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Vanuatu Rugby league to select squad soon

first_imgPresident of Vanuatu Rugby League Tom Carlo said at this stage they just completed the Port Villa Rugby League season.He said a high performance squad representing the Port Vila Fire Ants will be selected to play against Santo Boars for the Annual Island of Origin.He said after the Annual Island of Origin, a final selection trial for the squad will then be selected to travel to Solomon Islands for the test match.Carlo said they are expecting a tough game in Solomon Islands considering they were just lucky to defeat Solomon Island with a close game during their previous test match.In their first test match held in Australia, the Vanuatu side came from behind to defeat Solomon Islands 48-30 and last year they also came from behind to win the game 24-15.“Playing in Solomon Islands will be a totally different proposition and an even hard task for our team.“We’ll prepare and play to the best of our ability and our aim is to win the game but regardless we expect a very close and hard fought game played in Great Spirit with our Melanesian neighbours,” he said.Carlo said apart from the test match they are looking forward for big games next year.“We have placed our expression of interest to play in the 2018 Commonwealth Games Championship in February in Australia and that will depend on the confirmation from the Rugby League International Federation early August.“We are also confirmed to play in the Emerging National World Championships in Australia at the end of 2018 that is open to all teams that didn’t qualify for this year Rugby League World Cup.“We are also looking to grow our domestic competitions in both Port Villa and Santo, introduce women to the game and build on our junior development programs,” he said.The third test match is a historical event for Solomon Islands Rugby League to host in their home country.Solomon Island Rugby League (SIRL) has already set up its plan in preparation for the match.President of SIRL League Jerry Tengemoana said as part of their preparation they will organize super four competition to select their national training squad.He said the super four will start early next month after the Rugby Union completed their competition.He said he is confident to take on the Vanuatu side because from their last year game they were very close to win but it was unfortunate for them.last_img read more

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NRL Grand Final: Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys set to play out historic decider

