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HARRIS FARMS’ HOMEBRED DESERT LAW DOMINATES $100,000 THOR’S ECHO STAKES, WINNING BY 6 ¼ LENGTHS IN RAPID 1:09.49

May 31, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: nexmcumgj.

first_imgHARRIS FARMS’ HOMEBRED DESERT LAW DOMINATES $100,000 THOR’S ECHO STAKES, WINNING BY 6 ¼ LENGTHS IN RAPID 1:09.49 RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSESARCADIA, Calif. (June 15, 2019)–In what must rate as one of the most impressive sprint performances of the Spring Meet, Harris Farms’ homebred Desert Law seized the moment turning for home and marched to an emphatic 6 ¼ length win in Saturday’s $100,000 Thor’s Echo Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Carla Gaines and ridden by Rafael Bejarano, the 5-year-old Desert Code gelding got six furlongs in a sizzling 1:09.49.Breaking from post position five in a field of six California-bred or sired 3-year-olds and up, Desert Law sat an attentive second to speedball Smiling Angelo up the backside and around the far turn and drew even at the quarter pole, whereupon the Thor’s Echo was for all intents and purposes, over.“He has been training fantastic, he loves the track,” said Gaines. “He’s one of those that just glides over this deeper racetrack. His works have been phenomenal and he’s run out of conditions. The Cal-bred program is great because you are restricted to Cal-breds, so it’s all good!”Most recently fourth in a 6 ½ furlong open allowance here on May 11, Desert Law was off as the 8-5 favorite and paid $5.40, $2.60 and $2.20.Out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Treasure Chest, Desert Law, in his first-ever stakes appearance, notched his fifth win from 15 overall starts and with the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $259,707.“I’ve been working him the last three weeks and he’s been training amazing,” said Bejarano, who notched his 4,000th career win earlier in the day. “I told Carla, anything, six or 6 ½ (furlongs) and he’ll be tough. I thought the speed would go today and it worked out good for us.”Last heading to the far turn, Coil Me Home rallied for second, finishing 4 ¾ lengths in front of Smiling Angelo. Off at 9-5 with Drayden Van Dyke, Coil Me Home paid $3.00 and $2.20.Ridden by Joe Talamo, Smiling Angelo just held off comebacking Smokey Image by a nose for third money and paid $2.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.15, 45.13 and 57.05.The Thor’s Echo is part of the lucrative Golden State Series. Sponsored by the CTBA, the Golden State Series is for California-bred or sired horses.last_img read more

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President appoints new ERC, TSC commissioners

January 12, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: nexmcumgj.

first_imgHaving received much criticism over the delay in appointing constitutional bodies, the Government has finally moved to appoint members to form the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) and the Teaching Service Commission (TSC).Commissioners for both bodies took the oath of office before President DavidNewly appointed ERC Commissioners with President David GrangerGranger at State House, and their appointments have become effective from Thursday.Members appointed to serve on the Ethnic Relations Commission are: Barrington Braithwaite, Ruth Howard, Roshan Khan, Major General (retd) Norman McLean, Pandit Deodat Sharma, Ashton Simon, Rajkumarie Singh, Bishop John Smith, Neaz Subhan and Norris Witter.Chairman of Parliament’s Appointments Committee, Dr. George Norton, told the media that the delay in appointing members to serve on the ERC was to avoid a situation where its members were political.Under Article 212 of the Constitution, the ERC advocates equality of opportunity among persons of different ethnic groups; promotes the elimination of all forms of ethnic-based discrimination; and discourages persons, institutions, political parties and associations from indulging in discriminatory practices.The ERC is also required to recommend to the National Assembly criteria to be considered for the purposes of deciding whether any person has committed acts ofNewly appointed TSC Commissioners with President David Grangerdiscrimination on the ground of ethnicity; investigate complaints of racial discrimination, and make recommendations on the measures to be taken if such complaints are valid; and where there is justification, refer matters to the Human Rights Commission or other relevant authorities.The ERC was derived from recommendations of the Herdmanston Accord, signed on January 17, 1998 between then President Janet Jagan and Opposition Leader Desmond Hoyte. Brokered by a Caricom mission, the Accord sought to provide a peaceful solution to the political impasse that had gripped the country after the contentious December 1997 Regional and General Elections.The first ERC was established in 2002 and expired in 2006.President Granger has urged the ERC Commissioners to “discharge their duties without cowardice, without malice, and without prejudice”.Persons appointed to serve on the Teaching Service Commission are: Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson (ex-officio), Avril Crawford, Alan Munroe, Elizabeth Ramlall, Amjad Ali Shaw, Debra Thomas, and Barbara Thomas-Holder.Teachers were last appointed and promoted for 2015 after the High Court had ruled that the TSC had used the wrong procedure in determining who had been eligible then. With the appointment of this new commission, promotions of both junior and senior teachers will begin.President Granger has said the TSC is tasked with ensuring there is a corps of qualified, trained, and highly motivated teachers in the local education system. He urged them to ensure fairness in their appointments.last_img read more

