Ship Aurora: A Treasure For Sandy Hook Wreck Divers

first_imgDan Lieb, president of the New Jersey Historical Diver’s Association, was the man for the job.Teacups that were found after the discovery of Ship Aurora.“It’s amazing that in only 22 feet of water, something as fragile as china, packed in with hardware and coal and asphalt, actually managed to survive over a hundred years of hurricanes and nor’easters,” he said.The organization, which is an assembly of amateur historians and archaeologists, has aided in the discovery of unidentified wrecks off the Jersey coast since 1992.Lieb conducted all the behind-the-scenes work, such as framing and measuring the vessel, while using his background in historical research to track the ship’s roots all the way back to Maine, where it was built in 1824.Some of the artifacts were sold off to keep the recovery expedition afloat, yet Filippone had one ultimate goal in mind throughout the process.“I had the policy when we were working it that I wanted it to go to a museum,” he said. “Anything that was unique would go to the museum, anything two or more we’d split up; this way, I wanted to keep it intact.”For Harber, he believes that it was a perfect storm that brought the trio together.“We were very lucky to be available, and the weather was right for the initial work on it,” he said. “We had a clear stretch of weather, the visibility wasn’t bad, and we got a lot of work done in a short amount of time.” Transporting the china back to port presented its own set of challenges.“We had all of this china on the boat, and no way to really secure it on our boat,” Anthony said, grinning to Filippone. “And the ride home, you had to be careful or you’d break half of it, because he doesn’t know how to drive.”While the china surely peaked their interest, other meaningful and historical pieces from the wreckage were recovered, ranging from construction tools to pre-Civil War surgical equipment.After a late night of diving, Kenny Harber shows off some blue and green china excavated from the hull of the Ship Aurora.Each man had his own favorite find. Harber’s was a fully intact brass octant, a nautical tool used to measure distances on the sea. Anthony laid claim to a brass chronometer, which he claimed could work to this day if given to the right clockmaker.For Filippone, he recovered the medallion of Stephen Thomas, one of the ship’s passengers, which was made to commemorate his service in the Battle of Trafalgar.The three-man crew received help from locals who accompanied them on expedition dives. Of those who helped, one was crucial in the identification of the ship. After the divers went public with their discovery in 2007, they were connected with Debbie Whitcraft, who was in the process of finalizing the Museum of New Jersey Maritime History.Along with family and friends receiving some of the china, and the guys keeping a few pieces for themselves as well, nearly all of the recovered tableware now rests in that museum in Beach Haven on Long Beach Island.The book, which Filippone has titled “Tattered Rails,” in reference to a newspaper article’s description of the site the morning after the ship sank, is paddling on to the next phase.“Joe and I wrote the script, but I sent it down to Beach Haven and they’re going to put it together,” he said, during a Sunday morning coffee hour with his partners. “Right now, I don’t know how big this book is going to be, because we have 447 pictures, but I want it to be intact; everything possible about the ship into one.”“I think it’s a wonderful idea to do the book, I think it’s a really, really good idea,” said Lieb. “It’s a wreck that nobody had ever heard of certainly in recent memory, or certainly over the past 150 years.”center_img By Jay CookHIGHLANDS – That old saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” for the most part, rings true. Yet for three local scuba divers, that adage could instead read “one man’s wreck is another man’s treasure.”Gary Filippone, Joe Anthony and Kenny Harber are turning their diving expedition between 2002 and 2007 into a book, in which they’ll talk about how they took hundreds of boat rides and retrieved thousands of artifacts from a Sandy Hook shipwreck.A Highlands resident and veteran wreck diver with 43 years of scuba experience under his weight belt, Filippone claims he has never seen anything like what he first came upon on July 1, 2002: a shipwreck 1,200 feet off the shores of Sandy Hook, in only 19 feet of water during low tide.What he encountered was Ship Aurora, a 106-foot shipping vessel, bound for New York City from Liverpool, England. The ship sank on Nov. 27, 1827, after a storm threw the three-mast ship off course. Of the roughly 40 voyagers on board that night, six crew members perished as they went down with the ship.Immediately after passing through the tolls into Sandy Hook, Filippone used Area A, which has a fenced-in parking lot, on the barrier peninsula as a reference for finding the wreck each trip out.What was left in the high-dynamic area, which has a high rate of ground swells and rough waters, were the remains of the ship sans a mast and sails, most likely cut loose during the storm.“I believe this is one of the top 10 American wrecks in the country, talking historically,” Filippone said over an early morning cup of coffee at Water Witch Coffee in Highlands, where the trio met each morning before their dives.Using Filippone’s 23-foot center console boat named “Sea Monkey,” he and Anthony, a resident of Atlantic Highlands, began to further investigate the ship only a week later. Filippone brought his spear gun down, and after missing a shot and it clanking off of Ship Aurora’s hull, they noticed something shining in the sand.The recovery of artifacts from Ship Aurora.“Picture a sand mound in your head,” Anthony said. “And then you just take a big fan and blow the top of that off; and all you see is blue and green edges stacked for feet.”Those edges turned out to be roughly 2,200 total pieces of Staffordshire and shell edge china, surrounded by mounds of roofing slate manufactured for New York City rooftops.“You wouldn’t have thought that there was much of anything in there, except the ship was a deep hull,” said Harber, who also lives in Atlantic Highlands and is the coffee shop’s property owner.He was surprised by how much was waiting to be found inside.From May through October for the next five years, the three divers worked Ship Aurora, excavating and removing thousands of teacups, pitchers, plates, platters and bowls; and it was no piece of cake.Using milk crates with rope and lift bags, the china was hoisted from the sea where it had rested in nearly perfect condition for 175 years.last_img read more

