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first_img “I want to apologise to the fans and the Red Bulls II Organisation, as well as Karl Ouimette, for what transpired at the game last night,” Shallenberger stated in an interview with the Washington Post. “Romeo’s actions are not representative of what our organisation and its academy stand for in regards to helping promote and grow this sport in not only the Greater Allegheny area, but also nationwide. “We understand the severity of this situation and made it a point to respond as quickly as possible within our power.” Pittsburgh’s head coach, Mark Steffens, reflected Shallenberger’s sentiments. “As I stated last night, this is an unfortunate situation and one that was embarrassing for not only myself, but also the staff and the organisation.” Steffens said. “The discipline being handed out is one that we, as a staff, consider to be fair and completely justified. The actions were not representative of what this team stands for as a whole.” Parkes tweeted an apology yesterday. “To the fans, my teams, the city of PGH, NY Red Bulls 2 and the USL, I recognised that my action was wrong and inappropriate and I sincerely apologise and regret my actions,” he said. “Despite the continuous altercation throughout the game, my further action after I was carded was unwarranted and I ask for my fans, the league and my teammates, as well as the New York Red Bulls to accept my sincere apology.” The 26-year-old Parkes scored five goals in six appearances for Pittsburgh Riverhounds since joining three months ago. He had spent the previous two years with A D Isidro Metap·n in El Salvador. In 2014, Parkes helped the team win the Apertura Championship and reach the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champion League. He also represented St George’s FC, Highgate United, Tivoli Gardens FC, and Boys’ Town FC locally. He was part of the Jamaica team at the Copa AmÈrica tournament in Chile last year and was named in a 40-man provisional squad for the historic Copa Centennial, which takes place in the United States from June 3-26. APOLOGIES TO ALL The Pittsburgh Riverhounds have terminated the contract of Romeo Parkes as he stomped an opponent after being shown the red card, in Saturday’s United Soccer League (USL) football match against the New York Red Bulls II. Parkes kicked Red Bulls defender Karl Ouimette in the back late in the second half as frustrations boiled over as the Hounds were poised for another loss at home, with the score 1-3. Parked had scored the lone goal for his team, while his Jamaican counterpart, Junior Flemmings, provided an assist for New York Red Bulls. The ugly reaction to a red card left Ouimette on a stretcher and Parkes facing a lengthy ban and possibly even more. Yesterday, the team decision was announced by owner Tuffy Shallenberger, who cited conduct detrimental to the team and the USL.last_img read more

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first_imgMap: This map shows the approximate location of Dease Lake, BC.On September 13, 2008 at approximately 5:30 pm, an RCMP aircraft crashed while attempting to land on Level Lake about 70 kilometres west of Dease Lake, BC. – Advertisement -The RCMP pilot and two BC Conservation Officers on-board the plane were all able to get out of the Turbo Beaver aircraft safely with very minor injuries that required no medical treatment. The RCMP and BC Conservation Service were in the area as part of a joint enforcement project. Transportation Canada has been notified and an investigation has been initiated to determine any further course of action. The cause of the crash is not yet known. Attempts to recover the plane are currently under way.last_img read more

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first_imgAs the investigators loaded him into the back of a car Thursday, Shahryarinejad professed his innocence. He said business had been tight and he’d gotten tied up in bankruptcy, but that he’d tried to work with the DMV to straighten everything out. He said it would all be worked out in time. “At the moment, we’re just dealing with allegations,” he said. “I’ve been in the neighborhood for 20 years. I’ve tried to take care of my customers.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Al goes behind his desk and gets an assault rifle,” Ortiz said. “He racks it, points it at him and says, `You know who I am?’ The guy thinks he’s going to die.” On top of the alleged assault, DMV Area Commander Vito Scattaglia said the seven-month investigation uncovered 75 complaints from customers with more than $1.3 million in stolen property. The dealer also owes the DMV $10,000 for checks with insufficient funds and $750,000 to the Board of Equalization for unpaid taxes. Shahryarinejad lost his license in April for failing to pay taxes, and Scattaglia said that rather than square his accounts, the dealer merely picked up his operations and relocated to a new lot on Osborne Street near the Golden State Freeway. “This guy is absolutely ruthless,” Scattaglia said. “We’re looking at millions of dollars of losses.” PACOIMA – Long before they arrested Ali Shahryarinejad on Thursday, Department of Motor Vehicles investigators suspected that he gave a customer the ultimate hard sell. After the DMV served a $2 million arrest warrant for the owner of Bank Repo Auto on Thursday morning, the unlicensed dealer went away in handcuffs. Arrested on suspicion of 15 counts of grand theft for allegedly taking customers’ cars on consignment and paying them with bogus checks, he also rang up a charge of assault with a deadly weapon for a July incident with another dealer. DMV investigator Robert Ortiz said the other dealer had given Shahryarinejad $50,000 worth of cars on consignment. Shahryarinejad, also known as Al Nejad, allegedly refused to pay, the two argued and after a brief fight, things came to a head. last_img
