Past the finishing post

first_imgTrack: Sloppy after 4th raceWeather: Overcast, rainRace 1 1500 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II*1. AWESOME DESTINY SEllis 54.02. WILL IN CHARGE DaneNelson 52.5 Head3. MY COMPANION OEdwards3 50.0 7L4. COUNTER ATTACK DDawkins4 49.5 NeckWIN: $101.00PLACE: $51.00, $51.00, $53.00Final Time : 1:34.1 Splits : 24.3, 48.3, 1:13.3Winner : 3yo b filly – AFLEET EXPRESS – SEEK(USA)Trainer : GARY SUBRATIE Owner : WE’RE FAMILYBred by C.KIDDER, N.COLE, J.K GRIGGS & LINDA GRIGGSQu: $103.00 Ex: $186.00Trifecta: $92.00Race 2 1100 M (Purse $530,000)NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)*1. SUPERTRONICS RHalledeen 56.02. BIMINI EMurray 54.0 6L3. TASHIE BABY HPottinger4 51.0 2 1/2L4. MEET JUSTIN SMuir 53.0 3/4LWIN: $83.00PLACE: $55.00, $55.00, $104.00Final Time : 1:08.0 Splits : 23.4, 47.1Winner : 4yo ch colt – SEEKING THE GLORY – SUPER LASSTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : CARLTON WATSONBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $150.00 Ex: $206.00D/E: $189.00Superfecta: $2,624.00Race 3 1000 M (S) (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE III(NW3O/T)1. COME DANCE WITH ME DDawkins4 48.5*2. BIG GEORGE OWalker 53.0 Head3. DREAMCOMETRUE DaneNelson 54.0 1 1/4L4. ANOTHER BULLET BebHarvey3 54.0 NeckWIN: $172.00Final Time : 0:58.1 Splits : 22.2, 44.3Winner : 4yo ch filly – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – SOCA DANCERTrainer: ANTHONY NUNES Owner: STEPHAN A NARINESINGHBred by HOWARD L. HAMILTONQu: $186.00 Ex: $445.00D/E: $520.00Trifecta: $375.00Rolling Triple: $941.00Race 4 1000 M (R) (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. FABULOUSCONNECTION HPottinger4 50.52. GRAND TRAIN LSteadman3 54.0 2 3/4L3. CLASSICAL TRAIN SMuir 55.0 3 1/2L4. REAL VIBES MACHINE RWilson 56.0 Neck5. MANDEYA BBell 57.0 1/2LDNF #4 POWER OF THE CAT RHalledeen 55.0 7/2WIN: $562.00PLACE: $157.00, $123.00, $62.00Final Time : 1:03.1 Splits : 23.3, 48.3, ,Winner : 10yo b horse – SKIPPING – SPIRIT OF JAMAICATrainer : PAUL SMITH Owner : DELETA BREWSTERBred by JACK DELISSERQu: $4,159.00 Ex: $7,543.00D/E: $2,669.00Trifecta: $7,172.00Hi-5: $218,062.50Rolling Triple: $7,090.00Race 5 1000 M (S) (Purse $530,000)4-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2)&6YO&UP(NW4)1. ABOGADO JErwin 53.02. AQUILO RLahoe 54.0 9/5 1 1/2L*3. CLEARLY OURS SMuir 52.0 5 1/2L4. BATTLE SONG AChatrie 52.5 2 1/2LWIN: $599.00PLACE: $104.00, $58.00, $64.00Final Time : 0:59.3 Splits : 23.0, 46.1Winner : 4yo b colt – LEGAL PROCESS – FIRSTBORNTrainer : ROBERT DARBY (SR) Owner : ROBERT A DARBY (SR)Bred by PERCY TOMLINSONQu:) $902.00 Ex: $2,929.00D/E: $8,941.00Superfecta: $3,535.00Rolling Triple: $31,329.00Race 6 1400 M (Purse $768,000)NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. SOY EL SENOR LSteadman3 53.0 2/12. IAN LINKS OWalker 54.0 4 1/2L3. CLASSY AVIATOR AChatrie 52.0 Sh.Head*4. GOLDEN GLORY OEdwards3 50.0 3L5. BIG AL SEllis 54.0 2 1/4L6. DUSSELDORF