The vice president of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia, Martina Brooks has said that due to her relentless desire to take the association to the next level, she will contest the next leadership of SWAL as president“This is a well thought and calculated decision,” she said at a press conference last week in Monrovia.She noted, “Our impeccable record of dedicated service to the institution speaks for us.”She explained that she understands the internal workings of SWAL and am prepared and well equipped for the task.“This is our territory,” Martina said, and borrowing words from President Ellen Sirleaf, noted, “I will be a candidate and I will be a more formidable candidate.”She said her interest is for the betterment of SWAL, a journey began two years ago as vice president.“Looking back two years ago, I will say we made some strides but again, more needs to be done,” she said.On SWAL’s achievement, she said, “We established a charity program, Helping Today’s Kids Become Tomorrow Stars,’ and identified with several schools, orphanages, and slum communities with and sporting materials.”She added: “One of our major achievements as an institution was the role we played in the passage of The Sports Academy Bill.”Without going into details, she attacked what she claimed as “fallacious, misguided and half-baked reports” against her, and said they were slanderous and untruth.“I have never owed SWAL a penny,” she said.“I remain fervently committed to doing what I love to do best, to serve SWAL and no amount of distraction, lies and cheap talk will sway me away from achieving such goal,” she said.The SWAL elections are set on January 24 in Monrovia. Others in the presidential contests are Mr. Richard Manuba and Mr. Leroy M. Sonpon, lll.The debate is set on Wednesday, tomorrow at the PUL on Clay Street, Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Lewis G. Brown, has promised to appear before legislators today with a pen, a note book and a duster for the tutorial class that lawmakers had promised to conduct for him and his deputies.Speaking at the Information Ministry’s regular press briefing yesterday on Capitol Hill, Minister Brown said he is prepared to appear at the National Legislature with all the necessary classroom materials after being told that they would conduct a Public Relations lecture for him and his lieutenants.He explained: “I will make sure that anything they say [I will] write it; they are our big people in government. What they decide to teach me, I will accept them, come back and do the Liberian people’s work,” he said.The National Legislature recently summoned several Ministers, including the MICAT boss and his deputy for public affairs, Isaac W. Jackson, who the Legislators cited for utterances that offended the lawmakers.Also speaking about the Ebola situation, the Information Minister explained that Liberians are fighting a deadly disease without any experience, and, according to him, this is causing them to be stigmatized in many places around the world. “Liberians are not the virus,” he added. “We are not the cause of this problem that is trying to destroy all of us. We continue to get good results from around the country in the fight against the deadly disease, including Monrovia, Lofa, Bomi, Nimba and other places.”The Minister has at the same time expressed thanks and appreciations to the health workers, including the local and international partners for their priceless efforts in helping to save lives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“I don’t think that had anything to do with it,” Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said of the pressure of playing with the top ranking in the nation. Especially Drew Neitzel. The junior guard scored 28points and made several key shots in the second half to give Michigan State its first win over a top-ranked team since the Spartans defeated IndianaState in the 1979 national championship game. Wisconsin (26-3, 12-2 BigTen) trails No. 2 OhioState by a half-game in the Big Ten. The win also boosts the postseason hopes of the Spartans (20-8, 7-6). UNLV 60, No. 14 Air Force 50: Kevin Kruger had 14points and a career-high 10 assists to help the Rebels beat the visiting Falcons (23-5, 10-4 Mountain West). No. 19 Texas 80, Texas Tech 51: A.J. Abrams scored 18 points and the host Longhorns (20-7, 10-3) stay in the