Wainui try secures tight Chiefs win over Highlanders

first_imgWainui gave his side the lead for good after a topsy-turvy encounter on the scoreboard even though the home side had dominated much of the possession and territory.Fullback Solomon Alaimalo and hooker Nathan Harris had scored either side of half time to give the home side a 20-7 lead only for the visitors to come storming back with tries to Tevita Li and Sio Tomkinson and take a two-point lead with about 20 minutes remaining.The Highlanders, who lost first five-eighth Lima Sopoaga early in the match with what appeared to be a serious Achilles injury, had scored the match’s first try through All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo.The Highlanders had held a 7-6 lead after a scrappy first half before fullback Alaimalo crossed after a sustained build-up and brilliant leap, catch and pass in one movement by winger Toni Pulu following a cross kick.The Chiefs extended their 13-7 halftime advantage just four minutes into the second spell when hooker Harris was driven over to give the home side a 20-7 lead and looking like they could run away with the game.The visitors, however, managed to fight their way back into the game with winger Li put over by a brilliant wide pass from half-back Aaron Smith.While replacement first five-eighth Fletcher Smith missed the conversion he added his first penalty to get his side to 20-15 with a little over 20 minutes remaining.The visitors then surprisingly grabbed the lead when a Damian McKenzie clearing kick was charged down, brilliantly scooped up by hooker Ash Dixon and swung wide by Aaron Smith to Luke Whitelock who put replacement outside back Tomkinson over.The Chiefs, however, struck back with Wainui’s try in the left corner and the home side then stole two crucial lineout throws from the Highlanders in the final minutes to ensure they did not sneak a late win.last_img read more

6 Charged with Armed Robbery, Rape

first_imgSix (6) persons accused of terrorizing and raping women in the Paynesville Community, outside Monrovia, have been forwarded to the Monrovia City Court for prosecution on commission of the crimes armed robbery and rape.They were said to have jointly carried out the acts in several communities including 72nd, Soul Clinic, and Cow Field among others.The defendants were on Wednesday, March 5, arraigned before Magistrate Nelson Chineh, but were immediately sent to the Monrovia Central Prison to await the trial as the crimes are non-bailable offences.Defendants Prince Massaquoi a.k.a. “Master Kuku”, Christopher George a.k.a. “Christofiso”, Mark Agynah a.k.a. “little man”, Lewis Kennedy, Kessely Mulbah and Andrew Redhead were arrested by police at separate locations, following tip-offs from their victims.The crimes are said to have occurred between November 2013 and January 2014. The victims complained to police, alleging they were separately attacked at their various residences by a group of armed of men in the Paynesville Community.They further alleged the rapists threatened to kill anyone who refused to surrender their valuable property and cash to them.Quoting one of the victims, identified as Julater Flomo, police explained that on a night in January 2014, while on her way from school she made a stop at her friend’s, named Kebbeh Kollie, house.After an hour of discussion, Kebbeh decided to follow Ms. Flomo to her house.On their way to her house they were stopped by some unknown men. Ms. Flomo identified that man as the defendant Prince Massaquoi. According to her, defendant Massaquoi is the leader of the group.She said Prince and the others defendants held them at gun point and followed them to her house.When they arrived at her house, the attackers forcibly took away her belongings including her money, phone and others valuables and sodomized her.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Big Bear can’t cool off Maranatha

