Mullings beaten by Barbadian at Carib Squash

first_imgJamaican squash starlet Alyssa Mullings had to settle for second place as her quest to defend her Under-17 title at the Caribbean Area Squash Association’s (CASA) Junior Championships was thwarted by Barbadian, Amanda Haywood.Mullings went into the tournament ranked number one in the age group but she went down 11-7, 11-8, 11-4 to Haywood in the finals on Monday night.In reflecting on the upset, Mullings said she will have to go back to the drawing board and step up her game.”It was a good match; my opponent played well, and unfortunately, I was outplayed. You win some you lose some, and I will need to reassess my game and fix some things,” she said.A number of the Jamaican players found the going rough at the competitive regional tournament. All Jamaica Under-17 boys’ champion, Tahjia Lumley, was beaten 11-5, 11-1, 6-11,11-6 in the semi-finals by Josiah Griffiths of Barbados but managed to rebound to take third place after beating his countryman, Jonathan Walker, 11-9,11-8, 13-11.Team captain, All Jamaica Under-19 champion, Jake Mahfood, finished fourth in his age group after losing 11-8, 12-10, 4-11, 13-11 to Caymanian Julian Jervis in the semi-finals and then 16-14, 7-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-8 to perennial rival Nyron Joseph of Guyana in the third place play-off.outlastedIt was a similar result for both All Jamaica Under-19 girls’ champion, Mary Mahfood and All Jamaica Under-15 champion, Mia Mahfood. Mary Mahfood fought hard but was outlasted by Guyana’s Larissa Wiltshire who beat her 8-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-7, 11-7 to take third place; while Mia Mahfood was fourth after losing 8-11,11-2,11-6,11-7 to Jade Pitcairn of Cayman.Junior squash programme manager Gill Binnie said although the players were somewhat disappointed, the focus is now on the team competition which began yesterday.”While we didn’t necessarily get the results we were looking for in the individual categories, we are now focused on the team events where both the girls and the boys have a strong chance for a top three finish,” she said. “So the team is now looking to regroup and put in some solid performances.”The 2015 CASA is being hosted by Barbados and will run until July 25.last_img read more

Lopez drops 34 on Nets, D-Lo gets 17 in Lakers’ win

first_imgMOST READ “I would say it ruffled a few feathers, but you control what you can control,” Russell said of Johnson’s comments. “He’s in a position to say what he wants, so I’m going to do what I can do.”KUZMA’S STARTBall got more attention during the summer, but the Lakers’ most impressive rookie has been Kuzma.The University of Utah product took another big step in his ascendant career with the Lakers, who appear to have a steal in the player Brooklyn selected with the 27th overall pick and then immediately traded to Los Angeles.Given his first chance to start after Larry Nance Jr. broke his hand in Portland on Thursday night, Kuzma responded by scoring 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting in the first half.TIP-INSNets: Russell is only 20 months older than Ball. … Lopez returns to Brooklyn on Feb. 2.Lakers: Nance will be sidelined for four to six weeks after surgery on Friday. He had started Los Angeles’ first eight games, making steady contributions on both ends of the floor. … Ball had six points on 3-of-15 shooting and seven assists.UP NEXTNets: Visit the Phoenix Suns on Monday. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Lakers: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday before heading out on an East Coast road trip.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES D-LO RETURNSRussell was the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft and the cornerstone of the Lakers’ rebuilding project under former bosses Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak. When owner Jeanie Buss replaced the duo with Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka last year, Russell was shipped off to Brooklyn four months later along with high-priced center Timofey Mozgov, who had five points in his return.Before his return game, the 21-year-old Russell declined to criticize Johnson or the Lakers, saying he enjoyed his time in LA. He was greeted largely by warm cheers during pregame introductions.“I went through a lot while I was here,” Russell said. “Their job is to do what they can do best for the organization, and for me to move on, that’s what they felt was best. Can’t complain about that.”Johnson made the deal to clear Mozgov’s onerous contract off the books for the Lakers’ pursuit of top-tier free agents next summer, but also to clear a path for rookie Lonzo Ball, his preferred choice as the team’s new point guard and cornerstone. After the trade, Johnson also made comments that appeared to be critical of Russell’s leadership ability.ADVERTISEMENT Brooklyn Nets center Tyler Zeller, right, goes for the ball as Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, left, yells during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)LOS ANGELES — Brook Lopez hit six 3-pointers and scored a season-high 34 points against his former Brooklyn teammates, and rookie Kyle Kuzma had 21 points and 13 rebounds during his first career start in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 124-112 victory over the Nets on Friday night.D’Angelo Russell had 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in his first game against the Lakers since they traded him to Brooklyn last summer in the four-player deal that brought Lopez and Kuzma to Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?center_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Pacio’s road back to title shot starts vs compatriot Doliguez Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lopez, the leading scorer in Nets history, had 23 points in the second half and added 10 rebounds while the Lakers stayed comfortably ahead of Brooklyn, which has lost four straight. Jordan Clarkson added 19 points and Brandon Ingram had 18.Allen Crabbe scored 25 points for the Nets in the opener of a five-game road trip, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 21.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogLopez had spent his entire nine-year NBA career with the Nets before the trade, becoming the top scorer in franchise history while leading the Nets in scoring during each of the past five seasons. But the 7-foot North Hollywood native will be a free agent next summer, and Brooklyn shipped him home after he put up 20.5 points per game last season.While most Staples Center fans paid attention to the still-popular Russell’s return, Lopez calmly posted his biggest offensive game yet for his new team He hit four 3-pointers in the third quarter, and punctuated the performance with a series of ferocious dunks in the final minutes. View commentslast_img read more

