Liberia’s lead transparency watchdog, the Liberia Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (LEITI) has expressed delight over Sime Darby Plantation’s investment in Western Liberia.The Head of LEITI’s Secretariat Mr. Samson S. Tokpah, who led a LEITI delegation on a one-day compliance verification tour within Sime Darby’s concession areas in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount Counties, observed during the week that the Malaysian Conglomerate was doing a lot for the local communities in addition to the terms laid down in its concession agreement with the Liberian Government.Mr. Tokpah said he was quite impressed over the level of dedication and commitment Sime Darby was showing in honoring its commitment to the 63-year Concession Agreement that was signed with the Government back in 2009, and taking it a step beyond.“I am quite impressed with the dedication and commitment that you are showing in honoring the concession that you signed with the Liberian Government in 2009. For us at LEITI, as a global watch-dog and a transparency body, our job is to strike a balance between business interest and accountability;” Mr.Tokpah said during the tour.The Transparency top-man said, he acknowledges the daunting challenges Sime Darby faces in its land development plan for Liberia. He said, however, that there was a more compelling need to move the process forward through accountability and transparency in doing business in developing countries like Liberia.He continued that his institution has a more global role to play, when it comes to verifying how each party to the concession respects the Concession Agreement (CA).“The government has a role to play, and I think the government must respect that responsibility to the people and to you the investors. Civil society has a role as well; then of course you the investor have a role. If we can all honor our individual responsibilities, it is only at that point that we can consider it a good one,” LEITI Boss said.The LEITI delegation visited SDPL clinic at Clerks, Bomi County. The Clinic provides free healthcare services to residents of Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties. Beneficiaries include employees and non-employees of Sime Darby as well as residents from other surrounding towns and villages, and accident victims.Tokpah and his team also visited Sime Darby schools within the concession area, including Matambo Estate in Grand Cape Mount County. Matambo is Sime Darby’s first estate in Africa, and stands as one of the best among others within the agriculture sector, according to Finance Minister.Apart from the healthcare centers in Clerks, Bomi County, Matambo Estate has a school, a clinic, and a day-care center for children of working mothers, a football field, a church, a mosque, a community hall and a supermarket.Each of the 186 housing units within the estate has three bed rooms for ordinary workers including a living room, one bath and a kitchen. Sime Darby Head of Project, Upstream Liberia, Roslin Azmy Hassan, said during the tour that his company was committed to developing more land in Liberia as it has done with Matambo.Hassan pledged that Sime Darby will construct 88 central housing complexes in Liberia as well as employ 35,000 Liberians once the company is fully operational.According to the first 4-year development plan, Sime Darby was expected to develop more than 24,000 hectares of green fields into oil palm and rubber; to date, however, the company has been able to plant only slightly over 10,000 hectares with oil palm and rubber.Sime Darby also has more than 2,900 Liberians employed as permanent workers, earning more than US$5.65 as daily wages.According to the Ministry of Labor, the daily wage offered by Sime Darby is the highest in the Agriculture sector. Employees of Sime Darby are also enjoying free medical insurance as well housing and educational benefits for their children.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A group of University students under the banner, Progressive Students Association of Nimba (PSAN), has taken issue with the county’s Legislative Caucus by calling on them to desist from pushing for the resignation of Superintendent Fong Zuagele. The students, in a statement, expressed concern about their lawmakers’ quest for the resignation of the superintendent in the wake of the violent crisis that occurred at the ArcelorMittal concession area in Nimba two weeks ago. The students stressed that the legislative caucus wants the Supreintendent’s removal only to get them achieve their selfish intentions. According to the students, members of the caucus and some “senior” citizens of the county recently held a meeting that ended in deadlock at Senator Thomas Grupee’s residence, where they called for the dismissal of the Superintendent.The student group, quoting the lawmakers, said they (lawmakers) had threatened that failure on the part of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to dismiss Superintendent Zuagele would lead to their noncompliance in supporting bills submitted by the President, or halt the legislative work by boycotting sessions.The students alleged that the lawmakers claimed the President failed to consult them before appointing the Superintendent, while the Superintendent himself unilaterally suspended Clinton Laywhee, the county’s Public Management Committee (PMC) chair.The students also said the lawmakers alleged that the Superintendent had provoked the recent riot in the county, and masterminded the arrests of many citizens during the violence.Regarding the President’s failure to consult them before appointing the Superintendent, the students said, “We are constrained to ask our lawmakers where had they have ever read that the President must consult the Legislature before making appointment executive appointments.”On the issue of Mr. Laywhee’s suspension, the students said, they are beginning to suspect that the lawmakers are connected to the unjustifiable US$300,000 withdrawn from the county’s account in a day’s time as alleged by the Superintendent for which he suspended Mr. Laywhee.