Enough back and forth

first_imgAfter months of back and forth, it appearing as if the appointment of a Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) will not be agreed upon by the President and the Leader of the Opposition anytime soon. Even though they both have expressed a desire to see the process come to finality soon, the signals coming from both camps indicate that they are very convinced with their own interpretation of the Constitution regarding such appointment.In his most recent comment on the matter, President David Granger said he sees no reason for any difficulty in finding suitable nominees for the post. In fact he was quoted by the media as saying there are lots of Guyanese who meet the new criteria set out by him to guide the Opposition Leader in compiling a new list of potential candidates, noting that the Constitution was written in a way to emphasise the qualities which he has asked for.After rejecting the initial list submitted by the Opposition Leader, the President had outlined the qualities that the nominees for the GECOM Chairmanship should possess. The new criteria state that the candidate should be qualified to be a Judge of the High Court, or should have been an attorney for a minimum of seven years. In the absence of those requirements, the President has said, any other “fit and proper person” could be considered, providing he/she is deemed to have wide electoral knowledge and is capable of handling electoral matters, since he/she is qualified to exercise unlimited jurisdiction in civil matters.For the President, that person should not be an activist in any form — gender, racial or religious; nor should that person have any political affiliation or belong to any political party in any form – overt or covert. The person must be able to discharge his/her functions neutrally between the two opposing parties, as he or she would have done in court between two opposing litigants.Additionally, the person must be able to discharge the functions attached to the post without fear or favour; not allowing any person or organisation to influence him or her to compromise his or her neutrality. Of note too is that the person should have a general character of honesty, integrity, faithfulness and diligence, which would enable him/her to discharge his/her duty as Chairman of GECOM.As expected, finding persons who satisfy these requirements has proven to be quite a challenge for the Leader of the Opposition. Certainly, while he may have good intentions, there are many problems with the President’s criteria; and while we do not intend to delve into detail with them here as they have already been ventilated in the media; we believe the focus of the Constitution regarding such an appointment was the integrity and the independence of the post holder.It is believed that the process is being unnecessarily dragged out for too long. It is hoped that the major political stakeholders here have learnt a lesson from this entire episode. We have seen the complications that have arisen from what in the normal course should have been a simple and straight forward process. It is quite evident the problem rests with the interpretation of the Constitution. There is therefore need for the process, and criteria to be satisfied for such a post, to be clearly spelt out in the Constitution. Accordingly, we suggest that either the Courts or politicians lead the process in correcting the grey areas in the Constitution. This is something that must be done to avoid future problems.That said, with National Elections due in 2020, it is necessary that the President and the Opposition Leader achieve common ground on this issue soon. Once the appointment is made, it will allow for the political situation in the country to settle itself; if not, it could exacerbate.Finally, the sooner the issue is sorted out, the better it would be for the new chairman to familarise himself/ herself with the entire electoral process and the running of the organisation (GECOM) which we know is very huge and complex.We therefore urge the President and the Leader of the Opposition to find a quick resolution to this problem; the nation has had enough of the back and forth.last_img read more

