Illegal plane at YupukariAs local investigations continues into the illegal aircraft found at the Yupukari Airstrip, Region Nine (Upper Takutu/Upper Essequibo), residents have told investigators that the aircraft was seen circling the community days before it was found abandoned.Based on reports from the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), the discovery was made following information received by a joint service patrol, including ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF), on September 13. The following day, ranks from the GDF and GPF visited the area and conducted a search, during which the twin engine Cessna Aircraft was discovered.The abandoned twin-engine Cessna aircraft found just off the Yupukari Airstrip on Tuesday lastSubsequently, a team of investigators from the GDF, GPF, the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) and the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) was deployed from Georgetown to conduct investigations.A statement from the Ministry of Presidency disclosed that over the past two days investigators have been conducting assessment of the abandoned aircraft to gather evidence that will assist in uncovering the circumstances under which the aircraft came to be abandoned at that location.In fact, a team of high level officials visited the area on Saturday led by Head of CANU, James Singh, and GCAA officials. The team ventured into the area to further assess the aircraft for damages and capabilities to make recommendations on what should be done with it. Guyana Times was told by sources on site, that a leak was discovered in the fuel tank. This, investigators believe, may have caused the aircraft to land in Guyana.However, during interviews with nearby residents, investigators were told that the abandoned aircraft had been sighted circling the area on numerous occasions.Moreover, the residents, a number of whom shared information they deemed ‘suspicious activity’, further reported the presence of motorcycles frequently at midnight in the area. To this end, CANU officials are seeking to determine whether the aircraft may have any links to the narcotics trade. Additionally during a search of the aircraft, several pieces of communication equipment were discovered and have been confiscated to be further examined for any potential leads.Meanwhile, Chief of Staff of the GDF Brigadier Mark Phillips, told this newspaper on Friday that while the team is working ardently to solve the mystery of the abandoned twin-engine Cessna Aircraft, noting concrete has been discovered.“We haven’t found anything concrete so far… but we are looking for anything that will tell us if any cargo was brought in on the aircraft or to lead us to anyone who has a link to it.”On the other hand, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, said that while government is yet to receive a full report on what would have transpired over the last few days, President David Granger and his Government are committed to ensuring that a full investigation is completed.On Thursday, Harmon had told the media that the aircraft bore US registration N-767-Z, however, when checks were made with US authorities, it was revealed that the registration was bogus.“That registration is a US registration, however, subsequent checks by the team from the Guyana Defence Force, Civil Aviation Authority, CANU, and the Guyana Police Force, it was discovered that that registration is a bogus registration. There is another aircraft flying onto (Wednesday) in the United States of America with the same registration number,” Harmon had stated.Furthermore, the Minister of State had disclosed that the aircraft was found hidden in the bushes. “It was off of the airstrip itself and there seemed to have been some kind of a camouflage, kind-of net that was thrown over it and it was partly in the bushes.”Harmon went on to say that while he cannot divulge much information since the probe is ongoing, it appears as though the aircraft has been there quite a few days. However, the Minister noted that it could not have been there longer because the joint service patrols monitor the North and South Rupununi on a regular basis and is in touch with residents of the communities in these areas.
Dr. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley is an internationally celebrated Liberian poet. She’s a professor of English and Creative Writing at Penn State University. Her poems speak of her growing up in Liberia, her experience of the war, and her life of exile of which the longing for her homeland is the dominant theme. In all her poems, one sees her with deep sense of understanding and appreciation of her Grebo cultural upbringing. She has published four volumes of poetry with the latest being “Where the Road Turns.” Over the years, her works have received rave reviews from literary critics some of whom consider her poems as “fearless, eye-opening, breath-taking, and compassionate” as well as talking about the “everyday courage of a people whose stories would be lost if not for these poems.” The prolific Liberian poet has travelled widely in America giving reading to enthusiastic audiences at college and university campuses as well as poetry festivals and writer conferences. I sought her indulgence recently for this interview. Despite her busy schedule, she found time to respond to my questions. Below are the excerpts:Nvasekie N. Konneh: I have heard quite a bit about you as a poet from Liberia and for the first time, I have just read your bio on your website. For many Liberians and others who may not know you, how will you introduce yourself?Dr. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley: I hate to talk about myself but in any case I am Patricia Jabbeh Wesley. I am a poet, a Liberian, a mother of four children and wife, an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Penn State University. I am the author of four books of poetry, Where the Road Turns, (Autumn House Press, 2010) The River is Rising (Autumn House 2007), Becoming Ebony (Southern Illinois University Press, 2003), Before the Palm Could Bloom: Poems of Africa (New Issues Press, 1998). I am also a survivor of the Liberian civil war, a Grebo woman from Maryland County, Southeastern Liberia.NNK: From what I have read about you, it seems like you have had a very wonderful career as a university professor and poet. How much of your poetry is reflected in what you do as a teacher and has your poetry in any way impacted by your work as teacher? PJW: Yes, I have lost a lot of years, but I’ve done pretty well. Remember I first began teaching in 1980 as a lecturer at the University of Liberia. Between that time and now, I’ve basically been teaching, interrupted by the civil war, however. Considering that I lost fifteen years waiting for the war and studying to reinvent myself or recover the loss of all my possessions like most Liberians who survived the war, I have done well and I have been blessed. A poet writes about their world, therefore, my work and life are often reflected in my poetry. I am inspired by my life as a poet, in my travels on poetry residencies and events, particularly to new places. I write about everything, including some things about my life as a teacher. I am also influenced by my students like any teacher. I would say rather that my poetry is informed by my teaching and my teaching is informed by my life as a poet. I bring more to my teaching because I am a poet than the other way around, I believe. The impact my teaching has had on my work is both positive and negative. The positive aspect is that I obtain writing material from my busy life, I meet many good people across the US and internationally, I connect to other writers as a teacher and writer, but I also lose time for writing as a result of my busy schedules of teaching and travel as a poet.NNK: How has your poetry informed and impacted Liberians at home and abroad? PJW: This is a very interesting question because as I already stated, I hate to be the judge of my own success as a writer. From my humbled point of view, I would say that my work has indeed impacted Liberians. As you and I know very well, Liberia is not a very literate country. The fourteen years of war has made the low literacy rate higher by the enormous population of young people who were denied any form of education due to the long war. I’m pointing you to this fact to say that it would be impossible for my work to impact Liberians the way it would in a normal country. Having said that, I will say that most educated Liberians at home or in the Diaspora have been impacted by my writing one way or the other. I did not just begin writing after the war. I was always a writer, even as a teenager. With the new media technology today, I can say that my poetry and my other writings are being read around the world and in Liberia.NNK: Given the fact that we don’t have a reading culture in Liberia, how does that make you feel as a poet? PJW: Liberia has never had a great reading culture, even in the better days before the war. Most Liberians have no appreciation for literature. If we had a great literate culture without an appreciation for literature, I would still not be happy, but it is worse than that. Our people do not have an appreciation for literature and they are not a literate people. That’s a double curse, I’d say. As for my own feelings about this- well, I do not feel any more terrible than any other Liberian. As a poet, I see my role as a poet who writes poetry. I write about Liberia and its people, but I cannot worry about how many Liberians will read me in a given day or week or year. I wish they would read me, but if they choose not to, I will continue to write for the few who want to read poetry and for the many non-Liberians who do love literature. What is frustrating is not that we do not have a reading culture; instead, it is that those who are our most educated in such a country of low literacy rate do not appreciate the arts or literature. We lack an intellectual community that is not hung up on politics. Every time you see Liberians passionate about anything, it is about politics. The new mass media