first_imgMaranatha’s final score was an unassisted goal by Molly Pink in the 33rd minute. Along with Westridge and Maranatha, the La Salle girls soccer team also punched its ticket to the next round by crushing host Lompoc 4-1 in the second round of the Division IV playoffs. Senior Kasey Johnson, had two more against Lompoc. “She has been playing well this postseason,” La Salle coach Sal Lopez said. The Lancers’ two other goals were scored by Amy Kahr and Laura Hill. It took only 15 minutes for the Maranatha High School girls soccer team to shake off the elements of Tuesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division V second-round playoff game at Big Bear. The Minutemen (23-1-3), ranked No. 1 in the division, got a goal from Te’anna Robinson in the 15th minute off a Jessica Fry assist and never looked back in beating the Bears, 2-0. Up next is a date with Santa Maria St. Joseph’s at a site to be determined today at 9 a.m. fresh off her two-goal performance against South Pasadena, The La Canada girls soccer team jumped out to a quick lead, but didn’t keep its momentum in a 2-1 loss at Santa Maria St. Joseph’s in sudden-death triple overtime in a Division IV second-round thriller. The winning score came in the 108th minute, compliments of Knights sophomore Tori Marchant. The forward took control of the ball around the goal crease and poked in a dribbler for the game-winner. “It was disappointing because our last two games were probably our best two games of the season,” La Canada coach Louis Bilowitz said. The Spartans (13-6-4) scored first in the 13th minute when Colleen Boyd set up Nancy Avensyan for the forward’s 29th goal of the season. Marshall’s run to a Division VI title came to an abrupt end Tuesday when the Eagles (12-5) were soundly thumped 7-0 by No. 1 seed Lancaster Desert Christian. The Knights (21-1-2) had hat tricks from teammates Kristyn Richards and Robyn Estrada in the victory. Correspondent Andrew Campa also contributed to this story. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The win vaulted Maranatha into Thursday’s quarterfinal against Notre Dame Academy (12-4-5) at a site to be determined today at 9 a.m. “(The elements) were much better than expected, the field was very nice,” Maranatha coach Jolie Robison said. “They took all the snow off this morning. It was pretty dry, about 45 degrees.” last_img read more

Heavy rain expected in the B.C. Peace

first_imgThe rain is expected to start late Tuesday with up to 15 millimetres in the forecast.  The majority of the rain will fall on Wednesday when we could see up to 20 mm.In the South Peace, Environment Canada says that region could see up to 25mm by the end of the day Wednesday.This is the twentieth anniversary of another precipitation record at the local airport weather station.- Advertisement -It was on this day in 1994, that Fort St John received 28 point nine millimeters of rain, establishing the one day April record.Meantime, it’s also worth noting the airport station posted 0.6  mm of rain early Easter Sunday, and that was just enough to push the month-to-date-precipitation total to 20mm, matching the April average.last_img

Pogba and Sanogo helped influence Premier League move, claims Aston Villa star

first_imgAston Villa have Juventus star Paul Pogba and Arsenal man Yaya Sanogo to thank for their deal to sign exciting Frenchman Jordan Veretout.The midfielder joined Tim Sherwood’s side from Nantes in the summer for £8million after asking his countrymen for advice on England.“I spoke to Pogba and Sanogo and asked them both what it would be like for me to come to England,” Veretout said.“I asked them what it would be like to join Aston Villa. In the end, though, it was my choice.“When I came to Aston Villa it just felt right and I knew I wanted to be here. It was a club I instantly got a feeling for so that’s ultimately what swayed my decision.“It’s all about doing a job for the coach and making a success of it.“I’ve come here to discover a new league. I’m really looking forward to making progress now.” Aston Villa’s Jordan Veretout 1last_img read more

Premier League round-up: Leicester return to the summit, Austin downs Man United on debut