2019 SEA Games Gallery: December 1

first_imgThe Philippine contingent came out blistering in the opening day of the 30th Southeast Games here.Medals came from all clusters throughout the day as the Filipinos ended at the day with a significant lead in the medalboard.ADVERTISEMENT Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Philippines wins SEA Games gold in 3×3 women’s basketball Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4 Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas LATEST STORIEScenter_img ‘People evacuated on their own’ Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gilas Pilipinas Women huddle up after picking up another win in 3×3 basketball in the 30th Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Philippines’ Jason Perkins reacts after scoring against Indonesia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhilippines’ Mary Flor Diaz celebrates her bronze finish at the 45 kg weightlifting at the 30th SEA Games 2019. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonPhilippines’ Mary Flor Diaz competes in the women’s snatch 45 kg weightlifing at the 30th SEA Games 2019. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonPhilippine team celebrates after scoring the first goal. Malaysia defeats the Philippines,  7-4, at the SEA Games 2019 floorball men’s bronze match. INQUIRER PHOTO / LEO M. SABANGAN II.Philippines’ John Fabuar Ceniza celebrates his silver medal finish in the men’s 55 kg weightlifting at the 30th SEA Games 2019. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonPhilippines’ John Fabuar Ceniza competes in the men’s snatch 55 kg weightlifing at the 30th SEA Games 2019. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonCaloy Yulo in the Floor exercise in 2019 SEA Games men’s All-around Final at the Rizal Coliseum. INQUIRER PHOTO/AUGUST DELA CRUZCaloy Yulo in the Floor exercise in 2019 SEA Games men’s All-around Final at the Rizal Coliseum. INQUIRER PHOTO/AUGUST DELA CRUZFilipina triathlete Kim Mangrobang runs to the transition stage of the women’s triathlon competition of the 30th SEA Games in Subic, Zambales on Sunday, December 1, 2019. INQUIRER PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDEFilipino triathlete Kim Mangrobang finishes strong to win the gold in the women’s triathlon at the 30th SEA Games in Subic, Zambales. INQUIRER PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDEFilipino triathlete silver medalist Kim Kilgroe and gold medalist Kim Mangrobang honor the PH flag during the awarding ceremony of the women’s triathlon event of the 30th SEA Games in Subic, Zambales on Sunday, December 1, 2019. INQUIRER PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE(L-R) Filipino triathlete silver medalist Kim Kilgroe, gold medalist Kim Mangroban and bronze medalist Indonesian Nethavani Octaria share the stage at the awarding ceremony of the Women’s Triathlon event of the 30th SEA Games in Subic, Zambales on Sunday, December 1, 2019. INQUIRER PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE Filipino triathlete silver medalist Andrew Remolino, gold medalist John Chicano and bronze medalist Indonesian Muhammad Ahlul Firman share the stage at the awarding ceremony of the Triathlon event of the 30th SEA Games in Subic, Zambales on Sunday, December 1, 2019. INQUIRER PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDEFilipino triathlete John Leerams Chicano celebrates with fans after crossing the finish line to win gold in the men’s triathlon at the 2019 30th SEA games at Subic, Zambales. Inquirer/grig c. Montegrande.Filipino triathlete John Leerams Chicano crosses the finish line waving the Philippine flag proudly to win gold in the men’s triathlon at the 2019 30th SEA games at Subic, Zambales. Inquirer/grig c. MontegrandeDexter Bolambao of Philippines wins gold in Arnis full contact live stick competition during the 30th South East Asian Games held in Angeles University Foundation, Angeles, Pampanga, on December 1, 2019. INQUIRER PHOTO / NIÑO JESUS ORBETADexter Bolambao of Philippines wins gold in Arnis full contact live stick competition during the 30th South East Asian Games held in Angeles University Foundation, Angeles, Pampanga, on December 1, 2019. INQUIRER PHOTO / NIÑO JESUS ORBETADexter Bolambao of Philippines wins gold in Arnis full contact live stick competition during the 30th South East Asian Games held in Angeles University Foundation, Angeles, Pampanga, on December 1, 2019. INQUIRER PHOTO / NIÑO JESUS ORBETA2019 SEA Games Men’s Figure Skating podium finishers: Micah Kai Lynette of Thailand (Bronze), Christopher Caluza of Philippines (Silver) and Julian Zhi Jie Yee of Malaysia (Gold). Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net2019 SEA Games Women’s Figure Skating podium finishers: Savika Zahira of Indonesia (Bronze), Alisson Perticheto of Philippines (Silver) and Chloe Ing of Singapore (Gold). Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhilippines’ Jeson Patrombon attempts a forehand against Laos. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonPhilippines’ Alberto Lim Jr. attempts a backhand during his match against Timor Leste. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin Vardeleon Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist View comments MOST READlast_img read more

