US Olympic cyclist Kelly Catlin found dead in her home at age 23

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Indian Wells: Ailing Serena Williams out, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal move on Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 Catlin’s father, Mark Catlin, told VeloNews that his daughter killed herself.Catlin was born and raised near Minneapolis, Minnesota, and rose to prominence on the track as a member of the U.S. national team. She also raced on the road for the Rally UHC Pro Cycling Team, and she was pursuing a graduate degree in computational mathematics at Stanford.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHOW TO GET HELPThe Department of Health (DOH) earlier said suicide is a tragedy that could be avoided. Those who may need help can contact its Hopeline, a 24/7 suicide prevention hotline in the Philippines, at (02) 804-4673 and 0917-5584673, 0917-5582919 for Globe and TM subscribers. FILE – In this Wednesday, July 22, 2015 file photo, United States gold medalist Kelly Catlin poses after winning the women’s individual time trial cycling competition at the Pan Am Games in Milton, Ontario. Olympic track cyclist Kelly Catlin, who helped the U.S. women’s pursuit team win the silver medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016, died Friday, March 8, 2019 at her home in California. She was 23. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Olympic track cyclist Kelly Catlin, who helped the U.S. women’s pursuit team win the silver medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, died Friday at her home in California. She was 23.USA Cycling chief executive Rob DeMartini said in a statement Sunday that “the entire cycling community is mourning this immense loss. We are offering continuous support to Kelly’s teammates, coaches and staff. We also encourage all those who knew Kelly to support each other through the grieving.”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Pythons, Oilers in Big 4

first_imgLiberia’s basketball giants, NPA ‘Deadly’ Pythons and LRPC Oilers have qualified for the semi-finals of the national basketball league, known as the Big 4, reports Leroy M. Sonpon, lll.On Sunday the rivals signed up their already routine seats in the ongoing basketball championship at the open-air Sports Commission on Broad Street.Pythons got their automatic qualification when they symbolically bounced the ball to net 20 points to indicate forfeit points from Barnersville Celtic, while Oilers whipped Timber Wolves 72-66 points.In other Sunday’s matches Bushrod Bulls bowed to Harbel Pointers 54-44 points and Phoenix whipped Timber Wolves in the female category.Accordingly, Mighty Barrolle and Timber Wolves are set to qualify to join LPRC and NPA.With the latest forfeiture of Barnersville Celtics, one may believe that if such free points continue, it is obvious that both outfits would go on an easy ride.Last  weekend’s fixtures were cancelled because of the rain and LBA secretary general, D. Allen Goodridge told the Daily Observer yesterday that the semi finals might kick-off next week if the weather is favorable. Goodridge admitted that the rain is seriously stalling the progress of the league.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘I’m Not the Jangar Kamara in the FDA US6M PUP Fraud Case’

first_imgMr. Jangar Lossenee Kamara, 37, a teacher at the A.M. Fofana High School’s picture was erroneously identified as Jangar Kamara, accused and standing trial in the US$6M PUP Fraud Case at the Temple of Justice. The story appeared in Tuesday’s (April 7) edition of the Daily Observer in its lead story, ‘4 Former FDA Managers on Trial for US$6M PUP Fraud’ and after Mr. Kamara contacted the paper yesterday investigations conducted by the Daily Observer discovered the error, and regrets the inconvenience that the appearance of Mr. Kamara’s picture on the story may have caused him. Teacher Jangar Lossenee Kamara has never worked for the Forestry Development Authority, he told the Daily Observer yesterday.Former FDA Managing Director Moses Wogbeh, along with Jangar Kamara, manager for commercial forestry and others assigned in Grand Bassa County, are on trial for illegal issuance of 61 Private Use Permits (PUPs) that authorized commercial logging operations on nearly 2.5 million hectares of farm land.  In the story, the picture that identified one of the accused, Jangar Kamara, was that of teacher Jangar Lossenee Kamara. “I never worked for the FDA,” he told the Daily Observer yesterday when he walked into the newspaper’s offices on Benson and MacDonald Streets. “The picture in the newspaper is mine but I’m not the person involved in the case.” He said he’s disabled, with his left foot amputated due to diabetes infection.  He presently teaches at the A. M. Fofana High School near Fish Market, Monrovia. He wears prosthetics that enable him to complete his daily chores at home and at the school, he told the Daily Observer. Lossenee’s family has increased to three, he said, with the arrival of new born, Malofo Kamara.He spoke highly of Mr. Stanley O. Mulbah, principal of the A. M. Fofana High School.The A.M. Fofana High School has qualified instructors, the least of whom holds a Bachelor’s degree, he said, “with student enrolment of at 400 but with the capacity to accommodate nearly 1000 students.”The school provides instruction in three international languages, he said— “French, English and Arabic,” which prepare students for the challenges ahead. “The school welcomes all Liberians, regardless of their religious persuasions, to prepare for the future,” Kamara said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

