APNU/AFC: a Government of excuses – Ramotar

first_img… says acts of incompetence, corruption stacking up dailyThe 16-month-old A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government is being described as one “full of excuses” by former President of Guyana, Donald Ramotar, who said daily, Guyanese are seeing the true face of the President David Granger-led coalition Administration for which the acts of incompetence and corruption are stacking up.Donald Ramotar served as President of Guyana from 2011 to 2015Since the APNU/AFC coalition unseated the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) in May 2015, it has been under fire for a number of blunders and was called into question over several “shady” contractual arrangements.Among them was the lavish inauguration of President David Granger on May 16, 2015, a mere four days after his party won the national elections; the Georgetown clean-up exercise which followed the inauguration; the Durban Park Project; and most recently, the highly controversial and shady Sussex Street Drug Bond deal, along with the hiring of a number of convicts in top Government positions.In an interview with Guyana Times on Monday, Ramotar, who served as President of Guyana from 2011-2015, hauled the Administration over the coals for these missteps which he said exposed the true nature of how corrupt the Government is.Ramotar went on to chronicle the shady transactions of the coalition over the past 16 months, noting that the nation “has come full circle” and is returning to the days of the People’s National Congress (PNC) when corruption and “rape of the treasury “ was the order of the day.“The bond deal is the latest in a series of things that have happened… the tax write-off to people, the settlements sometimes even before people go to court, people being given positions as a payback for the financial support to the coalition during the campaign, like the ambassador who was convicted in the US. We have also seen the immorality of huge salary increases for ministers and the bloating of the bureaucracy, employing more people at high prices,” he stated.Taking these into account, Ramotar scolded the President and his Ministers, who he said are “full of excuses” when these grave infractions are highlighted.“This is a Government full of excuses, that’s all they do, make excuses for every blunder, rather and addressing these issues with a firm fist. Ramjattan is saying that the Government is not a Cabinet of angels and even the President is making excuses about mistakes that were made, but nothing is being done to put measures in place to stop this corruption that is now eating into the Guyanese society,” Ramotar lamented.Speaking to what he described as the “failed promise” of the AFC to keep the coalition Government intact when it assumed power, Ramotar said the Khemraj Ramjattan-led party has its own struggles to defend the credibility of those questionable characters it recommended for top positions.“The AFC and Ramjattan can’t make no significant contribution to anything, because they are always busy trying to defend some fraud they recommend for a position in the Government. They are always busy begging for the coalition to keep on the people they asked to be appointed,” Ramotar said with a chuckle.Recently, the coalition Administration has been under severe pressure from political commentators and anti-corruption advocates for what was described as an abandonment of its own campaign promises and principles which were centred on transparency, accountability and the elimination of corruption at all levels of Government.last_img read more

