MoBay’s Williams targets title, scoring record

first_img “When you have your captain, teammates, coaches and everyone believe in you, it motivates you every day to do the job. We have Allan Ottey, (Fabian) McCarthy, Ronaldo Rodney, Cory Hylton and Otis Friend and if everyone starts clicking then that will take some pressure off my back,” he analysed. Williams is confident the title will be MoBay United’s again and he is also looking to take Nelson’s record. “We are going to defend our title,” he stated confidently. “And this season, I am eyeing Roen Nelson’s 30 goals for a season. I hope I get a good start and maintain. “If I can play almost every game, I can reach my target. If I get 10 goals for the first round that would be a good total. Anything under 10 I will not be satisfied, but anything over will be a bonus,” he said. EVERYONE CLICKING The 2015/2016 football season was not as good as it could have been for Montego Bay United striker, Dino Williams. The 26-year-old started the Red Stripe Premier League with a bang, netting 14 goals in 19 games to lead the League. However, he departed for trial with Indy Eleven in the North American Soccer League (NASL). But injury denied him a contract. On his return to domestic football, the injury limited his contribution, though he still scored the winning goal in the Premier League final. Over the off-season, the prolific striker’s body recuperated fully and for the first time in years he is starting a season injury free and warns that this could be his most devastating yet. One of his key ambitions is to take Roen Nelson’s 30-goal-a-season record. “Over the years, I always have some nagging injury, so to start the league injury-free is a plus for me and my team,” said Williams. “This season, I plan to work hard and do the right things. Once I have fitness, I will be on my ‘A’ game and I know every game I can get one or two goals. “This season, you are going to see a different Dino Williams, a more aggressive Dino Williams, with more off the ball movements. “You are going to see a more explosive Dino Williams, creating a lot of damage, leading MoBay United and playing his best football,” he warned. For five successive seasons, MoBay failed to start their season with a win and the omen continued on the opening day with a 2-1 loss to newcomers Maverley-Hughenden at Wespow Park. However, they rebounded with a 1-0 victory over Tivoli Gardens at Edward Seaga Sports Complex on Sunday, with Williams responsible for the all-important goal, netting at the 25th minute. Williams is convinced opposing defenders will find it hard to stop him and his teammates.last_img read more

Liberia’s Self-Governance: Are We Truly Custodians of Our Nation?

