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Samantha Kassman qualifies for taekwondo finals

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first_imgShe defeated Fiji’s Venice Elizabeth in a strong fight today at the BSP Arena.Samantha won the first round 5-3 but Venice bounced back in the second round to level 9-9.With the home crowd on her side, Samantha beefed up attack, demonstrating strong kicks against her opponent to win the final round 18-11 and take out the challenge.Kassman is one of three PNG female fighters who have qualified for the finals.Noelyn Hetana in the -67kg and Rahab Loi in the 49kg category have also qualified. Kassman will take on Nicole Men of Australia in the final fight this afternoon.last_img

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After Ebola, What?

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first_imgThe Ebola scourge will wane and it will eventually go away. When it does, and even before it does, we should ask ourselves these two crucial questions: what lessons have we learned from this ferocious attack and what do we do, moving forward, so that we are no longer crippled by events like this and as the Prophet Joel said, make sure that the damages the locusts had caused are restored?I will try to present my views in a plain ordinary manner without all the academic jargon and nuances of language and logic. I submit to you that what we need now is plain ordinary language that all can speak, hear and understand and help to solve problems for now and for the future.It is disheartening that while Liberia is asking for international help of money, materials and personnel, some Liberians, in high administrative positions, who should be home heavily and deeply involved in solution strategies and helping to formulate and implement policies to combat this ugly scourge, have left (some say, fled) the country. They expect an American, a European, a Ugandan or an Asian to come and help while they are securely ensconced in a safe, far away, country. It is a shame and it will be a real test of leadership how the President deals with such unpatriotic and recalcitrant persons. I was one of those excited about the President’s election. Dr. Amos Sawyer had sent me an urgent note about the election and we were both utterly elated and excited about it and the possibilities of the new era that was dawning. I am still excited but still anxiously waiting for the deliverance of the goods. I am not unaware that development takes time, long time sometimes, and that there is a process of accretion involved, but it seems time is running out in Liberia. If the goods are not delivered in a timely and an even and fair manner, and when the cost of the delivered service far exceeds its true cost because of the “middle-man” siphoning effect, even what is delivered is not appreciated and a negative perception of what is delivered and what can be delivered in the long run, sets in. And that is not good for confidence in government and in governance.Liberia is blessed with enormous human and natural resources and even excellent soil for agriculture. One lesson we should learn, I suggest, is that if we do not effectively and honestly husband these resources in developing the infrastructure and our country, issues like Ebola and other catastrophes can always debilitate, if not ruin us completely. To me the infrastructure involves intense focus on education, health, entrepreneurship and roads and communication. We should learn from this Ebola trauma that developing our health, education and road infrastructures, using the enormous resources with which we are blessed, should be of utmost priority.But we have not been able to do those things properly, consistently, diligently and well because of the crippling and demoralizing effects of the big elephant in the room, CORRUPTION. It is my humble and considered opinion that until we can curb and abate the corrosive, demoralizing and debilitating effects of CORRUPTION, we cannot see or go the way forward. There will be little or no development and we may even see ourselves going backwards or retrogressing. And that is not good.CORRUPTION is the enemy we should look for first and fight and defeat. But WE are the enemy we are looking for. WE, collectively, are the cause of CORRUPTION. My good friend and colleague, Dr. W. Penn Handwerker, once started his article on corruption with an apt fable. I will summarize and abbreviate it here in my own words:  Once upon a time there were three brothers from a small village in a big county in a small country. They were all working for the government. The first son got tons of money from corruption but spent all of it on himself with wine, women, fine clothes and stuff like that. He never did anything for his extended family or his village and people. He wanted to be chief but his people turned him down and when he died, none of them came for his funeral. The second son was very honest. He refused every bribe and was not involved in any corruption. He managed well what the government paid him and was frugal and took care of his immediate family by loving his wife and parents and making sure that his children are well educated. Because he lived a Spartan life, he was not able to help his extended family, village of people as they wanted him to do and even refused to help some get scholarships that they were not qualified for. When he died, no one attended his funeral except his immediate family and some friends who thought of him as an honest saint. The third son was the epitome of corruption. There was no bribe too small or too big for him to turn down. He was a wheeler and dealer and was known all around town. He sent tons of money to his village and people; he gave lucrative contracts to his immediate and extended families; built schools and gave scholarships to many young people whether they deserved it or not; he built roads and brought power to his people; he gave huge sums of money to churches and mosques and the pastors and priests and imams all knew how he made his money. Everybody honored and looked up to him, sought his help and wanted to be related to him. Everybody knew how he made his money. His village and county begged him to become a chief or senator and when he died, his whole village, his whole county and the country came to his funeral and he was given several honors.The point Dr. Handwerker was making is that we are the real ENABLERS of corrupt people and CORRUPTION. We adore them and we go to them for help. We give them a sense of purpose and fulfillment. Once this happens, it becomes a self-feeding process. We go to them to meet our needs illicitly and they feel good for how important they now are or have become, and they do for us what we want and we feel good and go to them and so on and so on. We are truly the enemy we are looking for to eradicate. As we blame those who are corrupt we should also blame ourselves as enablers of CORRUPTION. My corrupt official is really not corrupt. It is the other official who is lining her/his pockets and those close to her/him who are corrupt. We accept the corruption of our woman or man and reject and condemn the corruption of the other person’s woman or man. We are the real enablers. We are, indeed, the enemy we are condemning. We should recognize it and try to rid ourselves of it.We have attempted to identify two of the three legs of corruption. We who, in order to meet our needs illicitly, look up to and feed the ego of the corrupt official and the corrupt official whose ego, now being fed, continues the corrupt practices. The third leg is the international community. The developed countries know how and where those ill-gotten and stolen monies are used and kept. They recently helped Nigeria, even in the smallest of amounts, with the stolen monies of President Abacha. They can help Liberia enormously in our development efforts by exposing and repatriating some of those monies and ill-gotten goods that have left the shores and development of Liberia to their shores and their development. As an aside, I may also suggest that they help us out as we wrestle with issue of dual-citizenship. They know which Liberian is also a citizen of their country. They can either identify them for us or make it possible for us to find the way to identify them. I am cognizant of diplomatic nuances but when countries they want to help are facing real and possibly destabilizing issues and issues related to their health, growth and development, they have the moral and philanthropic obligation to help.I submit to you that if we restrain ourselves from enabling the corrupt officials and the international entities help us to expose and repatriate their stolen monies, we will be on our way to true, vibrant and enduring development. Liberia will be an oasis of health, wealth and development: the Switzerland of Africa with every mouth fed, every body clothed and every individual with excellent healthcare.  Finally, I will recommend to you the recent Commencement address at Cuttington University given by the respected journalist and the doyen of journalism in Liberia, Kenneth Y. Best. It truly explores and recommends that one of the significant ways forward for Liberia is by educating ourselves, learning to manage our resources and not selling them, our lands and even ourselves, to outsiders and foreigners. It is a seminal presentation that should make us wake up and do the right thing for ourselves and for our country. It should be required reading for all.Liberia is enormously blessed. It is the management of the resources that is at stake. With our abundant resources and a population of our size, less than four million, we should be the Switzerland of Africa where there is enough for everyone and not all for a few and none for the rest of the people. If our resources are canalized, corralled and husbanded well, we should truly be a rich, prosperous and thriving country to the honor and glory of the Creator who endowed and blessed us with such abundant land, human and natural resources. We owe it to ourselves and, especially, to the generations to come to be true, productive and honest custodians of our resources, like the seed that fell on fertile soil, producing multiple harvests for now and for the future.Dr. Igolima T. D. Amachree is a retired professor of Sociology and former head of the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois, USA, and also a former professor and head of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Liberia in Monrovia, Liberia. You can reach him at it-amachree@wiu.edu.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Drivers charged for drunk driving, other traffic offences