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Police Officers arrested for alleging murdering Brazilian miner

January 12, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: nexmcumgj.

first_imgTwo Police Officers have now been taken into custody after they allegedly murdered a Brazilian miner in Puruni, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and attempted to get rid of the body on Saturday.Estevão Marquês Costa, the now dead manThe Brazilian miner’s name was given as 37-year-old Estevão Marquês Costa.Based on reports received, the two officers – a Subordinate and a Constable – who are stationed at the Kurupung Police Station, abandoned their post on Friday.Guyana Times understands that the men reportedly left on an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) to patrol the area but for some reason left their jurisdiction and via a boat went to a landing in Puruni.Upon their arrival there, the Police Constable reportedly exited the boat and went to a shop a short distance from the landing while his subordinating officer reportedly waited in the boat.However, soon after, the man heard a loud explosion and without hesitation, he made his way in the direction of the sound. He came into contact with the Constable who related that the miner discharged a round at him and in retaliation, he returned fire.Nevertheless, the Police stated that two other officers who were in the area investigating another matter turned up at the scene and reportedly took possession of the .30 carbine rifle which was used by the Constable.The Divisional Commander was contacted and upon orders that two police ranks were arrested and placed in custody. A team of Officers have since been dispatched to Puruni to further investigate the matter.On the other hand, an eyewitness told a different story. It was reported that the two Police ranks went to raid a mining camp belonging to the now dead man’s mother. Upon seeing the Police, Costa who was an undocumented miner attempted to escape and it was at this time, the Constable cocked his gun and fired two shots hitting Costa to his head.After shooting the man, the two Police ranks reportedly panicked and made efforts to get rid of the body. The eyewitness reportedly told detectives that the two Police ranks attempted to burn the man’s body but the other miners created a scene.All the while the mother held onto her son’s body. The ranks eventually relieved the woman of the deceased after which they wrapped it and placed it in the boat they arrived in at the location.It was reported in a section of the media that the Police dumped the man’s body on a beach on their way to Bartica.last_img read more

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OLYMPIC HERO BRENDAN BOYCE RETURNS TO HIS OLD SCHOOL MULROY COLLEGE

December 27, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: nexmcumgj.

first_imgHead boy, Gavin Alcorn Friel and Head girl Niamh Boyle making a presentation to Brendan along with Principal Fiona Temple. Also pictured are the Deputy Head boy, Patrick Mc Conigley and Deputy Head girl, Mariosa Friel.Brendan returned today to Mulroy College where Principal Ms Fiona Temple and students congratulated him on his latest achievement of qualification to the 2016 Olympic games.Brendan attended Mulroy College many years ago and returns where possible to meet with students to inspire them to work hard and reach their goals in life.Ms Fiona Temple said, “Brendan is a great athlete who is at the highest level in his sport. “His recent PB is very competitive. He is testimony to what hard work and a determination can achieve.“It was great to see him and get an opportunity to congratulate him and wish him every success in the future.”    OLYMPIC HERO BRENDAN BOYCE RETURNS TO HIS OLD SCHOOL MULROY COLLEGE was last modified: March 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brendan BoyceMilfordnewsOlympic GamesSportlast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: MUFF SENIORS BEATEN BY NAOMH ULTAN