first_imgFlag Traditionally, self-determination or self-governance has been more frequently used in a diplomatic and political context to describe the process a country undergoes to assert its independence.However, in my perception, self-determination also has a much more personal and psychologically relevant meaning today: the ability or process of making one’s own choices and controlling one’s own life; handling his/her own affairs with corresponding responsibilities. The behavior of some Liberian leaders, with reference to governance in the affairs of our country, continues to raise questions around the world as to whether Liberians are really custodians of their nation.According to Wikipedia, “Self-Governance is perceived as a person or a group being able to exercise all of the necessary functions of power without intervention from any authority that they cannot themselves alter.” Interestingly, when one talks about self-governance of nation-states, it is classified as national sovereignty, which is an important concept in international law.Childhood ExperienceWhen I moved from my grandfather’s village, Bargblor Blee, Grand Gedeh County, in eastern Liberia, and relocated to the Liberian-American-Swedish Mining Company (LAMCO) mining area in the political sub- division of upper Nimba County in northeastern Liberia, I was only in the 4th Grade at the time. My late brother, Mr. Joseph G. Bargblor, was an electrician employed by LAMCO. When I arrived, my brother at the time resided in a town called Old Yekepa. By the next year, 1967, we relocated to an area called Area N, one of the areas built by the LAMCO.Lamco LiberiaInterestingly, I was fascinated to see pipe borne water, and electricity had also been installed, all for the convenience of LAMCO’s employees. I attended at one of the segregated schools set up; one for the children of laborers and one for the staff and employees respectively. I was enrolled at the Area ‘C’ School, in the beautiful City of Yekepa.I also realized that LAMCO operated an effective vocational and technical institution, VTC, in the city of Yekepa. This school was designed to train young Liberian boys and girls of age for gainful employment. By 1970, Yekepa became one of the most beautiful cities in Liberia, operating electricity and running water around 24/7, all for the convenience of its employees, staff and laborers. This also included modern facilities, such as banks, planned city-streets, school buses for laborers and staff schools, a modern hospital/clinic, entertainment centers, an effective security system, PPF, an effective radio network for information and entertainment, etc.LAMCO RailwayThese facilities were created by the management of LAMCO Company, solely from financial resources generated from the sale of iron ores. LAMCO, unfortunately, is now a defunct corporation that mined for iron ore in Nimba County, in Northern Liberia. LAMCO was founded by American and Swedish investors, around 1955. The company also operated Ore Palletizing and Washing Plants in Lower Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.But how was the management of LAMCO able to set up an effective operational city in the remote part or interior of Liberia, with modern facilities for their employees, especially Liberians, who, at the time, were unable to read or write?LAMCO successfully operated an adult education program, designed to help its laborers to be able to read and write, even in the City of Buchanan as well.Mr. Siahyonkron Nyanseor, a Liberian community leader in the diaspora and a prolific writer, pointed out in one of his articles relevant to his experience while in the employment of LAMCO when he wrote:“Right out of Laboratory High, which later became Tubman High, I enrolled at the LAMCO Vocational Training School (LVTS). That was my first time living outside of Monrovia. I was nineteen years of age.“LVTS taught mechanical technology, welding, electricity, Iron Ore Handling Plant Operations, and many other technical skills. After the nine-month intensive training, we graduated and were assigned to LAMCO Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. Our group was part of the ‘Liberianization scheme.’ We were supposed to gradually replace the European/American expatriate employees.I was assigned along with my classmate Jacob H. Willis, III (now residing in Minnesota, USA), to ‘Station 8’ Ore Handling Control Room as Control Room Operations Technician (http://theliberiandialogue.org/2015/09/25/my-lamco-buchanan-experience/).”The question is how did the LAMCO management ably and effectively set up an operation that was tailored to meet the needs of the employees and management successfully and where the Liberian Government has failed over the years, since 1847, to develop a comprehensive plan of action to develop Liberia’s schools, hospitals, agricultural sectors, etc., irrespective of the rich natural resources available to the nation?Economy Watch, in one of its articles regarding Liberia’s underdevelopment, wrote: “During the 1960s and the first half of the 1970s, the important iron ore sector attracted substantial foreign investment; and by 1975, Liberia had become the world’s fifth largest exporter of iron ore. From 1946 to 1960, the Tubman Administration attracted over US$500 million in foreign investment; while exports rose from US$15.8 million in 1948 to US$82.6 million in 1960, an increase of 422.8 percent. Government revenue during this period also rose from US$32.4 million in 1960 to US$69.9 million in 1971, an increase of 115.7 (Economy watch, 24 November 2012).”Subsequently, Economy Watch added: “This immense economic growth, which was rivaled only by Japan at the time, was considered by some as no less than a miracle. Yet as Clower et. al. (1966) would recognize, this had been “growth without development”.Sadly, the remarkable miraculous economic growth that took place in Liberia was not translated into inclusive economic development, which set the agenda for future political and social instability and the subsequent 14-year civil war that took place from 1989 to 2003. As successive leaders and governments went on without correcting the wrongs of the past, Liberia went from a period of prosperity to becoming one of the most underdeveloped and poorest nations in the world today (Economy watch, 24 November 2012).The international community has and continues to be aware that Liberia is one of the nations in West Africa that is richly endowed with natural resources