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first_imgA HARD-working school principal has launched a recruitment drive – in a bid to save staff redundancies.Principal Pauline Edwards runs the brilliant Moyle National School just outside Newtowncunningham.And she fears that unless more pupils come to the school, they might lose a teacher in the future under new Government rules. But she, her staff and their pupils are refusing to take it lying down – and have come out fighting.“We probably don’t shout about ourselves enough,” admitted Pauline.“It’s a fantastic wee school with great staff, superb pupils and very supportive parents.“Ours is a 4-teacher school and we want to let more people know about us; we are tucked away in the countryside and many parents probably don’t know we exist so we’ve decided to do a bit of shouting about ourselves. “If we do get new entrants it might help us maintain our current staffing levels and we would welcome people from throughout the area.”So the school is having an Open Day to show parents in the area just how good Moyle National really is.The Open Day is running next Friday March 23rd from 1pm until 3 pm and again on Saturday morning, March 24th, from 10am until 12 noon.Said Principal Pauline: “Everyone is welcome to come along and see us in action, meet staff and children and get a feel for the place. There will even be a wee cup of tea to make you feel at home.”  SOS! PRINCIPAL LAUNCHES PUPIL RECRUITMENT DRIVE! was last modified: March 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

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first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FOXBORO, Mass. – Injuries finally caught up with the New England Patriots. San Diego’s explosive offense added to the misery. Even Marty Schottenheimer knew something wasn’t right with the defending Super Bowl champions. After his Chargers beat New England 41-17 Sunday, the San Diego coach suggested the win may have had as much to do with who wasn’t playing for New England as the superior performances of Drew Brees, LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates. “What they’ve done is remarkable,” he said of the Patriots, who had their 21-game home winning streak ended. “But at what point in time do you keep responding when you have to keep putting in new players? They’ve done it wonderfully over the last four years, but there comes a time where it has to catch up with you, even with a team as great as this one.” This was New England’s first loss in Foxborough since Dec. 22, 2002, when they were beaten by the New York Jets. That was the only season in the last four that they failed to win the Super Bowl. The last time the Patriots started a season 2-2 was 2003, though they went on to win the title that year anyway. San Diego, which has now scored 86 points in two wins after starting with two losses, was nearly unstoppable against a defense with a lot of holes. Brees threw for two touchdowns, Tomlinson ran for two more and Gates had six catches for 108 yards. Though the game was tied 17-17 at the half, Brees took advantage of a secondary that already was without two of its top three cornerbacks and now is missing safety Rodney Harrison, lost for the year with a knee injury. “I played with Rodney, I know what a leader he is,” Brees said. “It’s not only the physical things he does. It’s the leadership, the mental toughness, what he imparts to his teammates. I know they’ve been able to put in a lot of subs over the years and not miss anything, but a player like Rodney is something special.” Harrison’s absence – the physical side – was clearly felt on one play in the third quarter when backup running back Michael Turner ran right through his replacement, Guss Scott, on the way to an 18-yard gain. That drive ended with a 28-yard touchdown pass to Reche Caldwell that gave San Diego (2-2) a 31-17 lead. Brees also had an 11-yard touchdown pass to Keenan McCardell in the second quarter. Gates, a former basketball player, also leaped over Scott to take in a 38-yard pass from Brees at the New England 1 on the first series of the second half. That set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Tomlinson, who finished with 134 yards on 25 carries. Tomlinson extended his NFL record to 16 consecutive games with a rushing touchdown, and San Diego rushed for 183 yards against a