Sport gets $805.3M allocation from National Budget

first_img– National Sports Commission to receive $185MBy Rawle ToneyMINISTER with responsibility for Finance, Juan Edghill, during the presentation of the country’s National Budget, highlighted that $805.3M will be allocated to sport in Guyana. Edghill told Parliament that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic Government’s vision for embracing diversity and exploring the talents of Guyanese has always been their focus, and as such, “$2.7B has been allocated for Culture, Youth and Sport, for which $805.3M is for sport.”The allocation represents one of the largest the sport sector in Guyana has seen in almost a decade.Edghill said as his government looks to revitalise the national sports programmes, while simultaneously reconfiguring how we undertake them in the context of the pandemic. “This year we are going to be undertaking initial work on mini sports stadiums – in Regions 2, 6 and 10, and the Guyana-China friendship park.”Edghill, who also serves as Minister of Public Works, said, “Additionally, $185M has been allocated for the National Sports Commission to accelerate works on the synthetic tracks in Regions 6 and 10, as well as the purchase of sports gear and ground enhancements.”Meanwhile, Speaking to Chronicle Sport on the sidelines of the Budget presentation, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Charles Ramson Jr, reasoned that while the budget is only for the next four months, everyone involved in sport should be excited, especially the people who are living in Regions 2, 6 and 10.In keeping with a promise made during his campaign, Head of State, President Dr Irfaan Ali, on Monday, had announced during a press conference, that the PPP/C Government will be building multipurpose sport facilities in Regions 2, 6 and 10.President Ali said the move comes as his administration looks to “continue to support the growth and development of our young people and our sportsmen and women and finding new talent, while supporting every region of our country.”According to President Ali, who dabbled in the sport of cricket, “These are some of the investment measures and policies that we will pursue in this emergency budget and in January, to bring relief, to create opportunities and to improve the welfare and wellbeing of all the people of our country.”Speaking on the President’s announcement, Ramson said the project can provide vast employment opportunities within the respective communities where the facilities will be constructed, while adding, “think procurement opportunities that are going to be created and just the overall economic activities in those regions as a result”.“We’re talking hundreds of millions of dollars, and potentially over a billion dollars on each one of those potentially. We’re still formulating the proposal at the moment so we’ll know exactly what will be allocated for each of those facilities.“But this will be one of the largest investments that will happen, or has happened in any region in the last five years and it’s going to be something that we all should be proud about,” Ramson said.The PPP/C Government in its manifesto also saud it will provide a special fund for upgrading of sports and cultural facilities, as well as build Sport Academies in all regions.Plans, according to the Manifesto, will be in place to provide incentive packages for businesses that provide sponsorships or employment opportunities for sportspersons.The Government also intends to upgrade the South Dakota Circuit, the country’s lone motor racing track, to international standards.last_img read more

Trojans take two of three in series against UCLA

first_imgThe Trojans won two of three in a three-game set against the Bruins on the road over the weekend.After winning 5-3 on Friday, USC (23-25, 12-12) fell on Saturday 4-3 in a game that featured late-inning drama. The Trojans closed out the series with a dominant 9-0 shutout on Sunday.The Men of Troy rode eight strong innings from starting pitcher redshirt junior Joe Navilhon on Friday. Navilhon gave up just one run through eight innings but, with a 5-1 lead in the ninth, allowed a two-run homer that chased him from the game. Senior reliever Marc Huberman came in for the save.Down 1-0 early, the Trojans scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to stake out a 3-1 lead. Junior outfielder Corey Dempster drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the fifth. In the sixth, sophomore infielder Adalberto Carrillo scored all the way from the first on a single, just beating the tag at home plate.USC extended its lead to four runs when two more players scored, thanks to five consecutive singles in the seventh inning.Saturday night did not bring similar fortune. Despite jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a home run by senior outfielder Timmy Robinson, the Trojans could not hold on the lead in the later innings.Down 3-1, the Bruins (24-25, 11-13) cut the lead in half in the sixth inning and took the lead with two runs in the eighth off USC senior starter Kyle Davis. Davis has been the Trojan’s most utilized pitcher, pitching just over 77 innings on the season. Kort Peterson tied the game for UCLA with an RBI single, and Jake Pries delivered a sacrifice fly to put the Bruins ahead 4-3.In the ninth, senior outfielder David Oppenheim struck out with a runner on second for the final out.The Trojans closed the series out on a strong note, though, with a powerful offensive performance for a 9-0 victory on Sunday. USC led 4-0 after three innings and blew the game open in the fifth with three more runs, capped off with an RBI single by Carrillo.In all, USC recorded 13 hits and forced UCLA starter Kyle Molnar out of the game in four innings after he allowed four earned runs. The Trojans batted 4-of-10 with runners in scoring position.Sophomore pitcher Mitch Hart notched the win, pitching six shutout innings.The Trojans improve to .500 in conference play and sit in the middle of pack in the Pac-12 Conference standings, with six more conference games left on the schedule.After playing a single game at UC Irvine Tuesday night, the Trojans will host Oregon State for a weekend series beginning Friday.last_img read more