offers us many opportunities to engage one another in dialogue. But even on facebook, all Liberian discussions and debates are about politics. They seem to have no interest in talking about even scholarly issues. This to me signals the death of our nation. A nation that does not support its own cultural development and the arts is a nation ready to die.NNK: What has been your most exciting experience as a writer? PJW: My most exciting experience as a writer is not one. It is hard to put my finger on anything. I would not like to say winning awards for my work because these awards are great, but they are just things. What I would say is most exciting is the ability to create a life outside of the real world, to bring things to life, to keep other peoples’ stories alive by the power of language. My most exciting experience is that as a writer, I have the ability to recreate a world no one else can create and share that world with the real world.NNK: How did you get inspired to write poems and who are some of the poets who have inspired your writings? PJW: I began writing since childhood, probably at about eleven years old. I know that I wrote my first real poems at about fourteen. My father and paternal grandfather were my first fans, cheering me on and affirming me. My grandfather did not see me writing, but he would listen to me weave a tale or retell a story, and say, “She’s going to be a book woman someday. She’s going to write books.” I have been inspired by many great writers in Africa, in the US and in the world. Writers like John Pepper Clark Bekederemo of Nigeria, Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, and our own Liberian writers like Bai T. Moore were my first writers. I also loved reading American poets like e.e. Cummings, Robert Frost, T.S Eliot, among others. Finally, my biggest influence remains the oral literature and culture of our people. The oral tradition that I grew up on, my grandmother’s tales, the proverbs and fables from our cultures, the common sayings, etc. are my biggest influence. These are my best books of learning.NNK: As a university professor, your schedule must be very tight, how do handle that and still find the time to commit to your writings? PJW: My life is a busy one. I know that I joggle things by working very hard. I rise early and go to bed late. My writing suffers like anyone else, but I write mostly from inspiration and write whenever I feel the inspiration, no matter where that is. As a mother, wife, teacher, and poet, I manage my life in a way that I can take care of my family even while holding on to my career. Thing has not always been like this. I am the mother of four children. When my children were much younger, I put most of my life on the hold. My youngest was old enough to go to preschool before I picked up my career from where I had left it. In my early years as a young woman, I focused on teaching and obtaining more education. When the children came, I taught full time at first at the University of Liberia. Later, I taught part time at various universities in Michigan. When my youngest was enrolled in preschool and the older kids could help out with babysitting, I reenrolled in grad school and worked on my doctorate even while promoting my first book of poems. From 1998, I began to make changes in my life to make space for my career in writing and teaching.NNK: What is your biggest challenge as a Liberian writer living in America?PJW: Interesting question indeed. My biggest challenge is that like me, my work is in exile. I believe that the writer in exile, whether exile is voluntary or not, produces work that is in exile. Imagine writing about the life of people who cannot read what it is you have written and you will know what I’m talking about. My biggest challenge has been negotiating the different spaces between my life as a Diaspora, exiled Liberian and my life as a Liberian woman. I have learned to overcome these challenges, however, but they never go away. Writing as a black woman from Africa in America has not been easy, but it is now easier. I’ve been blessed to have built up a community and joined a great community of writers who have accepted me, but it was not always like this. Sadly, again, Liberians are unaware of what it is I am doing, I mean Liberians in the Diaspora. Other Africans are far ahead of us, and of course, are reading me and studying me, but Liberians do not seem to understand anything except you speak to them in politics.NNK: Is your poetry informed by real life experience or pure imagination?PJW: I write about my life experiences. Poetry is mostly about real life and mine is about my life experiences, including my life in the Liberian civil war, children, and everything around me. The only use of imagination in my writing has to do with the use of literary devices.NNK: You have written four books of poetry. Thematically, are you dealing with the same issue or there is diversity of issues addressed as may be suggested by the title of each book?PJW: I probably answered the last part of the question. But also, I hate to talk