“We are afraid that the lawmakers are using the recent violence as a scape goat to quiet the Superintendent on his investigation,” the students said.As per Supt Zuagele provoking violence and masterminding the arrests of several other citizens as claimed by the lawmakers, “we want to make it categorically clear that though the Superintendent had some missed steps in the process, equally so, some of the lawmakers played direct and clandestine roles in the arrest, detention and incarceration of some of those arrested.”The students disclosed in their statement that Superintendent Zuagele had made significant efforts in ensuring that some of those arrested were released. “We urged all parties to proceed to Nimba so that our elders, women, youths and all relevant authorities can intervene and have this problem resolved as it was done in the Teeko VS. Lawmakers’ case,” the students pleaded.They then called on their lawmakers to immediately disengage as the resignation or dismissal of the Superintendent is not the way forward in resolving the numerous problems in Nimba.When a member of the Nimba Legislative Caucus was contacted shortly after the students presented the statement, Representative R. Matenokay Tingban, described the student group as “misinformed people,” who have been incited to do things they do not know about.According to the Nimba District #9 Representative, members of the caucus have resolved not to work with the Superintendent, because he has “grossly disrespected us.”Representative Tingban alleged that the Superintendent does not communicate with them, because they refused him a loan from the county’s coffer to purchase his vehicle.On the issue of the suspension of the Project Management Committee head, Clinton Laywehyee, Representative Tingban said the Superintendent, the caucus, and even the President does not have the power to suspend him, but the council that set up the PMC.At the same time, Superintendent Zuagele has refuted claims by the Legislative caucus that he has grossly disrespected them. When he spoke via mobile phone to this newspaper, Mr. Zuagele said, if members of the caucus feel he is part of the recent trouble in the county, they should prove evidence and take him to task, “but not to lie on me.”He disclosed that they want him to compromise fraud in the county; something he said, he has consistently rejected, and that is why they are seeking his dismissal.“I suspended the PMC head for fraud, and he should be investigated. Fraud is a crime that was committed and in such a case the suspected person should undergo investigation,” Mr. Zuagele concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
To mitigate cases of illegal migration from persons travelling to Cuba and Guyana, the second round of bilateral talks between the two Governments were recently concluded, where discussions surfaced for the implementation of several workable measures.Citizenship Minister Winston FelixAccording to the Ministry of the Presidency, the Guyana delegation was led by acting Foreign Affairs Minister, Winston Felix, and other officials of the Ministry, where the two countries pledged to strengthen their collaboration and implement a framework to review migratory patterns.Guyana Times understands that the meeting examined the possibility of implementing a visa protocol for persons entering Guyana from Cuba. Felix stated that the policy has been to suppress visas as a requirement to enter the country but there are persons who sometimes become invisible.For this, he stated, “What we have to do is to manage it and to ensure that over time, those who are invisible can be brought to light and we can understand what is happening.”The Minister reiterated, “Once they leave Cuba legally and they arrive here legally; we are going to accept them and treat them as all other members of the Caribbean family are treated.”Some of the matters focused primarily on the illegal migration but Trafficking in Persons was addressed as one of the burning issues, and how both territories can reduce the opportunities for persons to be held in such captivity.Director of the Division of Consular Affairs and Cuban Residents Abroad, Ernesto Soberon Guzman, related Cuba shares a common goal with Guyana.“Our main concern is to try to avoid Cuban people that visit Guyana, that use its territory as a transit in irregular migration… these people become victims of the trafficking of human beings, so in this regard we are very pleased with the conversation, with the results. I think that we share common goals in order to promote this regular, safe, orderly travel and, at the same time, to fight against irregular migration and against human trafficking,” he said.The first discussions with between the two countries took place in 2016 and they will meet again in another two years.In 2016, it was reported that Guyana along with other South American countries are major transit ports for Cubans refuges seeking access to the United States via the use of land as opposed to the more excruciating water route they traditionally use.This was according to NBC Nightly News in its April 30, 2016, broadcast where an investigative piece highlighted that there is a new migrant crisis unfolding in America where thousands of undocumented Cubans were stranded on a gruelling journey they hope would end in the US.