Steckler Homers Twice, No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana Tops No. 2 Central Arkansas 9-3

first_imgBox Score | Photo Gallery | Tournament HomepageSUGAR LAND, Texas – No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana became the first squad to score on No. 2 Central Arkansas in the Southland Conference Tournament, topping the Bears 9-3 on Thursday evening. Senior center-fielder Bryce Steckler, who began the day with two home runs to his name in 2019, now has five after a two-homer performance in the win.BSB: @LionUpBaseball senior Bryce Steckler had two home runs on the season.He ADDED THREE TODAY. One vs. SFA, two more against UCA.Heading to the 7th, SLU leads the Bears 8-2.?? https://t.co/rJNATsbm1t ???? @espn apps #LionUp #BearClawsUp #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/VJVzTEPLHj— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 24, 2019 Back-to-back two-out base knocks loaded the bases for the Bears in the home-half of the sixth, but Tassin fanned Ragan for the final out to bring UCA’s number of men left on base to nine. SLU’s bullpen didn’t allow a hit the rest of the way Southeastern Louisiana exploded for six runs to regain the lead in the top of the sixth on RBI singles from Nathan Pilutti and Nick Ray, a run-scoring double off the bat of Conner Manola and Steckler’s second long ball of the game.BSB: Single by Ray plates Schimpf and Pilutti. @LionUpBaseball increases lead to 5-2 over @UCABearBaseball. Top 6th in Sugar Land. ?? https://t.co/rJNATsbm1t ???? @espn apps #LionUp #BearClawsUp #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/qdX50eTaMW— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 24, 2019 In the following half inning, Steckler left Constellation Field for the second time of the day with a solo shot to left that evened the score at 2-all. The round-tripper marked the first earned run allowed by UCA in the tournament. The Lions pounced on a Central Arkansas error in the opening frame as Cody Grosse reached on a dropped fly ball by left-fielder Cole Fiori and scored two batters later by way of a Kyle Schimpf single.center_img The Lions pushed the lead to seven in the final inning after Steckler drew a hit-by-pitch, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher and scored on a Preston Faulkner sac fly. However, the Bears avenged the mistake by taking advantage of SLU’s own mishap – a wild pitch with runners on second and third allowing Beau Orlando to cross home plate. After Trey Shaffer pegged Fiori, Tanner Wiley scored on a near double-play ball to take a 2-1 lead. Southeastern Louisiana and Central Arkansas will face off once again on Saturday with the winner advancing to Saturday’s championship game. If McNeese wins Thursday’s nightcap, the game will be at 1 p.m. CT. If Incarnate Word defeats McNeese, the game will start at 9 a.m.last_img read more

