US$30K “Thesis Defense Hall” for CU

first_imgThe senior class of the premier faith-based Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County, has begun the construction of a “Thesis Defense Hall” on the main campus of the institution, Liberia News Agency (LINA) Bong County correspondent has reported.The project, which is estimated to cost over US$30K is being sponsored by the senior class of the institution.The disclosure was made to LINA in Suakoko by the class president Lorwamon Duokie, who said the facility, when completed, will provide an enabling environment for graduating students to defend their theses.Duokie said the hall will also provide an opportunity for parents and sponsors of graduating students to witness the thesis defense ceremony.According to her, while funds for the project are still being raised, it was important to jump start the construction.She expressed the hope that those who made pledges during the induction of the leadership of the senior class would make good their promises to complete the facility before the September graduation.CU is expected to graduate over 500 students in several disciplines in September this year, Doukie said. The University is a private institution founded in 1889 as Cuttington College by the Episcopal Church of the United States (ECUSA).It is the oldest private, co-educational, four-year, degree-granting institution in sub-Saharan Africa.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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Acting in accordance with Constitution

first_imgDear Editor,The CCJ, in its consequential orders, has challenged Guyana’s political leaders to act in accordance with the Constitution and within the requirements of what it has ruled to be a valid NCM. Our leaders must act at this stage, not in the interest of winning the next election, but in the interest of a free, fair and credible election in the shortest possible time.After putting in place arrangements for a credible election, their political campaigns must be designed to win the next election.It is their political campaigns, not the electoral process that must be designed to win elections.Regards,Wesley Kirtonlast_img read more

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Koeman targets more Southampton signings

first_imgSouthampton manager Ronald Koeman is still hopeful of bringing in additional players before the transfer window closes.Graziano Pelle, Fraser Forster and Shane Long are three notable arrivals on the south coast, but speaking after a 0-0 draw with West Brom Koeman was under no illusions there is yet more work to be done on his squad.“We know inside what we need in the time we have,” he said.“We will work to bring in one or two players. We need that – it will be a long season in England and on Tuesday we play in the League Cup and with that you need enough players of quality to give the competition in the squad.”Southampton began their season under the Dutchman with a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield, but Koeman felt his side were more at the races on Merseyside than they were in front of their own fans.“The result was better than last week but the feeling is different. It’s strange in football,” Koeman added.“We deserved last week much more than we got, but today it was difficult. We didn’t have the tempo to create more. We played against a West Brom side with good organisation, very compact, physical strong in defence.”The manager also singled out goalkeeper Forster for praise after his late save denied Baggies striker Brown Ideye a dream debut.“It was maybe a typical goalless match – thanks to Fraser Forster, he’s a good goalkeeper for the future.”last_img read more

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College of Canyons gives actors a hand

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The College of the Canyons and Theatre Project/SCV are giving aspiring actors a chance this week to strut their stuff. College students who auditioned to get into the first of two intensive acting courses put on by the Theatre Project at the college, will hold Black Box Theatre performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. The shows, expected to include almost 50 different monologues, scenes and songs, culminate five weeks of training for the budding stage stars. The course, Summer Theatre 190, included voice training, stage movement lessons and tips on auditioning and dealing with talent agents. The classes also boast a few celebrity instructors including Emmy award-winning actress Kathleen Noone, actor and Broadway director Tony Abatemarco, and opera singer Carmen Tejada. Tickets for the 8 p.m. shows will sell for $10, or $5 with valid student identification. For information, visit www.theatrescv.com.last_img read more

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Federal judge OKs trials in San Diego Catholic abuse cases

first_imgEven if the church were correct, “clearly this tsunami of child sex abuse cases against the Roman Catholic clergy would qualify as `exceptional,”‘ Adler wrote. Some plaintiffs welcomed the renewed possibility of trial. “My hope is that they don’t settle and we go to trial,” said Diane Williams, a 49-year-old mother who says she was raped as a girl by a monsignor at a church-run orphanage. “I think these things need to get out, but I don’t think the diocese will let that happen.” Lawyers for the diocese told the judge Thursday that the fastest way to resolve the claims was for a federal district judge to determine a fair payment instead of letting juries consider the sex-abuse cases one by one. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Louise DeCarl Adler’s ruling is a victory for about 150 people who claim they were sexually abused by priests as children. Their lawyers argued that re-activating those trials was the only way to get the diocese to settle after more than three years of fruitless negotiations in state and federal courts. “This just ratchets up the pressure on everyone to get the cases settled,” said Irwin Zalkin, who represents 54 alleged victims. “Everyone understands it could go any way in a jury trial.” The San Diego diocese has offered about $94 million to settle the claims as part of its bankruptcy reorganization plan. Plaintiffs’ attorneys are seeking a settlement of about $200 million. The judge rejected the diocese’s argument that she could return trials to state court only under “exceptional circumstances,” saying she had broader discretion. By Allison Hoffman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN DIEGO – A federal bankruptcy judge on Friday ordered immediate jury trials in 42 sex-abuse lawsuits pending against the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego. Trials scheduled in state court in San Diego for five cases were suspended in February when the diocese abruptly filed for bankruptcy protection, the night before the first trial was slated to begin. last_img
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Man guilty of 1984 murder