December 27, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: nexmcumgj.

first_imgMUFF GAA CLUB NOTESCLUB LOTTOThere was no jackpot winner in last weeks lotto there were two winners of €50 the numbers drawn were 7-6-2-3-5-1-4. The winners were as follows:Eileen McLaughlin, Quigleys Point.Teresa Randle, Urris. The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime. If any kids would like to start selling lottos each week feel free to contact their coach for more information.Next Weeks Jackpot €950SENIORSThe seniors suffered defeat when they travelled to Naomh Ultan on Saturday evening going down to a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-8. Next week they hope to follow up on their first championship win against Letterkenny gaels when they travel to pettegio.UNDERAGEUnder 6 and Under 8 training is on every Friday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Ture this is for boys and girls born in the year 2007,2008,2009, and 2010 all new faces welcome and can all boys and girls bring a water bottle and cost of session is €2 for info contact Daniel on 0862072745..Under -10 training will continue this Friday in Ture from 6.30pm to 7.45pm. This is for boys and girls born in the years 2005 and 2006. All new players welcome can all boys and girls bring water bottle and cost of the session is €2. For info contact Kevin on 0863576713.Under 12 Training for the 2015 season has started and will continue every Saturday in ture from 10.30am to 12pm. Please bring Trainers, Gum Shield, Water Bottle and €2. This is for players born in 2003 and 2004. New players welcome. Contact Damian for more info 087 7963559Under-14 training is on every Sunday from11.30am to 1pm and every Wednesday aswell for details contact neil on 0863855855Under 16 and Minor training will take place every Monday and Friday evenings at 7pm to 8.15pm in ture.Good luck to our U-12s who this Sunday play Malin in the Gerry O Neil final in Carn. This is a repeat of the Maurice McMenamin Go-Games final and it promises to be a tough match for these talented group of players throw in is at 7.30pm. Our B team also take on Malin in the b Final in carn which throws in at 6pm and all support will be greatly appreciated for both teams .CLUB APPOur new club app is now live on the App Store and google play store In the app you can play the clubs lotto every week through the games section and keep up to date with club events and wats happening within the club. Also there is direct links to Facebook and twitter. You can also share your photos of games you are at via the app. So get downloading and have a look for yourselfMONTHLY MEETINGThe monthly meeting will take place on Monday the 20th of july in the clubhouse.CLUB GEARThe club has a range of club gear for sale and are placing a order soon with O’Neills. If any one is interested in ordering new gear or purchasing some for details contact Dermot Mc Colgan on 0879978968As always keep up to date with club activities through Facebook,Twitter,Club APP and through are website on www.naomhpadraig.comGAA NEWS: MUFF SENIORS BEATEN BY NAOMH ULTAN was last modified: July 20th, 2015 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:donegalMuff GAA noteslast_img read more

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County leasing gets costlier

December 25, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: nexmcumgj.