4000 Artisanal Fishermen, Women Want Landing Facility in Buchanan

first_imgAbout 4000 members of the artisanal fishing community resident at the port city of Buchanan in Grand Bassa County have sounded a clarion plea to the West Africa Fisheries Project (WARFP), Bureau National Fisheries (BNF), World Bank and stakeholders to construct a landing facility at the port city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.The fishermen and women were pointed  out that the construction of a landing facility, including a cold storage, preservation, training and business strategies, are indeed critical to the socio-economic development and progress of the fishing communities at the port city of Buchanan.The plea was contained in an exclusive interview conducted with the Daily Observer last week at three separate artisanal fishing communities in Buchanan.The artisanal fishermen and women comprising Liberians and Ghanaians also sounded an SOS call on the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) to prevail on the relevant agencies of the Liberian Government that are allegedly in the constant habit of harassing fishermen and women.They further explained that current structures on the ground at the various fishing communities in Buchanan are not up to standard in terms of preserving the fish for several months before sale is carried out at the Buchanan and other markets in the country.“We keenly listened to the Liberian leader’s pronouncement on the importation of agriculture and other farming implements free of duty fees in the county,” the fishermen and women asserted.The vice chairman of the Fanti Town fishing community, Joseph T. Karr, told our reporter that the community has been experiencing  great difficulty with Liberian custom officials at the Buchanan port of entry, when they (fishermen and women)  try to clear fishing implements imported from abroad.Asked about bigger vessels’ intrusion into Liberian territorial waters, vice chair Karr said such practices had been dealt with months ago by the Navy Division of the Armed Forces of Liberia {AFL}.As to why there is an acute shortage of fish on the Buchanan Market, Mr. Karr pointed out that at this time of the year, fishermen and women are preparing their fishing nets for the upcoming season in late October when they expect a massive turnout of more fish in the Atlantic Ocean.He further indicated that the construction of a landing facility at the port city of Buchanan would alleviate the huge burden on the artisanal fishermen and women in the maintenance of their canoes that needed constant repairs.  Regrettably, they claimed that their biggest challenge has been the lack of understanding on the part of custom   authorities that imported agriculture-related products should be duty free in    order to boost and enhance agriculture activities in the country.“I would greatly want the Bureau of National Fisheries {BNF} to concentrate on the professional capacity building of the fishermen and women in the areas of preservation techniques, co-management and other critical business skills,” Mr. Karr stressed.He also added that socio-economic conditions continue to remain bleak owing to low profit margins and other factors associated with the sustained development, growth and progress of some fishing communities in the country.Fisherman Karr also frowned on those who continue to use other poisonous chemicals that sometime destroy the young marine resources in rivers and Atlantic Ocean in the country.For her part, fisherwoman Betty James told the Daily Observer that the provision of cheaper fishing nets and improved training in fish preservation would improve her financial conditions at the port city of Buchanan in Grand Bassa County.“We have over the years tried with this old methods of drying our fish with wood, but such methods had not given us solid financial strength as compared to our sisters and brothers in other countries in West Africa,” Madam Betty James asserted.“I’m a mother of five children, three girls and two and only one of the children going to school owing to my current socio-economic conditions in Buchanan City, Grand Grand Bassa County,” Madam James nodded in frustration.Sadly, she added we sometimes buy those very old net from our counter parts that had lived out their usefulness to meet strong waves of the sea water and other rivers in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Open Letter to the LRA Hon. Elfreda Tamba Commissioner General Liberia Revenue Authority…