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first_imgRuby fatal accident– causing death case file still being preparedThe drivers of the two motor cars that struck and killed a 44-year-old North-West District (N-WD) man last weekend on the Ruby Public Road, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), were on Tuesday fined and released on station bail after they were charged for drunk driving and a series of traffic offences.The duo appeared at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday morning and pleaded guilty to the series of charges.Kimberly Pearson, 21, of Section ‘C’ Block ‘Y’ Grove, East Bank Demerara was charged with the following offences: Driving under the influence of alcohol; unlicensed driving; driving an uncertified motor vehicle, and driving an uninsured motor vehicle. She was fined a total of $77,500.Sherwin Joseph, 28, of Hyde Park, E.B.E, was also charged with the following offences: driving under the influence of alcohol; driving an uninsured vehicle; driving an unlicensed motor; and driving an uncertified motor vehicle. He was fined a total of $65,000.In addition to the fines, the two defendants were placed on station bail with respect to the death of pedestrian Shurman Daniels, a logger/labourer of Kamwatta Mission, NWD. The file for this case is still in the process of being compiled, but is expected to be sent for legal advice later this week.Reportedly at some time around 01:30h on Saturday, motor cars PWW 6657, driven by Pearson, and PRR 459, driven by Joseph, struck the 44-year-old Daniels who was allegedly walking in the centre of the Ruby Public Road.The cars were both heading west along the southern carriageway when the vehicle driven by Joseph first struck Daniels. Immediately, the rear of the vehicle driven by Pearson also collided with the pedestrian.The injured man was picked up and rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival. He was identified the following day by his sister.The two drivers were arrested shortly after the accident, and were found to be above the legal limit in terms of alcohol consumption.last_img read more