including iron ore, gold, diamonds, natural rubber, vast forests for logging, timber harvesting, and vast agriculture land for ensuring food security.Mineral Resources of Liberia:1. Iron-ore2. Gold3. Diamond4. Cement5. Timber6. Rubber7. Palm Oil8. Sugar Cane9. Cocoa10. Sulfur11. Silica Sand12. Rutile13. Phosphate Rock14. Kyanite15. Ilmenite16. Granite17. DoloriteThe Rwandan ExperienceThere have been some African countries like Rwanda that encountered unfortunate similar experiences to those of Liberia.But since the 100-day massacre, in which 800,000 persons were killed, the people of Rwanda have endeavored to deal with their challenges, especially their social-economic problems.The Government of Rwanda has implemented stringent measures to improve access to education and the country can boast that reportedly 97% of its children currently attend primary school; the highest rate in Africa. UNESCO, interestingly, has perceived Rwanda as one of the top three countries globally for improving access to education (theguardian.com).The Guardian.com pointed out the gains of Rwanda: “Born in the years since the genocide, children in schools are strongly encouraged to desist from using potentially divisive labels. Pupils are discouraged from identifying themselves as Hutu or Tutsi and are instead asked to focus on building the future of a common Rwanda (theguidian.com).”Pertinent to the economy, The Guardian disclosed that Rwanda’s determination to rebuild its economy since the genocide has been driven by three main sources: “the export of tea and coffee; foreign aid, which constituted 20% of gross annual income in 2011, and the tourism trade.Most of this plays out in the rain-forests, which are home to a 1,000-strong population of mountain gorillas, some of the last surviving on the planet. Although 7 million people, close to two-thirds of the country’s population live below the poverty line, more than 1 million have crossed this threshold in recent years. With economic growth hitting an average eight percent since 2001, the World Bank has chosen to name the country as its top reformer for business in 2010 (https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/apr/03/rwanda-20-years-on-how-a-country-is-rebuilding-itself).Previous RecommendationsIn my previous article (Daily Observer, 31 January 2018), I reported that some African scholars continue to express that, “despite Liberia’s reputed gains in political and socioeconomic renewal in the past 12 years, when President Weah takes over from Sirleaf, he will be inheriting high levels of unemployment and domestic debt, a depreciated currency, donor aid fatigue, growth projections of 4 percent (before the Ebola epidemic the country recorded an average growth rate of 7.5 percent), corruption with impunity, including a secret tax waiver for logging companies and declining human development indices” (Robtel Neajai Pailey & Silas Kpanan’Ayoung Siakor ,19 Jan 2018).Robtel Neajai Pailey & Silas Kpanan’Ayoung Siakor pointed out in their article that the initial thing that President George Weah needs to do is to ensure that 25 percent of government contracts go to successful Liberian-owned enterprises through competitive bidding. Because the country imports more than 80 percent of its food – including the staple, rice – preference should be given to Liberian agribusinesses operating at scale.Emphasis was stressed that the Weah Administration needs to cancel contracts with poor performers, renegotiate agreements that may be violating Liberian national laws and international human rights standards in the oil and gas, oil palm, rubber and iron ore industries. The revised agreements should generate improvements in tax collection, value-addition, employment, and corporate social responsibility obligations to affected communities.I was impressed when these young scholars suggested that President Weah would have to build an industrial base in Liberia by insisting that foreign companies work with the Liberian Government to establish wood, rubber, palm oil, and steel rod processing plants in regional hubs throughout the country. Extra revenue generated from these activities should be invested in road reconstruction, electricity expansion, water and sanitation services’ (Robtel Neajai Pailey & Silas Kpanan’Ayoung Siakor, 19 Jan 2018).ConclusionMr. Walter Lippmann, an American journalist, defined the word custodian as “a keeper, a guardian, or a caretaker. It is a proactive word that implies action on the part of the bearer. Custodians hold something in trust on behalf of others. It is not a behavior motivated out of self-interest”.A true custodian of the Liberian nation therefore, is an individual who upholds what is best for all people of Liberia, even if it may not be in their own interest to do so. A Liberian custodial role must be approached as a temporary role, preserving something greater than the self-principles of enduring and lasting value. All Liberians should cultivate this attitude of mind that focuses on the task at hand and not on what the leader may gain from the position. It implies a caring and concerned relationship between leaders and followers; individuals motivated by their constituents’ best interests.Indeed, our ignorance of the past is not the result of a lack of information, but of our indifference to its lessons. Our view of history shapes the way we view the present, and therefore it dictates what answers we offer to solve our current socioeconomic or political problems. President Leopold Senghor of Senegal was correct in his reflection when he said in 1960: “To build a nation, to erect a new civilization which can lay claim to existence because it is humane, we shall try to employ not only enlightened reason but also dynamic imagination.”My fellow Liberians: Are we Truly Thee Custodians of Our Nation?The Author: Mr. Edmund Zar-Zar BargblorMr. Edmund Zar-Zar Bargblor is an Educator and an Author. He worked as an Educator, in Providence Schools Department, RI & Washington, D.C, School System, United States; Bong Education System, as Head of Department of Mathematics in Liberia . He is a graduate of Cuttington University, Liberia, Howard University, Washington, D.C, and Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. He is a former Deputy Managing Director of the National Port Authority of Liberia, NPA. He can be contacted at: ezbargblor@aol.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mocha businessman charged for death of elderly pedestrian