first_imgHonorable Commissioner General:I write to congratulate you for your tireless efforts in making sure to complete the setting up of the now “Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA)” with the objective intention to identify and raise more revenues that have either ended up in private pockets over the years or have been ignored by few people that had the responsibility and authority to deposit those revenues into Government accounts.These kinds of efforts can only be applied by true patriots like you and those that work behind the scenes to see or insure a successful work.Your confirmation as “Commissioner General” of the Liberia Revenue Authority marks a very important milestone in the fight against corruption in Liberia. As you are aware, in the wake of continuous extortion of Liberia’s resources, decentralization of state management is highly recommended. Giving more power to the regions is highly recommended to determine local policies and development priorities.  These include such areas as education, social infrastructure and human development, as well as the power to implement these policies such as forming their own budgets, financing developmental policies and  collecting certain types of taxes, etc.Likewise local authorities should be held accountable for what happens in their regions and they should be made less reliant on central authorities. Local authorities should have a share in managing state assets on their territories and gaining incomes from them, as well for financing projects.Corruption has over the centuries have left a negative impact on Liberia and has  increased the marginalization of minority groups, including women. It has also in the past led to radicalizing opposition  to the State and most times contributed to conflict.Corruption, as overt in the Liberian society, poses a serious threat to the efforts such as the system you have worked tirelessly over the years to establish; hence the need to deal with corruption rigidly is highly recommended.In recent years, there has  been increasing attention paid to the effects of corruption in post conflict and recovery environments. Various studies (by UNDP, World Bank & Transparency International) confirm that about half of  post-war countries revert to war within one decade and corruption can be considered as one of the major factors that contribute to fuelling a conflict and the return to violence. Therefore, overcoming corruption in post-war Liberia is essential to restoring the confidence of Liberians at home and abroad.Post conflict reconstruction is normally characterized by large scale injection of resources in an environment where the legal and institutional frameworks are weak, fragile or inexistent and where expertise is scarce. Detection of crime is very low and enforcement difficult or ignored. The surviving governing structures are weak in financial, fiscal, administrative and regulatory capacities and limited oversight is informal and sometimes criminalized.   These institutions are often transitional in nature, carrying very little or no legitimacy, and are therefore prone to be captured by the privileged elite with access to power and resources. The lack of popular participation in reconstruction is vulnerable to hijacking by local elites, which leads to corruption, waste of available and scarce resources, lack of maintenance and monitoring by beneficiaries and eventual rejection in the long run.The main purpose of zero tolerance on corruption in Liberia should be to assist post-conflict Liberia in developing anti-corruption strategies and strategies to identify and raise more revenue to undertake development projects in cities in the 15 counties. These strategies will be used to develop programs on anti-corruption in post-war Liberia and recovery process,  which will be a tool that will assist local Governments throughout Liberia.Since Liberia’s independent in the 1800s, there have been fluctuating economic stages which in most cases have led to the under development of Liberia compared to other countries in the sub-region. In my opinion, the newly created Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) stands a better chance to bring about accountability, credibility, though enforcement and other aspects that have either been ignored as a result of incompetence or corruption.As I drive around Monrovia, I witness huge traffic violations by Government, commercial & private vehicles on the daily basis. I think your Commission can liaise with the Justice Ministry, the Liberia National Police (LNP), Transport Ministry and Ministry of Finance, Development and Planning to set up a very good enforcement structure to make millions in revenues  from reckless drivers in Liberia.How the above Government institutions can contribute:Transport Ministry: This Ministry will regularize the registration of all vehicles in the Republic of Liberia. Once this is done, a national database can be created to enable enforcing Ministries or agencies to have easy access to needed information both at the traffic call center and at various traffic courts in the 15 counties.The Transport Ministry can also secure 15 to 25 acres of land to be used for the construction of multipurpose complex to include road or safety emission inspection machines for all vehicles. The purpose of the safety emission inspection will be to ensure that cars plying the streets of Monrovia and other major cities meet all safety requirements before plying the streets. The same area will be used to park towed vehicles. Towed vehicles will be charged towing fees and daily parking fees. If a vehicle’s towing and daily parking fees exceed certain amount, Government should auction the vehicle and deposit the proceeds into a   government revenue account.Justice Ministry: In the effort to properly and legally enforce the rules, the Ministry of Justice will either capacitate the traffic courts or create new ones in every city throughout the republic of  Liberia, with representation of LRA at each Court to monitor and ensure that intended Government revenues are not redirected in the pockets of individuals.Liberia National Police (LNP): Although the LNP does not have the confidence of the public, it is the legal law enforcement Agency of the Republic of Liberia. In this case, the LNP traffic department will select a good number of traffic officers and enhance their training for the purpose of patrolling assigned areas and issuing violation tickets. Since the LNP has some credibility problems, a crime or traffic call center will be created at the LNP headquarters or in a neutral building. At that call center, LNP officers along with LRA and Transport Ministry officers will be assigned there to monitor calls to ensure that violators are issued tickets appropriately. In this case, once an LNP officer pulls over a violator, the call center will immediately be alerted. The vehicle license plate number will be given to the call center. The LNP officer will name the violation (all violations will be properly coded with the appropriate charges). Once the violation ticket is issued, it is immediately reported in the system.Also under the LNP, tow  trucks can be assigned to various busy traffic routes to tow broken down or impounded vehicles. Towing will be done at the vehicle owner’s expense.Ministry of Finance, Development & Planning:  This Ministry will set up the central account number and the 15 local account numbers for each county. Under the county account numbers will also be the sub account numbers for each city in that county. For example, if a  violation ticket for the amount of LRD500.00  is issued in the City of Paynesville, 35% (or to be determined by either law or LRA) of the LRD 500.00 will go to the city of Paynesville while the remaining 65% will go to central Government. The total amount will be deposited in the central account for audit and accountability purposes.The 35% that goes to the city in which the violation took place can be used to employ or capacitate city employees to enforce city maintenance. For example: The City of Paynesville can pass a City law (if it is not already there) mandating all land owners in the City of Paynesville to keep their land(s) clean. In the event a land owner failed to clean his/her land every two or three weeks, the City will clean the land and impose a fine on the land owner. The money raised from the fine will be used to undertake development projects in the city, including but not limited to building or maintaining Public Schools in the city, reducing school fees for residents of the city, employing residents of the city, thus creating more jobs in the city. Those city employees will pay taxes to the government of Liberia,  thus increasing the country’s revenue capacity.These punishments, I believe,  will have important consequences on the defendants and will bring economic gain which will enforce the purpose of LRA. Over the years we have experienced different stages in our law enforcement that seem not to be working for the Government but instead for the individuals enforcing the laws. In my view, the primary goal of punishment should be to assist violators to turn their lives around and to safeguard society. On the other hand,  violators should also be used to raise revenue to undertake development projects and to compensate victims by benefiting from some of the development projects in the city (ies) they (victims) live. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kenyan referee Marwa to officiate World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Other than Marwa, Zambian Jan Sikazwe is another centre referee from Africa. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 8 – Kenyan referee Aden Marwa has been named among the list of match officials selected for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia scheduled to kick-off June 14-July 15.Marwa will be the assistant referee in what will be another high profile outing for the official after the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), where he served among the Video Assistant Referee (VAR). The 41-year-old is the first Kenyan football official to be involved in any FIFA competition, having featured in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup.Marwa has served as a FIFA referee from 2011, and was named as a reserve official at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and speaking to Capital Sport, retired veteran referee GMT Ottieno said he is proud of Marwa, having discovered him.“I am so happy to see Marwa succeed, I am the one who discovered him years back. I am so proud to see him grow and returning to officiate in the worlds iconic tournament,” Ottieno said.Marwa has served as a FIFA referee from 2011, and was named as a reserve official at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and an assistant referee at the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup.The mathematics and chemistry teacher from Komotobo Secondary school in Migori County was named as an assistant referee in the 2012 and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, but his very first major international duty was an Africa Cup match in Zanzibar way back in 2000.He was included as CAF’s assistant referee in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, where he served alongside Bakary Gassama, Jean-Claude Birumushahu and Malang Diedhiou.Marwa, who was an assistant referee at the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup, has once again given Kenyan football some hope after the usual FIFA droppings and low local football standards amid harsh criticisms.Other than Marwa, Zambian Jan Sikazwe is another centre referee from Africa.Of the 36 centre referees picked a total of five come from Africa.KPL Assistant Referee Aden Marwa Range has been selected to officiate at the 2018 FIFA World Cup which will be played in Russia from 14 June to 15 July. #KPL2018 pic.twitter.com/8GBimgBxwq— KPL (@TheOfficialKPL) March 9, 2018 0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Koscielny injury boost for Arsenal

