MOST READ Jovielyn Prado, the Season 92 Finals MVP, said they plan to repay their coaches with nothing else but the biggest trophy of the year.“We will win this championship for our coaches who have, since the first day, worked really hard in teaching us,” said Prado Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Lady Chiefs booked their return flight to the championship round after brushing off Jose Rizal University, 25-13, 25-20, 25-17.Arellano didn’t even need to use its twice-to-beat advantage, a perk that was given to the Lady Chiefs after finishing the preliminaries with an 8-1 record and 23 points as the no.1 team. Coaches can only do so much with their Xs and Os, and the Arellano Lady Chiefs know that their mentors’ lessons are much bigger than just tactics and plays.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Prado, who’s already won two titles, knows that they shouldn’t be celebrating Final Four victories and that they would only let their guard down when they win it all.“We won’t celebrate this one because we still haven’t got what we aimed for at the start of the season and that is to defend the title,” said Prado who had seven points against the Lady Heavy Bombers.“Of course we’re happy but we still need to work even harder to get what we want.”Prado, who is on her last playing year, added one more thing that’s motivating her ahead of the finals series against San Beda.“This is my last playing year and it’s super important for me to leave something behind,” said Prado.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina No pressure for Raqraquin, San Beda ahead of NCAA finals View comments
Halep will open against Alison Riske, and Ostapenko will take on Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine.The hard-hitting Ostapenko, who last year became the first unseeded player to win the women’s title since 1933, was handed a tricky draw as she could face former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in the second round.The tournament starts on Sunday.In the men’s draw, 10-time champion and overwhelming favorite Rafael Nadal will open against Alexandr Dolgopolov.Nadal is arriving in Paris on the back of another impressive clay-court season. He is 19-1 on his favorite surface, having lost just one match in the Madrid quarterfinals this month against Dominic Thiem.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Williams resumes her comeback after maternity leave following two consecutive losses in March. She will open against 70th-ranked Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic.This will be Williams’ first Grand Slam event since giving birth to her daughter in September. She hasn’t played at a Grand Slam since winning the Australian Open in January 2017 while pregnant.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownRanked No. 453, Williams entered Roland Garros under the WTA’s protected ranking rule but has not been granted a seed by organizers. Without a seeding, Williams was drawn in the same quarter as Sharapova, who was seeded 28th.While nobody really knows what to expect from Williams, Sharapova had a chance to fine-tune her clay-court game last week in Rome and made it to the semifinals beating reigning French Open Jelena Ostapenko and losing a three-setter to top-ranked Simona Halep Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial View comments China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls FILE – In this March 21, 2018, file photo, Serena Williams makes a return against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, during the Miami Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla. Serena Williams will be competing in the French Open tennis tournament that begins on Sunday, May 27.(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)PARIS — Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova could meet in the fourth round of the French Open thanks to the draw on Thursday.Yet a matchup between three-time champion Williams and two-time champion Sharapova is far from guaranteed.ADVERTISEMENT High prices, canceled flights mar Champions League final MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations 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 “Having enjoyed the success I had over the last couple of weeks helps to be here with a bit more confidence,” Nadal said at the draw.Nadal is trying to become only the second player, male or female, in tennis history to win 11 singles titles at any Grand Slam event after Margaret Court, who won the Australian Open 11 times.The seventh-seeded Thiem, who ended Nadal’s streaks on clay of 21 wins and 50 sets won, will face a qualifier in the first round. He is in second-seeded Alexander Zverev’s quarter and can’t meet Nadal before the final.Former champion Novak Djokovic was drawn in the same half as Thiem and Zverev. He will open against a qualifier.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
