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Adamson Pep Squad nabs Asian Cheerleading invitational gold

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Warriors’ McCaw injured in scary fall as team beats Kings Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Adamson Pep squad performs during the 2017 UAAP Cheerdance Competition at Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University just keeps on winning.After the Pep Squad’s Cinderella run in the UAAP Season 80 Cheerdance Competition, the school added another crown in their growing trophy case after taking home the gold in the Asia Cheerleading Invitational Championship in Singapore Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerismcenter_img MOST READ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery 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 Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The Pep Squad won in the Pom division of the event with Adamson’s official Facebook page congratulating the team.“The whole Adamson Community is very proud of you!” posted Adamson on its Facebook.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 crownAs per the competition’s website, the ACIC “is an open championships based on International Cheer Union rules and scoring.”The 2018 ACIC was held from March 31 to April 1. View commentslast_img read more

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Montez Sweat, DK Metcalf among big winners at NFL scouting combine

first_imgMississippi wide receiver D.K. Metcalf runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS — Receiver D.K. Metcalf showed off his muscle-man physique — and his speed — in Indianapolis.Defensive end Montez Sweat proved big men can run fast, too.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 The two pro prospects from rival colleges in Mississippi left the NFL’s annual scouting combine as the two biggest winners of the weeklong event. They were impressive.Following Metcalf’s performance in the 40-yard dash, the New York Jets’ official Twitter account posted: “4.33? At that size?”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe comment could tip off the Jets’ plans for the No. 3 pick in April’s NFL draft, considering quarterback Sam Darnold will be entering his second season in the league this fall.And who could blame them for taking Metcalf, who possesses rare athleticism for a receiver that measures in at 6-foot-3 3/8, 238 pounds and has 1.6 percent body fat. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title THE LOSERSAt least four players couldn’t finish their workouts because of injuries, including potential first-round pick Jachai Polite from Florida.The outside linebacker came to Indy with high expectations but ran the 40-yard dash in 4.84 seconds, slower than inside linebacker Manti Te’o in 2013, whose 4.82-second run helped him slide into the second round. Polite stopped after hurting his hamstring and will have to try and rebuild his stock before the draft.Highly rated defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence of Clemson didn’t finish because of a minor thigh injury in his left leg, and his college teammate, linebacker Tre Lamar, hurt his right shoulder on the bench press.Top cornerback Greedy Williams of LSU did not compete after suffering cramps Monday.But the most serious injury may have come Sunday when Ohio State cornerback Kendall Sheffield suffered a torn pectoral muscle, NFL Network reported. Sheffield did not work out Monday.And scouts may be hard-pressed to find breakaway runners in this draft class. Though Josh Jacobs of Alabama did not run Friday, the fastest back in the group was Justice Hill of Oklahoma at 4.40. Ryquell Armstead of Temple was second at 4.45.CAUTIOUS TIGERQuestions about Lawrence’s suspension for using a banned substance, which kept him out of the College Football Playoff, continued in Indianapolis. And Lawrence acknowledges the surprise results of his previous test have made him wary.“Every time I take a drug test it’s going to be skeptical because that was just something that I know I didn’t do and something to pop up like that just really unfortunate,” he said. “Every time I pee in a cup now I’m just thinking, ‘OK, let me pray because it’s just something stupid like that can happen.’ ” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief The only question might be his strength. He did 21 reps on the bench press, 12th at his position.But the NFL’s official Twitter account was impressed with what it saw.“Something special out of Starkville,” Sunday’s post read.Now team officials will spend the next six-plus weeks picking apart game film and combine performances, attending pro day, doing additional background and medical checks while bringing in players for formal interviews before making draft-weekend decisions.LOOKING GOODThe offensive and defensive linemen are supposed to be the strength of this draft. The combine proved it.Defensive end Nick Bosa and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams of Alabama put themselves in the conversation to be the top overall pick with strong showings. Bosa completed the 40 in 4.79 seconds and did 29 reps on the bench press. Williams, at 303 pounds, ran the 40 in 4.83 seconds.Michigan’s dynamic duo of defensive end Rashan Gary and linebacker Devin Bush also helped themselves with strong showings Sunday. Gary ran a 4.58 in the 40 — No. 1 among defensive linemen — while Bush posted a 4.43.Center Garrett Bradbury of North Carolina State and offensive tackle Andre Dillard of Washington State had the best performances Friday, the first full day of workouts in Indy. Both helped themselves with good performances in the 40 and demonstrated their agility with solid times in the three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle. Bradbury also had 34 reps on the bench press, second among offensive linemen.Safety Zedrick Woods of Mississippi posted a 4.29-second 40 on Monday, fastest time all week. Cornerback Jamel Dean of Auburn ran a 4.30-second 40 on Monday, the second-fastest time of the week. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying His performance was even better. After wowing scouts by doing 27 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds, he posted a vertical jump of 40 1/2 inches, a broad jump of 11 feet, 2 inches, and the 40-yard dash time — all top-five performances among the receivers.What made it even more impressive for the son of former NFL offensive lineman Terrence Metcalf was that he did all of it after having season-ending neck surgery last fall.“I’m not supposed to be here right now,” the former Ole Miss star told NFL Network following his workout.Meanwhile, Sweat, the former Mississippi State defensive lineman, made his workout look like it was, well, no sweat.The 6-foot-6, 260-pound Sweat was clocked at 4.41 seconds in the 40, the top speed by a defensive lineman since at least 2003 and faster times than those posted at the combine by Amari Cooper, Julio Jones or Odell Beckham Jr. Sweat also finished fourth among edge players in the broad jump (11 feet, 2inches) and three-cone drill (7 seconds flat) and was sixth in the vertical jump (36 inches).ADVERTISEMENT ‘Hungry’ Joshua Pacio out to redeem self in title rematch vs Yosuke Saruta Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Liberia Since President J. J. Roberts