first_imgHe subsequently underwent surgery and has now returned to training.Having lost their two opening Premier League matches this season and conceding five goals, Koscielny will be a welcome boost when he finally returns to action.Speaking at his press conference ahead of facing West Ham this weekend, Emery said: “He’s working very hard. He came back to us last Sunday.“We are happy to have him here with us, because he’s our captain and he’s showing us his spirit to stay with us. We need to be patient with him because the injury was an important injury.“It’s clear that it’s very important to stay with us, working here and showing us that he wants to help us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The 32-year-old France international centre-back has been sidelined since May with an Achilles tendon injury.LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 24 – Unai Emery is delighted with the progress made by captain Laurent Koscielny as he bids to return to full fitness.The 32-year-old France international centre-back has been sidelined since May with an Achilles tendon injury.last_img read more

Manuel Pellegrini admits Man City ‘lost against a better team’ in Barcelona defeat

first_img1 Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini admitted his side were powerless to stopping Barcelona progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.A 1-0 loss on the night meant a 3-1 aggregate defeat for City, who crashed out of Europe in similar circumstances to last season to end English clubs’ representation in the competition.Ivan Rakitic’s first half goal was enough for the dominant Catalans at the Nou Camp, and Pellegrini was quick to acknowledge his side were second best.“I thought we lost against a better team,” he said.“I think that we didn’t make a good first half [performance] but we improved a lot in the second.”City were outplayed throughout and were indebted to Joe Hart for keeping proceedings respectable after a string of fine saves kept the scoreline at 1-0.The under-fire manager looked for excuses to illustrate his side’s shortcomings in Europe, particularly identifying the cruelty of drawing Barcelona two seasons in a row.“We were very unlucky to both [times] play against Barcelona,” the City boss added.“I also think maybe this was not our best year [chance] to continue in Europe, we have important restrictions about [the] amount of players and amount of money that we can spend so it was a difficult year for our team.“But I think maybe if we had not played against Barcelona maybe we could continue.” Manuel Pellegrini last_img read more