Sumner County Sheriff weekly bookings: June 15 to June 22, 2015

first_imgRow, Michael27Wellington, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOProbation Violation6/19/15 Mulvane1 Russell, Aaron21Wellington, KS1400 E 16th, Wellington, KSSUSODriving under influence of alcohol or drugs, Driving while license suspended6/21/15 Stewart, Melissa40Wellington, KS501 N Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence6/16/15 Willard, Douglas28Mulvane, KS1574 E Willow Lane, Mulvane, KSSUSODomestic Battery6/18/15 Monday 0600 to Monday 0600  WEEKLY   BOOKINGS 6/15/2015 thru 6/22/2015  Main, Ronald58Wichita, KSI-35 MP 33KHPDriving under influence of alcohol or drugs6/20/15         Jones, Katie25Leon, KS1574 Meadow Lane, Mulvane, KSSUSODomestic Battery6/18/15 Mullins, Elroy29Wichita, KSCowley County Jail, Winfield, KSSUSOProbation Violation6/19/15 Wellington PD5 Total54 Black, Alfred39Wellington, KS2024 W 8th, Wellington, KSWellington PDAssault6/17/15 Bail Bondsman1 Oxford1 Bookings Moran, Tyler27Wellington, KSStewart and Superior, Wellington, KSWellington PDDriving under influence of alcohol or drugs6/21/15 Brown, Richard36Wellington, KS217 E 17th St, Wellington, KSWellington PDCriminal Threat, Criminal Damage to Property6/16/15 Hada, Mason37Alva, OKWashington County Jail, Fawn Creek, KSSUSOProbation Violation6/19/15 NameAgeHome TownArrest locationAgencyChargesArrest date Black, Dustin26Wellington, KS501 N Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOProbation Violation6/16/15 Chavez, Carlos29Wichita, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence6/19/15center_img Sedgwick Co29 Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report June 15 to June 22, 2015 weekly jail bookings are as follows:  Noah, Amanda28Beloit, KS400 N US 81, Wellington, KSSUSODriving under influence of alcohol or drugs, Operate vehicle without liability insurance6/20/15 Query, Michael41Wellington, KSUS160 & River RoadOxford PDDriving while license suspended6/15/15 KRGC0 Sumner Co14 Smith, Conner26Leawood, KS1400 E Lincoln, Wellington, KSWellington PDPossession of depressant, Possess drug paraphernalia, Interference with LEO6/21/15 Utz, Cassandra34Wichita, KS501 N Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence6/16/15 Wilbert, Jordan24Derby, KS206 S 1st, Mulvane, KSSUSOPossession of certain stimulant, Possession of paraphernalia, Refusal to submit to test for drugs or alcohol, Driving while license suspended6/19/15 Kessinger, James22Wellington, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSBondsmanBond Revocation6/18/15 Asbury, Christopher21Wellington, KS1100 N Day, Wellington, KSWellington PDDriving while license suspended6/17/15 Hawley, Erica33Eudora, KSButler County Jail, El Dorador, KSMulvane PDFailure to Appear6/18/15 Monzano-Fuentes, Roberto28Wichita, KS300 N US 81, Wellington, KSSUSODriving while license suspended6/18/15 KHP2 Specht, Andrew26Argonia, KS118 N High St, Argonia, KSArgonia PDAbuse of a Child6/20/15 Argonia PD1 Belle Plaine0 Caldwell PD0 Niblack, Devyn20Peck, KS1442 Crow Road, Sumner County, KSSUSODriving under influence of alcohol or drugs, Consumption of liquor by minor6/21/15 Ruiz, Victor21Brownsville, TXI-35 MP 22KHPDriving while license suspended6/19/15last_img read more

