Woman killed in road mishap

first_imgAccording to police investigators,Bo-oc was walking on the road when a public utility jeepney driven by34-year-old Arnold Villarta of Bago City, Negros Occidental crashed against heraround 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 12. Bo-oc died on the spot, policesaid.    Bacolod City – A woman was killed in a road crash in Barangay Tangub. Villarta was detained in the custodialfacility of Police Station 8, facing charges./PN The 74-year-old resident Nelia Bo-ocdied of injuries on the body, a police report showed.last_img

LA Lakers’ Byron Scott prioritizing winning over developing young players

first_img“That is the reality,” Scott said. “But the second part of the goal is you still have to develop the core of the young guys that you have. That’s my job, to win basketball games and, in the meantime, try to develop young people.”Through four games, the Lakers have failed to do both.Tunnel visionLakers forward Julius Randle spent the end of Wednesday’s practice shooting mid-range jumpers, and it became noticeable not just because most of his shots went in the basket. Randle also did not wear the protective goggles he had in the second half of Tuesday’s loss to Denver after getting poked in the eye.Will he need to keep wearing them?“We’ll see,” Randle said. “I’m good. But it was an adjustment.” Back when the Lakers seemed ecstatic after acquiring D’Angelo Russell, it appeared the only uncertainty would entail how long it would take for him to develop. Who would have known that the Lakers’ biggest offseason acquisition would have also sat during crunch time in two of the first four regular-season games?Yet, there Russell sat the entire fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 120-109 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday at Staples Center. The Lakers’ 19-year-old rookie point guard then admitted he has “no idea” why he has failed to close out games. Lakers coach Byron Scott contended Russell’s absence simply stemmed from Lou Williams scoring 14 of his 24 points in the final period. But is it in the Lakers’ best long-term interests for Russell to finish games?“Of course,” Scott said. And what needs to happen for Scott to grant Russell that opportunity?“Just keep playing. Cut down on the mistakes and continue to run the offense and do a better job on the defensive end. All the little things,” Scott said. “He knows he has to earn minutes, especially to play at the end of games that are on the line. If Lou wasn’t playing well, I would have brought him back in.”Russell posted seven points on only 3-of-11 shooting in 20 minutes. But he logged six assists and only one turnover. Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson also credited Russell’s presence for giving him open looks that resulted in a career-high 30 points on 12-of-19 shooting. But even if increased playing time could accelerate Russell’s development, Scott admitted he has different objectives. “I’m always thinking about trying to win,” Scott said. “The development part comes secondary to that. The practice is when you work on the development part.”That only opens up more questions. The Lakers are off to their worst start since last season, which ended with their worst record in franchise history. Scott has lamented that productive practices have not translated onto the actual court. But even if Scott ultimately wants Russell as his closer, the Lakers’ coach will not do so at the expense of a veteran player he believes earned his spot. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Heisler: Lakers’ ongoing comedy shows organization built on nepotism, cronyism

