streak LATEST STORIES View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenselast_img read more

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Warriors, Wolves, Wizards each get 2 NBA All-Star reserves

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments 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 Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Stephen Curry, Warriors use big second half to beat Knicks OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) is fouled taking a shot by Dallas Mavericks’ Yogi Ferrell (11) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)NEW YORK — Stephen Curry will be able to stock his All-Star roster with plenty of Golden State teammates.Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were chosen as reserves Tuesday, giving the defending NBA champions a record-tying four All-Stars for the second straight year.ADVERTISEMENT James and Curry earned the captain spots by being the leading vote-getters in fan balloting in each conference. They will not have to stick to conference affiliation when drafting their teams.James will have the first pick after receiving the most total votes. After the starters are chosen, Curry will have the first pick among the reserves.Beal, Oladipo, Porzingis and Towns were all first-time selections. Every other reserve will be making at least his third All-Star appearance.The reserves were voted upon by the head coaches in each conference, who had to select two guards, three frontcourt players and two other players regardless of position. They were prohibited for voting for their own players.Players having strong seasons who didn’t make the cut included Detroit’s Andre Drummond, the NBA’s leading rebounder, Clippers guard Lou Williams, Houston’s Chris Paul and Oklahoma City’s Paul George.ADVERTISEMENT The Minnesota Timberwolves and Washington Wizards also had two reserves selected, and they will go into the pool of players that Curry and fellow captain LeBron James can draft to comprise the teams for the Feb. 18 game in Los Angeles. Their rosters will be unveiled Thursday, though the selection process won’t be televised.Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns were chosen from the Western Conference, along with Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge and Portland’s Damian Lillard.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 folkBesides Washington’s John Wall and Bradley Beal, the rest of the Eastern Conference reserves were Boston’s Al Horford, Cleveland’s Kevin Love, New York’s Kristaps Porzingis, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and Indiana’s Victor Oladipo.The starters were announced last week. Curry and the Warriors’ Kevin Durant joined Houston’s James Harden and New Orleans’ Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins from the West, while the East players besides James were Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Boston’s Kyrie Irving, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan and Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid.last_img read more

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Anyone Who Eats Ebola Money Will Go to Jail

first_imgActing Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara M. Konneh has warned all of those handling Ebola monies that if any is caught illegally eating Ebola money that person will go to jail.Acting Minister Konneh said it was too early to accuse people of “eating Ebola Trust Fund money”. He, however, emphasized: “But let me say this to those of you receiving money to fight Ebola, when you eat Ebola money, you will go to jail.”He disclosed that the Liberian Government would cut “wasteful spending” and redirect such funding to Ebola treatment centers like ELWA-2 and others all across the country.He also told those handling the funds that proper accountability would be demanded off them in order to ensure that Liberians and sick patients get the “best care possible.”Min. Konneh, who deputized for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Wednesday, September 10, at ELWA-2 Ebola treatment center, had earlier been presented 12 Liberians, who once tested positive with the Ebola virus disease but were now negative and were being released back into their communities.He said he had come with two messages from President Sirleaf: “The first message is to thank our Liberian Ebola heroes [and heroines], Dr. Jerry Brown and your team. I want to assure you, the administrators of ELWA-2 that we will do everything within our power as a government to give all the support that you need here.” Min. Konneh stressed that “anything” that Dr. Brown and his team need to save the lives of Liberians within the isolation, would be provided by the government.He said the second message from the President was that their government is doing everything in its power to respond to the epidemic. Among other things, he disclosed: “We are going to open additional treatment centers around Montserrado and across the country: not in the matter of months but in the matter of weeks; we will work with our partners and we will put our government money inside. We will cut wasteful spending and put the money there when necessary.”Min. Konneh, who is the nation’s chief financial custodian, assured Dr. Brown that he (Konneh) would visit the center everyday.Speaking earlier, Rep. Edwin Melvin Snowe, in whose electoral district number 6, the isolation center is located, said every time, he enters the center, he is “touched.”“Amidst the numerous criticisms, this center is supported fully by the Liberian government. We must give the credit to the government for the success of this center,” he said.According to him, Finance Minister Konneh had informed him that he (Konneh) has been instructed by President Sirleaf that the center be fully supported.He extended thanks to the government for providing vehicles for the center’s workers and Dr. Brown.He, however, said that supporting the centers was good but preventing the spread of the disease was better and more focus should also be placed on it.He appealed to everyone that handling of the anti-Ebola campaign should be void of political gimmicks.Also speaking earlier, Dr. Brown said the 12 having stayed within the isolation between 10 to 20 days had now tested negative. He said among the 12 was a family whose father and mother succumbed to the virus and the kids were now left with their sister to raise. All of them had been positive.Also among the 12 survivors was a women who had lost all her four children to the virus; the eldest was a 27-year-old nurse. She is now alone as she said her husband long abandoned the children and her.She told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview that she can no longer go back to her Logan Town home as there would be no one to talk with because everyone has died. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Policeman charged for stealing gun, ammo