about this when I do interviews. Could you please insert what you think and what reviewers say? Maybe I can approach this from another angle: I write from inspiration, and mostly inspiration from the life around me. Even though many reviewers think I write about war, I do write about everything. I have written much and still do write about the Liberian experience of the civil war, the massacres our people experienced, the suffering I saw, the death of children, the use of children as soldiers, the destruction of our country and more. I also write about my family, my children, bringing up children, living in the Diaspora, the difficulty of being uprooted from my homeland, etc. I seek to negotiate the spaces of our new homeland of whatever Diaspora we live in and that of the homelands we have lost as Africans. Mine is that of a town crier, bemoaning the loss of innocence, of the loss of life and homeland even while celebrating what it means to be African and Liberian despite all the pain.NNK: I have seen some amazing videos of your poetic performances to enthusiastic audiences on college campuses and writers conferences. Do you get such enthusiastic reception from the Liberian or African community in the US or in Africa?PJW: Well, the Liberian community has not given me much of a chance nor has it given anyone of artistic talent a chance to show what they can do. I have read to a few Liberian audiences in the US, and I can count those times on my hand. During those three or four times, they have received me with the same kind of reverence and enthusiasm or even more. I recall reading a poem in Minnesota when I was invited to keynote at the Liberian Women’s Initiative forum. I read just one poem, and the entire room stood up, applauding, screaming and excited to my surprise. I read again at a major awards program, and the audience went wild. I don’t think there are many audiences who will hear me read and just be cold, so I am not surprised that a room full of Liberians will get emotional and excited when I read. What is important to me is not the applauds or the immediate emotional outburst, but rather, what follows after that. When I read at a place and they are excited, but do not invite me or other poets to bring their own poetry to their meetings after that, when they host programs and parties just to have fun and a good time, talk and shout politics, and do not realize the importance of what those who are not political aspirants do, then we have a long way to go. When I read for other institutions and they love it, they follow up with invitations. Let me give you an example. We have a very powerful Maryland Association in the US. The leadership is aware of my poetry, my poetry that celebrates Grebo culture and celebrates our life as a people. They have been given complimentary copies of my books and have heard a lot about me. But they have never reached out to me to invite me to share what I do, something that is about their culture with them. I do not worry about that. I only feel sorry for our people’s lack of vision for culture and the arts, that’s all. I will continue to be a poet and work hard to achieve my dreams, and I will write about my people and put them on the map whether or not Liberians support me. The world is bigger than Liberians and the world has received me very well. Liberians can take as long as they want to promote their own culture.NNK: By the number of books of poetry you have published and the rock star reception you get from place to place, is it safe to say you are the most successful Liberian poet of all times? PJW: You know, I will not be the judge here, my brother. I will say this. When I was a young woman in my twenties, teaching at the University of Liberia in the 1980s, one of my then former professors who is now a friend said to me, “you will be the Liberian poet of the 1980s.” I had already written a few of my best poems that are now published in my first book, but I had not published in any reputable journal. At the time, I believed her not because of the way she said it, but because I knew since I was a small child that there was something upon me. I knew that I had something with power inside of me, and I knew that somehow, I had a mission in this life, but I did not know yet how I would fulfill that mission. Of course, I did not become the poet of the 1980s like she said. No one was the poet of the 1980s. The one thing I know for sure is that I have been fortunate with a gift and despite my own procrastinations, my busy life of family and childrearing for years, God has kept me remembering that I had a story to tell. I have not been the best custodian of the vision, but I have managed to keep myself afloat and have been fortunate to have met people here in the US who were kind enough to remind me that I was able to do it. Maybe I am the most successful so far. I hope however, that there will come others after me who will do far better. Unless another Liberian can use my success to build up himself or herself to become better than me, then the road I am clearing will have been a