first_img Leicester 1 Leicester returned to the top of the Premier League and Jamie Vardy found his scoring touch again in the Foxes’ 3-0 win over Stoke at the King Power Stadium.Claudio Ranieri’s indomitable charges are proving week after week why they really are title challengers this season, and Danny Drinkwater’s first ever Premier League goal set their hosts on their way just before half time.Vardy then latched onto a through ball, rounded Jack Butland and rolled in from a tight angle to end his personal seven-game drought as City opened up a three-point lead over Arsenal, who play Chelsea on Sunday.Riyad Mahrez then produced an astonishing piece of skill to set up a tap in for Leonardo Ulloa as the Foxes eased to victory.While Leicester’s surprise title tilt is gaining momentum, Manchester United’s suffered another blow after they were beaten 1-0 by Southampton at Old Trafford.It was another wholly uninspiring display by the hosts, with United now going 11 home games in a row without registering in the first half, and Saints debutant Charlie Austin delivered the killer blow with just minutes remaining after coming off the bench.The Red Devils’ loss is Tottenham’s gain after they edged an even London derby 2-1 against Crystal Palace in a game that will be remembered for one of the goals of the season by Dele Alli.Palace had taken the lead at Selhurst Park after Jan Vertonghen steered Wilfried Zaha’s teasing cross into his own goal before Harry Kane headed Spurs level after the break.The hosts hit the woodwork twice in succession before Alli channelled his inner Paul Gascogine, flicking the ball over the defender and volleying brilliantly first time, on the turn, into the bottom corner from 20 yards.Nacer Chadli curled home another impressive finish in injury time to cement Spurs’ top-four spot as they also kept pace with the top three.Elsewhere, Watford held on to beat Newcastle 2-1 at Vicarage Road to clinch a third victory of the season over the Magpies.After beating their opponents in the FA Cup two weeks ago, the Hornets were at it again as Odion Ighalo scored for the 14th time this season just minutes after half time.Craig Cathcart bundled in what proved to be the winner just before the hour mark and Watford held on despite Jamal Lascelles’ consolation header.In the big game at the bottom, Sunderland battled well to earn a 1-1 draw with a lively Bournemouth side after falling behind in the early stages.Benik Afobe glanced in a stooping header to give the visitors the lead to grab his second top-flight goal since his £12m window move from Wolves.But Patrick van Aanholt levelled for the Black Cats – his second goal in as many games – although the point ensures Sam Allardyce’s side remain in the bottom three.Below Sunderland remain lowly Aston Villa, who held West Brom to a 0-0 draw at the Hawthorns.In the early game, Liverpool scored with virtually the last kick to clinch an astonishing 5-4 victory at Norwich.Premier League results:Crystal Palace 1-2 TottenhamLeicester 3-0 StokeManchester United 0-1 SouthamptonSunderland 1-1 BournemouthWatford 2-1 NewcastleWest Brom 0-0 Aston Villalast_img read more

Granada Hills home destroyed in fire

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GRANADA HILLS — Flames destroyed a single-story home today in a blaze authorities said may had been caused by an explosion. No one was injured at the blaze at 10416 N. Collett Ave, which was reported at 6:26 p.m., said Ron Myers, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman. About 40 firefighters extinguished the fire in about 20 minutes. The home suffered “significant damage” and the fire may had started with an explosion in the garage, Myers said.last_img read more

EPA set to accept pesticide tests on humans

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency for the first time is establishing criteria for tests by pesticide makers on human subjects. Susan Hazen, the EPA’s principal deputy assistant administrator for the Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances, said Monday the new rule for accepting tests won’t allow “intentional pesticide dosing studies of children and pregnant women.” Last year, President Bush signed a ban on the use of human pesticide test data until the EPA created regulations for accepting them. The agency also was required to ban the use of pregnant women and children as subjects, and to incorporate ethical guidelines from the National Academy of Sciences and the post-World War II Nuremberg Code. “We have met and exceeded Congress’ direction,” Hazen said Monday. A copy of the EPA’s final draft, prepared within the past two weeks, was reviewed by The Associated Press. Three California Democrats, Sen. Barbara Boxer and Reps. Henry Waxman and Hilda Solis, denounced the new rule after obtaining a copy of the final draft. They had led the effort in Congress to require that the EPA outlaw the use of pregnant women and children as subjects and that it meet high ethical standards. “The fact that EPA allows pesticide testing of any kind on the most vulnerable, including abused and neglected children, is simply astonishing,” Boxer said. She said the EPA rule is inconsistent with what Congress ordered. She said manufacturers could still conduct testing on pregnant women and children as long as they could convince the EPA that the researchers didn’t intend to submit the results to the agency at the outset of the study. Hazen said, however, that the only exception to the ban on accepting data, including that from pregnant women and children, involves cases in which the EPA becomes aware that it might need to take additional measures to protect public health. However, she noted, “No pesticide company in the U.S. or in most countries would invest money in developing data to try and prove that EPA should regulate them more stringently.” The EPA expects a substantial increase in the number of tests it receives involving intentional exposure of humans to pesticides. The draft final rule said the agency anticipates receiving 33 such reports a year. In the last 10 years, only about 20 such studies have been submitted to the EPA, the agency says. Hazen, however, said those studies include ones from the 1940s to recent years. The new criteria for accepting the tests come after a long fight. Toward the end of the Clinton administration, the EPA briefly stopped accepting industry data from pesticide experiments on humans. But the agency resumed considering that data after Bush took office in January 2001. Then, in a lawsuit brought by the pesticide industry, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled in 2003 that the EPA cannot refuse to consider data from manufacturer-sponsored human exposure tests until it develops regulations on them. Agency officials said last November that in the meantime it would consider each study on a case-by-case basis. But Congress stepped in last year to impose a moratorium after Boxer and Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., demanded that the EPA cancel an industry-backed pesticide study in which the families of 60 children in Duval County, Fla., would receive children’s clothes, a camcorder and $970 for participating. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want 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

