Kyle Busch ends winless season with Cup victory at Pocono

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I think our stats and our runs and our speed shows for itself,” Busch said.Other items of note at Pocono: Katie Ledecky moving on after a bit of a letdown at worlds Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ He also won his 176th career NASCAR race over the Cup (39), Xfinity (89) and Truck (48) series.“We’ve all been fighting all year long and just wasn’t sure why,” Busch said. “This is something I’ve been waiting for for a long, long time. It’s been a frustrating year but an awesome day today.”Harvick finished second, followed by Truex, Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski. Harvick, who hasn’t won in 34 career races at Pocono, said he had nothing for Busch down the stretch.“There was no battle. He was way faster than we were,” Harvick said.Crew chief Adam Stevens made the right calls a week after his confrontation on pit road with members of Truex’s team. JGR suspended two of Truex’s tire changers because of the profane outburst at the Brickyard. JGR provides the pit crew for Furniture Row Racing as part of a technical alliance, giving them the authority to suspend members of the FRR team.Busch earned a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs, a significant victory that left just three open spots with five races left before the 16-driver field is set. JGR had been winless overall until Hamlin won two weeks ago at New Hampshire.“I didn’t fear we wouldn’t make the Chase with our points position,” Stevens said.Samantha Busch was stressed about her husband’s season, tweeting before the race, “160 laps. We haven’t even started and I’m a ball of nerves. Please let this be the day for the 18!”It was. She was in tears over the final laps and celebrated in victory lane a win that her husband dedicated to his late grandmother.Up next, a run at a second championship. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube For all that time up front, Busch also had the longest losing streak of his career, a rare recession over his time building a resume even NASCAR Hall of Famers would envy, with the 2015 Cup championship, 176 wins over three series and an elite ride for Joe Gibbs Racing.He can add two more feats to the list — 13 straight years with a Cup win and his first checkered flag at Pocono.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’Busch used a bump-and-run on Kevin Harvick to take the lead with 16 laps left and held on to snap a 36-race losing streak and win the NASCAR Cup race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday.“I never thought this day would happen,” Busch said. MOST READ 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 McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments Busch won from the pole and gave Toyota its 100th Cup win since its 2007 debut. Busch had Toyota’s first Cup win in March 2008 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.Busch had never gone a full season without winning a race. Charlotte Motor Speedway is now the only track where he’s failed to win a Cup points race.“I wasn’t sure which one was going to be last,” he said.Busch had seven top-five finishes this season and was runner-up to Austin Dillon in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. All the near misses have gnawed at Busch, who won the All-Star race — at Charlotte. But the exhibition race doesn’t count in the season standings and Busch was in a victory slump that dated to the 2016 Brickyard 400.He was racing for the lead last weekend in the Brickyard 400 when he wrecked with Martin Truex Jr., which led to a pit road altercation between members of both teams.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Kyle Busch drives down the front stretch during the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway. APLONG POND, Pennsylvania — Kyle Busch watched the number of laps he’s led this season tick, tick, tick as it crossed 1,000, and he only really cared about the lap he hadn’t led: the last one.“We’ve had speed. We’ve been right there,” Busch said. “We’ve been able to do what we should be doing and that’s running up front.”ADVERTISEMENT Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicanslast_img read more

GPL employee slapped with trafficking charge

first_imgA Guyana Power and Light (GPL) employee was granted ,000 for trafficking in narcotics by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday.Levi Chase, 22, of Lot 26 Norton Street, Wortmanville, Georgetown, told the court he is employed as a labourer at the power company.The man pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on June 22 at Norton Street, he had 20 grams of cannabis in his possession for the purpose of trafficking.Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers had no objections to bail.levi chaseotis halleyChase was granted bail and the matter adjourned to July 14.Meanwhile, another Norton Street man Otis Halley, was on Friday remanded to prison by Magistrate McLennan for having 3.832 grams of cannabis in his possession also for trafficking.He pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that he had the illicit drug on June 22, in the vicinity of Norton Street.The case was adjourned and the matter will continue on July 14.last_img read more