first_imgOn the 205th birth anniversary of Joseph Jenkins Roberts, first president of the Republic of Liberia, we, the members of the Association For Civic Education do hereby applaud President Joseph Jenkins Roberts for his foresight and commitment to serve humanity and the people of Liberia. The actions of President Roberts were exemplary and include:“…cultivation of coffee, corn, potatoes, cassava, and rice, with various fruit trees in Liberia, and who bestowing over $10,000 US Dollars Bond and the 102 acres of land bearing his Coffee Farm on the Republic, to educate the Liberian Children, after his death in 1876, as a “Perpetual Foundation”. Many Liberian leaders have ascended to power after President Roberts but it remains to be seen which leader would fully emulate the selfless examples of President Roberts which include putting the interest of Liberia ahead of personal and family interests and donating their estate to provide education for all Liberian children.Although President Roberts is dead, he continues to inspire and equip Liberians through his estate and his selfless devotion to the advancement of all Liberians. Unfortunately, the full impact of President’s legacy may never be realized because for over a century, majority of the beneficiaries of President Roberts’ estate, the children of the Republic of Liberia have been kept in the dark about the benefits of the estate. It is unconscionable that such vital information about an estate has been kept top secret from the beneficiaries. Without awareness the trust remains breached.Even within the Methodist Church, parishioners in the interior, including some members of the Methodist clergy seem to be out of the loop. In a recent survey conducted at the 2014 United Methodist Church Annual Conference in Gbanga, Bong County, 90% of those interviewed testified they have never seen the text of President Roberts’ Will. While keeping the valuable history lesson of President Roberts Philanthropy away from Liberian children and their parents, the story of Maltida Newport’s mass murder of indigenous Liberians became history lesson taught in all schools across Liberia.As a consequence of keeping most Liberian children and parents in the dark, “Liberia’s education system is a mess,” according to an assessment of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Greed and corruption seems to be the order of the day, with President Sirleaf calling corruption public enemy #1. Public service in Liberia has become the primary path to acquiring personal wealth for Liberia’s elite. The gap between the rich and poor continues to widen, evidenced by the outrageously high salaries politicians have assigned to themselves and their family members. The number of substandard schools and universities across Liberia is alarming according to the Chief education officer.  Liberia is a country on the wrong track and heading in the wrong direction. The Liberian economy, largest churches, security sector, banks are all controlled by foreigners. Access to leadership has been rigged against ordinary Liberians without access to foreign education. Unnecessary government bureaucracies continue to be created as avenues for the elite to siphon wealth for themselves and their families, many of whom reside overseas. Laws have been enacted not for the common good of ordinary but for the benefit of multi-national corporations and the ruling elite. Although the constitution claims that “All power is inherent in the people” ordinary Liberians are powerless in the face of powerful corporations and the ruling elite. The constitution also calls for citizens to petition the legislature. However, petitioning the legislature and voting in elections have not changed the plight of ordinary Liberians.The Sirleaf administration, from the beginning of her terms in office, struck a blow at the very core of the republican form of democracy by excluding citizens from electing local government officials who control many basic aspects of their lives. The president argued and won the authority to appoint mayors and city councilors, adding to her already vast powers which include appointment of all ministers and heads of public corporation. This act has rendered the republic impotent by usurping the powers of citizens to vote for local government posts like mayors.Democracy in the republic seems to be at serious risk, thus jeopardizing security, justices and access to equal opportunities. For example, in obtaining the power to appoint government officials in nearly all aspects of government, Pres. Sirleaf is working to establish power in the hands of the elite few from the Diaspora. If we consider the amount of members from the Diaspora represented in high-salaried positions within the Sirleaf Administration, one can conclude that the administration has done more to enrich members of the Diaspora than it has done to improve the quality of life for ordinary Liberians. The administration set its own standards for who can work in government (including educational requirements that would be unavailable to ordinary Liberians) as well corresponding salaries and benefits that far exceed those paid to public servants across America. For a country with an annual budget of $583 million, Liberian representatives earn at least $84,000 per year while cabinet ministers and heads of public corporations can take home up to $180,000 excluding benefits such as gas slips, medical benefits, and housing privileges. In Massachusetts, where the annual budget is $36 billion dollars, lawmakers earn $62,000 yearly. In New Hampshire with a budget of $11 billion dollars, senators and representatives earn $100 yearly. In both cases, lawmakers receive no cars, gas slips, body guards, or other tangible benefits. The Sirleaf administration’s standards are unrealistic, given the revenues generated by Liberia. The salaries and benefits will, in practice, only benefit Liberians of the Diaspora and these policies are helping to create an elite ruling class.In honoring President Roberts, Liberia must move beyond mere words and embrace deeds that President Roberts valued and treasured.As citizens of the republic of Liberia, we wish to follow the leadership of President Roberts by asserting our inalienable rights, first as human beings and as citizens of the republic. Inalienable rights are God given rights-not given by any man and rights which no man can take away.  Consistent with Article 1 of the constitution of Liberia and Article 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which recognizes:· (1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.· (2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.· (3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of governmentAnd Article 1 of the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia which recognizes the people are in fact the source and origin of power and as such haveauthority to ensure that government exists primarily for the benefit of the citizens and the citizens “have the right to alter and reform the same when their safety and happiness so require”We do hereby advance the following national solutions to the Boss, the people of the Republic of Liberia and also to the servants elected to serve the people:1. Commission of inquiry into the administration of the estate of Joseph Jenkins Roberts since its inception for the benefit of Liberians2. Recommend the institution of citizens initiative in Liberia. Citizens Initiative is a measure that allows citizens in a republic to exercise their inalienable rights in proposing legislation without the permission or approval of the president or the legislature who are public servants of the people. This recommendation is consistent with Article 1 of the Liberian Constitution which recognizes that all power is inherent in the people. We also recommend amending the inconsistent Article 29 of the Liberian Constitution which takes power away from citizens.  3. In keeping with the tradition of President Roberts, we recommend that all presidents, and heads of all branches of government are mandated to put their estates in trust to benefit the children of Liberia. Government should never be the avenue for acquiring personal wealth. With Roberts’ rule in place, Liberia will be a prosperous nation that guarantees justice, security and equal opportunity for all citizens and a level playing field for foreign investors to compete in a free market place.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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Mt. Barclay’s Convention Gets Underway Friday

