Atlético 1×1: Marcos Llorente completes the Oblak miracle

first_imgOblak: Four minutes later, he caught Wijnaldum’s header and at 13 he had to get a powerful hand to the Oxlade-Chamberlain shot. He also avoided the goal in the first half with a great intervention to a very dangerous shot-center. He couldn’t get to the head of Wijnaldum almost in the small area looking for the squad. In the second part he started the same, parade to Mané despite the fact that he was offside, again intervention to clear Oxlade’s distant shot and another to Alexander-Arnold. It stopped everything parable and more, with several plays that despite being canceled ended up in his gloves. A large part of Atlético’s pass is due to the goalkeeper, the best in the world as he showed again.Trippier: He missed the first leg due to injury, but arrived in perfect condition at Anfield. Maximum suffering match for English. Lots of aerial work, constant arrivals from Mané and Robertson by his side, with the Scottish winger appearing in the area every two by three. He left substituted for the start of extra time. Savic: Serious from above and without complications with the ball. The motenegrino was very correct in the frontal attacks of Liverpool and like Felipe was covering the small area in the arrival of Wijnaldum from behind. On the second goal Firmino the Brazilian won the auction and later the rebound. Felipe: Insurance as always. He was the most successful player to stop Liverpool’s constant arrivals one after another. Responsible for clearing any aerial ball that fell into his area of ​​action, Wijnaldum’s arrival from behind to score the goal caught him scoring the first post. Constant help work for Lodi. He was able to score in the 17th minute with a header from the corner. He is a spectacular center back. I gave it: Back to eleven after missing the game against Sevilla due to inconvenience. The presence of Oxlade-Chamberlain made life very difficult for him, always looking for his side to make superiority with Salah and Alexander-Arnold. He was not as brilliant as in the first leg, suffering the Egyptian much more active on his side. The second goal originated from his side with an extraordinary play by Wijnaldum. In overtime, completely exhausted, he tugged with pride to cut multiple attempts. He put a perfect cross in the head for Saúl’s goal, but he was offside. Thomas: He was overconfident several times at the start of the game that led to turnovers. In the second half, he could hold a ball with his body to give his teammates oxygen. The constant mobility of the Liverpool players in three quarters, with Oxlade, Wijnaldum, Firmino … made their position very difficult. Tireless in helping centrals. Atlético jumped to Anfield with the great novelty of Diego Costa in the eleven occupying the attack point. The Spanish-Brazilian He enjoyed his first opportunity as soon as the match began after a great move by João Félix, although it finished off. Liverpool grew in the game and bottled Atlético, who came out in danger once. With Oblak as the protagonist to sustain 0-0 in the first 40 minutes, Wijnaldum tied the tie with a header on the edge of the break. The second part started the same, with the Slovenian goal saving the furniture with great interventions. Liverpool charged Atlético over their area and without Diego Costa there was no one above to lower the ball from behind. Half an hour of siege before signing the tie that led to the extension with a goal by Saúl in 92 ‘invalidated for offside. In overtime Liverpool put the 2-0 that classified him, but the figure of Marcos Llorente appeared with a double. Atlético ended up taking the victory thanks to a goal from Morata for a historic comeback. PAUL ELLIS & nbsp; (AFP) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Marcos Llorente celebrates his goal against Liverpool.PAUL ELLIS (AFP)center_img Koke: He started the game in double pivot with Thomas to try to knead the ball and give possession to the team. With the minutes and pressure from Liverpool, he moved to the left. When he received, he sought to maintain possession and make the ball last in his feet. In the second half, he lost several very dangerous balls that started the counter against Liverpool. It did not stand out in the game, but it wore out endlessly. Saul: Starting on the left wing, with a capital role to receive the air shipments and go to the center to enter the game. The minutes brought him to double pivot with Thomas. In the second half he had moments of growth, with a great shipment to João Félix and a goal attempt from his own field that did not go away for long. He was able to avoid the extension, since he scored in the last instant of regulation time with a header over the entire squad, but he was offside. He tried to come to the aid of Lodi in the play that ended in the goal of Wijnaldum. Belt: He started off asleep, allowing the ball to be stolen from his back for not being fully active. Mané was a nightmare both in attack and defense. Whenever the Argentine received, he had the Senegalese behind to steal the ball. Diego Costa’s departure from the field moved him to the front. Up he fought and fought until exhaustion, although playing little ball. He left to give entrance to Giménez. João Felix: In the first of the game he controlled, turned and left a great pass for Costa, who finished off. Second striker, he had to undertake constant defensive work upstairs. Dropper appearances, with the Liverpool defense trying to mark their territory based on fouls. He was able to score with a distant shot that Adrian repelled twice, the second to Correa. He stole the ball from Adrián to assist Llorente in Atlético’s goal. He left substituted after 102 minutes after physically emptying himself. Diego Costa: Great novelty in the starting lineup, in the first minute he had already had a chance after running away to space and finishing off the side of the net. Then his role was defensive and his mission was to lower the ball on his back to give the team a start. Dirty and ungrateful game, since beyond that first play he could not face Adrián again. He left substituted after 55 minutes with great anger. Llorente, a hero from the benchMarcos Llorente: He replaced Diego Costa and became the rojiblanco hero. Starting from the right wing, he made an unforgettable double. The first with a shot from outside the area looking for the corner of Adrián’s goal after a robbery by João Félix to a bad sending by the goalkeeper. In the second, accompanying Morata’s career, placing the ball for his right leg and shooting with a thread to make a goal. In addition, from a wall with Morata came the third mattress goal. Vrsaljko: He played the extension on the right side. He solved the work that he had by his side, with Mané and the entrance of Origi looking for the tickle. Morata: He jumped onto the field for João Félix to play the last 20 minutes. He started a race towards the horizon and ended up giving the ball to Llorente, the only one who accompanied him in the race. The midfielder scored the second goal for Atletico. He finished the comeback scoring in the heads up against Adrian. He sought to lower balls on his back to give oxygen to the team and did a key job. Giménez: He had minutes after his injury again to play the second part of extra time. He formed a line of three centrals together with Felipe and Savic. He fulfilled his mission, clearing all the balls that fell on him.last_img read more