‘Big Four’ still Grand Slam stars to beat, insists Novak Djokovic

first_imgSerbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates his victory during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship 2018 in Abu Dhabi, on December 29, 2018. – Djokovic won a fourth Mubadala World Tennis Championship title, coming back from a set down to beat Kevin Anderson 4-6, 7-5, 7-5. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)World number one Novak Djokovic said Monday that tennis’ big four — himself, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray — were still the favorites to win Grand Slam titles in 2019.Despite a combination of age, injury and long-held prediction of a new generation of stars about to burst through, Djokovic insisted the four veterans remained the players to beat.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ “I think if we are healthy and playing well, the four guys still have probably the best chance to always win Slams,” said Djokovic in Doha, ahead of playing in his season-opener, the Qatar Open.Djokovic is the favorite to dominate in 2019, having finished last season so strongly, overcoming an injury-hit start to the year to claim the Wimbledon and US Open titles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe 31-year-old also rose from world number 22 to number one, becoming the oldest ever player to finish the year as the highest ranked player in the world.His rivals, especially Nadal and Murray, are still battling back to full fitness, increasing the chances that the Serbian could add to his 14 Grand Slam titles. 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 world number eight admitted it was time for the next generation to step up.“All the guys who won Slams in previous years are on tour, so it will be very tough,” Thiem said.“Yes, there are four chances for us… and we are very pumped to take one Grand Slam and maybe it is going to happen this year.”Djokovic won a Qatar Open doubles match on Monday, partnering his brother Marko.He begins his quest for a third Doha singles title on Tuesday against Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina.In Doha, his main challenge is likely to come from Thiem and Karen Khachanov who ended Djokovic’s 22-match winning streak in November.Khachanov starts against three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka.“I’m happy, I’m fit, I’m ready for the season and I’m looking forward to starting it,” said Swiss star Wawrinka.On Monday, there were wins for Thomas Berdych, the Czech beating Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) and Russia’s Andrey Rublev against Italy’s Andreas Seppi, 7-5, 6-1. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk One more major win and he will overtake Pete Sampras to become third on the all-time list of Grand Slam winners. Only Federer (20) and Nadal (17) have more.Since and including 2010, the “Big Four” have won 32 Grand Slams between them, with Djokovic top of that list with 13 of his titles coming in the current decade.Djokovic though insisted that “the next generation is already there” and singled out Germany’s world number four Alexander Zverev, Croatia’s Borna Coric, number 12 and Greece’s number 15 Stefano Tsitsipas as the main threats.“It’s a matter of time when we will see some of them competing in the last stages of Grand Slams,” he added.Another of those who might challenge the usual suspects is Austria’s Dominic Thiem, who is also in Doha, and the number two seed after the Serb.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LOOK: Manny Pacquiao rings in new year with 10 rounds of mitts, roadwork Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Jazz boost NBA playoff bid with key win over Suns