first_imgFifty-year-old Cleveland Softleigh, a grocery store owner of Mocha, East Bank Demerara, was on Thursday released on one million dollars bail when he appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.Charged: Cleveland SoftleighSoftleigh, who was represented by Attorney-at-law Leslie Sobers, denied the allegation, which detailed that on July 29, 2017, at Herstelling Eastern Carriageway Public Road, EBD, he drove motor car PKK 3251 in a manner dangerous to the public, thereby causing the death of Ingrid James.In a bail application for his client, Sobers related that the accused, who is a small business owner and father of four, is the sole breadwinner of his family, and has every intention of appearing in court pending the outcome of trial.Moreover, the lawyer indicated that his client strongly denies any guilt or fault on his part.Meanwhile, Police Prosecutor Shawn Gonsalves did not object to bail being granted. According to the prosecution’s case, on the day in question, around 20:20 hours, the vehicle driven by Softleigh was proceeding south along the eastern carriageway of the East Bank Public Road when it collided with the deceased, who was in the process of crossing the road from the western side to the eastern.The victim’s body, pitched some distance away, was taken in an unconscious state by the accused to the Diamond Diagnostic Hospital, where she died.The driver of the implicated motor car was then arrested and taken into police custody, where he was charged with the present offence.Guyana Times was reliably informed that at the time of her death, the sixty-four-year-old deceased was resident at Lot 1294 Section “C” Block “Y” Golden Grove, EBD.At Thursday’s court hearing, Softleigh through his lawyer communicated his inability to pay the hefty bail imposed by the court in a request for reduction – a petition which was nonetheless denied by the presiding magistrate.The accused will appear before the court of Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on December 5, 2017.last_img read more