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week McCauley’s report culminates an inquiry sparked several years ago when U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials said they were concerned about leases for welfare offices and the possible waste of federal dollars intended to help mostly poor people. The county owns about 5,000 buildings and leases 358 additional facilities. Under lease-back deals, state and federal governments can provide a higher rate of reimbursement to counties that lease space rather than own it outright. McCauley’s report also comes as the District Attorney’s Office is investigating the county Chief Administrative Office’s Real Estate Division to determine whether its head, Chuck West, provided inside information to a prominent Westside developer that built three of the office buildings, then leased them back to the county. The District Attorney’s Office probe, which officials said Tuesday is ongoing, led to West, also known as Charles Mazouch, 55, of South Pasadena, being put on paid leave Sept. 14. Los Angeles County must reimburse the federal government $6 million after years of inflating claims and misspending taxpayer dollars on lucrative lease-back deals for four welfare offices, according to an auditor’s report released Tuesday. The report’s author says county government also must reduce future claims by $1.4 million annually for state and federal reimbursement of building-lease costs for the four offices – two in El Monte and the others in Glendale and West Los Angeles. In addition, county Auditor-Controller Tyler McCauley said he now intends to review all county leases that involve state and federal reimbursements. “What I need to do is start looking at all of these contracts for space costs to make sure they comply with federal guidelines,” McCauley said. That was a day before investigators served search warrants seeking financial records and vacation photos of West and his wife and any recordings demonstrating any conspiracy between West and the developers, according to the warrants. Warrants seeking similar documents and photos also were served on developers Robert Sonnenblick and Nelson Del Rio and their wives. West has denied that he had any inappropriate dealings with Sonnenblick-Del Rio, including providing the developer with inside information or allowing officials to pay for his vacations to Jamaica, Europe and Breckenridge, Colo. Sonnenblick-Del Rio officials did not return calls for comment. Dave Parker, manager of Chase Glendale Services, said the firm owns the Glendale office building and leases it to the county. “Out of 500 deals I’ve done, this is how I’ve done all of them,” Parker said. “Ours is a straight deal. I just finished a similar deal with a national church organization. I’m really surprised.” In his report detailing the lease-back deals, McCauley wrote that in one case the Department of Public Social Services had searched unsuccessfully for 10 years for an office building in West Los Angeles because of the limited amount of office space available. After the long delay, the county issued a request for proposals in April 1999 for a build-to-suit lease. The county received three bids and selected Sonnenblick-Del Rio. The developer’s proposal included bringing the city of Los Angeles into the transaction to maximize the county’s reimbursement and ensure tax-exempt status, McCauley wrote. Under the arrangement, the city financed the purchase of the land and the construction of the building, using tax-exempt certificates of participation. The city leased the building from SDR West Los Angeles Leasing Corp., a nonprofit subsidiary of SDR, and then leased the building to the county. At the end of the lease, the city will get title to the building. “While the (Chief Administrative Office) did use a (request for proposals) to obtain bids for the facility, the CAO did not follow typical RFP procedures in evaluating the bids,” McCauley wrote. CAO letters to the Board of Supervisors in August 1999 and January 2000 indicate that a committee – a real estate consultant and representatives from county departments – participated in reviewing the proposals. A real estate consultant, Alan Kotin, who analyzes leases for the county at Marina del Rey and on the Grand Avenue project, issued a report indicating the SDR proposal was the most financially advantageous for the county, McCauley wrote. But while the Board of Supervisors ultimately approved the lease agreement, Kotin did not provide a final recommendation, and there was no documentation available on how the final selection was made, McCauley wrote. On Tuesday, Chief Administrative Officer David Janssen defended the process. “I happen to think it’s a good thing to add in an outside consultant,” Janssen said. “He concluded what the committee was looking at was the best deal for the county.” But Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, disagreed. “This is another example of how government in general is an extraordinarily inept and corrupt manager of real-estate assets,” Coupal said. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 troy.anderson@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Retailers optimistic this season

December 25, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: nexmcumgj.