thick of the Big 12 race. Providence 64, No. 22 West Virginia 61: Weyinmi Efejuku scored 24 points with seven rebounds and the host Friars beat the Mountaineers (20-7, 8-6 Big East). Suspended Gonzaga star faces trial: Suspended Gonzaga center Josh Heytvelt was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, stemming from a recent arrest when police said they found hallucinogenic mushrooms in his car. Illinois basketball player charged: University of Illinois basketball player Jamar Smith was charged with drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident, authorities said. Smith was driving a 1996 Lexus last Monday night when it struck a tree in heavy snow. Teammate Brian Carlwell, 19, suffered a severe concussion. WOMEN No. 18 Bowling Green 89, Kent St. 66: Reserve Amber Flynn scored 21 points to lead the visiting Falcons (25-2, 14-0). Seton Hall 63, No. 19 Marquette 58: Ela Mukosiej scored 16 points and the host Pirates upset the Golden Eagles (22-5, 10-4). No. 21 Rutgers 69, Providence 34: Matee Ajavon had 23 points to lead the host Scarlet Knights (18-7, 11-3 BigEast). No. 23 Louisville 91, St. John’s 62: Angel McCoughtry scored 21 points for the host Cardinals (23-5, 9-5 Big East). Iowa State 64, No. 25 Nebraska 53: Megan Ronhovde scored 15 points for the Cyclones as they beat the visiting Huskers (21-7, 9-5 Big 12). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Wisconsin’s first taste of a No. 1 ranking turned sour Tuesday. Even so, the Badgers made no excuses after falling 64-55 at Michigan State in their first game in school history as the top-ranked team in The Associated Press poll.
After more than two years singularly absorbed in researching Tommy’s disappearance, DeWalt is convinced the boy was abducted that Saturday evening and killed by Mack Ray Edwards, then of Azusa, during the course of a long career as a serial sexual abuser and murderer of children. DeWalt is not the only one who believes Edwards did it. “I absolutely believe he’s responsible for the disappearance of Tommy Bowman,” said Detective Vivian Flores of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Cold Case Homicide Unit. “He’s gotten away with it. He can’t win and I won’t let him.” Not that Edwards is around to take his punishment. Between 1953 and 1968, Edwards, who committed suicide in 1971, is known to have slain a half-dozen children. Police now believe he’s responsible for Tommy’s disappearance and consider him a “person of interest” in up to 13 other cases of missing children. Stella Darlene Nolan, 8, was abducted June 20, 1953, from her Norwalk home and sexually abused before being strangled and left for dead in the Angeles National Forest. Three years later, Donald Baker and Brenda Howell, both 11, left Azusa on a bike ride and never returned. In 1968, Gary Rocha, 13, was found shot to death in his Granada Hills home. One month later, 16-year-old Roger Madison of Sylmar left home on his motorcycle and was never seen again. The following spring, the body of Donald Allen Todd, 13, of Pacoima was found shot to death under a footbridge not far from his home. On March 6, 1970, Edwards walked into the LAPD’s Foothill Station with a loaded handgun and turned himself in for kidnapping three young sisters in Sylmar, where he had been living. The girls had recognized Edwards, and after two escaped, the killer knew his years of mayhem were near an end. Baker was Edwards’ neighbor in Azusa; Howell his wife’s younger sister. Madison was one of his adopted son’s schoolmates. Edwards confessed to all six slayings. He said he threw Nolan off a bridge in the Angeles National Forest. When he returned later and found that she was still alive, he stabbed her to death and buried her along the Santa Ana Freeway on which he had been working. He said he slit the throats of Baker and Howell, and dumped their bodies off Mount Baldy Road. He said he stabbed Madison to death and buried him under a section of the Ventura (101) Freeway, which he has also been working on. The bodies of Baker, Howell and Madison have never been found. Edwards wanted the death penalty, and for his crimes, a jury delivered the sentence. But death didn’t come quickly enough, and after several failed attempts, he hanged himself with a television power cord while on Death Row at San Quentin. Not forgotten Decades after the newspapers and their readers