With the IAAF World Athletics Championships about to get under way in Beijing, China, Supreme Ventures, through their JustBet sports betting brand, has released the top betting odds in the market, for the upcoming track-and-field showcase. JustBet is the best bet for winning odds on Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to win the 100-metre events.All eyes will be on the men’s 100 metres, which will see defending champion and world record holder Usain Bolt going up against Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay, and Asafa Powell. Odds on the world record being broken in the men’s 100 metres are a whopping $10, which means that for a $1,000 bet, the payout would be $10,000.Fans can also place wagers on the “head-to-head” winner of the Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin matchup, should they advance to the final of the event. Odds on Bolt beating Gatlin are $1.75, which means that a $1,000 bet would pay $1,750 to the bettor. Odds on Gatlin beating Bolt are $2, which means that a $1,000 bet would pay $2,000.JustBet has so many betting options available for variety that odds are also available for predicting the winning time in the men’s 100m final. For example, odds on the winning time ranging from 9.60 to 9.70 are $2.50, while odds on the winning time being 9.59 or under are an amazing $12, which means a $1,000 bet would pay $12,000.To sweeten the pot, odds are also being offered on the 1-2-3 finishers in the final. Odds on Bolt, Gatlin, and Powell finishing 1-2-3 in that order in the final are at $3, which means that a $1,000 bet would pay $3,000.Incidentally, odds on Asafa Powell winning the 100m gold are listed at $15, which means that $1,000 bet would pay $15,000.Odds for the favourite Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to win the 100m “head-to-head” against the rest of the field are $1.40. This means a $1,000 bet will pay $1,400. For the risk takers, a bet for any other participant in the 100m field to beat Shelly-Ann, pays odds of $2.70, which means a $1,000 bet will pay $2,700.As Jamaica seeks to eclipse their medal tally of nine medals inclusive of six gold, from the 2013 World Championships, odds are being offered on Jamaica’s total medal count and gold medal count for this year’s Championships.
Criminal Court ‘C,’ at the Temple of Justice last Monday ordered the arrest of Flash Point Consultancy boss, David E. Koitie, in a move to account for US$12,600.The money was for the execution of a contract number “MPW-SF-0008-06/10 “between the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) and Flash Point, under which the company was required to engage, sensitize and confer with the general public for a better understanding of MPW’s programs and activities.However, the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) claims that the work was not performed and the defendants diverted the money to their personal use.The arrest order was issued for Koitie and Jesefu Morris Keita, ex- director of Documentation and Communication of the MPW, following their indictment by the Grand Jury for Montserrado County on charges of economic sabotage, misapplication of entrusted property and criminal conspiracy.It is not clear whether or not the men have been arrested and subsequently brought under the jurisdiction of the court. Fortunately, the crimes are eligible for bail, and if they were to be arrested, their lawyers could pay twice the amount allegedly misapplied, which could immediately prevent the two defendents from being sent to jail while awaiting trial.The writ of arrest, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, quoted Judge Peter W. Gbeneweleh’s instruction to the sheriff (court officer) which reads, “You are hereby commanded to arrest the living bodies of defendants charged with the crimes of economic sabotage, misapplication of entrusted property and criminal conspiracy.”Justifying his order, Judge Gbeneweleh said, “It is based upon an indictment prepared against the defendants by the Grand Jury for Montserrado County.”In their indictment, the Grand Jury alleged that on May 1, 2010, a contract was entered into between MPW and the Flash Point with the understanding that Flash Point would execute the contract.They further alleged that between March 2010 and July 2010, defendants Keita then director for Documentation and Communication of MPW and David E. Koitie director of Flash Point, using their respective positions and authorities, took advantage of the contract and converted the money to their personal use.In the document, the jury further alleged that between March 2010 and July 2010, Keita as part of his responsibility was to select and recommend a qualified and competent institution to perform media consultancy for the ministry.Unfortunately, the court’s record said, Keita with criminal intent to defraud the government and people of Liberia, recommended Flash Point to the Management of the MPW to perform media consultancy work for the ministry, contrary to the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) law.