Fiji seek Olympic boost from 7s defence

first_img“It’s really an exciting season when you have the Olympics in the background,” said Fiji captain Osea Kolinisau, conscious of the fact that his country has never won a medal at the Olympics.Last season, Fiji, coached by Englishman Ben Ryan, finished 10 points ahead of South Africa.They won four rounds of the global series, making sure of their place in the Olympics in the process.In Dubai, the first of 10 rounds which concludes in London in May, Fiji have been drawn in Pool A along with Argentina, Canada and Japan.“When you are defending champions, there is always pressure,” 30-year-old Kolinisau told www.worldrugby.org.“Everybody tries to knock you off your pedestal. Training has been hard in the build up to Dubai as we know it’s always hard to defend a title.“We have beefed up a lot of our training and most players have put on a bit of weight. We know that a lot of teams are gunning for us and for the series.”Fiji certainly raised the standards in their title-winning season — they scored more tries on average than any other team at 4.5 tries per match, or one every 44 seconds of possession.They also managed to win the 2014/2015 crown without losing a single match in pool play.Pool B in the UAE is made up of defending Dubai champions South Africa, Scotland, Samoa and Russia.New Zealand are in Pool C alongside the United States, France and Portugal while England, Wales, Australia and Kenya will fight out Pool D.South Africa have named 35-cap Springbok Francois Hougaard and Juan de Jongh for the first two legs in Dubai and home soil in Cape Town next week.Western Province centre and captain De Jongh is back in the Sevens squad for the first time in seven years.The All Blacks were third overall last time out and long-serving coach Gordon Tietjens has selected 14 players with Waikato Chiefs half-back Augustine Pulu in line for his debut.The women’s sevens tournament also takes place at the weekend where New Zealand are the defending champions.New Zealand coach Sean Horan said he and his backroom staff will be keen to keep thoughts of Rio under tight wraps.“It is at the back of the minds though and the players know where it is going, but for us as management it is about the bigger picture,” said Horan.0Shares00(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares00Fiji’s players celebrate after winning their Rugby Union Glasgow Sevens final against New Zealand, part of the IRB Sevens World Series, in May 2015. PHOTO/AFPDUBAI, December 3- Fiji begin the defence of their World Sevens title in Dubai on Friday with eyes on a repeat victory in 2016 as well as giving their country an historic first Olympic medal.Rugby Sevens makes its Olympics debut in Rio in August where the inventive, muscular and fleet-footed Fijians will be amongst the hot favourites for the gold.last_img read more

SBW, Aaron Smith back as All Blacks aim big guns at Samoa

first_imgSmith will lead a vastly experienced New Zealand unit containing 871 Test caps while also including two new All Blacks Jordie Barrett and Vaea Fifita on the bench. Regular skipper Read (thumb), back up flyhalf Aaron Cruden (knee)and centre Ryan Crotty (ribs) were not considered but are expected to be available for the three Lions Tests.Code hopper Williams, a standout performer when the Auckland Blues beat the Lions last week, returns to the All Blacks for the first time in two years after focussing on rugby sevens at the Olympics after the 2015 World Cup final and then suffering a crippling Achilles injury.Aaron Smith is back in favour after losing his starting spot last year to TJ Perenara when his form slumped following publicity about a tryst in an airport toilet last year.– Samoan challenge –New Zealand have won all six Tests they have played against Samoa, with the lowest margin 25-16 when they last met in Apia two years ago. But coach Steve Hansen said there was no room for complacency.“Samoa is about to kick off the qualifying stage of their Rugby World Cup campaign, so this will make them even more dangerous,” Hansen said. “The Samoans are always a challenge and will play with a high level of physicality and skill. At the very minimum, we will need to match that.”Hansen said Ben Smith, the All Blacks vice captain, was the “logical choice” to fill in for Read and had proven leadership skills with the Otago Highlanders in Super Rugby.New Zealand’s captain Kieran Read has already ruled himself out from Samoa clash to ensure he is fully recovered from a broken thumb and ready to face the British and Irish Lions © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEArdie Savea will slot into Read’s backrow position with Jerome Kaino on the blindside flank for his first game since being sidelined after knee surgery eight weeks ago. With Liam Squire, like Read also out with a broken thumb, Vaea Fifita has been named on the bench after being initially named as injury cover when the full squad of 33 was named last week.Hansen said Fifita and Jordie Barrett were both like to get game time with the prospect of three Barrett brothers on the field at the same time. Lock Scott Barrett is also on the bench with Beauden Barrett the starting flyhalf.Hooker Dane Coles was not considered while he continues to suffer concussion symptoms and the All Blacks will start with the all Crusaders front row of Joe Moody, Codie Taylor and Owen Franks who were repeatedly penalised when they played the Lions a week ago.However, assistant coach Ian Foster did not believe scrumming technique was a concern. “We’re scrummaging the way that we’ve been scrummaging and we’ve got to adapt and adjust to whatever happens on the park so it’s more about us making sure we are adapting to interpretations,” Foster said. “But in terms of legality, and all that, we’ve got no concerns.”New Zealand (15-1): Ben Smith (capt); Israel Dagg, Anton Lienert-Brown, Sonny Bill Williams, Julian Savea; Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; Ardie Savea, Sam Cane (capt.), Jerome Kaino; Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick; Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody.Replacements: Nathan Harris, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Scott Barrett, Vaea Fifita, TJ Perenara, Lima Sopoaga, Jordie Barrett.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ian Foster, assistant head coach of New Zealand’s All Blacks © AFP/File / FILIPPO MONTEFORTEAuckland, New Zealand, Jun 14 – Sonny Bill Williams returns and Aaron Smith is restored as New Zealand’s first-choice scrum-half for Friday’s clash with Samoa — a dress rehearsal for the first Test against the British and Irish Lions the following week. Fullback Ben Smith will lead the side in place of the unavailable Kieran Read for the main feature in the double-header evening at Auckland’s Eden Park with Wales and Tonga playing the curtain-raiser.last_img read more

