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Justice Minister Didn’t Transgress Any Law

first_imgRecently, attorney Kate Chang wrote an article in response to the contempt charges levied by the Supreme Court of Liberia against Justice Minister Christiana Tah for the compassionate leave of Mr. Rodney Sieh.  In essence, attorney Chang appears to be making the case that the Supreme Court is acting outside of its judicial powers and encroaching on the bounds of separation of powers as the statute in question specifically granted/vested sole authority to administer the rules and regulations concerning compassionate leave in the minister.  I would like to make the following six salient points in response to said article by attorney Kate Chang pertaining to the aforementioned.   1) §34.20(1) of the Liberian Criminal Procedure Code states the following:1) “The Minister of Justice shall formulate rules or regulations governing compassionate leave from institutions and, in accordance with such rules and regulations, may permit any prisoner to leave his institution for short periods of time, either by himself or in the custody of an officer, to visit a close relative who is seriously ill, to attend the funeral of a close relative, to return to his home during what appears to be his own last illness, or to return to his home for other compelling reasons which strongly appeal to compassion. The rules or regulations shall provide for the manner in which compassionate leave shall be granted, for its duration, and for the custody, transportation, and care of the prisoner during his leave. They shall also provide for the manner in which the expense connected with such leave shall be borne, and may allow the prisoner, or anyone in his behalf, to reimburse the State for such expense.” (emphasis added)The Constitution of the Republic of Liberia, Chapter III, Article 11(c) and Article 20 (a) respectively state that “[a]ll persons are equal before the law and are therefore entitled to the equal protection of the law” and “[n]o person shall be deprived of life, liberty, security of the person, property, privilege or any other right except as the outcome of a hearing judgment consistent with the provisions laid down in this Constitution and in  accordance with due process of law.” (emphasis added).   Furthermore, the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia Chapter III, Article 21 (d) states that “[e]xcessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor excessive punishment inflicted.”  (emphasis added).   Generally-speaking, a high court usually and/or customarily affirms with and agrees with the legal tenet that the bar of a citizen’s constitutional rights should be the ceiling, i.e., the more rights and freedoms granted/afforded the citizen, the more in conformity such action is within the metes and bounds of the constitution.  Thus, the fact that Mr. Sieh was granted compassionate leave as opposed to denied compassionate leave would be considered an expansion of his constitutional rights as opposed to a restriction of same.  Moreover, said compassionate leave is consistent with and in conformity with the exhaustion of due process and equal protection for all citizens as guaranteed under the Constitution of Liberia.2) While the plain language of  §34.20(1) and legislative intent appears to have exclusively granted the minister the right to establish administrative rules and regulations including granting or refusal to grant compassionate leave, in carrying out said duties, it is not unheard of that the minister’s actions still be subjected to judicial oversight and review but such intervention is usually/typically in instances to ensure equal protection and due process for the citizen as opposed to stepping in and rendering a holding which effectively restricts and limits the constitutional rights of the citizen.  However, as it does not appear to be the case that §34.20(1) or any other rule, law or statute granted any authority to the Supreme Court to make a final determination as to whether or not a particular citizen should be granted compassionate leave or not, the Supreme Court of Liberia should be relegated to its more typical role, i.e., judicial oversight and review of purportedly unjustly applied laws and/or unconstitutional application of the law.  That is, the Supreme Court of Liberia ought to only intervene in such cases where for example there is an issue of arbitrary application of the law and/or uneven application of the law which has the propensity to negatively impact due process and equal protection (i.e., a reduction of constitutional rights (race to the floor) as opposed to an expansion of constitutional rights (race to the ceiling).3) I Liberian Code of Law Revised, Subchapter C §44.71(2)(e), Subchapter C §44.71(2)(e), provides:§ 44.71. Methods of enforcement.   2. Judgments enforceable by imprisonment if execution not satisfied. Judgments in any of the following actions shall be enforceable by execution, but if the judgment debtor cannot or will not pay the full amount of the judgment together with interest and costs, the sheriff shall arrest him and the court shall order him imprisoned for a period sufficiently long to liquidate the full amount of the judgment, interest, and costs at the rate of twenty-five dollars per month:(a) Adultery;(b) Seduction of wife or child;(c) Illegally taking away or harboring a wife or child or ward under twenty-one years of age;(d) Enticing an incompetent away from his legally appointed trustee or guardian; or(e) Injury to the reputation when the words spoken or written are actionable per se. (emphasis added).  This seemingly archaic civil law statute effectively allows the potential long-term imprisonment as punishment for failure to satisfy a monetary judgment.  In theory such monetary judgment has the potential to impose imprisonment-in-perpetuity and/or until death if one cannot satisfy the judgment.   Although imprisonment in civil cases may be imposed for failure to pay monies such as sometimes in child support cases for example in the USA, imprisonment is often much more associated with criminal proceedings as most/many debtor courts have become relics of the past.  Thus, although the Sieh case was that of civil proceedings, one can proffer a strong argument that the highly probable long-term imprisonment of Sieh (as it does not appear that he had sufficient assets to satisfy the judgment) morphed into and became tantamount to and/or equivalent to a criminal punishment.  