“The proposal for the media consultancy contract was prepared on behalf of Flash Point Consultancy by the Communication and Documentation department then headed and supervised by co-defendant, in total violation of the PPCC regulation and procedures for the procurement of services,” the document added.“The media consultancy did not have a business registration certificate to perform such services within the country,” adding, “Flash Point did not show valid evidence of the payment and or clearance to qualify for the award of the consultancy.”“There was no evidence to suggest that Flash Point Consultancy had the capacity and ability to perform the obligations under the contract,” the court record stated. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Days after it was revealed that some 28 prison officers have been dismissed so far this year for their involvement in contraband smuggling, two more ranks have now found themselves in hot water, following the discovery of illegal items at three prison facilities.In Berbice, 1032 grams of suspected marijuana and 39 packs of cigarettes were found in the New Amsterdam Prison.Acting Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels disclosed on Wednesday that a prison officer is being investigated with regards to his involvement.“From video evidence, he was seen in possession of the parcels that came over the prison fence. He then conspired with prisoners to secure same in the prison kitchen,” Samuels said.The Prisons Director noted that the discovery was made after a middle manager, acted on information received, caused a search to be conducted during which theDirector of Prisons, Gladwin Samuelsitems were discovered.“In my telephone interview with the suspect, he admitted his involvement. According to him, the items were to be delivered to a specific prisoner,” he further stated.The officer has been handed over to the Police along with the contraband found.Meanwhile, another prison officer at the Timehri Prison was taken into custody after he was implicated by an inmate regarding the presence of 584 grams of marijuana in the compound.It was reported that ranks of the Guyana Police Force, acting on information received, went to the East Bank Demerara penitentiary on Wednesday morning, where a white 10kg butter bucket containing a quantity of ziplock plastic bags, two plastic juice bottles all contained a quantity of leave, seeds and stems suspected to cannabis were handed over.The narcotics were allegedly found in possession of a 42-year-old inmate and former prison orderly, who is currently serving a 20-year sentence for buggery and rape. The prisoner was observed in the prison compound at about 08:40h with the said bucket and when questioned by prison officials, he indicated that he received the cannabis from a prison officer, who is stationed at the said facility.The inmate then took the officers to a storeroom, under the stairs of the Administrative Building where two plastic bottles containing cannabis were seen. The prison officer in question has since denied any knowledge of the cannabis; nevertheless he was taken into Police custody pending further investigations.On the other hand, prison officers stationed at the Georgetown prison on Wednesday at about 08:38h, discovered a white bulky plastic bag handing on the barb wire of the southern fence of the compound. The bag was retrieved and upon examination, a quantity of leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis, two packs of transparent ziplock bags, two packs of bamboo and a quantity of leaves were found.The suspected cannabis was weighed 104 grams and has since been lodged.Contraband smuggling has long been a perennial problem within the prison system and this compounded by the fact that both prison and police officers are facilitating the illegal trade, which is said to be a “big business”.While the authorities have been struggling to curb the illegal practice, there has been a breakthrough on the apparent network among rogue prison officers. In fact, only last week, four prison officers were arrested after they smuggled a bottle of rum and a pack of cigarettes into the Lusignan Prison the weekend prior. These officers were subsequently charged and interdicted from duty.Furthermore, five other prison officers were relieved of their duties back in July after they were fingered in an incident whereby a parcel containing cannabis had been thrown into the Lusignan Prison Holding Bay area.Addressing a thanksgiving ceremony to commemorate the 35th Prisons Service Week on Sunday, Samuels disclosed that so far for the year some 28 prison officers have been dismissed. He explained that 11 of those ranks were dismissed for facilitating or directly smuggling contraband into the prison system. The Prisons Director added that there are 12 ranks currently interdicted from duty, nine of whom have been charged either departmentally or criminally for trafficking-related activities.At that event, both Samuels and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan decried rouge elements within the prison service, who contribute to contraband smuggling within the system and called for ranks to speak out against wrongdoings by their colleagues.