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Heated 2nd half run propels Miami to romp of Pistons MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Our bigs have been solid all year long and they raised their level,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “A good night for those guys.”Utah went ahead by 14 early in the third quarter, but the Suns put together a 12-2 run to make it 59-55 with 8:29 to go.The crowd was buzzing even two possessions after Phoenix big man Richaun Holmes threw down a windmill dunk with his left hand with 3:39 to go in the third, cutting the Jazz lead to 72-66.A pair of free throws by Booker tied it at 75 with 30 seconds left. Joe Ingles hit a 3 out of the corner for a 78-75 lead for the Jazz at the end of three quarters.“We have to move forward. We have had a pretty good stretch here in previous games and you have to keep building on that,” Booker said. “You are going to have lumps in the road but you’ve got to keep going and punch the clock every day.”PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTSSnyder was asked before the game about the recent incident in Salt Lake City involving Thunder star Russell Westbrook and comments from a fan in the stands. The fan was banned from attending events at Vivint Smart Home Arena.“Anytime you have an incident that is unfortunate, you hope that there can be a catalyst for positive change,” Snyder said.T’D UPOubre was whistled for a technical foul for shouting at an official as he walked to the bench with blood trickling out of his nose just before halftime. Mitchell scored 16 of his 26 points in the second half and Derrick Favors added 18 for Utah. Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 20 rebounds as the Jazz ended a two-game skid and pulled into a tie with the Los Angeles Clippers for the seventh seed in the West.Utah dominated on the boards, outrebounding Phoenix 52-35.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“The goal is just to find our rhythm and keep getting better,” Gobert said. “Guys did a great job boxing out their man, and when you do that you get a lot of rebounds. It’s more about our defense.”Devin Booker’s 27 points led the Suns, who came back from 14 down in the third quarter to tie the score but couldn’t push past the Jazz in the fourth. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 18 points and Tyler Johnson had 15 for the last-place Suns, who had won four of five.center_img Utah led by 21 in the fourth quarter, pulling away after Phoenix tied it at 75 late in the third. Mitchell hit a 3-pointer with 2:57 left to make it 105-89.Ricky Rubio returned to the Jazz after missing two games with left hip tightness. He played 22 minutes and had six points and four assists.All three of Gobert’s field goals in the first quarter were dunks, and with 52 seconds left in the period he delivered a look-away bounce pass to Jae Crowder for a layup.The Suns led by four in the second, but the Jazz surged ahead with a 9-0 run. Another dunk by Gobert off a lob from Rubio made it 48-41 with 1:54 left in the first half.Mitchell’s 3 with 21 seconds remaining made it 53-41, and the Jazz led by 10 at halftime. Gobert had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the first half.ADVERTISEMENT 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 LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? TIP-INSJazz: Improved to 8-4 in the first of back-to-back games this season. … The first basket of the game for the Jazz came when Mitchell drove across the lane and delivered a no-look bounce pass to Favors for a dunk. … G Raul Neto entered in the second quarter, his first game since Feb. 27 because of hamstring tightness. He played 11 minutes.Suns: Recalled rookie guard Elie Okobo from Northern Arizona of the G-League. … Head coach Igor Kokoskov was on Snyder’s staff at Missouri in 1999-2000, and with the Jazz from 2015-18. … The Suns have lost five straight to the Jazz overall, and play Utah twice more this season.UP NEXTJazz: Return home to host Minnesota on Thursday night.Suns: At the Houston Rockets on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) drives as Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — Donovan Mitchell knows his team is in good position as it pursues a Western Conference playoff spot. He just wasn’t sure exactly where the Utah Jazz were in the standings, until right before Wednesday night’s game.“I really don’t pay attention to that stuff this time of year,” Mitchell said after leading the Jazz to a 114-97 win over the Phoenix Suns. “I try my best not to, because it allows you to get all distracted. We just want to focus on game to game.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