first_imgPatricia Mira is expecting a flood of holiday shoppers this year. Mira, a sales merchandiser for The Gap at the Westfield West Covina mall, said business has already picked up significantly. And customers know what they want. “It’s blazers and denims for men … and for women, it’s all about the pea coats,” she said. “It’s just been crazy. We’ve had a massive amount of people this month. We’re expecting a 40 percent increase in sales over the holidays.” This year’s holiday shopping season won’t set any records. But with gasoline prices continuing to fall, things are looking decidedly better, according to Jack Kyser, senior vice president and chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. “The University of Michgan just released its consumer confidence survey, and confidence is up,” he said. “The National Retail Federation has also revised its holiday forecast from a 5 percent gain to 6 percent.” The LAEDC figures the gain will be even higher. “We think Southern California will see an increase of 8 percent to 9 percent,” Kyser said. “Our housing market has been especially strong, and any time you buy a home you have to buy stuff for it.” Kyser acknowledged, however, that some consumers still harbor concerns. “A lot of people are fretting about what natural gas prices will be,” he said. “And people are still worried about what’s happening in Iraq and about a housing bubble. But most of them are tucking all that in the back of their mind.” Other San Gabriel Valley retailers – particularly the ones selling Apple iPods or Microsoft’s new xBox 360 game console – have already been hit by a wave of holiday shoppers. “The Xbox just broke out yesterday and we sold out 40 units in the first two hours,” said Anthony Casanova, who manages the Circuit City store in Pasadena. “Some of our other locations sold a couple hundred units. We sold out of them companywide yesterday.” Erick Lopez, a spokesman for Best Buy Co. Inc., said shoppers lined up Monday night at his company’s stores to snag the new Xbox, which was released for sale Tuesday. “They were lined up by the dozens, and we’ve also had a phenomenal response to the iPod,” he said. “It all ties in with our Digital Living (campaign).” Earlier this year when Hurricane Katrina pushed already high gasoline prices past the $3-a-gallon mark, middle-income shoppers were heavily affected. The fear was that most Americans would cut back during the holidays. But with energy prices retreating, stores will be aggressively courting customers in every way they can as holiday shopping begins in earnest on Friday. Dubbed “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving has emerged as one biggest days for retail sales in the United States. The nickname refers to the fact that many manufacturers and distributors are able to achieve profitability, or get “into the black,” for the year, on Black Friday. The Associated Press contributed to this story. kevin.smith@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2701 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Debating Tookie’s fate