OP-ED: Setting the Record Straight – A Response from Dr. Darren Wilkins

first_imgThe Author – Advertisement – By Darren WilkinsFor the past 14 years, I have given the best of myself to Liberia. With honor, I have dedicated my entire professional and personal life to the betterment of our country, especially within the ICT sector.Even at school, every paper I wrote was on Liberia. In fact, I’m grateful to say I wrote the first book on ICT for Liberia, “A Digital Liberia. How Electrons, Information and Market Forces Will Determine Liberia’s Future.”Unfortunately, I have had to take time away from service to this great nation to address a distorted report that was recently published. I am making this public statement because I believe that the good people of this country deserve to know the truth.Seven years ago, my residence in Florida was burglarized. I received a call from the sheriff’s office and hurriedly returned home from work. When I got home, the sheriff informed me of what had happened and that the culprits, who were a bunch of teenagers, had been arrested and the items seized until further investigation was done. They asked me to identify the equipment, which I did and whether they belonged to me, which I admitted to.A few hours after that incident, I received a call from the Sheriff’s office informing me that two of the multiple equipment showed up on the police list of missing or stolen items. Not all of the items as were reported in a recent article in Monrovia. The officers asked me how I got the equipment and I informed them that some of them were obsolete equipment that I had received permission from my boss to take home while the others were purchased from thrift stores and pawn shops. It’s common to find ICT professionals with stacks of multiple ICT equipment where they reside or work. For me, it is a hobby to have multiple ICT equipment around.I had worked with the Lee County School District for seven years in various capacities including Network Support Specialists and ultimately a Technology Specialist. My job as a Technology Specialist was to design, deploy and manage educational and instructional technology as well as train teachers on how to not only use technology but to integrate technology into their curriculum. In this position, I was responsible for all technology equipment belonging to the institution.Around May of 2010, I had been transferred to a different location, because my previous assignment had ended, and a new team was coming in. As we prepared to transfer, I discussed with my successor my desire to carry along with me to my new assignment my assigned equipment. This was very common in the district; that a tech worker would transfer to a different location and have his equipment transferred to that location.My successor had three alternatives. The first one was to do the paper work for the transfer which he believed to be cumbersome. The Second was to categorize the items as “Beyond Economical Repair” or “BER” because they were older than three years. The third and easiest option was to write them off as “missing” or stolen. Clearly, my successor chose the last option, without my knowledge!I thought that since he knew that I had the two items in my possession, he would have gone ahead and made the transfer. I had made an error in judgment for not being patient enough to await the transfer documents. It’s something I regret.So, this being the case, the officers informed me that standard operating procedures require them to process me and if I were able to post bail after the processing I was free to go home. After their processing, I was bailed out by a friend and went home. I went home, called my job and explained. Subsequently, worried for my daughter, I drove her to Atlanta, Georgia in order to protect her from the drama.I returned to Florida and my lawyer informed me that he was going to request that the case is dismissed since there was only circumstantial evidence or have a “settle” that would have a minor impact on me. Knowing that I had made poor judgment, I settled for a misdemeanor, paid a fine of $300, and the case was closed. I NEVER WENT TO JAIL. Please note that this was not an admission of guilt, it was just a way for the case to end quickly.I had previously resigned my position as technology specialist because I believed that my poor judgment was not in the interest of the people I worked with and for. I later went on to complete my third master’s degree, wrote my book and moved on with life.Subsequent endeavors included various activities both in the USA and Liberia, the completion of a doctorate degree, work done at the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and other significant contributions to the ICT sector of Liberia.Ultimately, I was called to lead the innovation department of LIBTELCO, later appointed to act as Chief Technology Officer/Deputy Managing Director of Technical Services by the Board of Directors. Later, through a board resolution and confirmation of the President of Liberia, I was appointed Managing Director and CEO of LIBTELCO.This decision was made based on both my past and present performances. Prior to my appointment, sometime in 2014, when I initially applied for the position of Managing Director, I, in the interest of full disclosure, provided the details relating to the case in Florida to the Civil Service Agency which was headed by Hon. George Werner at the time.I have spent and sacrificed the greater part of my life making contributions to the Liberian ICT sector. I have done this mostly on a cost-free basis. I helped write the National ICT Policy, the gov.lr policy, taught at institutions, and provided services to many organizations in Liberia over the years. My passion for ICT is unsurpassed and unwavering. My desire to see Liberia grow is insatiable and I will always give the best of my ability for my country.As far as my afterhours life is concerned, in relation to the DUI. I have done a few things I am not proud of and I do regret them. I have been trying with the help of the almighty God and the Support of family and friends to ensure that my past transgressions are not repeated in my present or future life.It is my hope that I have put this to rest and that I can now proceed with doing the work of the Liberian people. I look forward to your help as we strive to steer our country toward economic development, not just for ourselves but for generations to come.About the author: Dr. Darren Wilkins is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Liberia Telecommunications Company (LIBTELCO).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Weah’s “Failure” to Declare Assets, Prompts Legislators’ Independence Day Boycott