defense that also is without last year’s starting inside linebackers, Tedy Bruschi and Ted Johnson. The Patriots, coming off an emotional win in Pittsburgh a week ago, didn’t want to blame the loss on the new players. After all, they’ve won three Super Bowls in four seasons continuing on when key players were injured or departed for other reasons. “Rodney’s always been a big defender for us, helping us out there, but we don’t have Rodney now,” said Eugene Wilson, the other starting safety. “I don’t know what Rodney could have done out there today to change it.” Coach Bill Belichick seemed to say the same. “San Diego is the better team,” he said. “They did a good job in every area better than we did and I think the score reflected that.” Asked how much the injuries contributed, Belichick paused for a second or two and replied: “I don’t know.” The first half included a rare missed field goal by Adam Vinatieri, who was wide right from 37 yards on the Patriots’ first possession. New England scored its touchdowns on Corey Dillon’s 1-yard run and a 30-yard pass from Brady to Tim Dwight, who was released by San Diego in March. NOTES: The 41 points scored by San Diego were the most against the Patriots since Nov. 8, 1998, when they allowed 41 in a loss to Atlanta. …Brees is now 2-1 in games against New England quarterback Tom Brady: 1-1 in the NFL, with the other win coming when Brees’ Purdue team beat Brady at Michigan. …Tomlinson’s 134 yards marked only the second time in 16 games an opposing back rushed for more than 100 against the Pats. The last two do it was San Francisco’s Kevan Barlow in the meaningless final game of last season. Tomlinson’s yardage was the most against the Patriots since the Colts’ Edgerrin James had 144 in the 2004 season opener. last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TUESDAY: The West Van Nuys/Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council will sponsor a Neighborhood Watch forum with LAPD Senior Lead Officer Ron Carter at 7 p.m. at Lake Balboa Studios, 7412 Balboa Blvd. L.A. Unified School Board President Marlene Canter will speak on the “State of Education in Los Angeles” at 7:30 p.m. at the Louis Jolyon West Auditorium, 720 Westwood Plaza, Level C. Admission: $20. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com.last_img read more

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first_imgTim CohenAs a South African non-golfer, I often wonder whether non-golfers around the world wonder what we put in our water. The recent Masters victory of Trevor Immelman, someone I had never heard of before, underlines the country’s extraordinary golfing tradition.I know of Ernie Els of course. I even know his nickname: it’s “the guy who always comes in second after Tiger – except when he doesn’t come anywhere at all”. Everyone knows that.Newspaper reports on the recent Masters noted that it was the first time in 30 years since a South African had won. I take that as a backhanded compliment. The writers were obviously shocked it hadn’t happened sooner. It was almost as if the underlying thought was, “Well, obviously, they should have won a Masters, but weirdly they didn’t – and look at how long it’s been since that hasn’t happened.”You can understand their surprise. There are an extraordinary number of high-ranking South African golfers on the international ratings. The official world ranking after the Masters now includes three South Africans in the top 15, compared to five Americans – a country equally golf-mad but with a population 40 times larger. Although they do, of course, have Tiger.Immelman is the leading money earner on the 2008 European Tour, one of four in the top 20. The list has the cheek to say British unless otherwise stated. Well, sucks to you, buddy. There are only three Brits on the list. It should say South African unless otherwise stated, thank you very much.Weirdly, Els still comes in third on the official world golf rankings, despite having a bit of a miserable time since coming back from injury. But the remarkable thing about this list is how Tiger Woods dominates. His ranking is now double his nearest competitor’s. Judging by Els’s ranking, even if Woods stopped playing for a dozen years, he would still be the world’s highest ranking player for about a decade. When I ask experts about this, they just say it’s one of those strange things about golf.No its not. It’s completely bonkers.But this is the weird thing about golfers. They seem to have the patience of Buddha and an ability to accept complete travesty as “one of those things”.And the television commentators are always just so nice. They say things like, “Ooh, he is going to have a tricky time negotiating that five foot kikuyu rough from the middle of that swamp.” (Golfers always know what kind of grass it is. Its not “grass”, its “west Appalachian wheat-grass”.) What commentators don’t say is, “What a complete twit that guy is for using a nine-iron off the semi-rough into a headlong gale. Now he’s in the water – again!”When pro golfers, who earn millions for playing the game, miss a complete three-foot sitter on the green, there is normally complete