With training camp just ten days away the picture on the blue line for the Fort St. John Huskies is starting to come into focus. The team has added two defenceman, Will Lightfoot from Fernie of the KIJHL, and former Tracker Lou Giesbrecht.Club general manager Jeremy Clothier said Lightfoot is a stay at home defender that makes a big impact in his own zone.“He’s a six foot one defenceman with lots of experience. He played a full year in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. He’s a big shut down defenceman that has playoff experience in junior B and junior A. We figured it was a good fit to add a veteran guy on the back end where we were looking to add to start the year,” he said.- Advertisement -Giesbrecht meanwhile got his feet wet with the Huskies late last season and into the playoffs filling in as a midget affiliate, and the team is hoping the impression he left carries over into the upcoming season.“He affiliated for us and played ten games including a couple of games in the playoffs. We’re really excited to add him to the back end as well. He’s a physical defenceman, not scared to get in the corners, not worried about being in front of the net and battling guys. He’s a strong skater and a thick kid so we’re looking forward to seeing his progression this year,” Clothier said.The additions coupled with the returning defence core leaves the Huskies with five positions on the blue line spoken for. A couple of spots remain open on the back end for the team’s training camp next weekend at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.Advertisement
Reuben Droughns, Cleveland’s only 1,000-yard rusher since 1985, was traded to the New York Giants, who need a feature running back following Tiki Barber’s retirement. In return for Droughns, who became expendable after the Browns signed free agent Jamal Lewis to a one-year, $3.5 million contract on Wednesday, the Giants sent Cleveland wide receiver Tim Carter. As part of a three-year, $12 million contract extension he signed last year, Droughns was due a $1.75 million roster bonus this month. But instead of paying him or releasing the 28-year-old and getting nothing in return, the Browns acquired Carter, a part-time starter who had 22 catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns last season. Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher doesn’t expect troubled cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones to return to the Titans’ facility with the rest of his teammates when they report March 19. The NFL is examining 10 separate incidents in which when Jones has been questioned by police since being drafted, including a Feb. 19 triple shooting at a Las Vegas strip club. Fisher and chief operating officer Steve Underwood met with Jones’ lawyers at the attorneys’ request for what Fisher characterized as an information-gathering meeting. Fisher said the Titans are still gathering their own information before deciding whether to keep Jones. Cincinnati cornerback Deltha O’Neal, one of nine Bengals players arrested over a nine-month period, pleaded guilty to a less serious traffic offense stemming from his arrest at a drunken driving checkpoint. O’Neal, originally charged with driving drunk after being arrested on Dec. 9 at a checkpoint in Clermont Country east of Cincinnati, pleaded guilty to reckless driving. O’Neal told Municipal Court Judge James Shriver that as a father of three small children, he realized the need to be more responsible. Shriver gave O’Neal a 30-day suspended jail sentence and three years’ probation. He fined him $250 and ordered him to donate $1,000 to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Shriver suspended O’Neal’s driver’s license for six months from the date of his arrest, but allowed him to drive to and from work. Former NFL running back Richie Anderson, now an assistant coach with the Arizona Cardinals, was arrested during a Phoenix police anti-prostitution operation. Anderson, 35, was arrested at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday for soliciting prostitution at about 9:30 p.m., Sgt. Andy Hill said. The department’s vice unit was conducting an undercover sting operation in south Phoenix when Anderson allegedly solicited an officer posing as a prostitute. Simon suspendedNew York Islanders forward Chris Simon was suspended indefinitely by the NHL for his stick-swinging hit to the face of Rangers center Ryan Hollweg. Simon was given a match penalty for deliberate attempt to injure late in Thursday night’s 2-1 loss to the Rangers. The length of