wasted journey.NNK: How can we make poetry and other forms of art to be accepted as parts of our Liberian social, political, cultural and intellectual developments? PJW: One of us needs to be Minister of Art and Culture and make the President do something about it, hahaha! Can you imagine that we have a government in Liberia with no interest in literature? When I was in Liberia, I had a scheduled appointment with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and I was excited to tell her about the need for teaching our own literature in the schools. I even got a memo about my invitation, but the same day of the meeting, the meeting was canceled. Now tell me whether I would not have met her if I had been a member of the campaign? Do you think I would have struggled to see the President if other Liberians around her were aware of what I do for the country they love? Can you imagine what one of my African friends said when I told her I had to visit the Ministry of Education to propose that they teach my books in the schools? She said, “What are you talking about? Are they crazy to not see the value of teaching your poetry? Is it something you need to?” To make our culture and art accepted by our people will take a whole new philosophy, a national philosophy hammered into our people years after years, in the schools, on the streets, in the market places, and the only person who can do that is the President and her team. Liberians do not listen to anyone else, you know. We have made a bit of progress in the new appreciation among Liberian women for their own clothing, so it is possible. Let’s thank our President for her fashion. Liberian women can proudly dress up in lappa suits and not be called “country woman” or “lappa woman.” See how bad we were? I believe we need to keep writing and singing and doing whatever we are gifted to do until a real literary person becomes a big enough shot to create an avenue. Maybe Liberians will listen to them from such a high place. In the meantime, we have to keep on writing, writing, writing.Note: This interview was conducted two years ago with Dr. Patricia Wesley and it’s an excerpt from my forthcoming book, Liberian Voices, which is a collection of reviews of books written by Liberian writers as well as interviews such as this. This book is a follow-up to my current book, “The Land of My Father’s Birth,” a memoir of the Liberian civil war. I can be reached @ 267-206-8909 or Konnlove@aol.com.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Nine males, including three foreigners, were arrested on Tuesday evening following the discovery of two high-powered weapons along with matching ammunition and other prohibited items in Region One (Barima-Waini).The suspects just before they were flown to the city for further interrogationAccording to reports, after receiving information that a gang of armed men was in the Churches Landing Mining Community acting in a suspicious manner and appeared to be a mix of foreign nationals and Guyanese, a party of Policemen from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in F Division (Interior locations) and ranks from the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Coast Guard travelled to the Barima River, North West District (NWD), to investigate.There, they underwent a stake-out for almost 24 hours before intercepting a metal boat with four occupants, including the captain. The vessel was also towing a blue and grey fibre glass boat carrying another five passengers.The high-powered weapons and other illegal items found in the suspects’ possessionUpon searching the boats, the lawmen unearthed an AR-15 rifle and an AK-47 rifle, along with one magazine each, and a total of 19 live rounds of ammunition, one bullet proof vest and 1.5 kilograms of cannabis.The discovery led to the arrests of nine suspects, three of whom are foreign nationals from Cuba, Jamaica and Venezuela. They are 53-year-old Delroy Mairs, a mason of Albouystown, Georgetown and of Jamaica; 33-year-old Rafael Ramon, a Venezuelan citizen; and 25-year-old Samuel Alvaroz from Cuba.Meanwhile, the Guyanese suspects have been identified as 19-year-old Junior Jack, a sailor of Mabaruma, NWD; 38-year-old Donstant Rodrigues, a boat captain of Mora, Moruca, NWD; 49-year-old Shawn Phang, a miner of Port Kaituma, NWD; 44 year-old Dexter Valensuela, also a boat captain of Crane, West Coast Demerara (WCD); 48-year-old Corwin Griffith, another boat captain of Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD), and 62-year-old Carrigon Khan, a boat captain of Pomeroon River.The suspects were escorted from Mabaruma to the Police Criminal Investigation Department Headquarters, Eve Leary, Georgetown, via air on Wednesday afternoon for further investigations.According to the Police Force, these arrests are significant since there were reports of piracy a few weeks ago in the Waini River area, several miles from the Police Floating Base MV Tamakay.
