NCPD Conspiracy Case: Cops Testify

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Former Nassau County Police Second Deputy Commissioner William Flanagan faces conspiracy and official misconduct charges. He surrendered to the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office March 1, 2012.An ex-Nassau County police detective testified that the ex-commander who’s a defendant in an alleged cover-up case thanked him after the investigator returned stolen property without arresting the suspect who’s a police donor’s son.Retired Seventh Squad Det. Bruce Coffey and two current Nassau police officials—his ex-partner, Det. Barry Franklin, and his old boss, Deputy Inspector Lorna Atmore—took the stand last week in the trial of William Flanagan, the former second deputy police commissioner.“We’re getting calls from pretty high up about this case,” Coffey said one of his bosses, retired Det. Sgt. Alan Sharpe—Flanagan’s co-defendant, who’s case has been severed—told him. But, Coffey testified, the brass wanted the charges dropped: “They weren’t looking for an arrest.”Flanagan has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and misconduct charges along with Sharpe and former Deputy Chief of Patrol John Hunter, who’s also slated to be tried separately. Coffey, who’s cooperating as a witness to avoid prosecution, testified Hunter leaned on Sharpe to have Coffey get the charges dropped.The allegedly quashed case was that of Zachary Parker, a former student at Bellmore’s John F. Kennedy High School, who admitted last year to burglarizing his alma mater in 2009 and is serving prison time for the $11,000 in thefts. His father, Gary, was a friend of Hunter and Flanagan as well as a director of a Nassau police nonprofit. The Press exposed the alleged cover-up in March 2011.“You didn’t order an arrest…because the school was ambivalent, is that correct?” Bruce Barket, Flanagan’s attorney, asked Atmore, Coffey’s then-supervisor. She agreed, adding that it was “not unusual” for schools to take an initial wait-and-see approach on arresting students.Atmore testified that the day the report came in she learned Parker was a well-connected suspect who she believed would “very likely” be arrested and reported the case to the Internal Affairs Unit (IAU) because he worked in the department’s Emergency Ambulance Bureau.“I was relieved that I wouldn’t have to get involved,” she testified of her desire to avoid a case involving a suspect who’s dad is friends with some of her bosses. “I’m thinking this is a good thing, my detectives aren’t going to be responsible for dealing with this mess.”Her relief was short-lived. Atmore said the same day she called IAU, Hunter called her back and “said that the Seventh Squad was keeping the case.” She said “It was odd and it was weird and I was trying to figure out what his relation was,” because as a patrol commander, Hunter wasn’t generally involved in detectives’ investigations.Atmore obeyed the order, but transferred the case to Coffey after pulling it from his partner, Franklin, who originally was assigned the case. She was promoted out of the squad days later, leaving Sharpe in charge as commanding officer.“How many other cases you were assigned were taken away from you and assigned to another detective?” Assistant District Attorney Cristiana McSloy asked Franklin, who replied, “none.”Franklin said he didn’t properly log in as evidence the two stolen laptops and projector because it was another detective’s case and that it also hadn’t been logged in by the Fifth Precinct, where Zachary Parker’s friend originally turned some of the stolen proerty in.Coffey said he was “conflicted” about asking the school’s principal, Lorraine Poppe, to drop the charges when they met shortly after the theft. So he went through the motions of interviewing, but not taking sworn statements from witnesses—and never asked for videotape of Parker fleeing the scene the night of the burglary.“She was very adamant about wanting him to be arrested,” Coffey testified. “It wasn’t the time to do it. I had to show her some respect.”Also revealed at trial was that another detective had tried to get Poppe to sign a form indicating she wanted to drop the charges a month after the theft, but she refused. Coffey eventually had Poppe sign a form accepting the property Sept. 1, 2009, but she again refused to sign the form dropping the charges, he testified.Later that fall at a retirement party, “I was sitting down at a table, [Deputy] Commissioner Flanagan came up, shook my hand and said, ‘Thank you,’” Coffey testified.“I thought it was obviously for the John F. Kennedy case,” he said, “for handling the return of the property.”When it was Coffey’s turn to retire in October 2010, he said he wrote a memo to close out the Parker theft case indicating that Poppe did not want the suspect arrested—a fact he testified he knew to be untrue.The detectives’ testimony came after Gary Parker testified for four days last week. Barket asked Parker’s feeling Thursday about how his son blew his chance at probation in the burglary and unrelated drug and traffic cases, landing himself in prison instead of college.“In hindsight, wouldn’t it be fair to say your son should have been arrested in May 2009?” Barket asked. “Yes,” Parker said after a pause.Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), who Parker testified attended one of many police dinners he paid for, sat with Flanagan’s supporters Friday. “Bill’s an old friend,” King told the Press outside the courtroom. “I worked closely with him on homeland security issues.”last_img read more