Jazz students get chance to learn from the greats

first_imgLANCASTER – High school jazz musicians will learn from professionals such as Jon Mayer, Roy McCurdy, Ron Anthony and Steve Huffsteter when Antelope Valley College hosts a jazz clinic and festival. The public can see professionals and teens on stage with a 7 p.m. Saturday performance in the gymnasium at the college, 3041 W. Ave. K. Donations will be accepted. “These guys are top-notch,” college jazz band director Lee Matalon said of the seven Los Angeles-based musicians he has secured for the event. The event will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday with high school jazz students attending one of seven clinics, each run by a professional musician. That will be followed by a social hour at 3 p.m., enabling the students and their teachers to interact with the professionals, followed by the evening performance. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The professionals include: Drummer Roy McCurdy, who played with the Cannonball Adderley Quintet from 1965 to 1975 and has worked with Chuck Mangione and Sonny Rollins. Pianist Jon Mayer, who has performed with John Coltrane and Jackie McLean. Trombonist Bob McChesney, a studio player who has worked on Grammy Award-winning recordings by Ray Charles and Diana Krall, as well as performing with Kenny G and Nancy Wilson. Guitarist Ron Anthony, who played six years with the George Shearing Quintet and nine years with Frank Sinatra. Saxophone player Tom Petersen, who has performed with Doc Severinsen on the “Tonight Show.” Bass player Gary Pratt, a music faculty member at California State University, Northridge. Trumpet player Steve Huffsteter, who has performed with Bob Florence and on his own. Schools to be represented at the festival include Lancaster, Littlerock, Palmdale, Paraclete and Quartz Hill high schools, as well as the college’s Antelope Valley Jazz Ensemble. 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

Atletico Madrid ‘give up on Diego Costa and turn attention to £85m Serie A star’

first_img Andrea Belotti is wanted by Atletico Madrid 1 Spanish giants Atletico Madrid appear to have given up on re-signing Chelsea striker Diego Costa this summer and have now turned their attentions to Andrea Belotti.The Torino striker, who has a release clause of £85m, which is only applicable to clubs outside of Italy, has scored 27 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions this season.His superb form has attracted the interest of several European heavyweights including Manchester United, Chelsea, Inter Milan and AC Milan.And according to Spanish radio station Cadena COPE’s programme El Partidazo, Atletico are also eyeing Belotti.One stumbling block is the Spanish club’s unwillingness to match the Italy international’s release clause, with Diego Simeone’s side reportedly only considering bids in the region of £50m.The race to sign the in-demand forward will only intensify when the transfer window reopens, but Chelsea fans will be relieved, for now, by Atletico latest revelations regarding Costa.last_img read more