first_imgThe all-Queensland angle is a dead horse worth beating as two clubs from rugby league’s heartland returning to the game’s biggest stage after almost a decade absent is vitally important for the sport as a whole, but it is far from the only reason to get excited about today’s clash.Fresh off winning his record fourth Dally M Medal, Johnathan Thurston will be looking to add to his legend by leading a team to a premiership for the first time against good friend and Broncos captain Justin Hodges. Thurston and his Cowboys will be cheered on by the vast majority of the Sydney crowd as the Broncos’ reputation as one of the NRL’s most widely disliked clubs travels south with them.Even fans stinging from their team’s lack of representation at the pointy end of the year should get into this clash. It shapes as one of the best games of the year based on the football alone as the Thurston-led attack of the Cowboys take on Brisbane’s vaunted defence.These teams know each other intimately, having met three times in 2015 with Brisbane winning two games, including this year’s thrilling qualifying final.Grandstand takes a look at what to expect in a game that could go down as one of the greatest NRL grand finals.Not for the first time this season, Brisbane’s forwards will be well and truly out of their weight class when they face North Queensland’s pack in today’s NRL grand final.Almost always outsized throughout the 2015 season, the Broncos’ success has hinged on a rapid-fire pace that leaves other team’s big men huffing and puffing like they are trying to blow down a little pig’s house.Brisbane has all but ditched the wrestle and forced the pace, opting to run past rather than over their opponents to great effect.We saw a similar tactic work for the Maroons in this year’s State of Origin series, but never was a brighter spotlight shone on the genius of the tactic than in the first week of this year’s finals series.The Cowboys hung with the speed of the game until the smallest Bronco, bench utility Kodi Nikorima, found space between the two forwards at marker – John Asiata and Matt Scott – in the 65th minute and put Anthony Milford in the clear for a game-winning try.The tactic should be aided by the forecast steamy conditions in Sydney on grand final day, but playing small means there is less margin for error and Broncos back rower Matt Gillett said earlier in the week he and his fellow front men are looking forward to the challenge they have so regularly met this season.”We obviously don’t have the biggest pack in the game but we’ve got a bit of experience with Blairy (Adam Blair) and Sammy (Sam Thaiday) and Cozza (Corey Parker),” he told Grandstand.”The boys in the middle have done a great job for us all year but it’s going to take another step this Sunday to get that win and hold that trophy. No doubt it’s always won in the forwards so it’s going to be a big game on their hands.”When Brisbane lost Josh McGuire to a torn Achilles mid-season, it would not have been unreasonable to look at it as a telling blow to the team’s premiership bid. Jarrod Wallace has stepped up whether starting or from the bench but the biggest difference has been Adam Blair.Blair went from one of the game’s form props to all but forgotten in three miserable seasons with the Tigers before Wayne Bennett resurrected his career. The off-season acquisition had an underwhelming start, giving Broncos fans flashbacks to 2014’s big signing flop Martin Kennedy, but the final two thirds of his season have been exceptional thanks to a renewed vigour on both sides of the ball.Now he and the Brisbane pack face a bunch of Cowboys that have trampled everyone they have come across in recent weeks.Matt Scott, busted neck be damned, has turned into Shane Webcke with better footwork; James Tamou once again resembles the fleet-footed beast we saw three or four years ago; and Jason Taumalolo, while not looking as devastating as he did to start the season, has the ability to turn a game with one run a la George Burgess in last year’s decider.The Broncos forwards may not love constantly having to overcome a size disadvantage – Thaiday even said he “hates” playing prop – but they will be raring to go for one more big test before next year’s interchange reduction levels the playing field.The Cowboys’ trophy cabinet has been pretty firmly closed since they came into the league in 1995, but five-eighth Michael Morgan is the key to unlocking it.Thurston and Gavin Cooper’s combination attacking down the left flank is famously hard to stop, but Gillett and Ben Hunt have done an excellent job protecting that part of the field for the past two years.As Gillett said, “you know Thurston’s going to bring a 10/10 game”. That means someone has to step up elsewhere on the field and for the first time in a long time the Cowboys finally have the man to do it.No one was tossing and turning on matchday eve, terrified of the prospect of Robert Lui winning a game for North Queensland and the same could be said for the last playmakers to accompany Thurston to the grand final, Justin Smith and Brett Firman.Now though, focusing too much on the four-time Dally M medallist will see a team promptly trounced as Morgan is on fire.After a breakout year at full-back in 2014, Morgan has made the switch to six as adeptly as anyone since Lockyer (though the same could be said for Brisbane’s Anthony Milford).The Cowboys made a mockery of Melbourne’s defence in last week’s preliminary final, particularly the combination of five-eighth Blake Green and left centre Kurt Mann.Morgan’s running game showed them up badly and Thurston’s kicking and passing sent Justin O’Neill through for his double on misreads by Mann, while Cooper’s try to end the half came immediately after a long break through that left-side defence and you can expect the Broncos’ equivalent to come under intense scrutiny today.For as good as Brisbane’s defence has been, the left side is a weak spot, allowing 31 tries this year to be ranked seventh in the league while the right side is ranked second with just 23 tries conceded.Milford and Jack Reed face the daunting prospect of stopping Morgan’s run and Thurston’s regular forays on to that side of the field, something they did not do when they travelled up to Townsville in round 10.Morgan (who had seven tackle busts and three line breaks on the day) muscled through Milford to score his first two tries and found space in between Milford and Reed to finish his hat-trick, while back rower Ethan Lowe’s try off a Thurston short ball came as Milford was busy watching his opposite number out the back on a block play. North Queensland won the game 31-20 and Morgan sealed his State of Origin jersey in a performance that put the league on notice.The Cowboys will also like the look of that edge after the Roosters scored both their tries through Reed’s corridor in their preliminary final at Lang Park.Reed is a very strong defensive centre but he is very slow. Blake Ferguson’s combination of speed and strength allowed him to brush the Broncos centre and coast to the tryline in almost identical circumstances when Reed found himself too far in-field watching James Maloney. In most cases, Reed is good enough to recover and has made a living by cutting opposing centre’s legs out from under them.The good news for Brisbane is Justin O’Neill, as fast as he is, does not pose the same physical challenge as Ferguson, but there is far more bad news.Adding in Morgan’s try in round three, he has scored 16 points through the Reed-Milford corridor in 2015. The other bad news is Milford may need assistance covering Morgan and Alex Glenn could be too pre-occupied with Ethan Lowe, who is all of a sudden a serious threat in attack for North Queensland. That will put more pressure on Reed’s ability to make cover tackles on a man who seriously outpaces him.Morgan has also gone up another level since his disappointing return from injury against Brisbane in their qualifying final and will be even more keen to make a better impression on the Broncos this time.The forward battle is intriguing and that may well be where the title is won, but if the two packs more or less break even, then it is on the halves to take over.Obviously it’s not revolutionary to suggest the halves are important in a grand final (12 of the 29 Clive Churchill Medal winners since the award’s inception have played six or seven) or rugby league in general (23 of the NRL’s 35 Dally M medallists played in the halves), but this year they take on special significance.Neither of Brisbane’s playmakers had any real big-game experience until this year but have played out of their skin in a handful of opportunities.The Broncos have fired on the back of their halves all year and Bennett needs to find a way to stop them from going into their shell on the big stage. Milford, in particular, is a candidate to suffer a dip in form. The Cowboys may target the in-form pivot in an effort to force Hunt, who already shoulders the vast majority of fifth-tackle duties, to take on even more work.Morgan, meanwhile, has experienced the heat of the Origin furnace, the only thing that comes close to the pressure of an NRL decider, and has beside him a man with two grand final appearances and 33 Origin caps to his name.If Morgan has a rocky start to the game, there is no better player to take him aside and get his head right than Thurston.If Milford or Hunt start poorly there is the potential for things to snowball and get out of hand before Bennett has a chance to talk to his playmakers at half-time. They will receive some guidance from older heads like Hodges, Parker, Thaiday and Blair but the backline in particular is lacking loud, experienced voices.It’s almost guaranteed Thurston will be brilliant and just about the best player on the field, but he is at least a little bit hurt. Thurston is probably the game’s foremost exponent of playing through injury seemingly unaffected.On one leg, he sent running mate Cooper through for a late try against the Storm, but a pre-existing groin issue that can flare up at any time as well as a calf cork that has restricted his training this week will be a very real test for him.Brisbane’s on-field leader, Hunt, has risen to every challenge in his short NRL career and is well equipped to take another huge step in his development.Milford will be prowling behind Parker and Blair waiting for offloads and his ability to attack a fractured line could change the game in Brisbane’s favour.Both the Broncos’ halves love to take on the line regularly and the men in the middle need to be on their toes, particularly late in the game.Picking a winner in this year’s grand final is as harder as any decider in recent memory.The Broncos were marginally better in week one of the finals but the Cowboys have looked a different beast with a renewed Morgan back in the line-up.The past two games between these great rivals have gone down to the dying minutes and this game will be the same barring a freak incident in the early exchanges like last week’s epic blunder by Shaun Kenny-Dowall.The Broncos’ defence has won them countless games but they are coming up against a side that has and will test it mightily, particularly through the middle of the field where the big forwards will look to lay a platform.As good as the Cowboys are, Thurston is the only thing stopping the Broncos from being overwhelming favourites in this game, but he is good enough to warrant that respect.If Brisbane watches him too closely, Morgan should flourish on the back of a forward pack that ran over the top of one of the league’s best tackling units last week.But Brisbane’s defence has been a big game winner for them this season and that ability to weather a storm and rebound with points is critical in big games like this. 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CEU Scorpions ‘overachieved’ despite loss to Cignal in finals