New details for next year’s Twin Tiers Honor Flights

first_imgGardner has been part of the organization since 2015 and says they’ve been able to take more than 500 local veterans to visit the nation’s capital since they’ve started. Adding, it’s an experience like no other. The first trip for 2021 is a day trip planned for Wednesday, April 28. It will leave from the Greater Binghamton Airport at 7:00 a.m. and return that evening around 7:30 p.m. (WBNG) — With this year’s Honor Flight trips canceled due to the pandemic, organizers are sharing when local veterans will be able to go next year. “The whole mission is to take as many veterans as we can, those who were in World War 2, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, down to Washington, D.C. to see the monuments that have been erected for them.” Board Member and Treasurer of Twin Tiers Honor Flight, Steve Gardner, says the idea behind the trips is to recognize and honor those who’ve served our country.center_img “It’s a very moving experience for everybody,” Gardner said “For the guardians that we take down with us to look over the veterans, and for the staff that goes down, it’s extremely moving to see these veterans and what they experience when they see the monuments that are there for them.” The second is a two-day bus trip on November 6 and 7. They’ll leave from the American Legion Post 1645 in Binghamton on Saturday at 7:00 a.m. and return Sunday at around 6:30 p.m. Gardner said fundraising for future trips is happening right now. If you’d like to contribute or learn more about the trips, you can do so by visiting www.twintiershonorflight.orglast_img read more