first_imgehovah’s Witnesses around the world will tomorrow Friday, October 23, begin their annual conventions at various locations under the theme, “Imitate Jesus,” Adam Brown, spokesman for this year’s convention in Liberia said. During the course of the convention, Brother Brown said Jehovah’s Witnesses will discuss the keys to family happiness. He said the Witnesses’ three-day convention series will demonstrate how Jesus’ example can give parents and children the tools to build stronger and more united families. The program will also include a stimulating examination of Jesus’ famed Sermon on the Mount. Brown explains: “Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount offers timeless advice that can help parents to better use their time and resources to build a more secure and loving family environment.”In Monrovia, for example, the Witnesses’ will converge at the Mount Barclay Assembly Hall at 9:30 a.m. Accordingly, an estimated 2,000 persons are expected to come to the Mount Barclay Assembly Hall for the bible based program. Jehovah’s Witnesses in Liberia are also organizing another 13 conventions in eight cities across the country to be delivered in two languages (Kissi and English). The cities are Monrovia, Montserrado County; Buchanan, Grand Bassa County; Ganta, Nimba County; Gbarnga, Bong County; Voinjama and Foya in Lofa County; Harper, Maryland County; and Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County. Worldwide, there are over 8,000,000 Witnesses in more than 115,000 congregations. “Jesus, the founder of Christianity, is widely considered as one of the most influential and significant men who ever lived,” Adam Brown, a convention spokesman said. As Christians, Brown said, a core belief of Jehovah’s Witnesses is that Jesus lived his life as a model for everyone to follow; therefore, this year’s conventions will examine Jesus’ life, as outlined in the Bible, and emphasize how all – regardless of their background, lifestyle, or religion – can benefit in practical ways from His example and teachings. “A highlight of the three-day program will be the keynote address on Friday morning entitled, ‘Concealed in Him are all the Treasures of Wisdom’,” Brown said.He said that “admission is absolutely free” because conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses are entirely supported by voluntary donations.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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Ex-soldier denies manslaughter charge