first_imgPolice Constable Cornell Paul of Lot 2434 Tuschen Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo was on Monday arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on a simple larceny charge alleging that on February 3, 2018, he stole a .38 special revolver valued at $165,000; a special revolver holster valued at $60,000, and six rounds of .38 ammunition valued at $40,750; all to a total value of $275,750, the property of the Guyana Police Force.The 21-year-old, who is attached to the Brickdam Police Station’s Impact Base,Police Constable Cornell Paul leaving court on Mondaydenied the charge; and in a bail application, his legal counsel, Attorney-at-law Paul Fung-A-Fat, said his client, who was the driver of the Impact Base vehicle on February 3, 2018, had gone to the vehicle which was parked in the compound of the Brickdam Police Station, but had reportedly forgotten the keys to the vehicle at his desk. He allegedly left the firearm on the vehicle and went back to the office to uplift the keys; and on returning, he noticed that the firearm was missing.Fung-A-Fat said his client then went to the officer in charge at the time and informed her of what had transpired. The lawyer added that his client never left the station compound after reporting the loss of the firearm; and neither the gun, holster, or any of the missing rounds was ever found.Police prosecutor Neville Jeffers had no objection to Paul being placed on bail, and same was set at $150,000. As a condition for bail, Paul was ordered to report to the Brickdam Police Station on a weekly basis until completion of the matter.The Chief Magistrate had placed Paul on $200,000 bail, but he informed the court that he could not accumulate that sum, thus the bail was reduced to $150,000. The case will continue on August 24.last_img read more

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Neighbors rally around grieving Whittier family

first_imgWHITTIER – After spending nearly four decades in Whittier, Rosalinda Valdez said she has always loved this community, though there was never really anything concrete she could point to that would explain why. But in the wake of her 12-year-old grandson Elijah’s death in a traffic collision with a big rig last week, Valdez said the reason she never left has become quite clear. “The support we’ve gotten from everybody is amazing – even people we don’t know have come to us to help us out,” she said Thursday as the family was preparing for the boy’s memorial service. “This was my grandson’s home, and I’m just at a loss for words,” she added. “It’s a shame it took something like this to see what the community is like, to see how good it is.” The death last week of East Whittier Middle School seventh-grader Elijah Ernest Valdez was a tragedy, said Don Rivera, a neighbor of the Valdez family. The boy was killed Feb. 8 at Painter Avenue and Lambert Road as he was making the two-mile bike ride home from school. Since that time, Rivera and his neighbors have been making sure the Valdez family has plenty of food and groceries, even opening up their homes to take in dozens of relatives in town to attend the boy’s funeral. Elijah’s death even prompted local Boy Scout leaders to organize a bike safety rodeo that will be open to all local youth, said Barbara Sandoval, vice chair of programs for the Boy Scouts’ Rio Hondo district. “Right now, we’re trying to see which school will allow us to host the event there, and we’re also contacting law enforcement agencies and a local bike shop,” Sandoval said. “We’re hoping to do it soon, but we also want to put on something of quality that serves as many people as possible,” she added. A fund for Elijah’s family to help offset the costs of the funeral has been set up at the Washington Mutual branch in Uptown, Rivera said. “I can’t tell you what a quality family this is,” Rivera said. “This is a family that when anyone was in need, they were there. And now we’re just trying to be there for them.” Valdez said she and her husband, Ernest, and Elijah’s mother Naomi, are extremely thankful for the efforts of their neighbors and the Boy Scouts. She said she hopes to help the school district re-establish busing for middle school students. But she also had words of advice for parents everywhere. “Just make sure, always, that before your children leave home, tell them how much you love them and kiss them and tell them to be careful,” Valdez said. “That’s what I did. When \ left that day, he turned around and said, `I love you, grandma. I’ll see you later.’ Never go one day without telling them you love them.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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2 studies link hormone use, higher cancer risk