UWI continue impressive run

first_imgThe University of the West Indies (UWI) continued their impressive run in the Red Stripe Premier League with a 1-0 win against ten-man Tivoli Gardens FC at Edward Seaga Stadium yesterday.Girvon Brown netted for UWI in the 82nd minute, three minutes before Tivoli Gardens were reduced to ten players, when Rodico Wellington was shown a red card by referee Kevin Morrison.Tivoli started the game with hard running and good passes but failed to get past goalkeeper Amal Knight, who made some wonderful saves.Knight gave away a penalty in the first half when he fouled Tivoli’s Javanie Mitchell inside the area. The goalkeeper would, however, redeem himself, diving to his right to block Junior Flemmings’ effort from the spot.INCISIVE SKILLUWI picked up the pace, and the introduction of Keammar Daley and Anthony Grant in the second half certainly lifted their play. Both players immediately got involved and were influential with some incisive passing and skill on the ball.In the closing moments, Brown found the winning goal to push his tally to eight goals so far for the season.UWI’s assistant coach, Andrew Peart, praised his team for the win that pushed them onto 30 points in the league.”It was not only the players that came off the bench, but the entire team performed very well today (yesterday),” Peart told The Gleaner.”We made some adjustments from the first time we played Tivoli. They try to kick the ball long from the back, so we put some pressure on them, and it worked,” he reasoned.Although UWI are picking up the points in their first season, Peart says the first aim is to be safe. He predicted that two more wins from 11 games to be played in the preliminary round would make the team stay up.”Well, our first objective is to stay in the league, and mathematically, when we are safe, we can re-adjust our ambition. The semi-finals is a possibility, but we are not looking at that right now. Maybe another two more wins and we are safe for the next season,” Peart added.DROP IN RANKSMeanwhile, Tivoli, who fired coach Christopher Bender following a 1-0 defeat to leaders Portmore United last Thursday, dropped to 11th position on 19 points in the 12-team league.”Well, unfortunately, we lost by a simple goal. We got our chances and did not make any use, and UWI got one chance and won the game. Congratulations to UWI,” manager of Tivoli Brian Rose said.”Right now we are in a very desperate situation, so we have to dust ourselves off and come back,” he said.Rose confirmed that Bender was asked to resign.”When a team is not getting the desired results, the first person you look at is the coach. He was asked to resign,” Rose informed.last_img read more