AMartin 54.0 1 1/2LWIN: $158.00PLACE: $65.00, $93.00, $109.00Final Time : 1:28.2 Splits : 24.0, 48.1, 1:14.3,Winner : 3yo gr colt – HE’STHEREALTHING – JOSE MARSANTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : RAWDON K PERSADBred by RAWDON PERSADQu: $586.00 Exacta: $935.00D/E: $1,686.00Trifecta: $532.00Hit-6: $15,208.50Rolling Triple: $32,022.00Pick-4: $91,264.00Super-6: $172,536.50Race 7 1600 M (Purse $590,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($450,0-$400,0)/NB5YO(NW4)1. BRAVE PROSPECT RWilson 54.0*2. BOLD AVIATOR AChatrie 55.0 2L3. OUR CREATION RHalledeen 54.0 3 1/2L4. STAR NEW VISTA OnBeckford4 51.0 HeadWIN: $266.00PLACE: $72.00, $55.00, $58.00Final Time : 1:42.3 Splits : 24.4, 48.1, 1:14.0,Winner : 4yo b colt – SEEKING THE GLORY – GOOD PROSPECTTrainer : VICTOR WILLIAMS Owner: VICTOR WILLIAMSBred by FRANCIS BARNETT, EDISON CHAI & LOUIS LYNQu: $244.00 Ex: $513.00D/E: $2,454.00Trifecta: $517.00Rolling Triple: $38,865.00Race 8 1000 M (R) (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. SLEW DI CLOCK AChatrie 55.0*2. OPTIMUS JInnis4 51.0 1L 102.003. SONG ON TRACK RoshJohnson4 52.0 1 1/4L4. BRAVE HEART CBudhai 55.0 2 1/4L5. CHEXIMAKIT AMartin 54.0 1/2LLate scratch : #5 IMAGE EMPRESSWIN: $247.00PLACE: $120.00, $102.00, $303.00Final Time : 1:03.2 Splits : 24.0, 48.3Winner : 4yo b colt – CLOCK WORK – SHOW ME SLEWTrainer : EDWARD WALKER Owner : LOPEZ DREAM STABLESBred by ALLAN FLOWERSQu: $266.00 Ex: $666.00D/E: $1,682.00 (1-5) $387.00Trifecta: $1,535.00Hi-5: $105,020.50Rolling Triple: $6,328.00Race 9 1300 M (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE1. EDISON BebHarvey3 53.02. SHINING LIGHT AChatrie 52.0 Neck3. HOVER CRAFT OWalker 56.0 1L4. RED FLAG RMairs 53.5 Sh.Head*5. COMMANDING CHIEF DaneNelson 56.0 1/2LWIN: $225.00PLACE: $129.00, $82.00, $91.00Final Time : 1:19.3 Splits : 23.3, 46.3, 1:11.3,Winner: 7yo b horse – OUTRIGGER – PERFECT TENTrainer: RICHARD AZAN Owner : ELITE BLOODSTOCK LIMITEDBred by DAVE A. GIROD & LAURENCE E. HEFFESQu: $561.00 Ex: $1,219.00D/E: $1,060.00Trifecta: $982.00Hi-5: $4,951.00Rolling Triple: $13,194.00Race 10 1500 M (Purse $560,000)NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. LUCKYBEGOOD DaneNelson 52.5*2. NATASHADONTPLAY RMairs 53.5 Neck3. LITTLE RHEA JInnis4 49.5 19/1 2 1/2L4. TRACKING DANIEL OEdwards3 50.0 3/4L5. SURE MAN JErwin 54.5 3 1/4L6. RASHAIDA RLahoe 51.5 1/2LDNF: #11 KABRINA JPatterson4 48.5Late scratch : #10 LITTLE TUFF MANWIN: $271.00PLACE: $127.00, $109.00, $208.00Final Time : 1:37.2 Splits : 24.2, 48.2, 1:14.3Winner : 5yo ch filly – BURNING MARQUE – LITTLERICHGIRLTrainer : BERNARD VINCENT Owner : GORDON BUCKNOR & MEGAN L. VERGO-BUCKNORBred by GREGORY BUCKNORQu: $673.00 Ex: $1,556.00D/E: $1,705.00Trifecta: $4,768.00Hi-5 Carry-over : $104,861.25Rolling Triple: $10,718.00Pick-4: $82,108.00Super-6: $14,428.70 Carry-over: $1,341,873.00Pick-9: $27,008.50; $686.50Carry-over : $1,976,391.90PlacePot 8: $44,141.00last_img read more