PASADENA – An Arcadia High School English teacher was taken into custody Thursday afternoon in front of his weeping wife after pleading not guilty to multiple charges of sex crimes against a former student. Phillip Sutliff, 34, of Azusa, was arrested by Arcadia police in October for 24 counts of oral copulation, sodomy with a person under 18, penetration by a foreign object and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, according to a complaint. At the time, he was being held on $1.16 million bail. After his first arraignment, Pasadena Superior Court Judge Terry Smerling released Sutliff on his own recognizance on the condition that he not leave the condominium where he lives with his wife, another Arcadia High School teacher, and the couple’s 4-year-old son. He has been monitored electronically since then. A judge determined earlier this month that Sutliff would stand trial for the charges against him. Thursday, he pleaded not guilty at his second arraignment, and Pasadena Superior Court Judge Teri Schwartz revoked his release and ordered he be held on $500,000 bail. Barnholtz further argued that his client had been in compliance with his house arrest for the last six months. But Schwartz said, due to the serious nature of the felony charges and Sutliff’s conduct over time, he should be held in custody. As the bailiff handcuffed Sutliff, he mouthed the words “It’s OK” to his crying wife several times. A pretrial hearing for Sutliff will take place May 15 at 8:30a.m. in Pasadena Superior Court, Dept J. The trial is tentatively set for June 8. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Phil Wojdak argued that, because additional counts have been filed against Sutliff, he should now be in custody because he is a danger to the community. An alleged former victim of Sutliff’s testified Thursday that she and Sutliff had a brief consensual fling while she was 16 and he was 21 in 1993. At the time, the alleged victim was coaching cheerleaders at Live Oak Park in Temple City while Sutliff worked in the nearby recreation center. She said she and Sutliff had a physical relationship on two occasions in which he touched her sexually. However, the two were caught together soon after the second incident, and the girl was forced to end the relationship. The victim testified that she realized the relationship was inappropriate because she was a minor. Sutliff’s attorney Brad Barnholtz cross-examined the witness, pointing out that she and Sutliff’s relationship was a “mutual pursuit” and that Sutliff complied with her request to end it.
0Shares0000French players celebrate World Cup glory © AFP / Jewel SAMADMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 15 – France won their second World Cup title on Sunday with a thrilling 4-2 victory over Croatia in the final at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.Here, AFP Sport picks out some of the best quotes from France’s new World Cup winners: “I don’t know where I am… I’m very happy, it was a very difficult match. We can’t wait to lift the cup and bring it back to France.”— Forward Antoine Griezmann, who scored the second goal from the penalty spot.“Sleep comes easy to me, but I’m not going to bed, we are going to celebrate this. We’ll return to work in a few weeks.”— Kylian Mbappe is planning to party all night after scoring his fourth goal of the World Cup in the final, lifting the trophy and winning the award for best young player. Not bad for a 19-year-old.“It’s nothing. It’s normal for us. It’s a crazy thing, we don’t even dare to think about what is happening in France.”— Centre-back Adil Rami, who was the only on-field player not to feature for France during the tournament.“It was a dream, a childhood dream. We are very proud, like all the French, who are on the Champs-Elysees, in Lyon, everywhere. We can’t wait to see them to celebrate tomorrow. We are world champions.”— Midfielder Corentin Tolisso.“I thought about doing a ‘Panenka’ like Zidane, but in the end I opened up my foot.”— Griezmann considered trying to emulate Zinedine Zidane’s famous chipped spot-kick in the 2006 final loss to Italy.“(Lifting the trophy) was a touching moment. I had my grandmother, my brother, my sister, my two daughters and my wife in the stands.”— Captain Hugo Lloris after holding the famous trophy aloft.“OOOUUUUUUUUUIIIIIIIIII! World champions!!!!!”— The French team’s official English Twitter account.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
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Singer Daniel O’Donnell is raking in the cash but says money means nothing to him.The Kincasslagh star, who recently lost his beloved mum Julia, made a profit of €3M last year.He has now declared he will take a break from the music industry in February 2015. He has now sold an incredible 10 million records but said of his financial success “I’ve never sung to make money. I just sing because I love it and the money is just a by-product of what I do.” DANIEL RAKES IN THE CASH BUT SAYS MONEY IS NOT IMPORTANT TO HIM was last modified: September 27th, 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:cashdaniel o’donnellprofit