With heavy hearts, Allderdice Dragons win second straight City League title, three days after Squirrel Hill shooting

first_img ERYK KANE BURGESS, WESTINGHOUSE TIMOTHY WHITFIELD, right, of Allderdice, breaks away from a Westinghouse defender. RASHAWN HARVEY, ALLDERDICE DALEN DUGGER, ALLDERDICE THE ALLDERDICE DRAGONS celebrate their second consecutive City League football championship, Oct. 30, at Cupples Stadium, defeating Westinghouse, 18-8. (Photos by Courier photographer Will McBride)The City League football championship scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, at Cupples Stadium was postponed because of the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill.The game, featuring Allderdice and Westinghouse, was rescheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m.“We gave the team off on Saturday and we got together on Sunday and had a meal and had a long conversation about the things that happened and tried to put it in perspective because as adults our coaches have a broader perspective than the kids do,” said Allderdice coach Jerry Haslett.  “We had a couple team meals together and we tried to just bring everybody together because it was a serious, serious tragedy.” DALEN DUGGER of Allderdice, left, attempts to elude Willie Knight of Westinghouse. ALLDERDICE COACHJERRY HASLETT The defending City League champion Dragons got off to a slow start and only had a 6-0 halftime lead over the Bulldogs of Westinghouse. Rashawn Harvey’s 34-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dalen Dugger in the second quarter were the only points in the first half for ‘Dice. “Offensively we really didn’t change too much but defensively we lined up in some different formations and things that they never saw before and I think it confused them,” said Haslett. “Our kids really played hard and by lining up in a different defense than we played all year and it worked.”Westinghouse took the opening kickoff of the second half and drove the football all the way down to the Allderdice 5, but on fourth-and-3, they were stopped short of the first down.That seemed to spark the Dragons as they scored the next 12 points to pull away.First came a methodical 96-yard drive that ended with a Rashaun Caldwell 23-yard touchdown run.Dugger’s early fourth quarter run put the Dragons up 18-0.Westinghouse was led by sophomore quarterback Cameron “Super Cam” Jones, who ran for 155 yards on 27 carries. Jones’ 5-yard touchdown run and a Mike Massey 2-point conversion cut the lead to 18-8.The game ended with the 18-8 score and Allderdice was able to celebrate back-to-back championships.“This game was very important to us because of the community in Squirrel Hill and hopefully our victory will help in the healing process a little bit,” said Haslett.  “However, when I coached at Oliver we won a City League championship and the one thing I figured out as a coach is how important a kicker can be and our kicker got hurt, outside of football, last week. Because we lost our kicker we were 0-for-3 on extra points.”Westinghouse High School has struggled mightily in City League football for nearly two decades and has not won a championship since 1996.Bulldogs football player, Khalil Andrews Logan, was shot and killed in September and the football team dedicated the season to him.“I give a lot of credit to coach Monte Robinson and his staff for guiding the Bulldogs to the championship game,” said Luther Dupree, host of Steel City Sports World. “Allderdice just had too much size and Dalen Dugger, 6-feet-6 and winner of the Jeron Grayson Player of the Game trophy, was too much.” Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierlast_img read more

Harbor Improvements Underway in Atlantic Highlands

first_imgAccording to Hubeny, the project will require additional funding so that the building can be constructed properly and meet the new codes and standards as required by the flood elevation maps. The borough at first received just under $1 million in funding and has since appealed for more. Officials are now finalizing a letter to send back to FEMA after receiving a request for more information, dated April 29, Hubeny said. By Allison Perrine Construction on a new towboat building and trailer restroom facilities are underway at the harbor in Atlantic Highlands, located along Simon Lake Drive. Photo courtesy Adam Hubeny The building will also include office space for the marine division of the New Jersey State Police, according to Adam Hubeny, borough administrator and office of emergency management coordinator. The NJSP currently has three or four boats in the harbor and will lease office space on the second floor of the facility. Now, the fate of the towboat building project lies in the hands of FEMA. According to Hubeny, the borough rejected bids for the work in 2018 and 2019 after they came in too high. Then, at the end of 2019, the borough bid the project again and received the lowest bid of $1.265 million. Officials decided to appeal to FEMA for more money. The article originally appeared in the May 28 – June 3, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. “Like at a campground, it’s a trailer but they’re bathrooms,” said Hubeny. And some are so well-appointed, people might not recognize them as trailers from the inside, he added. “That’s how nice they are.”center_img “It has not provided us with the amount of money that we need to bring the building into compliance with today’s codes and standards,” said Hubeny. Hopefully, FEMA will “do what’s right.” Since then, the agencies agreed on a plan for office space on the second floor and moveable trailer bathrooms outside the building. That way, if the borough is expecting a major storm like another Super Storm Sandy, officials can hook the trailers up to a truck using “quick connects” and tow them to higher ground. The borough is currently out to bid for these trailers. ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Nearly eight years later, the last rebuild of Super Storm Sandy is underway at the Atlantic Highlands harbor, with a new building under construction for the towboat and public restroom facilities. The borough is working with Eli Goldstein from the Maplewood-based Goldstein Partnership architectural firm for the work. Goldstein was also hired for the borough’s renovation work on the municipal building in 2010. The borough started designing the plan in 2016 after going back and forth with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for almost three years regarding the elevations of the building. According to Hubeny, the new floodplain ordinances and base flood elevation maps in the borough do not allow permanent restrooms to be installed under the base flood elevation. That would require the borough to put bathrooms on the second floor of the building, which Hubeny said did not make sense.last_img read more