CPA has no established criteria for child placement

first_imgThe Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA) has no established criteria to determine which facility children are placed in once they areThe Childcare and Protection Agency officetaken into the State’s care, a recently released ChildLink report has revealed.The report “An Analysis of the Nature and Extent of Institutionalization of Children in Guyana” stated that the agency reported that based on “informal determination” of the facilities’ strengths as well as the care facilities’ preferences with regards to age and sex, a child is placed.However, it highlighted that the consultants at the agency were not in an informed position to indicate clearly where, for instance, an abused child−whether physical, sexual, neglected or otherwise−would be placed, as against a child whose family could not adequately provide food and shelter for them.The report questioned, based on this revelation, the type of criteria being used to place children in foster care.As of March 2016, the CPA recorded that 803 children were in alternative care (foster and residential), of which 624 of these children are in residential care while 179 are in foster care. These children were placed in alternative care because of various forms of abuse, poverty, disasters, disability of a parent, and the death of a parent.Child Counsellor Abbigale Loncke had stated that Guyana does not have separate facilities to cater for children who have either been abused or taken in because of wandering or poverty. She stated that while children enter alternative care for various reasons, they are all put in one type of facility − there is no distinctive facility.In Guyana efforts have been made to strengthen the legislative framework of the childcare and protection sector. During 2007 to 2011, a number of legislations were presented in Parliament, however a bill which addresses alternative family-based care remains inconclusive.During the period 2010 to 2015, the ChildLinK in collaboration with the agency, UNICEF, EU and Family for Every Child implemented the Foster Care initiative which led to developing the Kinship Care Initiative (KCI) and subsequently the Alternative Care Initiative (ACI). But its final position is uncertain. The bill is yet to be presented in the House.The report indicated that while the CPA continues to manage the foster care service, records show that the number of children being institutionalised has grown over a ten-year period by almost 50 per cent.Additionally, it stated that caregivers were not considerate with respect to the circumstances faced by a child, which gave rise to their admission to the facility before the placement was made.“Rather they were informed that the child would be assigned there and the facility was required to make the necessary arrangements for his or her admission,” it said, adding that this posed many challenges, since the caregivers did not know what to expect and therefore were unprepared for the circumstances presented by each child.“Some form of dialogue is, therefore, necessary between the residential facility and CPA before a child’s admission so that an informed response based on the particular needs of the child could be provided,” the report recommended.last_img read more

Govt’s Cultural Advisor’s threats can incite terrorism, constitute a threat of arson – PSC

first_imgTorching of Guyana Times/Evening News/TVG…calls for Ruel Johnson to step down to facilitate probeOne week after Cultural Policy Advisor to the Government, Ruel Johnson, had threatened to “torch” the Sanata Complex, which houses the Guyana Times newspaper, Television Guyana (TVG – CH 28) and Radio Guyana Inc (RGI) 89.5; the Private Sector Commission (PSC) has called out Government for its inaction against Johnson.Ruel JohnsonOn his Facebook page, the Cultural Policy Advisor at the Education Ministry and Director of the Guyana National Newspaper Limited, which publishes the Guyana Chronicle, Johnson stated bluntly, “Here’s my idea for a united Guyanese protest against impunity and tenderpreneurship – go break down all the parking meters and then proceed to torch the Sanata complex.”Johnson explicitly made the connection between the Sanata Complex, QAII, its owner and the Media Group consisting of its newspaper, television and radio stations.According to the PSC in a statement to the media on Monday, the Private Sector Commission is patiently awaiting the resolution of the matter involving Johnson, who was inciting terrorism when he made the social media post. “It has been several days and there has been no official response to the alleged threats made by Mr Johnson. These statements allegedly attributed to Mr Johnson may be deemed to incite terrorism, as well as constitute a threat of arson in breach of, inter alia, Section 40 of the Criminal Offences Act (which attracts a seven-year jail sentence), as well as Section 3 (2) of the Anti-Terrorism and Terrorist Related Activities Act of 2015 which attracts even stiffer penalties,” the PSC outlined in its statement.Moreover, the Commission posited that such a call from any other citizen would be reprehensible, while highlighting that threats directed at the Leader of the Opposition, as well as the President were appropriately and condignly dealt with under the Laws of Guyana. The PSC added that when such calls are made by a Government official to over eight thousand social media followers, then that official must surely be viewed with severity.To this end, the Commission underscored that Johnson has a duty to the nation to protect and promote its cultural diversity, however, his actions indicates that he is unfit for any position of authority.“If his alleged pronouncements are proven to be true, it is clear that he is unfit to hold responsibility for such a crucial and delicate element of social cohesion and the Private Sector Commission fully expects that the Minister of Education will take appropriate action to redress the situation. Certainly, Mr Johnson should at the very least step down until investigations are completed,” the PSC asserted. Following the threat on social media, a Police report was filed by the head of security at the media entity with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) last Tuesday.In Chapter 8:01 of Guyana’s Criminal Law (Offences) Act, Title four, Section 35, the charge of ‘Attempt, incitement and threat’ applies to “Everyone who, in any case where no express provision is made by this Act, or by any other written law for the time being in force, for the punishment thereof, attempts to commit, or incites, or attempts to incite any other person to commit any felony not punishable with imprisonment for seven years or more, or any misdemeanour, under this Act shall be guilty of a misdemeanour and liable to imprisonment for one-year.”Moreover in Section 36, the Act goes on to cite that in cases where the felony cited incurs imprisonment of seven years or more, the act of incitement carries imprisonment for two years. According to the laws of Guyana, arson is an indictable offence usually carrying a minimum sentence of three years and a maximum of five years.Since the complaint was filed a week ago, Police are yet to obtain a statement from Johnson. Last Wednesday, Police showed up at his office with the intention of taking him into custody for questioning, but were told that he was not there.Contacted again on Monday, A Division (Georgetown/East Bank Demerara) Commander Clifton Hicken told <<>> that the Police had returned to the Cultural Advisor’s office earlier in the day, but had to leave without seeing him for another engagement. Hicken assured that attempts would be made later in the day to contact Johnson.Meanwhile, since the report was filed, Johnson took to social media with a series of posts making a mockery of the Police and the situation.On the other hand, Education Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine last Tuesday had promised to seek an explanation from the Ministry’s Cultural Policy Advisor on the threat. Referring to such a comment being made as “strange”, Roopnaraine made it clear that such comments were not reflective of the Government or its views.“Certainly not! I don’t know where that came from or what it’s about. When I see him, I will ask him. It was brought to my attention and I would like an explanation on it.”However, the following day Johnson posted on his Facebook account saying that he had seen the Minister that morning and nothing was said to him about the issue.last_img read more