Sporting News 2019 college football All-Americans

first_imgSporting News’ 2019 All-American team is complete, and loaded with talent from all four teams in the College Football Playoff.LSU, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Clemson all had selections on at least one of SN’s first and second teams, led by Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow. The LSU quarterback beat out Ohio Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts for first-team honors. MORE: Sporting News’ rankings for all 40 postseason gamesLSU led all teams with four first-team selections, followed by Ohio State with three. Clemson, Kentucky and Wisconsin each registered two first-team All-Americans as well. No team had more players on the first and second teams than Alabama, which placed five players.The SEC led all conferences with nine first-team selections and 17 overall players across both teams. The Big Ten was second with seven first-team selections and 11 overall players. All 10 FBS conferences are represented on the SN All-American team.SN is one of five outlets used to determine consensus All-American status. With that in mind, our 2019 All-American Team.Sporting News 2019 All-American teamFirst-team OffenseQB: Joe Burrow, LSUBurrow rewrote the SEC single-season record book with 4,715 passing yards and 48 touchdowns, leading a complete renovation of the LSU offense. Burrow’s Heisman moments came with back-to-back touchdown drives in the second half of a 46-41 victory at Alabama — the game that shifted the SEC and Playoff races in the Tigers’ favor.RB: Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma StateHubbard led the FBS with 1,936 rushing yards and added 21 rushing touchdowns, but it was the way he did it. Hubbard had more than 100 yards rushing in every Big 12 game, and scored a touchdown in all but one game this season. That remarkable consistency gave him the edge over a loaded field at running back.RB: Jonathan Taylor, WisconsinThe Doak Walker Award winner lived up to the lofty standards set for Wisconsin running backs with another prolific season. He rushed for 1,909 yards and 21 touchdowns — and he capped the regular season with 148 yards and a touchdown in the rematch against Ohio State. Taylor was a second-team SN All-American in 2017 and a first-team selection in 2018. His is a banner career he will close at the Rose Bowl.WR: CeeDee Lamb, OklahomaLamb’s game-breaking talent helped propel the Sooners to another College Football Playoff berth. He averaged 20.8 yards per catch — the most among FBS receivers who had at least 50 receptions. Lamb finished with 1,208 yards and 14 touchdowns, and that came with missing a game because of a concussion.WR: Ja’Marr Chase, LSUBurrow spread the wealth in LSU’s new-look offense, and Chase was the biggest beneficiary. The Biletnikoff Award winner led the nation with 1,498 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns, averaging 20.5 yards per catch. He had more than 100 yards in all four of LSU’s regular-season victories against top-10 teams.TE: Harrison Bryant, Florida AtlanticBryant won the Mackey Award, given to the nation’s best tight end. That made this an easy decision. He thrived in Lane Kiffin’s scheme at Florida Atlantic, leading all tight ends with 65 catches for 1,004 yards and seven touchdowns. He opened the season with six catches for 79 yards against Ohio State and scored touchdowns in five of the Owls’ final six games.OT: Penei Sewell, OregonThe Outland Trophy winner had the highest grade of any offensive lineman on Pro Football Focus, and he was part of a dominant offensive line under Mario Cristobal. Sewell improved in pass protection as a sophomore and boasts the potential of a top-five pick down the line.G: Wyatt Davis, Ohio StateOhio State featured a relentless rushing attack this season, and the emergence of Davis along the interior of an improved offensive line made that possible. Davis made the jump from full-time starter for a unit that piled up 272.2 rushing yards and 38 rushing touchdowns.C: Tyler Biadasz, WisconsinBiadasz was a first-team preseason All-American, and he lived up to that billing as the anchor of a line that paved the way for Taylor. The Badgers averaged 5.4 yards per carry. Wisconsin also allowed just 20 sacks in 2019. That starts with Biadasz moving the protections.G: John Simpson, ClemsonSimpson arrived at the ACC Media Kickoff with a Trevor Lawrence wig, but don’t let that fool you. The interior lineman continued to play with a nastiness that kept the pocket clean for Lawrence and opened running lanes for Travis Etienne. He played 598 snaps in the regular season and will pile on more in the Playoff.OT: Andrew Thomas, GeorgiaThomas anchored a Georgia offensive line that featured the same ground-and-pound attack that averaged 189.3 rushing yards per game. Georgia allowed 0.92 sacks per game, and Thomas’ reliable protection at tackle kept Jake Fromm comfortable all season en route to another SEC championship game appearance.ATH: Lynn Bowden Jr., KentuckyBowden came to embody the term “athlete” this season. He starred at receiver and returner through his first five games, compiling 30 catches for 348 yards and a score while adding 163 kick return yards of seven returns. Bowden was pressed into quarterback duty because of injuries, and finished 5-2 as a starter with 1,235 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. There wasn’t a better all-around performance this season at multiple positions.First-team DefenseDL: Chase Young, Ohio StateYoung was the most dominant player in the game for chunks of the season. The Heisman Trophy finalist led the nation with 16.