the suspension won’t be determined until after a disciplinary hearing. That hasn’t been scheduled but is expected to take place next week, likely in Toronto. Simon was ejected with just more than 6 minutes left, and the ensuing power play led to the decisive goal in the Rangers’ victory. Just seconds before he was hit, Hollweg drove Simon into the boards with a hard, clean check. Simon got up angrily and met Hollweg as they came together again. He then swung his stick into Hollweg’s face, just above his neck. Hollweg’s chin was bloodied, but he was not seriously injured and expects to play today when the Rangers visit Pittsburgh. Simon has been suspended several times before by the league, and that could carry weight when the latest punishment is handed out. Doctor pleads guiltyA New York City doctor pleaded guilty to illegally writing prescriptions for human growth hormone and anabolic steroids on behalf of patients he never met. Victor Mariani, part of a nationwide investigation into the illegal sale of steroids, said little during a brief hearing in U.S. District Court, except to acknowledge his guilt. He’s convicted of 26 counts accusing him of aiding and abetting the distribution of human growth hormone and anabolic steroids and other related charges. He could face a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count. A sentencing hearing is set for June 1. Federal prosecutors allege Mariani was one of two doctors recruited to write fraudulent prescriptions for American Pharmaceutical Group, which advertised anabolic steroids and human growth hormone in magazines and Web sites targeted at bodybuilders. Linked to the scandal, in various reports, are baseball’s Gary Matthews Jr., Jose Canseco, John Rocker, Jerry Hairston Jr., David Bell and Darren Holmes, former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, Pittsburgh Steelers doctor Richard Rydze, 1996 Olympic wrestling gold medalist Kurt Angle and bodybuilder Victor Martinez. Player arrestedA University of Idaho football player faces possible felony armed robbery and battery charges after his arrest early Friday, police said. Tone Taupule, a 22-year-old safety, was arrested about 4:30 a.m. in Moscow after a resident was robbed and pistol-whipped in his home. Taupule, a senior, made an initial appearance in district court, where bail was set at $100,000 and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for March 22. Taupule was booked into the Latah County Jail for investigation of felony armed robbery and aggravated battery. BrieflyThe Seattle SuperSonics suspended already idled forward Danny Fortson for two games without pay for conduct detrimental to the team. The suspension covers Friday night’s game at Boston and Sunday’s game at Toronto. Fortson, a 10th-year veteran, is in the final year of a contract paying him nearly $6.6 million this season. So Fortson will lose more than $160,900 during the suspension. South Florida basketball coach Robert McCullum was fired after the Bulls lost 28 of 32 games during the school’s first two seasons in the Big East Conference. McCullum, who had two years remaining on his contract at about $200,000 per season, went 40-76 in four seasons. South Florida lost its last seven games to finish 12-18 this season. Lee Kang-Seok set a world record in the 500 meter, finishing in 34.25 seconds and winning at the World Single Distances Speedskating Championships in Utah. Lee’s time in the second race topped Joji Kato’s record of 34.30, set at the Utah Olympic Oval in November 2005. Lee also won the 500 title with a combined time of 68.69 seconds for the two heats. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rhodes likely will split time in Oakland with LaMont Jordan, who is staying with the team after agreeing earlier in the week to reduce his roster bonus from $4.75 million to $3 million. The Raiders had one of the worst offenses in NFL history last year on the way to a 2-14 record. They scored just 168 points – fifth fewest in a 16-game season – and had only 12 offensive touchdowns. Oakland had the worst-ranked offense and ranked 29th out of 32 teams in yards rushing. Running back Dominic Rhodes is going from the Super Bowl champions to the team that posted the worst record in the NFL last season, after agreeing Friday to a two-year contract with the Oakland Raiders that could be worth up to $7.5 million. “I just want to come in and help this team win,” Rhodes said. “It’s an honor to be here and an awesome experience to play for the Raiders. The whole history of the Raiders, I love it.”