first_imgATLANTA – Research on two continents signaled more bad news about menopause hormones, offering the strongest evidence yet that they can raise the risk of breast cancer and are tied to a slightly higher risk of ovarian cancer. New U.S. government numbers showed that breast-cancer rates leveled off in 2004 after plunging in 2003 – the year after millions of women stopped taking hormones because a big study tied them to higher heart, stroke and breast-cancer risks. Experts said the leveling off shows that the 2003 drop in the cancer rate was real and not a fluke. From 2001 to 2004, breast-cancer rates fell almost 9 percent – a dramatic decline, researchers report in today’s New England Journal of Medicine. The trend was even stronger for the most common form of the disease – tumors whose growth is fueled by hormones. Those rates fell almost 15 percent among women ages 50 to 69, the group most likely to have been on hormone pills. At the same time, a study of nearly 1 million women in the United Kingdom showed that those who took hormones after menopause were 20 percent more likely to develop ovarian cancer or die from it than women who never took the pills. That study was published online by the London-based journal The Lancet. For consumers, the new research doesn’t change the advice to use the lowest dose for the shortest time possible for hot flashes and other menopause symptoms that can’t otherwise be controlled. For cautious scientists, the new breast-cancer numbers were more evidence of the hormone-breast cancer link. “The story has gotten stronger,” said Dr. Peter Ravdin, a biostatistician at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston who led the research. Some were skeptical several months ago when Ravdin and National Cancer Institute researchers first reported the 2003 drop in the breast-cancer rate. The new numbers, which add 2004, prove this was no fluke, said Dr. Julie Gralow, a spokeswoman for the American Society of Clinical Oncology and a cancer expert at the University of Washington in Seattle. “Because it didn’t bump back up again,” it supports the idea that the rate has stabilized at a new lower level, said Gralow, who had no role in the study. Brenda Edwards, one of the journal authors and a National Cancer Institute researcher, agreed. “Now we have a statistically significant decline” over three years and clear proof of a trend, she said. Although some recent analyses suggest that heart risks from menopause hormones are not as great as had been believed for younger, newly menopausal women, the statistics out this week add to the worries about cancer. After rising steadily through the 1990s, the breast-cancer rate dipped from 2001 to 2002, from 138 cases to 135 cases per 100,000 women. After the federal Women’s Health Initiative study reported in July 2002 on the health risks of hormones, use of the pills plunged. So did the breast-cancer rate the following year – to 126 cases per 100,000 women. It was the steepest fall since the government started keeping records in the 1970s. The drop was seen in all of the cancer-statistics registries reviewed in the study, and no other cancer rate changed as dramatically – strong signs that hormones were playing a role, specialists said. The 2004 rate held steady at about 126 cases per 100,000. Stopping hormone use may have stopped some cancers from growing and caused them to disappear, scientists speculate. Or it may have just slowed them down so that they won’t appear until years later, said Ahmedin Jemal, an American Cancer Society researcher. Only time will tell which is true, he said. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, which makes top-selling hormone pills Prempro and Premarin, criticized the study as overly speculative. Company spokesman Dr. Joseph Camardo said hormone prescriptions continued to fall in 2004 but breast-cancer rates did not decline proportionately. Ravdin said the company’s criticism does not invalidate the cancer trends. Breast cancer is the most common major cancer in American women and the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in women. About 180,000 new cases are expected to occur in the United States this year and more than 1 million worldwide. 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

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Local deputies collect goodies for those serving in Iraq

first_img“It seems like this war has been going on for so long that people have forgotten about those stationed over there,” he said. “And Wanda’s been doing this for so long that I didn’t want to let her down either.” Smith said her first collections started at about 800 pounds. Six years later, they’re topping the scales at 25,000 pounds. “I just want them to feel like they’re at home, or like a piece of home is coming to them,” Smith said. Anyone interested in donating can call Smith at (562) 944-6072. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I started doing this three weeks after the war started because I saw it was something that needed to be done,” said Smith. She gets support from deputies at the sheriff’s Norwalk Station, where she’s been a volunteer for more than six years. Donated items are dropped off at the Norwalk Station, and Smith also solicits donations from local businesses, such as See’s Candies and Sam’s Club. She brings the items home and packs them into boxes and ships them to Camp Pendleton, where they are divided into smaller care packages and shipped overseas. Sheriff’s Sgt. Tom McNeal was among a half-dozen faithful volunteers who gave Smith a hand Thursday – a task he has gladly taken on the past three years. SOUTH WHITTIER – As sheriff’s deputies helped load dozens of boxes of supplies destined for U.S. Marines in Iraq, Wanda Smith fondly recalled a recent e-mail she received from “a boy” stationed there. “He said, `Can you imagine how it feels to be so far away and be able to open up a package of Famous Amos cookies?”‘ said Smith, 73, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department volunteer, who has worked tirelessly over the past few years to collect and ship goodies and extra supplies to Marines in Iraq. That’s why she always makes sure the shipments include plenty of the popular cookies – and Rice Krispies treats, the Marines’ No. 1 favorite. Her shipments go from her home every spring and winter to Camp Pendleton as part of Operation Interdependence. last_img
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Waxman questions Blackwater-State relationship