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles, finishing fourth with 21 tackles for loss. That peaked with a four-sack performance against Wisconsin before a two-game suspension. Young returned, however, and was often double- and triple-teamed during a stretch run of victories against Penn State, Michigan and Wisconsin.DL: Derrick Brown, AuburnAuburn had talent on the defensive line, but Brown remained the biggest difference-maker on the interior. It was more than just a reputation: He matched that with 49 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. The 318-pounder led a unit that allowed just nine rushing touchdowns all season.DL: James Lynch, BaylorThe Bears had a breakout season in the Big 12, and Lynch, the 2019 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, was a part of that rise with 12.5 sacks, 18.5 forced fumbles and three forced fumbles. He totaled 5.5 sacks in a two-game stretch against Kansas State and Texas Tech. He also had two-sack games against Texas and Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game. That solid play down the stretch vaulted him to the first team.DL: Bradlee Anae, UtahUtah’s strength was a deep defensive line, and Anae emerged as a matchup nightmare off the edge. He had two games with three sacks this season and finished with 35 tackles and 12.5 sacks. Anae’s efforts on that side of the ball were a big reason why the Utes won the Pac-12 South Division for the second straight season.LB: Isaiah Simmons, ClemsonThe Butkus Award winner was the leader of a Clemson defense that led the FBS in total defense (244.7 yards per game) and scoring defense (10.6 points per game). Simmons led the Tigers in tackles (93), tackles for loss (14.5) and sacks (7.0). If that’s not enough, the converted safety added two interceptions, six pass breakups and two forced fumbles. Given what the Tigers lost to the NFL last year, it’s remarkable how Simmons’ impact helped improve the unit statistically.LB: Curtis Weaver, Boise StateWeaver was a known commodity coming into the season, and he lived up to the billing in another all-out season for the Broncos. Weaver piled up 13.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss. Weaver had three games with multiple sacks for Boise State this season.LB: Evan Weaver, CalThe Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year was dominant from start to finish. The senior linebacker led the FBS with 172 total tackles, and that includes three games this season with at least 20. He had double-digit tackles in 11 games, and mixed in 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He’s a complete linebacker who played his best as a senior.CB: Jeff Okudah, Ohio StateOhio State’s secondary was much improved under Broyles Award nominee Jeff Hafley, and Okudah was one of the biggest stars on the back end. Okudah had three interceptions and seven pass breakups, but he emerged as more of a lockdown cornerback opposing quarterbacks tried to stay away from. The Buckeyes ranked second in the FBS in pass defense.CB: Derek Stingley Jr., LSUStingley Jr. emerged as the next game-breaking cornerback for the Tigers in dynamic fashion. He finished fourth in the FBS with 15 passes defended, which went well with six interceptions. Stingley closed the regular season with a two-pick performance against Georgia in the SEC championship game. He did all that as a freshman.S: Antoine Winfield Jr., MinnesotaWinfield put together an incredible season in the secondary for the Gophers. He finished with seven interceptions and a pick-six, but he also added 83 tackles and three sacks. That’s a big reason why the Gophers pushed through for a 10-win seasons. Now Winfield joins his father Antoine, a first-team SN All-American cornerback in 1998.S: Grant Delpit, LSUDelpit won the Thorpe Award after a season in which he totaled 56 tackles, six passes defended, three tackles for loss, two interceptions and a sack. He’s the leader of that loaded Tigers’ secondary, and is now a two-time SN first-team All-American.First-team Special TeamsK: Keith Duncan, IowaDuncan led the FBS with 29 field goals, and was money in the 40-50 range with a 14-of-18 conversion percentage. Duncan didn’t try any from 50 yards or more, but his reliable leg continues a tradition of solid kickers under Kirk Ferentz.P: Max Duffy, KentuckyDuffy led the nation with 48.6 yards per punt, and the competition for this honor in the SEC is tough. Three other punters in the conference averaged more than 47 yards per punt, but Duffy was just a little bit better than the rest in 2019.RET: Jaylen Waddle, AlabamaOpposing teams held their breath whenever Waddle elected to return a punt. He led the nation in punt return average (24.9 yards) and total punt return yards (474 yards). He added 152 kick return yards this season as well, off just four returns. He scored on a punt return against LSU and a kick return against Auburn. There wasn’t a more electric return man this season. Second-Team OffenseQB: Jalen Hurts, OklahomaRB: J.K. Dobbins, Ohio StateRB: Travis Etienne, ClemsonWR: DeVonta Smith, AlabamaWR: Omar Bayless, Arkansas StateTE: Brycen Hopkins, PurdueOT: Jedrick Wills Jr., AlabamaG: Kevin Dotson, LouisianaC: Creed Humphrey, OklahomaG: Shane Lemieux, OregonOT: Mekhi Becton, LouisvilleATH: Kenneth Gainwell, MemphisSecond-team DefenseDL: Marlon Davidson, AuburnDL: Jaylen Twyman, PittDL: Quincy Roche, TempleDL: Gregory Rousseau, MiamiLB: Treshaun Hayward, Western MichiganLB: Micah Parsons, Penn StateLB: Zack Baun, WisconsinCB: Trevon Diggs, AlabamaCB: Amik Robertson, Louisiana TechS: Xavier McKinney, AlabamaS: J.R. Reed, GeorgiaSecond-team Special TeamsK: Rodrigo Blankenship, GeorgiaP: Braden Mann, Texas A&MRET: Joe Reed, Virginialast_img read more