Seismologists said that they had detected an “artificial” rumbling, possibly caused by “widespread jumping” when the goal was scored.Fans crammed into the Zocalo, the city’s main square, to celebrate.“What happened today was an earthquake of joy for us — just imagine, we beat the world champions!” said Laura Villegas, a 45-year-old merchant who downed her beer with tequila in one gulp.“What happened hey, what happened hey, to the Germany that was going to beat us today?” the crowd chanted.The streets of Mexico City were full of jubilant football fans © AFP / RODRIGO ARANGUAPresident Enrique Pena Nieto joined the party, saying on Twitter: “Confirmed: Mexico competes and wins against the best in the world, Congratulations to @miseleccionmx! Great match!”Victory rallies erupted in other major cities such as Guadalajara, Toluca, Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez.– ‘Lozano for president’ –Fans celebrated across the country, including in Guadalajara © AFP / Ulises RuizThroughout the capital, the streets filled with exhilarated fans, on foot, bicycles, motorbikes or in cars. Some blasted their car stereos, while others shrieked in glee.Amid the cacophonous bustle, a veteran violinist played the traditional tune “Cielito Lindo” — roughly translated as “Lovely Sweet One.”The victory was a heart-stopping one, but “a small goal is still a goal,” said the musician, while fans left coins in his instrument case.One female fan, a flag in her hand and the national colors painted on her cheeks, screamed: “We are an Aztec warrior force!”“Lozano for president, Lozano for president!” fans cheered — not forgetting that the country will hold elections to choose a new leader on July 1.Ana Maria Contreras, a primary school teacher, came with her children and even dogs decked out in El Tri’s signature green jerseys to join the festivities.“We have shown that we can compete with any power. And I hope that whoever wins as president also knows how to lead us to victory,” she said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mexico fans gathered in the capital’s main Zocalo square erupt as their team defeated Germany at the World Cup © AFP / RODRIGO ARANGUAMEXICO CITY, Mexico, Jun 18 – Thousands of jubilant Mexico supporters partied in the streets of the capital Sunday after their team’s shock 1-0 victory over World Cup holders Germany — singing, dancing, blaring car horns and cheering El Tri.The earth literally moved in quake-prone Mexico City when Hirving “Chucky” Lozano smashed home the game-winning goal in the 35th minute at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium — a football “earthquake of joy.”
Letterkenny Rovers were held to a 1-1 draw by Keadue Rovers on Saturday morning in the Donegal Schoolboys league. Letterkenny Rovers travelled north-west to take on Keadue at Central Park.Keadue went into the game a point above the Letterkenny side with four points from two games and the Letterkenny Rovers had three points from two games. The Letterkenny men started well with plenty of chances early on forcing a number of good saves from Keadue goalkeeper Declan Ward.The Letterkenny side eventually broke the deadlock when centre midfielder Ryan Finn smashed home a half volley from 20 yards which was well out of the goalkeepers reach.Keadue were playing against a strong breeze in the first half and couldn’t manage to create any opportunities.Letterkenny kept pushing and just before the half time whistle striker Zach Gorman ran onto the end of Shay Dohertys cross but his shot struck the post. Keadue started the second half a lot stronger with the wind now on their side.Keadue forced Letterkenny goalkeeper Eoin O’Boyle to make a few brilliant saves, but after fifteen minutes of the second half they found themselves on level terms with a twenty five yard strike from their striker.The Letterkenny side woke up after conceding and pushed on but were denied in a one-on-one situation by goalkeeper Declan Ward.Keadue managed to hold Letterkenny off and the game finished up as a draw.LETTERKENNY ROVERS U16’S HELD BY SPIRITED KEADUE ROVERS SIDE was last modified: October 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Keadue RoversLetterkenny RoversNoticessoccerSport