Transportation Nightmare in Rural Liberia

first_imgIn many parts of rural Liberia the hardship being experienced by hundreds of commuters forced to board overcrowded vehicles shows no signs of going away.Many of these commuters are calling for urgent steps to be instituted in order to save lives and properties throughout rural Liberia.There are fewer vehicles being seen on Liberia’s rural roads, causing the ones that remain to hike their fares and expose passengers to the risks caused by over-loading.Commercial vehicle operators told the Daily Observer recently in Voinjama, that they were forced to overload their cars owing to what they alleged was “extortion of money” from them by security officers at most of the check points on the highways.In a two-part trip to Northwestern Liberia’s Lofa County in the months of February and March 2014, the extortion of money was visibly observed at several security check points in Lofa County.Commercial drivers and other public service transport providers said they set special budgets aside to ensure their unhindered passage through some of the security check points.“We have to fill the pockets of security officers at some of the check points or else they cause us serious delays and unnecessary embarrassment,” Selekie Fofana, a driver said.“I am aware that I’m risking the lives of our people simply because I want to make profit and take care of my family too,” Mr. Fofana stated.Some business people pointed out that they have to take risks and undergo constraints due to inadequate commercial vehicles plying the highways in the rural areas.Mr. Francis B. Kazarku, an importer of used clothes and plastic dishes, said he has no other option but to place his goods on commercial trucks because there are not enough cars on the highways.Mr. Kazarku pointed out that the Liberian Government and its partners have been unable to provide adequate public service vehicles to help address the challenges faced by rural Liberians.Sarah Edgar Allen, a restaurant caterer in Voinjama, told the Daily Observer that she has endured many challenges in transporting the goods necessary to operate her business.Ms. Allen indicated that she has not been able to generate a profit but was still in business owing to the fact that there are limited alternatives in other areas.She said during the peak of the Rainy Season, commercial drivers are in the habit of hiking transport fares owing to the deplorable condition of the road. This practice takes place every year to the detriment of business people using the Gbarnga/ Voinjama highway.In response to allegations of extortion, the Daily Observer had a brief chat with some security personnel in Voinjama, who pointed out that incentives to live in rural Liberia are not enough to meet their everyday socio-economic needs.One security personnel, who asked not to be named, joked: “Where one ties a goat, it is where that goat survives and the rule of the jungle says the strongest shall survive in the midst of a struggle.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Businesses, passengers paying hefty sums to get goods into Mahdia