View comments Philadelphia made 6-foot-11 Okafor the third overall pick out of Duke in the 2015 NBA draft. But Okafor’s production fell considerably last season from the nearly 15 points and six rebounds he averaged through his first two seasons with the 76ers.He appeared in only two games with Philadelphia last season before being traded to Brooklyn, where he played about 13 minutes per game as a reserve, averaging 6.4 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Okafor joins projected starter Julius Randle among the new centers the Pelicans have acquired since DeMarcus Cousins’ departure in free agency for Golden State. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Djokovic beats Polansky, Del Potro withdraws from Rogers Cup Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Peza offers relief to ecozone firms FILE – In this Jan. 8, 2018, file photo, Brooklyn Nets center Jahlil Okafor (4) looks to pass during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in New York. A person familiar with the situation says free-agent center Jahlil Okafor has agreed to join the New Orleans Pelicans. The person spoke to the The Associated Press Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)NEW ORLEANS — Two people familiar with the situation say free-agent center Jahlil Okafor has agreed to a two-year contract with the New Orleans Pelicans.The people spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced. They say the contract includes a team option in Year 2.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
Dear Editor,Guyanese need to start ratcheting up the pressure on the David Granger APNU/AFC Government. It is dastardly and diabolical that David Granger refuses to call General Elections after the No-Confidence Motion was passed against the Government.It is not the case that the PPP/C makes a better alternative with Irfaan Ali as the presidential candidate with Bharrat Jagdeo pulling strings behind the scene.The case is that the APNU/AFC are wannabe dictators and must be resisted.The fact is that David Granger (as President) anointed retired Justice James Patterson as Chairman of GECOM who now votes with the APNU/AFC Government Commissioners on GECOM.Some of us PPP/C supporters gave the APNU/AFC the benefit of the doubt but enough is enough, time to rid ourselves of these wannabe dictators.Yours faithfully,Sean Ori
Steven Samukai, the renowned Liberian sculptor, barely made it into the New Year—succumbing to the cold hands of death on January 3, following a period of illness. He was 66.The deceased was taken to ELWA Hospital in Paynesville to seek medical attention when he passed away. The late Samukai was born in Foya Statutory District, Lofa County, but spent most of his life in Clay Ashland, Montserrado County.Prior to his death Samukai had advocated for Liberians to see the need to preserve Liberia’s cultures, especially the wearing of traditional Liberian cloth.He also underscored the need for parents to teach their children the names of traditional musical instruments and how to play them as a means of knowing their cultural identities.In one Daily Observer interview, Samukai described traditional musical instruments as symbols of true Liberian heritage. He regretted that many Liberian children do not know the names of traditional Liberian musical instruments because their parents failed to teach them about their cultural heritage.The sculptor said he developed a passion for carving when he received training from Liberia’s famous sculptor, R. Vanjah Richards, a son of Clay Ashland, who was killed by government soldiers during the country’s civil crisis.Samukai is survived by his wife, Albertine James, five children: Vivian, Amelia, Dee, Kekeh and Samukai Junior and scores of relatives, including Defence Minister Brownie J. Samukai and Edward Samukai. The dedication ceremony was graced by many community residents most of whom were seeing a new market building in their community for the first time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…no evidence of negligence – doctorThe life of a mother is never the same after she loses a child. There is a certain level of darkness that envelops her existence as she mourns the death of that precious tiny being that she carried and nurtured inside of her for nine months. She loses a piece of her heart and quite often loses part of her existence.Devi Balram’s baby girl with an oxygen mask at the private city hospitalDevi Balram and her husband, Shiva Warner, sharing a joyful moment in expectance of their childFeeling that sense of loss is Devi Balram, a young mother who recently lost her child after delivery at a popular private city hospital. This loss has led the family on a path to seek answers since the hospital’s authorities are not providing them.It was during the Christmas holiday season that Balram found out that she was pregnant. She immediately started to glow and life began to revolve around her as she was now nurturing another being inside of her. The family began paying extra attention to her and they dealt with every morning sickness symptom, every craving and ensured that every doctor visit was completed.They were very excited about the arrival of the newest member of their family. The pregnancy was normal with little to no known complications. The doctors had determined that her delivery would have been smooth because the baby appeared to be normal and the mother was in fine health.However, life dealt Balram and her husband, Shiva Warner, a deadly blow. One that they never thought they would have been on the receiving end of.On August 4, the young mother was at her Good Hope, East Coast Demerara home going about her daily routine when she began to feel some level of pain. She immediately alerted relatives, who prepped and transported her to a popular Georgetown private institution so that she could deliver her baby.The decision to use the private hospital was made because the family felt that Balram would have received a higher level of care as opposed to the public hospital. Also, they were somewhat worried because of the stories they heard coming from the public hospital. They decided to spare no expense so that the baby could have the best possible entrance into the world.After she arrived at the hospital on the morning of August 4, she was examined and admitted since the doctors determined that she was in labour. A short while after she was admitted, a senior doctor at the institution proceeded to rupture the amniotic sac to release the fluid and get the birthing process started.