Enough with the Agricultural PhDs already, Madam President

first_imgHigher education is important and, as the adage goes, “a little learning is a dangerous thing.” In all sectors of society, the world needs people who are eager to pursue the deepest limits of knowledge on any given subject, and then apply that knowledge to better their communities and the world. But it is equally dangerous to consider formalized education as the only legitimate approach to learning. In Liberia, where such a rigid perspective on education holds sway, we are indeed in danger.A Master’s degree, we say, better qualifies a candidate for any given position than a Bachelor’s degree; and we hold PhDs in the highest esteem. Now, granted, academic achievement is a challenge all its own, and those who pursue it are highly deserving of our respect. But too often, we prejudge people based on their list of academic achievements, honor societies, and scholarly publications: because John Brown graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Juris Doctorate from Yale, he is therefore qualified to be Minister of Justice. This is, however, a dangerous fallacy that causes us to miss out on the stellar abilities of those who had some good solid schooling, but who really learned leadership, business, project management, and a host of other skills, just by enrolling in the school of hard knocks and rolling with the punches. As a result, we hire (or appoint) candidates based on their impressive degrees, only to find out how lazy, money-hungry, visionless, elitist or out of touch some (not all) of them can be. In the developed world, perhaps this can fly; but in a development setting where all hands are needed on deck to transform and ailing economy and lift a suffering people, we need more robust, relentless, pragmatic people that speak raw English but get the job done. In fact, sometimes the worse their English is, the more likely they are to get Liberian people to understand and follow them (you know how we are). Our readers may recall an earlier editorial, which briefly recounted the history of Liberia’s great legal minds – men who became our attorney generals, judges and Supreme Court justices. Up until about the 1950s, not one of Liberia’s legal practitioners ever darkened the door of a law school. The men that built the legal system that undergirds our national progress today, all learned their trade by apprenticeship – practical, hands-on training from their fathers. The same goes for many other trades and professions. None of the great statesmen that graced the corridors of power in Liberia ever attended Harvard Kennedy School. And yet, they shaped a continent around them, with the messages of independence, statehood, and African Unity. In fact, our statesmen shaped the world, because the concept of regional integration, now practiced by the European Union, originated right here on this sweet African soil – without paid consultation from Kennedy School Professors.In certain sectors of our economy, a down-to-earth, hands-on approach is critical to progress. This is especially true in the agriculture sector, which is currently a patch of barren soil. While it is possible for a PhD to be hands-on, those fitting this characteristic are a rare breed that does not include our last few Agriculture Ministers. No, the last thing we need is for the next Minister of Agriculture to be another PhD who will just stir the same stones into the dirt. We need someone practical, rude and loud. Someone who can shake systems into their right orbit, shift people’s mindsets into progressive mode, and shake them into action. And cuss their Ma if they don’t move. Our candidate: Mary T. Broh. Come on! Are we the only ones that miss her? Following her run-ins with the Legislature she has, in our view, been sentenced to the development wilderness that is GSA, to code Government cars and make sure the President gets her red carpet when she needs it. What a shame that she was not allowed to finish her good work in the cities of Monrovia and Paynesville. We do, however, commend the new Mayor for maintaining the standard of high quality city management – albeit with far too much poise. But if Ma Ellen will make any headway in agriculture during this administration, she had better unleash the dragon; and quick. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Father, son granted bail on wounding charge

first_imgThe father-and-son duo of Kishwar and Thameshwar Chatterpaul found themselves before Georgetown Magistrate Judy Latchman on Friday, charged with wounding their in-law.The charge stated that on December 27, 2017 at Lot 5 Eden Street, Tucville, Georgetown, they unlawfully and maliciously wounded Dwayne Hetemeyer.The duo denied the charge, and their defence attorney, Michael Sommersaul, explained that on the day in question, the virtual complainant (VC) and his clients were involved in an argument which escalated into a fight.He contended that Kishwar Chatterpaul is the one who had been injured, and not the Dwayne Hetemeyer.The VC, Hetemeyer, explained to the Court that his is married to Kishwar Chatterpaul’s daughter; and on the day of the incident, he had requested that he accompany her to her parents’ home to pick up some clothing.Upon arrival there, he waited on the road as he was not on speaking terms with her family.He claimed that Kishwar Chatterpaul saw him on the road and attacked him with a chopper, but he managed to disarm the man and subdue him. However, he received a lash to his head, and when he turned around to see who had done it, he noticed his brother-in-law, Thameshwar Chatterpaul, and another person, who both began to assault him.He was rescued by the neighbours and was taken to the hospital, where he was treated for a head injury.Each of the defendants were placed on $100,000 bail, and the case is expected to be recalled on February 9, 2018.last_img read more