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State looks to gain election clout

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first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – California came closer Wednesday to having more clout in presidential campaigns when a key Senate committee approved a bill that would move up the primary to early February, beginning in 2008. The bill cleared the Senate Elections Committee by a 3-0 vote, and it could come before the full Senate today. Supporters – including legislative leaders and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger – hope that moving the primary election from June to Feb. 5 would give Californians more political muscle in choosing presidential nominees. “California has the biggest and most influential state in the union, yet the current presidential primary virtually ensures major party nominees will be determined long before voters cast their ballots,” said Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, who is sponsoring the bill. “California deserves to play a major role in deciding who the presidential nominee is.” The bill faced no opposition in the committee, although the state’s leading elections clerk worried that counties would be stretched thin with an extra election. “You don’t want to mess up the next election by trying to finish up the last one,” said Stephen Weir, the Contra Costa County clerk and president of the California Association of Clerks and Election Officials. “We want to make sure we’re executing our planning in a smart way, not in such a fast pace that we make mistakes.” An additional election would cost $60 million to $90 million, but lawmakers assured election officials that the state would reimburse counties. California moved up its primary to March 2 for the 2004 primaries, but the impact the state had hoped for withered under the perception that Sen. John Kerry had already wrapped up the Democratic nomination. sharmon@cctimes.com (916) 441-2101last_img read more

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Klopp desperate to end Liverpool trophy drought

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first_imgHe has lost his past six finals since winning his first with Borussia Dortmund in 2012.At his presentation as Reds boss in October 2015 he pledged to win a “title” within four years. But after three trophy near-misses, the last in May’s Champions League final against Real Madrid, he admits he does not know when that claim will come to fruition.Liverpool’s last major trophy was the League Cup in 2012 but they have not been English champions since 1990.“I have said it a few times: I have no idea when we will win something but I’m sure this club will win something,” he said in an interview with Premier League Productions.“I don’t know when so let’s have the best times of our lives until then.”Klopp added: “Nobody wants to look back in 10 or 20 years and say ‘So the best time we had without winning anything was when Klopp was here. It was so funny and all that stuff.”Liverpool have been touted as Manchester City’s closest challengers for the Premier League this season and are currently level with Pep Guardiola’s side and Chelsea on 18 points after eight matches, having yet to be defeated in the league.“If you think about it, we are maybe in the best moment for ages but a few other clubs are the same and they made the same steps so that makes it really hard,” Klopp said.“It looks like we are really on a good way and the only thing I can guarantee is that we constantly develop.”But he warned fans that he is not a miracle-worker.“As I said in my first press conference here, if anybody thinks that I can perform wonders then it could become really difficult in the future, because I can’t.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp walks past the Champions League trophy after defeat to Real Madrid in the 2018 final © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 12 – Jurgen Klopp says he does not want to be remembered as the “fun” Liverpool manager who failed to win silverware as expectations rise that the club can break their long trophy drought.The German manager celebrated his three-year anniversary at Anfield this week but has not tasted success despite taking the club to three finals.last_img read more

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Combat veterans saluted by middle school students

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first_imgGLENDALE – Louis Zamperini was a star to students at Wilson Middle School even before the 90-year-old World War II veteran stepped into their auditorium. Having seen a video on Zamperini before he visited Thursday, the students crowded around the beaming old man in a USC cap. Then again, Zamperini is used to attention. He was an Olympic track star before he survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific, and before enduring two and a half years in a POW camp and returning home a hero. “They call us the greatest generation. I don’t like that term,” Zamperini said in an interview after the school presentation. “We were the hardy generation. And how do you become hardy? Overcoming adversity.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Zamperini has overcome his share of it. The co-author of a book about his life called “Devil at My Heels,” he still pilots a private plane to Twenty Nine Palms, where he talks to Marines completing training. And he meets students, who pepper him with questions. On Thursday, a student asked if he saw sharks from his raft. “Lots of sharks, yeah,” Zamperini said. “They say that human beings are not part of the shark food chain. Don’t you believe it.” Other vets were also honored at the presentation. Pascual Campanilla survived the Bataan Death March in the Philippines during World War II. Gerald Abrahamson piloted a B-29 bomber in the Korean War and was captured after the plane was shot down. Abrahamson, 75, had to parachute out when his bomber was shot down by a MiG fighter jet. Afraid his hands would freeze up, he opened his parachute too early. Slowly descending, he was vulnerable to enemy fire. But none came – all that surrounded him was perfect silence, he said. Abrahamson was soon captured and held in North Korea. The experience showed him how poor the country was, and still is, he said. As for himself, the Glendale resident said the war changed him. “I think you become more serious at a younger age,” he said. “You appreciate your life more. Every day, when the sun comes up, it’s a bonus.”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