first_imgEthel Hoynes called the jurors “wonderful.” “It’s been a long time coming,” said the victim’s mother. “We’ve waited 23 years for this.” Although the conviction doesn’t ease the pain for family members, Lewin said, it was worth the effort to see their reaction. “I’m so happy to be a part of it,” he said, adding that he appreciates District Attorney Steve Cooley’s commitment to cold cases despite the legal obstacles. Some of the jurors who spoke briefly with reporters said they went over every piece of evidence. What stuck out to them, they said, was the damning combination of a piece of shoe foam found at the crime scene and the revelation decades later by Marshall’s ex-girlfriend that she had lied, and he had confessed. Evidence presented during the trial showed that Marshall worked at the KFC as an assistant manager in Torrance for only a couple weeks before he was terminated. His boss at the time testified Marshall kept showing up late, had asked for cash advances and was a prime suspect in two thefts. Much of the two-week trial focused on who had access to the outside doors and concrete-encased floor safe of the now-gone restaurant at 165 Palos Verdes Blvd. The evidence showed Marshall no longer had keys to the restaurant and that the combination to the safe was changed after his termination – but he did not know it. On Oct. 30, 1984, as Hoynes worked by herself after hours doing paperwork, Marshall came to the employee door and Hoynes let him in. Scientific and circumstantial evidence proves what happened next, Lewin told the jury during closing arguments. Hoynes knew Marshall was a suspected thief, so she likely dropped the day’s cash receipts into the safe before letting him in – even though the store’s policy was to take the money to the bank or home that night. Marshall, thinking he knew the combination to the safe, stabbed Hoynes twice in the back. A medical examiner and a tool mark expert told the jury that she likely never saw it coming. Then Marshall went to the safe. Two small specks of blood found on it were from Hoynes, and pry marks on the safe show he tried to break in after the combination he tried didn’t work. Marshall, unsuccessful in his attempt to get the cash, then slashed Hoynes’ throat as she lay dead or dying. He fled, but left behind a piece of evidence that would prove key when the cold case was reopened by Torrance detectives 20 years later: a piece of shoe foam. The yellowish, spongy object perplexed investigators until it was linked two decades later to a pair of boots Marshall was wearing when he was arrested 10 days after the murder. Two times after Hoynes’ murder, Marshall was seen casing the Fountain Valley Kentucky Fried Chicken where he had worked before a transfer to the Torrance outlet. Lewin had argued that Marshall’s aborted attempts to rob the other KFC was evidence he perpetrated the crimes at the Torrance restaurant. At the time, charges were not filed against Marshall, who went on to become a captain for the state Department of Forestry in Riverside. denise.nix@dailybreeze.com (310) 540-5511160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A 46-year-old Department of Forestry captain was unable to escape his past Friday as a jury found him guilty in the murder of a Whittier woman 23 years ago. Robin Hoynes’ three sisters and mother clutched their hands together, and someone whispered, “Yes,” as a court clerk announced that William Marshall was guilty. Marshall showed no reaction to the verdict. He returns to court Oct. 26 for sentencing to a mandatory term of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Simon Aval, Marshall’s defense attorney, declined to comment. The Torrance Superior Court jury deliberated for about a day before finding Marshall guilty of first-degree murder, a special circumstance of killing during an attempted robbery and using a deadly weapon. Marshall killed Hoynes, a 21-year-old restaurant manager, when he returned to rob the Kentucky Fried Chicken where he once worked. Although Marshall was always a suspect, he wasn’t arrested until the case was reopened several years ago and he was indicted by a grand jury in 2006. Outside court after the verdict, Hoynes’ family and friends hugged and cried after their long wait for justice. They expressed gratitude to the Torrance police detectives and Deputy District Attorney John Lewin. “A lot of people worked very for hard for us to get the vindication we have today,” Kim Hoynes, Robin Hoynes’ older sister, said as she wiped away tears. last_img read more