“They checked me to see if I was open and they said yes it was open and I was supposed to get the baby Sunday…I was there in pains with contractions,” she said.Balram was in labour for a few hours and in immense pain. She pleaded with the doctors for some relief and it came to her in the form of an injection and that is where the family believes that things went downhill. The nurses and midwives continued to monitor the mother and the child during the delivery process and both heartbeats and blood pressure were normal.Following the injection, Balram explained that she was encouraged to push as midwives pressed her tummy to aid the delivery. However, her baby was stuck in her birthing canal for some 25 minutes.“About two hours after she said the baby was about to come and them start to instruct me and tell me when to push because I wasn’t really feeling pain but when the baby was coming I was feeling the pressure. I was pushing to my best effort while they were instructing me and I don’t know, the baby got stuck and they were giving me confidence like she will be there soon, keep pushing but I didn’t realise the time that she was stuck there. After the last push, she slit me and the baby came out,” she explained.After she delivered her daughter, Balram knew something was amiss but she was too exhausted and trusted her healthcare providers to ensure that her baby was safe. The baby was not crying and Balram became very eager.The doctors told her that the baby came out “blue” which indicated a lack of oxygen. She became very worried. The young woman immediately broke down and requested to see the child on August 5.Relatives who were present at the hospital and know what transpired after the birth process told this publication that the child was given oxygen with an adult mask.Balram’s daughter took her last breath sometime around 00:00h on August 6.Documents seen by Guyana Times state that the child died from intestinal bleeding and cardiac arrest. The family believes that the baby’s death was as a result of negligence.Although this may be the case, Balram’s grandmother, Juliet Coonjah, the Regional Vice-Chairperson for Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) said they have been waiting for over one week for a response by the hospital. In addition, they said they were made to foot the entire bill and no compensation was offered.No negligenceAlthough relatives of the mourning mother are contending that a caesarian section (C-section) should have been performed on the young woman to avoid the infant being trapped in her mother’s passage for such a long time, a senior doctor at the institution has claimed that the baby’s death was not as a result of negligence.In an interview with this publication on Monday, the doctor explained, “We did an investigation and there was no evidence to suggest there was negligence”. When asked about the injection that family members claimed was wrongly administered, he responded, “They can claim whatever they want to claim but the hospital has done its internal investigation and we found there was no evidence of negligence on the part of the doctor nor the nurses,” the doctor said. (Davina Ramdass)
West Ham are set to step up their interest in Marseille defender Nicolas N’Koulou as they prepare for the departure of Winston Reid.Hammers boss Sam Allardyce appears to have given up hope of keeping key centre-back Reid.The New Zealand international has been one of the star performers for the east London club over the last few years, but he has failed to agree terms on a new contract and can leave as a free agent at the end of the season.He may even depart this month should West Ham receive a suitable bid, with Arsenal or Liverpool rumoured to be among a host of clubs keen to secure the player’s signature.And Allardyce is already lining up his replacement in the form of N’Koulou.N’Koulou, 24, has been earning rave reviews for Marseille in the French league and West Ham are ready to pounce for the highly-rated Cameroon international. Winston Reid 1