State requests verdict review in 2004 murder case

first_imgHe said no evidence was admitted during the trial to support a defense of mental illness that could result in involuntary manslaughter. “The defense here presented evidence that contradicted an unintentional killing, since the defense claimed \ killed in unreasonable self-defense based on delusion,” Robins wrote. The state also argued that a rehearing was needed because the courts have ruled on other cases that delusion doesn’t negate malice, which would reduce murder to manslaughter. The appeal court has about 30 days to respond to the petition, according to Gareth Lacy, spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office. Tara Selver, Trejo’s attorney in the appeal, doubted the state could get a rehearing. Rehearings are granted on a very limited basis, she said. Selver said the Attorney General’s Office also had an earlier opportunity to refute their argument but waived oral arguments. She shot down the state’s argument that no evidence showed Trejo’s lack of intent to kill Romo. “That’s not the defendant’s burden. It is up to the prosecution to prove that despite the mental illness evidence, he had the intent to kill beyond a reasonable doubt,” Selver said. Romo’s family could not be reached for comment. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The state Attorney General’s Office has asked an appeals court to review its decision overturning the murder conviction of an El Monte man. Orlando Trejo is serving 15 years to life for the second-degree murder of his girlfriend, Kimberlie Romo, who was either strangled or smothered Nov. 8, 2004. An El Monte police officer found her body stuffed in a suitcase in a bedroom closet at Trejo’s home the next day. The state, in its petition filed April 4, argued there was no evidence presented at trial that a mental disorder could have prevented Trejo from forming the intent to kill. Experts for the defense testified Trejo was paranoid, delusional, psychotic and thought Romo was part of some plot to kill him. On March 21, a 2nd Appellate District panel ordered a new trial for Trejo, ruling that Pomona Superior Court Judge George Genesta didn’t tell the jury Trejo’s delusional disorder may have affected his ability to form the intent required for murder. The appellate justices agreed with Trejo’s attorneys that what the judge did “essentially directed a verdict of murder.” During deliberations, the jury sent a note to the judge asking, “Can we find a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity or guilty, but insane?” The ruling said the jury was referred to the verdict forms. The forms were only for first- and second-degree murder. The defense’s experts testified that Trejo’s “basic functioning was in place” and that he killed Romo based on the delusion she was a threat to his life, which is an intentional killing, wrote Deputy Attorney General Corey Robins in the state’s petition. last_img read more