first_img…to go on trial next MondayFormer Guyana Defence Force (GDF) rank Alistair Woolford, accused of discharging a loaded firearm at electrician Devon Howell with intent to murder him on November 21, 2014 at D’Andrade Street, Kitty, Georgetown, denied a manslaughter charge before Justice Sandil Kissoon and a 12-member jury empanelled to hear the case on Thursday in the Demerara High Court.Devon HowellHowell, a former resident of Da Silva Street, Newtown, Kitty, had been hospitalised after the incident, but succumbed to his injuries on December 8th, 2014, almost three weeks later.It had been reported back then that the two men, along with others, had allegedly been taking turns feeling the gun when Howell was shot in the neck. He reportedly received injuries to his upper spinal cord, and died without regaining consciousness.Woolford was initially indicted with an attempted murder charge, but was later accused of manslaughter after his friend succumbed to his injuries.The prosecution’s contention is that Woolford discharged the loaded firearm with intent to murder Howell.Allistar WoolfordAt conclusion of the preliminary inquiry in 2015, the defendant had said he had no intention of shooting Howell.Starting next Monday, a jury will determine if Howell’s killing was accidental, or if it was a game of Russian roulette being played.last_img read more

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Hearings start on status of suspected terror leaders

first_imgSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The U.S. began a series of secret hearings Friday to determine whether 14 alleged terrorist leaders at its prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should be declared “enemy combatants” who can be held indefinitely and prosecuted by military tribunals. No details were released and a military spokesman, Navy Cmdr. Chito Peppler, declined to identify detainees who appeared before the panel. Edited transcripts of the hearings at the U.S. Navy base in southeast Cuba will be released later, Peppler said. The 14 detainees, including an alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, were moved in September from a secret CIA prison network to the prison at Guantanamo Bay, where the U.S. holds about 385 men on suspicion of links to al-Qaida or the Taliban. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Some are expected not to attend the proceedings and their cases will be considered in absentia, Peppler said. “The evaluation of detainees is a robust and methodical process,” he said. “We won’t put a time limit on when they will be completed and decisions will be made.”last_img read more

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Journalist freed, but won’t testify

first_imgU.S. District Judge William Alsup, who had jailed Wolf for 226 days, approved his release. The government is investigating how a San Francisco police officer’s skull was fractured during the melee and who set a police car on fire. The footage Wolf posted online does not capture the alleged crimes authorities are investigating, defense lawyer David Greene said. Wolf’s incarceration surpassed that of Vanessa Leggett, a Houston-based freelancer who served a record 168 days in 2001 and 2002 for declining to reveal unpublished material about a murder case. Wolf’s lawyers argued that the First Amendment gave him the right to refuse the subpoena to turn over the rest of his tape. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DUBLIN – A freelance videographer was released Tuesday after spending more time behind bars than any other journalist for refusing to testify before a grand jury. Joshua Wolf, 24, left the federal prison in Dublin, where he spent more than seven months after refusing to obey a subpoena to turn over his video from a chaotic 2005 San Francisco street protest during the G-8 summit. In a deal with prosecutors, Wolf agreed to turn over the uncut video, which he also posted on his Web site earlier Tuesday. Prosecutors said they were not inclined to seek his grand jury testimony, although they left open the possibility that he could be subpoenaed again later in the investigation. “I will not under any circumstances testify before a grand jury,” Wolf said as he left the prison. An unshaven Wolf, wearing a white T-shirt and sweat shorts, said he was looking forward to “pizza and a beer.” last_img read more