In my opinion, because of the above, Minister Tah was well within her rights to make a determination as to whether or not to grant compassionate leave of Mr. Sieh under 34.20(1) of the Liberian Criminal Procedure Code.  Based on the aforementioned set of circumstances, in keeping with its more cherished /critical/fundamental role as guardians of equal protection and due process for all, the Supreme Court of Liberia should not have held the minister in contempt of the Court.4) Moreover, though not a “perfect” argument (no argument ever really is to some extent), I am generally in agreement with attorney Chang that “[t]he Supreme Court lacks jurisdiction to punish the Minister of Justice for contempt in a matter independent of any actual proceeding before it.  Sieh’s petition to the Minister, as a representative of the Executive, was extrajudicial to the extent that it was made independent from an active legal proceeding before the court. In the same vein, the Minister’s concession of leave was not as an adjunct of the Judiciary but as an autonomous agent of the Executive, outside the purview of the courts even if relating to an issue which arose out of an act of the Judiciary.”  The only caveat I would add is that even said so-called “extrajudicial” proceedings are still subject to the overall review of the Supreme Court primarily for purposes of ensuring equal protection and due process.5) Furthermore, in my humble opinion, the Supreme Court’s holding of contempt against Minister Tah is unconstitutional as it has no basis in law for rendering its holding of contempt especially when viewed within the larger and more fundamental context/prism that the Minister’s action actually expanded the civil and constitutional rights (equal protection and due process) of Mr. Sieh as opposed to restricting it.   Potentially holding Mr. Sieh in prison for possibly for the duration of his natural life for failure to satisfy a monetary judgment is both cruel and unjust. None of the amicus briefs submitted in the relevant contempt hearing proceedings negates the fact that Minister Tah’s compassionate leave of Mr. Sieh is in conformity with the most important tenet/principle of the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia, i.e. securing equal protection and due process of the citizen including a respite from the application of cruel and unjustly harsh laws, inhumane treatment and freedom of expression[1].  6) Instead of being preoccupied with and laser-focused on levying contempt charges against Justice Minister Tah, acting on its own volition, i.e. sua sponte, the Supreme Court of Liberia was duty-bound to address the inherent (implied) and explicit unconstitutionality of I Liberian Code of Law Revised, Subchapter C §44.71(2)(e), especially in view of Liberia’s sordid history of political subjugation, intimidation and marginalization, repression of freedom of the press and the endemic abuse of powers and lack of transparency and accountability by those in positions of authority and public trust.   Like the Supreme Court of Liberia in a ruling concerning an appellant-defendant seeking release from prison after his failure to satisfy a judgment debt warning “[c]ounselors of the Supreme Court not to use the Court system as a tool of manipulation to frustrate the rights of parties’ litigants and thereby render the entire system ineffective thereby bringing it to disrepute and Supreme Court ended its ruling by imposing a fine of L$2,500.00 on counsel for the appellant”[2], the current Supreme Court of Liberia in the Toe v. FrontPage Africa likewise missed a golden opportunity to substantively address the inherent (implied) and explicit unconstitutionality of I Liberian Code of Law Revised, Subchapter C §44.71(2)(e).  The Court’s failure to address the aforementioned more critical and fundamental issues effectively perpetuates the possibility that said relevant statute will be further utilized to unjustly silence and intimidate members of the press, political opposition and commentators including the general public.  Even still, these archaic civil laws/statutes with the potential to impose imprisonment-for-perpetuity and/or until death, must be done away with by the legislative body in Liberia to prevent civil monetary penalties from transforming into the realm of criminal punishment, i.e., potentially long-term imprisonment.  Should the legislative body in Liberia fail to remedy this situation, it will undoubtedly repeat itself as some will seek to harass and intimidate the press, political opponents and commentators including the ordinary citizen seeking to expose improprieties, corruption and the misrule-of law and lack of transparency and accountability, into silence and oblivion by bringing more civil lawsuits asserting injury to reputation or even adultery or seduction of child or wife with the ultimate goal of securing the long-term imprisonment for failure to satisfy huge monetary judgments.   Brief Bio The author, Dr. Harven V. DeShield, Esq., is an intellectual property attorney who resides and works in Chicago, Illinois.  The scope of his legal practice encompasses litigation and counseling encompassing pharmaceutical, biomedical, chemical and life sciences.  Dr. DeShield received a Ph. D. in Biochemistry, a Master of Science in Biological Sciences and a Juris Doctor (equivalent to a Bachelor of Law degree) with a concentration in intellectual property and technology law from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  He received his B.S. degree, with honors, from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.  He is currently employed with Rackozy Molino Mazzochi Siwik, LLP. Disclaimer The opinions and analysis expressed in this article are solely the views of Dr. Harven V. DeShield, Esq. and does not reflect the views and opinions of anyone else or any other entity including Rackozy Molino Mazzochi Siwik, LLP or the Daily Observer. Constitution of the Republic of Liberia, Chapter III, Article 11; Constitution of the Republic of Liberia, Chapter III, Article 20; Constitution of the Republic of Liberia, Chapter III, Article 15; International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 19; African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Article 9.Houssenini v Jawhary [2005] LRSC 44 (16 September 2005) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