silence. They don’t say the obvious: “You idiot! You’ve really fluffed it now.” It’s all about discretion, consideration, maturity, and being all-knowing and accepting about the unfathomable ways of the world.This is one of the reasons I don’t play golf. I know I would wrap my seven iron around the nearest tree in frustration at least four times a game – but that would be the fun part. What turns me off is the look – that look. It’s that shadow of a thought you can glimpse passing over someone’s face before they get their presentation face back on.When people ask, as they often do in South Africa, whether I play golf, and I say no, I get the look. The say “Oh!” very casually – too casually. But behind the façade they are thinking, “Danger! Danger! Non-golf player, and we all know what that means.”Ironically, I suspect this is probably part of the reason for South African’s disproportionate success at producing great golfers. South Africa has a great culture for golf. It’s not just the outdoorism, or the benign weather, or even the glorious amount of space. It’s not even the fact that South Africa’s high unemployment rate makes it cheap to maintain these enormous and lavish monuments to the pleasure of a few.It’s the look.Playing golf and having a golfing mentality is simply expected. While there are still huge arguments about the racial make-up of South Africa’s cricket and rugby teams, the burgeoning black middle class has taken to golf in a totally natural and unquestioning way. It’s the great middle-class game; a testament to careful, plodding achievement; a tribute to even-handedness and enlightened acceptance; a demonstration of the virtues of single-mindedness and focus; that rewards come to those who plan carefully and follow through. And it’s place to wear your silliest pants.And there is that other thing. If you play golf, you will never get the look.Go to the MediaClub weekly columns home pageTim Cohen is a freelance journalist writing for a variety of South African publications. He is currently contracted as a columnist to Business Day and the Weekender, where he worked for most of his career, and financial website Moneyweb where he writes on business and corporate activity for an associate site called Dealweb. He was the 2004 Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year.last_img read more

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first_img2 March 2009Renowned South African performance artist Robyn Orlin has been acknowledged for her choreography and contribution to the arts by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.Sarkozy has made Orlin a Knight of the Ordre national du Merite – the French national Order of Merit.“We are proud of her, a South African receiving this prestigious award from France,” said Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan in Pretoria last week. “It is a testimony of the calibre of artists from South Africa that are being recognised internationally.”Controversial and provocativeRobyn Orlin is one of South Africa’s most controversial and provocative choreographers and performance artists, redefining both forms of the art in the country through her involvement in the field over the past 20 years.She has worked in diverse media, including television, film, theatre, dance and opera as a choreographer, producer, dancer and teacher.Orlin spends her time divided between living in Berlin, where her husband Oliver Schmitz makes films, in her hometown Johannesburg, and on the road touring with her work.Fulbright FellowshipOrlin started off working in downtown Johannesburg’s Market Theatre precinct, a hub of artistic life in the city, especially among anti-apartheid activists. She joined the Federated Union of Black Artists’ Academy, where she created a contemporary dance section and choreographed and facilitated works during the 1980s.In 1990 she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in the USA where she attended The School of Art Institute of Chicago. She returned in 1994 and joined the Market Theatre Laboratory, where she taught youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds.She has won several other awards, including the AA Vita Award for choreography in 1985, 1988 and 1990; a British Council Scholarship in 1986; a Foundation of the Creative Arts grant in 1995 and 1996; FNB Vita Award for the best choreographer in 1996; the Jan Faber Award for the most subversive choreography in 2000; and the British Theatre’s Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance in 2003.WorksAccording to her official website, Orlin is very good at titles, for example: If you can’t change the world change your curtains (PACT Dance Company, 1990) and If the whole population of China jumped up and down at the same time, the earth would move (Napac Dance Company, 1989).She sometimes even has a theme running through her works, such as animal themes in Naked on a Goat (Market Theatre, 1996) and With astonishment I note the Dog (PDC, 1996).Orlin built up a reputation for working on difficult and complex current issues in South Africa, and has engaged and fought for the condition of women, social abuse, homelessness, awareness on HIV/Aids, and for tolerance and inclusivity.SAinfo reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