first_img “To the extent there was loss of innocent life, let me be clear that I consider that tragic,” Prince said in his prepared opening statement to the congressional panel. “Every life, whether American or Iraqi, is precious.” But, he added, “based on everything we currently know, the Blackwater team acted appropriately while operating in a very complex war zone.” Prince, 38, said existing laws and regulations provide an adequate level of accountability and oversight for contractors in battle zones. But, “Blackwater believes that more can and should be done to increase accountability, oversight and transparency,” he said. Prince said the company supports legislation written by North Carolina Democratic Rep. David Price, a longtime advocate of increasing the legal oversight of contractors. This week, the House will consider a bill from Price that would make all contractors subject to prosecution in U.S. courts. Waxman said at least one incident raises questions about the State Department’s involvement. In December 2006, after a drunken Blackwater contractor shot an Iraqi guard, the State Department advised the company how much to pay the family and then allowed the contractor to leave Iraq 36 hours after the shooting. Internal e-mails later revealed a debate within the State Department on the size of the payment. “It’s hard to read these e-mails and not come to the conclusion that the State Department is acting as Blackwater’s enabler,” Waxman said. Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., the committee’s top Republican, said the State Department is “trying to get it right,” but its oversight of security contractors “seems to have some blind spots as well,” according to his opening statement. There’s little data on contractor performance, Davis said, “so it’s impossible to know if one company’s rate of weapons related incidents is the product of a dangerous ‘cowboy’ culture or the predictable result of conducting higher-risk missions.” Davis said concentrating only on Blackwater won’t answer the complex questions surrounding the use of security contractors. “Nor are we likely to learn much by focusing on one sensational incident still under investigation,” Davis said. Blackwater has nearly 1,000 personnel working in Iraq. Blackwater, founded in 1997 by Prince and headquartered in Moyock, N.C., is the largest of the State Department’s three private security contractors. The others are Dyncorp and Triple Canopy, both based in Washington’s northern Virginia suburbs. Blackwater has had more shooting incidents than the other two companies combined, according to a report written by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ahead of Tuesday’s hearing. Blackwater, which has been paid more than $1 billion in federal contracts since 2001, is embroiled in a host of controversies over the conduct of its guards. Among the Monday report’s most serious charges was that Blackwater contractors sought to cover up a June 2005 shooting of an Iraqi man and the company paid – with State Department approval – the families of others inadvertently killed by its guards.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON _ The head of a House oversight panel today questioned whether the State Department acted as an “enabler” with private contractor Blackwater in Iraq, casting the company as a rogue mercenary force. “Privatizing is working exceptionally well for Blackwater,” said Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif. “The question for this hearing is whether outsourcing to Blackwater is a good deal to the American taxpayer,” he said of Blackwater, which has been paid more than $1 billion in government contracts since 2001. Waxman’s House Oversight and Government Reform convened the hearing amid an FBI investigation into a Sept. 16 shootout involving Blackwater personnel that resulted in 11 Iraqis killed. The Justice Department sent the panel a letter Tuesday asking members not to address the incident during the hearing, citing a need to first conclude its investigation. Waxman said he agreed not to probe the specifics of the incident, but that it was within the committee’s prerogatives to raise questions about the company’s overall performance in Iraq. Several Republicans on the committee called it irresponsible for Waxman to pre-empt the administration’s investigation. Blackwater’s founder vigorously defended his private security company against charges of covering up Iraqi civilian deaths, saying 30 of its contractors have been killed while protecting U.S. diplomats and no Americans have died while under its watch. “I believe we acted appropriately at all times,” Erik Prince told the committee, after praising the skill and dedication of Blackwater employees. Prince sat at the witness table alone. Sitting directly behind him was Stephen Ryan, an attorney with the law firm McDermott Will & Emery. Prince, a former Navy seal, specifically disputed a congressional report’s finding that Blackwater is an out-of-control outfit that’s indifferent to Iraqi civilian casualties. And he maintained that his guards were responding to hostile fire when they engaged in a Sept. 16 shootout while protecting a U.S. convoy. At least 11 Iraqis died as a result of that incident. Prince’s contention about the nature of the gunfire exchange is hotly disputed by witnesses and the Iraqi government, and the incident remains under U.S. and Iraqi investigation.last_img read more