In modern societies, Ramjattan would be called on to resign

first_imgDear Editor,Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan is quoted by an online news agency about the scourge of prostitution, as “A lot of these big men go there and they say how they want to feel up these girls because they said they never eat a white meat yet and they pay a lot for the services. So it is all a trade of immorality and it is unhealthy for my country”. This statement is racist and sexist in equally offensive measure and should be retracted immediately and an apology to all Guyanese offered forthwith.Editor, in modern societies, Ramjattan would be called on to resign; the fruitlessness of such calls forbids such impotent action. Guyana is often described as ‘a land of six races’, Europeans or ‘white’ people are listed proudly in all of our heritage documentation, as such, they should be entitled to equal protection by the Ethnic Relations Commission which was established in 2000 and whose constitutional functions offer such protection. Minister Ramjattan has openly referred to one of our ethnicities as ‘white meat’, this should not go unchallenged. Acceptance of any official derogatory descriptor is the thin edge of the wedge.Guyana is about to undergo rapid change, we already have people of all ethnicities and genders coming here to invest and work in the extractive industries (think oil), do we want the females of European ethnicities to be greeted or treated as ‘white meat’? The challenges posed by a sudden influx of moneyed people of other ethnicities are well documented in the Caribbean, it is not going to be an easy period of transition, statements such as this, made by a Minister, makes it even more so, it does our image and character much harm.Minister Ramjattan is on a campaign to boost his profile in a bid to make himself an attractive prime ministerial candidate in the upcoming general elections and pronouncements on every aspect of Guyanese life have been pouring forth – dogs and horses were needed by the GPF; late night parties are the cause of crime and domestic violence; tint was the major culprit in crime; crime is not as bad as in neighbouring countries; whorehouses are posing a security risk for Guyana; the PPP is preparing to meddle ‘Russia style’ in the elections. Ramjattan is yet to provide a mildly successful solution to the crime problem and as to the last, the PPP has no need for specialised public relations, all that is needed is for Minister Ramjattan and his colleagues in the Granger Administration to keep talking; the Guyanese public can easily see how dense, backward, racist, sexist and fossilised they are by their actions and pronouncements.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Slaying suspect newly paroled