Flyers make it back-to-back Coy Cup championships

first_imgTERRACE, B.C. – After winning their first Coy Cup last year the Fort St. John Flyers have added another. In one of their best 60 minute efforts year the Flyers stifled a high scoring Terrace offence to defeat the River Kings 3-2.After a scoreless first period the Flyers scored first early in the second as a point shot was tipped in front of the River Kings goalie. Terrace tied the contest shortly after but were not able to hang on to the momentum. Fort St. John went back out in front a few minutes later, and held a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.The Flyers got the always important insurance marker early in the third to go up two. Terrace made things close down the stretch as they closed to within one with 1:20 left, and despite applying big pressure the rest of the way could not tie the game.- Advertisement -Scoring for the Flyers were Joey Massingham, Josh Bostock, and Rick Cleaver.Goalie Troy Hunt was outstanding in the game making a number of key saves, especially from in close.Tyler Loney was named the tournament MVP.Advertisementlast_img read more

Knight Riders lay down marker with emphatic opening win over St Lucia Stars

first_imgColin Munro and Denesh Ramdin powered the Trinbago Knight Riders to a record-breaking total before Dwayne Bravo and spin twins Sunil Narine and Fawad Ahmed sealed a thumping 100-run victory over the St Lucia Stars and a winning start to the defence of their Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) title.Denesh RamdinMunro, who started last season with an unbeaten 66 against the same opponents, this time smashed 68 from 48 balls in what was for much of the innings something of a lone hand for the Knight Riders. The champions had slipped to 89/4 before Ramdin (50* off 27) joined the New Zealander in a 50 partnership that helped the Knight Riders post a record-breaking Hero CPL total at the Queen’s Park Oval of 195/6. It was one that proved well beyond the Stars as soon as the spinners got to work.The Stars failed to win a single match in the 2017 Hero CPL and any hope that they might pull off a record chase here were ended within the first eight overs of their reply amid a collapse from 35/0 to 53/6.A fast start was crucial for the Stars, and initially they got it as back-to-back sixes for Andre Fletcher off Shannon Gabriel propelled them to 32/0 after the first two overs. But when Fletcher was undone by an Ali Khan knuckle-ball on 19, the Stars’ chase soon fizzled out.Australia superstar David Warner was bowled by Javon Searles for 9 before Rahkeem Cornwall picked out Brendon McCullum at mid-wicket off Dwayne Bravo. Then the spinners took over.Fawad Ahmed’s first Hero CPL over brought two wickets, a googly completely deceiving Lendl Simmons to bowl him through the gate before Mark Chapman slapped a low catch to Sunil Narine at cover.Narine himself then got in on the act, pinning Darren Sammy plumb in front to leave the Stars reeling at 53/6. Fawad removed Qais Ahmad for 14 to finish his match-sealing four-over spell with 3/16.There weren’t any fireworks from new Stars captain Kieron Pollard, who slapped a full-toss from opposite number Dwayne Bravo to Searles at long-off to be eighth man out for just 12 with the score on 81.Bravo added the wicket of Mitchell McClenaghan with a delicious slower ball before Gabriel took the final wicket, hauling his figures back to 3.3-0-34-1 having conceded 26 runs from his first over. While the batting collapse was certainly dramatic, the seeds of the Stars’ defeat were sown in a sloppy fielding display.The 2018 Hero CPL got off to a rollicking start with two dropped catches, a six and a wicket in the first seven balls of the season.New Zealander McClenaghan bowled the first over of the season after the Stars won the toss and elected to field, and almost immediately had Trinbago Knight Riders new boy Chris Lynn dropped at slip by Sammy from the second ball. Lynn blasted the very next ball over the ropes at square-leg, but fell two balls later when he could only fend a clever slower ball to Qais at cover.Moments later, Kesrick Williams dropped Narine at midwicket from Mohammad Sami’s first delivery. Narine gave the Knight Riders early impetus with a huge six down the ground but was bowled by Williams, who made amends for his early drop with remarkable figures of 2/4 from an initial two-over spell in which he also removed Darren Bravo for a duck.With Brendon McCullum also failing to get going before being bowled by Stars captain Pollard on 13, it was left to Munro to keep the Knight Riders on track.He was watchful at first, before kick starting his own innings and the team’s when taking 18 runs in four balls from the Stars’ teenaged legspinner Qais. Three successive cut shots for four were followed by a huge slog-sweep for six as Munro moved from 23 off 24 balls to 41 from 28.Munro duly went through to a 33-ball half century including eight fours and that huge six. By now he had been joined by Ramdin, who initially looked to put the Stars fielders under pressure with hard running before starting to clear the boundary himself.When Munro fell in the 16th over, Ramdin took over in a devastating final four overs that brought the Knight Riders 54 runs.He hit four sixes in all, the first an astonishing pick-up over square-leg off the expensive Mohammad Sami and the last a carve over cover-point to take him within a single of 50 from the penultimate ball of the innings.He duly got the run he needed to reach a classy 27-ball half-century that had put the game well beyond the Stars.last_img read more