first_imgLinden to Lethem road woes continueEven as the Administration continues to downplay the deteriorated state of the Linden to Lethem road, which has been creating hardships for road users, particularly minibus operators and businesses, the condition of the trail continues to worsen.A minibus struggling through the deplorable roadA pickup transporting goods into the mining townWith no efforts being made by the Administration to remedy the issue, road users are left to push through by any means necessary to secure their daily bread. Minibus operators, who over the past two weeks were forced to park their buses due to the state of the road, are now back on the trail but this time with a new initiative whereby they transport passengers and goods up to a certain point that their minibuses can reach then transfer those goods and passengers onto pickups and ATVs that continue the journey into the mining town. This in itself is posing new challenges for passengers and businesses who now have to pay two fares to get into Mahdia.Further, consumers are feeling the squeeze as businesses were forced to inflate their prices to offset the transportation cost. A route 72 minibus operator, Lionel Gilkes, who spoke to Guyana Times on Monday, explained that he along with other operators took the decision to go back out to work since they were facing economic hardships and were not able to take care of their families. “We had to make a decision, it’s hard on that trail. You see these pictures, seeing is one thing but actually having to drive there, that’s something totally different. But I was home for three weeks, no money. We had to do something and this is the best we could do. We thought the strike would have allowed for the Government to do something for us even if is to say they will fix parts and when, anything, but nothing. It’s clear this Government is not for the poor people, they are for themselves alone and their families,” he stated.Further, a small-scale businessman, who gave his name only as Perry, also reached out to this publication and said that businesses are now forced to pay double fare to take their goods into Mahdia. He explained that a usually $8000 trip is now costing as much as $16,000 and sometimes $20,000 to get goods into the town.“This is stress for us that have to pay double to get our stocks into Mahdia. Usually, it’s about $7-8000 per seat which would take you straight into Mahdia…now you have to pay that plus an additional 8 or more depending on how much goods you have. When you calculate that, it’s a lot. Imagine now you gotta up your prices just to offset this exorbitant sum, it’s killing the people man. Is poor people. This is pure suffering. This Government doing bare stupidity. Killing out the small man…pressure too much on the people. I hope people opening their eyes and seeing well is what really going on here,” the frustrated Perry opined.This ongoing issue of the deteriorated Linden to Lethem road has been a bother for those traversing that roadway. Several concerns were raised in this regard by those users who reached out to this publication on several occasions to have their views heard. Videos, photographs and live feeds complaining of the state of that road were also shared on social media over the past weeks.Meanwhile, Toshao of Toka Village, Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo), Eugene Isaac in a video aired on the Government’s Department of Public Information website last week claimed that nothing is wrong with the road. He rather commended the Government’s “great work” being done on the said roadway. He said the Linden to Lethem road was in great shape as it is not impassible but only has a “few holes”.The Public Infrastructure Ministry’s Public Relations Officer, Krest Cummings, last week in an invited comment on this issue told this publication that the Ministry was in discussions with the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) on the way forward with regards to the much-needed repairs to the road. However, when contacted on Monday for an update on those discussions, Cummings was unable to offer an update up to press time.last_img read more

Kenya crashes out of  U17 AFCON Qualifier

first_img0Shares0000Action in Kenya’s final Group B match of the AFCON U17 Qualifiers against Ethiopia. Photo/FKFNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 22 – Kenya crashed out of the 2019 Africa U17 Cup of Nations qualifier after succumbing to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Ethiopia in the final Group B match of the CECAFA Region Qualifying Tournament.The match was played on Wednesday at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Kenya drew the first blood when Alphonse Omija nodded home from a corner by Mathew Mwendwa.Ethiopia Captain Beyene Baisse would, however, score two goals in quick succession, both from long range, to turn the game in their favor.Keith Imbali restored parity just before the break to spur hopes for a comeback but as the Junior Stars pushed forward for the winner, Baisse would notch his hat trick off a swift counter-attack late in the match. A late goal for Ethiopia, in a similar fashion, would further seal Kenya’s fate.The loss sees Kenya end the first round third in Group B with six points from four matches, behind Ethiopia and Uganda, who are set to grace the semifinals slated for Friday, August 24, 2018.Starting XIBixente Lazaru (GK), Arnold Onyango(C), Alphonce Omija, Oscar Kamori, Telvin Maina, Nicholas Ochieng, Keith Imbali, Said Musa, Mathew Mwendwa, Richdonald Bolo, Ezekiel MogendiSubstitutesBrian Olango (GK), Felix Chabaya, Francis Kayugi0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Joining the pod parade