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GAA: NAOMH MUIRE GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgPeil na mBan / Ladies➢ Pride of the club this week must go to our girls who were part of the successful Donegal minor ladies team who are now the Ulster Minor Champions for 2013. Comhghairdeas le Jade, Erica, Caroline a bhí mar pháirt den fhoireann agus do Robbie fosta a bhí páirteach i bhfoireann an chóitseáil. ➢ Last Monday evening was week 5 of Gaelic4Girls. We held our parents night and it was well attended with 39 parents turning up for the hour. We invited the parents onto the pitch and got 15 of them involved in one of our station games. To add to the event we had all the girls at the station to cheer them on and I think everyone enjoyed it.➢ All parents where then invited inside the clubhouse where senior members of both the ladies and men’s boards’ made a presentation outlining where the club envisages ladies football going within the club.➢ The procedure for club registration was explained and forms handed with a great uptake.➢ A lot of interest was expressed in the ‘Ready Steady Coach’ programme and the club hope to get this setup shortly. ➢ This Monday 20th we will have a break from our 12 week Programme of G4G as our Under 16 Girls are playing Moville in the County championship Semi-final in Milford @7pm. We would encourage as many parents, club members to come along and support the girls.➢ Training for U-14s is on Tuesday from 6-7pm and training for U-14/16 and Minors is Thursday from 6-7pm in the Banks.Cluichí / FixturesBeidh an foireann sinsear ag imirt in éadán Cloich Cheann Fhaola ar na Méillte an Sathairn seo ag 5:00i.n. Beidh an foireann tacaíocht i nGleann Fhinne an mhaidin ina dhiaidh sin ag 11:30r.n. ag imirt a gcluiche sraithe.Bord na nÓg➢ All underage teams are now in training. ➢ The U-14 and Minor league have now concluded.➢ The U-12s have played a number of challenge games with their season starting next Monday.➢ The U-16s have a few challenge games coming up with their league beginning on 28th June.➢ The U-10s had two challenge games as well. ➢ Training tops and hats given out to all under-age players and coaches. A small number left which will be sold to anyone who wants them.➢ U-10/12 teams have been invited to blitz in Carryduff on June 8th.➢ Jack Boyle is part of Buncrana cup team that played in Ulster blitz last month. Daniel Devlin, Aidan Gillespie and Séimí Grant are attending u15 southern development squads training. Jack o Brien, Patrick Gillespie and Hugh Boyle are part of the Minor panel that will play Tyrone on May 26th.Relay for LifeRelay for Life starts next Saturday evening at 6pm in Letterkenny and runs for 24 hours. Mullaghduff Dynamoes, representing an area from Cionn Caslach to Croithlí, are organising a Relay which starts in Mullach Dubh next Saturday morning at 10am and goes all the way to Letterkenny eventually joining up with the main event.Anyone who wants to take part, even if walking a short distance starting in Mullach Dubh at 10am or to make a contribution, come along and buckets for donations will be available.Development WorkThe club would like to thank all the people who have kindly given of their time to help with the development work at the Banks to date. The work is progressing well with all bases for the floodlights now in place. The new changing rooms extension is now up to the square as well. Have a look at Facebook or the website for updates and photos of the progress. If anyone can give a day or a few please contact Michael on 087-2925544.100 ClubBhí an chéad tharraingt do chlub an chéid ann ar an 29 Bealtaine. Could club sellers please have your subs in on time for the co-ordinator. There are still places available in the 100 club. Please email naomhmuire@gmail.com if you would like to be with a chance of winning €500 each month.Lotto➢ Ba iad 7, 15, 19, 21 na huimhreacha lotto a tarraingeadh an tseachtain seo agus níor baineadh an pota óir.➢ Bhí trí uimhir ag Ciarán McCafferty as Rann na Feirste, Trica McFadden agus Margaret McGee as Cál Chéim, Colm Gallagher as Loch an Iúir agus Anne McGinley as Anagaire.➢ Beidh €2,300 sa phota óir an tseachtain seo chugainn.Useful Linkso Club Training Times for all age groupso Club Fixtures for all age groupso Latest Club Newso Nuacht Bord na nÓgo Latest Club Resultso 2013 Senior and Reserve League TablesContact DetailsEmail:naomhmuire@gmail.comWebsite & Facebookwww.naomhmuire.ieLower Rosses Facebook Page (Requires Login)Bord na nÓg Facebook Page (Requires Login)Ladies Facebook Page (Requires Login)Seoladh:Cumann Lúth Chleas Gael Naomh Muire, Íochtar na Rosann, Mullach Dearg, Cionn Caslach, Co. Dhún na nGall.____________________________________________________________________GAA: NAOMH MUIRE GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: May 20th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: NAOMH MUIRE GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more