Kubu shines as Kabras crack Mwamba

first_img0Shares0000Kabras Sugar’s John Kubu wheeling away to the try-line against Mwamba in Kenya Cup match played on Saturday 2nd November at the Nairobi Railway Club. Photo/RAYOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 2 – Former champions Kabras Rugby Club put up a superb second half display to to see off Mwamba 43-9 at the Railways Club to maintain a perfect start and lead in the 2019/20 Kenya Cup season.In other results, Kenya Harlequin lost 20-32 to defending champions KCB, Western Bulls fell 21-27 to Oilers, Kisumu stunned Nondies 19-17, Homeboyz RFC were 15-10 winners over Nakuru while Impala were the biggest winners of the weekend, whitewashing Kenyatta Universty’s Blakblad 57-9. Kabras grounded five tries and converted a drop goal to boss the standing with 10 points after two rounds of the games.New signing Lawi Buyachi got the Sugar Millers underway with his debut try at the club that was successfully converted to take an early 7-0 lead.Kabras Sugar’s Brian Tanga in action against Mwamba in Kenya Cup . Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAMwamba scored two quick penalties to narrow on Kabras’ with Brian Kivasia booting in between the sticks before he added another one to see Kulabu cut Kabras’ lead to a single point.However, Kabras dotted a second converted try that guaranteed them a 14-6 lead at the interval.On resumption, Kabras restarted on a high, scoring a third converted try before Kulabu responded with a penalty kick that came off an infringement by Kabras.Jone Kubu sneaked in a drop goal to extend Kabras’ lead to 24-9 before he was at it again, this time going over after dancing through the Mwamba defense before setting up his support player to land a center post try as he converted it.Mwamba were punished for their mistakes when Tony Omondi’s mis-kick resulted in Kabras counter attack and extending their lead to 36-9 following a missed conversion before the Western Kenya based side landed their final try in the match and seal it off with a conversion.-Results-Mwamba 9 – Kabras 43Quins 20 – KCB 32Bulls 21 – Oilers 27Impala 57 – Blakblad 9Nakuru 10 – Homeboyz 15Kisumu 19 – Nondies 170Shares0000(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Blundering referees hit with suspension as FKF cracks whip