The inquest – which is separate from the police investigation – will include a jury to hear witness testimony. It will then be able to provide suggestions for preventing similar deaths – Advertisement -The B.C. Coroner’s Service will be holding an inquest into the death of Valeri George, who died in 2009 during an incident involving police in Buick Creek.George died on Sept. 30, after being shot by a member of the RCMP’s North Division Emergency Response Team.The public inquest will be held at the B.C. Supreme Court in Fort St. John from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2.Last October, Corporal Dan Moskaluk told Energeticcity.ca that an investigation into the use of lethal force was being conducted by the RCMP “E” Division Major Crimes Unit with the supervision of an independent officer from the Vancouver Police department.Police were called to a property on Sept. 26, 2009 after a man had reportedly attempted to stop his wife and kids, along with a neighbour, from leaving the property by shooting at the vehicle they were in.Advertisement Fort St. John RCMP officers went to the residence, but the man barricaded himself inside and would not communicate with police.Moskaluk said at that point the Emergency Response Team was called in to set up a perimeter and to assist the other officers.On Sept. 30, the man apparently tried to leave the property with a rifle and was shot by members of the Emergency Response Team.To date, police have not released any further details about their investigation.Advertisement Photo: An inquest into the death of a Buick Creek resident will take place beginning in August./Adam Reaburn
Russell said if the property is not up to code the owner will be responsible for making the necessary corrections to the property before its approved by the city, or buyers can choose to take responsibility if corrections are needed. Bill Ruh, a strong advocate for affordable housing and the director of government affairs at Citrus Valley Association of Realtors, said initially he was concerned about the new law’s effect on low-income families. “I think the fact that the buyers now have the option to pay for the work will really help low-income families who otherwise would not be able to afford it,” Ruh said. “The city has also agreed to meet with some of us Realtors on a quarterly basis in case any problems arise in that community.” Russell said the goal of the new code is intended to increase safety not to place undue hardships on residents. El Monte officials said last year the city had a violation caseload of about 160 cases per month, which included converted garages and unpermitted room additions. They hope the new ordinance will cut that number down. EL MONTE – There’s a new rule for sellers and buyers of properties in the city that cracks down on illegal conversions and additions. As of today, the city is requiring an inspection to be made by city staff on all residential and commercial properties at the point of sale. City officials said high prices for homes has left residents finding cheaper ways to upgrade their homes and have resulted in more than one family living in a single-family home. “So many people bring family members or friends in to help offset the hefty mortgage payments,” said Charles Russell, the city’s chief building official. “We are just trying to make sure everyone knows the rules.” “The problems with conversions is many of them are generally not done to code. They are bootlegged in because they are cheaper that way,” Russell said. The Occupancy Inspection/Real Estate Inspection Program carries a $195.50 fee for residential properties and $252.50 for commercial properties, which may increase as the size of the structure grows, city officials said. City spokesman Matt Weintraub said the new ordinance helps both the buyer and owner of properties. “One of the problems is we have people buying property thinking the existing uses are permitted and a lot of times they find out they are not,” Weintraub said. Applications are available online at www.ci.el-monte.ca.us. Questions about the new ordinance should be directed to the city of El Monte Building Division at (626) 850-2050. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur forward Heung Son Ming leads his teammates in celebrating is goal against Crystal Palace during the opening day of their new stadium on April 3, 2019LONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 3 – Tottenham celebrated the opening of the club’s state-of-the-art new stadium by ending a five-game winless Premier League run with a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Wednesday.Second-half goals from Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen ensured Spurs got off to the perfect start at their new home and moved Mauricio Pochettino’s side back up to third at the expense of north London rivals Arsenal. The Gunners have a game in hand over Tottenham, but victory also maintained a slender one-point lead over fifth-placed Chelsea and opened up a three-point advantage over Manchester United in the race for a top-four finish.Pochettino underlined the need for what he believes is the “best stadium in the world” to have Champions League football next season before kick-off.The Argentine hailed his players as “heroes” for remaining in the top-four fight despite playing nearly an entire second season at a temporary home in Wembley.