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Jesus finds goal touch as Man City thrash Burnley

first_img0Shares0000Gabriel Jesus scored twice for Manchester City against Burnley © AFP / Paul ELLISBURNLEY, United Kingdom, Dec 4 – Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Manchester City showed no signs of giving up their Premier League title without a fight as a 4-1 victory at Burnley cut the gap on unbeaten leaders Liverpool to eight points.Pep Guardiola’s men have struggled to match the blistering standards they set in back-to-back title-winning seasons, but looked more like their old selves in what could have been a tricky trip to Turf Moor. Jesus made the most of his chance to shine in the absence of the injured Sergio Aguero with two brilliant finishes either side of half-time to end an eight-game goal drought before long-range strikes from Rodrigo and Riyad Mahrez moved City above Leicester into second place on goal difference.“The strikers are there to score goals and we need him,” said Guardiola of Jesus’s importance with Aguero also expected to miss Saturday’s Manchester derby.“His effort, his commitment is always there but strikers like him and Sergio live for the goal and it’s important.”Robbie Brady pulled a late goal back for Burnley, who remain in 11th.“City are a top-class side and they showed it tonight,” said Burnley boss Sean Dyche.“We kept it tight first half and made it awkward but they were excellent second half and we never got to grips with it.”The visitors were dominant from first minute to last and could have been far more convincing winners but for some wayward finishing and Nick Pope’s resistance in the Burnley goal.“We played a good game, we controlled them and we didn’t concede much apart from the goal in the last minutes,” added Guardiola.“Our level was so good in most of the games. I don’t have the feeling we played bad in certain games. In general, I’m more than satisfied with the level of the team.”– ‘Not going to give up’ –Jesus did not look like a striker searching for confidence as he opened the scoring with a sumptuous curling effort that found the far corner from David Silva’s pass.Pope then stood up well to block with his feet from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva to keep Burnley in the game until the break.Jesus gave City a cushion five minutes into the second half with a thumping finish from Bernardo’s inswinging cross.Rodrigo continued a night of fantastic finishes when he capped a brilliant individual display by drilling high past Pope 22 minutes from time.The Spanish midfielder insisted City would be ceaseless as they attempt to chase down Liverpool in the title race.“Until the maths say something else, we are not going to give up on anything. We are going to fight until the end,” Rodrigo told Amazon.Mahrez came off the bench to score his 50th Premier League goal with a precise strike on his weaker right foot from outside the box.Brady denied City a first clean sheet in eight games, but that was the only negative for the champions ahead of Manchester United’s visit to the Etihad.Crystal Palace’s Jeffrey Schlupp celebrates his winning goal against Bournemouth © AFP / Glyn KIRKCrystal Palace moved up to fifth with a 1-0 win over Bournemouth despite playing for more than 70 minutes with 10 men at Selhurst Park.Mamadou Sakho was sent off for a wild challenge on Adam Smith, but Palace frustrated the Cherries and then struck 14 minutes from time when Jeffrey Schlupp burst through the Bournemouth defence and fired low and hard past Aaron Ramsdale.0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Woman falls to death from balloon