Minister Rabbitte confronted at the Radisson this evening. Pic Northwest News Pix/Joe BolandJUST four people turned out this evening to protest at the presence of natural resources minister Pat Rabbitte on a visit to Donegal – and three of them were children.Just Corina McCallig and her children Nikita (10), six-year-old Ethan and little daughter Emily, who is three, bothered to protest outside the Radisson Hotel in Letterkenny.The minister was in the town the mark the ending of work on a new high-powered electricity line finishing at a switching station in Glenties. Protest groups – and farmers – had opposed the 110 kilovolt line, claiming it had ruined the countryside.However Eirgrid and the Minister have insisted Donegal needs stable power supply to help attract jobs and investment to the county.Ms McCallig had somehow gotten her hands on an election poster belonging to Fine Gael councillor Terence Slowey – and turned it into a protest poster against Irish Water.“I’m still here,” she said when asked why so few people were continuing to protest against water and property taxes. “I won’t stop protesting. This government has sold us all down the river. They’ve taxed our homes, sold off our water and sold off our gas and oil and natural resources.”She then turned on the Minister when he arrived, heckling him. She told him: “You’ve sold all our natural resources Minister. My children will have to leave this country because of you.”Minister Rabbitte, who is expected to be axed from the Cabinet in the upcoming reshuffle, said he was doing what was in the interests of the country.But why so few protests now in Donegal?“I’m here with my children,” said the mother of three. “I won’t stop speaking up for our children.”There was a significant Garda presence in the area, but no real protest to police. Just one Garda stood alongside the mother and her children.IS THIS THE END OF DONEGAL PROTESTS? JUST ONE MUM, 3 CHILDREN TAKE ON MINISTER was last modified: June 26th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalGardaiGlentiesletterkennyMinisterpat rabbitteprotest
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We’ve been in our away uniforms all year,” coach Mike Kane said. With only freshmen and sophomores, West Ranch (0-1) has scheduled two varsity games and seven JV games. After the game with Lakeside, the Wildcats finish with four home JV games, beginning Oct. 22 against Verbum Dei of Los Angeles at Valencia High. SPOTLIGHT Santa Clarita Christian quarterback Jared Dennis has established himself among eight-man football’s most productive players. In a 60-21 victory last week over Avalon, from Santa Catalina Island, Dennis completed 15 of 19 passes for 238 yards and three TDs, and he rushed for 158 yards and four TDs. In four games, Dennis has passed for 685 yards, rushed for 599 yards and accounted for 24 TDs for Santa Clarita Christian (3-1). “I’m really pleased. Jared has worked very hard,” coach Garrick Moss said. “We haven’t seen defenses as good as we’re going to see over the next few weeks, but teams were still hitting, and Jared’s rushing yards were especially hard yards.” OFFBEAT A few moments before the start of the second half of Friday’s Valencia-Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks game, Vikings quarterback Michael Herrick needed a protein fix, so the team manager rushed to the snack stand to buy him a hamburger. He took a few quick bites, then smiled when the manager asked if someone was going to reimburse her for the burger. OFF THE CHART Since the start of the 2002 season, Canyon is 4-0 the week after a loss. How Canyon compares to the rest of the Foothill League: SchoolRecPct. Canyon4-01.000 Valencia6-2.750 Hart6-2.750 Burbank6-12.333 Burroughs5-12.294 Saugus4-15.211 NUMBERS GAME 63Percentage of Canyon’s touchdowns scored by J.J. DiLuigi (17 of 27). The junior running back has scored 15 rushing touchdowns, one receiving and one returning a kick. THIS WEEK’S GAMES HART (4-1) vs. SAUGUS (2-3) at College of the Canyons, 7:30 p.m. Player to watch: James Wheeler, DB, Hart. Wheeler will look to shut down Saugus WR Casey Stevenson (21 receptions, one TD), who caught a career-best seven passes in a loss last week at St. Francis of La Canada. Outlook: These are programs headed in opposite directions. Hart has won three in a row since falling 33-21 to St. Bonaventure of Ventura in Week 2. Saugus has lost three in a row. Hart is 13-0 against the Centurions since 1991. “A victory would be great,” Saugus coach Jason Bornn said. “We knew it was going to be an uphill battle, and we want to compete. We’ve discussed the fact that we didn’t play up to our ability last week. I thought we’d be a lot more competitive against St. Francis, but we had some turnovers, which was frustrating.” Hart QB Tyler