Emotional Sammy knocks WICB

first_imgKOLKATA, India (CMC):Captain Darren Sammy courted controversy here yesterday when he hit out at the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for its lack of support following his side’s capture of the Twenty20 World Cup.Speaking after West Indies stunned England by four wickets to clinch the title at Eden Gardens, Sammy told post-match presenter Nasser Hussain that while the team had been inspired by the professionalism of the management staff and messages of support from Caribbean nation grouping, CARICOM, they had heard nothing from board officials.”I really want to thank the heads of CARICOM. Throughout this tournament, they have been supporting the team. We’ve got e-mails, we’ve got calls,” Sammy said.”Prime Minister (Keith) Mitchell (from Grenada). I know what he is trying to do and I really want to thank him. He sent a very inspiring message for the team this morning … and I’m yet to hear from our own cricket board. That is very disappointing.”CELEBRATEHe continued: “For today, I’m going to celebrate with these 15 men and coaching staff. I don’t know when I’m going to be playing with these guys again because we don’t get selected for one-day cricket.”We don’t know when we’re going to be playing T20. So, this win, I want to thank you, my team, I want to thank you, coaching staff … everybody knows West Indies are champion!”The comments come against the backdrop of the players’ contracts dispute with the WICB before the start of the tournament back in February, which threatened the side’s participation.Sammy acted as the players’ representative during the brief impasse and while he assured the Caribbean then that West Indies would commit to playing the tournament, he also hinted that the issues were far from settled.Yesterday, he once again alluded to the impasse, noting that the “disrespect” shown to the side by the WICB, along with other criticisms from media personalities, had helped to fire up the team.”We started this journey … we all know we had (issues). People were wondering whether we would play this tournament,” he explained.”We had a lot of issues, we felt disrespected by our board, Mark Nicholas (cricket analyst) described our team as a team with no brains (in a pre-tournament preview). All these things before the tournament just brought this team together.”I really want to thank these 15 men. The ability to just put all those adversities aside and to come out and play this type of cricket in front of such passionate fans, it’s just tremendous.”DIFFICULTIESSammy also praised newly installed manager Rawl Lewis, who, he said, went to extraordinary lengths to sort out some administrative difficulties during the pre-tournament camp in Dubai.”I personally also want to thank the coaching staff. Coach Phil (Simmons), he’s been through a lot, and to come here and the way he’s coached the team, he’s just brilliant,” Sammy noted.”All the other coaching staff who have done their part. We had a new manager in this tournament in Rawl Lewis. He had never managed any team before. He came here, we were at a camp in Dubai, but we had no uniforms, no printing.”He left Dubai, went to Kolkata. That’s where we started. The trouble he went to, to get us in this uniform, I’ve got to give credit to the entire team here. It was us in our own little circle. This win we dedicate it to all our fans in the Caribbean.”West Indies became the first side to win two T20 World Cups when they defeated England by four wickets in the final at Eden Gardens here on Sunday.last_img read more