-Plenty of workHowever, a run of just one point from their last five league games has left them with plenty of work still to do in their remaining six matches.After 690 days since saying goodbye to the old White Hart Lane, Spurs returned home with plenty of pre-match pomp and ceremony with an operatic performance of “Glory Glory Tottenham Hotspur” and fireworks before kick-off.Yet, the hosts were nearly caught cold in the opening minutes when Kieran Trippier lost the run of Jeffrey Schlupp and the Ghanian fired wastefully over.That was Palace’s only effort of the first 45 minutes as Tottenham dominated without much cutting edge.Eriksen and Son forced saves from Vicente Guaita, but the best opening fell to the wrong man from Spurs’ point of view when Danny Rose tried to pick out Harry Kane in the middle rather than go for goal himself just before the break.-Top fourAt half-time, Spurs were facing the prospect of dropping out of the top four for the first time since November with Chelsea beating Brighton at Stamford Bridge.And it was an on-loan Chelsea striker who nearly did his parent club a huge favour five minutes into the second-half when Michy Batshuayi curled just beyond Hugo Lloris’s far post.Pochettino’s men were left lamenting their luck when Toby Alderweireld’s last minute own goal cost them a deserved point at Liverpool on Sunday, but they had fortune on their side moments later to the huge relief of most of the near 60,000 in attendance.Son’s shot was headed straight down Guaita’s throat until a big deflection off Luka Milivojevic left the Spaniard completely wrong-footed as the ball rolled into the bottom corner.From then on a seventh straight league win over Palace for Spurs rarely looked in doubt.Kane could have capped a momentous night for the club by grabbing his first goal on the new ground, but put too much power on his effort that sailed high and wide.However, the England captain was involved in the goal that sealed a vital three points as he broke into the area 10 minutes from time and the ball fell kindly for Eriksen to force home from close range.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Ain’t it something, all this attention? I’m no doctor or lawyer. I’m just an old bus maintenance man. Nothin’ special.” – Arthur Winston Wrong, Arthur. You’re someone special. Very special. On the 22nd of this month you’re turning 100, and how are you celebrating? You’re finally retiring from the job you’ve held for the last 73 years – first cleaning streetcars, then buses in this city. You blew by all the traditional retirement ages still working full time for the Metropolitan Transit Authority as a service attendant leader with a crew of 11 employees. Cleaning, maintaining and refueling MTA buses at Division 5 in the South Bay – a division they named the Arthur Winston Division in 1997 when you were only 91. You’ve been working solid for more than 90 years, starting as a boy picking cotton in Oklahoma where you were born in 1906. Yes, you’re something special. So why didn’t you retire at 65, 75, 85 or even 95? You told me you didn’t want to take the hefty pay cut retirement would bring, and your body and mind were still strong enough to do the job every day. But 100 seems like a nice, round number to hang your hat on and start collecting all that pension money the MTA owes you. “But I won’t be sitting down, no sir,” Arthur said Friday. “Man my age sits down, he might not get up. I’m too smart to sit down. Sit down too long you freeze up. “I won’t be going fishin’, either. Too much sitting down fishin’. I’ll go walking.” You’re a remarkable, funny man, Arthur. A living, breathing piece of L.A. history almost a century old and still sharp as a tack – living in a small home with your grown great-granddaughter only a few miles from the MTA maintenance division named after you. The Los Angeles Unified School District should hire you to make the rounds of schools in this city to give kids the best history lesson they could ever get. And you wouldn’t have to sit down to talk to them, Arthur. The records show you’ve actually been cleaning streetcars and buses in this city for more than 73 years. You had a previous four-year stint as a janitor with the Los Angeles Railway Corp. – 1924 to 1928 – before meeting Frances and getting married. It was tough quitting a job that paid 41 cents an hour in the mid-’20s, but you had promised Frances that you’d find another job because she didn’t like you working nights. So you parked cars in a lot downtown for a few years. You could see the handwriting on the wall anyway, you told me. The job – the career – you really wanted was driving a bus, not cleaning it. But African-Americans weren’t hired for those choice jobs in the ’20s. That would come more than a decade later, but by then you were already back in the transit industry working days cleaning and refueling buses, and spending your nights with