moved on to new atrocities, there are men and women for whom these children’s names are daily material, their unanswered injustices stretching through time to demand answers. There are people like Detective Diane Harris, who handles missing-persons cases for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “I keep them in the back of my mind – they’re always there,” Harris said of her child cases. “I can actually even tell you what their names are without looking at them.” Vivian Flores keeps her children with her at all times. In her LAPD office, at home or in her car, the detective doesn’t let the thick binders with missing children’s names printed on the cover out of her sight. During the two years of DeWalt’s investigation, he has worked with Harris, Flores and retired homicide investigator Bill Gleason, now a consultant for the Department of Justice. “I’ve never met Tommy Bowman’s father, but to find out what happened, to let him know where his kid is and maybe bring his body home, is more satisfying,” Flores said. Police, then and today, didn’t buy Edwards’ story that he had told them everything. They believed there were more – possibly many more – victims. All share the opinion that Edwards abducted Tommy, and are considering whether he was involved in other disappearances: Bruce Kremen, 7, from the Angeles National Forest in 1960; and Karen Tompkins and Dorothy Brown, both 11 and from Torrance, in 1961 and 1962. They were especially skeptical of Edwards’ claim to have stopped killing during the 12-year span between 1956 and 1968. “I know there are times when they know what they’re doing is wrong, and they don’t want to do it, but they have this compulsion to,” Harris said. “He could have been not killing people during that time frame, but I doubt it.” Making the case Police say they know Mack Ray Edwards, born in Arkansas in 1918, sexually molested at least one girl before marrying a young wife in 1946 and moving to California a year later. A heavy-equipment operator, Edwards worked on several of the freeways now criss-crossing Southern California. Between 1950 and 1957, he resided in Pico Rivera, El Monte and Azusa. “It’s the perfect place for a man who’s a serial murderer to bury the kids he’s killing,” Harris said. “He knows where the holes are, he knows where the concrete is being poured.” Edwards made no mention of Tommy Bowman in his original confession, but later bragged in prison that his murders numbered 18, DeWalt said. Ultimately it was a rough sketch and a bizarre letter smuggled out of prison before his suicide that convinced DeWalt that Edwards had killed Tommy. He made the first tenuous connection between the two when he came across stories about the murderer. He had a feeling of d j vu when he saw a photograph of Edwards, and recalled an amateur sketch made by Claudine Clarke, a resident of the 700 block of Altadena Drive. “I studied the sketch; I studied the photographs,” DeWalt said. “I went from one to the other, warning myself against what appeared to be too easy a reach.” His suspicion was strong enough to begin looking into Edwards’ history. But police said they needed more than a sketch with an uncanny resemblance. A coded confession While Eldon Bowman and his family retraced their steps looking for Tommy, the boy had continued south until, adjacent to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he ascended a trail to the west end of Altadena Drive. As Altadenans sat down to dinner, two witnesses saw a boy believed to be Tommy near the trailhead on Altadena Drive. Further east, another woman in the 700 block saw a boy matching Tommy’s description crying as he walked eastbound along the street. Moments later, she saw a “very tan, unkempt man” matching Edwards’ description casting furtive glances side to side and moving “at a good clip” behind Tommy, DeWalt said. Across the street, Claudine Clarke reported some moments later seeing the same man – but with one discrepancy. Clarke described a man in a white T-shirt; her neighbor said he was wearing a plaid shirt. In old photographs of Edwards taken before his surrender, DeWalt said he can be seen wearing a plaid shirt buttoned over a white T-shirt. He theorized that as Tommy drew closer to Lincoln Avenue and busier streets, he removed his overshirt to free his movements and make the abduction. DeWalt has been unable to locate