Ex-cop, 2 others charged for firing shots at Police

first_imgThe three occupants of a car that Police ranks recently gave chase and caught at Houston, Greater Georgetown, when ex-cop Teon Allen, known as “Spoil child”, was shot after pointing a gun to Police, were jointly charged on Wednesday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Ex-cop Teon Allen, known as “Spoil child”Twenty-six-year old Jason Gonsalves of Kitty, Georgetown and 24-year-old Shaquille Grant of Sophia, Greater Georgetown appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty and denied the joint charges. Allen, who was charged in absentia, is a patient at Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he is being treated for a gunshot wound.The prosecution is contending that on November 26, 2019, at Houston, the three men had a 9MM pistol along with 16 matching rounds and seven .45 ammunition in their possession when they are not holders of firearm licences.Jason Gonsalves and Shaquille GrantAnother charge stated that the trio discharged a loaded firearm at Police Inspector Mohan Khan. Gonsalves and Grant were represented by Attorney-at-Law Ronald Daniels, who told the court during a successful bail application that his clients were mere occupants in the taxi that was driven by Allen.He further stressed that his clients were taken into custody since November 26 and have been cooperating with the investigation.Police Prosecutor Ceon Blackman told the court that on the day in question, the Police were conducting a roadblock exercise after receiving certain information.Police approaching the car in which the three men were travellingThe court heard that Allen allegedly drove his car through the roadblock, which resulted in the Police giving chase. Realising that the Police were in pursuit, shots were fired in the direction of the ranks.The Prosecutor stated that the Police then returned fire and Allen was shot during the exchange. The car then sped off the road and ended up crashing into a nearby trench.The ranks then approached the vehicle and Allen allegedly had the firearm in his hands. Hence, the men were arrested and taken into custody. The two men were released on $240,000 bail each and the case will continue on January 8, 2020.last_img read more

Police name accused in Tuesday’s robberies and highway chase

first_imgThe two were arrested after a stolen black Dodge Ram pickup truck was stopped near Farmington after police set up a spike belt to deflate the vehicle’s tires. Police have released the names of two suspects accused after two robberies and a police chase down the Alaska Highway on Tuesday.John Robert Kalita and Nicole Danille Alexander are both from Grande Prairie and are facing charges in relation to a robbery at the Dawson Creek No Frills and the Wholesale Club pharmacy, before fleeing from police on the Alaska Highway.- Advertisement -The 26 year-old Kalita is charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, robbery, flight from a peace officer and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose.The 24 year-old Alexander is charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000 and flight from a peace officer.Kalita has been remanded in custody and is expected to make his next court appearance on in Dawson Creek Provincial Court on May 17.Alexander was released on bail, Thursday, and is expected back in court on May 24.Advertisementlast_img read more