“US Will Support Job Creation in Weah Gov’t”

first_imgUnited States under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Thomas A. ShannonBy Jonathan Paye-LaylehThe United States Government has pledged to support “job and greater wealth creation” to the new Liberian government under the leadership of football legend George Weah whose inauguration on Monday drew more than 35,000 people to the SKD Complex that left at least 35 persons injured (according to the LNP) as they tried to force their way into the already packed stadium.The United States under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Thomas A. Shannon, who led a high-level delegation to the inauguration, spoke with confidence in an exclusive interview before his meeting with President George Weah on Tuesday.“This is a great man,” Shannon said of the 51-year old president. “He’s someone who has distinguished himself in many fields, sport being just one of them, but somebody who obviously has an understanding and feels for the Liberian people. So it’s our intent to do everything we can do help him be as successful as possible, as early as possible.”Since the end of the country’s 14-year civil wars in 2003, youth unemployment has remained at an all-time high.“Probably most important will be looking for ways to help the president generate more economic growth, more job creation and greater wealth and stabilizing the economy that has suffered terribly through conflict and disease and pandemic,” Ambassador Shannon said.“I think through commerce, through investment, and through helping connect Liberia better to regional trade, Liberia has a great opportunity to start generating the kind of economic growth it needs,” he said.Shannon said the people’s response to Weah’s inauguration “was quite remarkable and I think it underscores the tremendous opportunity he has to be a great leader.”The Weah government has inherited a weak economy and near inflation, weak health and educational sectors and an external reserve of just over US$150 million in a country where corruption is a cancer.Yet, expectations are so high the former AC Milan striker told the crowd in his inauguration address there wouldn’t be “quick fixes.”The US diplomat agreed.“Expectations will always be high,” Shannon said. “People have great faith in democracy and great faith in the leaders that they themselves choose; that’s positive.”He added: “But obviously managing those expectations is also a challenge and the president’s right to underscore the fact that there are no quick fixes; but the best way to deal with expectations is through accomplishment.”Trump’s “Shithole” commentIn the interview Shannon attempted to clarify President Donald Trump’s recent “shithole” comment about Africa, Haiti and other countries with high immigrant populations in the U.S.“First the president says he did not use the word that has been attributed to him,” he said.Ambassador Shannon insisted the US Government will never put itself at loggerheads with its international partners including Africa.“And I deeply regret that this is what the press has deeply focused on. But it is not a reflection of Africa or other partners; it’s a reflection of the intensity of the political debate in the United States and a way in which that debate has infected how we talk about important issues,” he said. “And so it is not a reflection on Africa or on partners; it is a reflection on us. And for that reason I want to underscore that we cannot abide vulgar disrespect when talking about partners that are so close to us.”When Ambassador Shannon was reminded that there was a Democratic senator who attended the meeting and admitted President Trump had made the remarks, he replied: “Let me put it this way; I was not in the room, but the president himself said he did not say that.“I can’t make any further comment than that, but I can say that those specific words do not describe our relationship with Liberia or any of our African partners.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Woman who allegedly paid $7M to kill husband nabbed at CJIA

first_imgFifty-year-old Milaimi Alli, who was wanted for questioning in relation to the murder of her husband Ramzan Ali, was arrested upon arrival at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport on Thursday evening.The woman, according to information received, arrived on a Caribbean Airlines flight from the United States of America and was immediately taken into custody. Police had issued a wanted bulletin for the woman after investigations reportedly revealed that she allegedly paid $7 million to her lover to kill her husband. She was taken to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) where she is being questioned in connection with the murder.On July 12, 2009, the body of the fuel dealer was found in the trunk of a rented white Toyota Carina AT 212 on the Railway Embankment in the vicinity of Coldingen.Arrested: Milaimi AlliPolice are viewing the killing as a crime of passion. Earlier in the week, the police issued a wanted bulletin for Milaimi Alli’s arrest.Just a few days ago, Zaheed Mitchell, a 38-year-old driver of Foulis, ECD, was charged with the murder of the fuel dealer.The indictment stated that Mitchell and others murdered Ali between July 11 and 12, 2009. Mitchell was remanded to prison and the case will continue on April 15. It was during investigations that Ali’s name surfaced, hence an arrest warrant was issued for her arrest.Back in 2009, the businessman’s body was found by relatives who had launched a search for him after several calls to his mobile went unanswered.He was found with a paper bag sealed with duct tape over his head. Ali’s death came at a time when family members were preparing to hold a religious function in memory of his brother, Akbar Ali, a scrap metal dealer from Enmore who was gunned down on Brickdam on July 24, 2008.One of the dead man’s cousins who assisted in the search said he observed Ali’s locked car on the Railway Embankment.Murdered: Ramzan AliUpon checking, he initially did not see anyone inside. He made further checks and observed that blood was dripping from the trunk onto the roadway.The relative then broke the driver’s side window and unlocked the trunk where he made the shocking discovery.“His head was bagged and taped,” the dead man’s relative had stated at the time. The police were contacted and they quickly cordoned off the scene and commenced their investigations.The detectives believed that Ali was killed somewhere else and his killers took him in his car and left him in the desolate area.There was what appeared to be a skid mark on the parapet near where Ali’s body was discovered, leading investigators to believe that the killers fled the scene in another car.Several persons had recalled seeing the parked car at about 01:00h on July 12, 2009, but did not know it contained a body in the trunk.last_img read more