Commentary: Wills, the former base stealer, now a giver

first_imgIt is time once again to moan about the infinite lack of wisdom of the Baseball Hall of Fame people. The week started with news of the addition of Walter O’Malley, formerly owner of the Dodgers, to the Hall of Fame.“Isn’t it great?” said Maury Wills, the great shortstop of yesteryear.No argument here. “I’m OK with it,” he said.This, he admits, was not always his outlook. There was a time when it gnawed at him.“I used to drink about that,” he said.He also admits there were more than a few other reasons he was able to find to drink. And drink. And drink some more.Wills is 75. He’s so fit and full of energy he looks as if he could, as Ernie Banks used to say, play two, and steal a half-dozen bases.There was a time when this was not the case. It was a time when alcohol and drugs dominated him and his life and there was reason to wonder if he would survive.Ancient history. He’ll tell you with pride he has been sober since Aug. 13, 1989.“That’s the most important day in my life,” he said.That’s the day he reclaimed his life.Wills attends 12-step meetings as frequently as seven days a week at 6:45 a.m.He is dedicated to helping others while continuing to help himself.This is why he agreed to be honored Thursday at the Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach. The event, which starts at 6:30 p.m., will raise funds for the Gratitude Retreat Foundation, which has a home in Torrance for men in alcohol recovery.“It provides stability and strict structure in their lives,” Wills said.“It is a hand up rather than a handout,” his friend John said.“I’ve taken young men there who needed help,” Wills said.He’s assisting now via this event.This is the underside, not just of sports or the entertainment industry, but of society.Sit in a meeting with Wills, sit in any meeting anywhere, and you learn about people who have been to jail, people who lost jobs, people who put great stress on their families, not to mention themselves, because of what happened when they “threw away the top” to the bottle.Or did drugs. Or (fill in the blank).The conversation ranged from O’Malley to Grady Little to Joe Torre to this past summer with the Dodgers, returning repeatedly to drinking and recovery.Wills on the hiring of Torre to manage the Dodgers: “We are very fortunate to have him. I love Grady Little and feel bad it did not work for him.”Wills on recovery: “I would say, `I’ve got it now.’ I didn’t have it.“I was the resident newcomer at meetings. You want to make it to 30 days. I would not get there. Then I would start over again. Once I lasted 29 days, 23 hours and 45 minutes before going straight to a liquor store and then straight to my drug connection.”He made it because he had the will to keep going back. And because others were willing to help him.On the youngsters versus veterans split on the Dodgers: “It’s easy to happen in the clubhouse and in the dugout. You have to be professional and not take it out on the field with you.”On himself: “My addiction is not something I wanted. It’s not easy (staying sober). But it is simple. The only way to get it is to get humbled. You have to have humility. You have to be honest with yourself. You have to listen to others. The people here saved my life.”Now he’s helping save others. Clearing out the mini-notebook:One Heisman Trophy ballot: (1) Darren McFadden, Arkansas; (2) Tim Tebow, Florida; (3) Matt Ryan, Boston College. …Only thorns: The USC-Illinois match in the Rose Bowl is a disappointment when you consider the guys in the white suits in Pasadena passed on West Virginia, Hawaii, Kansas and Missouri to pick the Illini. …History lesson: Dan Guerrero takes the heat for hiring Karl Dorrell. The reality is that as UCLA’s new athletic director, he selected three finalists, Mike Riley, Greg Robinson and Dorrell. Albert Carnesale, then the chancellor, picked Dorrell. …Update: The decision on UCLA’s next football coach will be 95 percent or more Guerrero. …Bottom line: The thought offered here previously was that hiring Rich Brooks while retaining DeWayne Walker as defensive coordinator would be worth considering for Guerrero. Or, how about Norm Chow, now offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans but still a Manhattan Beach home owner, in tandem with Walker?Mwsptcol@aol.comMwsptcol@aol.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“It’s about time,” Wills said.Indeed it is. O’Malley was The Mover and Shaker in baseball’s inner circles during his years in the game.It also is time for Wills to be added to the Hall of Fame. His absence is reason to moan.Not only did he turn the game inside out, stealing 104 bases in 1962, the year he was National League MVP, he was the leader of leaders on five World Series teams during an eight-year span starting in 1959.His response to remaining on the outside looking in?last_img