first_imgAs if the league needs a new attraction with a boffo comedy going as Magic Johnson continued to bash the Lakers while pledging undying love to them?It was another crazy week with ESPN.com’s Baxter Holmes producing a 6,500-word opus on Johnson’s misbegotten era … while ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith melted down on the air, decrying his own company’s story.Smith is Magic’s guy at The Wide World of Sports. As Stephen A. actually noted, he was embarrassed to have Johnson coming in the same day Holmes’ piece ran, in which Magic was alleged to be an abusive boss who had several Lakers staffers resigning and/or taking anti-anxiety medication.Ranted Stephen A. in Johnson’s defense:“Oh my god! Let’s get the ax! Let’s take Magic Johnson to the guillotine!”Of course, with Johnson determined to keep going on the air to defend himself, these coincidences in timing are becoming common … like the week before when Magic went on to call GM Rob Pelinka a back-stabber, the same day the Lakers introduced Coach Frank Vogel in their first press conference since Johnson’s resignation 41 days before.In the part we didn’t know before, Holmes reported James’ agent, Rich Paul, waged a season-long campaign against Coach Luke Walton.This was confirmed by Silver, himself. In an early-season chance meeting, the commissioner said Paul told him something to the effect of, “Luke Walton is not the right guy to coach LeBron.”Assuming that Paul’s opinions followed James’, and Johnson’s followed LeBron’s, this explains why Magic went off on Walton at the seven-game mark, turning Luke into a lame duck.LeBron knows he’s held to the highest standards and has done this before, trying and failing to get Erik Spoelstra fired in Miami, succeeding in getting David Blatt fired in Cleveland.In this, James was joined by Johnson, feeling exposed after his controversial decisions to forego shooters and sign eccentrics such as JaVale McGee, Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley.Not that Magic was supposed to take orders from James. With LeBron locked up for three seasons, it was the other way around.It was Johnson’s job to make James understand they might have to sacrifice this season to finish rebuilding after saving a maximum salary slot and bringing in so many veterans on one-year deals.What Magic wasn’t supposed to do was go off on Walton before Thanksgiving on LeBron’s behalf, undercutting what little stability they had.Of course, conveying that message meant realizing it, himself. By all accounts, Magic didn’t, talking of building for the future while challenging Golden State at the same time.A Lakers staffer told Holmes he didn’t know if Johnson had a plan. Actually, Magic did … or LeBron did … and it was a dilly: Trade for Anthony Davis, off-loading enough salary to save their max slot for another star free agent to put alongside James.Unfortunately for Magic, it proved impossible with New Orleans blaming the Lakers for their heavy-handed, obviously LeBron-driven, wooing of A.D.Worst of all for Johnson, he wasn’t working at the Lakers job full-time and couldn’t live it down when it got into the press.“And last but not least, lazy?” Magic told Stephen A. last week, re-framing the charge into one he could lampoon.“I have built a $600 million business. You can not be lazy going from basketball and winning five championships. … I wasn’t lazy as a player and I’m not lazy as a CEO and a business owner. That’s never going to happen.”Of course, no one said he was lazy. The charge was that he wasn’t often in the Lakers’ office, which he hasn’t addressed.Holmes, noting Johnson’s many business interests, suggests he was in their office “once a week or every two weeks.”Infrequent as that was, it could have been OK if Johnson had a smooth working relationship with an experienced No. 2 man who assigned all the detail work.Imagine if Jeanie Buss had kept GM Mitch Kupchak, who had all the qualifications, instead of lumping Mitch in with her brother, Jim, when she fired him.The No. 2 man became Pelinka, an agent, hired at the suggestion of his client, Kobe Bryant, neither of whom had front office experience.As for Johnson’s inconceivable charge of being stabbed in the back … still unspecified aside from citing “little things that bothered me” … he had more than two seasons with Pelinka. If loyalty was an issue, Magic should have been able to tell long before.Unfortunately for the Lakers and Jeanie, who kept Pelinka, Rob is now lumped in with Johnson in the press, as if he was Magic’s partner in crime … setting up Pelinka as the scapegoat for the next thing that goes wrong.Actually, Pelinka looks more like another of the staffers Magic ran roughshod over.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersNor did Kawhi look too bouncy in Game 1, scoring 23 points and shooting 5 for 14 from the field.So, lead or no lead, good luck, Raptors!The matchup looked so one-sided, Warriors players were being asked before it started if Steph Curry would finally be the Finals MVP … based, of course, on the assumption that injured Kevin Durant won’t be a major factor and that wouldn’t matter to the team.Meanwhile, the New York Times’ Marc Stein introduced his plan for the anticipated walkover: multiple postseason tournaments like European soccer teams.Compounding the absurdity, Commissioner Adam Silver told Stein that a second “cup” was “in the conceptual phase.” Oh yeah, the Finals.The NBA season is supposed to lead dramatically to this point but was widely believed to be over before it started with the Warriors coming off three titles in four seasons … having lost the one in 2016 after leading the Cavaliers 3-1… with no LeBron James-led contender arising in the East to worry about.Instead, it’s the Toronto Raptors with their star/upcoming free agent, Kawhi Leonard, and trash-talking rapper/co-owner, Drake, representing the East and, in an upset, taking a 1-0 lead.Unfortunately, Leonard played hurt last series as his uncle/adviser, Dennis Robertson, told Yahoo’s Chris Haynes (“You could clearly see he was in pain.”) Pelinka, reported Holmes, survived with the avid support of Jeanie’s best friend and new Lakers power player, Linda Rambis.Now to see how long any of them, Rob and/or Linda, last.If there’s a silver lining for Lakers fans, it’s that the heat in the press is exposing an organization run on nepotism and cronyism, which Jeanie might finally be obliged to recognize and professionalize.Of course, that suggests more misadventures await in the meantime so buckle up.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. 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Olympics: IOC delays Russia ban decision for CAS ruling