2014 Sports Review: Painful Milestones and a New Start

first_imgSoccer: If there is anything worth remembering about Liberian soccer in 2014, the clear cut answer is that there was nothing much.This was simply because in the third month of 2014 (March), Liberia was engulfed in a fight against an insidious disease, Ebola, that began to reap a grim harvest.And the Liberia Football Association as a consequence suspended all its activities as part of the national effort to fight the Ebola virus.As if that was not enough, former LFA Vice Chairman, (under President Samuel K. Doe), Willis D. Knuckles died on Monday, July 29. His shocking demise shocked relatives and friends, as well as the sporting community.Known as Bob Willis, he headed the re-organization of football administration in the country, as vice chairman of the Liberia Football Association in 1982. He was supported by a star cast of actors, leading Liberian clubs to participate in continental tournaments. His administration re-started a regular soccer league as well as the LFA-Sub Committees and Associations program that sought to identify future talents for the regular league.He was ably supported by Assa-Mady Kaba, known then as ‘Chairman,’ who headed the Central Monrovia LFA-Sub Committee, to set up the Union of Liberia Football Association Sub-Committees (ULFASCOM). It was also during his administration that the LFA toured all the counties and established LFA Sub-associations that are integral part of today’s football development. Personalities included the late M. La-Marks Kerdoe and Mohammed Sherrif of Logan Town.The tragedy of Knuckles’ passing was still fresh under the year under review when broadcast journalist Zoegar Quinn James died two months later. The circumstances leading to Zeogar’s death was evidently the broken healthcare system, where Zeogar was reportedly rushed from hospital to another without success.Though Zoegar lived a simple life, and mostly it was his friends who helped to transport him here and there, many Liberians were shocked when the Liberian government Gazette, issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, described the deceased as ‘Honorable Zeogar Q. Jaynes.’The Gazette, originally issued when tragedy hits any prominent Liberian, explained in details the deceased’s remarkable contributions towards Liberia’s growth.Zeogar’s death was also still fresh when Joseph Cooper, Office Secretary at the Liberia Football Association during the administration of Mr. Willis D. Knuckles also died.Cooper, a resident of Caldwell, was as efficient in his dealings with soccer, as the late Willis D. Knuckles was to administration and the two men struck a relation that developed beyond their respective times at the LFA.“They were together till the end,” said someone who followed the activities of the two men.As the struggle to contain the insidious disease receded in the year under review, the Liberia Football Association’s technical department, under Henry Browne put up a program to restart the rebuilding of the national soccer team, Lone Star and its junior teams.After nearly three weeks seminar, and practical at the Antoinete Tubman Stadium former national team players, including James Salinsa Debbah, Kervin Sebwe, Thomas Kojo, Janjay Jacobs, Washington Blay, Christopher Wreh, Joe Nagbe, George Gebro, Varmah Kpoto, and Oliver Makor—received the blessings of the Liberia Football Association for a fresh start.“The dissolution of George Weah X1 in 2002,” LFA boss Musa Bility told them, “was done poorly that afterwards there were no role models for the next generation.”Hence, it became necessary to allow former players who went professional to now take over the national soccer teams: Lone Star, Junior Lone Star, U-23 and U-17.“We’ll provide you with every support,” Bility told the coaches, “we want you to build national teams with players with commitment to Liberia.”It means that the new coaches have the challenge to begin a new, with new players to develop the various national teams for regional and continental assignments in 2015 and beyond.It will not be an easy task but thank God, Soccer Legend, George Manneh Weah made a triumphant entry into the Liberian Senate for Montserrado and the LFA and sports lovers are crossing their fingers to get Ambassador Weah’s exceptional support for financial and moral support to run a smooth national football program.Weah’s senatorial success, said some of his admirers, “is a success for sports.” Their hope is that with Ambassador Weah’s commanding presence at the senate, he would mobilize support to put Liberian soccer where it belongs on the world and the continental stages.And hopefully, other sports may benefit after all.Boxing & Mixed Martial Arts: While Liberian boxing has suffered greatly, there was news from the United States that all was not lost.And so as Ebola virus weakened every segment of our public life and cancelled all sporting activities, in 2014, far away in Atlanta, Ga in the United States, Liberian boxer Archie Weah was knocking doors with glorious feats.Weah turned professional in the United States and won two Golden Glove Awards. And remarkably he gained the blessings of five-time WBC champion American Evander Holyfield. The Liberian now wants to represent his country in the next Olympic Games in Brazil.“What a chance opportunity for Liberia to at least make history at the next Olympics,” someone who has followed Archie Weah sent a text to the Daily Observer sports.One of the vice president’s of the Liberia National Olympic Committee Malcolm Joseph is following Archie Weah’s development with interest, he told the Daily Observer in a phone conversation recently.And though with Liberia bruised by Ebola and rejected by the world another Liberian was making waves in the United States as well.  Hitting headlines in the United States in 2014 was Mixed Martial Artist, Dwight Jaytee Joseph, a sensation in a sport that seemed to favor the Liberian.He has dominated the division and with his increasing success, it is hopeful that 2015 will see the Liberian achieve major successes to help promote his country’s image.Joseph made a contribution in the 2014 Ebola fight when he set up a website to solicit funds to help defeat the Ebola virus.“Showcasing the prowess of Liberia has always been an added impetus as I participate in competitions and don my country’s flag,” Joseph said recently after overcoming an opponent in one of his latest fights.Other sports: It is encouraging to note that in the year under review sporting federations, including taekwondo, handball, lawn tennis, golf, basketball and table tennis ceased all their operations and joined the united fight against the Ebola, and with the virus continuous decline, as latest reports have indicated, Liberian sports would have better standing in 2015 and thereafter. 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Waiting on payment from Govt since 2017