South Sound Boy Scouts Preparing to Admit Girls into Troops in…

first_imgFacebook169Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Boy Scouts of America Pacific Harbor CouncilThe Pacific Harbors Council of the Boy Scouts of America is preparing to welcome girls into the Boy Scout program beginning on February 1, 2019.  Applications and meetings are underway to ease the transition into All-Girl Troops in the new program known as Scouts BSA.Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will rebrand itself for the first time in more than 100 years as Scouts BSA. Girls in fifth grade through high school (ages 11-to-17) will be allowed to join and work to become Eagle Scouts.There is high interest in girls joining Scouts BSA with a number of all-female units forming from Tacoma, south to Olympia.  Training for new female Scoutmasters is already underway. During 2018, more than 150 girls joined coed Cub Scout units in the South Sound region.A membership launch party will be held on February 1-2, 2019 at Camp Thunderbird (located at Summit Lake, west of Olympia).  An introduction to Scouts BSA activities will be held Friday night and Saturday for new female members.There will also be an Adventure Campout during the weekend of March 8-10, 2019 at Camp Thunderbird. Female troops will compete with one another in outdoor activities such as axe-throwing and bow and arrow target contests.  More information to come.BackgroundThe admission of girls into Boy Scouts was announced on October 11, 2017 by the national Boy Scouts of America (BSA) organization.  Boy Scouts will remain the corporate name of BSA while local units will be rebranded as Scouts BSA troops.Since the initial announcement, more than 60,000 girls have joined Cub Scout packs across the United States.  Locally, Scouting has contributed nearly 22,000 hours of community service by 2,100 Scouts and adult volunteers. Projects include helping with food banks, environmental clean-ups, working with seniors, and providing shelter projects that enhance the quality of living in South Sound neighborhoods.  During the holidays, Scouts planted flags and wreaths on veteran gravesites and helped recycle Christmas trees.What’s New – All Girl TroopsWhat’s new is that older girls (ages 11 to 17) can now join all-girl troops and work toward the Eagle rank.  Only four percent of Scouts advance to Eagle Scouts, which brings benefits such as college admissions credits and scholarships among other things. To earn an Eagle rank, Scouts must spend several years in a troop advancing from the Tenderfoot level on up and earn a minimum of 21 merit badges. Scouts must attain an Eagle ranking by their 18th birthday.  Older Scouts joining can petition for extensions based on their circumstances.Youth Protection RequirementsAll Scouting activities will require two-deep leadership (by trained and certified adult leaders).  A Scoutmaster can be male or female.  Whenever female Scouts are present, a trained and certified female adult leader must be present.Where can girls join?Online registrationFind a unit near youContact the Pacific Harbors Council officeAbout the Pacific Harbors Council – Boy Scouts of AmericaThe Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910 and the Pacific Harbors Council was established shortly thereafter as one of the first Councils in the United States.  In more of a century of service, the Pacific Harbors Council has organized Scouting units from Chehalis north to Federal Way and from the Washington coast to the Cascade foothillsOver the years, local Scouts have helped sell War Bonds, organized Block Watch crime prevention programs, collected for recycling projects and conducted search and rescues in local mountains and along Puget Sound.  Today, Scouts are involved in environmental clean-up projects, building playgrounds and parklands, collecting food to stock local food banks and serving all of our communities through active outreach through our Venturing, Sea Scouts and Explorer programs. There are more than 9,000 Scouts registered in the Pacific Harbors Council.All of this is partially funded by the Friends of Scouting (FOS).  The Council’s Annual FOS fundraising Breakfast will be held March 7, 2019 at the Murano Hotel’s Centennial Pavilion in Tacoma.  This year’s keynote speaker will be NFL Hall of Famer Joe Theismann who will talk about the need, more than ever, of the virtues and civility of Scouting Leadership in our country.last_img read more