first_imgWADA, the German Olympic committee and anti-doping bodies have backed calls for Russia’s outright ban from Rio — that would be the first time a country has been banned from an Olympic Games over doping.But the Association of Summer Olympic Federations and other groups have urged caution, pointing to the ethical issues of punishing athletes who have never failed drug tests.The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has already barred Russian track and field contenders from Rio after an inquiry into widespread state-sponsored doping in the sport.The CAS will rule on whether the IAAF had grounds to impose a blanket ban on a national federation, since such a suspension inevitably punished athletes with no positive drug test on their record.IAAF president Sebastian Coe attended a CAS hearing in Geneva on Tuesday ahead of the ruling.IOC executives also ordered a reanalysis of all samples by Russian athletes taken at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, vowing punishment against anyone who helped competitors cheat.Because the Sochi Games are so tainted, the IOC said it would not give backing to any international sports events in Russia.It called on “all International Olympic Winter Sports Federations to freeze their preparations for major events in Russia.”This includes world championships and World Cups, the IOC said, calling for winter federations “to actively look for alternative organisers.”In hidingThe Russian Olympic Committee has acknowledged doping problems but insists that collective punishment against possibly clean athletes would leave “the integrity of the Olympic Movement… endangered.”Senior sports and political leaders in Moscow have also questioned the credibility of McLaren’s key witness, the former boss of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov, who admits he was central to the cheating scheme.Rodchenkov is in hiding in the United States and is wanted by Russia.McLaren said his team uncovered forensic evidence that proved Rodchenkov’s claims that Moscow set up a cheating system following the country’s poor performance at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games.Share on: WhatsApp Lausanne, Switzerland | AFP |The International Olympic Committee barred Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko from the Rio Games and withdrew backing for international events in Russia over a state-run doping programme, but delayed ruling on a complete ban on the country until after a key court case on Thursday.With the Rio Games due to start on August 5, the IOC executive committee held emergency talks Tuesday on what Olympic president Thomas Bach called a “shocking and unprecedented attack on the integrity of sport and on the Olympic Games” by the Russian government.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which commissioned an independent inquiry into Russian doping, has led international calls for Russia to be banned from Rio over revelations of widespread state-run doping at the Sochi Winter Olympics and other major events in Russia.But the IOC said after the talks it will first “explore the legal options with regard to a collective ban of all Russian athletes for the Olympic Games 2016 versus the right to individual justice.”It is also waiting on a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling on Thursday on an appeal by 68 Russian athletes against an IAAF ban from the Rio competition.Mutko barredThe controversial Mutko, a long-time ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was the highest-profile casualty of the first sanctions as the IOC grapples with the biggest doping scandal in Olympic history.He has denied any wrongdoing and said he expects his deputy to be cleared as well.But the IOC ordered a disciplinary commission to look into his ministry’s role in what Monday’s report called a “state-dictated failsafe system” of drug cheating that included Russia’s secret service swapping dirty urine samples for clean ones through a hole in a wall in Sochi.Lead investigator Richard McLaren says he has conclusive evidence that the four-year doping scheme was directed by the sports ministry with the FSB intelligence agency.As a consequence, the IOC said it will not grant any Rio accreditation “to any official of the Russian Ministry of Sport or any person implicated in the (McLaren) report.”That includes Mutko, who has denied that the government directed the doping programme. He told the Interfax news agency he was hoping for a “reasonable” decision from the IOC on Russia’s participation in Rio.Mutko said he has suspended five top deputies, including his number two Yury Nagornykh, described as the point man for running the cheating scheme.Key ruling duelast_img read more