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONROVIA – Investigators looking into the high-speed crash of a Ferrari Enzo in Malibu last week have turned their attention to a tiny transit agency in Monrovia that, according to its own Web site, aspires to be a cutting-edge antiterrorism squad. With five buses, a headquarters that doubles as an auto repair shop and a police department without police officers hidden in a nondescript strip mall in Arcadia, the San Gabriel Valley Transit Authority had operated in obscurity. That all changed when the car owned by Stefan Eriksson, a former video game executive from Sweden, smashed into a concrete utility pole on the Pacific Coast Highway. When sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene, Eriksson, who claims to have been a passenger in the car, waved a badge and said he was a police commissioner with the San Gabriel Valley Transit Authority’s homeland security unit. The claim raised a few eyebrows. The situation took an even stranger twist when two other men showed up and said they, too, were members of the unit. Capt. Tom Martin of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said he made a few calls to see if anyone had ever heard of the group. No one had. “Only in Malibu would something this bizarre happen,” Martin said. “The tentacles that come out of this thing are much more serious than your average car hitting a concrete pole.” The transit authority is actually a nonprofit shuttle service based in Monrovia that helps disabled and elderly residents get to appointments. Digging a little deeper, however, it turns out the obscure agency has its own police department, complete with badges, weapons permits and a police chief. It also has a serious mission statement. “Our officers are on the front lines, playing a vital role in the defense of Southern California’s homeland security,” writes newly appointed police Chief Philip J. Sugar. “We police one of our nation’s highest-level terror targets – Southern California’s transportation system.” In another passage, the transit authority talks about the susceptibility of “paratransit services” to drug trafficking and touts the efforts of its undercover narcotics squad, including a K-9 detection team, in keeping the buses free of illegal substances. A further investigation shows the San Gabriel Valley Transit Authority has no police officers. It has one daytime dispatcher who is also a receptionist at Homer’s Auto Services. At night, calls to the dispatcher are routed to an answering service in Georgia. The only police badges that have been issued are the ones carried by the five members of the transit authority board, including Sugar. They all appear to be volunteers. Sugar, who is also an attorney for the city of Los Angeles, could not be reached for comment. In interviews with board members, they say the rationale for creating the transit authority police is twofold: they had the legal right to do it, and “it sounds like a cool idea.” The transit agency took shape two years ago, when Yosuf “Yo” Maiwandi traded a few toy motorcycles to a friend in exchange for a 25-seat passenger bus. “It was a joke,” said Maiwandi, who owns and operates Homer’s Auto Service on Lemon Street in Monrovia. The business shares an address with the transit authority. “Then I got four more buses. As time went on, it got more serious,” Maiwandi said. “And I found out you can have a security or police force. I thought, it’s legal and it sounds like a cool idea.” Maiwandi recruited several friends to join the governing board. The list included Ashley Posner, a civil attorney from Sherman Oaks who also happened to represent Stefan Eriksson. According to Maiwandi and Posner, Eriksson said he had worked on camera technology that could be used by police to monitor buses. The transit authority decided to launch a pilot program. “We had hoped to get some government grants to pay for it,” said Maiwandi. “Now this guy crashes his car and everyone wants out.” “It was a pilot program to develop a fairly high-tech video communications device for transit buses,” Posner said. “As a result of this press, everything has been inactivated and we are re-evaluating everything.” As of Friday, the police portion of the transit authority Web site could no longer be viewed. The bizarre revelations could also cost the agency its contract to operate in Monrovia. City Manager Scott Ochoa said he warned Maiwandi early on that the city did not want him wading into police business. “I’m having the city attorney review it even as we speak,” Ochoa said. “Police work is serious business. We don’t need that confusion tied back to an operation that does business with the city of Monrovia.” Ochoa said the city agreed to the memorandum last September based on Maiwandi’s other charitable work. “No good deed goes unpunished,” Ochoa said. Maiwandi said he plans to forge ahead despite the publicity. And he does not plan to disband his police department. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4458last_img read more


first_imgOn Sunday, the Finn Valley Centre was the setting for the Donegal Senior Cross Country Championship, the county’s most high profile cross country race. The large turnout of spectators saw 2 exciting races in an event which also provided the selection race for Donegal runners for the Inter Counties Championship, to be held in Dundalk 2 weeks on Sunday.Conor Bradley, City of Derry AC, won the 10KM men’s race, thanks to a strong finish which saw him pip Inishowen AC’s Pauric McKinney, who defied his 49 years to have an exceptional race just 6 days after winning the 45-49 prize in the Dublin Marathon. Letterkenny AC’s Ciaran Doherty had an excellent run and was 3rd. LAC’s Ruari Finnegan led for much of the race, putting LAC in a strong position to win the team prize. However, he was forced to withdraw from the race with 2 laps remaining and, in spite of some excellent LAC performances, this tilted the balance in Finn Valley’s favour, and the host club won team gold. LAC picked up 2nd place in the team competition.Ciaran Doherty was closely followed by club mate Chris Johnston, then Dan King, showing his tremendous commitment to the club by travelling back from Madrid, where he is currently working. Daniel Mooney, Darren McBrearty and Raymond Birch completed LAC’s counters. These 6 men were well backed up by Padraig Friel, Ciaran McBride and Sean McFadden, who all had strong runs.In the women’s race, LAC were well served by Sinead Peoples, Noreen McGettigan and Irene McFadden who all ran very well over the 5KM course. Unfortunately, the lack of a 4th LAC runner meant that the club didn’t figure in the team competition.It’s still early in the cross country season but most of the county championships are now over. However, in the coming 4 months, LAC athletes will have a chance to test themselves, in several events, at Ulster and National level. The 1st of these events, the Ulster Novice Cross Country Championship, will be staged on Sunday at Gransha, Derry. ATHLETICS: LETTERKENNY AC PERFORM WELL AT THE DONEGAL SENIOR CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: November 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cross country championshipdonegalLetetrkenny ACNoteslast_img read more