Franco’s hat trick leads St. Francis

first_imgLA CA?ADA – St. Francis High School’s boys soccer team has tried hard not to dwell on the past. Still, the Golden Knights remember the feeling of walking off a rainy field at Hart High after a CIF-Southern Section Division II playoff loss to the Indians a year ago. “We said if things were ideal, we could score two goals in the first 10 minutes, and today it worked out,” St. Francis Glen Appels said. Joe Franco, Nick Swart and Daniel Frank made sure it worked out for St. Francis (25-4), which finished second in the Mission League behind Loyola. Franco scored three goals, and Swart and Frank had two apiece. “It was a team effort, and I was in the right place at the right time,” Franco said of his hat trick. Franco’s first goal came in the third minute, when he headed a nice pass from Nick Posthuma past Oilers goalkeeper Anthony Anguiano. A Montebello foul gave St. Francis a free kick. Haig Farajian was set to take the shot, but faked it. Swart stepped in and rifled a shot past Anguiano to give St. Francis a 2-0 lead in the 11th minute. “The fake wasn’t the key; it was how hard Nick shot it,” Appels said. “He just fired it. It was a nice individual effort. “It’s nice to see guys translate practice into a game-day situation.” Franco took a pass from Jon Ondrejko and scored again in the 15th minute. Goals by Swart and Frank gave St. Francis a commanding 5-0 halftime lead. Franco completed his hat trick and finished the scoring a minute later. The Golden Knights struck again in the 69th minute. G.P. Gonzalez was robbed from point-blank range by Anguiano, but Frank was there to knock home the rebound. “We fell behind early, and they’re a good team,” Montebello coach Jesus Garcia said. “They had a lot of opportunities to score. They put them in the net and we didn’t have too many chances.” St. Francis outshot Montebello (15-7-3), 12-2. The Golden Knights will play Servite on Wednesday. “We have a stronger squad this year and hopefully we’ll use this momentum going into our next game,” Franco said. Appels feels his team has learned from last year’s bitter disappointment. “Last year, we started six sophomores and a freshman,” he said. “Six juniors and a sophomore looks better.” scott.galetti@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4456 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img A year wiser, the Golden Knights knew the importance of a quick start against talented Montebello on Saturday. Two goals in the opening 11 minutes eased any tension the St. Francis players might have been feeling and they went on to score a 7-0 victory over the Oilers in the first round of the Division I playoffs. last_img read more

Politicians talk 2016 goals in year-end interviews

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Peace River North MLA, in a year end interview, says the goal remains to have a new health care model ready to be rolled out for Fort St. John and district residents early in the New Year.A special committee including Pat Pimm and local doctors, as well as North Health and Ministry of Health officials has spent months working to develop a model, which will specifically address the health care concerns associated with the recent doctor’s shortage in the city.- Advertisement -In a similar interview Mayor Lori Ackerman also expressed satisfaction with the recent progress made in resolving the concerns, and also expressed optimism about what lies ahead in the months to come.Both those interviews will be broadcast in greater detail, in a series of local area impact stories during the Yule Tide holiday period.They will feature a number of political, industry and labor leaders, addressing a variety of local, provincial and federal issues, which they hope will be resolved in the coming year.last_img read more

Will he or won’t he? Egypt holds its breath over injured Salah

first_imgEgypt play Uruguay — tipped by some to be dark horses — in Yekaterinburg in just the second game of the tournament, following Russia against Saudi Arabia in the opening match.Salah, who turns 26 on the day of the game, gave 100 million frantic Egyptians a massive boost on Wednesday when he joined a squad training session at their Grozny base.He had been sidelined since suffering a shoulder injury in Liverpool’s Champions League final loss to Real Madrid on May 26, casting severe doubt on his World Cup participation.He went through a range of warm-up exercises with his team-mates, but Egyptian team officials are giving little away.“There’s a good degree of progress but no definitive decision on whether he takes part, as we are following his case day by day,” team director Ihab Lahita told reporters.Egypt’s 62-year-old Argentine coach Hector Cuper will conduct a pre-match press conference on Thursday, but there are suggestions that he wants to see Salah train again before making any decision on whether the player is fit to face a Uruguay side boasting the twin attacking threat of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.The most likely outcome is that Salah, one of the outstanding players in the world this season as he helped propel Liverpool to the Champions League final, will be on the bench on Friday.Salah’s World Cup dream was left on the brink when he exited the final in tears after Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos wrestled him to the ground.Cuper has attempted to dismiss the notion that Egypt are a one-man side, but with 44 goals in all competitions this season for Liverpool, Salah’s badly timed injury has become a national obsession back home.Salah is regarded as a contender for the Ballon d’Or for his spectacular debut season at Anfield, alongside Argentina’s Lionel Messi, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar of Brazil.The tournament in Russia will be the poorer for Salah missing out and Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera has expressed hope that Salah will play against the South Americans.“I like the best players to play, I train with the best and I want the best players to play,” said Muslera.Egypt, a no-frills side who play on the counterattack under the wily Cuper, face hosts Russia on Tuesday and the Saudis on June 25 in their last group game.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Man of the moment: Egypt’s Mohamed Salah takes part in training on Wednesday © AFP / KARIM JAAFARYEKATERINBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 14 – Mohamed Salah is in a high-profile race to be fit for Egypt’s World Cup opener against Uruguay on Friday and even opponents are hoping the Liverpool ace could yet play a role in Russia.The striker and Egyptian superstar, who is nursing an injured shoulder, is crucial to the north African side’s hopes of making it out of a weak-looking Group A also featuring the hosts and Saudi Arabia.last_img read more