first_imgBishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees “I think we overachieved,” he said, after the Hawkeyes dealt the Scorpions a 79-69 Game 2 defeat.“I’m so proud of my players because they always gave their best and that’s the reason why we made it in this stage.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’With the decks stacked against them, CEU shocked top-seed Flying V in the semifinals to arrange the date against Cignal behind the heroics of Rod Ebondo and the troika of guards in JK Casiño, Aaron Jeruta, and Orlan Wamar.Unfortunately, that dream run didn’t get a happy ending as the Hawkeyes swept CEU in the best-of-three championship series, 2-0. National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal MOST READ LATEST STORIES Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies View comments What’s in store for your animal sign this year Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Though Garcia rued the missed chance, the youthful mentor shared that he’s hopeful that the Scorpions picked up valuable lessons through the course of the campaign.“I just told them that every time we’re given these kinds of opportunities, we have to grab it. We can’t be content and we have to continue giving our best to make it to the next level,” he said.Garcia will now prepare CEU for its title retention bid in the UCBL.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite JK Casiño. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor Centro Escolar University coach Yong Garcia, there’s no shame in losing to Cignal HD in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals.After all, even he did not expect his side to make it this far in his first conference at the helm.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ SEA Games: Centeno, Amit on course for 9-ball gold medal battlelast_img read more