December 25, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: nexmcumgj.
first_imgPunkin McNair will try anything to warn his students at Bell Gardens High School to stay away from gangs, and the story of Stanley “Tookie” Williams provides the perfect vehicle. McNair built a curriculum for his English class based on the books written by Williams, widely reputed to be a founding member of the notorious Crips street gang who is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Dec. 13 for murdering four people in 1979. The nine-book series, titled “Tookie Speaks Out Against Gangs,” won Williams widespread praise and literary awards, including nominations for both the Nobel Peace Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature. “Here’s somebody that’s true-to-life from the ‘hood,” McNair said. “He’s from similar streets that we’ve walked today. And look at what he’s done. That lets you know that it’s never too late.” Less than 20 miles away, Larry Sabala of Torrance is still haunted by images of the shotgun slayings he saw while sitting on the jury that convicted Williams of the murder of convenience-store worker Albert Owens, 26, and motel owners Yen-I Yang, 76, and Tsai-Shai Yang, 63, and their daughter Yee-Chen Lin, 43, during separate robberies. Sabala, 63, and his fellow jurors recommended the death penalty, and now, nearly 25 years later, he still believes Williams deserves to die. “What do you think it looks like when you’ve been shot at close range with a 12-gauge shotgun? It’s not pretty.” These are the two lives of “Tookie” Williams, whose impending execution has ignited a firestorm of debate around the nation about the death penalty in general, and in particular whether Williams should be granted clemency. Death penalty opponents and gang members have united to fight for Williams’ life, touting his role as a teacher and a mentor trying to steer children away from gangs and violence. They’ve formed the Save Tookie Committee, staging rallies attended by the likes of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Snoop Dogg and Jamie Foxx, who played Williams in a movie about his life. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will hold a Save Tookie Williams Tour on Tuesday, featuring press conferences and rallies in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and San Diego. More than 30,000 people have signed a Save Tookie petition at his Web site, www.tookie.com. But others maintain he’s an unrepentant career criminal whose refusal to apologize for the murders – or even acknowledge his participation in the execution-style slayings – demonstrates his inhumanity and bolsters the arguments for his execution. District Attorney Steve Cooley, Sheriff Lee Baca and Los Angeles police Chief William Bratton all oppose clemency. Hosts on talk radio station KFI-AM 640 have crusaded against Williams, prompting a complaint to the Federal Communications Commission by Williams’ supporters alleging racism. With all of Williams’ legal appeals exhausted, his fate lies with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The governor has scheduled a closed-door meeting for Thursday, when Williams’ attorneys will argue that his behavior behind bars makes up for his life of violence on the streets of Los Angeles. Stanley Tookie Williams III was born Dec. 29, 1953, in Shreveport, La. He was named for his father – Tookie is his given middle name, not a nickname – but raised by his mother, who gave birth to him when she was 17. In an effort to escape the poverty and crime in Louisiana, his mother moved to California in 1959, settling in South Los Angeles. In his popular memoir, “Blue Rage, Black Redemption,” Williams said kids needed a fight-or-flight mentality to survive the streets of South L.A. He chose to fight, and did often. “I felt trapped,” he wrote in the book, which is on four-week backorder on Amazon.com. “My mother’s attempts to rescue us from a disordered society caused us to jump out of one fire into a hotter one.” After several stints in juvenile hall, Williams joined a gang in the early 1970s, while a 17-year-old student at Washington High School. Details of the early years of the Crips are hazy, but some experts dispute reports that Williams was a co-founder of the notorious gang. However, there has never been any question he was an influential early member of the Crips as well as right-hand man to Raymond Washington, the gang’s leader. John Quicker, a professor at Cal State Dominguez Hills, said Williams was introduced to the Crips in 1971 or ’72, after watching a schoolyard argument between a lone classmate and a group of several other students. Impressed with his classmate’s fearlessness, Williams told him he would have taken his side if a fight had erupted, Quicker said. “The person said, `Don’t worry about it, I can take care of it,”‘ said Quicker, a gang expert who has interviewed several members of the early Crips. “The next day, this person came back with Raymond and the boys and a whole bunch of Crips and put it to the gang that gave him the hassle in the first place. Tookie was so impressed with the power demonstrated by Raymond and the fledgling Crips that he threw his towel in with Raymond.” Williams and Washington became fast friends, and Williams quickly built a reputation on the street for his toughness, fearlessness and charisma. He spent time lifting weights at Venice Beach, often going shirtless to show off his powerful build. To look even more menacing, Williams and other Crips would often walk around with Doberman pinschers. “His name, he was legendary,” said Najee Ali, who grew up near Williams in South Los Angeles and joined the Crips before becoming a community activist. “His body was built like a Greek god. He was known as a man without fear. He was almost a mythic figure. He had these great myths, like Paul Bunyan and the Abominable Snowman. “But most people just hear tales about Paul Bunyan. Tookie, he really existed.” The Crips emerged in the ’70s as a dominant gang in Los Angeles. As guns became more easily available – especially after the Vietnam War, when many soldiers returned with weapons – the level of gang violence escalated. “With more guns, there’s more shooting, there’s more killing and there’s more retaliation,” said Malcolm Klein, a USC professor and gang expert. On Feb. 28, 1979, Albert Owens was slain during a robbery at a 7-Eleven store in Pico Rivera, where he was a clerk. Owens was taken into a back room, forced to lie down and shot twice in the back with a shotgun. The robbery netted about $120. On March 11, 1979, the Yangs were killed during the robbery of the Brookhaven Motel on South Vermont Avenue – a crime that netted the robber about $100. Like the robbery two weeks earlier, the family members were shot at close range with a shotgun. Although no physical evidence directly linked Williams to the killings, police arrested him soon after and built a case against him based on eyewitness’ testimony and circumstantial evidence. Williams and his supporters argue that the bulk of the testimony used to convict him came from questionable sources – jailhouse informants and criminals looking for leniency. But Sabala said he and his fellow jurors had no trouble reaching a verdict. They convicted Williams in 1981 of four counts of murder with special circumstances and recommended the death penalty, a decision affirmed by the trial judge. Every state and federal court up to the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the conviction. “It was quite obvious he was guilty,” Sabala said. “It wasn’t even close. To have eyewitnesses to the actual murder, one of the participants, plus they have the gun involved in it and they matched the shells, that was quite obvious.” Sabala still remembers the gruesome images from the crime-scene photographs, bodies lying in the blood-spattered motel room, Lin shot in the face. “I’d love to sit in at his execution,” Sabala said. “I’d even go so far as to push both plungers and put the liquid into his veins. Let’s see if he’s as tough when he dies as he was when he killed those people.” During his first 12 years on San Quentin’s Death Row, Williams remained the violent gangster he had been on the streets of L.A. Prosecutors and prison officials said he beat other inmates, attacked guards and led the Crips gang that operated inside the prison. In 1988, after prison officials believed he ordered the stabbing of another inmate, he was placed in a 9-by-3-foot cell commonly known as “The Hole.” There, he had an epiphany. “I think he hit rock bottom,” said Phil Gasper, a death penalty opponent and professor at Notre Dame de Namur University who befriended Williams about five years ago. “That isolation, he had nowhere to go and nothing much to think about except his own life.” It was at this point, supporters say, that Williams renounced his gang lifestyle and dedicated his life to spreading an anti-gang message. The best way to do it, he thought, was through children’s books. He told this plan to Barbara Becnel, a journalist who’d interviewed him at San Quentin in 1992 for a book on gangs. Becnel was initially suspicious, but she encouraged him to pursue his idea. In 1993, Williams offered to try to help broker a peace between the Crips and their fiercest street rivals, the Bloods. He videotaped a message at San Quentin that was shown to a group of 400 gang members at a summit in Watts in April 1993. With Williams’ help, the truce was reached, and by 1996 authorities reported a 25 percent drop in gang-related homicides in Los Angeles County. The summit convinced Becnel that Williams was legitimate. “I saw the impact of his words,” Becnel said. “When I saw his voice was a respected voice, I thought, this is of value, and I need to do whatever I can.” Over the next three years, Becnel and Williams teamed up to write eight children’s books, all of which were published in 1996, including “Gangs and Violence,” “Gangs and the Abuse of Power,” “Gangs and Weapons” and “Gangs and Drugs.” Williams also wrote a ninth book, called “Life in Prison,” geared toward middle-school students, which tries to dispel the notion that prison is a rite of passage. “He could have decided that he was going to write books, but not write them toward kids,” said McNair, the English teacher at Bell Gardens High School. “But he said that our youth is the one most affected by it. It’s an adult topic written at a children’s level.” josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com (818) 713-3669 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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Bajaj aims to sell 50,000 V bikes in 18 months