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Thedward Candler, 24, of Gardena had been convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in 2001 and sentenced to seven years in state prison. Prison records show he was paroled Aug. 12 after serving six years. Severa Madrona was found slain Sept. 18. Candler, charged with murder with the special circumstance of killing during a rape and sodomy, appeared in court Wednesday, but his arraignment was postponed. Candler agreed to wait until Nov. 13 to enter a plea so the Public Defender’s Office could have more time to review the case. Madrona was on her daily walk near her home when she was attacked. Her body was found in the backyard of a home at 152nd Street and Eriel Avenue. She died from blunt force trauma, authorities have said. Sheriff’s investigators initially said she was not sexually assaulted. On Wednesday, homicide Lt. Pat Nelson said that’s what detectives believed at first. He said that until an autopsy was performed, there was no indication the petite great-grandmother had been sexually assaulted. Forensic evidence collected during the exam linked Candler to the crime, authorities said. Candler’s DNA was included in the state law enforcement database because of his previous conviction. After the crime scene evidence was matched to Candler’s DNA, he was placed under surveillance. He was arrested last Thursday. In court, Deputy Public Defender John Mattingly said two people who may have seen the killer shortly after the slaying were shown photo arrays that included Candler. One identified him and one did not, he said, adding that identity will be an issue in the case. The special circumstance qualifies Candler for capital punishment, but prosecutors will decide later whether they will seek the death penalty. Candler will remain in jail without bail. denise.nix@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COURTS: Gardena man is accused in woman’s rape, murder. By Denise Nix Staff Writer The man accused of sexual assault and murder in the death of a 76-year-old great-grandmother was released from prison just five weeks before the attack in El Camino Village. last_img read more

Investigations against Calabasas-based Countrywide launched

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champCountrywide was the chief provider of these loans — known as pay-option mortgages — which allow a borrower to pay less than the full interest that comes due each month, sending the loan balance up. A former employee of One Source told investigators that the only Countrywide loan the broker tried to sell was the pay-option type because the rebates were so huge, Veronica Spicer, an assistant Illinois attorney general in the consumer protection division, said in comments reported by The Times. Spicer said her office sent a subpoena for documents to Countrywide in mid-September. Mark Belongia, a lawyer for One Source, told The Times the broker would be vindicated because the nature of the loans was disclosed carefully to borrowers. “We originated a legal product in a legal manner,” he said. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. CALABASAS – The nation’s No. 1 mortgage lender, Calabasas-based Countrywide Financial Corp., says it is under investigation by California Attorney General Jerry Brown and the attorney general’s office in Illinois. Countrywide said yesterday it had received subpoenas for documents from California and Illinois but declined to elaborate, citing company policy, the Los Angeles Times reported. It said it was cooperating in the two probes. A spokesman for Brown told The Times he couldn’t comment. The attorney general has said he was taking a broad look into the lending practices of mortgage bankers and mortgage brokers and what roles they might have played in the mortgage meltdown crisis. The investigation in Illinois, first reported in the New York Times, grew out of a probe into broker One Source Mortgage, which the state has charged with luring borrowers into loans they couldn’t afford, according to The Times. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgArena7 have welcomed some big stars to the entertainment complex through the years and now they bring the biggest star of all the “Sam Maguire Cup” this Saturday morning the 13th of October.Arena7 will welcome the cup along with two of the county’s biggest stars Rory Kavanagh and David Walsh from 10am until 12 noon for a great family day out.The cup along with the two players will be available for both parents and kids to have their photo taken and also for the children to get an autograph with. Bring the kids even the whole family and get a photo and meet the players. SAM MAGUIRE ARRIVES IN ARENA 7 THIS SATURDAY was last modified: October 11th, 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) Tags:Arena 7Sam Maguirelast_img read more