Goal-hero set for the drop? Tottenham predicted starting XI to face Man City

first_img 11 15. Eric Dier (centre midfield) 23. Christian Eriksen (left wing) 20. Dele Alli (attacking midfield) 4. Toby Alderweireld (centre back) 11 11 3. Danny Rose (left back) 11 It might have been by a slim scoreline, but Tottenham continued their incredible run of form by defeating Watford last weekend.It was not Harry Kane, Dele Alli or Christian Eriksen who was the hero though, in the end it was right back Kieran Trippier was fired home at the back post to make it four Premier League wins in a row.The victory put them second in the table but now they must face title rivals Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.Earlier this season, Spurs ran out 4-1 winners at White Hart Lane but they could find it tougher this time out.Mauricio Pochettino has no new injury news so still has to continue without summer signing Clinton Njie and Jan Vertonghen.So how will Spurs look against the Manuel Pellegrini’s side?Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Tottenham XI for their match with Manchester City… 11 11 11 2. Kyle Walker (right back) 11. Erik Lamela (right wing) 10. Harry Kane (striker) 27. Kevin Wimmer (centre back) 11 11 11 11 1. Hugo Lloris (goalkeeper) – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! 19. Mousa Dembele (central midfield) last_img read more

RICKY SIMMS PROMISES: ‘I WILL BRING USAIN BOLT TO DONEGAL’

first_imgRICKY, PATSY McGONAGLE AND THE FASTEST MAN ON EARTH AT THE LONDON OLYMPICS. Donegaldaily.comMILFORD man Ricky Simms has promised that he will bring Usain Bolt to Donegal – but it might be next year.The athletics sports management consultant was appearing on the Late Late Show on Friday night.And the Finn Valley AC member was asked if the fastest man on the planet would visit the county. “He’s always asking me about it,” said Ricky.“We will have to wait and see; we have to find a free weekend but it will be some time this year, or maybe next year but he does want to come over.”Simms has managed Bolt since he was 15 the Jamaican won the 200m World Junior Championship title for Under-2os in 2002.“After graduating from high school, Jamaican athletes traditionally go to university in the United States and spend four years there before they turn professional,” says Simms, who has just agreed a deal for Bolt to compete in the Anniversary Games in London in July. “But Usain didn’t want to do that. He liked Jamaica, was close to his mum and couldn’t face living away in a cold city – he doesn’t like the cold so much.“He decided he was going to turn pro in 2003 rather than go to university and it was recommended that he to talk to us.”The pair quickly hit it off and have had a strong relationship ever since.“The Irish and Jamaican character is very similar; we’re both laid back and we both like a bit of craic, so we got on,” Ricky told Ryan Tubridy.He also spoke about bringing Mo Farah home to Donegal for Christmas in 2006. Mo ran the St Stephen’s Day Finn Valley AC 5k in a new record time.“It was the first time he’d gotten that sort of great reception. People were asking for his autograph and he posed for pictures with a pint of Guinness. He really enjoyed that,” said Ricky.RICKY SIMMS PROMISES: ‘I WILL BRING USAIN BOLT TO DONEGAL’ was last modified: April 27th, 2013 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)Tags:RICKY SIMMS PROMISES: ‘I WILL BRING USAIN BOLT TO DONEGAL’last_img read more