Miller demands financial records

first_img“She planned this,” Miller said. “If you are believing anybody is a victim out there, it’s not those people.” Among the documents Lopez produced to refute Miller’s claim was an escrow statement from L&A Escrow in Chino and a line of credit statement from Indymac Bank of Evansville, Ind. The escrow statement indicates Lopez received $17,423.76 from a $350,385 refinance that paid off credit card debt and first and second mortgages on his home. Another statement produced by Lopez indicates he took $5,000 from a $100,000 equity line of credit through Indymac. “My records are open,” Lopez said. Miller said the FBI has joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in the hunt for DeJongh and the children. An FBI spokeswoman confirmed the agency is providing assistance to sheriff’s detectives. The case is being handled by the sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau, authorities said. Lopez said he has been visited by detectives. “They looked like bums,” he said. “There’s not even a crime yet.” DeJongh and the children were reported missing Monday when she failed to surrender them to the Millers, as ordered by a judge. Although DeJongh previously had sole custody of the children, Brian Miller was awarded sole custody Monday, according to Lopez and Gary Miller. That followed Superior Court Judge Marjorie Steinberg’s Friday order that the Millers share custody with DeJongh. Detectives said Wednesday they continue to focus their search for the couple and the children in the Las Vegas area. Brian Miller and DeJongh have been embroiled in a lengthy and bitter custody dispute marked by allegations of abuse and denial of parental rights. DeJongh’s argument for custody included Brian Miller’s 2000 guilty plea to charges of spousal and child abuse. He was ordered to serve four years probation, attend anger-management classes and perform 224 hours of community service. Gary Miller said his son pleaded guilty because he wanted to put the case behind him and has since learned to control his temper. “These 20 months have been hell,” he said. “For my son and these kids it’s been awful. But we took the cards we were dealt, and when we turned the cards over we won. The facts speak for themselves.” frank.girardot@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717 http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvcrime160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “I thought the case was over,” Lopez said. “If they ask me something incriminating, they are going to get the Fifth Amendment.” In an interview Wednesday, Miller, a Brea Republican, accused DeJongh of preparing to flee the country by getting passports recently and taking money from a loan her father got on his home. Miller also said he believes Lopez helped DeJongh take the children. The congressman said Lopez took out $450,000 in home loans early this month, because the family knew they were going to lose their custody case with the Millers. Lopez admitted taking the loans, but produced documents that indicate he received just $17,423 from a refinance and an equity line of credit. DIAMOND BAR – Attorneys for Rep. Gary Miller on Wednesday subpoenaed financial records dating to 1997 from the father of a woman accused of abducting Miller’s grandchildren in a custody dispute. Jennifer DeJongh, 30, her husband, George, of Diamond Bar, and the woman’s three children with the lawmaker’s son, Brian Miller, disappeared Sunday after she lost sole custody of the boys to the congressman and his wife, Cathy. The subpoena demands that Jude Lopez Sr. and his wife, Alicia, appear in Ontario for a deposition on their financial status. It also calls for them to produce various documents including call logs, according to court documents. The deposition is scheduled for Dec. 12. last_img read more

Peace activist mom won’t run for Senate

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Peace activist Cindy Sheehan announced Thursday that she will not run against Sen. Dianne Feinstein in the Democratic primary. Sheehan, who camped outside President George W. Bush’s Texas ranch to protest against the Iraq war that claimed her son’s life, said she won’t challenge the state’s senior senator even though she thinks Feinstein hasn’t done enough to oppose the war. “I think I’m more effective on the outside than on the inside,” Sheehan said during a news conference in front of San Francisco City Hall. Sheehan, 48, was arrested last week before Bush’s State of the Union address and ejected from the House of Representatives gallery on a charge of unlawful conduct for wearing a T-shirt with an anti-war message. Capitol Police later dropped the charge, but Sheehan said Thursday that she plans to sue over the incident. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card During a trip to Venezuela last month, Sheehan said supporters had encouraged her to take on Feinstein in the June primary, but that she would have to consult with her family before entering the race. California’s other senator, Barbara Boxer, applauded Sheehan’s decision. Though a fellow Democrat, Boxer’s politics tend to be more liberal than Feinstein’s. “I very much respect Cindy Sheehan’s decision to continue her work as an advocate for our service men and women and our veterans,” Boxer said in a statement. “There can be no higher cause than a mother who has lost a son working night and day to ensure that others do not have to suffer the same way.” Sheehan of Berkeley said she plans to pitch her tent outside the president’s ranch in April. Her son, Casey Sheehan, 24, was killed in Iraq in 2004. last_img read more