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Kevin Love still in concussion program, status for Game 1 unknown

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers forward Jeff Green, left, and center Kevin Love celebrate after beating the Boston Celtics 87-79 in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference Finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)CLEVELAND — Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love remains in concussion protocol and his status for Game 1 of the NBA Finals is still unclear.Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue gave an update Tuesday before the team flew to San Francisco for Thursday’s opener. The Cavs are playing the Golden State Warriors in the finals for the fourth straight year.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Decommissioned’ Kiefer out of Road Warriors active roster Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Love missed Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals at Boston after banging heads with Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum in the previous game. Jeff Green started for Love in Game 7 and finished with 19 points with eight rebounds in Cleveland’s 87-79 victory.Love has played center and forward this season and is averaging 13.9 points and 10.0 rebounds this postseason. He sat out the 2015 finals with a separated shoulder.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationslast_img read more

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EBD man shot in early morning robbery

first_imgAn East Bank Demerara man is now nursing a gunshot injury to his left leg after he was shot by one of three men during a robbery at the corner of Cemetery Road and D’Urban Street, Georgetown in the wee hours of Wednesday.The injured man has been identified as Mark English, 31, of Lot 992 Providence, East Bank Demerara. He is reportedly in a stable condition following emergency surgery.Based on reports received, at about 02:30h, English stopped at a shop to make a purchase and was confronted by the three men, one of whom was armed with a handgun. The armed perpetrator relieved him of ,000.During the confrontation, English put up a fight and was shot to the left leg by the bandit who was carrying the firearm. The injured man managed to drive to a city hospital where he was admitted and the matter reported. No one has been arrested as Police continue their investigations.last_img read more

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US$22,000 Call Center Donated to LNP

first_imgThe United Nations Police in Liberia (UNPOL) has turned over a fully equipped call center to the Liberia National Police (LNP) under UNPOL’s Quick Impact Project (QIP). The dedication of the call center, named the National Operation Center, took place yesterday at the LNP headquarters on Capitol Hill.Speaking at the turning over ceremony, UNPOL Commissioner   Gregory Hinds said the project was a result of the realization that the LNP needs a strong and effective National Operations Center (NOC) that would play a critical role in decision making at the highest level of the LNP. The UNPOL Commissioner stressed that the National Operations Center                                                                                                                          will serve as a ‘one stop shop’ for all collected and organized information and communication regarding the LNP operations countrywide. He said activities of the center will place special emphasis on the 990, 911 and 9955 emergency response lines in order to foster public confidence in the LNP and to ensure timely response to crime scenes and other emergencies.The QIP, valued at US$22,903, includes three desktop computers, 13 handheld radios, two office desks, one printer and other requisite supplies and comes with training for 30 LNP officers.Commissioner Hinds cautioned the police leadership to guard the facility jealously it will be of long term benefit to the LNP.In response, LNP Director, Col. Clarence Massaquoi thanked the UN Police for the project indicating that it will contribute to the LNP’s decentralization drive.Director Massaquoi said the QIP donated clearly demonstrates UNPOL’s willingness to enhance the capacity of the LNP, as the UN Mission gradually pulls out of the country.The Liberian police chief said  the call center will now afford the police the opportunity to communicate with its officers deployed in others parts of the country.He said the LNP will push for more funding in the National Budget to maintain the center, promising that the equipment will be used for their intended purposes to benefit the Liberian people.He called on the public to make use of the center by providing needed information to the police for the benefit of the citizens.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Vendor arraigned for murder of Timehri teen