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Four WC goals against Brazil – Here’s the best footballer you’ve never heard of

first_imgBut you’ll struggle to find any grand tributes or monuments to Wilimowski, who was eventually shunned by his compatriots as a result of his actions during World War II.Born Ernst Otto Pradella in June 1916 to German parents in Katowice, a town in Upper Silesia which at the time belonged to the German Empire, he became a Polish citizen once WWI ended and the region became part of Poland. He also took his stepfather’s name of Wilimowski; his real dad having died fighting for Germany.As a footballer goals came easy to him and personal honours and trophies quickly followed once he moved from FC Katowice – the ‘German team’ – to Ruch Chorzow, the dominating ‘Polish’ side. By the time he left in 1939 he had won the title four times, top scored in two of those seasons, while at the age of 17 he was playing for his country, with those four goals in a famous 6-5 defeat to Brazil affording him legendary status.He wasn’t the complete golden boy, mind. He served a one-year international ban in 1935 because he turned up to a league game drunk and consequently missed the Olympics.In his final game for Poland on 27 August, 1939 and with another war looming, Wilimowski scored a hat-trick in a 4-2 win against World Cup finalists Hungary. It was the last bit of football many Poles ever saw because just four days later Nazi Germany invaded and millions of people would soon to lose their lives.This is where Wilimowski was faced with an unimaginable choice. As a result of his parentage he was allowed German citizenship; he spoke German at home and not only did this mean he could continue doing what he loved, it saved his life. Refusing the Nazis was likely to get you killed.But playing for Germany in those propaganda matches, changing his name from Ernest to Ernst Willimowski (an extra l) and wearing that swastika on his chest were all unforgivable acts in a lot of people’s eyes.He was still hugely prolific, though, and scored 13 goals in eight games in Germany colours. He also won the German Cup with 1860 Munich in 1942, scoring 14 goals along the way. In addition, his cooperation earned him a number of friends and admirers, which is said to have saved his mum’s life when she was sent to Auschwitz for having a relationship with a Russian Jew.Sadly, the ill feeling in Poland remained when the War ended in 1945. This meant going home was just not possible and so he never returned, settling instead in Karlsruhe, Germany. There is a story that he wanted to visit the Poland team when they appeared at the 1974 World Cup in West Germany, but even then he was denied access and so Willimowski could only watch from a distance as the team finished third.A player possessing his talent would have earned a fortune in any other era, but it seems people wanted to forget this once great footballer. However, someone with his class is never likely to be and never has been forgotten.“He would score more goals than he had chances,” Fritz Hall, one of Germany’s finest players once said, adding that his ability stands him out as one of the game’s greatest goal scorers.In August it will be 20 years since his death at the age of 81. Someone needs to make a film about this guy’s life.This feature first appeared on retrofootballblog.comYOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: The incredible story of Herbert Kilpin – founder, player and manager of AC Milan Ernest Wilimowski scored 21 goals in 22 games for Poland and had one hell of a life 2 Chances are the average football fan won’t have heard of Ernest Wilimowski, but he was one hell of a goal scorer with one hell of a life story, as Retro Football Blog explains.Here’s a man who put four past Brazil in Poland’s first round defeat at the 1938 World Cup and finished with a total of 21 in 22 games for the White Eagles, while at club level he scored 112 times in 86 games for Ruch Chorzow. Oh, and he also had six toes on his right foot which he believed brought him luck. 2last_img read more

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Bush in, out of town before war protesters can pick up signs