Clarke to make a positive identification. The investigation’s shocker came from a letter seized in a search last October of the residence of Edwards’ widow. In a strange “anti-confession” smuggled out of San Quentin prior to his suicide, Edwards recanted much of his confession and said he was taking the heat for a man he only identifies as “Billy the cripple.” Police investigators unanimously dismiss the anti-confession as an invention born of Edwards’ psychosis. But later in that same letter, Edwards drops a bombshell. “I was going to add one more to the first statement,” DeWalt recounted Edwards writing of his original confession. “And that was the Tommy Bowman boy that disappeared in Pasadena, but I felt I would really make a mess of that one, so I left him out of it.” Police believe that is Edwards’ coded confession to killing Tommy. “That right there puts me over the top,” Flores said. “If he didn’t know about Tommy Bowman, he wouldn’t have mentioned it.” An uneasy truth Eldon Bowman never stopped wondering what happened to Tommy, and laments that Tommy’s mother, Mary Bowman, died several years ago, still wondering. After 50 years of unextinguished hope, the 85-year-old isn’t ready to embrace entirely what DeWalt and police now believe happened to his son. “It makes the most sense, as much as I don’t like to think about it,” said Bowman, who now lives in Simi Valley. “It isn’t finalized, but it probably is the best explanation anyone has come up with so far.” The case still belongs to the Pasadena Police Department and it will be up to that agency to declare it closed. Investigators met recently with Pasadena police officials to update them. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4444 www.insidesocal.com/pasadenapolitics160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Video: Disappearance of Tommy Bowman SOMETHING TERRIBLE HAPPENED 50 years ago in the Arroyo Seco, a mystery coursing through Eldon Bowman’s mind ever since. On March 23, 1957, his son, Tommy, 8, vanished at the end of a brief hike less than a mile from the Altadena home they were visiting. “I’ll beat you to the car,” Tommy told his two cousins before scrambling out of their lives forever. He went around a corner and then was just gone. Massive searches were organized. For nearly a week, police and residents thought they were looking for a lost child. Screaming headlines in the Pasadena Star-News and newspapers throughout the Southland tracked every development. Weeks later, with all leads exhausted, the crisis of Tommy’s disappearance settled into a kind of black hole. There was nothing more for his parents and siblings to do but return to their home in Redondo Beach. Five decades later, a Pasadena man obsessed with ending Eldon Bowman’s torment by uncovering the truth behind Tommy’s disappearance has reached grisly and disturbing conclusions about what happened that afternoon. And the police say he’s got it right. Furthermore, the revelations of author Weston DeWalt could precipitate breaks in a number of other cold cases involving child victims throughout Southern California. An incomplete confession
Just an old man and his rod.Dutch striker Robin van Persie struggled to make an impact at Manchester United this season but he looked far from lost at sea on his summer holiday travels, as the 31-year-old shocked his family by catching a SHARK!“Our kids love to fish and haven’t stopped asking to go out deep sea fishing this holiday,” the Red Devils man said on his Facebook page.“Unaware this was going to be our best fishing day ever!!! What a catch!“Nobody got hurt and of course we released the shark.”Check the video footage, captioned “ohhhhhhh ohhhhhh my god wooow unbelievable”, above!