Stoke City fail with £13million bid for former Tottenham star

first_img Former Tottenham defender Vlad Chiriches has been on the fringes at Napoli. RANKED REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Latest Transfer News Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 1 targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade moving on center_img LIVING THE DREAM three-way race Ex-Tottenham star Vlad Chiriches has been the subject of a failed £13.3million bid from Stoke City.Currently with Napoli in Serie A, the 28-year-old spent two years with Spurs from 2013 to 2015 and made over 40 appearances. TOP WORK LATEST Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? The Romanian ended up moving to Naples for £4.5million after his spell in north London.Chiriches has been on the fringes in Italy and he has been deployed at either right-back or in the heart of defence.The defender has caught the attention of Stoke but, according to Sky Sport Italia, they have failed with a £13.3million bid.The Championship club are said to have made the offer this week, but it was rejected by Napoli. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing The Italian club’s new boss, Carlo Ancelotti, wants to keep Chiriches and has told him he is a part of his plans this season.The 28-year-old only recently extended his contract at Napoli by penning a new deal in March until June 2022.last_img read more


first_imgThe Annual Flag Day for the RNLI is taking place today at various locations in and around Letterkenny, under permit granted by the Garda Siochana, Letterkenny.RNLI Lifeboats around the coast of Ireland and the UK are on call 24 hours a day, ready to respond to any emergency.They provide search and rescue services, seasonal lifeguard services at numerous beaches, safety advice and flood rescue, and are committed to saving lives. With an average of 22 call outs a day, there’s most likely a lifeboat out at a rescue as you read this. Check out and see for yourself the most recent activities.County Donegal is fortunate to have three RNLI Lifeboat Stations around our coasts, but unfortunately, they have had quite a number of rescues recently too, so we appeal to all users of the water, to enjoy the water, but always wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid, and pay attention to the weather.Just last week, six teenagers had to be rescued in Bundoran, while Aranmore was called out to assist two sailors on a 14ft punt, and Lough Swilly had two shouts as well.Your support for this worthwhile charity will help train and equip the RNLI lifesavers, so that they’re ready for anything, including the weather! Please give generously as this is your chance to help the crews do their job, they are ordinary people doing extraordinary work. PUBLIC ASKED TO SUPPORT ANNUAL RNLI FLAG DAY IN DONEGAL TODAY was last modified: August 1st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:flag dayletterkennyRNLIlast_img read more

Former Pierce dean named new president

first_img The board meeting took place at Harbor College in Wilmington. Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Garber replaces interim president Tom Oliver, who has filled the post since January 2004, when Pierce President Darroch “Rocky” Young became senior vice chancellor for the nine-college district. “I’m thrilled that Bob Garber will be succeeding me at Pierce because of his heartfelt passion for the institution and his leadership skills to take the college to the next level,” said Young, who was promoted to district chancellor in May. Oliver becomes vice president of college development. The board also accepted draft audits of its financial records and its Proposition A/AA bond program. Moss Adams, a partner at KPMG, which conducted the audits, gave the district an “A” on the performance audit of bond program, officials said. Robert Garber, a former dean for student services at Pierce College, was tapped Wednesday as president of the 18,000-student Woodland Hills campus. The Los Angeles Community College District board unanimously chose Garber, 58, from among three finalists. He will begin work Feb. 1 and earn $146,455 a year. “Pierce is just an absolutely exceptional school with outstanding programs, faculty and staff,” Garber said in a telephone interview Wednesday from Hawaii, where he is on vacation. “Having been there for a number of years in the past, I know who’s there and how lucky I am to be working with them.” He currently is vice president of student services at the 11,000-student Miramar College in San Diego. last_img read more