first_imgCOMPETITION: Arena7 Entertainment Complex in Letterkenny are giving away a prize everyday from now until Friday.The complex based on the Ramelton Road Letterkenny is a hive of activity over the Easter Holidays with families and you can join them. Today’s Competition – Thursday:To win 90 minutes in our Private Karaoke Bar with a Hot Buffet for TWENTY people simply answer the following question:What colour were the shoes worn by Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz?If you know the answer and want to avail of this amazing prize then please just post your answer under the comment thread on this story on Donegal Daily. The winner of yesterday’s competition was – Nicola Logue To claim your prize contact Arena7 NOW! WIN ACCESS TO PRIVATE KARAOKE BAR AND A HOT BUFFET FOR 20 PEOPLE AT ARENA 7 was last modified: March 24th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Arena 7competitionnewslast_img read more

Leeds confirm appointment of Marcelo Bielsa as their new manager

first_imgBielsa said upon the confirmation of the deal: “I am delighted to accept the role of head coach at Leeds United.“It has always been my ambition to work in England and I have had several opportunities to do so during my career, however I have always felt it was important to wait for the right project to come along and so when a club with Leeds United’s history made me an offer, it was impossible to turn down.“I am excited for the challenge ahead and I look forward to collaborating with Victor, Andrea and Angus, as we work hard to achieve great things at this football club.” 2 Bielsa has agreed to join Leeds as the successor to Paul Heckingbottom ROUND-UP Latest Championship news Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off REPLY GREAT NEWS Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place 2 Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues Bielsa has been out of work since he was sacked by Ligue 1 side Lille in December 2017 stalemate Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ goalless The 62-year-old succeeds Paul Heckingbottom at Elland Road, with the former Barnsley boss sacked earlier this month after winning just four of the matches he took charge of since his appointment as manager in February.Bielsa has worked exclusively in Europe since 2011, though his successes with Athletic Club of Bilbao and Marseille were followed by a two-day spell in charge of Lazio, and the poor half-season spent with Lille.Earlier in his career, Bielsa coached the national teams of both Argentina and Chile. Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Leeds have appointed Marcelo Bielsa as their new manager, the Championship club have confirmed.Bielsa, the Argentine, returns to football for the first time since being sacked by Ligue 1 club Lille last December. He has signed a two-year deal with Leeds, with the club holding the option of a further year. EFL result impact Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer “I am thrilled to welcome Marcelo and his staff to Leeds United,” chairman Andrea Radrizzani added.“He is a coach that I have admired for many years and when the opportunity arose to bring him to Elland Road, we made it our top priority for the summer.“Marcelo has a wealth of experience and he will use that to create a new culture and a winning mentality at our football club.“I would like to thank Victor Orta and Angus Kinnear for all of the hard work that has gone into this appointment and I look forward to progressing together.”last_img read more