first_imgDear Editor,I am the owner of Hyper Soundz Music system. I played on September 8, 2017, for the Education Department for the activity Literacy Road March. The said activity commenced from the Jaigobin Tarmac in Henrietta to Anna Regina Multilateral Secondary compound, Essequibo Coast. For this activity, I had to hire a lorry with a generator and my cost was $35,000. So far, I have great embarrassment in my efforts to collect my money.On Monday, December 19, 2017, I visited the Education Office in Cotton Field, where the education officer informed me that the contract is missing, and I will have to sign another one. I was assured that payment would be made before the end of 2017. No other contract was prepared for me to sign.After constantly checking with the Education Department and the regional system I was given a royal run-around.On Monday, February 12, 2018, I communicated with the Regional Chairman, Devanand Ramdatt, who promised to follow up on this matter. However, his efforts were to no avail.I checked with some finance officers in the region’s accounting system and they have told me my contract passed through the system and payment should have been made.Editor, it is very disconcerting that many have played music after me and have been promptly paid. On the other hand, I have experienced, to my mind, deliberate attempts to deny me payment.As an elected Councillor of the Anna Regina Town Council and Cotton Field being part of my constituency, I had a confrontation with the Regional Executive Officer, Rupert Hopkinson on November 11, 2017. The REO is the last person to sign my contact. It is my firm belief that I am being victimised. The ridicule in securing my money is a shame to the notion of social cohesion Government is trying to promote. However, at the end of the day, I must be paid. I shall continue to vigorously pursue this matter.Sincerely Yours,Herman Persaudlast_img read more

Vendors outside Stabroek Market to be temporarily relocated

first_imgSome 400 vendors who ply their trade around the Stabroek Market area, in down town Georgetown, will be temporarily relocated as City Hall launches a clean-up exercise in the area.The vendors were called to a meeting on Thursday morning at the Georgetown City Council where they were informed of plans to have them temporarily relocated.Town Clerk Royston King told the vendors that the move was part of an overarching plan to secure the integrity and health of the Stabroek Market and the surrounding areas.In the agreement, it was stated that a “massive clean-up” exercise will take place on Sunday May 1 and vendors, who have stalls in the municipal markets, were asked to return and occupy those stalls. Should these vendors fail to do so,it will result in the “repossession of those facilities.”Hundreds of vendors who will be temporarily relocated from Stabroek Market Square and its immediate environsKing noted that vendors who are operating around the Stabroek Market will be relocated at a vacant lot South of Parliament Buildings.“Vendors, who are plying their trade at the Stabroek Market Square and contiguous areas would be temporarily relocated to a plot of land South of the Parliament Buildings. The Council would provide lighting, 24-hour security, and sanitary facilities,” the Council added.The Town Clerk noted that this move would last for four months. The empty lot where the vendors will be relocated is where one of the Royal Castle’s fast food outlets once stood on Hadfield and Lombard Streets.At the meeting, King told stakeholders that land is adequate to take off all of the vendors especially those who are on the immediate periphery of the square. He also noted that the Stabroek Market Square location is “very iconic” and rich in history and as such, “a new set of energies” need to be created so that its beauty can emanate.On the converse, some vendors related that they would be affected by the move while others deemed it “unfair” and likened the proposal to “disrespect”. Concerns were also raised with regard to the plot of land identified for relocation. Some questioned if there would indeed have enough space for everyone to ply their trade.In City Council’s statement however, it said that all vendors present supported the plans.last_img read more