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first_imgCompiled by Mary AlexanderFrom New York and Paris to Tamboerskloof in Cape Town, graffiti artists across the world have paid tribute to the legacy of Nelson Mandela on buildings, walls and bus stops. In celebration of Mandela Month, we bring you a selection. A mural by well-known artist David Flores in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, as part of the Branded Arts initiative. Image via Springleap. A psychedelic Mandela by Spanish muralist Eduardo Kobra, also in Los Angeles. Image via Global Street Art. A close-up of Eduardo Kobra’s Mandela in Los Angeles. The freedom mural by celebrated Cape Town graffiti artist Mak1one shows South Africa’s journey to democracy over the decades, from the 1960s to the 1990s. Mandela’s image on Jamaica Street in Bristol, England. Photo by Sam Saunders. Portrait of Mandela on the wall of a ruin in St Romain, Rhone-Alpes, France. Photo by Thierry Ehrmann. Artist Phil Akashi paid tribute to Mandela in Shanghai in 2013 by attaching a seal with the Chinese characters 自由 (meaning “freedom”) to a boxing glove, and punching out a monumental mural with 27 000 blows.Watch Akashi create the portrait: On a wall in Spuistraat in central Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Image via Global Graphica. A close-up of the Amsterdam portrait. Image via Global Graphica. A portrait by artist Peat Wollaeger at Welling Court in Astoria, Queens, New York. Photo by Lois Stavsky, via Street Art New York. On rue Denoyez in Paris. Photo by Kate Noakes, Boomslang Poetry. A tribute to Mandela by graffiti artist Pakone in Brest, France. Photo by Mathieu le Gall, via Street Art Utopia. Madiba on a bus stop in Tamboerskloof in Cape Town, by street artist Tennille Pillemer. Unfurling a massive Mandela on the Civic Centre building in the Cape Town CBD. Artwork by Linsey Levendall; photo by Lisa Burnell. In Stellenbosch, Western Cape. Photo by Mathieu Labaki via Street Art in Cape Town.last_img read more

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first_imgPennsylvania and Washington, two of several states that have struggled with wage-setting rules for stimulus-funded weatherization work, appear ready to finally start weatherizing.At issue, once again, were state program administrators’ difficulties reckoning with the Davis-Bacon Act. Imposed on weatherization programs for the first time, Davis-Bacon requires that weatherization workers be paid prevailing wage rates. Setting those rates accurately, however, often has meant determining prevailing wages on a county-by-county basis, which can be an unusually time-consuming process. A recent story in the Philadelphia Inquirer, for example, cited hourly rates as low as $10 (in Pennsylvania’s Delaware County) and as high as $25 (in Philadelphia and Bucks counties). Most weatherization agencies in the state are now ready to start weatherizing, although the wage-setting process has put them several weeks behind schedule.The weatherization deadlineThat delay has created anxiety among some agency administrators, mainly because they have a limited amount of time to meet weatherization goals they agreed to with the Department of Energy earlier in the year. About half the $5 billion in stimulus funds has been allocated to states, but to qualify for the second allotment of federal funds, the agencies must meet their weatherization goals by fall of 2010.“If we don’t meet our goals by September 30, we don’t get the second half of the stimulus money,” Walter Yakabosky, director of training for the Energy Coordinating Agency, in Philadelphia, told the Inquirer. “So everybody is getting a little crazy. We would have liked to have started training earlier.”Pennsylvania expects to weatherize about 29,000 homes and create 940 jobs over the course of the entire stimulus-funded program.The frustrations of wage-rule researchSimilarly hectic scenarios have played out at agencies in Arizona, Indiana, Nevada, Idaho, and Michigan.Confusion over how to mesh Davis-Bacon requirements, state wage rules, and prevailing-wage data put weatherization administrators in Washington state behind schedule as well. As a recent story in the Olympian pointed out, the results of a county-by-county wage survey, which was handled by the U.S. Department of Labor, weren’t completed until September 1. Further guidance from the state’s Department of Labor and Industries was required to come up with definitive wage-setting rules.If they can get back on schedule, the state’s weatherization agencies will spend about 60 million stimulus dollars over the next couple years, creating an estimated 250 jobs and weatherizing almost 7,000 homes. Statewide, a little more than 100 homes have been weatherized using stimulus funds since October 1, the Olympian notes. But the original target for that date was 935 homes, so Washington’s weatherizing teams have their work cut out for them.last_img read more

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