Montclair Prep 65, Maranatha 28: Indira Kaljo scored 19 points and Kristina Mitchell had 13 as Montclair Prep of Panorama City (17-2, 2-1) defeated Maranatha of Pasadena (6-9, 0-3) in Olympic League play. MMilken Community 54, Faith Baptist 44: Drew Mazur had a game-high 26 points and Sam Else added 12 as host Milken Community of Los Angeles defeated Faith Baptist of Canoga Park in a Heritage League game. Milken (8-8, 2-1) led 25-14 at the end of the first half. Reniassance Academy 89, Pacific Lutheran 63: Archie Robb scored 37 points and Justin Cook had 31 and eight assists as Reniassance Academy of La Canada Flintridge defeated visiting Pacific Lutheran of Torrance in a nonleague game.Freshman Hector Harold added 10 points for the Wildcats (13-4). Hillcrest Chr. GH 91, L.A. Lutheran 22: Dallas Rutherford scored a season-high 32 points as Hillcrest Christian Granada Hills easily defeated visiting L.A. Lutheran of Sylmar in Heritage League play. Ryan Haliday added 19 points and a game-high 15 rebounds for Hillcrest (10-6, 3-0), which outscored L.A. Lutheran (0-8, 0-2) 36-3 in the third quarter. Yeshiva 79, Buckley 61: Richie Polan had 35 points and 13 rebounds but, Buckley of Sherman Oaks (7-6, 3-1) still lost to visiting Yeshiva of Los Angeles (3-3 in league) in Liberty League play. Saugus 56, Hart 54: Mitch Weber scored 14 points and D.J. Smith added 12 as host Saugus defeated Hart of Newhall in a Frontier League game. GIRLS’ SOCCER Village Christian 3, Windward 2: Senior forward Jessica Gordon scored all three goals, including the winning tally off an assist from Brisa Bishop with 20 minutes left, to lift visiting Village Christian (8-3-1, 2-1) to an important Olympic League victory over Windward of Los Angeles (4-7, 0-2). The San Diego State-bound Gordon increased her season total to 28 goals, moving her passed Kristy Krohn (120) – who played at L.A. Baptist of North Hills and Cal State Northridge – and into third on the area’s all-time career scoring list with 121. El Camino Real of Woodland Hills’ Kandice McLaughlin is the area’s all-time leader with 137 and former Oaks Christian of Westlake Village standout Alysha Hoven is second with 129. Gordon has six more regular-season games to add to her total, including another important league showdown Friday against visiting Valley Christian of Cerritos, which shared the Southern Section Div. V title with Oaks Christian of Westlake Village last season. Hart 5, Burbank 0: Sophomore forward Sarina Coutin scored twice, increasing her area-leading total to 31, to lift host Hart of Newhall (17-3, 4-0) to a Foothill League victory. Coutin tied Laura Qualls’ school record for goals in a season, set in 1997. Katie Kuykendall, Lindsay Mills and Aubrie Smith also scored goals for Hart – ranked eighth by the Daily News – which plays host to top-ranked Saugus (12-1-1, 4-0) Friday in a first-place showdown. Brittany Tippet recorded her 12th shutout of the season for the Indians. Saugus 2, Valencia 0: Courtney Moses and Amanda Terry scored for the Centurions (12-1-1, 4-0) – the Daily News’ top-ranked team – who increased their Foothill League unbeaten streak to nine games with the road victory over the Vikings (6-7-4, 2-2). Canyon 7, Burroughs 1: Michelle Moore scored two goals, Haley Rebel had a goal and an assist and Alexia Zatarain had two assists for host Canyon of Canyon Country (9-3-3, 2-2), which scored five second-half goals en route to snapping a two-game losing streak. Courtney Belsheim, Deanna Clegg, Jessi Locke and Gina Walker also scored goals for Canyon, which dropped Burroughs of Burbank to 4-8-1, 0-4. Oaks Christian 11, Santa Clara 0: Kelsea Smith scored less than two minutes into the game and added three assists to lead host Oaks Christian of Westlake Village (10-3-1, 2-1) to the Frontier League victory. Kristen Clark and Casey DaSilva each had two goals and Emily Blumenthal, Anna Ramos, Megan Schoppe and Micala MacRae all scored for the Lions, who recorded their 80th all-time shutout and improved to 99-19-19 in the program’s six-year history. Oaks Christian goes for its 100th victory in Monday’s nonleague game against Dos Pueblos of Goleta. Highland 10, Palmdale 1: Freshman forward Samantha Johnson scored four goals, giving her 24 on the season, for host Highland of Palmdale (14-2-2, 5-0) in the Golden League victory. Farryn Townley had three goals and an assist, and Courtney Morrell, Krystal Perkins and Kaylee Sandefer added goals for the Bulldogs, who received assists from Hillary Anderson, Alex Fulladosa and Natalie Miranda. Lancaster 11, Antelope Valley 0: Torie Riley had three goals and Maria Arroyo and Patty Garcia added two goals apiece for Lancaster (13-0-3, 4-0-1), which set up a showdown for first place in the Golden League with Highland of Palmdale on Thursday. MChatsworth 3, Cleveland 0: Jennifer Barrientos, Christina Chopin and Mia Swafford scored goals for visiting Chatsworth (6-8-1, 2-1) in the West Valley League victory over Cleveland of Reseda (2-5, 0-3). Granada Hills 4, Birmingham 0: Melissa Fernandez, Ashley Hill, Gina Kecskes and Marilyn West scored for host Granada Hills (10-4-2, 2-1) in the West Valley League victory. SOCES 10, Fulton College Prep 0: Lauren Sanchez scored three goals as SOCES of Sherman Oaks defeated host Fulton College Prep in a Crosstown League game. Antonia Aljuwani also scored two goals and Phoebe Kuhlman, Kirsti Khachikian, Brenda Sandoval, Margaret Sanchez and Kristian Sanchez each scored a goal for SOCES (7-0). BOYS’ SOCCER Hart 2, Burbank 0:Matt Valiaka scored twice to put his season total at 31 as Hart of Newhall defeating host Burbank in a Foothill League game. Valiaka broke the single-season record Jan. 13 against Burroughs of Burbank of 28, which was held by Jim Hofferber since 1987. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card In contrast, the Centurions have struggled in recent weeks, losing four of their past six games after beginning the season 11-0. Hart’s next test will come when it visits Canyon, the Daily News’ second-ranked team, Friday at 5 p.m. The game will likely determine which team wins the league title this year. In other girls’ basketball: Canyon 59, Valencia 41: Jessica Guerrero had 16 points and five assists to lead Canyon of Canyon Country, ranked second by the Daily News, to a Foothill League victory over host Valencia (12-9, 0-4). Brittany Thomas added 12 points for the Cowboys (17-4, 3-1). Burroughs 45, Burbank 37: Britney Morgan scored a game-high 15 points and Pham Thompson had five points and 11 rebounds as Burroughs of Burbank defeated visiting Burbank High in Foothill League play. The Indians made quick work of Saugus (14-5, 1-3), jumping out to a 42-7 halftime lead. Lilley was the only player on either team to score in double figures on the night. The victory marks Hart’s third straight blowout victory following a stunning 54-53 loss at home Jan. 10 against Burroughs of Burbank. Since, Hart has outscored its opponents by an average of 35 points per game. University of Oregon-bound Tayor Lilley hit her first seven 3-pointers and finished a school-record 9 of 15 from behind the arc as Hart of Newhall, the Daily News’ top-ranked team, crushed host Saugus 60-18 in a Foothill League game. The senior point guard, who was 5-of-6 from 3-point territory Saturday at the Ladies’ New Year’s Ball at Moorpark College, finished with 31 points as Hart (15-4, 3-1) remained in a three-way tie for first place in league with Canyon of Canyon Country and Burroughs of Burbank.
Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic 1 Juventus are hoping to replace Manchester United target Paul Pogba with Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, according to reports in Italy.French star Pogba is expected to leave Turin this summer with either United or Real Madrid his most likely destinations, although Paris Saint-Germain retain an interest.The 23-year-old is likely to fetch a world-record transfer fee of around £100m should he finally complete a switch – so Juve will have cash to splash on his replacement.Javier Mascherano has been linked with a move to the Serie A side but now Gazzetta dello Sport have claimed that Matic is top of their list.The Serbian, who arrived from Benfica to begin his second spell at Chelsea in January 2014, has racked up 86 Premier League appearances in the past two-and-a-half seasons.His form dipped at times last term but he is expected to play a key role in Antonio Conte’s new-look Chelsea side.However, it has been reported that Juve will be ready to test his resolve to keep hold of Matic with a big-money bid once Pogba’s out of the door.
Neighbors have complained for more than a year of nausea, burning eyes, diarrhea and other illnesses, court papers show. A state investigation showed 331 occasions when the companies picked up waste but did not take it where they were supposed to. On 273 occasions, somebody forged signatures on documents indicating the waste had been delivered to disposal facilities, state officials said. The forged documents were produced so the defendants would be paid by the companies that hired them, prosecutors said. In court documents, neighboring residents and business people accused Smith & Thompson of also dumping raw, untreated septic waste on the property to avoid paying fees to dispose of it at a sewage treatment plant. The property gives off a smell of rotten eggs – hydrogen sulfide gas from the septic waste, the court papers say. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Neighbors complaining they were sickened by waste stored at a Lancaster industrial yard whose co-owner was arrested on environmental and fraud charges got a judge’s permission to take samples from the property. An expert hired by the neighbors’ attorney took samples from three storage tanks, from a mound of what is believed to be lime and from elsewhere on the Avenue L-9 property of Smith & Thompson Pumping Co. and sister firm S&S Environmental and Processing. “I’ve never seen a site that bad,” said the neighbors’ attorney, Anthony Patchett, a former environmental prosecutor. “People are suffering the results of hydrogen sulfide gas.” Patchett said he expects to have the test results in time for an Oct. 17 hearing, at which the neighbors will seek a court order halting operations that they contend have turned the property into an illegal waste-storage site. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Patchett said he asked for the immediate sampling order so tests could be done before material was removed from the property. He said mounds of material on the property have decreased substantially over the last several months, as environmental officials have investigated the operation. S&S co-owner Sherwin Smith, 41, of Tehachapi and truck driver Marvin Dunbar, 32, of Mojave have pleaded not guilty to criminal charges filed against them by Los Angeles County prosecutors. Smith, charged with 36 felony counts of grand theft, illegally storing and disposing of hazardous waste, and forgery, is out on bond. Dunbar, charged with one count of grand theft, remains in jail in lieu of $212,000 bail. Both were arrested Sept. 28. Smith’s attorney did not return a telephone call Friday. State health officials accused the firms of illegally storing toxic industrial waste and of falsifying documents about what they did with it.