Hotel occupancy rate drops for February

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA Local hotel occupancy fell 9.3 percent in February compared with a year ago, a significant drop as Los Angeles County’s hospitality sector stabilizes after months of steady gains, an industry survey said. Hotels in the Santa Clarita Valley were 78.3 percent occupied in February, compared with 86.4 percent 12 months ago. The 9.3 percent dip was the highest in Los Angeles County, according to San Francisco-based PKF Consulting, an industry analyst. But average room rates in the valley were $119.45 up 11.9 percent from the same time last year and were 10.7 percent higher than January, confirming forecasters’ expectations for slight growth for the market for 2006. “Most of the growth will come from average daily rates,” said Tristine Lim, who coordinates the firm’s monthly report. Countywide, occupancy was 78.56 percent, down 0.8 percent from a year ago. The average room rate was $144.52 6.9 percent higher compared with last year. Lim said some downtown Los Angeles hotels were hit by convention cancellations, which cut into occupancy. “Usually in L.A., if there is a group that doesn’t come in this year, that affects the market as well,” Lim said. West Hollywood held the highest occupancy for the month at 84.4 percent 0.7 percent down from a year ago. West Los Angeles had the highest average daily room rates at $251.27 a 10.6 percent increase from last year. The consultant’s 2006 forecast predicts that the Santa Clarita Valley will see occupancy of 75.7 percent for the year a slight drop from the 81 percent last year. But that’s partly due to more supply from new hotels, including the 112-room La Quinta Inn & Suites and a 140-room Marriott Courtyard opening this year. The average room rate is projected at $111.32 a 3 percent increase from 2005, and the market continues to benefit from its “expanding business and residential base” and its proximity to Six Flags California, the forecast said. For Los Angeles County, the forecast predicts occupancy of 76.1 percent for 2006, with average room rates pegged at $141.63 a 5.4 percent increase from 2005. eugene.tong@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253last_img read more

WIN TWO FREE TICKETS TO SEE THE AMAZING CHOUK BWA LIBETE IN DONEGAL

first_imgDONEGAL CULTURE: This summer there are some incredible festivals and concerts coming to Donegal, and we’re giving our readers a chance to win tickets to see some of the acts in concert! Donegal Daily in conjunction with the RCC are giving one lucky reader the chance to win these incredible FREE tickets to see Chouk Bwa Libète. How do I win it?It couldn’t be any easier all you have to do is simply Like and Share this post on your Facebook timeline, and a winner will be selected at random.It’s the first ever Irish concert by Chouk Bwa Libète, one of the foremost Haitian Voodoo bands.Don’t miss the chance to see them! WIN TWO FREE TICKETS TO SEE THE AMAZING CHOUK BWA LIBETE IN DONEGAL was last modified: June 24th, 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:competitionEntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

MAN PUNCHED TAXI-DRIVER IN FACE WHEN HE ASKED FOR £30 FARE

first_imgA man who took a taxi from Derry to Letterkenny punched the driver in the face when he asked him for the £30 fair.Michael McDonagh of The Big Isle, Halting Site, Letterkenny appeared in court charged with assault, making off without paying and using threatening language at the Dry Arch on August 12th last.Th 24 year old was one of three passengers in the taxi  but the other two had fled on foot. Gardai arrived on the scene and knew McDonagh who became abusive to them and was subsequently arrested.Solicitor Frank Dorian says his client was quite erratic and he was the first member of the Traveling Community to have become addicted to drugs.He said the father-of-two is now hoping to attend the White Oaks Clinic.Judge Paul Kelly said the accused had been given leniency on previous occasions but said this incident had happened while he was on bail.He said he accepted McDonagh had problems but that his behaviour had resulted in violence for others – twice in the space of just five months.Judge Kelly Kelly sentenced McDonagh to a total of 240 hours community service in lieu of a total of ten months in prison and also fined him a total of €250.And the Judge added “That’s the end of my patience with this gentleman and he can consider himself very fortunate today.”MAN PUNCHED TAXI-DRIVER IN FACE WHEN HE ASKED FOR £30 FARE was last modified: November 4th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:assaultBig IsledonegalletterkennyMICHAEL MCDONAGHlast_img read more