Lyon, who has missed three games because of injuries, is expected to play. DL Wilfred Aka and LB Griffin Cannon have helped the Indians hold opponents to an average of 17.2 points. Saugus has been outscored by an average margin of 20.3 points during its losing streak. Centurions DB P.J. Sweigart, a second-team all-league selection last year, made his season debut last week after recovering from a leg injury. Zach Summers has passed for 544 yards and four TDs, and rushed for four TDs. VALENCIA (4-1) at BURROUGHS of Burbank (3-2) , 7 p.m. Player to watch: Thomas Kyle, RB, Burroughs. Kyle rushed for 218 yards and two long TDs last week, breaking Mike Perez‘s school career rushing record. Kyle is considered one of the league’s fastest breakaway threats. Outlook: After last week’s disappointing loss at three-time Div. III champion Notre Dame, Valencia has a soft place to fall in what is expected to be an easy victory to begin league competition. “It was a tough night against Notre Dame, but it was a good game,” coach Larry Muir said. “I would think our kids put in as much effort as they could.” Valencia’s Michael Herrick, closing in on the state career passing yardage record, has completed 61.4 percent of his throws for 1,580 yards and nine TDs. He suffered a minor bruise to his throwing hand against Notre Dame but is isn’t expected to be hampered. Shane Vereen has rushed for 618 yards (10.0 avg.), caught 26 passes and scored 13 TDs. Kyle has rushed for 601 yards (8.3 avg.), caught seven passes for 132 yards and scored seven of Burroughs’ 13 TDs. He’s also a top cornerback. Tony Banuelos has passed for 524 yards (46.8 pct.) and five TDs. LB Josh Baladeros has 48 tackles. Valencia holds an 8-2 series advantage, with eight consecutive victories. BURBANK (3-2) at CANYON (4-1), 7 p.m. Player to watch: Robert Linda, QB, Burbank. The pressure is on Linda, who was pushed into emergency QB duty following an injury to starter Jason Barbic three weeks ago. Linda is 2-0 as a QB but has completed just three passes. Outlook: Canyon bounced back after a surprising upset loss at Simi Valley three weeks ago, winning two in a row. A 20-0 victory last week over Crespi of Encino was impressive – many expected a close game. J.J. DiLuigi is Canyon’s key player. He has rushed for 646 yards (6.4 avg.) and scored 17 TDs, many on long breakaways. He also plays a role in an underrated defense led by DL Garrett Leary and LBs Tyler Hawkins, Matt Brown and Nick Jurado and DBs Blake McMartin, Chris Kingsbury and Michael Montano. Since Harry Welch began his second stint as Canyon coach in 2001, the Cowboys have defeated Burbank four times, scoring an average of 48.5 points. Burbank’s Marcus Hood has rushed for 637 yards – 406 over the past two games – and scored eight TDs. Multipurpose back Jason McNeil also is a breakaway threat. In a 25-0 victory over Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta last week, McNeil scored on an 80-yard run and also had a 48-yard reception. WEST RANCH (0-1) at LAKESIDE of Lake Elsinore (1-5), Saturday, 7 p.m. Outlook: This is the second and final varsity game of the season for West Ranch, primarily a JV team of freshmen and sophomores. West Ranch, led by RBs Joe Spell and Tyler O’Brien, is seeking the first official victory in school history. Lakeside, also freshmen and sophomores, lost five in a row by an average margin of 43.2 points before defeating winless Silver Valley of Yermo 35-8 last week. SANTA CLARITA CHRISTIAN (3-1) at THACHER of Ojai (2-2), Saturday, 2 p.m. Outlook: Santa Clarita Christian, led by QB Jared Dennis and OL/DL John Grayem, has averaged 53.7 points per game, but annual eight-man playoff contender Thacher has played much stronger competition. STANDINGS FOOTHILL LEAGUE TeamRecord Valencia4-1 Hart4-1 Canyon4-1 Burroughs3-2 Burbank3-2 Saugus2-3 Others: Golden Valley 0-5 (freelance); West Ranch 0-1 (freelance); Santa Clarita Christian (Heritage League/Eight-man) 3-1. SEASON LOGS CANYON (4-1) 55at Leuzinger0 42Burroughs/R21 27Simi Valley34 42South Torrance6 21Crespi0 TonightBurbank Oct. 21at Saugus Oct. 28Burroughs/B Nov. 4Valencia Nov. 10at Hart GOLDEN VALLEY (0-5) Home: Canyon HS 0Burbank66 14Knight24 14Pioneer Valley67 7Alemany38 14Palos Verdes62 Oct. 13Quartz Hill Oct. 21at Ontario Christian Oct. 29Salesian Nov. 4at Carpenteria Nov. 11St. Genevieve HART (4-1) Home: College of the Canyons 7Moorpark6 21at St. Bonaventure33 38Westlake7 23at Birmingham13 34Loyola27 TonightSaugus Oct. 21at Burroughs Oct. 28at Valencia