Valley boy sent home from Idol

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The first four finalists were eliminated from American Idol on Thursday – including the Valley’s own Rudy Cardenas. Paula Abdul called Cardenas’ falsetto “amazing,” but that didn’t impress America. Also sent home were Amy Krebs, Nicole Tranquillo and barefoot Paul Kim. Read all about it on Idol Chatter, Fred Shuster’s American Idol blog. WHAT DO YOU THINK? Tell us your thoughts on Rudy and the other three eliminated Idol hopefuls on the blog.last_img read more


first_imgA unique new tour operator specialising in Irish music hopes to create up to ten new is a newly established tour operator based in Ardara.The brainchild of Sean Kearns, they are Ireland’s only dedicated traditional Irish music tour operator that focuses purely on traditional Irish music and culture. Their tours focus on the rich tradition of Irish Music in Donegal and includes tour options that take in the authentic traditional music venues in South West Donegal (Killybegs, Ardara, Dunkinelly, Gweedore and Arranmore Island) initially, with a plan to expand their tours to all Donegal.The tours are unique in that the musicians will travel on the tours with the guests and their Ireland-wide tours will have a particular focus on Donegal. They have a pool of 25+ musicians and the plan is to be bringing in 8000+ visitors to Donegal by 2017.Donegal is uniquely positioned having international recording artists such as Altan, Clannad, Enya and Fidil, to name a few, all coming from Donegal.It is hoped to create between 5 and 10 full time jobs by 2017 with a number of part time positions to be filled also. “We are consistently building on our tour options and, with the introduction of the Wild Atlantic Way, hope that local businesses, pubs and accommodation providers will benefit as they continue to grow. The response so far has been exceptional and full tours are expected in the coming months,” said a spokesman.For more details visit NEW DONEGAL MUSIC TOUR OPERATOR HOPES TO CREATE 10 NEW JOBS was last modified: June 24th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ArdaradonegalIRISHMUSICTOURSSEAN KEARNSlast_img read more

Everton and Stoke target Axel Witsel agrees personal terms with Inter Milan

first_imgInter Milan have agreed personal terms with Everton and Stoke City target Axel Witsel.The midfielder is set to leave Zenit St Petersburg this summer after informing the Russian club he wants a new challenge.Everton and Stoke are in discussions with the Belgian and both are hopeful of completing a move this summer.However Inter Milan, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, have gatecrashed the Premier League pair by agreeing personal terms with Witsel.The 27-year-old has provisionally given the green light on a five-year deal worth £12.5million while Inter haggle over a transfer fee with Zenit.But that is proving to be a major stumbling block as Inter are refusing to meet Witsel’s £18m asking price.Inter’s hesitation gives hope to Everton and Stoke, but they must act fast to salvage any deal. 1 Belgium international Axel Witsel last_img read more


first_imgSo where is our heatwave? That’s the question on everybody’s lips today.Well forecasters insisted today it is on its way….just a little bit later than first thought.Tomorrow and Friday are looking like the better days of the bank holiday weekend. And it won’t last as long unfortunately – though after the recent weather, three days of heat and sunshine will be welcome!One of the best forecasters is Irish Weather Online which is reporting that tomorrow – except for some low cloud or fog near outer coasts –  “there will be warm sunshine in many places.  Maximum daytime temperatures 21-24 C away from cooling sea breezes that will be generally quite weak, although capable of dropping temperatures to about 15-17 C.”For Friday it is reporting: “Little change.  Sunshine, light winds and quite warm away from the east coast where a slight east wind will set in. Highs 21-24 C, except 15-17 C near the east and north coast, as well as the outer south coast.”And on Saturday it will be “turning cooler in Ulster, and possibly north Leinster, due to a weak “back-door” cold front from the northeast.” There may be some return to sunshine again next Tuesday or Wednesday, but a prolonged summer heatwave may be two to three weeks away.SO WHERE IS OUR HEATWAVE? was last modified: June 1st, 2011 by gregShare 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:donegalheatwaveweatherlast_img read more