Pictured at the presentation of Clubs and Societies Awards at LyIT are Katy Murphy who won the Leadership Award and Isobel Keenan who won the Outstanding Club Member Award, both seated along with Paul Hannigan, President and Billy Bennett, Registrar, LyIT. Included are Michael Farren, Fiona Kelly, Tanya Rusell, President Student Union, Paddy Gallagher and AnnMarie Kelly, members of the Clubs and Societies Finance Committee.Tanya Russell, President of Letterkenny IT Student Union pictured with students Katy Murphy and Jesicca Martin on receiving the Best Club Award 2015 for the Gaisce Society in Lettterkenny IT. Both girls are members of the Gaisce Society which carries out extensive good work and raises funds for poorer communities.John McClean a leading member of the Gardening Club at LyIT pictured receiving a Clubs & Societies Scholarship from Paul Hannigan, President, LYIT. John and the members have been instrumental in setting up and maintaining the Gardening Club for students seeking advice on gardening, the club also dedicated time to carrying out gardening duties on a voluntary basis in Donegal Hospice in Letterkenny.Isobel Keenan a member of the Canoe Club at LYIT pictured receiving the Outstanding Club Member Award 2015 from Tanya Russell, SU President at the President of Club Awards.Pictured at the LYIT Clubs & Societies presentation of awards are mmembers of the Gaisce Society who won the Best Club Award 2015, included are Aine Ni Domhnaill, Ciara Walsh, Patrick Treanor, Ciara Murray, Leona Cullen, Eleanor Scanlon, Evelyn Boyle, Dara Kelly, Isobel Keenan and Billy Bennett, Registrar LyIT. In front are Ciaran White, Kergen Steele, Jesicca Martin, Paul Hannigan, President LYIT, Katy Murphy, Tanya Russell and Aine Higgins.Members of the Ladies GAA team who were presented with the Team Award at LYIT Presentation of Awards are Isobel Keenan, Niamh Rhatigan, Rose Mannering, Sarah Faulkner, Arlene Gallagher and Aine Higgins, back row are Paul Hannigan, Paddy Gallagher, Rebekah Mooney, Dara Kelly, Gemma Glackin, Eamon O’Boyle and Billy Bennett.Aoife McGrory , Beechwood Road, Letterkenny, a student at LyIT pictued receiving a Clubs and Societies Scholarship from Paul Hannigan, President ,LYIT. Aoife is an energetic member of the Public Speaking Society.Members of the Android App Society winners of the Civic and Community Engagement Award at the LyIT Presentation of Awards included in the photograph are Gareth Toland, Paulius Karbauskas, Kieran Thompson, Stanley Nyadzayo, and Billy Bennett, Registrar, in front are Denis Bourne, Paul Hannigan, President LYIT and Gearoid Maguire.Adam Crossan a student at LYIT pictured with Paul Hannigan, President LyIT at the presentation of Clubs and Societies Scholarships 2015, Adam was selected for his work with LGBT Society in the institute.Clubs & Societies Scholarship winners at LyIT pictured at the Presentation of Awards are Paulius Karbauskas, Denis Bourne, both Android App Society members, Tanya Russell Student Union, Michael Carroll, Public Speaking Society, Adam Crossan, LGBT Society, Billy Bennett, Registrar, Lyit. In front are Gearoid Maguire, Android App Society, Isobel Keenan, Canoe Club, Paul Hannigan, President LYIT, Aoife McGrory, Public Speaking Society and John McClean, Gardening Club.Sarah Faukner pictured with Paddy Gallagher being presented with a Special Recognition Award for Sport in LYIT. Sarah is a member of both GAA and Soccer Clubs at LYIT and has made a considerable impact on both teams in the past years.Paulius Karbauskas a member of the Android App Sociey in LyIT pictured receiving a Clubs & Societies Scholarship from Paul Hannighan , President LYIT, Paulius has volunteered his time along with Android App colleagues in teaching programming to children groups and also to Transition Year students in Colaiste Ailigh, Leitirceanainn.Michael Carroll a student at LYIT receiving a Clubs & Societies Scholarship from Paul Hannigan for his work with the Public Speaking Society in the institute. The presentation was made at a Presentation of Awards evening in the Radisson Blu Hotel.The Ladies GAA Team who are the Winners of the Team Award in LyIT, picturesd are Aine Higgins, Rose Mannering, Sarah Faulkner, Shannon Maxwell, Arlene Gallagher and Leah Kerrigan, in the back row are Eamon O’Boyle, Gemma Glackin, Paul Hannigan, President LyIT, Rebekah Mooney, Dara Kelly, Niamh Rhatiga and Paddy Gallagher, Sports Officer LYIT.The Board of Irish Colleges Societies (BICS) is the next stopping point for the winning members of the LYIT Clubs and Societies awards which were presented on Thursday 19 March to a packed house in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny.The Most Outstanding Club Member was presented to Isobel Keenan, Canoe Club, LyITBest Society in Civic, Charity and Community Engagement Award went to the Android App Society Leadership Award went to Katy Murphy, a member of the Gaisce Society.Best Society 2015 Award also went to the Gaisce Society.Also on the evening, Clubs and Societies Scholarships the value of €1,000 were awarded to 8 worthy student applicants.Adam Crossan, LGBT Society, Denis Bourne, Android App Society, Gearoid Maguire, Android App, Aoife Mc Grory, Public Speaking Society, Isobel Keenan, Gaisce Society, John Mc Clean, Gardening Club, Michael Carroll, Public Speaking Society and Paulius Karbauskas, Android App Society. In sport Stephen Henry, GAA, was awarded Individual Sports Star for