November 26, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: nexmcumgj.

first_imgKolkata, Mar 7 (PTI) Two-wheeler maker Bajaj Auto is looking to sell around 50,000 units of 150CC V bikes in the country and will decide on extending the brand to other segments after 12-18 months.”This is the sixth brand from our stable. We expect to sell 50,000 units of 150CC commuter segment V brand motorcycles in the next 12-18 months using metal from the dismantled INS Vikrant,” Bajaj VP Marketing (motorcycle) Sumeet Narang said here today. He said that company was open to evaluate on whether to extend V brand to other bike categories, but that would depend on acceptance level and to which category of consumers.”The brand will continue,” Narang said when asked what after the Vikrant metal gets exhausted. The official added that currently the 150CC segment ruled the sport segment. Speaking about the sluggish market scenario, he said despite the motorcycle market remaining subdued, the three launches last year were successful to beat the market trend.”We have launched a new model of CT-100B in January this year which costs about Rs 31,000 ex-showroom Delhi as the scope for rural penetration still remained high. Its nationwide launch is being gradually done. The CT-100 was launched last year at Rs 35,000, when industry price was hovering at Rs 40,000,” he said. He further said the rural demand is expected to grow with the government giving impetus to the segment in the budget.Meanwhile, for booking done between March 10-20, the company would attempt to deliver the bikes on March 23, the Martyrs day. PTI BSM PR ADI MKJadvertisementlast_img read more

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