Career-bests from Bravos help Red Steel whip Tallawahs

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):The Bravo brothers, Darren and Dwayne, produced career bests in regional Twenty20, to propel Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel to a convincing 27-run victory over Jamaica Tallawahs in the first semi-final of the Caribbean Premier League on Thursday.Opting to bat first at the Queen’s Park Oval, Red Steel were fired to 152 for six off their 20 overs by Darren Bravo’s unbeaten 86, with Jason Mohammed chipping in with 28.In reply, Tallawahs crashed from a position of 97 for two in the 14th over to 125 all out, losing their last eight wickets for 28 runs in the space of 37 deliveries.The architect of their demise was captain Dwayne Bravo, who grabbed five for 23 with his medium pace to wreck the innings.Wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton top-scored with 31 and talismanic opener and captain Chris Gayle got 30, but they were only two of three batsmen to pass 20, with Jermaine Blackwood chiming in with 23.Red Steel will now clash with last year’s losing finalists, Guyana Amazon Warriors, in the second semi-final today for a place in tomorrow’s final against reigning champions Barbados Tridents.The hosts owed their total to Darren Bravo’s brilliance, especially after they slumped to 18 for three in the fourth over, following fast bowler Jerome Taylor’s early burst.Left-arm Krishmar Santokie bowled Cameron Delport with the sixth delivery of the game for one and Taylor followed up, removing South African Jacques Kallis for six to a catch by Andre Russell at mid-off in the second over before having Kamran Akmal caught at mid-wicket for six, clipping a full toss to Mahela Jayawardene in the fourth over.Bravo set about the repair work, putting on 80 for the fourth wicket with Mohammed, who struck two fours and a six off 25 balls.The left-handed Bravo faced 63 balls and counted four fours and six sixes, and single-handedly carried the innings once Mohammed perished in the 15th over.In reply, Gayle gave the Jamaica innings a rousing start, blasting medium pacer Kallis for a pair of sixes in the fourth over, as he put on 38 off 27 balls with Jayawardene, who scored 16.The left-hander was looking ominous, having struck two fours and three sixes off 23 balls, when he top-edged a slog at off-spinner Johan Botha and skied a catch back to the bowler in the fifth over.Jayawardene survived a chance on nine in the next over to add 28 for the second wicket with Walton before suffering misfortune when he was given out caught at first slip by Kallis.Television replays showed that the ball struck the batsman’s arm as he attempted the reverse sweep at left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn in the ninth over.Walton and Blackwood then posted 33 for the third wicket to help Jamaica control the game. Walton faced 30 deliveries and counted three fours while Blackwood hit two sixes – both in the 11th over from Benn – in a 22-ball innings.Jamaica seemed poised to take control when Dwayne Bravo removed Blackwood to a catch at long-off in his second over and then followed up by bowling the dangerous Andre Russell for six in his next over, the 16th of the innings.Red Steel then turned the screws and Tallawahs wilted as Dwayne Bravo ran through the lower order.last_img read more