‘Nigerian Soldiers Coming, But Not For Elections’

first_imgCOAS Lt/Gen. Buratai briefs newsmen during the Nigeria Army Combat Arms training week in Bauchi, Nan.Defense Ministry: No soldiers for elections but they will come ahead of elections under UNMIL and stay until after inauguration. Coincidentally.The Defense Ministry in Monrovia yesterday confirmed the deployment of Nigerian soldiers to Liberia, but said, “The soldiers are being deployed to carry out regular rotation of its troops, (and) that has nothing to do with the upcoming elections.”In a release issued yesterday, Assistant Defense Minister for Public Affairs, David Kadiker Dahn, said contrary to Wednesday’s report of the deployment of 230 Nigerian soldiers to beef up security during and after Liberia’s upcoming elections, the deployment of the Nigerian contingent is instead under the banner of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).The deployment, according to the release, is a normal and regular part of UNMIL’s troop rotation. The Nigerian troops will land in Liberia on August 12  and will remain until the end of their tour of duty in March 2018, thereby sealing the official rotation of the Nigerian contingent in Liberia under UNMIL.The Ministry categorically refutes all earlier quotations ascribed to Assistant Minister Dahn, adding, “Being fully aware of (compartmentalization) within the security sector, Minister Dahn, during a telephone call placed to him by reporter Cewhy Kwanue on August 2 regarding Nigerian troops expected in the country for elections, advised the reporter to seek direct clarity from Brownie J. Samukai, the Minister of National Defense, but unfortunately the reporter did not contact the minister, but rather went on to publish concocted information.”A recent edition of Nigeria Vanguard newspaper reported, however, that the Nigerian Army is to deploy 230 personnel, comprising 19 officers and 211 soldiers, to Liberia to “maintain peace and stability” during the upcoming October elections. The paper quoted that country’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, who allegedly made the disclosure while briefing journalists during Nigeria’s Army Combat at Arms Training Week in Bauchi, Kaduna, the state capital of north-western Nigeria.He is reported to have charged the soldiers to shun acts that have the ability to tarnish Nigeria’s image while on their tour of duty in Liberia. “You must observe human rights, and respect the cultural and religious sensitivity of Liberians,” Buratai is quoted as having said. According to the Vanguard, the army chief said since 1960, Nigeria has deployed over 20,000 troops to 40 peacekeeping missions in Africa, including Liberia, and across the world.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgTHE attire of Donegal’s conquering heroes has certainly been turning heads this week.And when Jim McGuinness and his triumphant men returned home to Donegal Town last night, everyone wanted to know where they got this cool outfits.Evolve Menswear in Letterkenny say they are “proud” to have fitted out the Ulster Champions this week. Above is the offical photo of the Ulster Champions all fitted by the one and only Evolve Menswear.“We are just proud to be assosiated with such fine footballers, talent and the with the Donegal GAA as a whole,” said Evolve’s JP McCloskey.“We want to pass on a massive congratulations to all players, management backroom staff, members of the county board and the very excellent suppoters who were as good as the extra man on the day.”   THE SECRET BEHIND DONEGAL SQUAD’S SHARP-DRESSED MEN was last modified: July 23rd, 2012 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:THE SECRET BEHIND DONEGAL SQUAD’S SHARP-DRESSED MENlast_img read more