Fired Officer Derek Chauvin Taken into Custody

first_imgThe officer knelt on the neck of George Floyd for eight minutes has been taken into custody in connection with his death.The arrest of Derek Chauvin was announced by Minnesota DPS Commissioner John Harrington.Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has said he will announce new developments in the Floyd case at 1 p.m., suggesting that criminal charges may soon follow.Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of Minneapolis PD, was fired on Tuesday following Floyd’s death on Monday.The arrest was made by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which has been conducting the investigation into Floyd’s death.Video taken at the scene showed Chauvin holding his knee to Floyd’s neck for several minutes, with Floyd saying “help” and “I can’t breathe” while he was held.Three other officers at the scene have also been fired. At this stage there are no word on arrests of these men.The state attorney says the fired officers are not cooperating with law enforcement.While the National Guard has deployed 500 armed troops to the city of Minneapolis to prevent any further rioting.last_img read more

Are you and your home prepared for a hurricane?

first_imgNow is the time to prepare for hurricane season to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones.Be sure you have these supplies on hand:~Store a supply of bottled water and easy-to-prepare, non-perishable foods. (The National Hurricane Center recommends havingenough to sustain your family for up to seven days.)~Keep cell phones and mobile devices charged, but also use mobile phones sparingly to conserve battery life.~Customers with landlines should keep a corded phone handy. That way, if your cell phone dies or your cordless landline phone runs out of battery, you can still report a power outage or call for help in an emergency.~Have a flashlight with fresh batteries on each floor of your home.~Utilize a battery-operated radio and monitor local weather forecasts. (Tune it to 850WFTL)~Also be sure to have plenty of other hurricane essentials on hand, including vital medications and a first-aid kit.Click HERE for our Hurricane Supplies ChecklistListen to interview with Scott Ranck of Florida Public Utilities for advice on how to prepare your home for a storm.SFS FPUClast_img read more

Leonardo Woman Indicted In Accident That Killed Teen

first_imgBy John BurtonFREEHOLD – A county grand jury on Monday indicted a Middletown woman investigators say was responsible for the hit-and-run death of an Atlantic Highlands teenage girl last summer.The grand jury handed up the four-count indictment for Toni A. Marletta, 50, a resident of Thompson Avenue in Middletown’s Leonardo section, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.Marletta faces charges of one count of second degree knowingly leaving the scene of an accident resulting in a fatality; one count of second degree endangering the welfare of a child; and two counts of third degree endangering the welfare of a child, resulting from a July 7, 2015 motor vehicle collision in Leonardo.In addition, Marletta last summer was issued a motor vehicle summons related to the collision for failure to report a motor vehicle collision; operating an uninsured motor vehicle; and for having an unsafe tire, according to law enforcement authorities.Middletown police were dispatched at approximately 8:24 p.m. last July 7 to state Highway 36 in the area of Avenue D in Leonardo for a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. Responding officers discovered the victim, 15-year-old Marissa Procopio, Atlantic Highlands. Procopio was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, where she died the following day from her injuries.The investigation conducted by Middletown police detectives with the assistance of the county prosecutor’s office determined Procopio was crossing Highway 36 at the Avenue D intersection when she was hit by the vehicle allegedly driven by Marletta.Family members said at the time that Procopio, a Henry Hudson Regional School student, was crossing the highway on her way home to meet her 9 p.m. curfew.Authorities charged that Marletta had three 16-year-old girls in the car at the time of the collision and fled the scene following the collision. Police were able to identify Marletta’s vehicle through security video recorded by a business in the vicinity of the collision. When Marletta’s vehicle was located that evening, investigators said it displayed damage consistent with the collision.Marletta turned herself in to Middletown police and was released pending the outcome of the investigation. Authorities on July 15, 2015, initially charged her with knowingly leaving the scene of an accident and took her into custody, taking her to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold, on $150,000 bail without the option to post a 10 percent bond. Succeeding in her subsequent bail reduction hearing, Marletta was allowed to post a 10 percent bond and was released last Aug. 4, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.A conviction on a charge of the leaving the scene of an accident resulting in a fatality carries with it a maximum penalty of 10 years in state prison; the second degree endangering offense also could result in a maximum 10-year prison sentence pending a conviction; and the third degree endangering offenses could result in three-to-five-year prison sentences for each charge, according to the prosecutor’s office.last_img read more