first_imgIt was a profitable couple of hours for President George W. Bush last week. He arrived at Los Angeles International Airport at 4:50 p.m. Tuesday, talked to the press for one minute and 40 seconds, left a Westside fundraiser at 7:20 p.m., and raked in a cool $1.2 million. And that’s on top of the $600,000 he had raised earlier in the day in Northern California. About the only folks who even knew he was in town were the few thousand motorists stuck in traffic as his motorcade passed by – and the several hundred fat cats who opened their wallets to him with the buy-in to shake his hand at $10,000 a person. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThe trip was so low-key that anti-war demonstrators didn’t get around to protesting until two days after Bush left town. Kind of gives new meaning to the belief that California is little more than a political ATM these days. The man who has been among the biggest critics of city tax policies will now have a say in shaping how City Hall works. Business consultant Larry Kosmont, whose annual report on the cost of doing business usually ends up skewering Los Angeles, was confirmed last week to serve on the city’s Industrial Development Authority. The agency oversees how to promote areas of the city to business, and Kosmont said he hopes to bring greater understanding on both sides. “We need to look at why and how much we’re charging on the business tax,” Kosmont said. “We really need to focus on ways to target taxation to generate job effectiveness. “We need to work with business so they understand how City Hall works and City Hall needs to send a clear, clear message that economic development is a priority.” Mixing sports metaphors a bit, the Coliseum Commission finally wants to play hardball with the National Football League. To many, it’s about time. For once, it was not a dysfunctional Coliseum Commission that stood in the way of trying to bring the NFL back to the city – but the league itself, with its months of myriad promises and false deadlines. There did appear to be some momentum earlier this year, but that vanished with the retirement of NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. And while his successor, Roger Goodell, says a Los Angeles team remains a goal, don’t look for action anytime soon. The problem for Los Angeles is that the 32 owners are happy with the way things are and remain reticent to look at expanding beyond what they have or abandoning any markets where they are now. Instead, for the foreseeable future, Los Angeles will continue to be a “problem” market to be used as bait for teams seeking concessions in their home cities. With all the fuss over the name of the newest MTA line, the agency actually might be forced to do something that makes some common sense. Councilman Bernard Parks has held out against the idea of naming the line that runs down Exposition Boulevard the Aqua Line. He favors calling it the Rose Line. As a way of a temporary compromise, they are calling it the Exposition Line. What a concept – naming a bus line after the route it actually takes rather than having people guess where they will end up. Daily News Staff Writer Kerry Cavanaugh contributed to this report. rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want 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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Why Real Madrid should not sign Eden Hazard in the summer

first_imgRumours continue to circulate that Real Madrid will try and sign Eden Hazard from Chelsea in the summer.The Belgium international will only have a year left on his contract by the next transfer window and he is believed to be keen on a move to the Spanish capital.Hazard also revealed that he has made a decision about his future but did not elaborate on whether that would be to stay at Stamford Bridge or leave. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ MONEY The 28-year-old would clearly be an asset to the LaLiga club but there is certainly a case for not signing him.Money would not be an issue for Real Madrid, it is thought that a bid in excess of £100million would be needed to prise him away.What if the Spanish giants already have someone at the club who can fill the void left by the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.Enter Vinicius Junior – the 18-year-old who has become a regular starter under current manager Santiago Solari and has put in impressive performances in some important games. 3 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father huge blow AgainstHazard is 28 and you may get another four seasons of him being at his peak, five if you are lucky.Vinicius Junior is just 18 and if he is as good as people believe he can be then you may get a decade, or more, of brilliance from him.Such was Madrid’s confidence in the potential of the Brazilian, they paid £38.7million for him when he was 16 and had only played 17 minutes of senior football.He has four goals this season since making his debut in September and has developed a good understanding with Karim Benzema. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Cristiano Ronaldo left Madrid last summer REVEALED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 3 Here is the case for and against signing Hazard in the summer.ForYou will get a world-class player at the peak of his game. He is a player who can provide you goals and assists from the left.Hazard is on course for his best Premier League season ever and has 12 goals already in 27 appearances. His best return was in the 2016/17 season with 16 goals.Ronaldo’s absence, since leaving for Juventus, has definitely been felt and the fact they are eight points behind Barcelona in the table will hurt. REVEALED targets IN DEMAND Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card center_img The Portuguese man was never replaced by Madrid in the summer and those high up, and the fans, will expect a big marquee signing as a signal of their intent.Hazard could be the Galactico they crave and it will be a big statement to bring another of the Premier League’s best talents to Spain.The prospect of an attacking trio of Hazard, Benzema and Bale is mouth-watering. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LIVING THE DREAM Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice Eden Hazard is rumoured to be on his way to Real Madrid Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move BEST OF 3 ADVICE RANKED RANKED Vinicius Junior has impressed this season for Madrid Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets moving on Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer He is clearly a work in progress but he has the potential to be an elite level player having come on leaps and bounds this campaign.talkSPORT’s Spanish football reporter, Lee Roden, has been impressed with what he has seen from the young winger.He said: “End product is clearly the area that needs the most work… If he can add better finishing to his game – and graft on the training ground will help with that – then the teenager will possess all of the tools necessary to be an elite level winger.“Importantly, Vinicius appears to already have the mental side down. Decision making, maturity, restraint – arguably the toughest traits to acquire – they’re all there.”He also showed his potential with a superb display in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final with Barcelona.VerdictMadrid risk losing Vinicius Junior if they decide to sign Eden Hazard in the summer.With the development the 18-year-old has shown this season then they should be confident of giving him the time to develop.Players like Hazard do not come onto the transfer market very often and with the £100million Ronaldo money burning a hole in their pocket they may look to make a marquee signing.Junior has the potential to be their star for the next decade to come.last_img read more

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