Senate approves border fence; defines naturalization process

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate endorsed a chance at citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants Wednesday but also voted to build 370 miles of triple-layered fencing along the Mexican border in increasingly emotional debate over election-year immigration legislation. Taken together, the votes gave fresh momentum to legislation that closely follows President Bush’s call for a major overhaul of the nation’s troubled immigration system. The vote was 66-33 against a proposal that would have removed provisions giving an eventual chance at citizenship to illegal immigrants who have been in the country more than two years. A few minutes earlier, the Senate had voted 83-16 in favor of construction of the fence and 500 miles of vehicle barriers, the first significant victory in two days for conservatives seeking to place their stamp on the measure. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals The developments unfolded in a volatile political environment. The White House struggled for a second day to ease the concerns of House Republicans who contend that Bush favors amnesty for illegal immigrants, and demonstrators massed a few blocks from the Capitol demanding immigrant rights. Construction of the barrier would send “a signal that open-border days are over. … Good fences make good neighbors, fences don’t make bad neighbors,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. He said border areas where barriers already exist have experienced economic improvement and reduced crime. “What we have here has become a symbol for the right wing in American politics,” countered Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. He said if the proposal passed, “our relationship with Mexico would come down to a barrier between our two countries.” The Senate labored to complete work by next week on immigration legislation that generally follows an outline Bush set out in a nationally televised speech this week. The measure includes provisions to strengthen border security, create a new guest worker program and crack down on the hiring of illegal immigrants. Most controversially, it offers an eventual chance at citizenship for many of the estimated 11 million to 12 million illegal immigrants already in the country. Senate Republicans staged an impromptu, occasionally emotional debate over whether that amounted to amnesty. Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana said it did. “Surely this is a pardon from what present law says must happen,” he said of provisions in the bill that require immigrants to undergo background checks, pay back taxes and take other steps before they can become citizens. Sens. John McCain and Chuck Hagel replied heatedly it was not amnesty. “Let’s stop the nonsense,” said Hagel, addressing fellow Republicans. “You all know it’s not amnesty.” Said McCain, addressing Vitter, “Call it a banana if you want to … to call the process that we require under this legislation amnesty frankly distorts the debate and it’s an unfair interpretation of it.” Vitter sought the last word. “Methinks thou dost protest too much.” The clash erupted after Vitter sought a change in the legislation to strip out provisions of the bill that would allow for guest worker programs and give some illegal immigrants a chance at citizenship. Supporters of the Senate measure credited Bush’s prime-time Monday night speech with giving fresh momentum to the effort to pass long-stalled legislation. Across the Capitol in the House, the story was different. Republicans pushed through a border security bill last year, and several members of the rank-and-file have criticized Bush for his proposals. To calm their concerns, the White House dispatched Karl Rove to their weekly closed-door meeting. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, an outspoken opponent of the Senate bill, derided the effort. “I didn’t see it was a persuasive event. If it was about Karl Rove seeking to convince members of Congress after debate that he’s right and we’re wrong it would have been better not to have the meeting,” he said. King said Rove told lawmakers Bush is sincere about enforcement. But, he added, “The president doesn’t want to enforce immigration law because he’s afraid he’ll inconvenience someone who wants to come into the country for a better life.” Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., agreed that Rove did not seem to have been persuasive. “It’s not the kind of issue you can compromise on; either you’re giving amnesty to people who are here illegally or you aren’t.” At the White House, press secretary Tony Snow defended Bush against criticism. “The president is actually taking a more aggressive role on border security than the House itself took,” he said. “That is the sort of thing that is going to answer a lot of the complaints that we have heard.” The National Capital Immigration Coalition organized the afternoon demonstration on the National Mall a few blocks from where lawmakers debated the issue they cared about. “This is a critical moment. We oppose the militarization of the U.S-Mexican border,” said Juan Jose Gutierrez, one of the event’s organizers.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