first_imgDead: David ToneyA vendor was on Thursday arraigned for the murder of 18-year-old David Toney of Alliance Road, Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD), who was fatally stabbed on Saturday last at the Timehri Docks.Rickland Bovell, of Swan Village, Linden-Soesdyke Highway, was not required to plead to the indictable charge when it was read to him by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The Police stated that on April 19, 2019 at the Timehri Docks, Bovell murdered Toney.The court heard that on the day in question, about 03:30h, the accused was engaged in an argument with the victim and his parents over non-payment for cabbage.During the argument, the accused pulled out a knife from his pants waist and stabbed the victim. However, it was also reported contrarily that the now dead teen intervened in an argument between his father, Mark Toney, and a group of men.The argument had reportedly stemmed from the packing of cabbage into a truck at the Timehri Wharf. The argument reportedly escalated into a scuffle and it was then both the young man and his father, along with his stepmother, were injured.The young man attempted to run, but collapsed a short distance away. He sustained at least three stab wounds to his abdomen and chest.His father was stabbed to his back and his stepmother to the left hip and left shoulder. They were taken to the Diamond hospital where they were treated and sent away. The young man’s body was removed some five hours after the stabbing incident and taken to the Lyken Funeral Home.After committing the act, the accused had fled the scene, but had been later arrested and charged.The accused was remanded to prison until his next court appearance set for May 15, 2019.last_img read more

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Over 900 foreigners granted Guyanese citizenship since 2015

first_img…hundreds of visa applications filed for oil sector workersCitizenship Minister Winston Felix has released figures from his department to show that under the current Government, over 900 foreign nationals have been granted citizenship— with 108 being granted their citizenship during this year.Citizenship Ministry has been inundated with visa applications for oil sector workersFelix was at the time fielding questions at a press conference on Wednesday about how many foreigners are being granted citizenship in Guyana.He revealed that as of July 2019, 108 persons were granted citizenship from 30 countries. His figures also go back to 2015, when 141 nationals from 35 countries were granted citizenship.“Then, in 2016, 192 nationals from 34 countries were granted citizenship, of which one was Haitian. In 2017, 230 nationals from 40 countries, of which seven were Haitian. In 2018, 252 nationals from 42 countries, of which three were Haitian,” Felix said.In addition, he noted that the Citizenship Department has received huge volumes of applications from persons, particularly those involved in the oil and gas sector, where foreign workers make up a large part of the workforce on drill ships and Floating Production and Storage Offloading (FPSO) vessels.“In terms of oil and gas, foreigners are coming right now. Right now we receive over 100 applications per day to process visas for persons coming to work in oil and gas offshore. I’m being very conservative”.“Some of them, they just come, arrive in the hotel, get to Ogle, helicopter trip to the drill ship. I gather that the numbers will go up when other oil blocks come into operation. But we are dealing with the current applications for work permits with some degree of efficiency which does not disrupt our (other) work”.PressureAccording to the Ministry of Finance’s own mid-year report for 2019, the influx of immigrants has the potential of pressuring the local labour market by reducing employment opportunities for Guyanese.In addition, the Ministry of Finance’s report also notes that the influx of immigrants has created, and continues to create, demands on the treasury, which has to set up systems to ensure that migrants are registered and have access to basic social services.Figures released last month by authorities had showed that between January and July of 2019, total arrivals, taking into account all nationalities, were 135,220. This comes against the backdrop of the large number of arrivals and the rampant use of illegal exit ports to leave the country.Last year, the Citizenship Ministry had revealed to the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament that over 22,000 persons entered Guyana from January to April. The Ministry had revealed that of this number, only 6,170 had departed. In addition, it was shown that there are no records of 17,615 immigrants departing from 2013 to 2018.A breakdown of the statistics shows that over the past seven months, over 8,500 Haitians entered the country, but a fraction of that number left. In 2017, 3,515 Haitians came but only 291 departed. And according to media reports, up to April of last year, 1, 238 came and 85 departed.Back in March of this year, it was revealed that despite having thousands of Haitians enter Guyana unaccounted for last year, the coalition Government had sought to extend the time that Haitians spend in Guyana to an automatic six months.This was detailed in a letter dated January 31, 2019, addressed to then Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and copied to Minister of State, Joseph Harmon; Citizenship Minister Winston Felix and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan.The influx of immigrants is not limited to Haitians. In 2017, a total of 44,747 Cubans came to Guyana, but 7,255 were unaccounted. Recent figures released by the authorities indicate that for the first seven months of the year, 41,272 Cuban nationals came to Guyana via the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).Meanwhile, the figures indicate that some 11,119 Trinidad and Tobago nationals arrived in Guyana between January and July of 2019. Total arrivals taking into account all nationalities stood at 135,220.last_img read more