first_imgRepresentatives Tarwonpeh and Koluba both cite wasteful spending in the Weah administration, when the country is engulfed in economic crisis. Two Legislators, representing Margibi District#1 and Montserrado District#10 respectively have declared they will not be in attendance at official ceremonies marking the observation of Liberia’s 171st Independence anniversary celebrations.Representative Yekeh Kolubah of Montserrado County District#10, claiming to have written the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives, informing him about his decision to stay away from official functions presided over by President Weah, said the President has failed to declare his assets as provided for by law but is instead moving on with multiple private projects, including the demolition and reconstruction of his property on 9th Street in just five months of his Presidency. Representative Kolubah made these remarks when spoke recently on a local radio talk show.“Until the President can stop building his houses and establishing other [private] businesses, I will not attend any event he is a part of. In fact if only I get the support, I will stand firm to ensure that he is impeached. He has to be impeached, not an Associate Justice in person of Kabina Ja’neh,” he said.On why the Weah led government is not taking interest in the establishment of a war crimes court in Liberia and subsequently persecuting those alleged to have committed heinous crimes in the country during its dark days, Kolubah said “Weah himself is a war criminal.”“I have hardcore facts about this. Weah used his money to support Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL), a warring faction headed by former transitional government of Liberia (NTGL) Foreign Affairs Minister, Thomas Yayah Nimely,” he said.According to him, President Weah could not have succeeded in disarming the rebels if he was not a part of them. “He used to send money to Liberia during the war in order to get Charles Taylor out of the Executive Mansion and even the country,” he noted.He said the term “pro-poor” has been abused by the Weah Presidency. “What pro-poor? For this President to be given US$500 daily for food from our taxpayers’ money?,” he asked rhetorically on the talk-show.Representative  Kolubah further alleged that Weah’s government appears to be even more wasteful in the use of the country’s money than any other government, although he did not say how.When contacted for  response to Representative Kolubah’s assertions, the Presidential Press Secretary, Sam Mannah, in a text message, said: “The Executive Mansion has no response to the reckless allegations made by Hon. Kolubah at this time. At an appropriate time, when deemed necessary we will respond.”For his part, Margibi District #10 Representative Tibelrosa Tarponweh said due to the enormous challenges facing the nation, the pomp and pageantry usually attending such ceremonies are worthless and of no real value to the Liberian people. “I have nothing against President Weah or anyone else, but I think it will not be right for me to go out for an elaborate event when my people are suffering as they are. Those who have been driven out from their homes by the flood the other time are yet to receive care from government,” he said.According to the CDC Lawmaker, “inasmuch that government is seriously challenged with the lack of money to implement most of its programs, it is still undeniable that there is so much wasteful spending in government”, he concluded.He said government failed to show any interest in the plight of the people badly hit by the flood. “I will be with my people in my district on that day. We will share with them their sorrow as they strive on their own to get remedy from God. It is so sad,” he said with a deep sigh.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Region 1 man jailed for beating wife