first_img0Shares0000FIFA referee Israel Mpaima is one of the five match officials suspended for 90 days by FKF. PHOTO/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 5 – Five referees and one match commissioner have borne the full brunt of their poor officiating after the Football Kenya Federation handed them 90 day suspensions after being found culpable of making questionable decisions in matches.Among the five set to be sidelined possibly until next season are FIFA referees Israel Mpaima and Joshua Achila. Also being asked to step aside are centre Oliver Ouma, Godfrey Ndiva and Zachariah Achira – all assistant referees – decisions reached after a meeting of the FKF referees commission. Mpaima was handed his suspension over his decision to award Tusker an 89th minute penalty against Ulinzi Stars in Nakuru on July 10, the brewers winning the game 2-1 courtesy of the late goal, with the ref’s commission reviewing the footage and finding the decision was wrong.Ouma in his case was found guilty of wrongly flagging for an offside, a legitimate goal by Chemelil Sugar in their match against Tusker a week later, a game that ended two-all.The same case of disallowing a legitimate goal for an offside also cost Ndiva his place in the referee’s roster for the next three months, having denied Homeboyz a clear goal in their match against Gor Mahia.In contrast, Achira was found guilty of allowing an offside goal by AFC Leopards to stand in their match against Mathare United on July 16. The match’s centre referee Achila was suspended after failing to award Leopards a legitimate penalty.Match commissioner Dominic Wenda has also been served with a three month suspension after failing to report an incident in Muhoroni where an assistant referee was attacked by a section of the home crowd.“We are not saying we have struck them off the list of referees. They will be asked to step aside from their duties for the next 90 days where after that we will take them back, re-train and re-interview them so that this same mistake does not happen again,” FKF President Nick Mwendwa said.At the same time, Mwendwa said the federation is taking measures to investigate claims that some club officials, with specific referral to Muhoroni Youth, intimidate match officials to turn them to their favour.He promised the federation will take action once sufficient evidence is picked, admitting they have received several reports over the same.“It has reached a point where we had to look at ourselves and ensure we raise the standard of our game. We have had complains raised by clubs, there have been reviews and opinions sought from experts and based on that opinion we have come to take action.”“We are also looking at those rogue team officials who have been notorious for intimidating referees and we are starting with this particular Muhoroni Youth v Sony Sugar match. We are reviewing the evidence and the next action is against administrators who are perpetrating such things,” Mwendwa added.He also warned referees that their every action is being watched and the federation will stop at nothing to ensure appropriate action is taken to curb bias among referees.Also of concern to the federation is the allegation of betting among referees and players and he says the federation is putting up mechanism to ensure such is put off though he admits it will be no mean task.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Barcelona want Schmeichel, Depay to swap Manchester United for Liverpool? GOSSIP

first_img Transfer rumours and paper review All the top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers and online…Manchester United face competition from Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid for Portugal international Renato Sanches. Benfica rejected an offer from United worth an initial £35m earlier this year, asking the Premier League club to pay a Portuguese record fee of €60m (£46.8m). While Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira has subsequently reduced the Portuguese champions’ demands to £39m plus a performance-related bonus, United’s hesitance in matching those terms has allowed other cash-rich clubs into the market. (Sunday Times)Manchester United want to ditch £25million Dutch flop Memphis Depay just a year after signing him. The Red Devils ‘ manager Louis van Gaal has sanctioned the summer departure of his 22-year-old countryman, having run out of patience with the winger bought from PSV Eindhoven last July. (Sunday Mirror)Liverpool could reignite their interest in Depay having tried to swoop 12 months ago. The Anfield transfer committee were desperate to sign Depay before he snubbed them to move to Old Trafford. Now they have the chance to move again and they could give the wing wizard a second chance in the Premier League. (Star on Sunday)Kasper Schmeichel is a shock target for Barcelona. The Spanish giants are targeting a new goalkeeper with Marc-Andre ter Stegen set to leave the Nou Camp. And Leicester star Schmeichel is in their sights in a £15million summer deal after his stunning season in the title race. (Sunday Mirror)Tottenham are leading the race to sign Alexandre Lacazette. The Lyon striker is already on the wanted list of Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton. But he now looks certain to go to White Hart Lane in a £23.5million deal at the end of the season. (Sunday People)Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits he does not know what the future holds for Theo Walcott with the England forward currently out-of-favour at the Emirates. (SkySports)Stevan Jovetic is a shock target for new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte. The Montenegro skipper failed to make a big impact at Manchester City and is now on loan at Inter Milan. (Star on Sunday)Alan Pardew wants Wolves and England Under-21 star Dominic Iorfa to be one of his big summer signings. Palace chief Pards believes the defender, who can play centre-half or full-back, can be a key part of his rebuilding plans. (Sun on Sunday)And here’s all the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Tottenham Hotspur transfer news: Galatasaray set to sign Spurs target Yunus MalliTottenham rivalling West Ham for £30m Marseille star Michy BatshuayiLouis van Gaal praises Manchester United’s ‘unbelievable’ spiritNewcastle United news: Rafael Benitez pleased as players show fight and character against Liverpool 1last_img read more