Finn Harps make USL return, and Rovers and Cockhill clash again

first_imgFINN HARPS TO MAKE USL RETURN THIS SUNDAY:FINN HARPS RESERVES will belatedly begin their Four Lanterns Ulster Senior League season this Sunday when they make the short trip over the Bullock Park to face Bonagee United at Dry Arch Park.Harps, who are expected to largely comprise Under-17 and Under-19 players, have returned to the League following a 20-month absence. Harps were set to mark their return on Saturday evening, but the north-west derby against Derry City Reserves was called off because of a waterlogged pitch at Finn Park.The previous evening, Harps’ League of Ireland Premier Division clash with St Patrick’s Athletic was postponed at the eleventh hour by referee Tom Connolly.Now, Harps will get underway against the club that provided the opposition for their previous game in the USL, back in February 2015, Bonagee.Harps – winners of the USL back in 1999 – have since restructured their underage structure, led by Under-19 manager Joe Boyle and will be welcomed addition into the ranks of the Ulster Senior League again. Bonagee drew their opening League game against Swilly Rovers when a late Aidan McLaughlin goal cancelled out a second-minute opener by Laurence Toland.A week on from their tense and tight FAI Intermediate Cup clash, Cockhill Celtic and Letterkenny Rovers will renew adquaintances at the Charlie O’Donnell Sports Grounds this Sunday.Derek Doherty netted the only goal of the game at Leckview Park on Sunday to put Cockhill through at the expense of Letterkenny, last year’s Intermediate Cup finalists.Cockhill have won the USL for the last four seasons and began the latest defence of the crown with a slender 1-0 win over Fand United when Mark Moran netted.Cockhill are without the injured Malachy McDermott and Garbhan Friel, but with the likes of Ryan Varma and Paul McKinney used off the bench on Sunday, the Inishowen men showed strength in depth. The same could be said for Rovers, who took former Finn Harps man Mark Forker on as a substitute on Sunday. Darragh Black could return to the Cathedral Town squad this weekend, while Conor Tourish has been showing fine form since signing in the summer.Rovers began their League campaign with a 2-1 win over Derry City Reserves when they gamely held out thanks to goals from Steve Okakpu-Emeka and Darren McElwaine.In Sunday’s other game, Swilly Rovers – now under the management of Gerry Crossan – will host their old rivals Fanad United at Swilly Park.Michael Devine began the season at Swilly, but has since signed for Fanad and is in line to face his former team-mates this weekend. Swilly drew 1-1 with Bonagee on the opening day while Fanad, who have added considerably to their ranks over the summer months, ran Cockhill close, only to lose 1-0.Swilly are without the suspended Marty McDaid for this one, but could see Jordan Toland included in the squad.Results:Four Lanterns Ulster Senior League, Saturday September 24Finn Harps Reserves P-P Derry City ReservesFAI Intermediate Cup, First Round, Sunday, September 25Letterkenny Rovers 0-1 Cockhill CelticFixtures:Four Lanterns Ulster Senior League, Sunday October 2, kick-off 2pmBonagee United v Finn Harps                      Michael ConnollyCockhill Celtic v Letterkenny Rovers           Vincent McLoughlin; assistants Paul Duddy, Marty QuinnSwilly Rovers v Fanad United                      Marty McGarrigleGOOD LUCK DERRY CITY:THE executive committee and the clubs of the Ulster Senior League would like to convey our best wishes to Derry City, who take on Dundalk in the semi-final of the FAI Cup at Oriel Park on Sunday. City manager Kenny Shiels has been very active in his support of the USL and several of the players who will be on show in this weekend’s semi-final have graduated from the USL ranks and, indeed, could appear in the League throughout the season.‘FR MICK’:AN APPRECIATION night is being held this Friday night, September 30, to honour Ulster Senior League founding member Fr Michael Sweeney. Fr Sweeney was instrumental in the formation of the USL in 1986 and was also a founder member of Fanad United FC in 1972.As a manager, he won an All-Ireland Schools title in 1982, an FAI Youth Cup with Fanad United in 1979 and, the daddy of them all, the FAI Intermediate Cup with Fanad in 1988.Tickets for Friday’s function are available at the Silver Tassie Hotel or contact Paul McFadden 086-6031176, Ben McBride 087-9887983 or Johnny Kelly 085-1458142.CLUB NOTES:ULSTER Senior League clubs are asked to forward weekly notes to new League PRO Chris McNulty at chrismcnulty86@gmail.com for circulation to the media and for inclusion on the Ulster Senior League website.Finn Harps make USL return, and Rovers and Cockhill clash again was last modified: September 28th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:previewsoccerSportUSLlast_img read more