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Nice become latest club to make enquiry for Chelsea star

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first_img Kurt Zouma 1 Nice have joined Marseille and Valencia in expressing an interest in signing Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma on loan.The 22-year-old made just nine Premier League appearances last season as he made his comeback from a serious knee injury picked up in February 2016.As a result, Chelsea are reportedly considering letting the France international go out on loan for the whole of next season to provide him with more game time.Marseille and Valencia have both put their names forward as possible destinations for Zouma but, according to France Football, they have now been joined by Nice.The French club are preparing for Champions League football next season and they are looking to strengthen their squad this summer.With defender Paul Baysse set to leave, a new centre-back is high on their shopping list and Nice want Zouma to come in and join their ranks for a year.last_img read more

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Gaeil Fhánada reserves face St Naul’s in Intermediate Championship

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first_imgLotto ResultsNumbers drawn. 1. 7. 9. 10. 18. Bonus 6.   No jackpot winner.  €100 winner Eileen McAteer, Shannagh.   €50 winner N. McConigley, Portsalon.  Jackpot next week €600.Micheál & Hughie on duty.Tickets for All Ireland ReplayAny members wishing to be entered in the draw for a ticket to the All Ireland Final replay, should send a text message to 0851555645(only). The draw will be done once it’s known how many tickets we’ll receive.  Please state in your text whether you will be going to the game yourself or looking for someone else.  Please remember you could jeopardize your chances of being entered in future draws if you give your ticket away, while club members wish to attend. Intermediate Reserve ChampionshipGaeil Fhánada Reserves v N. Naille ReservesAt the Banks, Annagry at 4p.m.   Come along and give these boys plenty of support!U16 boys Gaeil Fhánada 3-11(20) v Naomh Muire Conmhaigh 0-13(13)It was back to the majestic surface of St. Mary’s Convoy for the third game in succession last Sunday morning for our U16 team who began their championship campaign against the Convoy club. The boys had mixed fortunes in Convoy over the two previous games, prevailing against Naomh Muire in the league semi-final before coming up short against Naomh Náille in last weeks decider.  Winning team included: Eoin Mc Gonigle, James Sweeney, Michael Sweeney, Shaun Sweeney, James Howe, Matthew Gallagher, Brandon Mc Clafferty, Fergus Friel (0:01), Bernard Mc Gettigan (0:03), Ciarán Coyle, Mark Mc Ateer (1:02), Shaun Kerr (2:00), Odhrán Duffy, Eoghan Mc Grenaghan (0:01), John Friel (0:04), Liam Sweeney for Odhrán Duffy, Ciarán Mc Devitt for Shaun Kerr, Casey Poole, James Mc Collum, Eoghan Shiels, Darren Mc Elwaine, Johnny Gallagher.Next up for our U16s is another difficult opponent in Naomh Micheál and that game will take place Sunday in Traigh a Locha with a 5:30p.m. throw in time. With neighbours Milford also in the group it should be an interesting couple of matches ahead for Aidan and the lads. We wish them all the best and urge as many people as possible to come out and support this great young team.U12 GirlsGaeil Fhánada v Gaoth DobhairGame at home in Tria Locha this Monday 26th Sep @ 5.45pm.  Come along and support our future girls. U10s head for Newbridge to take part in the Eoghan Gilmour memorial cupOur U10 side will lock horns with Sean O Learys, Newbridge in the Eoghan Gilmour Memorial this Saturday the 24th September. Eoghan sadly passed away 9 years ago and is the grandson of Fanad Gaels stalwart Pat Murphy. Eoghan was just 4 years of age when he passed away. Pat’s roots go deep within the GAA and he is a proud Sean O’Learys man but in recent times has become a very loyal Fanad Gaels member. The senior teams for both clubs also done battle for the same cup in previous years but it’s the turn of our U10s this year and we have 23 very excited children making the trip to Newbridge. Throw in is at 12 noon and more information will be provided by Martin McAteer and Paul ‘Dougie’ Coyle. Best of luck to everyone involved.Gaeil Fhánada reserves face St Naul’s in Intermediate Championship was last modified: September 20th, 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:GAAGaeil FhanadaSportSt.Naulslast_img read more