his dedication to the college club over his four years of study.Sarah Faulkner, a member of both Ladies Soccer and GAA Clubs was also presented a Special Recognition Award.The Team Award was presented to the Ladies GAA team who have formed an impressive bond in training and playing throughout the current year and who, it is hoped, will develop further in the coming years.As part of the national Campus Engage the organisers of the event were keen to impress the evolving role of Clubs & Societies in LYIT and nationally, given the rewards that can now be gained through national recognition, LYIT can justifiably take credit from an impressive Clubs programme. LYIT STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2015 – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: March 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:2015FeaturesLYITnewsStudent awards
Up to 15 stunning swans have been killed after being possibly electrocuted in Co Donegal.Their carcasses have been discovered lying under electricity lines close to the village of Carrigans.BirdWatch Ireland is extremely concerned about the deaths of at least 15 migratory Whooper Swans. Upon being informed earlier today of the discovery by a member of the public, BirdWatch Ireland staff member Daniel Moloney travelled to the scene, in the company of local National Parks and Wildlife Service ranger Lee McDaid.They confirmed that the swans had collided with the wires in flight and that the cause of the birds’ deaths was electrocution.A high proportion of the swans that were killed were juvenile birds, just a few months old.It appears that the deaths were the result of multiple separate collisions with the electricity wires over a period of several weeks. Some of the birds were freshly dead, while others showed varying levels of decomposition, indicating that they had died on various different occasions.BirdWatch Ireland is very worried that Whooper Swans will continue to be electrocuted at this site in the days and weeks to come unless urgent action is taken.It has contacted the ESB to inform it of the problem and to recommend that immediate measures be put in place to prevent further collisions.Approximately 700 Whooper Swans were today noted feeding in a field immediately adjacent to that in which the dead birds were discovered, with additional new birds arriving in groups throughout the day, and BirdWatch Ireland fears that further collisions and swan deaths are likely.The wires in question are fitted with “deflectors” which are supposed to make them more visible to flying birds, but evidently these do not appear to be working satisfactorily in this case. Indeed, several of these deflector devices have been knocked off the wires due to the swan collisions, further reducing the visibility of the wires.Niall Hatch of BirdWatch Ireland said: “It is very concerning that these migratory Whooper Swans have been electrocuted in Carrigans, especially in such large numbers.“Ireland hosts internationally important numbers of Whooper Swans each autumn and winter, and it has a special responsibility to conserve and protect them. We sincerely hope that measures can be put in place to prevent further swan deaths as soon as possible.”Whooper Swans are winter visitors to Ireland, migrating here each autumn in family groups from their nesting grounds in Iceland. The species is listed in Annex 1 of the EU Birds Directive and consequently is afforded special protection under Irish law and is subject to special conservation measures. The Whooper Swan should not be confused with the more familiar Mute Swan, which is a different species. Mute Swans are present in Ireland year-round and do not migrate, and it is the type of swan that is often found in parks and along canals in urban and suburban areas and which can be very tame around humans; Whooper Swans are much shier and tend to avoid people.Both species are very large birds with pure white plumage and very long necks. Whooper Swans can be distinguished, however, by their smooth, sloping beaks, which are yellow and black in colour, whereas Mute Swans have orange and black beaks with a very prominent black “knob” or bump at the base.Investigation demanded after 15 swans electrocuted by overhead wires was last modified: November 14th, 2017 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:donegalelectrocutedswans
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Joel PenhorwoodThis month, Joel Penhorwood joined the staff at Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal as a field reporter and farm broadcaster.He is a recent graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in agricultural communication. While at OSU, Joel was heavily involved in Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, serving as president for two years. The club won the Ed Johnson Outstanding Student Organization Award during his tenure.Penhorwood got his start in radio at WPKO/WBLL “The Peak of Ohio” in Bellefontaine before starting with OCJ and OAN as an intern in the fall of 2013. He has also worked as the Ohio State Fair Swine Barn Announcer for a number of years.In addition to his work with OCJ and OAN, he stays busy on his family’s small hay, crop and livestock farm in Logan County, which he helps to operate alongside his brothers.