first_imgA 50-year-old Baramita, Region One (Barima-Waini) resident was on Tuesday jailed for 18 months after he admitted to wounding, threatening and assaulting his wife.Roopnarine Persaud appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan where he admitted that on April 5, 2019, at Barama Lane, Baramita, he unlawfully and maliciously assaulted his wife, Bhahanna Charles, and on the same day, he displayed threatening behaviour towards her.The court heard that the couple has two children together and as a result of consistent physical abuse, several reports were made to the police. In 2018, the mechanic was charged and convicted for assault which resulted in actual bodily harm to his wife.According to Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore, on April 5, the Virtual Complainant was sitting with friends at Barama Lane, Baramita, when her husband went up to her armed with an empty drink case and dealt her several lashes about her head. During the incident, the man shouted that he will not stop beating the VC until she dies.The woman was assisted by her friends and taken to the Baramita Health Centre.The Chief Magistrate sentenced Persaud to 18 months in prison for the assault and 12 months for the other charges. The sentences will run concurrently.last_img read more

Proof Van Gaal is leaving? £70m deal for striker would make no sense otherwise

first_img A Man United transfer target? 1 Football statistics analysts WhoScored.com take a look at a rumoured big money Manchester United target. For more United stats, check out their WhoScored.com page.With rumours rife that Manchester United will look to cut ties with Louis van Gaal sooner rather than later, it has not stopped the club from reportedly making moves in the transfer market as they prepare for life after the Dutchman.Jose Mourinho remains the favourite to succeed Van Gaal at Old Trafford, with the Portuguese manager still out of work following his sacking by Chelsea.Nevertheless, Mourinho has been taking in action across the continent and was recently photographed at the Bundesliga meeting between Hertha Berlin and Borussia Dortmund.That heightened speculation that he is identifying potential targets if he succeeds Van Gaal, with Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang believed to be high on the wishlist.The Gabon international has developed a statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘finishing’, and for good reason.Only Robert Lewandowski (21) has scored more goals than Aubameyang (20) in Germany’s top tier this term, with his goalscoring ability returning a WhoScored.com rating of 7.52.Perhaps crucially, however, is that the 20 goals scored have all been deemed clear-cut, more than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues this season.Naturally, Dortmund are keen to retain the services of one of their prized assets. Given they have lost Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski to league rivals Bayern Munich in recent years, the onus is to keep hold of the likes of Aubameyang, Marco Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.However, if reports are to be believed that United are indeed lining up a £70m bid for the 26-year-old striker, Dortmund would be foolish to turn down the offer.Yet, the only way any transfer would make sense for United is if they move away from the patient approach adopted under Van Gaal. The style of play with the Dutchman at the Old Trafford helm is tiresome beyond belief at times, with the fans understandably eager to move away from the current system to a more aesthetically pleasing style.As such, it’s one that does not suit Augameyang’s game, with the striker favouring to play on the shoulder of the last defender rather than drop deeper to link with the build up play.United have created just 29 clear-cut goalscoring opportunities in the Premier League this season, while the team have played just 218 key passes in England’s top tier this term, fewer than the likes of Crystal Palace (223), Swansea (238) and Bournemouth (257).United boast the creative personnel to overcome any team, but the players are restricted by Van Gaal’s authoritarian management, meaning they are struggling to realise their potential.A new manager would likely offer a new lease of life to this stagnating team. With Aubameyang spearheading the attack, the club would stand a much stronger chance of re-establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with, both at home and abroad.Of course, United would have to spend big in order to convince Dortmund to cash in on Aubameyang, but a player of his striking quality could prove to be well worth the price.However, that would be dependent on United bringing in a manager who will know how to bring out the best in the Gabonese frontman.For more stats on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, click here to view his WhoScored.com player pagelast_img read more