Community infrastructure project needs review – Region 2 residents

first_imgResidents living in various communities in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) have complained that the Community Infrastructure Improvement Project is not delivering the kind of services it once did when compared to the past and they are calling on Agriculture Minister Noel Holder to immediately intervene.Residents complained that employees attached to the project within the local authority areas are not executing their jobs, and as such, have called for a review since management and operations of the project is increasingly criticised.Residents are of the view that the project is not properly supervised and this is creating a heavy backlog in the amount of drains that are not cleaned, while works executed do not meet minimum levels of satisfaction.When contact was made with the Chairman of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Devanand Ramdatt, he said he is in receipt of numerous reports from residents regarding the poor management of the project.The Regional Chairman explained that in the past, more community enhancement works were completed under the said project. Drains, road shoulders, Government buildings and compound were maintained through a similar project.According to Ramdatt, that project was much more successful since local authorities and the Regional Democratic Council had closer collaboration. He is of the view if the project is better managed, many of the concerns raised at the community level regarding drainage will be addressed.The Regional Chairman said he is very concerned about the project particularly since numerous residents are dissatisfied with the service offered. As such, he said he had requested clarity from management regarding details of the project, since there seems to be a weakness in the implementation process.He indicated that he had also requested to have such information from the Coordinator of the project but nothing has been provided to date.last_img read more

Pedestrian dies in Tuschen accident

first_imgA pedestrian who is yet to be identified was struck dead by a vehicle as he attempted to cross the Tuschen Public Road, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) reportedly at about 00:50h on Sunday.Police investigations revealed that the vehicle was proceeding along the Tuschen Public Road when the pedestrian allegedly ran across the road and into its path.The pedestrian sustained severe injuries about his body, and was taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital in an unconscious state, but succumbed while receiving medical attention.His body is presently at the Ezekiel Funeral Home.The driver of the vehicle, who is said to be a Police officer, has been detained. A breathalyzer test administered to him found no trace of alcohol in his system.Police Investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

Neymar’s Brazil confident ahead of World Cup draw

first_img0Shares0000Brazil’s Neymar (C) takes part in a training session at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, on November 8, 2017 © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFERIO FE JANEIRO, Brazil, Nov 30 – Brazil are full of confidence ahead of Friday’s World Cup draw in Russia — and it’s not all just about Neymar.Coming back after the mother of all humiliations in that 7-1 defeat to Germany while hosting the tournament in 2014, Brazil are once more among the top contenders. The Selecao were the first team to qualify for next year’s showpiece, wrapping up South American qualifying as runaway leaders with 10 points more than second-place Uruguay.They have a fiery attack, a solid defence and in Tite a coach who in a short time has managed to lift the team from its meltdown and restore the faith of desperate fans.When he took over in June 2016, Tite inherited a team that may have a history of five world championships, but under his predecessor Dunga had slipped to sixth in the regional qualification. Brazil risked not going to Russia at all.But under Tite’s guidance, the team turned around, rediscovering its beautiful game and getting the individual stars to work more as part of the collective.Of the 12 remaining qualification matches, Brazil won 10 and drew two, scoring 30 goals and conceding just three.– Attacking trio –When Tite (pictured) took over Brazil in June 2016, he inherited a team that may have a history of five world championships, but under his predecessor Dunga had slipped to sixth in the regional qualification © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEThe former Corinthians coach didn’t have to make many changes to the team sheet to achieve this remarkable revival.“Tite isn’t a coach like (Pep) Guardiola who comes in with big new innovations, but he is without doubt the best current Brazilian coach,” said Mauro Cezar Pereira, a commentator for the cable channel ESPN Brazil.“Unlike the former selectors, he’s in touch with modern football and knew how to rapidly reorganize the team. It’s not the best generation of players we’ve ever had, but there are good players.”At the heart of the 11 are the explosive trio of Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) as center forward, flanked by Neymar (PSG) and Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), although the three are encouraged to roam.Jesus stormed through the qualifiers as Brazil’s top scorer with seven goals and five assists.Neymar is an even bigger star, coming off the euphoria of his record-breaking 222 million euros ($264 million) transfer from Barcelona to PSG.But he continues to struggle with discipline, racking up six yellow cards in 14 qualification matches, with his habit for irritability growing over the most recent games.Dogged by his image as football’s spoiled child, a tearful Neymar attended a November 10 press conference alongside Tite, after a friendly against Japan, to deny rumors of tensions between him and PSG coach Unai Emery.Pereira at ESPN Brazil warns that questions over Neymar’s mental toughness could haunt the team in Russia.“I think he’s still too immature. He needs to watch out because at the World Cup all his opponents will be trying to get under his skin,” he said.– Fighting for places –In defence, Tite has Miranda (Inter) and Marquinhos (PSG), Marcelo (Real Madrid) and Dani Alves (PSG), and even the luxury of Thiago Silva (PSG) on the bench.In midfield, Paulinho, who has silenced his critics at Barcelona, and Real Madrid stalwart Casemiro look sure to start.However, Renato Augusto, who plays in China, is going to have to battle for his place against Fernandinho, a favourite of Guardiola at Man City.In goal, Roma’s Alisson has moved up from the bench but has Manchester City’s Ederson breathing down his neck.Tite likes keeping his players keen.“Every time we meet, he says it was a real headache to choose the team and that we all have to keep giving everything at our clubs,” Neymar said after Brazil’s most recent game, a 0-0 draw with England at Wembley.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Mahony takes hit for church