The North’s Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, will be the main speaker at the county’s main Easter Commemoration in Drumboe.A spokesperson for the committee said “Thousands of people are expected to attend commemorations in towns and villages across Donegal this weekend.“The Drumboe Commemoration Committee wishes to invite everyone in the county to join in our commemorations, celebrate 1916 and remember all those who have given their lives in pursuit of Irish freedom. “We are delighted to announce that Martin McGuinness will be the main speaker at the Drumboe Commemoration on Sunday. Martin, who has strong connections to Donegal, has dedicated his life to republicanism and is recognised worldwide as a leader in the Irish struggle for freedom. As such, we expect a huge turnout at this year’s march.“It is important that we pay tribute to all of those brave men and women who gave their lives. Easter weekend is a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by so many and rededicate ourselves to the legitimate and achievable goal or Irish Unity.”The following is a list of all ceremonies taking place across Co Donegal this weekend.DRUMBOE (Countywide) EASTER COMMEMORATION Main Speaker : Martin McGuinness MP MLAFall in Johnstons Corner, Stranorlar 3pmLetterkenny CommemorationAughhashinan Graveyard Easter Sunday 11amIn Memory Vol. Timothy McGarry Speaker : Cllr. Mick Quinn & Gerry McMonagleGlencolmcille CommemorationGlen, Easter Sunday 11.30amSpeaker: Cllr. Michael Mc Mahon Inishowen/Buncrana CommemorationAssemble Cockhill Park, Buncrana 12 noonMarch to Cockhill CemeterySpeaker: Cllr. Jack Murray.Vol. Damian Mc Fadden CommemorationDrumoghill Graveyard Easter Sunday 12 NoonSpeaker: Cllr Gerry Mc MonagleCastlefin CommemorationThe Diamond, Castlefin Easter Sunday 12 NoonSpeaker, Cllr Cora HarveyGweedore CommemorationDerrybeg Chapel Easter Sunday 12.15pmSpeaker: Grainne Mhic Geidigh. Udaras Na GaeltachtaDrumkeen Wreath LayingH-Block Memorial Easter Sunday 6pmDonegal TownClar Graveyard,Wreath LayingEaster Sunday, 10amEASTER MONDAYCarrigart CommemorationEaster Monday 12.30pmAssemble at Parochial Hall Kevin Brady Commemoration,Speaker: Padraig Mac Lochlainn TD Mennaleck, Crolly,Rosses Martyrs Commemoration,Fanad CommemorationKildrum Easter Monday 3pmSpeaker; Padraig Mc Lochlainn TDPettigo CommemorationEaster Monday 3pmSpeaker: Cllr Michael Mc MahonMARTIN MCGUINNESS TO SPEAK AT DONEGAL EASTER CEREMONY was last modified: April 2nd, 2012 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)
TEMPERATURES in Co Donegal will drop to as low as -5C tonight with forecasters predicting fog, ice and snow.Both Met Eireann and The Meteo Times say snow could fall tonight – but this is likely to be confined to the hills of the county.A warning about black ice on the roads tonight and tomorrow has also been issued. While Britain is expecting large snowfalls this week, Met Eireann says the mountains of Co Donegal can expect a dusting of less than two centimetres of snow tomorrow.Met Eireann forecaster Pat Clarke: “We’re really not in the firing line with any significant snow.“Our issue is more of frost. It will be a cool and bright day today with daytime highs of 5C to 9C, but temperatures will plummet overnight to between -3C and -4C, leading to widespread frost and ice on roads by tomorrow morning.” HILL SNOW, FOG AND ICE ON WAY IN CHILLY WEEKEND FOR DONEGAL was last modified: January 14th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:donegal daily weatherFOG AND ICE ON WAY IN CHILLY WEEKEND FOR DONEGALHILL SNOW
(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)The NFL is back, and so are my weekly picks. Let’s improve on last season’s record (166-90) by starting with these Week 1 locks:Falcons 31, Eagles 24: NFL researchers say defending Super Bowl champs are 42-9-1 to open their ensuing season. Make it 42-10-1. Line: Falcons +149ers 23, Vikings 20: It’s another Minneapolis Miracle, only this time the distracted Vikings are on the losing end of a late stunner. Jimmy …
ARLINGTON, Texas — Jurickson Profar’s arrival to Globe Life Park was a lot different than what he is used to.Before this season, getting to the stadium was second nature for Profar. He would leave his nearby rented home and jump in his car, drive to the player parking lot, and go through the same tunnel every home game to get to the Texas Rangers clubhouse for nine years. Now a member of the A’s, Profar had trouble just finding the visiting locker room.It’s different coming to the other side …
ST. LOUIS — The Giants remain optimistic that Johnny Cueto will take the mound for the team before the end of the 2019 season.Debuting against the Dodgers this weekend, however, is now out of the question.Manager Bruce Bochy revealed Tuesday that Cueto is dealing with back tightness that will force him to push back his first start of the year. Cueto was lined up to pitch in Los Angeles this weekend, but he will now throw a bullpen at Dodger Stadium before the Giants determine when he might …