Santa Clarita Football Friday

first_imgHE SAID “It’s been the longest four weeks of my life.” – Canyon receiver/defensive back Richie Wirthlin, on returning to the lineup tonight after recovering from a broken hand. DID YOU KNOW? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Valencia, which plays host to Burbank tonight, is 10-0 in the series, winning by an average margin of 32.2 points. Every victory has been by at least 17 points, including a 35-7 win last season. SPOTLIGHT Hart linebacker Patrick Sarkissian made a career-best 16 tackles in a 14-7 victory over Saugus last week, pushing his season total to 52, tops among Santa Clarita-area players. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound senior has two sacks. Sarkissian was Hart’s second-leading tackler last year with 88 in 12 games. OFFBEAT Saugus defensive back Ryan Gagliano’s family is divided for tonight’s Saugus-Canyon matchup. They’re pulling for Saugus, all except Gagliano’s stepfather, Brent Parkinson, an All-Southern Section lineman and 1984 Daily News Player of the Year at Canyon who played at USC. “I’ve got to beat my stepdad, because I think my parents will be sitting on the Canyon side,” Gagliano said. OFF THE CHART Six area players’ jersey numbers have been retired: Name, School, Pos, No., (Years) Kyle Boller, Hart QB 8 (1996-98) Jim Bonds, Hart QB 7 (1984-86) Tom Bonds, Hart QB 7 (1981-83) Ted Iacenda, Hart RB/DL 46 (1993-95) John Sheeler, Hart RB 30 (1957-59) Manuel White, Valencia RB 9 (1997-99) NUMBERS GAME 1981 Last year Burroughs defeated Hart, which has a 23-game series winning streak. TONIGHT’S GAMES SAUGUS (2-4) vs. CANYON (5-1) at College of the Canyons, 7:30 p.m. Player to watch: Matt Brown, LB, Canyon. Brown is among the league’s hottest defensive players and seems to improve every week. “He’s one of the best linebackers we’ve ever had at Canyon because he’s such a hard hitter,” coach Harry Welch said. Outlook: Saugus seeks this as a must-win – and for good reason. The Centurions, who still play high-powered Valencia, aren’t expected to win more than two remaining games, so a loss tonight probably means at best a fourth-place finish and perhaps no playoff berth. “We can’t let up this week, because we know Saugus is really hungry,” Canyon RB J.J. DiLuigi said. Saugus, plagued by turnovers during its four-game losing streak, needs to find some offense after scoring two TDs the past three games. DiLuigi is on pace to break Canyon’s single-season scoring record. The junior has rushed for 772 yards (6.5 avg.), scored 20 TDs and caught eight passes. He’s also a dangerous return specialist who scored on a 99-yard kick return last month. Canyon’s Austin Civita has passed for 1,019 yards (58 pct.) and eight TDs. HART (5-1) at BURROUGHS of Burbank (3-3), 7 p.m. Player to watch: Delano Howell, RB, Hart. Howell, a touted sophomore who has been hampered by an ankle injury most of the season, is coming off the best performance of his young career – 117 yards and a 24-yard TD on 20 carries in a victory over Saugus – but has yet to live up to expectations. Outlook: Can struggling Hart finally come through with the kind of huge offensive performance to which fans are accustomed? That’s the issue for the Indians, who have been winning – but not winning big. The region’s most consistently successful program the past two decades, Hart has outscored opponents by an average of a little more than seven points per game this season. Hart faces a Burroughs team that is 0-23 in the series since 1981 and has allowed five or more TDs twice the past three weeks. Hart’s Tyler Lyon, who has missed nearly three full games because of injuries, has passed for 584 yards (55 pct.) and three TDs. His efficiency rating of 121.90 ranks just fifth in the league, but Lyon has been victimized by dropped passes – seven in the first half last week. Burroughs RB Thomas Kyle, a three-year starter, has rushed for 691 yards – with five 100-yard performances – and he’s also an all-league DB. BURBANK (3-3) at VALENCIA (5-1), 7 p.m. Player to watch: Michael Herrick, QB, Valencia. Herrick’s yardage total figures to be the most interesting thing in this expected mismatch; the Mississippi-bound senior is closing in on California’s career passing record. Outlook: Herrick has passed for 1,828 yards (64 pct.) and accounted for 14 TDs despite sitting out for most of the second half of several routs. Valencia’s other top player is RB Shane Vereen, who has rushed for 814 yards (9.5 avg.), caught 31 passes for 508 yards and scored 16 TDs. Burbank, 0-10 all-time against Valencia, is coping with the loss of starting QB Jason Barbic, who broke his thumb four weeks ago. Robert Linda has taken over, completing 20 of 48 for 300 yards and one TD in three starts. In a 45-10 loss to Canyon last week, Linda threw for 213 yards, and 15 of his 17 completions went to Jason McNeil, who had 160 yards receiving. Burbank’s Marcus Hood has rushed for 706 yards (6.7 avg.) and scored eight TDs. GOLDEN VALLEY (0-6) at ONTARIO CHRISTIAN (5-1), 7:30 p.m. Outlook: At the beginning of the season, this looked like one of a handful of winnable games for seniorless Golden Valley, a much larger school than Div. XII Ontario Christian. But the Grizzlies have allowed an average of more than 51 points per game, and Ontario Christian is a 38-point favorite in the nonleague game, according to SANTA CLARITA CHRISTIAN (3-2) vs. L.A. LUTHERAN (2-3), Saturday, 1 p.m., at L.A. Baptist HS Outlook: Coming off a league loss at Thacher, Santa Clarita Christian, led by QB Jared Dennis, needs a victory to remain in the hunt for a Heritage League title. STANDINGS FOOTHILL LEAGUE Team League Overall Valencia 1-0 5-1 Hart 1-0 5-1 Canyon 1-0 5-1 Burroughs 0-1 3-3 Burbank 0-1 3-3 Saugus 0-1 2-4 Others: Golden Valley 0-6 (freelance); West Ranch 1-1 (freelance); Santa Clarita Christian (Heritage League/Eight-man) 3-2. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Aston Villa v Brentford: five key battles