Woman appears in court on €68,488 social welfare fraud

first_imgA woman has appeared in court charged in connection with a €68,488 social welfare scam.Shauna Tynan, from Letterkenny, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court where she was arraigned on a number of sample charges. Tynan, of Slieve Sneacht, pleaded guilty to ten separate sample charges.The thefts from the Department of Social Protection, concerned monies taken from both Glencar Post Office and the Permanent TSB on Main Street in Letterkenny.The individual sums ranged from €204 to €1,579 on the ten different occasions.Prosecuting barrister Ms Patricia McLaughlin said the overall sum involved was €68,488 and the plea was accepted on all the fact being given on sentence.Barrister for Ms Tynan, Ms Patricia McCallum said her client has suffered from a number of difficulties and would benefit from a psychological report.Judge John Aylmer adjourned the sentencing to the next sitting of the circuit in November.Woman appears in court on €68,488 social welfare fraud was last modified: July 22nd, 2019 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:cashcourtfraudletterkennyShauna Tynansocial welfarelast_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: ANOTHER MOTORCYCLIST KILLED ON DONEGAL’S ROADS OVERNIGHT

first_imgThe scene of last night’s crash on the N13 at Burt. Pic North West News PixA man in his 50s has been killed in an overnight accident in Donegal.The man was riding his motorbike on the N13 in Burt when the accident happened at 10.30pm.It is understood the man came off his bike after colliding with two cars. The man was rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital but was pronounced dead. One of the motorists was treated for minor injuries in Derry.The man’s identity has not yet been released.A Garda spokesman said: “This stretch of the N13 at Burt is currently closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and local diversions are in place.“Gardai wish to appeal for witnesses to contact Buncrana Garda Station on 074-9320540, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.” He is the second motorcyclist to die on Donegal roads in the past couple of days.A young Raphoe man died when his bike struck a jeep towing a trailer on Wednesday afternoon at 4pm.Hugh Shalvey, 34, who was originally from Co Monaghan, died after a collision at Oakfield Demense.IN another accident overnight in Donegal, a number of people were rushed to hospital after a crash in Killea.None of their injuries are understood to be life-threatening however. BREAKING NEWS: ANOTHER MOTORCYCLIST KILLED ON DONEGAL’S ROADS OVERNIGHT was last modified: October 31st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BURTcrashdeathdonegalGardaKillealast_img read more

KCCA aim to become first victors away to Villa in Masaka

first_imgMike Mutebi during the pre-match press conference on Friday. Courtesy photo.FOOTBALL–KCCA will hope to return to winning ways today as they take on eternal rivals SC Villa in Masaka.The defending champions who are still the only unbeaten team left in the league have had an inconsistent start to their title defence and in the process played a frustrating 0-0 at home to Bright Stars in their last game.The Kasasiro boys have won three and drawn three in their first six games without registering any back-to-back win since the start of the season.The task ahead of them cannot get any bigger than going away to 16 time record league champions SC Villa who have never lost a game in Masaka.The news that FUFA Mens’ plate of the year 2017 contender Muzamir Mutyaba is back from injury is a minor boost for KCCA.Mutyaba has missed the last two league games due to injury he sustained while playing for Uganda against Ghana at the start of this month.“When you have a player like Mutyaba coming back into your team, you have got to be happy,” said KCCA FC manager Mike Mutebi.Mutyaba will be joined by striker Derrick Nsibambi who has also been out for two games due to malaria.Speaking about SC Villa and the challenge that his team are set to face, Mike Mutebi was quick to acknowledge the strength of SC Villa.“Villa is one of those clubs that have a good history against us and despite the fact that they have taken a while minus winning the league, they are always not far away,” Mutebi said.“All I pray is that the players don’t get intimidated like it has always been in the past,” he added.Key statsOnly a point separates the two sides with KCCA in fifth position having 10 points and Villa on nine in seventh spot.SC Villa are winless in any of their last 10 games against KCCA in the league, (L5 D5).Their last league victory against the Kasasiro boys dates back March 12 in a 2-0 at home.The Jogos, however, are on a 20-game unbeaten run at home and have not lost a game since they started hosting their games in Masala. Their last home defeat was a 2-1 loss to KCCA in May 2016.SC Villa are currently on a five-match winning streak at home scoring six and conceding none in the process.KCCA them selves have not been fairing had u the road having not lost in any of their last 9 trips, (W5 D4).Their last loss on the road game against URA towards the end I last season.Yesterday BUL defeated Express 1-0 at Kakindu to move 11th while Express slumped further down to 13th.Todays’ other gamesOnduparaka vs Vipers @Betway GreenLight stadium, Arua. 4pm.Proline FC vs UPDF FC @StarTimes stadium, Lugogo. 4pmCommentslast_img read more