first_imgGreat day for the Outdoors today across Donegal. Picture by Annemarie McGowanDONEGAL is set to bask in glorious sunny weather over the Easter weekend, forecasters have said.It’s going to start off with a great day today with temperatures soaring this afternoon.RTE had been predicting rain for Donegal all week. But last night the Met Eireann forecasters completely revised the forecast, giving wall-to-wall sunshine for Good Friday after a frosty start.There will be more sunshine on Saturday AND Sunday.And while temperatures might hit 15C today, it will be a couple of degrees cooler by Easter Sunday afternoon.The dry weather is good news for businesses too across Donegal, particularly for retailers and those in the tourism industry. Hotels are reporting bookings up on last year.There may be a slight blip around Tuesday with the possibility of some light rain, before thing settle down and temperatures rise again later in the week.You can read the full DD weekend weather report here:https://www.donegaldaily.com/2014/04/18/sunny-gorgeous-the-dd-easter-weekend-weather-report-with-the-mount-errigal-hotel/ GLORIOUS EASTER WEATHER FOR DONEGAL, SAY FORECASTERS was last modified: April 19th, 2014 by John2Share 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:beachdonegal daily weatherEaster weather Donegalsunshinelast_img read more


first_imgSinn Fein in Donegal have wished Michael D Higgins their warmest congratulations after predicting he will be the ninth President of Ireland.Padraig MacLochlainn TD told Donegaldaily.com that he was delighted for the Labour party candidate.But the Buncrana politician said he was delighted at how well Martin McGuinness had done in both constituencies in Donegal where he topped the poll in Donegal North East. Sean Gallagher can take some comfort as he is looking likely to top the poll with around 33% just ahead of McGuinness in the south west of the county.Deputy MacLochlainn said he was delighted for Michael D Higgins.“I am delighted that Martin has done so well but I am also pleased about the fact that Michael D Higgins is going to be our next President.“His track record speaks for itself including his support of the Irish language and also the fact that he got rid of Section 31,” he said. Labour party Senator Jimmy Harte said he was delighted Michael D Higgins will be our next President.“He has done remarkably well here in Donegal where there would not be a traditional Labour vote.“He holds a special place in his heart for Donegal and that has been reflected in his vote,” he said.And despite being tipped to poll well in Donegal North East, Dana only polled 7% of the vote.Ends DONEGAL SINN FEIN WISH NEW ‘PRESIDENT MICHAEL D HIGGINS’ WELL was last modified: October 28th, 2011 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:jimmy harteMICHAEL D HIGGINSPADRAIG MACLOCHLAINNlast_img read more

Motorcycles stolen during Love Ride

first_img carol.rock@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! During the 2003 ride, five bikes were reported stolen during the event. No arrests had been made by Monday and no vehicles recovered. Also Sunday, sheriff’s deputies arrested Selena Ross, 29, after several people complained that she was walking through traffic and behaving erratically during the Love Ride celebration. According to Sgt. Deborah Miller, when deputies tried to subdue Ross, she tried to hit the deputies and bit one of them. After being placed in the patrol car, Ross kicked out the windshield and attempted to escape, suffering minor injuries in the process. Ross was booked into the Santa Clarita Valley station and appeared in court Monday. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 CASTAIC – Eleven motorcycles were stolen Sunday from various locations and a woman was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer during the annual Love Ride, which attracted 22,000 riders to Castaic Lake. Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Weiss said four of the bikes – two of them custom-built – were stolen from the Castaic Lake Recreation Area. Bikes also were taken from parking lots at Chuy’s Mesquite Broiler in Newhall, El Torito in Valencia and Route 66 Classic Grill, where the after-party for the ride was held. Nine of the motorcycles were Harley-Davidsons. “It’s not unusual to have a few bikes stolen,” Weiss said. “When you have so many in one place, it’s hard to secure them.” last_img read more