Man killed in shooting at residence

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe men were directed to the garage, where one of the men pulled out a gun and shot Hurtado several times in the chest, he said. The men then fled westbound from the scene in a black vehicle, Butao said. Detectives are investigating the shooting as being possibly gang-related, Butao said. Anyone with information about the shooting can call sheriff’s homicide detectives at (323) 890-5500. – City News Service NORWALK – A man was shot to death in Norwalk by a gunman who asked for him by name, authorities reported Tuesday. Thomas Hurtado, 50, of Norwalk was shot at a residence in the 11800 block of 164th Street, near Pioneer Boulevard. The shooting occurred just before 10p.m. Monday, said Los Angeles sheriff’s Deputy Oscar Butao. Family members told detectives that two men rang the doorbell and asked for Hurtado, who was in the garage, Butao said. 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

Wrong-way driver sentenced

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsWalker on Tuesday admitted the 1986 conviction as a prior strike and pleaded to the three counts as strikes, under the state’s “three strikes, you’re out” law, Choi said. At the hospital after the crash, Walker said all he remembered was going to Schooner’s after 8 p.m., Choi said. Prosecutors said Walker’s 2001 Ford Mustang had been speeding south in the northbound lanes of the Antelope Valley Freeway for at least 4 1/2 miles and barely missing other vehicles before slamming into the women’s Honda Civic. His blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.15 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08 percent. Walker had no prior drunk-driving convictions, according to his defense attorney. In the Civic, Vui La, 61, of Glendale and Thanh Le, 56, of Long Beach, were both dead at the crash scene, and Mydung Nguyen, 47, of Bakersfield was flown by helicopter to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia, where she died. All three women had worked together at a Lancaster nail salon before the crash, which happened Aug. 14, 2005 about a half mile north of Avenue N. California Highway Patrol records show the first call about the wrong-way vehicle came in at 1:48 a.m., about six minutes before the fatal crash. Prosecutors said one witness reported that Walker’s Mustang had entered the Antelope Valley Freeway at Avenue I. Minutes later, another motorist reported narrowly avoiding a head-on crash with the Mustang traveling the wrong way at high speed south of Avenue K. At almost the same time, a CHP officer came upon the collision south of Avenue M. Prosecutors said that at least 10 motorists saw Walker driving the wrong way before the collision and had to take evasive action to avoid hitting him. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – An ex-convict accused of being a wrong-way drunk driver and killing three nail-salon workers in August 2005 when his car slammed head-on into their car has been sentenced to 16 years in prison. George Earl Walker, 45, was sentenced after pleading no contest to two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and one count of driving under the influence causing great bodily injury. “I talked to the victims’ families and considered how they were feeling about everything, and I talked with my supervisor. We thought this was a fair offer at this stage of the proceedings,” Deputy District Attorney Susan Choi said. Walker, who was sentenced to five years in prison in 1986 for a conviction of attempted voluntary manslaughter, must serve 80 percent of the sentence, Choi said. last_img read more


first_imgA Letterkenny man has been jailed for masterminding a series of daring burglaries on some of Britain’s most historic houses.Geoff Harkin visited many of England’s finest homes pretending he was a history lover.But the 58 year old would return later and burgle the houses after casing the homes for possible alarms and security systems. The daring thief he even became a member of the National trust of Britain so he could get access to the stately homes without being suspected of any wrong-doing.During his burglary spree the Donegal man is suspected of robbing a total of €1.4 million in antiques including a €230,000 clock.The grey-haired grandfather sold most of the goods at car-boot sales because he was afraid of getting caught trying o get big money for the valuable items.Geoff, whose first name is Graham, got tired of selling his knock-off goods for cheap and decided he wanted to get a bigger slice of the action. Using the €230,000 clock as bait, Harkin contacted the Bagot family form whom he stole the item from a house they owned in the Lake District.He said he had come across the timepiece and wanted to collect an advertised reward of €25,000 as well as €5,750 for his own troubles.By that stage police had already suspected he may have been behind the raids after spotting him on CCTV at a number of the posh country homes taking guided tours.He arranged to meet at a motorway service station in Manchester for the handover but got the shock of his life when he was pounced on by police.Detectives found the clock in a cardboard box in his car and arrested him.He appeared in court last week and was jailed for nine years after prosecutors accused him of “looting history for profit.”EndsDONEGAL MAN JAILED AFTER MASTERMINDING ROBBERIES ON BRITAIN’S POSHEST HOMES was last modified: April 4th, 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:Geoff Harkinrobberylast_img read more