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China more open on bird flu than SARS

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The government reported two new outbreaks in poultry Thursday, the 12th and 13th since Oct. 19. A day earlier, the Health Ministry announced it had confirmed the first human cases of the virulent H5N1 strain of bird flu – a 24-year-old woman who died and a 9-year-old boy who recovered. It said the boy’s 12-year-old sister, who died, was a suspected case. During the early days of SARS, the government refused to release any details about the disease, feeding rumors and public fear. Its attitude began to change after the communist leadership was sharply criticized abroad. The government set up a disease-warning network and promised to be open and cooperative. In recent weeks, anti-bird-flu measures have been imposed on an almost unimaginable scale in a country with 1.3 billion people and 14 billion chickens, ducks and other poultry. Health officials have slaughtered millions of chickens. Live poultry sales are banned. China’s chief veterinary official says all poultry will be vaccinated. People are quarantined and monitored by the thousands. BEIJING – Health workers arrived 30 minutes after Qin Zhijun reported finding dead chickens. Within 11 hours, tests confirmed it was bird flu and his flock of 7,000 birds was destroyed. Then China’s normally slow, secretive government did something even more unusual. Instead of imposing an information blackout, it flew foreign reporters to the northern region of Inner Mongolia to meet Qin and see his farm. In contrast to its sluggish, widely criticized response to severe acute respiratory syndrome in 2003, China has reacted quickly to recent bird flu cases and released information with unprecedented swiftness. “I think the government realized what the problems with not being open can bring,” John Mackenzie, an Australian disease specialist who helped investigate SARS, said Thursday. “We swiftly enacted our emergency plan and took a series of preventive measures to put the epidemic under control within the shortest possible time,” said Li Bohong, the Communist Party representative in the district where Qin’s poultry farm is located. State media that took months to start reporting on SARS run daily coverage of anti-flu efforts. The official Xinhua News Agency sends urgent dispatches on each newly reported outbreak. The Agriculture Ministry has short videos on bird flu prevention on its Web site. “The Chinese government has taken a very responsible attitude,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao. “It is not necessary for us to cover up.” Despite such promises of openness, the government still tries to control information about outbreaks. Local officials often refuse to answer reporters’ questions. But from Chinese leaders to village officials, all proclaim their dedication to stopping the virulent H5N1 virus, which has infected at least 126 people in Asia, killing at least 64 of them, since 2003. Premier Wen Jiabao warned last week that China faces an “arduous task.” On Thursday, he urged officials not to be complacent. “In 2003, we triumphed over SARS,” Wen was quoted as saying on state television. “It shows that we will triumph over bird flu as well.” Some experts say that despite its promises, China still isn’t ready to deal with bird flu. The same attention that went into detecting human diseases after SARS wasn’t given to monitoring outbreaks in animals, said Linfa Wang of the Australian Animal Health Laboratory. “They weren’t ready to lift animal health to the level of human health,” said Wang, a member of a World Health Organization team that searched southern China two years ago for animals carrying the SARS virus. “The infrastructure is not ready to handle a major disease outbreak,” he said. “The human area is way ahead of the animal health area.” A key problem was a typical lack of communication among China’s insular bureaucracies, Wang said. The health and agriculture ministries failed to cooperate on bird flu outbreaks until ordered by the senior Chinese leadership to do so this fall, the experts said. But Zhou Liyuan, a government spokesman in the northeastern province of Liaoning, which has suffered four outbreaks, told reporters this week that his marching orders are enough to defeat bird flu. “Cull all the poultry and leave not even a tail, destroy all threats and leave no hidden dangers, disinfect everything and leave no dark corners, vaccinate rigorously and leave out nothing,” Zhou said. Officials, he said, “do not fear hardship and do not fear fatigue as they steadfastly wage this battle.” 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

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The H-DN dual season heats up as Eureka, Fortuna pick up wins

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first_imgCrescent City >> The Eureka Loggers wrestling team made a huge and emphatic statement in Wednesday’s Humboldt-Del Norte Conference dual match against Del Norte, defeating the Warriors, 51-25, at Del Norte High School to remain unblemished in conference action.“It was just one of those nights where everything snowballed on us and we couldn’t recover,” Del Norte head coach Clint Schaad said.The tone was set early, as Eureka’s Forrest Russell-Yount scored a two-point takedown and an escape in …last_img

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