Peewee Leafs host tourney

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Nelson Leafs roll out the red carpet on the annual Nelson Minor Hockey Peewee Rep Tournament beginning Friday at the Nelson and District Community Complex and Civic Centre Arenas.Six teams from Castlegar, Cranbrook, Creston, Elk Valley, Spokane and Trail join the Leafs in the weekend tournament.Nelson opens play Friday at 1:15 p.m. against Elk Valley in the Civic Centre Arena. The Leafs then meet Cranbrook later in the day at the NDCC Arena.Nelson plays Trail (9:30 a.m.) and Creston (4 p.m.) to conclude the round robin draw. The top four teams in each division advances to the semi final round.The final is set for 1 p.m. at the NDCC Arena.Nelson tuned up for the tournament by finishing the Osoyoos event with a 1-2-1 record.The Leafs opened with a 7-2 loss to Coquitlam. Logan Mengler and Everett Hicks scored for Nelson. The Leafs then played to a 3-3 tie against Victoria before being bombed 10-2 by Kelowna.Hicks, with a pair, scored for Nelson against Victoria. Ben Woodward added a single.Against Kelowna, Hicks scored his fourth and fifth goals of the tournament.In the final game of the weekend Nelson blasted South Okanagan 7-2.Taylor Cooper and Woodward each scored twice to lead Nelson. Hicks, with his sixth of the weekend, Matthew Brind’Amour, Jacob Shukin and Mengler, also scored.Curt Doyle and Joey Timmermans shared the netminding duties for [email protected]last_img read more

Kinrade, B-Sens take 2-0 lead over Charlotte in AHL playoffs

first_imgIt’s been obvious from the start of the playoffs the Binghamton Senators enjoy starting on the road.For the second consecutive set the B-Sens stole the first to games of the best of seven AHL Calder Cup Eastern Conference Finals and head home with a two-game lead.Ryan Potulny scored twice and Robin Lehner bounced back from a sub-par Game one to lead Binghamton to a 3-0 win over Charlotte on Friday night.Binghamton, opening the series Thursday with a 7-4 victory, now lead the best-of-seven series 2-0 heading home for Game three Tuesday at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.In the opening series against Manchester, Binghamton split the opening two games on the road.Friday’s win was Binghamton’s eighth in a row on the road, one shy of the AHL record.In the opener three Binghamton players – including Kaspars Daugavins – tallied a goal and two assists apiece as seven different B-Sens scored.Nelson Minor Hockey grad Geoff Kinrade, logging quality minutes for Binghamton in his second season as a professional, finished the two games a plus-3 — a plus-2 during the opening despite Charlotte scoring four times.SERIES NOTES: The Checkers outshot Binghamton 40-22 during game one, including 17-3 in the second period, and 35-31 in game two. . . . Ryan Potulny had scored 13 times in the playoffs and leads Binghamton in goals and points, with 22.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 18, 2015)–Santa Anita Park will offer a whopping $1 million guaranteed pool in its Late Pick Four on Opening Day, Saturday, Dec. 26, and will follow with other lucrative guarantees throughout its upcoming Winter and Spring Meets.In addition to the $1 million guarantee on Opening Day, the track has announced it will guarantee $500,000 in the Late Pick Four each weekend and will also guarantee $300,000 in the weekday (Late) Pick Four. Additionally, Santa Anita will guarantee $150,000 pools in the Pick Six each weekend, as The Great Race Place continues to provide players with North America’s largest winter/spring pools on a daily basis.“Big pari-mutuel betting pools are what our customers want,” said Joe Morris, SVP, West Coast Operations, for the Stronach Group. “Our intention is to put on a world-class show, and by offering these aggressive guarantees, this helps to ensure that Santa Anita will continue to provide fans everywhere with solid and consistent wagering opportunities.”Special first post time on opening day, Dec. 26, will be at 12 noon, with four graded stakes, the Grade I Malibu, Grade I La Brea, Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile (turf), and the Grade III Daytona headlining a blockbuster card. Santa Anita’s 63-day Winter Meet will conclude April 10 and be succeeded by its Spring Meet, which will begin May 5 and run into mid-July.last_img read more

