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Jan
19

O.J. Simpson granted parole after nearly 9 years in prison

first_imgFormer NFL football star O.J. Simpson reacts after learning he was granted parole at Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev., on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Simpson was convicted in 2008 of enlisting some men he barely knew, including two who had guns, to retrieve from two sports collectibles sellers some items that Simpson said were stolen from him a decade earlier. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool)LOVELOCK, Nevada — O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel heist, successfully making his case in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America’s enduring fascination with the former football star.Simpson, 70, could be a free man as early as Oct. 1. By then, he will have served the minimum of his nine-to-33-year armed-robbery sentence for a bungled attempt to snatch sports memorabilia and other mementos he claimed had been stolen from him.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets He got the four votes he needed from the parole commissioners who heard his case. In agreeing to release him, they cited his lack of a prior conviction, the low risk he might commit another crime, his community support and his release plans.During the more than hour-long hearing, Simpson forcefully insisted — as he has all along — that he was only trying to retrieve items that belonged to him and never meant to hurt anyone. He said he never pointed a gun at anyone nor made any threats during the crime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I’ve done my time. I’ve done it as well and respectfully as I think anybody can,” he said.Inmate No. 1027820 made his plea for freedom in a stark hearing room at the Lovelock Correctional Center in rural Nevada as four parole commissioners in Carson City, a two-hour drive away, questioned him via video. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Simpson, gray-haired but looking trimmer than he has in recent years, walked briskly into the hearing room dressed in jeans, a light-blue prison-issue shirt and sneakers. He laughed at one point as the parole board chairwoman mistakenly gave his age as 90.The Hall of Fame athlete’s chances of winning release were considered good, given similar cases and Simpson’s model behavior behind bars. His defenders have argued, too, that his sentence was out of proportion to the crime and that he was being punished for the two murders he was acquitted of during his 1995 “Trial of the Century” in Los Angeles, the stabbings of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.Before the hearing concluded, one of the dealers Simpson robbed, Bruce Fromong, said the former football great never pointed a gun at him during the confrontation, adding that it was one of the men with him who did so. Fromong said Simpson deserved to be released.“He is a good man. He made a mistake,” Fromong said, adding the two remain friends.Simpson’s eldest child, 48-year-old Arnelle Simpson, also testified on his behalf, saying her father is not perfect but realizes what a mistake he made and has spent years paying for it.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Television networks return to old obsession with Simpson  McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return An electrifying running back dubbed “The Juice,” Simpson won the Heisman Trophy as the nation’s best college football player in 1968 and went on to become one of the NFL’s all-time greats.The handsome and charismatic athlete was also a “Monday Night Football” commentator, sprinted through airports in Hertz rental-car commercials and built a Hollywood career with roles in the “Naked Gun” comedies and other movies.All of that came crashing down with his arrest in the 1994 slayings and his trial, a gavel-to-gavel live-TV sensation that transfixed viewers with its testimony about the bloody glove that didn’t fit and stirred furious debate over racist police, celebrity justice and cameras in the courtroom.Last year, the case proved to be compelling TV all over again with the ESPN documentary “O.J.: Made in America” and the award-winning FX miniseries “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”In 1997, Simpson was found liable in civil court for the two killings and ordered to pay $33.5 million to survivors, including his children and the Goldman family.Then a decade later, he and five accomplices — two with guns — stormed a hotel room and seized photos, plaques and signed balls, some of which never belonged to Simpson, from two sports memorabilia dealers.Simpson was convicted in 2008, and the long prison sentence brought a measure of satisfaction to some of those who thought he got away with murder. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “We just want him to come home, we really do,” she said.Simpson said that he has spent his time in prison mentoring fellow inmates, often keeping others out of trouble, and believes he has become a better person during those years.Asked if he was confident he could stay out of trouble if he’s released, Simpson replied that he learned much during an alternative-to-violence course he took in prison and that in any case he has always gotten along well with people.“I had basically spent a conflict-free life,” he said — a remark that lit up social media with scornful and sarcastic comments given the murder case and a raft of allegations he abused his wife.In a final statement to the board he apologized again.“I’m sorry it happened, I’m sorry, Nevada,” he said. “I thought I was glad to get my stuff back, but it just wasn’t worth it. It wasn’t worth it and I’m sorry.”Several major TV networks and cable channels — including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox, MSNBC and ESPN — carried the proceedings live, just as some of them did two decades ago during the Ford Bronco chase that ended in Simpson’s arrest, and again when the jury in the murder case came back with its verdict.Simpson said if released he plans to return to Florida, where he was living before his incarceration.“I could easily stay in Nevada, but I don’t think you guys want me here,” he joked at one point.“No comment, sir,” one of the parole board members said. View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’last_img read more