first_imgACCIDENT: Pilot was trying to free the hot-air craft from a utility line in New Mexico. By Tim Korte THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A California woman fell at least 70 feet to her death Monday and three other women were hospitalized, two with broken legs, after a morning joyride on a hot air balloon turned tragic, casting a pall over the city’s annual balloon fiesta. Paramedics tried to revive the woman, Rosemary Wooley Phillips, 60, in a dirt field where she fell. She was pronounced dead a short time later at University of New Mexico Hospital. Bill Birkley of Albuquerque was driving to visit a client when he saw the balloon flying low and fast, then getting snagged in the utility line “like a fish hook.” He stopped his vehicle and was standing about 100 feet from the trapped balloon when he saw Phillips fall. “She was screaming and flailing her arms,” Birkley said. “It was the most helpless feeling in the world. There she was, coming down through the air, and there wasn’t a thing you could do for her.” The balloon, meanwhile, came free and drifted across a road near Interstate 25. It crash-landed, inflicting injuries on the other passengers and a pilot. Bruno said two women had broken legs and another had minor bumps and bruises. The three, Sheryl Diaz, 60; Susan Simpson, 57; and Doris Currier, 52, were admitted to University Hospital, he said. The pilot sustained minor scratches and was treated at the scene. The women booked the flight through Rainbow Ryders, a concessionaire contracted to provide flights from the fiesta’s launch field. A company official, Scott Appleman, said pilot Tom Reyes had 30 years’ experience and more than 1,900 flying hours. Authorities were careful not to assign immediate blame on winds, saying an investigation was continuing. Yet hot air balloons are entirely subjected to the wind. “Wind is part of the unknown. Weather is part of the unknown, relative to hot air ballooning, all the time,” Appleman said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe woman who died and the other three women were from Oceanside. “Our balloon community is a close-knit family, and a time like this is difficult for all of us,” said Gary Bennett, president of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The balloon – named Heavenly Ride – became caught on a utility line at 7:45 a.m. The pilot threw down a tether to a pickup truck on the ground in an apparent attempt to reel the balloon down and free it, a state police spokesman said. But the tether broke and the balloon bounced back up, causing its gondola to tip. The woman fell more than 70 feet. “It probably was a lot higher than that,” state police Sgt. Kevin Bruno said. “That’s just an estimate.” last_img read more

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Southampton 4-2 Manchester City: Sadio Mane hits hat-trick as Saints rout City

first_img Sadio Mane celebrates his hat-trick Sadio Mane hit a hat-trick as Southampton routed a much changed Manchester City side at St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon.Manuel Pellegrini made eight changes from the team which started the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid on Tuesday, and his back-up squad did little to impress, with Kelechi Iheanacho bagging a brace in what was the only positive for City.The visitors controlled the early stages of the game, and should have taken the lead through Raheem Sterling.The winger – who was hoping to stake a claim for David Silva’s starting spot at the Bernabeu – received a cross from Iheanacho, but he could only fire straight at Fraser Forster.It was an impressive save from the English keeper, but Sterling should have done much better with his weak and poorly directed attempt.The miss seemed to galvanise the Saints, who started to dominate play, making a number of incisive breakaways into Joe Hart’s penalty area.Dusan Tadic and Shane Long were causing terror to Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala in the final third, and the duo combined as the hosts opened the scoring.Full-back Cuco Martina sent a long ball down the right wing, which Tadic ran on to, before flicking a cross into the centre of the area.Long beat Otamendi to the ball, tapping home a well-deserved goal, and it did not take long for Ronald Koeman’s men to double their advantage.Tadic was once again involved, the Serbian winger capitalising on the space presented to him on the right wing.He cut onto his left foot, playing a wonderful ball through two City players, which Mane picked up to easily fire past Hart.The visitors were being comprehensively outplayed, and a weak Fernandinho attempt was the only respite City had from a wave of Southampton attacks.However, it was Pellegrini’s men who scored the next goal, getting back into the game just before half-time – with the Southampton defenders doing their best impersonation of the comically poor Otamendi and Mangala.Samir Nasri played a low cross from the right wing into the box, which Virgil van Dijk attempted to clear.The Dutchman slipped in the act, slicing the ball onto teammate Martina, and he failed to react in time, as the ball smashed off his body into the air.Teenage starlet Iheanacho had no trouble converting the free header presented to him, and the goal brought a renewed vigour to City, who dominated the play in the opening stages of the second half.The Nigerian had a good attempt saved by Forster as the visitors looked to restore parity, but Southampton grabbed an unlikely third, scoring after their first real attack of the period.They won a corner which was curled into the box, Van Dijk rising highest, only to see his header crash off the bar.Continued defensive mishaps meant City failed to clear, and Mane was on hand to power a close range finish into the back of the net.Koeman’s men continued to press for another, Van Dijk’s bicycle kick attempt acrobatically saved by Hart, but it didn’t take long before the keeper was beaten once again.Mane received another perfect pass from Tadic, and the pacy attacker finished confidently to complete his hat-trick.Still, the game was not over, and Iheanacho pulled another one back for City, curling a lovely attempt into the far corner from the edge of the box, doing much to show Pellegrini that he deserves a role against Madrid.He put in an excellent individual performance amongst a group of players who were well below par, with the Saints well deserving of three points which keep their Europa League dreams alive. 2last_img read more

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