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Commission OKs cameras in cruisers

first_imgMore than 15 years after a post-Rodney King commission recommended installing cameras in police cars to guard against racial profiling, the LAPD is moving forward with a $5 million plan to place dashboard cameras in about 300 cars. After testing four systems, the Los Angeles Police Commission voted Tuesday to begin negotiating a contract with IBM Corp. The project is expected to start in the South Bureau and expand to patrol cars citywide by June 2008. The City Council still must approve the project. “It’s hopefully one significant way of addressing the challenge of trying to document factually whether allegations of racial profiling did or did not occur,” Police Commission President John Mack said. The neighboring Beverly Hills Police Department has been using dashboard-mounted cameras for about a decade, said Lt. Mitch McCann, spokesman for that agency. Last year, the department installed IBM cameras similar to those being considered by the LAPD. Beverly Hills officers initially resisted the cameras, McCann said, but have since learned to appreciate having their entire workday recorded because it usually clears them of allegations of wrongdoing. “It takes the bias out of things,” he said. “When you have a videotape … it is what it is.” McCann said allegations against officers are quickly dropped when would-be complainants learn an incident has been videotaped. “`Maybe I was confused,’ they say, or `Maybe it was a different agency,”‘ McCann said. But LAPD Commissioner Alan Skobin warned that cameras should not be considered a panacea. “While it’s important and we want to implement this citywide, it’s important for the public to understand that one angle does not tell the whole story,” he said, noting that he supports eventually using cameras attached to Tasers in order to capture views from the officer’s perspective. “Every system has pluses and minuses. On balance, this is the right choice.” rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Each video camera will be mounted on a swivel with a 180-degree range and will have a mobile microphone capable of picking up voices outside the vehicle. Although the cameras can be turned on manually, officials say they will program them to be triggered by sirens, for example, or when the patrol car accelerates. A 2006 report found that the cameras – funded, in part, by a doubling of residential trash fees last year – could reduce the cost of processing complaints and other paperwork by $3 million. The cameras are backed by the police union and civil-rights activists alike, who say they will help track police activity – a mandate of the federal consent decree imposed after serious misconduct was uncovered at the Rampart station in the late 1990s. “We believe the cameras will serve to protect us from frivolous and unwarranted complaints,” said Bob Baker, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League. last_img

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DONEGAL TV VIEWERS MAY NEVER GET RTE’S FREE DIGITAL NETWORK

first_imgDonegal television viewers may never get RTE’s new digital TV network SAORVIEW, Donegaldaily.com has learned.The new FREE digital network has been available to almost all of TV viewers across Ireland since May 2011.However management at RTE has now admitted that 2% of the population will not be able to access the service even after the October 2012 deadline. The new free network would have done away literally done away with the need for SKY TV.Last week we revealed how SKY are charging Donegal customers almost 30% more for the same service here than across the border in Derry.Outraged Fianna Fail TD Charlie McConalogue fumed that once again Donegal is being left behind.“We have seen it time and time again and continue to see it with regards mobile phone coverage, broadband services and now digital television. “RTE is the national broadcaster. We pay our television licence fee to them. Therefore, we all should be getting the same service.“Having checked a number of addresses from my constituency I can see that areas of Donegal North East will be included in the 2% which won’t get the service.“I have contacted the Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte and RTE in an effort to establish what will happen for the 2% of the population who won’t get the service.“Although a free-to-air satellite service is being developed by RTE to make sure the entire population get the access to the digital television channels, 100% coverage must mean just that – each and every home in the country.“I want assurances that this service will be fully operational in advance of the Analogue Switch Off (ASO) in late 2012. This is national and EU policy – 2% of the population cannot be left without a service.” ENDSDONEGAL TV VIEWERS MAY NEVER GET RTE’S FREE DIGITAL NETWORK was last modified: August 17th, 2011 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:deputy charlie mcconalogueSAORVIEWSKYlast_img read more

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