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAnd you wanted a parade because you ate lunch at your desk while waiting for a fax to come in. The bar has been raised. It’s fashionable these days to describe oneself as a “recovering Catholic.” I’m not that guy. I’m proud to be Catholic even if I’m not particularly good at it. I’m the product of a Catholic education; K though BA, Sisters of Mercy, Marist Brothers, Holy Cross Fathers. I served as an altar boy. I respect the teachings of the church, even the teachings I ignore. I wasn’t molested. A priest never even asked me out. But Mahony’s story just doesn’t make sense. We have been told Mahony was hospitalized after he was attacked. It took weeks for him to recover, so the story goes. If this is true, it’s a terrible thing. What’s even more terrible is having to use the phrase, “if this is true.” I want to believe the cardinal, but Mahony is not just any cardinal – he’s Don Corleone Mahony, Phony Baloney Mahony, Roger the truth-dodger. He’s the Holy Man with a P.R. firm. He’s lawyered up and has pervert insurance. So what if he has to write a check for $660 million? So what if he has to evict some nuns in Santa Barbara? Or sell off Daniel Murphy High School? The important thing is, he didn’t have to put his hand on a Bible and swear to tell the truth in a court of law. The last thing this Holy Man wants to do is put his hand on a Bible. We weren’t supposed to know any of this. News of the attack on Mahony was supposed to be kept confidential among an audience of priests whom the cardinal pledged to secrecy. Of course with Mahony, we’re not supposed to know much of anything. President Bush should put Cardinal Mahony in charge of Los Alamos; our nuclear secrets would be safe forever. Did you hear the one about the archbishop who went to mail some letters? It goes something like this: Cardinal Roger Mahony, the head of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest Catholic community, goes out to mail some letters in late July and gets roughed up by someone enraged about his handling of the pedophile-priest scandal. According to Father Joseph Shea, pastor of Holy Family Church in Glendale, Mahony did not notify the police because, “he felt he could offer it (the beating) up in reparation for the sins of others.” Talk about taking one for the team! If the Vatican has an employee of the month, I know who won for July. Any enterprise would want a guy like Roger on their squad. Mahony’s not only willing to obfuscate (high class lie), stonewall (buy time while you think up a lie), lie (low-class obfuscation), or simply malign the victims of his callous indifference to the sexual molestation of children, he’s even willing to take a street thumping for the cause. There seems to be a special irony that Mahony chose not to report this crime to the LAPD. The cardinal is one of the most vocal supporters of amnesty for illegal aliens, and a big supporter of Special Order No. 40, the LAPD regulation that prohibits the police from initiating a stop based on suspicion of an immigration violation. The defenders of Order No. 40 say this allows crime victims to help the police catch violent criminals without fear of deportation. Maybe Mahony’s afraid he’ll be deported. Apparently, he’s not worried the enraged psycho who attacked him will attack someone else. Of course, he also wasn’t worried Father Michael Baker, a confessed child molester, would molest again. You have to give Mahony points for consistency. If the cardinal has been physically assaulted, I feel bad. Nobody should be attacked in body. However, trying to portray his suffering as a Christ-like sacrifice to absolve his reign as bishop and archbishop of the crimes committed against children and against the reputation of the Catholic Church itself is yet another insult. What justice has asked of Mahony from the beginning he still denies – a truthful, public, and complete account of what he knew, when he knew it, and his resignation. The cardinal’s retirement is the correct absolution, not his beating. Doug McIntyre hosts the “McIntyre in the Morning” program on Talk Radio 790 KABC, weekdays from 5 to 9 a.m.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