Nov. 4at Burbank Nov. 10Canyon SANTA CLARITA CHRISTIAN (3-1) Home: Canyon HS 46Discovery52 48Hillcrest/TO30 61Accelerated6 60Avalon22 Saturdayat Thacher Oct. 22*L.A. Lutheran Oct. 29#Hillcrest (GH) Nov. 5Faith Baptist *at L.A. Baptist #at Valencia SAUGUS (2-3) Home: College of the Canyons 57at Blair 0 48Pasadena7 21Chino48 7Notre Dame21 0at St. Francis20 Tonightat Hart Oct. 21Canyon Oct. 28at Burbank Nov. 4Burroughs Nov. 11Valencia VALENCIA (4-1) 35at Bishop Amat21 51Birmingham30 48El Toro20 30St. John Bosco3 28at Notre Dame35 Tonightat Burroughs/B Oct. 21Burbank Oct. 30Hart Nov. 4at Canyon Nov. 11at Saugus160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HE SAID “We have to come out and make a statement and do what we know how to do. Whatever happened before is over and done with. Everyone is 0-0 again.” – Saugus safety Kyle Monson, on tonight’s Foothill League opener against Hart. DID YOU KNOW? West Ranch, on the road for the fifth consecutive week for Saturday’s varsity game at Lakeside of Lake Elsinore, has yet to play a home game this season.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Chi Mak, who is a U.S. citizen, allegedly passed the information to his brother, who then encrypted or helped encrypt the files and loaded them onto a computer disk, according to prosecutors. Tai Mak and his wife, Fuk Heung Li, were arrested Oct. 28 at Los Angeles International Airport as they prepared to travel to Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China. The disk was found hidden inside the cover of an English-language study guide that Tai Mak carried, authorities said. Sixty more deleted files – all encrypted – were later found on Tai Mak’s home laptop, which had a shared drive with computers at Power Paragon, authorities allege. Investigators also found a “key code” to decrypt the files in a white envelope in a drawer in Tai Mak’s bedside table. During the first hearing Monday, U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney overturned an earlier ruling by another judge to grant release on bond to Chi Mak. Carney said he recognized strong character evidence supporting the release of the engineer, but that the nature of the charge and alleged activities made it impossible to grant bond. He scheduled another hearing in two weeks to revisit the issue. “This is a unique charge,” Carney said. “I have to put that strong character evidence in the context of the charge. I don’t know whether he’s leading a double life or not. That’s for a jury to decide.” SANTA ANA – Two brothers charged with being unregistered agents for China were denied bail Monday by separate federal judges in lengthy hearings, one of which included detailed testimony from an FBI special agent and an FBI Mandarin-language expert involved in the case. The cross-examination of the lead investigators, however, did not reveal much additional information about the depth of the government’s case against U.S. defense technology engineer Chi Mak, 65, and his younger brother, Tai Wang Mak. Mak, his wife, Rebecca Laiwah Chiu, and his brother were indicted on a charge of being unregistered agents for China. All have pleaded not guilty; Chiu is free on $300,000 bond. Investigators allege that Chi Mak took computer disks from Anaheim-based defense contractor Power Paragon, where he worked on a sensitive research project involving propulsion systems for Navy warships, and took steps to send the information to China. Carney said defense arguments that prosecutors trumped up the case to raise alarm didn’t convince him that Chi Mak wasn’t a flight risk. “You’re talking about billions of dollars of technology that puts our country at serious risk. You are saying this is a big farce … but this is a pretty darn serious charge,” the judge said. At another hearing later Monday, U.S. District Judge Marc Goldman denied bail to Tai Mak after hearing from two FBI agents involved in building the case against the brothers. FBI Special Agent James Gaylord, who prepared an affidavit submitted last month that alleged the defendants committed crimes ranging from stealing government property to conspiracy, said Chi Mak’s home had been under surveillance since June 2004. He said Tai Mak’s home had been bugged since September or October 2004. Gaylord referenced several phone calls between Tai Mak, his son and his wife in which they allegedly discussed encrypting the files and made at least one reference to doing so on previous occasions. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!