first_imgCommunity Notices: Niall Mór Centre1 Day Pediatric First Aid Course July 2015 9.30am – 4.30pm. 1 Day Safe Pass Course July & August 2015 dates to be confirmed J C Fitness classes Monday – Saturday contact John:  087 9617436Yoga with Zia Thursday evenings:  087 6463956Yoga with Eileen every Wednesday morningEmail: Courses:6 week Digital Photography8 week Beginners SpanishArt Classes6 week Cookery Class3 Day First Aid FETAC Level 5Basic ComputersLetterkenny Women’s Group have a counselling service every Tuesday and Wednesday at the Centre contact Breid:  07491 24985COMMUNITY NOTICE: YOGA EVERY THURSDAY AT NIALL MÓR CENTRE was last modified: May 6th, 2015 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:Community NoticeFeaturesNiall Mor CentreNoticesYogalast_img read more

Vest replacement under fire

first_img Corrections spokeswoman Elaine Jennings rejected the union’s claims, saying the agency started buying the replacement equipment early this year, long before the U.S. Justice Department’s latest warning. With police agencies across the country also looking to exchange vests, manufacturers can only deliver so many at once, she said. “As soon as we found out there was a problem with the quality of the vests we made a move to replace them,” Jennings said. “It wasn’t a matter of funding. … We have moved to replace them as a fast as humanly possible.” A spokesman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger referred calls back to the corrections department. The Department of Parks and Recreation expects to swap roughly 300 Zylon vests still being used by its public safety officers in five to seven months, agency spokesman Roy Stearns said. Questions about the safety of Zylon vests arose in 2003 after a Pennsylvania officer was wounded in the stomach when a .40-caliber bullet pierced his vest. The same year, an Oceanside, Calif. officer, Tony Zeppetella, was shot and killed while wearing a vest made with Zylon. Those vests were made by Second Chance Body Armor Inc. The Michigan-based company is the target of lawsuits by various state and federal officials. The U.S. Justice Department is investigating allegations that the company sold defective bulletproof vests for President George W. Bush and others, then waited nearly two years to alert customers of a possible hazard. California agencies bought their vests from two different companies – Tennessee-based Protective Apparel Corporation of America and Massachusetts-based First Choice Armor, Bender said. Messages left with both companies were not returned Friday afternoon. Under California’s contract with the companies, the Protective Apparel Corporation of America vest costs about $234 and the First Choice model $575, Bender said. Tom Dresslar, a California attorney general spokesman, said the state has not joined nationwide lawsuit against Second Chance, though it has filed a claim seeking restitution for local police agencies and others in the company’s bankruptcy case. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – The Schwarzenegger administration is moving too slow to replace hundreds of bulletproof vests that the federal government has warned could put law enforcement officers’ lives at risk, a union official charged Saturday. “It’s despicable,” said Chuck Alexander, vice president of the prison guards’ union, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. “It’s already a dangerous job. With defective equipment, it just makes it that much more dangerous.” Earlier this month, the California Department of General Services began collecting the suspect vests after notifying state agencies of the potential danger, said department spokesman Matt Bender. The move came after an August advisory from the U.S. Department of Justice. Body armor with the Japanese-made fiber Zylon might degrade faster than expected and allow bullets to penetrate, “creating a risk of death or serious injury,” federal officials cautioned. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake About 5,890 vests containing Zylon were purchased by California agencies in recent years. Although they didn’t have precise figures, state officials estimate that hundreds remain in use. The California Highway Patrol, which began buying new gear before the latest advisory, has replaced “the majority” of its 4,390 Zylon vests and ordered a final batch of substitutes in November, spokesman Tom Marshall said. The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has replaced 1,300 of its 2,100 Zylon vests, worn by parole agents and other officers. Alexander said he voiced concerns about the equipment to state officials last year. “They told me a year ago they were going to fix the problem,” he said, adding that the $50 million California spent on last month’s special election could have gone toward vests. last_img read more