first_imgBrentford travel to Aston Villa on Wednesday for the first time in more than 63 years. Very few fans will remember the Bees’ 0-0 FA Cup draw in January 1953 – here’s the five match-ups that could swing the latest contest.Scott Hogan v Tommy ElphickHogan’s double at Brighton not only earned the Bees three valuable points on the road, but it took the striker’s personal goal tally to 10 in 13 league games since his return from injury. On Wednesday, he comes up against Wales international James Chester and Villa skipper Elphick, who has settled in well since his move from Bournemouth.Andreas Bjelland v Jordan AyewIf Leicester loanee Callum Elder succumbs to a knee injury suffered on Saturday, Bjelland will again step in after an impressive second half up against Anthony Knockaert. He’ll face another of the division’s top players in Ghana international Ayew, a former Champions League player with Marseille.Maxime Colin v Jack GrealishOn the other flank, Colin will also have a challenge up against the unpredictable Grealish, who can dazzle one minute and flatter to deceive the next. If he can keep his man quiet, Brentford could do well – if he can’t, they might be in for a long night.Ryan Woods v Mile JedinakWoods continues to look comfortable at this level, a little over a year after stepping up from Shrewsbury. His range of passing will be crucial to setting off the Bees’ counter-attacks – former Crystal Palace skipper Jedinak will be keen to win their personal duel.Dean Smith v Roberto Di MatteoBees boss Smith talked of his Villa connections in the build up – he and his brother watched them as children, and his father was a Villa Park steward for 30 years. But once the whistle goes, focus will switch to his tactical battle with a Champions League-winning Chelsea hero occupying the opposite dugout.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Sharks’ Evander Kane embraces distraction of playing hockey

first_imgSAN JOSE — The party is being put on hold for a couple more days.The Nashville Predators spoiled the Sharks chance of clinching a playoff spot for the 14th time in 15 years on Saturday, handing the home team its first set of back-to-back losses at SAP Center this season. In doing so, they also blocked the Sharks from regaining first place in the Western Conference as the Winnipeg Jets knocked off the Calgary Flames earlier in the night.As a result, the Sharks remain one point behind the …last_img read more