Jan
19

Gilas Pilipinas whips India by 31 points

first_img‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Matthew Wright caught fire in the third quarter to wind up with 19 points built on a 5-of-5 shooting from downtown as the Filipinos improved to 5-3 with a game left to play.Almond Vosotros took over in the fourth, scoring 11 straight to push PH’s lead to 37 with under 5 minutes to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Vostros finished with 14 points along with Von Pessumal, who poured 11 of his total in the second quarter where the Filipinos broke the game wide open.Last assignment for the Philippines is Iran on Sunday at 5 pm. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur MOST READ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets ONE: Pacio leaves frustrations from title match loss behind Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicanscenter_img LATEST STORIES Matthew Wright. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netA day after a beating from Lithuania, Gilas Pilipinas bounced back with a 101-70 clobbering of India Saturday in the 2017 Jones Cup at Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall.Unlike against the Lithuanians, the Filipinos started out strong but were never threatened as they led by more than 30 points for most of the second half.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Jan
12

Body found at NA still unidentified

first_imgThe Guyana Police Force (GPF) is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the body of a male which was found last month in New Amsterdam, Berbice, Region Six (East Corentyne-Berbice).The deceased was discovered on August 20, 2018, on the corner of the road at Main Street, New Amsterdam. The body has since been stored at the Arokium Funeral Home and no one has come forward to identify it.The Police is awaiting identification of the body by a relative before a post-mortem examination is done to determine the cause of death.Anyone recognising the deceased is asked to contact the Police and/or the relatives.Meanwhile, the body remains at the Lot 30 Philadelphia Street, New Amsterdam, funeral home.last_img read more

Jan
12

Pedestrian dies after being struck by minibus

first_imgA pedestrian has become the latest road fatality after he was reportedly struck down by a minibus while attempting to cross the Pearl Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD) on Monday.Dead is 45-year-old Ameer Hussain of Yarrowkabra, Linden-Soesdyke Highway.Based on reports received, the minibus bearing registration number BNN 9334, driven by Christopher Pickering, was negotiating a turn when it hit Hussain who was attempting to cross the road.Eyewitnesses told Guyana Times that the driver of the minibus was proceeding at a fast rate. Hussain sustained injuries and was rushed to the Diamond hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The driver of the Route 42 minibus claimed that the man suddenly ran onto the roadway and into the path of the minibus. Pickering was taken to the Madewini Police Outpost as traffic ranks continue their investigations.last_img read more

Jan
12

Events Happening this Sunday

first_imgHere are a list of events happening this Sunday in and around the Energetic City.09:00 AM Mixed Slow-Pitch Tournament07:00 AM-10:00 PM North Peace Fall Fair11:00 AM-04:00 PM FSJ Wildcats Early Registration12:00 PM Demolition Derby01:00 PM Halfway River Valley StampedeAll Day Event 10th Annual Rivers Day Photo Contest- Advertisement –last_img

Jan
11

Double heartache for Norco

first_imgLONG BEACH – The blue mass stood glumly, blank stares worn on hundreds of faces. Norco’s always-loud, always-there contingent of enthusiastic basketball fans had traveled all over on Saturday, only to have their hearts broken. Then, the Cougars faithful traveled to Long Beach in hopes of seeing the girls team win its first title. Once again, they were denied. STATE TOURNEY ON TAP The state tournament brackets will be released today, and an area of special interest could be the Division II girls bracket. There are six Southern Section teams taken for Division II, and the last spot might come down to Norco and Colony, both of whom lost Saturday in the finals. Twice. First, the group trekked to the Honda Center, where they witnessed the Norco boys lose to Mountain View League rival Corona Centennial. center_img But Colony beat Norco head-to-head earlier in the season, which might give the Titans the edge despite a worse record than the Cougars. Colony coach Roger Anderson stayed in Long Beach in order to find out the result of the Norco-Miller game first-hand. “We’d like a second chance, because we didn’t really get to show what we’re capable of today,” Anderson said. Norco coach Rick Thompson said there was a “good chance” the Cougars would make the state tournament. “If they leave us out, it’s a mistake,” he said. FOUL TROUBLE There were 41 fouls called in Silverado’s 64-52 win over Colony in the CIF-SS DivisionIII-A title game. Colony star junior guard Amani Butler was the only player to foul out, exiting with 1:45 remaining in the game, but the rest of the Colony starting lineup had four fouls each. “I was getting told two different things (by the officials), they’d say it was `all ball’ when they were slapping down on us,” Anderson said. “It was unbelievable, the proportion was really bad. I told them, `Just be fair.’ “But we didn’t lose because of the officiating. We lost because we didn’t execute.” Silverado’s freshman guard Shavonda Gates had her fourth foul by the 1:08 mark of the third quarter. In total, Colony was called for seven more fouls than Silverado. But the Titans actually made one more free throw than Silverado, which went just 14-for-33 at the foul line. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
Jan
6