West Point Commissioner Fears Cholera Epidemic in Township

first_imgWest Point Township Commissioner Miatta H. Flowers has expressed fears over the eventual cholera epidemic the township would face after the abrupt end of the Liberia Maritime Authority Beaches and Waterways Project.In an interview with the Daily Observer Sunday, December 22, Commissioner Flowers said since the project was recently halted there have been a series of reports reaching her office indicating that many residents have reverted to unhygienic practices such as littering and defecating on the West Point beach.“The LMA Beaches and Waterways Project made sure that there was organized security that patrolled the beach every night to ensure that unscrupulous people don’t mess up the beach,” Commissioner Flowers said.She said since the end of the project the beach is no longer protected and with the congestion in the township, the likelihood of a cholera epidemic may not be too far away.“A cholera breakout would cause more suffering, so it is highly necessary for the government to help us before it is too late,” she said.Commissioner Flowers explained, “For the last three years, we have not experienced any threat from cholera, but now my office is worried that if the nearly 550 people now jobless are not returned to their former duties of protecting the beach, we may regress back to where we were before the project.”“I am appealing to the Government of Liberia to reconsider its decision, taking into account the reasons I have raised concerns about, and try to seek funds to continue the project,” she said.She also took time to express appreciation for the LMA Beaches and Waterways Project, which she said ensured that jobless residents in her township were able to help themselves, despite the harsh economy.The LMA recently announced the end of the Beaches and Waterways Project due to financial constraints. The project benefitted nearly 1,985 casual laborers in several slum communities, including West Point, New Kru Town, Popo Beach, and ELWA.At the time of the announcement, the LMA owed three months in arrears, which it settled last Monday.West Point is one of the largest slum communities in Monrovia. Most of its residents use the Mesurado River and the beautiful beach along the Atlantic Ocean to defecate. Residents live in very poor and unhygienic condition, leaving them expose to water-borne disease and malaria.Many of the township’s children play along the beach barefooted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Aston Villa boss praises ‘unbelievable’ supporters after win over QPR

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesAston Villa boss Steve Bruce said his players owed it to their “unbelievable” fans to deliver a result after recent below-par performances.Bruce made six changes to the team which lost at Norwich in midweek and was rewarded with a 1-0 victory earned by Jonathan Kodjia’s strike 15 minutes from time.More than 3,000 Villa supporters made the trip down to Loftus Road for the 12pm kick-off and Bruce was delighted they able to witness the club’s second away win since August 2015.“We’re pleased that we’ve got a result for the unbelievable support we’ve got,” Bruce said.“Over Christmas we’ve got back to back home games and I think we’re sold out for Burton Albion, which is testament to the club and the supporters.“We’ve had thousands at QPR and when you’ve got support like that you’ve got to give them what they expect.“Now we’ve got to try and make an impression on the top six, that’s got to be our aim.”Bruce also said shaking off the club’s losing habit, after several seasons in the doldrums, was his primary focus.He added: “For a long time they’ve been used to getting beaten. Slowly but surely you’ve got to get their confidence back that they can play for this club.”   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Laureano stays hot to help A’s return to winning ways

first_imgANAHEIM — Ramon Laureano doubled, homered and drove in two runs, and right-hander Frankie Montas allowed two runs in six innings to help the A’s end a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 win against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.Laureano extended his hitting streak to a career-high 16 games and stretched his on-base streak to a major-league leading 23 games. Robbie Grossman also had two hits and a run scored for the A’s, who have won seven straight road games.Laureano blasted a …last_img