2016 Relays Athletes Make Olympic History

first_img Matthew Centrowitz, became the first American gold medalist in the men’s 1,500 meters since 1908. Centrowitz was the 2015 Grand Blue Mile Champion and also competed inside Drake Stadium. Christian Taylor, the reigning Olympic and Worlds triple jump gold medalist and 2013 Drake Relays champion, claimed another gold in the triple jump. Ruth Beitia, a 2013 Relays champion and regular at the Blue Oval won Spain’s first gold medal in the high jump. When Americans Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin swept the medals in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, it marked the first time a nation had accomplished this near impossible feat. All three competed at the 2016 Relays with Castlin finishing second, Rollins third and Ali fourth. Additionally five of the top six finishers in the Olympic final raced on the Blue Oval in 2016. Omar McLeod, the 2016 Relays champion in the 110-meter hurdles and the 2015 Relays Most Outstanding Performer as a collegian, became Jamaica’s first gold medalist in the 110-meter hurdles. Michelle Carter was the first 2016 Relays Olympic medalist of the games and her gold medal in the women’s shot put marked the first American gold medal in the event and the first American medal since 1960.  Going into the final round, Carter was in second and claimed the gold medal with her last throw beating the two-time reigning gold medalist, Valerie Adams of New Zealand. Jenny Simpson, the 2016 Relays 1,500 meter champion and favorite of the Drake Stadium crowd, won the first medal by an American in the women’s 1,500 meters with her bronze medal in the event. Katerina Stefanidi, who has competed in the last two Relays and the Court Avenue and Capital Square Vault competitions, became the first Greek gold medalist in the event. She also won an NCAA Championship in 2012 at Drake Stadium. Relays competitors from previous seasons also made history just a few years after competing on the Blue oval.  The months leading up to the 2016 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee featured the unveiling of numerous ‘Rio Olympic Games Preview’ events assembled by Brian Brown, the Franklin ‘Pitch’ Johnson Director of the Drake Relays. Designed to capture the excitement of an Olympic year, Brown set out to assemble some of the top fields in the world to compete on the Drake Relays’ iconic Blue Oval.But even Brown, in his final year at the helm of the Relays, could not have predicted the degree to which those events would exceed even his own expectation and hype. The ‘Rio Olympic Games Previews’ truly lived up to their name and provided Drake Relays fans with the first opportunity to witness 20 future Olympic medalists compete up close and personal before showcasing their talent to the world in Rio.All told, 62 athletes that competed at the 2016 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee would go on to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games with 20 of them earning medals in their respective events, including 10 gold medalists. Both of those impressive totals would rank second on the track and field medal table if those athletes were competing as an independent nation. Only the USA’s impressive medal haul exceeded that of athletes from the 2016 Relays. The 10 gold medals earned by 2016 Relays athletes was only three fewer than the number earned by the entire American team. More than half of the USA’s 13 gold medals came from athletes that were at the 2016 Relays.Many of those athletes are likely to return to Drake Stadium in 2017 for the 108th running of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee on April 26-29. As always, Relays fans will have the thrill of cheering on reigning Olympic medalists while watching the next generation of Olympic medalists compete on the Blue Oval.In addition to the prestige of capturing an Olympic medal, many of the athletes from the 2016 Relays also made history with their medal winning performances including these highlights. Below are athletes from the 2016 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee that medaled at the 2016 Rio Olympic GamesGold MedalistsMichelle Carter – USA – Shot PutDerek Drouin – Canada – High JumpOmar McLeod – Jamaica – 110mHBrianna Rollins – USA – 100mHKerron Clement – USA – 400mHDalilah Muhammed – USA – 400mHKaterina Stefanidi – Greece – Pole VaultMorolake Akinosun – USA – 4x100m RelayCourtney Okolo – USA – 4x400m RelayLaShawn Merritt – USA – 4x400m RelayDavid Verburg – USA – 4x400m RelaySilver MedalistsKirani James – Grenada – 400mWill Claye – USA – Triple JumpBrittney Reese – USA – Long JumpNia Ali – USA – 100mHSandi Morris – USA – Pole VaultBronze MedalistsLaShawn Merritt – USA – 400mSam Kendricks – USA – Pole VaultClayton Murphy – USA – 800mJenny Simpson – USA – 1,500mKristi Castlin – USA – 100mHPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more