Managing Newcastle a dream job for anybody, admits Carver

first_img John Carver and Alan Pardew 1 John Carver has revealed it would be a “dream job” to manage Newcastle, amid ongoing speculation of Alan Pardew’s departure to Crystal Palace.The 49-year-old will have a chance to lay down his credentials for the job on New Year’s Day when he takes temporary charge of the Magpies against Burnley, while former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper claimed Carver would be capable of managing the north-east club on a full-time basis.And Carver admitted he has ambitions of returning to management after spells as an assistant at Leeds, Plymouth Argyle and Sheffield United.“I think you always have those ambitions don’t you?” said Carver. “But you’ve got to wait for the right opportunity. Now the manager looks like going, what’s my situation? Only time will tell.“My head’s going 100 miles an hour here, as you can imagine. I think that every coach who goes into football wants to be a manager, and there will be a day when I want to be a manager again, there’s no doubt about that.“I have not read a newspaper or seen anything on the TV, and I am being serious about that because you don’t get a chance. When you are in this situation, you have got to do things quickly, you have got to put all your energy into getting a result against Burnley, and that’s all I have done.”When asked if managing Newcastle would be his dream job, Carver said: “Of course it is. I’m a local lad and it’s a dream job for anybody, but the manager’s still the manager at the moment.”last_img read more

Dec
29

Job Vacancy: Insurance Executive sought by well-established brokerage

first_imgJob Vacancy: Britton Insurance are currently taking applications for the role of Commercial Business Insurance Executive.Donegal Town based Insurance Broker; Britton Insurance has a full-time commercial position available.The ideal candidate will: Have a CIP qualification, working towards a CIP accreditation, grandfathered or have Insurance experience (other financial qualifications will beconsidered)Be fully CPD compliantBe a self-motivated individualHave strong organisational skillsHave excellent communication and telephone skillsLocation: Britton Insurance, Crennan House, Tirconaill Street,Donegal Town Co DonegalNumeration: Depending on experienceTerms: Permanent Apply By: 5th May 2018Application to: info@brittoninsurance.com with the subject line: Commercial Lines Position.PLEASE NOTE THOSE WHO DO NOT FIT INTO THE ABOVE CRITERIA WILL NOT BE RESPONDED TOPat Britton & Co Ltd t/a Britton Insurance is regulated by the Central Bank of IrelandJob Vacancy: Insurance Executive sought by well-established brokerage was last modified: April 25th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:Britton InsurancebrokersCommercial Business Insurance executiveJob Vacancylast_img read more

Dec
28

College to host `Baby City’