Frances and your four kids. They’re all gone now, you told me. You outlived them all. It seems incredible, but MTA officials swear the only day you took off from work, besides vacation time, was one sick day back in 1988. “Frances died on a Saturday, and I took Monday off to take care of business,” Arthur says. You didn’t have to elaborate, Arthur. The look on your face and sound in your voice said it all. Burying your wife counts as sick time, doesn’t it? “Don’t get me wrong, I had my bad days, but there was no use just laying around the house, so I came in.” Your boss, Dana Coffey – MTA’s Metro South Bay Service Sector general manager – calls you her adopted father. An African-American herself, she says you showed her what hard work and dedication could accomplish. What class and dignity looks like up close. “Whenever someone complains the work is too hard, the hours too long, I tell ’em to go see Arthur,” she says. “No one has ever heard Arthur complain. He always tells other employees just do the job and keep it simple.” She’s not upset that you never had that opportunity to drive the buses you were cleaning. If you had, she knows she would have never had the chance to meet you. “It wasn’t his destiny to be a bus operator because he would have had to retire from driving a long time ago,” Coffey said. “His destiny was to work for 73 years, be a service attendant, and an inspiration to everyone who has ever met him.” Don’t anyone get the wrong idea that Arthur lasted this long on the job because people at the MTA were just being nice to him, Coffey adds. He’s still more than pulling his weight at 99. “Arthur’s there to work, not just show up. He’s part of the team. No, scratch that. Arthur is the team.” The MTA has a choir that sings at retirement parties. When Coffey asked Arthur what song he wanted sung at his retirement/100th birthday party, he just smiled. “A rap song,” said the old bus maintenance man who doesn’t think he’s anything special. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 email@example.com
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PALMDALE – Ron Holden is the first to admit that the sight of a 6-foot-1, 170-pound guard taking jump balls against players a half-foot taller – and substantially thicker – is an odd spectacle. Holden should know. Out of necessity, he spent his junior year at Highland High last season in such a role. “I’d walk out there, look up, and I’d be like, ‘I’ve got to guard this guy?’ ” he said. “I could hear people laughing in the stands, saying, ‘He’s not going to be able to do that.’ AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “It was true most of the time.” Remarkably, Holden held his own, helping lead the undersized Bulldogs to a second-place finish in the Golden League and a Southern Section Div. I-AA quarterfinal appearance. “He did really well,” Highland coach Jeff Smith said. “He’s just a very aggressive player. Defensively, he’s in your face, and he doesn’t back down to anybody, and that’s what makes the world of difference.” The experience toughened Holden. “I’m basically used to contact down low – it’s nothing now,” he said. “I got tossed around every day last year. Every day.” Highland will count on Holden’s moxie as it looks to separate itself in what figures to be an intensely competitive league race. The good news for the Bulldogs is the addition of newcomers Dino Anderson, a 6-5 junior, and sophomores Kyisean Reed (6-6) and Buck Stewart (6-4) have brought the team needed size, which will enable Holden to return to his natural shooting-guard position. Holden – Highland’s only returning starter – and senior point guard Donovan Phillips give the team a formidable backcourt combination it will count on to challenge consensus favorite Antelope Valley. Defending league champion Quartz Hill, which last season ended Highland’s run of two consecutive co-championships and Lancaster’s four-year title run, figures to be in the mix, too. The Rebels return several important players, including center Troy Ross, a 6-5, 260-pound low-post player who is averaging 20 points and 15 rebounds, and junior guard Alexander Dantzler, who is averaging 13 points. Lancaster’s Javaughn Esspiritt, a 6-4 senior forward/guard; Palmdale’s Chris Hicks, a 6-3 junior guard; and Littlerock senior forward Sean Van Arsdale are among the league’s top players. Knight, led by Highland transfer Steven De La Torre, a 6-2 guard, and point guard Robert Thomas also could be a factor. Highland, which has excellent team speed but lacks experience and consistent perimeter shooting, is still tinkering with offensive and defensive systems and will continue to do so into league play, Smith said. The Bulldogs have played exclusively zone and man-to-man defenses in different games. Highland expects to have to execute any system it employs nearly flawlessly win the league title. “If we execute every single game and every single play, and we play hard-nosed defense, I think we can beat anybody,” Holden said. — Gideon Rubin (818)713-3607 firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!