first_imgGARDAI were forced to arrest a man in a motorised wheelchair after he became drunk and abusive in the casualty department of Letterkenny General Hospital, a court has heard.Martin O’Neill, 106 Meadowbank Park, Letterkenny admitted a breach of the peace and being intoxicated when he appeared before Letterkenny District Court.Judge Paul Kelly heard he had a string of previous convictions in his native Laois for similar offences. A Garda Inspector told the court that officers were called to the hospital at 4.20am on December 21 last.“Mr O’Neill was in a motorised buggy and when he was spoken to by gardai he became extremely aggressive,” said the inspector.“His wife tried to calm him down without any success. He was arrested under the public order act.”O’Neill had 27 previous convictions for threatening behaviour in Portlaoise, he said, but had not come to Garda attention for more than two years since moving to Co Donegal.Solicitor Rory O’Brien said his client openly admitted his wrongdoing the next day and apologised to Gardai.“He left the Laois area to remove himself from noxious elements. He moved to Donegal and has since remarried,” said O’Brien.The incident had resulted from an all-day drinking binge after a funeral.“He has given me assurances that he will not come before the court again. He is putting his life back together,” added the solicitor.Judge Kelly wanted to know why O’Neill was in a motorised buggy and was told it was because the defendant was disabled.The judge then asked O’Neill: “If you were in the casualty department of a hospital and some drunk comes in and starts casuing mayhem, how would you feel about that?”O’Neill replied: “I wouldn’t like it. I apologise judge.”Judge Kelly sentenced O’Neill to six months in prison, suspending the sentence for two years.He warned the defendant: “If you are in this court again this sentence will be activated.”GARDAI FORCED TO ARREST DRUNK AND ABUSIVE DISABLED MAN AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITAL was last modified: January 19th, 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:GARDAI FORCED TO ARREST DRUNK AND ABUSIVE DISABLED MAN AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITALLaoislast_img read more

County health chief resigns

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Finucane replaced embattled health director Robert Gates, who led the department for 11 years. At the time in 1995, county officials said they likely would have fired Gates if he had not retired. Dr. Daniel Higgins, past president of the Los Angeles County Medical Association, said he’s shocked and saddened by the latest director’s decision to resign. “I guess he’s just in a situation trying to deal with a broken health care system that unfortunately nobody has been successful with,” Higgins said. “These guys are put in a pressure-cooker and told to fix it. And it’s basically run by a political committee that is trying to run what is a big business and it doesn’t work.” Assemblyman Mark Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles, who has sponsored legislation to create a health authority to oversee the health department and an inspector general to root out waste, fraud and abuse, said Garthwaite’s resignation bolsters the need for an independent panel to oversee the department. “There has to be a better way to govern health care in Los Angeles County,” Ridley-Thomas said. “The entire process has to be de-politicized. There needs to be a way to insulate the director without diminishing transparency. What we have now is indefensible.” Garthwaite, a 30-year public employee who was credited with reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs during his tenure in the late 1990s and expanding access to 600,000 additional veterans, said the job in Newtown Square is a great opportunity. “They are a large health care system that is interested in defining themselves by quality and safety, and those are the two things I care most passionately about,” said Garthwaite, 58, who took the reins of the health department in 2002. Garthwaite is expected to stay at his job until early next year and help the board find a replacement. Tony Bell, spokesman for Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who had repeatedly called for Garthwaite’s resignation in recent months, said, “We wish him well.” Antonovich has been upset that Garthwaite recommended that the county hire a consulting firm for $50 million to fix problems at MLK and yet Garthwaite has been unable to implement reforms to prevent patient deaths and other lapses in care at the South Los Angeles hospital. In recent months, the hospital has lost accreditation, hired almost all-new senior management and fired and disciplined hundreds of employees. “I would have rather seen him stay until after all the (accreditation) issues were resolved at King, but I recognize he was in a very difficult position and I knew he was looking for other positions,” said Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke. City News Service contributed to this story. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dr. Thomas Garthwaite, the embattled head of Los Angeles County’s troubled health department, resigned Tuesday and said he will become chief medical officer at Catholic Health Care East in Pennsylvania. Garthwaite, a nationally respected physician who has endured weekly grillings by the Board of Supervisors over his handling of patient deaths at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, joins at least two other county health directors who resigned under fire in recent years. “I wasn’t expecting it, but it wasn’t a surprise,” Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said. “I think there’s been a lot of criticism of him. There’s been a lot of scapegoating of him.” Former Department of Health Services Director Mark Finucane resigned in 2001 as part of a mutual decision with the supervisors. Finucane, who was regarded as a survivor for having remained as head of the department after it nearly collapsed in 1995, had frequently clashed with the supervisors. last_img read more