first_img 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! WHITTIER – In a too-often repeated pattern, children removed from abusive or neglectful parents and placed into foster care grow up and become pregnant themselves, child welfare experts say. “We don’t realize sometimes that so many of these foster youth end up homeless. And if they have a baby with them, the baby is taken away,” said Lydia Slawson, who works in Rio Hondo College’s Office of Foster and Kinship Care. “They’re in a double- whammy – they lost their first family and now they could lose their baby. So they need a lot of support services to help them.” To help provide that support, Slawson’s office is helping organize a new one-day conference this month. Dubbed “Baby City,” it would be for pregnant or parenting teens and young adults who were placed into foster care through the county’s Department of Children and Family Services or probation. According to officials with the El Monte-based Inter- Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect of Los Angeles County, such teens often repeat the cycle of abuse and neglect once they start having their own children. An ICAN task force developed the curriculum for the conference, which will be held March 18 at Rio Hondo College. The free event will feature breakfast and lunch, a raffle and workshops and presentations on domestic violence, legal aid and family law. Representatives of several agencies, including WIC (Women, Infants and Children), Project Cuddle, the First 5 Foundation, the Children’s Bureau, the Transitional Resources Center and Teen Line, will provide information about housing, legal issues, child care, fathering and health resources. Participants will be referred to the event through social workers. They will be assigned a “buddy,” who will help them with child-care during the conference, organizers said. Rio Hondo is the third Los Angeles-area community college to hold the event, said ICAN program administrator Tish Sleeper. Previous hosts were Pasadena City College and Mission College in the San Fernando Valley. Rio Hondo received a grant from the Kaiser Foundation and the nonprofit Community College Foundation to host Baby City, Slawson said. Susan Forman, an ICAN volunteer and a local business owner, said officials of nearly all of the community colleges the agency approached to host a Baby City event indicated they had a need for it in their communities. “Whittier has a whole lot of issues related to pregnant and parenting teens,” Forman said. “This conference is just a drop in the bucket in terms of addressing issues these kids are facing.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051last_img read more

Dec
28

DONEGAL TEACHERS ATTEND FESTIVAL OF EDUCATION

first_imgBernadette Brennan, Rosses Community School; Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan TD; Amy Caffrey and Lauren Rowsome, Rosses Community SchoolAlmost 1,000 teachers and members of the public attended FEILTE – a celebration of innovation in teaching and World Teachers’ Day 2015 yesterday at Dublin’s RDS.FÉILTE featured a mix of over 50 showcases and workshops spanning projects from across the school sector, demonstrating the innovation happening in teaching and learning in schools across the country.The event was attended by teachers and members of the public from across the country, including a number from Donegal. Rosses Community School showcased its Literacy for the Local and Global Communities for Charity project, which saw students at the school compile four books.One is on Haiku poetry and another is on Heros in the Classroom. Primary and post-primary students worked with members of the community on A Sprinkle of Kindness. The final book, Penguins don’t eat ice cream, features a piece by Gordon Snell.John Ruddy has developed a series of history videos which are designed for use in primary school classroom and are now being used in classrooms across the world. The videos, which cover Irish history in 6 minutes, World War One in 6 minutes, World War Twi in 7 minutes, the Cold War in 9 minutes, and the French Revolution in 9 minutes, act as a great introduction to historical topics, presenting the complexities of world history in an engaging way.BEO was founded by transition year students from Coláiste Ailigh, St. Eunan’s College, Loreto Convent and Errigal College, all schools located in Letterkenny. Colm McBrearty, Colaiste Adhamhnain, Letterkenny; Charlotte NiDhomnaill, Loreto College, Letterkenny; Hannah Nic Sharraigh and Altan Ni Mhurchu, Cholaiste Ailigh, Letterkenny, who are all involved in the BEO projectBEO aims to get young people interested in music by encouraging them to organise a series of concerts in their local area. Students are in charge of every aspect of the organisational process – booking the acts, promotion of events, filming of concerts, etc.This encourages an interest in live music, while helping students develop a wide range of organisational and communication skills.This project also puts a firm emphasis on the Irish language and seeks to encompass it in the organisational process – “Is fearr Gaeilge bhriste, ná Béarla cliste”. It is the aim of all those involved in BEO that this project will continue to grow nationwide.John Ruddy, Manny Man history videos, Donegal with Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan TDSpeaking about the event, Teaching Council Director Tomás Ó Ruairc said, “As a teacher and parent, I understand and appreciate the incredible amount of trust placed in teachers. Having spoken to teachers around the country at a variety of events, I also appreciate the clear commitment and enthusiasm they show in leading learning in the most creative and innovative of ways. FÉILTE was an opportunity for all of us to celebrate and admire that creativity and innovation.”FÉILTE began with an address by the inspirational adventurist Mark Pollock. Psychologist, and author of Flourishing, Dr Maureen Gaffney also addressed the audience. The day also featured three panel discussions covering the role of parents in their children’s education, the use of technology in education, and mindfulness in the classroom.DONEGAL TEACHERS ATTEND FESTIVAL OF EDUCATION was last modified: October 16th, 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:donegalFeilteschoolslast_img read more