Jamaica begins preparations

first_imgJamaica will start a training camp in preparation for a historic appearance at the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Futsal Championship to be held in Havana, Cuba, January 22-26.A 16-man squad was named by player/coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore to start training today at the National Indoors Sports Centre.A total of eight teams, divided into two groups, will participate in the CFU tournament.Group One comprises: Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, CuraÁao and Guyana, while Group Two features host Cuba, Guadeloupe, Jamaica and St Maarten.Jamaica is scheduled to face Guadeloupe on January 22 in the opening game at the Sala Polivalente Kid Chocolate Complex in Cuba.The top three from the CFU will advance to the CONCACAF Championship on May 8-15 in Costa Rica. After that, the top four will advance to the 2016 World Futsal Championship.The training squad is: Anthony Marks, Savian Maxwell, Loran Lewis, Jason Wint, Theodore Whitmore, Fabian Taylor, Edsel Scott, Ramone Sibley, Jerome Haughton, David Swaby, Marcelino Blackburn, Shavar Blake, Marvin Morgan, Michily Waul, Donovan Carey and Kemeel Wolfe.last_img read more

Schwartzel back to winning ways

first_imgSouth Africa’s highest ranked golfer, Charl Schwartzel, has moved up two places to 17th in the world golf rankings after capturing the OneAsia Tour’s Nanshan China Masters on the weekend. Lucrative It was Schwartzel’s first victory since he captured back-to-back titles in late 2012 in the Asian Tour’s Thailand Golf Championship and the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Championship, held at the Leopard Creek Country Club in South Africa. Schwartzel is one of five South Africans ranked inside the top 50 in the world. The others are Ernie Els (23), Louis Oosthuizen (30), Richard Sterne (40), and Branden Grace (42). “I never thought I was out of it, for any second. It’s a matter of staying in there, hitting good golf shots and controlling your own destiny.” “I learned a lot out of this win – it showed me that you don’t have to play perfect golf to be able to win. A great short game and clever thinking goes a long way’” The pedigree of a champion On his website, he commented: “My short game was as good as it has ever been! The back nine on Sunday came and I found myself only three off the lead, which I saw as a positive, considering the way I’ve been hitting the ball. And then something clicked – all of a sudden I felt like I could win the tournament; my focus went up a notch and with that I started hitting quality shot after quality shot, and the putter worked too.” Apart from his win at Leopard Creek, his results over the 2012/13 season include second place in the Joburg Open, third in the Northern Trust Open and the HP Byron Nelson Championship, fourth in the Maybank Malaysian Open, seventh in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, eighth in the BMW Championship and the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance, and ninth in the Honda Classic. The 29-year-old performed impressively over the final 18 holes on the Nanshan International Golf Club’s Montgomerie Course to overcome an overnight deficit of three shots on 2011 Open champion Darren Clarke and defending champion Liang Wenchong. 16 October 2013center_img He has won €964 246 (R12.98-million) on the European Tour this season and $2 256 723 (R22.48-million) on the PGA Tour. That, of course, excludes money like the $180 000 (R1.79-million) Schwartzel pocketed for winning the Nanshan Masters. While it has been a while since Schwartzel’s last victory, he has been consistent on both the European and US PGA Tours. After securing the victory, Schwartzel said: “It’s always very satisfying to win. I’ve played a lot of golf tournaments and done a lot of traveling in the past few months and it felt like I’ve been playing really good golf with no results, so it’s nice to have something finally go your way.” ‘Controlling your own destiny’ Showing the pedigree of a champion, he responded to the challenge when matters became tight by sinking birdies on the 15th and 16th to drew level with Clarke, who then ceded the lead on the 17th when he bogeyed the hole. ‘A great feeling’ Given the lucrative nature of golf at the top, Schwartzel will hardly be eating baked beans on toast for the next few months. Schwartzel also said his victory in the 2011 US Masters helped him come from behind once again. “I won the US Masters from four shots behind and I won by two shots,” he said. “It’s a great feeling to win again, especially it being my first in China,” Schwartzel said. “I travelled a long time to get there, and I was very tired after the Presidents Cup. It was very satisfying to have pulled off this win, considering how tired I was and how out of touch my swing was.last_img read more